Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.6
439 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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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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What 439 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Antonio
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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S
Houston
3 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
1 review
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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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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LS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Grotto never disappoints! Great food and location.

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LG
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Girls night out before Journey concert. Waiter split Grotto salad for us and we split 2 small plates of tenderloins and paramesan FF and Chicken Pizza along with drinks... more than enough food. So relaxing and fun for the four of us!!

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

Eric was fantastic server!

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C
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Too dark. Menu too limited

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening! Really enjoyed the food and the environment!

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DG
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

This is one of our "go to" restaurants in Downtown Houston. The food is always especially tasty. One thing that could be improved upon is the service. It is often erratic and uneven. We don't, however, let that ruin what is otherwise a lovely dinner.

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MM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance + great food! Loved the industrial chic decor!

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I visited Grotto Downtown for our 1 year wedding anniversary and we absolutely enjoyed ourselves! With excellent service, amazing food, and fun (but relaxing) atmosphere, we definitely will be back!

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M
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great oasis for lunch. The food never disappoints.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Overall the food had too much red pepper, 3 dishes all way too spicy for what it was.

The service was way below average/expectations. Will not return.

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k
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We met some friends there before seeing the ELO concert. Perfect for what we were doing. We could park nearby and Grotto takes a reservation so we didn't have to worry about having a table. Great choice for dinner before a concert or sports event downtown. We will definitely go back. Very unique decor. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service
Music could be turned down a notch

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PL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always... phenomenal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very knowledgeable about Gluten Free and also but together a great option for another guest at our table with dietary restrictions.

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LM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

There were four of us. Two loved their meal and two did not. The chicken dishes were very dry and tough. The restaurant is nice and our waitress was awesome.

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S
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The environment, food and service was very good. I would definitely recommend.

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RG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and food. Loved the silent waiter approach of the wait staff

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JL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Only major complaint is that there is no valet available on the weekends. This makes going there very inconvenient if you are not already at the George R Brown convention center.
Food is delicious, and ambiance is very nice.

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SC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very great atmosphere, many upscale choices to try some authetic Italian tastes.

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L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. We asked the server for a minute to look over the drink menu after joining our friends that had already ordered and received drinks. She promptly returned a few minutes later, at which point we already had a chance to look over the menu. So we ordered drinks and food all together. After which, the server disappeared and did not bring our drinks until after the food arrived, offering no apology or explanation as to the delay. Very disappointing service, first time I've had this poor of service at the Grotto Downtown.

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OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy exceptional service and high quality food here.

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S
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

this was a so so experience, slow service although making an effort, food was ok, nothing special, but not bad, very loud and uncomfortable

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LG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I liked it so much I went twice during my stay in Houston. Thank you for hosting the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 2018 Boule. Your staff provided excellent service to our members.

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SG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very friendly staff. Service was good considering the restaurant was extremely busy.

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