Grotto - Downtown Houston
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
The food was amazing!! Their homemade ricotta was delicious on the bruschetta and then I got the Short Rib Ricotta Gnocchi and it was one of the best meals I have had in a while. Definitely recommend!!
I liked the ambiance and the bread. The staff was kind, although a but of a wait to order and checkout, but being with friends and chit chatting it didn’t really bother us that much. It was just noticeable. The pasta dishes we ordered was ok, Im sure there is better to try. The bruschetta was good, just needed the bread toasted a little more. Overall a “good experience”.
Pasta verdura was delicious. Shot glass size of tiramisu is just the right amount.
No dress code as previously was there
Looks like a youths bar now
Never will bringing my business partners there again, never again
Good food. Nice atmosphere.
The pizza and salad was very good and worth it, i would definitely go back and for sure would recommend!
Our cute male waiter was fantastic!
He kept giggling and telling us all of THE best foods to order.
I have never had such an incredible, great experience in my life at Grotto. Give that man a raise!!
The bolognese was very good - my son had a pepperoni pizza that was too oily. The service was great.
Horrible experience for Houston restaurant week
Very disappointing customer service. We were very excited to eat here, reviews and food pictures looked great, and in the midst of COVID they had the option of outdoor seating. When we arrived we were told they were a little short on staff so bear with them on service time, we were waiting for others in our party so this was not a big deal. After nearly an hour and not even water was brought to us we were finally able to speak to a manager who essentially said outside was closed and we shouldn’t have been seated, and she could serve us herself but it would be slow service. And even though the CDC encourages people to try to avoid gathering indoors, citing that outdoor dining is safer to prevent COVID- The host told us we should not be dining out at all if we preferred to sit outside because of our concern about COVID.
Overall good experience in Downtown. Unfortunately had children on both sides of us for date night and were playing loud shows which killed the mood a bit.
Food and wine was good but value was not as great as I’d like. Service was somewhat slow but overall good experience.
This is our third or fourth time at the Grotto. As before everything was really good. The short rib gnocchi my wife said was fabulous. I added some pasta to my shrimp dish and that to was fabulous. O my the chocolate cake is like no other. It’s a must if you like chocolate. Waitress seamed timid as maybe new but did a fine job. Can’t wait to the next time we are in town to eat here again.
HORRIBLE SERVICE.....We waited 10 minutes after we were seated before a server even stopped to look at us. Then the drinks too forever -- one glass of wine and one cocktail (which was wrong). Once the food arrived it was OK....undercooked pasta in the Carbonara, tossed salad was bitter and under dressed and when I asked for additional dressing I was told they really didn't have a dressing they could bring out to me for that particular salad???? So, then she just delivered ceasar. I had asked for a side salad, she offered a tossed side, which I accepted. When it arrived it was huge - obviously the dinner portion, which I questioned and was told it was a side salad!!! When the bill came, sure enough I was charged for the $17 dinner portion. The waitress took it to the manager who removed it because she said "it was obvious you didn't like it"....Just one thing wrong after the other! I really really wanted to love this place! I'll recommend but BEWARE!
Excruciatingly long wait. We got a table immediately but then waited on our server for hours. She said there would be bread but it was still cooking. Never got bread. She would leave and not come back for a long time. We were there for almost 3 hours.
Our server charged us for an item incorrectly. The only saving Grace was the manager who finally stepped in to help. She fixed our ticket error and helped us pay and get out of there. She was extremely nice and was doing her job plus everyone else’s. I wish I remembered her name because she was great. We Will not be going back.
Great service and excellent food!
No valet service. Food was average. Nothing special.
Service was terrible. Took over 2 and half hours for dinner for 5.
Order was also incorrect and when telling the waiter the waiter had an attitude about the issue.
Went to Grotto for first time and really was surprised. I visited the downtown location.
Really liked the decor of restaurant. I found the food to be very good. My friend had the restaurant week menu while I had the pescadore. My food was excellent. It was served hot which that was to my liking. My friend’s dinner was served warm. My sauce was very very good with plenty of mussels, shrimp and calamari.
