Grotto - Galveston - San Luis Resort

4.5
421 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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service! Lots of menu options for everyone. A little noisy for dinner time, but everything was great overall!

T
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had our final vacation dinner here while visiting the San Luis Resort, but, like the other restaurants at San Luis, Grotto stands alone as an excellent establishment. We had attentive service and delicious meals. Will definitely return on our next trip to Galveston!

PJ
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect meal and top notch service from Brandi and Christian.

SS
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!!

PJ
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the special bruschetta with blueberry jam, the scallops, and the salmon, and I cannot begin to tell you how perfect the meal was. We deeply appreciated our server Barton and enjoyed the meal so much. Always a pleasure to say hello to the courteous and generous Christian, along with Brandi and Priscilla, who are friendly and impeccably kind.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was very good and the food was exceptionally good.

C
Austin
43 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the happy hour

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent repas. Le service était impeccable, portions généreuses et drinks très goûteux. Nous avons apprécié notre expérience.

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OT
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Always amazing and consistently great food! Nice staff. Attentive GM. You won’t be disappointed.

JH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely amazing in every way. From the food to the service to the environment.

J
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding and responsive service. food was superb

AP
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and pizzas were amazing.

d
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner at the Grotto during weekend getaway to Galveston. Can’t say anything bad at all. Food was good, service was friendly and fast, and it’s nice place to enjoy a meal.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

KM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday Night Fried Chicken and spaghetti family nights are the best deal in town!! The fried chicken is the best EVER and the spaghetti and meat sauce is second to none. It seriously is the best Ceasar Salad I have ever had and the 4th course dessert banana pudding is delicious. Our waiter, I'm sorry cannot remember his name, was WONDERFUL!! 2THUMBS WAYY UP!!

A
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant with great food and atmosphere!

CL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service Food was awesome

WW
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a really large party, and the number of attendees kept increasing after we submitted the original reservation. The staff was extremely gracious to accommodate the additions even though they kept going on and on. We eventually went from 9 to 16 people. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. I received numerous compliments from our guests.

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

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

PJ
New York Area
59 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.

i
Houston
78 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.

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

Good food and service

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

Great meal and service.

J
Houston
6 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.

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.

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

Favorite happy Hour on the island...

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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

Great food!

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

Excellent dinner with business friends

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!!

PJ
New York Area
59 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.

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.

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!

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!

C
Austin
43 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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