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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.
Houston, TX 77010
Hours of Operation:
Friday and Saturday: 11am-11pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking Garage available with 3 hour validation.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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