About Grotto - Houston

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.

4715 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77027
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Wednesday: 11am to 10pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11am to 11pm

Holiday Hours
11/24/16 (Thu) 12pm - 8pm
12/25/16 (Sun) 2pm - 10pm

Cross Street:
610

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 622-3663

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

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet and Self Parking available.

Executive Chef:
Ricky Cruz

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

We can host luncheons, dinner parties, cocktail receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and more. Our private rooms can accommodate parties of 10-25, 35-60 or both rooms combined for up to 100 guests. Customized menus available, call our Private Events Coordinator for more details.

Grotto - Houston Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Good for Groups (15)
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Business Meals (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Romantic (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Casual (10)
Fun (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Authentic (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Cozy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

Everyone was nice, the ambience was great and the food was amazing! The Birthday girl loved being sang too and she especially love all of special attention that the staff showed her on her special day!

Thanks soooo much for a funtastic evening Grotto Staff, it was sincerely appreciated :)

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 9, 2018

My clients ordered the salads with Lobster bisque. They enjoyed the dishes. I ordered the veal with sautéed spinach with a cup of lobster bisque.

Will be back....maybe for the great pizza next time.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Casual, yet elegant dining with great service and an above average atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our first time there and we loved it. Great food and service!!!

Tags: Live Music
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I felt that the portion I received was very small. Maybe it was just the dish I ordered, which was Linguine Pescatore, but it was tiny! The service was excellent! Everyone was very nice, and we enjoyed our meal immensely.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Felt mislead by website and people answering phone when asked what type of celebration they would have for New year's. Expected something completely different. Disappointed to say the least. We had to make do with situation and a helpful server that cared. Apparently nothing was really planned...

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great place

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Just a lunch to celebrating end of the year
Grottos is one of our best places for lunch and diner.

Waiter Mr Rafael gives a remarkable dining experience with his recommendation assembling a delicious fish plate for my wife.

Thanks and Happy New Year !!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

One of Tillman’s best! Service and cleanliness exceeded expectations!

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Grotto has been our family's favorite place for birthdays and special occasions for years! The food, service and wine are always on point.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This restaurant has gone downhill since Landry's took it over. Felt very much like a "Chain" restaurant. The prices are way too high for the quality and taste of the food. The service was terrible. It was obvious they just want to turn tables. Server was very unattentive. Brought over a plate of biscotti's after our plates were cleared - and then looked annoyed as I asked for another glass of wine. It was clear, he thought we were leaving. Then we were never offered the dessert cart or any coffee / after dinner drinks, etc. Again, for the prices, I don't expect to see customers in sloppy t-shirts and jeans. It's not what it used to be. Will take my restaurant dollars elsewhere - plenty of competition in Houston.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Day lunch

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Amazing snapper. Great service.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was excellent, but our Server needed improvement. After being seated by the Hostess, we waited about 6 minutes before being acknowledged by the Server. I inquired about Sunday Brunch and was somewhat rudely told there was no brunch today. We ordered two ice waters, two glasses of unsweet tea and extra lemons. We received the two glasses of water, one glass of tea and no extra lemons. I had to remind him that we ordered two glasses of unsweet tea and extra lemon. He brought back the additional items after 5 minutes. He didn’t explain the specials, didn’t ask if we wanted to start with an appetizer or explain the highlighted selections on the menu. After receiving our food, he didn’t check on us at all to see if we needed refills, we had to get assistance from another Server. We finished our food and wanted to pack the remainder to go. I sat there looking around the restaurant and attempted to get his attention, but he did not acknowledge me. A manager, noticed me looking around and offered assistance. I explained what we needed and he asked if there was anything else. We requested to see the desert menu, which was a cart. Our server brought the cart down the aisle, which was two tables away. We couldn’t clearly see the deserts on the cart but made our selections anyway. After desert, he quickly brought the check and didn’t ask if we needed anything else. We actually did want to order a cocktail but by that time, I had enough of his service.
Another couple sat down at a table next to us and there was a considerably difference in the service they received from the same Server. My assumption is that we were not his standard nationality of customers and that resulted in the difference in service. Either case, his tip reflected the type of service we received. He received a $3.01 tip on a $75.00 bill.
I will be returning to the restaurant but making sure, we are not seated in his section.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food
Wonderful lunch.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great family dinner. Melissa was a great touch. We will be back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great Italian atmosphere, great atmosphere. The meatballs were very tasty. However, no Cannolis!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

