Grotto - Downtown Houston

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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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a meal here when in town. Never disappoints

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good overall.

JW
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable experience. Service and food were very good.

RB
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great as usual, but unfortunately, the restaurant continues to struggle with service issues and having an adequate servers working during busy evenings, including during the Astro playoff games. Last night was my 4th time in there during the playoffs and there are NEVER enough servers. Last night, even one of the managers or assistant managers was waiting on us. In fact, she provided more service to us than our assigned server did. Quite a shame that the server received the tip and not the manager/assistant manager. One would think the management would get this ongoing issue resolved! It has been an issue since the restaurant opened. The upper management has got to realize that when you are located downtown near the ball stadium, you MUST have adequate personnel on hand during game days, etc. maybe it is just greed is the motivation rather than providing good service to customers!

RB
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but waiter got our order wrong. He did not listen—he had too many tables. You need to have more waiters when there is an Astro game & especially a playoff game!! The valet parking was horrible! I had to wait for over 25 minutes for a valet guy to come to get my car when I arrived at restaurant. Also, my reservation was cancelled because of your 15 minute late policy, which is ridiculous during a play-off game! There was a huge grid-lock traffic jam that I sat in for 45 minutes trying to get to restaurant & that was @ 5:50 when my reservation was @ 6:30. No one has EVER mentioned a 15-minute late policy to me & I come to your restaurant all the time & always make reservation on Open Table. Maybe I missed it, but do not see that policy anywhere ! The girl who answered the phone was rude, arrogant & insensitive & did not give a damn that I was trying to get there. I did not appreciate it at all. It was overall a bad experience. R. Bobbitt

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

They did not have our reservations even though they called me twice to confirm! Ridiculous

MT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was amazing! Will definitely be going back soon! Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks..good spot after games to let the traffic clear out

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My best friend and his wife me my wife and I for a celebration of my 3rd anniversary. They really did a good job. Food was amazing.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was cold, both appetizer and entree. Service subpar

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and service! As always !!!

CT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

My reply would be yes and no. Expect very slow service. Have been there 2 or 3 times before a concert. The restaurant was not full. The people were nice but the service is some of the slowest I've ever experienced. Disappointing

TX
Houston
82 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Disappointed in my meal and service. I ordered a salad and shared with my waiter I only wanted three things in my spinach salad. Needless to say after he repeated my order back to me my salad came out wrong. He was very bothered when I asked him to redo the salad.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I had mentioned that it’s my wife’s 40th Bday and there was nothing the restaurant did to make us feel special. The whole experience was mediocre

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girl’s weekend

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LP
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Fun environment

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner it was great, Thank you ..

P
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Dinner before game. Our goto place.

GO
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on the night of a Astros home game and a concert at the Toyota center. The restaurant was very full, and the wait was an hour and a half without a reservation. The food was delicious and came out fast. It was all very delicious and I would love to go back.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend!! They bring an appetizer ‘pizza bread’ and it was delicious and came in a red sauce type with some spice and a garlic type. Both were great! We all ordered some wine (veryyyy nice pours!!) the house reds are just great and the pour was fantastic, we only had to order one glass! I ordered a pasta which was absolutely delicious and I would definitely get it again. Overall meal was about $30 so I would highly recommend!

J
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fun! Always good! Close to Minute Maid! Easy Valet parking!

CM
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has a new spin on some of your favorite Italian dishes. Save room for dessert!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had eaten at Grotto in Galveston. Menu in Houston a little different , but very good. Birthday celebration and then to Astro’s. Perfect location

OT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Staff not very knowledgeable and really mediocre so come prepared. Manager is very responsive to problems so kudos there.

Dinner was supposed to be a celebration for myself and wife but requests turned out to be ignored on the OT booking.

Still good food and wine. Go for that. Not the service.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Labor Day Vacay

KV
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dinner with family shared. Great service and food.

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful experience- the waiter was fantastic. will definitely go back

JA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten at the DT Grotto several times. They never disappoint in their food and service.

P
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

first time to dine at the Grotto. Service was good. We were going to game. Food came out very timely, Server very efficient. Enjoyed the evening. Food was great, and the HRW menu was very appropriately sized. Anything more would have been excess. Thanks. I will plan to dine there again..

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic! We had a larger size group and everyone found something they enjoyed.

AC
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With the exception of the hostess, who was neither friendly nor welcoming at all, our experience at Grotto was outstanding. Our server was attentive, respectful and extremely helpful in his recommendations on drinks and food. All four of us loved all the appetizers, drinks and main dishes ordered. Liked the music and ambiance very much, as well. We will -definitely- be back soon and will recommend Grotto Ristorante to friends and family!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, came super quick. Great vibe inside and fair prices

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night and delicious food for HRW! Must go and see!

c
Little Rock
100 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the roasted fish (branzino) and it was excellent. The prosciutto with melon, the shrimp, and the dessert (Little donut bites with 3 dipping sauces) were sublime. Service was the right level of attentive.

CS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Greater and seated right away. Our server, Alex was very attentive.

C
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

solid italian joint in downtown. had the whole branzino and it was very well done. not overcooked and meat was fresh and tender.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

This had all the makings of a really nice restaurant - the food, service, decor, etc. - but the crowd was a mess. Basketball shorts, graphic tees, shopping bags. We were really disappointed bc we wanted to have a nice dinner but were met with that surprise

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing as always

CS
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Greeted immediately by staff. Prompt service from our waiter, Alex.

RT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our 20th anniversary and we had a lovely celebration! Thank you Grotto..

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