Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.6
464 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday and Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday: 11am-9pm


Happy Hour
Monday - Friday: 3pm - 7pm
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Phone number
(713) 658-0752
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sean Hochstein
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Parking Garage available with 3 hour validation.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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.

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December 24 | 11am - 9pm

Monday, December 24, 2018

What 464 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Houston
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and the service impeccable. Great wine list and the atmosphere is very energetic. One of my “go to” restaurants.

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ML
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good, but the portions were extremely small for the price. We were a party of four, but they seated us at a table that should have only accommodated 2 people, causing the table to be extremely crowded. Additionally, the restaurant was very loud which made conversation difficult.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Pepper tuna appetizer was terrific! So was the lobster bisque.

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M
Kansas City
73 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grotto - Downtown Houston is an excellent restaurant. The food and the service are both very good. This is a good choice when dining in downtown Houston.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great, but service was pretty slow. Took 20+ minutes after we ordered our 2nd drink to receive it.

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k
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere. Staff was very friendly. Also right next to Discovery Green, so plenty to do in the area after!

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S
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with perfect service by the wait staff.

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TT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around!

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SW
Oklahoma City
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

We enjoyed our meal but the noise level was out of control. It was impossible to have a conversation.

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C
London
114 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and service was outstanding as well. The chicken cutlet is delicious and I loved the spinach salad. Also, the meatball appetizer is amazing

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit to Grotto Downtown. The restaurant's architecture and decor is very modern and the vibe there is awesome. Our server was just the sweetest and so helpful. Our food was AMAZING. Highly recommend.

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K
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The service was some of the worst we have ever had. The young man could have cared less if we were there or not. We had to stop him as he went by our table for the 5th time to get time to take our order. Never came back once to see if we need anything or how our meal was. The restaurant was not busy so no excuse for this.
Poor rating on food is because our dishes were extremely spicy and no were did it say that on menu. Go to Grotto in Westheimer. Much better all round.

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was terrific. Wonderful selections of Italian fare. Our server wasn’t friendly or attentive. The noise level was extremely high so conversation in my group of four was difficult.

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DS
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food ever! Was there for the International Quilt Festival. Can’t say how great the food was, service and staff!!!!

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MC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened in for lunch. The food was so good we made reservation for dinner before leaving!

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SH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Music is WAY too loud for conversation

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at Grottos was exceptional. Originally we were seated close to a door. Every time the door was opened a gust of wind would blow in. One of our guest has ear problems. The hostess promptly moved us with no issues whatsoever. The food was absolutely phenomenal! We started with the Chef's Board and I highly recommend that. Portions were perfect - not too little - not too much. When we ordered the wine the waitstaff questioned what we liked in a wine and recommended one to us. We will definitely be back! If I had any complaint - and it really is not one - it was loud. However, there was an event in town so it was packed and the interior doesn't really help with sound absorption. Don't change a thing though!

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l
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Grotto several times, mostly the one off Westheimer. This one is much better in my opinion. Service and ambiance is great at both places, but the food here is much better. The peach bellini is very tasty. Dessert-strawberry cake-was very good. Chef's charcuterie plate was devine. My friend and I shared the mussels, tuna crostini, and fried calamari, all delish. Our other friend ate the meatball and pasta and she was very happy with it. Would def recommend and will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Appetizers or the small plates are very good and nicely done. Seafood are just ok.. not fresh.

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JS
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was really good, however service was exceptionally poor. Hostess was rude and sat people, who had reservations after ours, first. Then there was no table for us after they texted our table was ready. They said they were bringing bread and failed to do so. Food took too long, then after we got our check the waiter never came back to run the card. We had to go looking for someone to pay so we weren’t late for the concert. The service ruined what would have been a lovely dinner. The restaurant is very pretty.

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JM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Grotto is one of my favorites and it starts at the door when the amazing receptionist remembers my name because I come there so much. The food is excellent and the prices are fine for downtown.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's was a great location if you are attending a conference. The food was good and the service was excellent.

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F
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from the moment we were greeted to the time we left. The hostess...she was/is simply the best!!!!

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DC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for events at Minute Maid Park as well as convention center

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G
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

To much garlic in the pasta took way too long to get our food. Mixed up the checks. Just not good

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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j
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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PF
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Service was great, but the noise level was too much. My date and I sat across from each other and basically had to yell in order to hear what the other was saying. Food was just okay (FYI, by no means am I a "Foodie", so take my food review with a grain of salt).

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S
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with great service I've come to expect from Grotto

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OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Luis was absolutely wonderful.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top to bottom Five stars!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was way past our reservation and management made up for it and made it right. Thank you amazing staff.

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JJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We liked the restaurant but the service was exceptionally slow for a day when there were very few customers. It shouldn’t take 40 minutes to get a thin crust margarita pizza.

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SN
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good but not very hot. May have been sitting a while before served.

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TS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had both lunch and dinner, best Salmon sandwich I have ever had seasoned perfectly.
Good quick pizza for dinner. Recommend anytime

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LR
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I was there this Saturday Sep, 15th to celebrate my birthday with very special friends. From working for a couple of years as a bartender and server all I have to say from my experience at grotto downtown is that service could have been a lot better. Our experience was not the best.

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A
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were greeted by our waiter minutes after being seated. Had water and their signature flatbread right away. Drinks arrived quickly as did the appetizers. Our main courses arrived promptly after the appetizers were cleared but never felt rushed. (We were heading to Astro game so we did have a time constraint that we had shared with our waiter.) The manager stopped by to check on our food and service. All in all a nice experience.

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CL
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and outstanding service. A great place to grab a bite before a show or game. Service is top notch and food is always amazing!

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JK
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! Went with a group and shared small plates and ordered entrees. Our server was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the menu when we had questions. Would go back in a heartbeat and recommend.

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OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a very cool place, food and service are excellent.

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