A very average Italian restaurant with average service, food, etc...No soft touches to flavors. Nothing special about the wait staff or decor. As average as it gets and my 3 stars reflect that.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Nice and fast service

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Had the most amazing experience. Our server was great. We made reservations prior to arriving and we walked in and were sat immediately. We wanted to take our time and relax and enjoy ourselves and we were not rushed whatsoever. We actually were there for over 2 hours enjoying wine appetizer salad and entree oh and dessert. It was definitely one for the books. The most amazing dinner and the restaurant is fabulous. Even the restrooms are first class!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Disabled Access, Late-night Find, Casual, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Will probably avoid Saturday nights in the future. Service noticeably diminished and a little too loud

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our waiter Reed was outstanding. We always enjoy our time at the Grotto.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanks Giving special menu was disappointing. I was expecting a better value and more interesting food - dark meet turkey vs white, meet, soup was cool, deserts were fair. I enjoy the traditional menu and will return, but not for special menus/holidays.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went to Grottos for Thanksgving. What a wonderful day we had. Food was delicious, service was excellent. We had so much fun. They staff working was so kind, they gave their day up with their family to make our day a one to remember. Thank you Grotto.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

My client enjoyed the special salad.
I enjoyed the businessman’s luncheon special. We had great suggestions from the waiter who let us talk and didn’t push us out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Very nice, good reservation - theybread they we wanted a quiet place.
Foot hood and wait staff excellent .....................

Tags: Tapas, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

From the minute we arrived until we walked out the door the service was great! The food was top notch. Drinks were exceptional! That's why I drove 70 miles to eat at Grotto!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Was great foot, nice pleace,I enjoyed with my family.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was poor at best. The server didn’t show up to the table for at least 20 minutes. When he did, he acted as though he really didn’t want to be there. He was pretty much MIA the whole evening. The food was good.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious food, great ambiance-comfortable yet a good date night spot. Our server, Rafael, did a fantastic job recommending dishes and provided overall exceptional service!

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything was wonderful! The food, the place and the customer service! I’m not sure what we were doing but moved to this area since 2001 but this is just our second time to dine here at Grotto. But now, this is going to be our fave place to go to!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very nice and cozy. The waiter was nice and so was the staff. The food was hot and fast. We will go back again.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is a great spot for consistently solid and flavorful Italian dining. We enjoyed a nice dinner with old friends we don't get to see nearly enough. Our waitress, Melissa, had an excellent demeanor and extremely knowledgeable on the menu and wine selections which were spot on. She didn't rush us and allowed us to take our time which is a rarity on a Friday night during prime time. The meatball appetizer was not something I'd normally order but was really moist and delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Super business mans lunch special. Tons of food for $19 bucks in a super nice atmosphere. Go a little on the early side because it gets full fast. Very nice birthday celebration and very tasty coffee options. Lots of attention from the wait staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The Grotto never fails. We were there for Saturday brunch and the food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I have not been to The Grotto in several years and yet I felt right at home. Food, service, ambience still the same. It is a special place.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We dine frequently at grottos and always enjoy it. Pizza was mediocre this time and was served before we had finished our salad! Felt rushed!

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had a good time for birthday celebration there. The food was surprising not too salty/sweet like other restaurants, which is good & healthier.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Our waiter was excellent, and the food was just outstanding. We had been once before, and when my brother and his wife visited from Maryland, we felt this was the best place to bring them, and we were right. We loved the murals on the walls. (See the picture)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The food is very good but the service by Raphael is excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food
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