Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.4
651 reviews
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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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Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and food!

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C
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good Italian food, good value, cool ambiance. suitable for brunch or dinner.

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S
Central Texas
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for yummy Italian food! The Short Rib Gnocchi is phenomenal! The wine was good too but a little pricey. I am also not much of a cocktail drinker but the Ruby Rose is pretty great! Also, great atmosphere.

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RH
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and decor, great service, and very delicious food. Smaller portions but quality ingredients. We did need to pay for parking in a lot across the street, but that is par for the course when eating downtown. We dined with our two children ages 10 and 7 and one enjoyed a cup of soup while the other enjoyed a freshly made pepperoni pizza. Nice enough that it was a special, delicious experience for our family before heading to see Aladdin at the Hobby, but casual enough for children and conversation. Loved the artichoke appetizer and the sirloin skewers. Yummy yummy yummy.

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JO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Great place for a nice meal before an Astros' game.

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d
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. Will definitely have to go back.

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AB
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner for 8. Great service. Wonderful options for al. Soups were especially amazing. Pasta and shrimp were especially yummy. Pizza was great. Yummy desserts.

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R
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good place for a tasty meal. The price was a bit high but worth it. Service was accurate and friendly.

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C
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood pasta joint.

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SW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot, went with a party of 8 (2 kids under 4 included) before a Sunday Astro's game. Easy reservations made through the OpenTable app and we walked right in. It wasn't busy, the food was fantastic, and the service was great. Will be back for sure!

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MT
Savannah
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Was a home game night for the Astros so the Grotto was busy and loud. Staff and servers were pressed so there were some waits for refills, etc. Caprese was average. Chicken Scallopini and pepperoni pizza were excellent. Desserts were rich and decadent.

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GS
Cincinnati
37 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good choice for downtown dining. Nice menu. Variety allows for price and choices.

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BM
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and we love the decor. The desserts were wonderful. I love the Landry's Select Program as well.

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AF
Houston
53 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy The Grotto, whether it's this location or one of their others. Our server Meghan was extremely professional and polite. The entire staff seemed very skilled and well trained. Two managers checked on us. Very impressed with our experience.

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W
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Convenient to the GRB and that side of downtown. Really good food, friendly service and good value for the price. Ambiance is a bit cold just not romantic or warm if that is what you're seeking.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine

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A
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The decor and ambiance of the restaurant were wonderful! Very pretty!

The food itself is just ok- dont expect wonderful Italian- but it is just fine for an average meal. The bar was wonderful!

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AR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was a bit slow which probably wouldn't be crucial unless you had to be somewhere - which we did. My food was way too spicy and there was not any mention of spice on the menu for this item. Pizza was fantastic though! Noise level is HIGH so don’t there on a first date.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous and the atmosphere was great. My only issue was that we had to send the sangria back because it was really bad (basically lightly colored water). They were very nice about it and everything else was great.

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W
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome location and fun environment! Love the food and the ambiance - service was exceptional too!

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o
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very crowded on a Saturday evening, after an Astros game.
Seated promptly, had a reservation. No empty tables. A few 8+ parties and kids
Mod to very loud
Food came on time, as well as drinks and dessert. Staff running to wait tables indoor and outdoor.
Food was great, taste and temperature
dessert was great too. good coffee.
will go back, though would choose a less crowded day

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KB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Yes, BUT, it depends on what you're looking for. From the online reviews, we were expecting a nice quiet date night. Reviews said this place was great for dates. It was full of drunk rowdy baseball fans wearing t-shirts, caps and shorts. It had boxing and baseball on the 2 TVs above the bar. The decibel level was possibly in the danger zone. that is not hyperbole, I had to shout to be heard across the table. We had a reservation, but were treated like walk ups, waited, then were led to a crappy booth right across from the bar TVs. Our waiter was hard working and pleasant, if not all that familiar with the menu. The sommelier was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding in every way. That salvaged an otherwise miserable evening. Food = 5, Ambience = 1.

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KR
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious. The server explained the pastas we were unfamiliar with. However, the wine order came out wrong.

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service. The "small plate" menu items really are small! 12 fries and a few 3 inch skewers for my date. We had to stop by firehouse on the way home.

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B
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Short Rib Gnocchi may have been the best pasta dish I've ever tried! Truly amazing.

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GP
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great location in downtown Houston with a great variety of excellent Italian food at a good value. It’s a bit noisy but there’s a good vibe.

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DB
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t hesitate to go! Pro tip: get the Carciofi!! You’ll thank me over and over!

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DS
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Typical Landrys restaurant, location, location, overpriced high volume slop house. 21$ for 3 fork fills of pasta and 5 clams. Non existent service. Staff is high turnover burn and churn.

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were with friends that had never been to Grotto and they are excited to go back!

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MH
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food.

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GH
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Mussels in white wine sauce. It comes with delicious bread in the flavorful sauce. It’s listed as a small plate but I find it’s large enough for lunch meal. I order it every time I come here.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Usually this is one of my go to restaurants, today it was horrible. Hopefully it will be better next time.

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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Had 4 small plates for two and we were good.
The arranciata and tortellini were AMAZING!

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RB
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good experience—I come there frequently & always enjoy it.

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a
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, location and atmosphere, although i think it would be noisy if we were there later. service was slightly slow given we were there at 4:30pm and almost no one else was there. But overall, really, it was just fine.

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IM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was excellent and service was very professional

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New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We tried to get in on Memorial Day Monday and discovered they close at 9pm. Seems odd since they are right next to the Convention Center and downtown where many tourist congregate and like to eat late. We ended up there the next night. Good sized entrees. Dessert sampler was extra large.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent entrees. Child size pasta dishes. Family loved the desert selection.

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SC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it-always an excellent experience! Fine food and friendly, hard-working staff

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RD
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always dine at The Grotto before games at Minute Maid Park. Service, food and drinks are all great.

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