Grotto - Galveston - San Luis Resort

4.7
368 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Houston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John Paul was great

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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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Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & ballet

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ND
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, attentive service, gracious allowance of substitutions, excellent food.

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Houston
14 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible. El sitio estaba demasiado frío, aún cuando pedimos q controlaran el aire acondicionado tomo mas de una hora q se estabilizara la temperatura. La comida tomo más de 50 min en llegar , hice la salvedad y aún cuando la hice , la comida llego fría . Luego nos ofrecieron no cobrar la pizza y nos dieron un postre por la casa. Pero igual no fue placentera !!!

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KT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was on top of everything. From grabbing the silverware we weren’t using to the plates immediately after we finished. It was fantastic.

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T
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was not outstanding...had to remind the server numerous times to bring utensils for various dishes. The food was good but not outstanding. To be fair the noise level was high but a lot of celebrations going on, which was understandable and joyous!!!! I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this place but if asked about it ..I would say yes. The environment was great and the view very nice.

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Austin
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening. The service and food were on point. Will definitely be back.

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1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Great food and ambiance but manager awareness on how to accommodate guest needs not that great. Servers did a good job but could have avoid service if he would have anticipated our needs beside that Grottos is one of my favorite restaurants.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

It was very noisy as the space is quite limited. Our waitress took the order and did not return to fill water glasses. Our food came at best lukewarm and our request for additional red pepper went unanswered until we were almost done. I had to finally ask for our plates be removed and the maitre de for our check. Very disappointed and one of our worst dining experiences.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you go, ask for Crisana - amazing service! Great food. It was our first time there, but it will not be our last! This place is a MUST try if you enjoy a great dining experience. The staff went above and beyond to put a smile on my child’s face.

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SF
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Service from hostess waiter and even cook Serg who came by are table and said hello! Five stars without high prices!

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MW
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was very nice. However, the food left a LOT to be desired. Our pastas were both average, and we really expected more. I would give all of the food we received 2/5 stars. This is a basic italian restaurant, with 5-star restaurant pricing.

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Shreveport
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding! You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. If George is working, you have to ask for him to be your server.

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C
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great meal and love Suzie

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

The service and the food were excellent. I would recommend it. However, I thought the noise level was to high. It was difficult to visit because of the noise level.

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Pittsburgh
178 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and very friendly staff

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B
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place...one of the best restaurants in Galveston! Good happy hour to boot!

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and excellent service from Brandi. I would definitely return in the future.

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Houston
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Food + Ambiance. This was a return visit to this fine small restaurant. Beautiful setting and ambiance plus an energetic San Luis vibe in the room. It has a date night feel to it. My wife and I started with Caesar salads with requested anchovies then Snapper Siciliano for me and Shrimp Penne al Limone for my wife. All excellent. Wine for her and beer for me. Their bread serving with the seasoned olive oil before the meal is great also. No desserts – we were full. Our waiter was good but not quite at the five-star level yet. We’ve eaten at most Galveston restaurants (plus the two Grottos in Houston) through the years, and this has become one of our favorites.

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Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So yummy! Chill atmosphere. There were a few kids that should have been attended to by their parents but the noise level helped drown out their annoyance. Food was great. Wine was pretty good although they did not have Sauvignon Blanc on their menu and only one choice for Rose.

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JB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great table. Great food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Sam Daniels, was over the top excellent. The food was good and the drinks were made to order. The bar may have been understaffed, as drinks were slower to come than they should have been. Overall it was a good experience and the food was quite good. As a mother of 3 I understand sometimes you have to take your kids to supper, but as a parent with kids I always wished there was a separate area away from others so we would not disturb other diners. Now that I am the “other diner” I wtheyish so even more that there would be rooms for people with children under 14. A pretty couple with two sweet little girls day next to us, and while they were not unruly nor excessively loud, they whined a bit to their parents and were a little annoying. In general, good experience.

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Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Calamari and Rigatoni and Meatballs were both fairly bland and needed salt to add flavor. The Grotto Salad was a good size and dressing had great flavor. The Pepperoni pizza was good as well

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JE
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Camille, your supervisor is priceless! Love her, her spirit and attention to detail!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Grotto and loved it. Will definitely be back.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took three leaders of a national organization that was meeting in Galveston to dinner. It was an exceptional dinner in relation to the quality of food, service, and atmosphere. It could not have been any better.

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BW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are locals and went there for restaurant week. Food was excellent and the service is very professional and friendly.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We always love eating at the Grotto. The food was surprisingly salty this night, which we had never noticed in the past...nothing that will deter us from eating there again.

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RA
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to enjoy good food and nice view of the tropical pool area. We came for Restaurant Week and the three course menu offered 2 options for each course, so we decided to order one of each and share the meal. Everything was tasty, cooked to perfection and the wine complemented the meal very well. Service was outstanding and the overall experience was a 5 star dinner. Highly recommended.

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TA
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been celebrating our birthday's here for the past 3 years. We will continue to do so.

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SF
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing salmon with lump crab meat and shrimp risotto. Excellent service and atmosphere. So glad we went.

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TL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal and great service for our group of 7

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r
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as was the service - Suzy was my server and she was outstanding!

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PJ
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brandi was helpful and considerate, and the meal was wonderful. Thank you!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Service was impeccable.
Food was great at reasonably priced. Definitely will go again.

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DN
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top 10 meals we have had in years. Great food and service.

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LD
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good enjoyed early dinner.

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