Grotto - Galveston - San Luis Resort

4.6
740 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located inside the San Luis Resort Galveston, Grotto offers an Old Country trattoria ambiance & classic Italian cooking with recipes made on premises. Creations include many “Old World” signature dishes such as Neapolitan thin crust pizzas, Veal Kickerillo, Pollo Francese, housemade pastas & fish selections. Enjoy Grotto’s famous Peach Bellini or an extensive collection of Italian and domestic wines while overlooking the pool at San Luis Resort.

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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Limited number of seated diners
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What 740 people are saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Benjamin
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and outstanding food and very delicious dessert. You won’t leave this place disappointed.

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LenD
Austin
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was very acomidating... waiter was very attentive. Food was very good.

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JohnJ
Denver
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Bar level noise and loud voices were a negative for expectation of a peaceful dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was slow to get food but really such a wonderful experience. We know how difficult it is to get adequate waitstaff right now, so we didn’t mind the dining experience taking 3 hours.

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vipJOHN
Houston
65 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and superb service. A good wine list and fabulous deserts. Convenient Valet parking.

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DarleneD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff were wonderful and the pizza was great.We celebrated our daughters birthday and the desserts were excellent. They brought my daughters dessert to the table and had Happy Birthday on it with a candle for her. That made her feel so special. Thank You for a Great experience.

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vipluv2bpampered
Houston
87 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as Always, from the food to cocktails & desserts, but most of all we love the Service❣️

Barton and Brandie always make our evenings
Special, as well as the manager.

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BillU
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as always. Despite the fact that it was crowded, the service remained good. The staff was very helpful and assisting.

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SandraS
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience1

We had an excellent server, but that is about the only good thing I can say about this restaurant. It is extremely noisy so you cannot hear the person you are with, a restaurant ploy to turn tables faster. The food is on a par with Olive Garden. The shrimp I had was old and tough. The sauce on the pasta was flavorless. Would not recommend this restaurant. There are far too many much better restaurants on the island.

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SamC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Restaurant was crowded because of summer but the service was still excellent!!

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vipRodH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was good but the quality of the food was below average and below expectations. Are we were generally disappointed with the meal.

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CTMCM
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Grotto was our first choice for our first night while at Galveston Island. We had decided to stay at the San Luis Resort Hotel & Spa so our trip to the Grotto was really close (it is located on the Lobby level just past the Steakhouse and their bistro).

We started by sharing their Italian Fried Artichokes. I must tell you that this item was our choice for the "Best Bite" of the entire weekend! I have never had this before and we were pleasantly surprise to have a very light coating and perfectly cooked artichoke. The marina was exceptional and complemented the artichoke nicely.

I decided to try the Cioppino. They used Red Snapper for the fish and locally sourced shrimp along with clams, mussels, and squid rings. But the unique item that I considered the best part was the large lump crab. Their stock was seasoned with some paprika and was good enough to have by itself.

My spouse went with the Trio Tomato Pappardelle consisting of Cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, oven roasted tomatoes, Bocconcini Mozzarella, and basil pesto cream sauce. She had the option of adding either chicken or shrimp but she decided not to include the protein. The pappardelle made the dish and it was prepared to a perfect al dente. The basic pesto cream sauce could have used a bit more of a basil flavor but matched well with the mozzarella and tomatoes. Although all of the tomato options were nice, the by-far favorite was the sundried tomatoes - rich tomato flavor and when matched with a bit of the cheese, heaven.

My spouse did mention that she could have used a bit more mozzarella to keep up with the huge amount of pasta.

Overall, I wish we had decided to return to the Grotto for our next evening meal as there were other choices I would really like to try - such as the Shrimp Penne al Limone, the Shrimp & Crab Capellini, and the Tuscan Sausage Gnocchi!

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried fried artichokes, Grotto salad, spaghetti bolognese, and pappardelle. Everything was delightful. Large portions! Couldn't finish! Service is polite and professional.

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vipChoppin
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoy the healthy portions for fried chicken and spaghetti night

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vipRobertH
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual, upscale, wonderful view, great service and ambiance, consistently delicious food with a varied menu and good wine list. Best Italian food, but then everything is BEST!

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VicM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service stared off slow but this is was because they were fully booked and slammed with people. More support staff like bus-boys would help the servers. It's not a big place and they had little space between tables. They could use a new space. Our food was very good. We would visit again on a less busy night.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! Our server was excellent. And that dessert cart…

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STACYC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our Anniversary at the Grotto. Food was delicious- Chicken San Luis is my fav and service was great.
Always a treat to have dinner there.

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ScottH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service and ambiance was top notch. Will definitely be back again!

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vipDMoose
Dallas
88 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. The food, the service, the view. It was amazing!

