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About Grotto - Downtown Houston

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.

1001 Avenida de Las Americas, Ste A
Houston, TX 77010
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday and Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday: 11am-9pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 658-0752

Website:
http://www.grottodowntown.com/

Parking Details:
Parking Garage available with 3 hour validation.

Executive Chef:
Sean Hochstein

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Start a new tradition this Christmas! Come in, relax, and enjoy a delicious meal with us!

Open December 24, 11am - 9pm

Private Dining

Conveniently located Downtown Houston in the Convention District, Grotto is ideal for your next event. Within walking distance of Discovery Green, Minute Maid Park & Toyota Center, our Italian inspired fares offer plates for all to enjoy.

Grotto - Downtown Houston Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (19)
Good for a Date (19)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
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Business Meals (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Fun (10)
People Watching (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Scenic View (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (5)
Live Sports (5)
Tapas (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Romantic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Authentic (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
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Great Beer (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

The food and atmosphere was amazing, had heard great things about the place and they lived up to them

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The waiter was so gracious and even though we didn't tell them it was our friends birthday, he overheard us talking and made sure to bring us the most extravagant dessert sampler with a candle. Wonderful food, amazing atmosphere.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Tuesday night and the noise level was very high. Why is this so in many restaurants? Do they want a quick turn-over?

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The food was great. I had salmon salad and it was very tasty. The only bad part was the coffee, so strong and only Luke warm. We were charged for it after I had complained.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great pre concert spot to eat !

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Rude, awful service, will never dine here again!

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

As I entered the restaurant, the Hostess greeted me and knew my reservation without even looking it up. Even though I arrived early, I was able to sit in the outside courtyard, sip tea & wait for my party to arrive.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had great food and great service. Grotto stamps your parking ticket, which makes it an even better choice when you are going to the Discovery Green area.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Casual, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Was within walking distance from all of the convention area hotels. Easy to find, and an easy reservation for an early dinner. Food is very good, and service was quick - actually a little too quick, as I did not have a good start on my cocktail, nor finish my soup before the entree arrived. Disappointing as I was hoping for a glass of wine with dinner, but felt rushed. The menu is creative, but limited and a bit pricey given the offerings and the portion size. But hey - it's downtown and trendy. Great atmosphere, and plenty of outdoor seating. Great for those traveling alone, or with a small group. Flatbread was a highlight.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Thought this restaurant was terrific. Loved the comfortable yet creative ambiance. Service was excellent. Food was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Casual, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was amazing. We did have a little mishap with our pizzas but the management made it right. Even offered dessert for our troubles. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our server really struggled. It took one hour and 45 minutes to get us through dinner and dessert. We frequently had to "hunt" him down. This could have been a great experience, but the service ruined it.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The menu lists carbonara, but the sauce is definitely NOT carbonara. I am all for chefs experimenting but they should specify. Waiter was very condenscending when I did not eat my meal. Only offered a replacement. I spoke to the manager who offered to refund but the bill was already paid. Dry disappointed is this restaurant.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Ate here twice while attending a conference at the George R Brown convention center. Perfect! Great food, a bit scattered on service at times very noisy. Seek a table near the front door/windows.

Tags: Live Sports, Happy Hour, Casual, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Everything was wonderful except for my entree "Bird" It was dry and over cooked. I should have sent it back.
Small plates are great as is the tomato bisque. Love the flatbread they give you!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good salmon salad and grotto salad(although not as good as the Vallone salad). Service a bit slow and unattentive. Great scenery and view of park. Thanks.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went there before a Rocket game at 4:20pm. The place was not very crowded at all. The service was extremely slow no pep in our waiters step at all. The food was delicious. There was something floating in the first glass of wine brought to me and was exchanged at an extremely slow pace. We were in hurry to get to the 6:00 game and told the waiter we were but it did not seem to change the slow service. I am not sure how they handle a very crowded time. Our waiter was not very friendly nor did he seem happy to be there. Otherwise it is a cool place, great vibe and design with a cool outside patio and again I have to say the food was extremely good. It does have a limited menu versus the other Grottos we have eaten at.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food & great service. It was my daughter's birthday & they took great care of her. She loved it!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Scenic View, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was a wonderful evening out close to our hotel. The atmosphere was casual but busy so I was glad to make a reservation through Open Table. The food was rustic Italian and the food was delicious. The wine selection was a good variety and price. The staff were attentive and accommodating to requests or questions. Manager and staff worked as a team to turn tables over quickly and provide great service. Just what we needed after a long conference day.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Terrible service, rushing to get me out the door. Justbawful

