About Grotto - Galveston - San Luis Resort

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.

5222 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77551
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Closed Tuesdays. Open Wednesday through Monday 4 pm - 10 pm.

Cross Street:
53rd

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(409) 740-8605

Website:
http://www.grottorestaurants.com/

Entertainment:
Offering beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, The San Luis Resort also features the best in Galveston entertainment. Discover Galveston’s newest hot spot.

Catering:
Celebrate life’s special moments at The San Luis Resort, Galveston Island’s premier beachfront destination and the perfect place to get away for your anniversary, birthday, family reunion or other memorable occasions. The San Luis Resort is one of the best in Texas beach weddings with 30 acres of seaside luxury and award-winning dining and beach-facing accommodations.

Honored with the AAA Four Diamond Award® since 2000.

Parking Details:
Complimentary self parking available on the north side of the hotel. Complimentary valet parking available through our main ocean-facing entrance when dining in Grotto.

Executive Chef:
Josh Roberts

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Start a new tradition this Christmas! Come in, relax, and enjoy a delicious meal with us!

Open December 24, 4pm - 10pm

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Start a new tradition this Christmas! Come in, relax, and enjoy a delicious meal with us!

Open December 25, 5pm - 10pm

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Grotto - Galveston - San Luis Resort Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (10)
Romantic (8)
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Good for a Date (7)
Waterfront (6)
Authentic (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The Grotto never fails to impress. The food is reliably great and the people are first rate.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent food. Wonderful people. Everyone is so nice.

Tags: Waterfront, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Thomas and Priscilla and Wyatt are always so helpful and personable.

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 (El Paso)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The Grotto is my favorite restaurant on the island. It has superb Italian food and the service is outstanding. It’s relaxing and I’ve never had a bad meal.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The restaurant is inside the San Luis hotel. The meatball appetizer was ok. The salad I ordered was awful.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Service continues to decline. Went there for Thanksgiving brunch and back two days later for Birthday dinner. I could not get a waiter’s attention.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was very good. The restaurant is very very noisy and they have covered the windows because of construction outside the windows. Therefore there is no gulf view. Our waiter could have been more attentive.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always delicious food and great service! Wish they were open for lunch!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Just great overall and the food was just astonish!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Decided on a non traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoyed the martini’s & the food.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

The service was great and the food was great, just so much, was glad I ordered appetizer as an entrée.....

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was extremely loud!! Also, they were understaffed. Food was very good. There was nothing to soften the noise! Gave us both headaches! We would have stayed longer, more wine and dessert but driven away by noise. Our waitress was helpful but we hardly saw her and she wanted us to order before my wine had arrived! Bread was excellent. My veal Luis was excellent but the spinach tasted like it came frozen food aisle.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Went there for pre-theatre dinner. Advised waiter that we were going to the show, so we would need to leave by 7:00ish. We arrived at 5:45, so we had plenty of time, but even with that we ran up against needing to leave to be to the show in time. The delay was in actually paying our check--we had finished dinner 15 minutes earlier, but could not get the bill to pay it. With that being said, the meal was fantastic, as always and I do highly recommend the restaurant, especially if you are staying at the hotel. It is a little out of the way to get to if you are not staying at the hotel, but worth the extra effort.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Our Waiter, Clayton, was such a delight. Very attentive without being overbearing and delicious food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Late-night Find
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great evening for wife birthday with group of friends. Nice food. Moved on to the bar afterwards for cocktails and music.

Tags: Romantic, Spicy
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

We have become regulars at the Grotto. Food is always fresh and waitstaff have become friends that always treat us special with great service. When we are in the mood for pizza there is only place for us and that's the Grotto. And the strawberry cake can't say enough good things about the cake! We always look forward to our return.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 24, 2017

It was a great way to spend my birthday. Food, service and atmosphere was all just perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food was excellent the service was even better. Everyone at The Grotto and San Luis were absolutely marvelous and made you feel welcome. Took my date there for her 70th birthday and she loved it. I highly recommend the Grotto.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

This is the second time we ate at Grotto. Their staff does not disappoint. Food was great particularly the seasonal entree, Pleasure Pier. Wyatt, our waiter was attentive and patiently explained to us some entrees. I highly recommend to visit this restaurant whenever you are in Galveston.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We were staying at Hotel and based on last night in, we decided to eat within Hotel. We made reservations and went down for early dinner. Absolutely the worst table right by Bar and Kitchen area. Recommend more preferential sitting for guests of Resort. Seating negativly impacted a 5 Star experience.