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vipChelsea
Austin
61 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places

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vipSandraS
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barton our server was amazing. Service and professionalism. Food delicious. Barton made the bread pudding request happen. Thank u.

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JeffP
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food (linguine pescatore and braised pork ragu de pappardelle) was fantastic and the atmosphere was really great, too! It was a little chilly so bring a coat if you tend to get cold.

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RHGalveston
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was the worst dining experience I have ever had. We had reservations for 8:00. When we checked in with the host we were told that there was a slight wait. This was understandable since it was a Sat on a holiday weekend. At 8:30 the next round of reservations arrived. A party of 4 checked in at 8:35 and was told there was a wait. The head of the party said that this was not acceptable. In front of all the waiting parties he reached in his pocket and pulled out a wad of cash. He greased the host and they were sat immediately. At 9:10 we were finally sat. We waited for 10 minutes without waters before a waiter arrived and took our drink and salad orders. 10 minutes later he brought our waters, drinks, and salads. The kitchen forgot to dress my Grotto salad. At this point we were so mad that we asked for the check. We spent $60 on 2 drinks and 2 salads. By the time we left the only dining still open was pizza. Awful experience

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vipDonnaM
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was Memorial Wkend and very very busy. The staff was very pleasant and professional but under staffed. Our pizza was great. The shrimp scampi was weird. The bolognese was lacking. Desserts were the big show!!!! So good. The best cheesecake you will ever have anywhere other than the Steakhouse in the resort!

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mmbun
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The host was awful. We probably won’t go back because he was such a jerk

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Too loud
Last time we were there it was a very pleasant experience this time it was like a Rowdy bar !
Waiter and wait staff were exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is always friendly and the food and drink are outstanding. The view is exquisite!

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ElizabethD
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food
Excellent service
Authentic Italian food
Highly recommend

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vipKandyH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Time
Barton was a great server!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good, and the service was excellent. Will definitely be dining here again.

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vipRebey
Dallas
49 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What is best about this place versus some of the other nicer restaurants is that there's a pretty good variety on the menu and separate and apart from the steakhouses, Tex-Mex and whatnot. The pizzas are good, I've only eaten the pasta once or twice, the charcuterie board is great. This is definitely a good place to try while in Galveston if you are lucky Carlos will be your waiter.

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DocB
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Our waitress, Brandy, saved an otherwise unimpressive meal. Our Caprese Salad was constructed with 3 huge blocks of mozzarella and 3 tomato slices, accented by 3 basil leaves. Each slice was 3/4 inch thick, making it awkward for sharing. The fried artichokes were plain and minimally seasoned, served with a bowl of marinara sauce.

My wife had the Signature Crab Cake which was dense and overcooked. She substituted the capellini for risotto and three mushy asparagus spears. My Snapper Romano was a large but very thin filet with a heavy Parmesan crust served on a bed of penne pasta. The fish was too heavily breaded and lacked moisture, and the sauce had an annoying amount of lemon juice in it. Portions were generous, but the quality of the finished product left much to be desired.

Brandy was wonderful, stopping to make conversation, snap a picture and even bringing us a complimentary coconut cream pie for dessert.

I doubt that I would dine here again.
I believe that Grotto should take a lesson from some of the other popular dining establishments in town and focus more on taste and texture and less on quantity.

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vipluv2bpampered
Houston
88 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, desserts and cocktails, but the reason that we keep coming back
if the Amazing Service!! Thanks to all at the Grotto!!

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vipChelsea
Austin
61 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love sitting at the bar...

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marilync
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love grotto and go every chance we get. I’ve been there twice this week!

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Milt
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Sunday/Monday family dinner shouldn't be missed. Great value for wonderful tasting food. Always tasty leftovers too. Our server Brandi was exceptional!

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WaltW
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great quality food and service! Corrie is doing a great job as manager and our waiter Kamel did great. My wife had the ravioli topped with shrimp. I ate the Vic & Anthony’s Crab Cakes. Both dishes were excellent.My wife enjoyed a Margarita while I had Red Sangria. Didn’t catch the bartenders name but the drinks were awesome! We both had a cup of tomato basil soup. Unfortunately we had no room for desert, we’ll come back for that. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Reservations for 9:00pm was not seated til 9:25. Was a special occasion.

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donf
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Glad to have open table app as there was 2 hour wait when I arrived but I was given option to sit at bar or at a 2 top.
Not the greatest of wine menu though.

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You can order delivery directly from Grotto - Galveston - San Luis Resort using the Order Online button. Grotto - Galveston - San Luis Resort also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (409) 740-8605.

Grotto - Galveston - San Luis Resort is rated 4.6 stars by 740 OpenTable diners.

Grotto - Galveston - San Luis Resort 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.

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