Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.5
1050 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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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 1050 people are saying
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LilianR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! And all the service workers were nice and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It was an average experience. Pizza was maybe below average? Could be better… my boyfriend got the panini’s with tomato soup shooters? He said that was okay? I feel like I paid more for the name and the ambiance

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AnthonyO
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Do not use the valet in front of the Grotto. Operated by sovereign services. It’s a complete rip off & will over charge you if your not paying attention.

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Mary3900
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So grateful that Grotto is open for lunch. The PANINI SHOOTERS and SKEWERS were wonderful.

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FrankD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was pretty good. The Grouper was excellent. The Chicken dish was a little tough but the flavor was really good. Our server seemed distracted (we had to find someone else to bring us water and when he disappeared for an extended time a different person came to take our order - then he showed up to complete the order). and described the grouper as "fried" so I did not get it - although my wife did. It was actually pan sauteed and excellent.
The restaurant is an awkward space - it is too narrow for three rows of tables - making it very difficult to walk through and too wide for 2 rows. We both sat on the bench to the side but customers who had more guests at their table and so had people sitting in the "aisle" seemed to be frequently uncomfortable. I would make sure that if you choose this restaurant (and the food itself was good) that you avoid sitting in the tightest spots.

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NadineF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Made a reservation for my birthday dinner. We were greeted by a friendly hostess however she seated us right next to a very lively party of 20 we asked to be seated at a booth but were told those had to be requested and were reserved. I was a bit disappointed and We did ask for a quieter table and we’re accommodated to the other side of the restaurant nice window table.
I have to say the food was excellent and our waitress was great. I know some places do special extras like a dessert for a birthday this one does not.
I’d say this is a fun place for a casual night out.

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vipDougB
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

No complaints about the food or service. I want the full menu to come back.

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KristenF
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, atmosphere great, ordered the gluten free pasta Straw and Hay dinner and it was Ahhhhmazing! Best Alfredo I’ve ever had.

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vipMonicaD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and perfect combination between ambiance and low noise level

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PaulA
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is delicious and flavorful I love. I had the seafood pasta, don't know the exact name for it lol but it was bomb. Just wished it was a bigger portion for what it was.

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

Everything was amazing. Would recommend for any occasion

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vipRobE
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food , good service

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BrunoS
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere with friendly, capable waitstaff. Food and drink were great! Recommend highly. Parking in nearly garage validated.

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vipYolandaR
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the patio had a great server and the food was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful visit for our first real meal in Houston! Diverse enough menu to give options to varied diets and everything was delicious!

Our waitress was so sweet and we would absolutely return again.

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Brett
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We had reservations for 13 and everyone ordered different dishes. No one finished their meals and most everyone comment on the salt level. It was very high.

I ordered the salmon and I could not finish it. The side dishes were delicious, but had an off-putting appearance due to the color.

Waiter had to be flagged down everytime we needed to order or someone joined us, but he was waiting a considerable amount of tables for a single server. *I get employee shortage and that's why I did not rate service lower.

That's a first and last for us.

KM
vipKellyM
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d give the ambiance 6 stars if I could.
Chowder and burgers were great !

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JonR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambience was excellent, and the service was also excellent. The small flat breads with tomato sauce (given at the beginning of the meal) were a little cold, but not too bad. The calamari small plate was interesting, but a bit diluted with some fried vegetables. Would have liked more calamari… The Caesar salad was decent, but nothing to write home about. The two pasta dishes we got were outstanding! That is where the meal really shined. If I return, I would go straight to cocktails and pasta, and I do intend to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for having food drink and being with the love of your life. Great service and food is great.

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Mary3900
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. We loved the small plates. Service was excellent. Our favorite part of the meal was the wedding cake. Perfect portion for two.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza and atmosphere!

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CurtH
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always do Grotto when we are downtown for an event. A Favorite

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LaSa
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the service was great! I can't wait to go back!

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vipAnnonymous
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Artisan charcuterie board was very good. Caesar’s Salad was pretty good but not great. Very good drinks.

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vipjcbohn
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, attentive service, very loud but they turned the music down when we asked

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GeeeeeS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was our favorite part about Houston! Our waitress was incredibly and so kind, and the food was amazing! Will definitely be coming back.

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peat
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding. A little noisy for me. Staff were helpful and courteous. I highly recommend this place. Actually I did.

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CoryM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, Service, Atmosphere so fun before the game!!

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terencemcmahon
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Loud! Had to wait for waiter, delays for pizza. Ordered two small appetizers, cost $40. Taste was good though, value was poor!

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vipLizzy
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just had apps but the bruschetta was amazing. Atmosphere was very good, too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were wonderful as always, and only a short walk to the World Series game!

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vipvintagevino
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Meatball appetizer, pepperoni pizza, chopped salad were all excellent. Chocolate cake was best that I have had.

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vipBCBC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Whitney was excellent! Very responsive and continually made sure we were happy with everything

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Chrissy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It’s ok..
Food & drinks were fine. Ordered pasta & no bread served. Nothing extra to make you feel special.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

This was my second time coming to Grotto-Downtown and I did not have a good experience, unlike my first time coming. The server seemed rushed and rarely checked on me. I wanted to enjoy more wine but due to the service I left. Customer service is very important. I was in anticipation of the quiet evening enjoying great wine and food. The ambiance was superb and intimate however the service over shadowed the experience for me. Highly unlikely to come back in near future.

JM
vipJimM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Not what I expected, and can’t compare to the Grotto at Westheimer and 610. Very limited menu downtown, although what was served was good. Tables are packed together and the servers are harried. We waited to be seated until 6:20 for a 5:45 reservation.
My main complaint is that it really shouldn’t be called “Grotto” because it is nothing like the other one. It is really false advertising for them to both have the same name.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We had a reservation to eat before a concert. They could not seat us.had to sit and eat at bar with an over worked bartender trying to take care of us.

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CarolK
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We went to this restaurant before a concert at the Toyota Center in Houston. My food came out semi warm. My husband had Spaghetti and a meatball and his was hot. We wanted parmesan cheese and had to track someone down to get the Parmesan Cheese. It was very loud in the restaurant and we had a hard time hearing each other. Do not think I would visit this restaurant in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the staff was quick and attentive

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BeckyBee
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined before the James Taylor concert. Our server, a delightful young lady, was terrific and helpful. We ordered a selection of small plates and they all were delicious. The meatballs were presented in small glass jars, both clever and helpful. The cavatelli was creamy and tasty, the tenderloin skewers tender and juicy and the bruschetta was unique in its use of ricotta instead of mozzarella. All in all a dining delight.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Grotto - Downtown Houston using the Order Online button. Grotto - Downtown Houston also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 658-0752.

Grotto - Downtown Houston is rated 4.5 stars by 1050 OpenTable diners.

Grotto - Downtown Houston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/default.asp.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.