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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OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beef short ribs gnocchi is amazing

R
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, and didn’t take terribly long consider the busyness of the restaurant. Our server was not on his game at the beginning but he turned it around quickly. Would certainly come again.

EB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my wife here for her birthday. The food was delicious, great drinks, and great service. Executive Chef Sean Hocstein personally came out to check on us and wish my wife happy birthday. We will definitely be back

L
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Reminds us of a NYC environment!

F
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We took some friends for dinner before a Broadway play and had a great time. The service and food were great, fun atmosphere. Our only "issue" was our waitress said she'd take care of the valet (it's usually comp'd with our Presidents Select club status). It was than added to our bill. A manager never came to the table (they usually do). We didn't have time to fight the parking charge as we were in a hurry to get out of the door. We will come back but the parking was a bit annoying.

JD
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice location. Great ambiance. Great for date nights or for friends or before or after Astros games

p
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our Daughter out for dinner before she spent her first night in a door room (and a College meal plan). It was the perfect place to have dinner. This Location has a very vibrate upscale vibe. The whole experience made her feel like a grown up with a bright future.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dinner. We had a bottle of Sangria and their chef board with meats, cheeses, and picked vegetables. It was a great dinner.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was fantastic! However, I thought it was a little overpriced when compared to the portion received. Overall very enjoyable restaurant. The noise level may be a little high for some people when the restaurant is filled up.

T
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply great. Delicious on time.

OT
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for my daughters bday. She loved it and it’s a Really nice atmosphere.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my daughters here after we saw The Nutcracker. Food and service were amazing!

DL
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Enjoyed the food and ambience. Came for lunch and the pasta was done just right. Everyone at the table complimented the food. Only downside is service was slow and server not very knowledgeable. For the price point, can provide a much better overall experience for guests, especially given Xochi is an option nearly across the street.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Selected ‘special occasion’ and informed the hostess we were celebrating an engagement. Assumed that information would have provided a more intimate setting oppose to being seated in the cause way of the kitchen and center of restaurant.

Y
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Even with reservations, the wait was longer than expected. The hostess staff were over stretched with no organization which made seating guests difficult.

M
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and the service is always great.

GG
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and great food ! Definitely going back

KH
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Service and food was outstanding. The atmosphere was great and is a very relaxed dining experience. Do not be in a hurry here. Take you time, and enjoy all Grotto has to offer.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food

d
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went before a Rockets game. Everything was great, but little more light in the restaurant would be nice.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food not anywhere near as good as it used to be. Service indifferent, but somewhat acceptable. Poor value. Given our past experience here, and the amount of money we paid, we expected a lot more.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot.

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is amazing. It’s totally different that’s your traditional Grotto. Originally the night started out rough with a waitress that didn’t even come over. The manger had a wonderful waiter take care of us. The manager was on top of our table the rest of the night. The food and atmosphere was fantastic!!!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was so bad that we left.

OT
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

First they brought out some type of flatbreat,waitress said it had a little kick. She was right,might as well have been habanero peppers.Spicy food at an Italian restaurant? 1st time I've ever seen that. We split a grotto salad,it was flavorful but drenched in enough oil and vinegar to swim in. I had asked the waitress for some bread she said yes let me see what we can put together I'm thinking what? So she brings out two pieces of bread cut in half that was toasted this was a first for an Italian restaurant dry nothing to dip in I was just surprised she would just bring out toast. It had the grill marks like it was on a grill. Then our entree came out a breaded cutlet with artichokes on top it wasn't too bad but the spaghetti side that came with it with just a spicy is that opening flatbread it had red peppers in it another first for me I've never had pasta and Italian restaurant that was spicy the one I asked her about it being so spicy, she said well we also offer without being spicy now she tells me after?
I'm glad we split that as well or otherwise I would have been more upset that I spend so much on a dinner that was very disappointing obviously I will not be going there again. Antica Osteria is a cant miss for Italian food we go there regularly, but since we were staying downtown at the Marriott Marquis it was easier just to go across the street to Grotto, for the last time. And the top off this wonderful evening they charged me $2 for the grilled toast as they called it. It wasn't the price it was the fact that they would charge for something like that, first time I've been charged for bread which is usually standard at any restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent. We sat in door and it is a bit loud. It was crowded so I’m very glad we made a reservation.

SK
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good we went back for dinner. The Kale salad was amazing!

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and wonderful food & wine.

JP
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Repeat customer to that location, not many people there on a Sunday afternoon so we decided to go there again. The service was disappointing and incredibly slow. The lunch menu wasn't what was published online which was disappointing. Not sure i would go back to this location again.

JK
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great environment, great food! We will definitely return!

E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pasta wasn't the best but everything else was excellent.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Date night. It was fantastic. Not perfect, but anything that wasn’t perfect, was corrected immediately. Over all a great evening with my perfect wife. Thanks Grotto.

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food choices.Quality was great. Love the small bites presentation.

OT
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

I would have to say this restaurant was just ok. It wasn’t bad, but I can’t say it was very good. The filet was a special that night. For $60, the filet needs to be a much better cut of meat.

AD
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was great. Food was great. Atmosphere was great.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Poor service. Kind of rude. Food was pretty good.

S
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, delicious drinks, service was great & the desserts were a great ending to a fabulous meal!!
Only thing we would’ve liked is some bread to start & accompany the meal instead of the pizza that was served (cold, so hard)

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and environment, especially after a long day of travel.

AS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I was told that we could walk in and get a table and was disappointed when the wait was an hour, so I made reservations for the next night. The wait at the host stand was short while they seated other parties and we were then led to our table that had plenty of room for our party of five. The light was low and reading the menu was a little difficult but not impossible. Our waiter was knowledgeable of the menu and the specials for the day and was very helpful in making our selections for dinner. It was not long before our food was served. Our meals were great! Everyone loved their selections. Initially i thought the portion I got was on the smaller side but was not disappointed by the time I finished.

My only issue was with the chairs. As a larger guy the seats were narrow low on the hips and I couldn't get comfortable. Everything else was fantastic.

W
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service were excellent !