Grotto - Downtown Houston

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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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vipluvit5
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with great ambiance

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ScottO
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Friends Group

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TerBer
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant near so much in downtown Houston! We had reservations (so glad as it was crowded) and were promptly seated. Server was amazing - he guided us thru the menu and had great suggestions. The only reason we did not rate the food 5 stars was the bread that accompanied our anti-pasta board. It was a little too smoky for our taste - a little overbearing. Wine selection is very good. We had a couple of small plate selections that were amazing. It was a wonderful dinner experience. We'll be back!

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LilyR
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Red Snapper was delicious!

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vipKLM2
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Very fast service! Waiter was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eagles concert

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were sat outside, waited 15 minutes and no one came to our table. We left. Terrible service!

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DeeM
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food. Seated quickly. Not an overwhelming amount of options but good. Cheesecake was delicious.

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MKate
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent.

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JudeD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Grotto in Houston...what a find. Came upon it while walking by and decided to make reservations. Nothing but a positive experience and the food was awesome to boot.

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vipIab33
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was impersonal and transactional. The food quality was ok but pasta dishes had an appropriate amount of meat but barely any pasta. I heard multiple other tables mention this also.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. One of my downtown favorites. Any pizza is great. The grilled cheese and soup is the best!!!

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AnnV
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered 4 small plates. All were presented nicely and tasted great. Wine was perfect with everything. Favorite was the short ribs.

Server was very attentive. Gave us free dessert for our anniversary celebration.

Would definitely return. This place would also be great for a group.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service!

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vipLynnM
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All of our entrees and salads were delicious! Fun atmosphere but a little too noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good date night with great food and drinks.

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KeriG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was wonderful!!! Do need reservations on those busy nights, but the staff was so wonderful to help!

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KathleenM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had first visited The Grotto two years ago and enjoyed it so much that it was the first place we ate upon our return. Everyone loved their experience! The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. It felt like visiting a favorite neighborhood spot! We can't wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for friends birthday, excellent service and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Overall was fine just not much attention to table or even raising our special occasion as birthday was on Valentines Day...not one mention from the host or waiter and was seating in high traffic area 15ft from the front door.

Food was great, host and wait staff could be more accommodating as appetizer plates were empty and still on table when entree arrived making it a challenge to place the entree down.

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Klein
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an incredible meal! Wine list is amazing. Small plate fav was the Short rib gnocchi, the Skewers were also fantastic. Delish! For entree the Capra and Osso Bucco were perfection! Highly recommend this place. Can't wait to return!

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vipSedona
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Contemporary restaurant in the heart of downtown. Frequent the Galleria location, but there is no comparison and this will be my go to from this point forward. From the appetizers to main course, everything my wife and I ate burst with flavors. The wine list is extensive and fit our "by the glass" desire. Traffic is heavy, so if you have the option of taking an UBER or similar, my suggestion is to do so as parking can be a headache given the nature of the area.

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Eatr
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! I loved the fettuccini Alfredo with chicken. We called ahead so that we could get our order quick, and that was very well accomidated

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MaryAnneT
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered a few of the small plates just to get a variety and it was wonderful. Butternut tortellini, steak bites, ceasar salad, Calamari and Short Rib Gnocchi. They all were delish!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and environment. The Lobster Bisque is a must try!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Valentines night and the atmosphere was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was amazing and quite easy to get there! I am so coming back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not a great service experience. Table seating location was poor also given we had a reservation for 6 and their were other nice table locations.

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vipSheila
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The service was fantastic from the hostess stand to the waiter. The food was really good as well I just wish that they had more healthier options. The noise lever was significant

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EdnaD
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

love the food but this is the 3rd time i’ve come and been given an excuse for why there’s no pizza bread for the table.. not cool

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SheliJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and food! Will definitely be back!

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JCARLOS
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, outstanding service (Nathalie is her name).

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, feats atmosphere. Service was very friendly and made great recommendations. Will come back again

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AndrewO
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone really like me the food. Cool place inside too

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luncher22
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went there for a quick bite before a Dynamo game. The food was good (we got a wood-fired pizza, meatballs, and a salad), though the portions did seem a bit small for the price. That said, given the location and all things considered, we really enjoyed it. It's got a great, dark vibe too which would be perfect for a date night spot.

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vipRaven
Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice tapas location with a wide mix of foods to choose from... Enjoyable food and enjoyable atmosphere for those looking for a relaxing meal

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Bonnie
Central Texas
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went in for a bite after a concert and post-concert reception. I really appreciated that my server listened when I said I was hungry but not starving, and then was able to recommend an appropriately sized meal that satisfied my hunger without leaving me overstuffed. Very attentive, especially as I was dining alone on a Sunday evening. Would love to return for a full dinner at some point!

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RheannaH
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The hostesses were awkward and not really friendly. It took 20 minutes to get the wine we ordered. They brought the wrong glass the first time. They were out of two of the food items I tried to order. Overall it was very disappointing for the price.

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vipJoeR
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We had a reservation for 6:30, arrived about 10 minutes early but the table wasn't available until about 7. The table was decent although it was near the kitchen entrance so a bit loud. The waiter quickly showed up and took our drink order, but after that he was pretty scarce. We didn't get the complimentary bread which was small pizza slices until we requested them and that took awhile to get and it was a very small portion. The waiter apologized and said they were running out because so many people ordered pizza that night which takes up oven space so that impacts them being able to cook enough of the complimentary pizza. The appetizer (fried calamari) arrived quickly and was really good. The food arrived and all of our meals were very small portions (we joked that maybe we should order a pizza to take back to our room since we will probably be hungry). We had an assortment of foods (5 of us) and two of us really liked the flavor. The other 3 were disappointed. Since we still had room for desert, we ordered an assortment plate plus the cookies and donuts. Nothing was that great of all those deserts.

We have stayed downtown for the Chevron marathon every year for the last 5 years and this is our first and last time to eat at Grotto. It always surprises me when a restaurant knows well in advance of a big event that will impact their business yet still not at all prepared?! On to the next one...

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vipJenniferC
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was packed so service was a little slow but our waitress was great. Food, as always was amazing!