Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.5
580 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
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Busy night with robotics convention in town. Good food, nice server but hot pinot grigio. Was told "could not find anymore chillers" that you sit bottles in. Disappointed overall.

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KF
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I will never be back to this restaurant. Service was terrible, food was awful, and I needed Advil to cure my headache because of how loud it was. Even in the restroom, loud music streamed... why?? Never again.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love the location, the service and of course the food. We'll be back!

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BC
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great spot right next to the convention center to grab pasta and have a drink. It has a great outside seating area and the vibe was great.
I would definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

We were seated on the patio, which was a poor choice on our part, it’s a cool spot but not the greatest idea to try to eat your lunch with no table. The food was cold, one person in our party did not receive her food until almost everyone else was halfway through their meal, almost like they forgot her order? I would definitely try it again just because of the atmosphere though.

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R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very good experience dining in the Grotto before a recent Astros game. The location is excellent, staff was very attentive and the food & beverages reasonable. The setting at the edge of the George Brown Convention center was comfortable and totally enjoyable.
Their happy hour offerings are not as extensive as the other locations, perhaps to cater more to the downtown crowd fancying more cocktail options rather than small food choices.

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

Music too load
Spinach salad so small - had to order chicken because so few greens.
I think waiter forgot about us and we had to waive down for check.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience. The food was great and I loved the ambiance. The only thing I would note is that the knife on my plate had food on it, so I had to switch out with the plate next to me.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a good relaxed place. Good food and service. Only negative is they were out of several fish we wanted to try.
Otherwise, very nice

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S
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, décor amazing and so was the service!

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PA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING. It was a great dining experience. We wish we could have stayed outside by the fire pits all night

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NP
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

My experience wasn't so good with the services, it was toking too much time and the we weren't comfortable.

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AW
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, funky industrial vibe, excellent service. Meatball and tuna apps are a must. The pizzas are fabulous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing starters and yummy pizzas. Super attentive waitstaff.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terribly run restaurant. Made all people with reservations wait. Clearly they sat people in earlier tables without truly reserving tables. Waitstaff was understaffed and poorly trained. Food was mediocre. Kitchen was backed up. Awful experience.

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MS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place was perfect for the evening. We made an early reservation before a concert at Toyota Center. We enjoyed the food. the service was great. We didn't feel rushed as the restaurant filled up. I would eat here again next time we are in H-Town, Discovery Green area for a concert.

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BV
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed.

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BO
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greasy atmosphere and great location. The food, drinks and service are all very good. My wife and I visit at least twice a month.

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JA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot. Good food. I don't normally get desserts but they were amazing.

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JW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super Place and they know what they're doing. High end Italian is their game and it shows.

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TN
Baltimore
52 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! I have dinner here every trip to Houston.

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GA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to dine if you are in the Houston TX downtown area. Dinner Menu has a lot to choose from. The wine list is outstanding and reasonably priced. Service was great and attentive despite the large crowd that we were. The ambiance of the restaurant is what is most attractive about the place. Go there for the drinks and the small plates but stay for the dinner it is great.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday!

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JF
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Grotto was very loud. Food was mediocre. Wine list was not impressive. I was expecting the same quality & ambiance as Grotto on Westheimer. The downtown location did not live up to my expectations.

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EP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Way too noisy for conversation even sitting side by side.

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N
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The kale salad was great, grilled to perfection! A little loud for a lunchtime meal. I would go back there to explore the menu as it appears to be pretty creative.

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g
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent happy hour food & drinks...we had a seat by the window and although we didn’t try their pizzas...they look good too!

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C
London
124 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is truly excellent. Appetizers are amazing. Chicken cutlet is delicious. Service is great too

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Out waitress completely forgot about us. Two other wait staff stepped up in her absence . Very loud. Pizza bread at table sitting was not good. Grotto is one of my all time favorites but this location was disappointing to say it nicely
Very

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A
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and such a nice place

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DD
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food. Great atmosphere. Great Location. A must try if you haven't dined here before.

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a
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were doing business and the music was so loud the client and I could not have a conversation without talking very loud. Not good for business meeting. Good for millenials who want loud music

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was poor

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D
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my best friend birthday dinner, and we had a blast. From The shareable plates, to the main course, the wine, and the desert. Top notch !

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent!

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TT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I changed my reservation party size twice and the staff at Grotto made accomodations for me each time! I arrived and they were extra-friendly and our table was ready and waiting. The food was fantastic and Sean (manager) made sure to check on us out on the patio. You'd be hard pressed to find better food/service in the area!

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DC
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon entree was delicious 😋

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SB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere and service. Great place to unwind and enjoy an evening out with loved ones.

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