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food is reliably good at Grotto but the kitchen is not super-quick. Considering the location at the ground level of the George R. Brown Convention Center, I would expect a higher level of prompt service overall, but particularly at the hostess station. The kitchen also needs to have a few more dishes to prepare and serve quickly to the pre-theater crowd. The waiter and busboy service was excellent.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was our second time to dine at this location in the George R. Brown Convention Center. To start, I had the kale salad which was tasty but the kale was quite tough and chewy despite being cut into very small pieces; I usually massage raw kale to break down the cell walls and slightly tenderize it but this kale did not taste like it had been tenderized. My wife and I split a main course dish of branzino which was cooked extremely well with a delicious sauce. Grotto did charge $2.00 for splitting the dish, which we have sometimes but not often encountered at other restaurants. All in all, the meal was enjoyable and not terribly expensive even after including a nice bottle of Chianti. It is also convenient as a pre-show venue for Houston Grand Opera this season since, thanks to Harvey, HGO had to stage its performances at the GRB.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We have been here before and the food is always good. This was the first time I took my kids, and although they don't have a specific kids menu the waiter took care of us. Actually, my 7-year-old said "this may be my new favorite". We opted not to indulge in the dessert this time but will have to return soon to partake.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

So glad we had an earlier reservation the night of Astro Parade; sat outdoors, great service and enjoyed all dinners!

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was good, however the ambience was chaotic and rushed.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful place for a dinner before the opera. It is right by HGO’s substitute theater. You can valet park at the Grotto and pick up the car after the opera. Service was prompt and attentive. The food was very good. It is pretty noisy although we were there right after the World Series parade so it probably wasn’t a fair night to judge. There were a lot of people waiting, but we had reservations and we were seated right on time.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Met friends for lunch at Grotto’s before going to the parade for the Astros. Lunch menu was great and the Carbonara was terrific. Service was prompt and friendly. I will be back soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

It took quite a while for our food order to be taken and then our first courses and entrees showed up within five minutes of each other. One of our party had salmon and said it was delicious; the rest of us had bolognese. It had one meatball, which was fine, but that was really crunchy and overcooked. Pasta with it was perfect, though. I know this is a new restaurant so I would give it another try in a few months to see if things have settled down.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Terrific All the Way Around - My wife and I had drinks at Biggio’s across the street, and then a Sunday lunch here before the HGO performance of Julius Caesar in the George R. Brown. We sat at a window table with a nice view of the street and the throngs of Astros fans. The restaurant was full and upbeat--very nice, great vibe. Wilson, our server, was pleasant and professional—excellent at his job. The San Daniele small plate was wonderful (prosciutto, apple compote, spicy chili condiment, grilled bread and arugula) as a start. Also, linguini with clams, their Garden Romain salad with anchovies (like a Caesar), and a lobster bisque which were all great. Well prepared and presented. The manager stopped by our table as well as the other tables. No desserts. The Grotto lived up to our high expectations. We plan to become regulars.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delish food. Terrific service. Great location. Will return.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Place was busy due to World Series but seemed in disarray at times. We made reservations for the inside and were told to wait another 15 minutes upon arrival. We got drinks and waited. We checked back in 20 minutes later and were told to wait another 15 minutes. We took the outside seating which was the alternative. Parts of our food order were forgotten. Parts of our food came out on a tray and sat near our table for a few minutes. Not sure we will return.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always good. The pasta dishes are to die for. Love the wine selection. Also suggest being a Landry's member for points.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good food,drinks ,wine,and ambiance. Our server was very nice but could use some train ing.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Overall nice but just ok. But to be fair it was the first night of the World Series, and we were right near Minute Maid Park. The restaurant was very busy and the noise level was very high and crowded. Our meal was not the best but I will try them again as I think we would have better service. Our server was attentive. It was a one off on a very busy night.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Sports
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had dinner before Astro-Dodger game #3 and then walked to the Stadium. The food was delicious and came fast considering we had a new waiter (brought in for the busy game days) and the restaurant was packed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Some friends got together for a simple dinner and we decided on Grotto because of its convenience to our hotel and menu. We wanted pizza and were not disappointed. The caramelized onions were super on the pie we had. Salads were also ordered and we were not disappointed by the cauliflower salad. Don't miss Nonna's cookies for dessert. One plate was sufficient to share for three people. Trevor was a great waiter. Thank you.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great staycation dining. Wife and I tried different entrees this visit. The cutlet and the Bird were wonderful. Will be back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Live Sports, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I placed this restaurant somewhere in the middle of the pack. They do some things very well such as providing new menu items on a frequent basis, maintaining some staple items for frequent guests and keeping the restaurant clean.

On the negative side, they are very creative with the menu and it is sometimes difficult for everyone at the table to find something that they enjoy.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The Grotto was recommended by our hotel and it did not disappoint. The menu had creative combinations with something for everyone. We ended up ordering a variety of appetizers and salads to share. Each bite was better than the next. We also ordered dessert. We couldn't decide which one to order so we chose the sampler -- again each person had their favorite. The chocolate cake, the lemon curd, the angel food cake... all so good. There was a corporate event on the patio -- which looked very nice with the firepits. A great dining experience!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

It was a pleasant evening to have dinner on the patio.

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