Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.6
1073 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
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1073 people are saying
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vipJenniferC
Houston
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I always make a reservation at Grotto the night before the Houston Marathon and was glad I did since the wait was 2 hours! Love the small plate options and everything was delicious, as always!!

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None
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was great. Server was disinterested and hence took a long time to get lunch done. Not sure why as only seemed to be waiting on two tables.

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AbbyP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great appetizers for a fun night out! Great vibe

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DiegoL
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! I’ll be back very soon. Starters, Entrees and Desserts are very taste and good presentation. 5 stars! A highly recommended restaurant in Houston Downtown.

GJ
GarettJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food & vibe! We will definitely be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall2food5service5ambience5

We arrived at 7:30 and told we had 5 minutes to order because the kitchen was closing. We were allowed one drink order. We ended up ordering super fast, eating as fast as we could so we didn’t inconvenience the server and kitchen. Why would you accept a reservation if we needed to be out by 8pm? It was horrible. The food was fine, server nice, but overall stressful and we felt like we imposed on the restaurant because they were trying to close. The hostess was annoyed we showed up. We had a 7:30 reservation so maybe there was a glitch that they accepted a reservation so late. We ended up walking down the road to Pappasitos after dinner and ordering way more food and drinks. Never again, will I order food when a servers first words are you have less than 5 minutes to order. (Also, they were still seating about 4 couples after us)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The place is beautiful, the menu is very limited but the service was terrible. Our waitress was Ivette and she was the WORTS server EVER!! We are never going back! She would disappear and she had the worst attitude!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome New Years dinner. Everything was perfect. Kirsten was a great server for our first visit here.

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TanyeaF
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was phenomenal! It was a late Thursday night, however that didn’t stop the flow of the kitchen! It took a while to be seated, however it was a great experience. Great atmosphere as well. Perfect date night, or girls night out . Loved my wine selection as well! Definitely will be returning ❤️

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ShawnS
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was different than the Grotto in the Galleria area. It was a nice twist and the food was on point. Service was also great. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, as usual.

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Bottomless
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was well organised and service was prompt. The music was a bit on the loud side but there were seats available where it was quieter. There is plenty of light since there are multiple seats along the window. The food presentation and the flavour of the dishes was was excellent. I was surprised at the depth of the wine list and thought the pricing was reasonable. I will be dining there again soon.

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GerardoF
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

the waitress was rude and with little attitude in the service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and I loved the ambiance. Super great place to eat downtown.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date night. Great food and sangria. Beautiful place and awesome service.

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vipFoodiefamily
Memphis/West TN
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous time all around.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! Love the vibe and the service was great! We had the carbonara, calamari, skewers, and the gnocchi. 10/10

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vipSusanR
Jackson Hole
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Expensive for what it was. Very attentive service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. My daughter and I had a great time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great with the exception of no birthday treat! Food was excellent

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SheilaS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Always a good experience. Decor is beautiful and food never disappoints!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! I got the chicken ranch pizza and my husband got the Grouper, both were delicious. Our waiter was helpful on making our wine and food selections and was very attentive all night. We will definitely be going back.

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MeganM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment period went for my birthday and it was the best choice!

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LilianR
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
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
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
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
31 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.

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

Delicious food and perfect combination between ambiance and low noise level

PA
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.

YR
vipYolandaR
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 4.6 stars by 1073 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.