Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.4
1016 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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  • Limited number of seated diners
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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

CK
CarolK
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the staff was quick and attentive

BB
BeckyBee
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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Lobo
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner after an Astros game. We had a reservation for later but arrived early. Being a Landry’s member we were seated immediately anyway. Excellent service by Hayden even though it was very crowded and the food was top notch as always!! Always a favorite place to eat when downtown!!

ME
vipMegE
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and cocktails were all terrific! First time to downtown location. Will be back!!!!

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vipkls0728
San Antonio
42 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was impeccable. The good was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast and friendly service. The food tasted amazing and filled me up well. Will definitely be going back!

C
vipCatfish
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Loved the spot, loved the food, but the service wasn’t great!

D
vip2Dbuilder
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jacob was very attentive and prompt. We loved our food and will return.

DE
DonE
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food but somewhat pricey. The restaurant was clean and well staffed. Server was very attentive and professional. Only disappointment was all extras were a' la carte.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in Houston. This place was great. Big crowds because of baseball playoff games. Food was great, with many choices and service was phenomenal. Visited 4 times in three days.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic and the food was fresh and delicious

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Disappointed. The water container set on the table was dirty on the inside. It had food particles floating inside of it. It was gross and we needed up getting Panna bottle water. Our server was distracted and forgot several items we requested and we waited for a while to get a napkin and extra salad dressing.

DH
DianaH
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance too loud I thought the genre of music was not acceptable for the style of restaurant.
It though was a fantastic evening….

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mother to be, Bday dinner… She loved it!
Salad, pizza, pasta. Fresh ingredients, in house made. Light and flavorful. Reasonably priced for food and service. A bit crowded with an above average noise level which took away the personal intimacy but otherwise, Recommend!

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leesat1
Austin
27 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good all around. particularly loved short rib gnocchi, mussels, steak skewers, comp pizza bites, wine list, salads & fish special. exceptional service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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fryingpanriver
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The manager was assisting every server to ensure prompt and efficient service. Our server (sorry that I can’t recall her name) knew from our reservation that my wife had several food allergies and she accommodated them appropriately.

SL
SteveL
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is different, ver good. Service was excellent.

RG
RuthG
Naples
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was an ok experience, somewhat expensive for the value.

LH
LacyH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food! Had the short rib gnocchi and meat supreme pizza. Great happy hour drinks and excellent service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! Their homemade ricotta was delicious on the bruschetta and then I got the Short Rib Ricotta Gnocchi and it was one of the best meals I have had in a while. Definitely recommend!!

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pcookie
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I liked the ambiance and the bread. The staff was kind, although a but of a wait to order and checkout, but being with friends and chit chatting it didn’t really bother us that much. It was just noticeable. The pasta dishes we ordered was ok, Im sure there is better to try. The bruschetta was good, just needed the bread toasted a little more. Overall a “good experience”.

CB
CocoB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pasta verdura was delicious. Shot glass size of tiramisu is just the right amount.

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henryg
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Filthy Restrooms
Very disgusting
No dress code as previously was there
Looks like a youths bar now
Never will bringing my business partners there again, never again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food. Nice atmosphere.

TG
TerraG
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pizza and salad was very good and worth it, i would definitely go back and for sure would recommend!

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vipbabybear
Houston
50 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our cute male waiter was fantastic!
He kept giggling and telling us all of THE best foods to order.
I have never had such an incredible, great experience in my life at Grotto. Give that man a raise!!

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evansmme
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The bolognese was very good - my son had a pepperoni pizza that was too oily. The service was great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Horrible experience for Houston restaurant week

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointing customer service. We were very excited to eat here, reviews and food pictures looked great, and in the midst of COVID they had the option of outdoor seating. When we arrived we were told they were a little short on staff so bear with them on service time, we were waiting for others in our party so this was not a big deal. After nearly an hour and not even water was brought to us we were finally able to speak to a manager who essentially said outside was closed and we shouldn’t have been seated, and she could serve us herself but it would be slow service. And even though the CDC encourages people to try to avoid gathering indoors, citing that outdoor dining is safer to prevent COVID- The host told us we should not be dining out at all if we preferred to sit outside because of our concern about COVID.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall good experience in Downtown. Unfortunately had children on both sides of us for date night and were playing loud shows which killed the mood a bit.

Food and wine was good but value was not as great as I’d like. Service was somewhat slow but overall good experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is our third or fourth time at the Grotto. As before everything was really good. The short rib gnocchi my wife said was fabulous. I added some pasta to my shrimp dish and that to was fabulous. O my the chocolate cake is like no other. It’s a must if you like chocolate. Waitress seamed timid as maybe new but did a fine job. Can’t wait to the next time we are in town to eat here again.

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Catkins
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

HORRIBLE SERVICE.....We waited 10 minutes after we were seated before a server even stopped to look at us. Then the drinks too forever -- one glass of wine and one cocktail (which was wrong). Once the food arrived it was OK....undercooked pasta in the Carbonara, tossed salad was bitter and under dressed and when I asked for additional dressing I was told they really didn't have a dressing they could bring out to me for that particular salad???? So, then she just delivered ceasar. I had asked for a side salad, she offered a tossed side, which I accepted. When it arrived it was huge - obviously the dinner portion, which I questioned and was told it was a side salad!!! When the bill came, sure enough I was charged for the $17 dinner portion. The waitress took it to the manager who removed it because she said "it was obvious you didn't like it"....Just one thing wrong after the other! I really really wanted to love this place! I'll recommend but BEWARE!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Excruciatingly long wait. We got a table immediately but then waited on our server for hours. She said there would be bread but it was still cooking. Never got bread. She would leave and not come back for a long time. We were there for almost 3 hours.
Our server charged us for an item incorrectly. The only saving Grace was the manager who finally stepped in to help. She fixed our ticket error and helped us pay and get out of there. She was extremely nice and was doing her job plus everyone else’s. I wish I remembered her name because she was great. We Will not be going back.

S
4Star
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food!

G
vipGodwin
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Horrible experience.

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Grotto - Downtown Houston is rated 4.4 stars by 1016 OpenTable diners.

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