Grotto - Galveston - San Luis Resort

4.5
405 reviews
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Grotto Italian Restaurant on Galveston Island is located in the luxurious San Luis Resort. At Grotto, all dishes are hand-prepared daily with only the freshest ingredients, a testament to our unrivaled passion for detail. From classic entrées such as the Lasagne al Forno to more innovative fare like the Salmon Brioso, our authentic Italian cuisine is sure to delight you.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant with great food and atmosphere!

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CL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service Food was awesome

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JO
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous and great service. Very good wine selection.

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PJ
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are no scallops BETTER than the scallops at Grotto. Also, it’s always nice to be in the company of Brandi and Christian. The service is great.

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i
Houston
76 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was flawed from beginning to end. It truly seemed as if no one was leading the dining room staff. From greeter to waiter to server plenty of misses occurred. Menu seemed complete but all of our dishes disappointed somewhat. Better options exist offsite the hotel.

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JS
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service

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GS
Cincinnati
37 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal and service.

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J
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always have a very good experience with food and drink. The wait staff and additional staff are very attentive and get things done quickly. Will return frequently. Thank you for the rewarding dining experience.

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SG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my friend for a birthday dinner and we had an amazing time! Between the two of us we had two toddlers and an older child and felt very welcomed. The manager on duty, Christian was very attentive and kind, the French hostees was also very warm and welcoming, they both picked a few toys up the kids had dropped around the table. Our server (I forgot his name) took good care of us and each dish was amazing! We are already talking about our next dinner there.

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C
Austin
41 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite happy Hour on the island...

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The food was bland, at best. The marinara sauce tasted like it came out of the can, the cioppino was full of seafood but unremarkable, the shredded crabmeat in the pasta shells was just plain bad, and the spumoni was the American version with none of the texture of the real thing. With all that said, the service was impeccable.

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RD
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Have eaten at other Grotto locations, this 1 is poor compared to the others. Was generous with my review because other locations are outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

We often dine at this location but the service is getting progressively worse each time. 30 minutes to get our drinks and an hour and a half to get our meal. Our server was unapologetic and at one point a bit argumentative. The manager informed us on the way out that the kitchen covers both the restaurant and pool areas now and has become a constraint. They need to fix this quickly as I am not sure I am willing to give this location another chance.

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b
Houston
44 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, it’s a very nice restaurant to go to in the San Luis if you’re staying there and not looking for a long wait or go off property. I’ll definitely be back!

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WB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

My sister and I finally found the Grotto after a little searching and asking. It’s buried in the bowels of the San Luis Resort in Galveston. Once there, we were seated right away and had a wonderful waiter who was very polite, prompt, and knowledgeable. The food was very good—not Michelin three-star good, but good. We enjoyed a soft-shell crab appetizer, which we liked a lot. My sister had rigatoni with meatballs; I, the Margarita pizza. Both dishes were good, but I found my pizza a little too salty. As I have had this pizza at the Grotto before and loved it, I was a little disappointed. But it might have been a one-off situation as the pizza is as I normally like it—thin and sufficiently basilly enough. My sister had Markers Mark manhattans and I had the Hess chardonnay. I selected poorly and can’t recommend that wine based on my experience. We both had dessert and they were great. I don’t think they make a bad dessert. All in all a nice evening.

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MV
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always visit when I’m in Galveston. My favorite Grotto!!

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GC
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food!

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TL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent dinner with business friends

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l
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Great Food & service!! One of our favorite spots in Galveston.
Great Cocktails too!!

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PJ
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Barton was so helpful with everything, and we enjoyed saying hello to Camille. The scallop dish is consistently excellent, and we always have such a great time at Grotto. Thanks again to the chef and to the staff.

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S
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Grotto, always steps up. We love the food, drinks and desserts. Our service Saturday night was outstanding.

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

Love this place! Great food and drinks every time and very family friendly!

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OT
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service was great. Will definitely be going back!

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C
Austin
41 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Happy Hour on the Island and best Bartender (Susie)...
Everyone is every nice and make you feel at home...

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DJ
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, it was wonderful! Thanks for making our anniversary SO special!

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DR
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Sam was great. Everything came out in a timely manner, with quick and courteous service. The appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts were spectacular! I can't wait to go back.

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FF
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall it was great, but the service was pretty slow and we let the waiter and manager know about the mozzarella and they didn’t offer to make it right. The cheese was like rubber and were told they would let the chef know. The bread is amazing! I would go back. I just think for a high end place it didn’t meet my service expectations nor did the appetizer.

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JA
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 1

‘Visual’ of pool patrons/attire was disgusting; a fly in my martini ruined all;

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JY
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The service has gone downhill. Excessive waiting time for food and drinks the past three times we’ve been. Really like the food but the staff seems to treat this as place that most people won’t be back to (as it’s in a resort) and they aren’t overly concerned with providing any level of service.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dinner. Food was amazing. Service was outstanding.

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MM
Central Texas
22 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have visited other Grotto locations and have always been pleased with my experience. This time was no different. The service was lovely, as was our meal. Between the four of us, I think my mom was most pleased with her dish - snapper romano. All in all, we will be back to either this Grotto location or one of the others, I'm sure.

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l
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and Exceptional Service!! From the appetizers to entree's and dessert all 5 Star!!

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good Italian food in Galveston

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PJ
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brandi and Christian always make sure we’re comfortable. The food is the best.

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LW
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! I loved everything about it!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John Paul was great

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TT
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was top of the line, from the moment the car valet greeted us. The food was great as always, and the wine list gave us plenty of options. I had the Veal Luis, and it was perfect. The coconut cream pie was a great way to end the evening.

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JH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Grotto was a "10" and our waitress Brandy was excellent we left her a big tip, it was a great experience, it's worth bypassing the Houston location and driving all the way to Galveston for the ambiance. The San Luis is still the flagship hotel in Galveston

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H
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, food was fresh and cooked perfectly.

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V
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Only giving 3 stars for service because of the greeter, waitress Crisana was top notch and everyone should follow her example of excellent service. We were a walk in group of 3 being unaware that reservations were required. We were immediately denied service because no “availability” and no reservation, while there were only 5 families at the most 5 in the restaurant, pretty empty at the time we arrived. I made a quick reservation online and when we returned to the front desk, our presence was barely acknowledged by the greeter and came only minutes with an attitude of “what now?”. He then noticed we had a reservation and set us down, unhappily. We noticed his family was dining in also, totally different attitude towards them, obviously. The food was amazing, reasonably priced, and unique even though first impression left a sour taste. Will return as long as attitude of servitude is improved for better experience.

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