Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.4
926 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Conveniently located at Avenida Houston and connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Grotto Downtown offers a chic, vibrant dining experience in the heart of Houston—within walking distance to Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center and Discovery Green. Unlike any other Grotto, Downtown offers a new look with a rustic, warehouse style interior and exposed brick. From small and shareable plates, fresh and local salads to refreshing and dynamic Italian cuisine, Grotto’s menu also offers a selection of curated craft beers, Grappa and wine—the ideal place for any occasion whether it’s lunch, happy hour, a business meeting or dinner in the city. Valet is available at the entrance of Grotto Downtown for $11 cash, or it can be added to your check inside. Self-parking is also available at the Avenida North parking garage, directly across the street on Rusk, where we will validate up to 3 hours for free.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 926 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CesarF
Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at Grotto while we celebrated my son’s graduation. The service and food were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience highly recommend!!

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vipfoodie
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, but the service was really slow last night. This was a different experience than we had before.

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ElizabethK
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was unremarkable. We ordered Chicken Parmesan and Francese, the chicken cutlet was thick, dry and crunchy, the sauce was not baked on. It was very disappointing. The pasta was hard and there was an odd spice in the Francese. The appetizers were good but very small portions. The service was good. Would not go back, for the money it was a let down.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous dinner at the Grotto! Fabulous food and service!

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Foodie4Fun
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner at Grotto. Food was great and staff was friendly.

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vipAuroraG
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, especially the panini sliders and the bolognese dish.

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vipLorenaB
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Food and wonderful place for italian food !

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RichardV
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for date night. We went in the evening on a Saturday and the place was great. Service was good, food and drinks were great and the overall vibe was perfect. 10/10.

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JillS
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool ambience, great food and drink, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was absolutely delicious and it was tasting experience for new flavors and palettes. My favorite was the mussels, chicken pasta, and olives!

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vipCurtH
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was inventive, tasty, and flavorful. More so than other Italian restaurants.

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vipMomaru
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We really enjoy our Mother's day dinner. the food was on point and delicious. Server was acting really busy but not unpleasant.

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LaylaP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place. Good ambience and friendly service. Highly recommend.

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Globetrotter921
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good variety and unique choices. Pasta was better than pizza. Efficient service was welcome as we had lunch before the Astros game.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went in a group of 11. The space was tight and the music was extremely loud. The food was fantastic so that made up for the atmosphere. Would still go back but probably not in a group larger than 4.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Food was amazing!! Service was terrible. We had to ask multiple times to find our server. Had to ask other servers for more drinks, water and to bus our table. Heard another customer talking to the manager about the service and he raised his voice at her and told her to sit down. Ridiculous!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
69 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food.

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AliceS
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grotto is one of our favs! Always a great experience every time!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience, we were in town for a volleyball tournament and the restaurant is right next-door to the convention center. The food was absolutely amazing, we tried The shrimp pasta, the chicken with goat cheese pasta and several people ordered different pizzas, the pizzas were so good the dough was thin but very soft and tasty, the margarita pizza was my favorite with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella

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LunchinTexas
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doing a Ferris Bueller Day - enjoyed lunch at The Grotto before the Astros’ afternoon game

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vipCindy8000
London
189 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, beverages and service were great. Get the meatball appetizers and the grilled cheese-tomato soup ones too!
The grapefruit cocktails were so delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad service

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TomH
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was good, but the menu is restricted to only a few items. I would have preferred more items on the menu to find something more suitable to my tastes. I would recommend Grotto, but with qualifications.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Let me start by saying the food was delicious but not as much as I expected for the price. I gave a poor rating because of the service we had. Our waitress never came back after bringing our food- never. We were completely out of water, our glasses, the carafe and other drinks. When she did finally return with our bill she had split the appetizers into each of our bills, even though we didn’t purchase them nor ask to do so. She apologized for not coming back- only to say it’s been a busy night????????

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vipKgood
Phoenix
57 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience. The calamari was over salted and over cooked. The person serving water touched the rim of the glass over and over. The noise was too loud to speak to the person across the table. You may think all of this is petty so now I will tell you the worst part; this restaurant does not list all ingredients, even the major ones, on the menu description. We asked if a dish contained something we are very allergic to. They replied no. After 5 or so bites we discovered the ingredient, pointed it out to the waitress, she shrugged and said she put it on the ticket. I guess she was concerned about her tip at this point. No attempt to make it right or take it off the check. This place is a complete joke. I wasted my money and an opportunity to have a nice night with my family whom I rarely see.

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Indigo
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Good vegan selection and amazing drinks menu

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant, it is always the first stop when we get to Houston. Great food, good variety and great service!

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DarrylH
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and better service. We experienced no issues during our dinner...however, the music was a bit loud. However, not loud enough to mention it.

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Tonya
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from out of town and had a party of 23 and Shaun was very accomodating! Service and fod was 5+ stars!! Loved the atmosphere.

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LANinTX
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent services, nice ambiance.

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vipnanou
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fuimos en pareja porque nos quedaba caminando del hotel
La comida deliciosa y el servicio regular
La mesa muy amable pero hacia sola demasiadas cosas desde la barra hasta las mesas
Falta de personal y la chica de le entrada solo estaba viendo su reloj para irse y no tenía ningún compromiso con la empresa
La pasta deliciosa !!!!!!

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vipJBreen
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess did a great job! we had to make reservations for 2 tables because none were available for 9. The hostess put tables together so we could all be together. Food great, service great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great service, extremely accommodating for our big group of 15. Totally appreciate Sarah!!! We will be coming back the first weekend of May.

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LauraT
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are there 2 nights in a row and both nights the service was great and food was delicious!

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vipStephenC
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Overall an OK experience. It was very loud inside - hard to talk. Pizza was OK. Chicken Francaise was just OK. Its supposed to have a cream/wine sauce on it, and there was no sauce. Not a bad experience, just not great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The manager Brian Volk needs leadership and customer service training. So rude and disrespectful. Probably needs training on bias...no other excuse for the way we were treated. Awful and disgusting.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Not a good experience at all. The food took a long time to get out and was not prepared as explained by the server. Moreover, the shrimp were NOT deveined 🤢. I mentioned this and showed the server the issue and nothing was said or done to compensate for the horrible experience. I will never visit this place or hold future company meetings here again.

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DanB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was very nice. Wait staff was timely and professional

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ChristiM
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

My husband and I each ordered an entree and he ordered one glass of wine. We spent $67+tip and left hungry. I wouldn't recommend going unless you want to spend a lot of money for a small amount of okay food. The services was good. I guess our money went primarily toward rent given the expensive location downtown at Discovery Green.

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Grotto - Downtown Houston is rated 4.4 stars by 926 OpenTable diners.

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