Grotto - Houston

4.6
1102 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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MT
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent Easter dinner with excellent and highly attentive service to boot.

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CO
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleasantly surprised! The last time I was at Grotto was over 5 years ago so I was uncertain how this would work out for us. We had a party of 5, 2 of whom were either in a wheelchair or using a walker. There were absolutely no problems at all!! Even the parking and unloading of the equipment went easily!
And the food was excellent and the cost was very reasonable. We will be going again!

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DS
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grotto is always scheduled into a trip to it through Houston. We've been going there for almost 20 yrs. Sometimes we just make the 3 yr drive just to enjoy a meal there. The service is impeccable & the food outstanding.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Went for our first year wedding anniversary and told the waiter and didn’t receive anything to make our meal special as I have at other nice restaurants for special occasions. It did not feel special at all as the waiter didn’t even acknowledge a first year wedding anniversary that we told him about at the beginning of our dining experience. It also was not a crowded time as we went on a weekday at 2 pm so I was expecting better service to make our special anniversary meal more memorable.

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l
Houston
60 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

If you like biff bam thank you mam service go here. "Are you finished with your salad so I can put your main course down"?

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

Everything was great!

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HH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Customer service was nonexistent and had to constantly flag someone down. Food was also subpar and not very good. The marinara sauce tasted like it was right out of a can and very sweet. Save yourself some money and go to Colina’s down the street instead.

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SF
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Rafael is the best waiter in the City of Houston.

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LT
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Jane, the hostess, is the RUDEST hostess ever! Despite several available tables, as we arrived several minutes earlier than our reservation, she refused to seat us. And never bothered to apologize. Terrible! Grotto should seriously train their hostesses!

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EP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service!

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GK
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Grotto provided each one of our four-some with a scrumptious meal for our varied dinning restrictions. This is one of the reasons we chose this location. There is special something for everyone. I visit Houston once or twice a year, and I am always proud to host our gathering at this splendid location. The Grotto has my highest recommendation.

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The staff was professional, polite and knowledgeable about the menu. It is one of our favorite places to eat.

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DD
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy our visit when in Houston. Food and old time service are always good.

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M
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food we had was not great. Salmon special was way over cooked and my lasagna was all cheese.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Girls brunch

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E
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Daughter's Birthday - our waiter was amazing and the food fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. Food was worth the price and our waiter was great he even gave us free desert because it was our 1st anniversary. We will most likely be going back next year and we highly recommend to all our friends.

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s birthday

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PG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I always make it a point to dine at Il Grotto on Westheimer when we're in Houston. We have always had a very positive experience overall when we visit this establishment. We've taken friends in the past and they, in turn, recommend this restaurant to their friends. Kudos to the entire staff and, by the way, the food and drink is superb.

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I felt pressure before ordering (like if the waiter wanted us to order quickly) and before we left (while I was talking to my friends) the waiter came to the table to pick up just one of the napkins and left the rest of the napkins on the table and I felt that he was kicking us out (not because somebody was waiting for a table precisely). The food was good but the customer should be given more time to enjoy.

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AG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food at Grotto was superb! I have never eaten at a restaurant with such great service with wonderful one on one attention. It felt like our server was only taking care of us and we were the only ones in the whole restaurant! Fantastic!

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A
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Rafa was our waiter and he just made our night! Thouroughly enjoyed the evening with his stories and overall feel good attitude! Thanks for a great evening Rafa!!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service and wi deregulate atmosphere

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite the restaurant being extremely busy, our waiter made us feel like we were eating at a very fine dining establishment

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SC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service! Love the business special! Great place to meet and have a conversation!

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l
Houston
61 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always. Cesar was very attentive and treated us to chocolate dessert for my birthday. I will request him next time.

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LT
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Jane is the Worst hostess ever; terrible attitude, terrible demeanor and unprofessional dress. She acted like she was doing us a favor seating us and while a table sat vacant waiting to be cleaned, she refused to advise that it might be our table.
Despite having a reservation, we waited for “her highness” to seat us and finally, gave up waiting and sat in the bar.
I WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT ANY RETURN TO GROTTO,

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Houston
20 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Lunch menu was not what I expected and the service was not exceptional. After waiting for about 10 minutes I had to flag a waiter to bring a menu to the table and I was finally asked if I wanted something to drink.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, really good service.

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service great food. Never disappoints!!

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A
Houston
346 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
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 on February 11, 2019
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
27 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
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 9, 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
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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 2, 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 1, 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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