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The Sunday night family dinners are the best! Never take it off the menu we plan our trips around it!

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Amazing eatery , great ambience, service is perfect ...

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, People Watching, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Very good pasta selections, our favorite with shrimp and crab is not on the Houston Grotto menu. Reasonable priced wine and good service. Would have given higher rating but the caesar salad had to much dressing and the house salad dressing was a bit strong. Other than that recommend you stop by next time in Galveston.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Waiter was very kind and very friendly. Atmosphere was good but it was extremely cold.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had to wait a while for our table even though we had a reservation, but the service and food was great.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Loved the food and service

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 6, 2017

This was a very special evening. The meal was above superb. The server, Christian, was excellent. I had the fried chicken and my bride had the lasagna. .It was way more than we could eat. We can't wait to go back for another round...

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We were running a few minutes late for our reservation and we were staying there in the resort so I tried calling several times and their phone line was constantly busy. They did call my cell phone and I answered and told them we would be down in about 15 mins. We arrived with our party of 4 and were seated at a huge table for 10 nearest the entrance and hostess station. We asked if we could be seated at a smaller table in the back--there were a few 4 tops vacant but dirty. We were told by the very unfriendly hostess that they were for other parties. So we took the first table only to sit there for several minutes before anyone ever came over to bring menus or water so we got up and left. We just weren't satisfied with the service or atmosphere. We walked next door to the Steakhouse and were seated immediately at a cozy table for 4 and had an amazing server so all was good. Probably won't go back to Grotto again.

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·Dined on July 24, 2017

The service was outstanding the food was very delicious can say more must visit

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Love Grotto! The food is wonderful and the staff is good! It's a small restaurant inside the San Luis resort.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Too dark to read menu. Children were running in and out in swim suits to and from the pool while others were trying to have a nice meal.
I ordered Italian Wedding Soup and it was terrible! The CHICKEN meatballs were nasty and no one cared. The waitstaff lost my Landrys Select card never to be found. Terrible experience. No compensation offered. The dessert was good. The manager is sending me another card.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 16, 2017

I love going to Grottos. I love the location. It is nicely decorated but too small. I feel bad for the workers having to maneuver the dessert cart to the tables. Their pizza is fabulous.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I'm a Landry's Select Club Member and eat at a Landry's restaurant at least once a week in Houston. I was staying with 3 of my kids at the San Luis. We had a 6:45 dinner reservation. The restaurant was not busy when we arrived and both booths in the restaurant were vacant. I asked if we could be seated at a booth. The young teenaged hostess curtly informed me that the booths were reserved for "parties of five". I asked to speak to a manager. A slightly older but still very young woman told me that the booths were reserved for other parties. Both booths sat empty until a party of TWO gentlemen arrived and were seated there. As we were LEAVING, a party of five showed up and were seated at the other booth. They were 5 adults, crammed in and would have done better at one of the round tops. I was too aggravated to argue. It's much easier to eat with the kiddos in a booth. I suppose it's harder to find decent staff in Galveston. That's the only reason that I can come up with for being told that the restaurant couldn't accommodate what should have been a simple request.

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Our waitress was great, good wine list, food was very good

Tags: People Watching, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Great service great food! Made my birthday celebration a memorable one.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Very happy with everything. Excellent service great food. Very pleased.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 1, 2017

In beginning, waiter was remiss in asking if we wanted appetizers. Ran off before we could order cocktails. He seemed off. Food was delicious and service improved at end of meal, but terrible throughout. Ran out of water, etc.

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 (Houston)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Fantastic evening! The service was excellent & the food was delicious!! Great place to spend our anniversary.👍

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Food was somewhat bland compared to the Grottos in Houston

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 (Houston)·Dined on June 26, 2017

We made a reservation but it wasn't necessary for a 7:30pm dinner, any later make sure you have a reservation it starts to fill up around 8. Food was great didn't get to try the dessert since the food was portions were moderate but very filling.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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