Grotto - Downtown Houston

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525 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Offering a fresh look with a rustic, warehouse style interior, Grotto Downtown’s dynamic menu offes a revolutionized take on Italian cuisine with vibrant flavors, small and shareable plates, as well as a selection of curated craft beers, Grappa and wine. Whether a casual social setting or special event, our ideal location is perfect for 1 or 100.
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Houston
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great fresh tasting food but a very loud atmosphere.

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B
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

This establishment should be classified as a wine bar not a restaraunt. The bar dominates the space and the seating is crowded and sparse. There is more choices on the menu for wine than food. The food was bland and not remarkable. Three server forgot what we had ordered and had to come back and ask what we ordered. There is a valet stand, but no valet was present. Parking is around the corner and down a block. We will not be back to this location.

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Houston
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Tony was phenomenal! The atmosphere was great and the food was delicious!

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JB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place - would gladly return! We had more problems deciding what not to order since everything was good. Location was tops since we just walked from our hotel.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took family from out of town to the basketball game

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DD
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very expensive place. Also, very noisy. The service was mediocre. I won’t return.

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious plates, helpful staff, great location, I would definitely come back when I visit Houston again.

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!!! Price for food a bit high for amount but taste was good. Deserts excellent.

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was really pleased with my experience with Grotto Downtown! Reservations were ready, as planned, service was outstanding and the food was really great! Will plan on dining here again!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation on aTuesday evening. The waitress took 20 minutes to deliver our drinks. Food delivered by another waiter. Waitress never checked back to make sure everything was ok. Finally came back as we were finishing. We ordered wine and never received it because they were out of wine glasses. One of our party was told that management would follow up. Still waiting on the call.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

My wife and I had fish of the day; $40 each and it was not good at all. I t was Red Snapper and was greasy and very mushy, really not very good at all.

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DE
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. First of all, our waiter Eric was incredible. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and had a great personality. We shared four small plates and it was plenty of food for two people. Highly recommend the Skewers. It got a little loud because of everyone having after work drinks and pre-concert dinner but it didn't hinder our ability to have a conversation. Food--amazing, Service--amazing, we will be back for sure!

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c
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Asked for sparkling water the eggs were "off." Salad tasted as if made early & kept completed in the fridge. Price was compted, which was not necessary & we did not request, but a nice gesture.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

I like the ambiance of this place, but the bartender was really awkward, the entree portions were very small for the price, and did t even come with any sides. They have TVs above the bar but they are really dated and the picture is terrible. I know they can afford a few bills on a few new TVs with what they charge for a snack.

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b
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

One of the most miserable dining experiences I have ever had. We heard the music outside before we entered the restaurant. There was one other occupied table. We ask for the music to be turned down because it was utterly impossible to have any conversation. The manager on duty was obnoxious and very disrespectful. I refuse to eat, not dine, because this is not a dining experience, in an atmosphere like this. We left. They seemed to be very surprised but made no concession what so ever. Will never go back. I have noticed most Landry's restaurants have become very hectic and loud.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Mixed up with the payment! Was very nice though!

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CR
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great cocktails and even better food. Third visit in three months and very good every time. Food is a nice departure from ‘traditional’ Italian fare. I’ve had both the ‘Cutlet’ and veal chop - both were excellent.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, awesome food, and good ambience. Highly likely we will return again.

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GD
London
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service!

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend the skewers and Arancini small plates. The salmon entree was very tasty, a little spicier than I like but still delicious! Our waiter was amazing! Great wine list and tasty cocktails.

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AH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well balanced selection of small plates for sharing. 4 people we had a large pizza and an assortment of tapas. Definitely would come back to explore the other flavors of the menu.

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S
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The music was extremely noisy for it to be 11:30

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very loud, slow service, food is good

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JB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to taste test for a possible wedding reception dinner. The hosts and wait staff were awesome. They showed us around offered us samplings of the wine and food and gave various tips to holding a great reception. My son and soon to be DIL were pleased and said book it immediately. A special shout out to Alex. He was awesome !!!

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San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A new favorite for downtown houston. Excellent food. Gotta try the chefs board!

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IM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with attention to detail. They successfully made our anniversary dinner everything I'd hoped for. We will be returning!
Also, the gnocchi was fabulous! The sauce was like no other!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I went with 5 other women before a concert at the Toyota center. We got there early and had to wait for our table to be ready which was just fine. We went to the bar to get a drink which was so crowded and hard to get a drink. Luckily the manager saw us and took car of us. The gentleman hosting was a little short to us when I asked if we could wait on the patio. He kept saying our table isn’t ready because we got there early. (I’m not sure if he understood what I was asking🤷‍♀️) finally he said we could wait on the patio but there isn’t any surface outside. I asked if he had a buzzer or something to let us know our table is ready and he just said, don’t worry about it.... no smile or anything.
The other hostess were very pleasant and came an got us once our table was ready.
Our waitress was very cheerful and sweet! She took our picture for us and was very friendly.
The food was pretty good!! Pizzas were amazing!!!
Drinks were kind of expensive. I ordered lemonchello shots and they were $9 each!!!!!!😳

Overall it was a fun night and I would go back.

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TW
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre-race dinner before Houston Marathon. Staff was extremely friendly and service was quick.

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TD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My wife and I were there for the Houston Marathon. We made reservations and we’re seated promptly on arrival despite the place being packed. We decided to share four of the small plates. The food was good, not outstanding, but small was definitely the operative word. Don’t go this route if you’re a big eater. Our only real complaint was that the space was very cramped. We were seated along an aisle that servers used constantly, and both myself and the gentleman next to me were smacked in the back of the head or had our chairs physically moved as waitstaff knocked into us as they passed by. It became so annoying that I went and sat next to my wife on the other side of the table. I think this row of tables was just in the danger zone. I would return, but I would try a full entree and insist on sitting somewhere else.

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MD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is decent, portions aren’t that large, and if you have issues with spicy food, be careful as many of their dishes and sauces have red chili pepper in them.

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FM
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pre marathon run get together

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LS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good. Service was painful.

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TP
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. It was really loud and conversation was a bit challenging. Service was really on point. I would certainly go again.

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RW
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a super waiter, who's knowledge of the menu and the food, let him make awesome menu recommendations.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Recommendations from server were excellent!
Quick service. Pleasant experience.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

My food was slightly over cooked. It had good flavor but just missed it from being great.

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S
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent restaurant, will come again, perfect service

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A
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s kind of a sports bar atmosphere but the food and service were excellent, we will definitely go back.

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JO
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It has become a favorite place to bring colleagues and associates over the last two years. Today was no exception, Great waitress delicious food.

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TM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great. Service was slow and I swear our waitress seemed drunk.

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