Grotto - Houston

4.6
1073 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Inspired by classic Southern Italian cooking, Grotto offers delicious veal, chicken, seafood and house made pastas – the signature Osso Bucco is not to be missed! The breathtaking décor features spectacular hand-blown glass chandeliers, whimsical murals and custom-made polished iron scrollwork. Wine connoisseurs will be impressed with the extensive collection of Italian and domestic selections. With our winning combination of impeccable service, superb cuisine and passion for detail, Grotto is the perfect location for Italian dining.
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JA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was amazing, except for having to wait a while for our main course.

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OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service great food. Never disappoints!!

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A
Houston
332 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a favorite place of mine for business lunches and dinners for pleasure. Always excellent food and service!

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HT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I've been going to the Grotto for about 25 years. It used to be much better when they were on Woodway.Now the Westheimer location is over priced, the quality of the food is not as good and it is too noisy for a business lunch.

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u
Houston
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I remember our waiter, he was so wonderful. We always have great food and great experience when we come dine at Grotto's. Keep up the great service and food and Thank you for making our birthdays special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience with great food! The service was outstanding as the waiter was very intensive on making sure that drinks were filled and we were happy! Desert was exceptional! Great place for an anniversary dinner or a nice meal!

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MK
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We eat regularly at the Grotto and this visit was below par. The salad had way too much garlic and the food was not hot. Very disappointing and not typical.

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l
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very reliable place. Always enjoyable. Great bread basket and no one rushed us.

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DP
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to Grotto since the 80’s!
I frequent the one at the San Luis Resort in Galveston because of my location, was in Galleria area for weekend, Grotto was my pick for Saturday night. Did not disappoint...App was tomato capresse, loved the fact the tomato’s were actually perfectly ripe beefsteak tomatoes! Delicious. Split a plate w daughter n law, no split plate fee. Loved that. Of course Veal Kickerillo was the best, ( my granddaughters pick, loved it!) keep it up with excellence and consistency. Thank you.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent, server was a young lady who can use some coaching re: customer service. We felt she “disappeared” a little too often” and no, at 6pm she wasn’t swamped.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience - service and good was excellent

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S
New Orleans
58 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Grotto is always a safe bet. Food is predictable but good. Value is good. Raphael is a great server and always willing to accommodate your needs/desires. We have known him for over 25 years at various restaurants and he is still working to make your evening a success. The only downside to us is that the noise level
Is very high.

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M
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its been 5 years and we returned to perfection! Consistency is the hallmark of a good restaurant and taste!!!
Thank you and we will be back!

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RV
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinning experience at Grottos is always a pleasure. Rafael make it even more special.

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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good Italian food in a nice setting. Service was great. We will dine there again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service!!

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LB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed all of it! Food drinks waitstaff all good . Highly recommend this location for fun and quality

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l
Houston
144 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the business lunch with salad and chicken. Raphael always does an outstanding job

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RE
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience with great food and excellent service

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MT
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and fast service as usual. The only slight bump in the service was my usual off menu Pasta (bring it back Pappardelle Campagnola that you’re known for!) as it didn’t arrive with tomato sauce as requested. When I pointed it out to the server it quickly apologized and fixed it but it should have come out correctly to start with.

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F
Houston
107 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our waiter got my order wrong. He was stretched too thin covering too many table.

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j
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We continue to invite colleagues and friends to the Grotto because of its consistently good food and friendly service. There is way too much noise, however, to be able to carry on a decent conversation. Because of this, we will be less likely to recommend The Grotto for business meals in the future. We had to practically shout across the table to hear each other; not good.

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JW
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service by a very knowledgeable staff. They make you feel important and taken care of as soon as you sit down. The food was equally excellent!

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f
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Went here again after some years while visiting for the holidays. Really impressed with the food.

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S
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Grotto for our first time at Christmas. The food was excellent and our waiter John was outstanding. We wanted something a little different for the holiday and were not disappointed. Nice colorful happy atmosphere. A varied and not too large menu and a desert cart to die for. Very large selection of wine.

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A
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice for Christmas Eve dinner.

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b
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They just don’t have service like this anymore... excellent! And great food!

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great ambiance...
Feels like being back in Italy....

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TP
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and our waiter was the nicest guy and did a great job

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M
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous meal an excellent experience!

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JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, nice waitstaff, excellent atmosphere at a reasonable price. A nice place for a pizza or pasta and a glass of wine.

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SK
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was so hungry didn’t take any pic’s the service was amazing and the food too!
You can order whatever pizza you want and they make it

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G
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

average food

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DN
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We mostly visit at lunch on Sundays after church. We use open table once we find out how many will join us, and rarely have issues with getting a table.

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GS
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You need more waiters and waitstaff...everyone was running around like crazy! Difficult to get good service when there’s not enough help.

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M
Houston
53 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service. Good variety plaenty of options

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E
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great was the waiter was attentive but not intrusive. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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VG
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The waiter was in a big rush to take our order and when asked for lemon,he brought it after 10 minutes of serving the main course and just about threw the plate on the table.

He was impersonal,unfriendly and almost rude.

The kind of service I would expect in a fast food place in New York City!!

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PW
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Got the daily fish special (subbing snapper for salmon) and a Ward Salad. Perfect lunch for Keto diet. Excellent service, as always.

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L
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, wonderful service. This is a consistent winner.

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