We had a bottle of white wine with our meal. Although the portions aren’t as large as one gets in Houston we walked out full. The one drawback is bread wasn’t served.
All in all I would give it a 4.7 out of 5.
Such a great experience. From the great service, to the ambiance and the food was AMAZING. Highly recommend!!!
Excellent food and service as always. One of my favorite downtown restaurants when I come from Austin for a
Conference or VB tournament at the convention center.
Nice, service and food
Great experience and food was wonderful. Staff was excellent and bar was quick. Overall great experience
Celebrate son finishing school and finish taking the CPA exam and he’s picky about food but he really liked the lasagna pizza. Really nice wait staff. Very friendly. Highly recommend.
Carbonara and other small plates genius. Everything was so good!
This place was a real treat. Brought my girlfriend here for her birthday and she absolutely loved it! Best restaurant in Houston!
Attentive not overbearing service is always great! Crispy Grouper with Corn Risotto was amazing and the Bolognaise was very good too!
We were celebrating my father in law’s birthday… and the meal was a disaster. We waited for an hour ab a half for our food to show up. The manager kept saying they were very backed up on pizzas… was just awful, won’t be there again.
The waiter tried really hard to manage being beyond slammed. Bread…I think it might have been left over cold pizza. Grotto salad was basically iceberg lettuce with one olive and maybe Swiss cheese. Entrees were tasty enough.
My galfriends and I went to Grotto for Houston Restaurant Weeks, and overall, we had a really great time. For the most part, the food was all delicious. My salmon dish came with a pea risotto I didn't particularly care for, but the salmon itself and everything else I ordered was fantastic. Also, the waiter we started out with was not the one we finished with, and I want to give kudos to the waiter who stepped in at the last second to take care of us after the first one went MIA. He was really sweet, and we appreciate everything he did. The only other complaint I had was that we ended up next to a family with a small baby who would not stop crying, and the family refused to do anything about it. We didn't get relief until they finally left. That, however, is not the fault of the restaurant. I mean they had to put them somewhere. I just wish we hadn't have been the ones to draw the short straw, as the crying baby was constantly disrupting our fun. But overall, we were still very happy with the experience and we hope to come back again soon. Maybe next time, we'll try the lunch hour on a weekday when there aren't as many families with small children out and about. ;)
Celebrating 50th Birthday, excellent service and drinks!
We had several choices downtown to dine. Grotto did not disappoint us or our grandkids. And, several Gluten-free options.
Pretty good food. Could be seasoned a tad bit more and the portions are sorta on the small side for the price. But overall, still a good place good experience.
it was nice everything was well, good service, hostess was a bit rude
Restaurant weeks gave us a chance to try this restaurant in our neighborhood. Unfortunately did not impress with bad service and not really trying to showcase themselves. Asked waiter who said it is what it is.
I don’t even know where to start with the service. Wine took over 20 minutes to arrive. Food took an hour, but the worst was when the check was dropped at our table right after we started our main course (was not asked for) and a quick apology for the time it took to bring the wine. No mention of how our food was, if we wanted another bottle of wine or if after we finished we wanted dessert. The food was good so beyond disappointing with the service.
Nice place to have an anniversary dinner. Good food and drinks and the service was above and beyond.
Food tasted great. All our meals were delicious. But the appetizers were too small to really share and they were pricey. (The meatballs small plate/appetizer was literally 4 small 1-bite sized meatballs in tiny glass cups for $13). Good location for where we were staying and easily walkable from several surrounding hotels. Service was ok but was overall a little slow. Final thought -- never been to an Italian restaurant that didn't serve any bread!
Great food and great service as always. No valet available, which is the only thing not perfect about it.
The whole staff did a wonderful job in making my baby girl feel special on her 15th birthday. We booked a 12 person table for her and her friends and we were able to be seated discreetly nearby. Everything was perfect! Thanks!
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Grotto - Downtown Houston is rated 4.4 stars by 992 OpenTable diners.
Grotto - Downtown Houston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/default.asp.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.