Grotto - The Woodlands

4.4
666 reviews
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Italian
Inspired by classic Southern Italian cooking, Grotto features authentic, house made specialties including fresh seafood, veal, chicken, seafood, house made pastas and decadent desserts. Open lunch and dinner daily--with patio seating available.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Good place to eat before going to a concert. Sangria wasn’t that good but meal was delicious.

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

Ate here on Good Friday after church with our family, and it was delicious!

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F
Houston
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Grotto! It’s one of my families favorites but we are often there with high school kids on date nights heading to school dances. The food is delicious and the service is great. We come fairly often because it’s one of our favorites.

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PG
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service!!!! We felt very welcomed.

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RW
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looked all over The Woodlands area for really crispy thin pizza crust...this is the place! Happy Hour buffet is awesome. We watched a birthday party buffet and the guests were having a great time and the food looked fantastic. Looks like a really good place for a lively birthday party or special event.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a Birthday and all went well.
First visit everything was nice just a little loud and it was early dinner. Will be back!!😊

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b
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived for our reservation and was immediately seated, but we were seated at a table where there was not a server assigned to it. We waited for awhile before I asked the hostess about receiving menus and do we have a server. They apologized and sent a server over to us straight on. From that point on we were taken care of. Every one was very efficient and pleasant. I would definitely recommend Grotto to all my friends and family.

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r
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to for special family events! Never get a bad meal here!

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B
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my daughter’s birthday and the waiter brought her a slice of cake with candles!

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eric was great and didn't rush us through our courses. We enjoyed the food and ambiance before our concert time at Cynthia Woods.

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CN
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Wait service worse I have ever experienced. Calamari not the best we have ever had.

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MA
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From making the reservation to dessert and coffee the whole Grotto experience was awesome.On arrival our table was ready. Julio, our server, was attentive and outstanding. He was friendly and professional at the same time which makes the evening more enjoyable. His food and drink recommendations were spot on. We had a special surprise for our granddaughter which Julio tended to
expertly. Our food and beverages were excellent. Our whole dining experience was just memorable!
Thank you Grotto and thank you Julio !!

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OT
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a busy night and service was slow because of the crowd. But, we will be back!

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PM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good and a good value. Service was good, but could have been a little more attentive. I would come back, and would recommend to others.

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

Always a good experience at Grotto!

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

Waiter and service were fantastic. Food was good. Nice to have valet.

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B
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter got order wrong. Was supposed to b a split. Even asked when it was delivered and told it was a split but then charged for two full orders. Had to wait over ten minutes until waiter checked on us and wine had been empty 25 minutes. Food was excellent however. Espresso was lukewarm and half the size it used to be. This place has always been a regular favorite but somewhat disappointing tonight.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Walked in and it was super noisy. I hoped once we were at our table, it would be quieter and seem more intimate and less like Luby’s. We didn’t even get to our table and they wanted to sit us by the kitchen (noisy) and next to a table with 2 kids in high chairs. (I left my 2 children at home to have a quiet date night - so I didn’t like the idea of being sat next to a table with 2 very small kids that would have had a meltdown sometime during dinner. I asked the waitress if there were any other tables open (I made reservations) and she informed me the only other table open was also next to a big family with kids. There was obviously a whole other sections with open tables (not a separate room) but she claimed that they were not seating people in that section. The waitress didn’t seem like she cared and just stood there looking at us. I never got to try the food - but assumed if it mirrored the service I had just gotten, we were better off trying another place. We left and found CRU 🙌 which is perfect for a quiet date night environment!! Awful how a waitress/hostess can ruin your whole restaurant.

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KE
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've very much enjoyed dining at The Grotto for the last 7 years, but our latest experience was the best!
The service was great (waiter had only been working there for 2 days, but he did a superb job). And the food was especially good.
Our only complaint was the live music. We were celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary and wanted to have a quiet dinner but the live music made that very difficult. We certainly understand a lot of the clientele enjoyed the music though.

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k
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated outside (our corner table request for our hearing-impaired friend). It worked out well and the manager was very accomodating in placing an outdoor heater near us. The restaurant was extremely busy - and loud! Outside seating worked out very well.

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SG
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife here for our 5th year anniversary, I made reservations beforehand and ot take was easy when we arrived. One of the first things we were asked is if we were celebrating anything special. I informed our waiter what our special occasion was and he took note of that.

The ambience was great, not too loud so we could converse without being distracted. The food was amazing, my wife and I love Italian food and this place is at the top of the list for a decent price. When we requested our check, our waiter (Eric) brought out a slice of amazing chocolate cake for our anniversary.

It was definitely a wonderful experience, we will definitely return. Thank you Eric for making our anniversary evening a great one!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grotto is always great. Never had a bad meal and the set is always terrific!

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VV
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best fancy restaurant in Woodlands. The food is outstanding and the employees are very customer oriented!

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service!!!! This is a nice restaurant in a location for those of us who live north of Houston. I will certainly be visiting it again.

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OT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Nice wine list. Attentive staff. Place is a little on the loud side, which can make it hard to hear sometimes.

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W
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends for late lunch/early dinner on a beautiful afternoon with cool, relatively dry weather. Sat on the patio and had great food, and great service. Our friends raved about the food, especially the romanesco potatoes. Patio was quiet, service was great. Most pleasant afternoon.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No matter the time, day, or date, the grotto service is always perfect. The managers that work the floor always just a hail away. The wait staff is as close to perfect as you can ever expect. I really cannot say enough good things about this place. Twice we’ve went on Valentine’s Day and had incredible service and a lovely meal.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Significant draft from opening and shutting restaurant door.
Linguine Pescatore calamari / mussels/ clams were all extremely chewy...didn’t taste fresh, likely over cooked.
Asked person who brought out food for knife and agreed to bring it out, after 5 minutes, asked a manager for the two knives for our table.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

This was my second Valentine’s Day going. The first time was amazing!!! Band playing, low lights and amazing food. A very sexy atmosphere. This second time..... food was horrible. They didn’t even have steak on the menu. I ended up having to order a pizza which was unsatisfying. My date ordered salmon which was covered in sesame seeds. It tasted horrible! The drinks and sorbet were the only things that tasted ok. That was definitely my last time going.

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LC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place! The food was tasty, hot and good portion. The Tiramisu was delicious. Good service.

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SL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a business lunch and the place was good for our meeting. Good food with staff that was personable and proactive. Our lunch was very good and able to get in at the time we wanted.

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DC
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server Matt is always our first choice. Knows us and what we like and don’t like. Has the wine we drink close at hand so when we arrive it’s at the table quickly. Food is fantastic and the branzino was the best we’ve had.

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KF
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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b
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Good Italian food, though the waiters seemed to service too many tables, and the tables themselves are too close together. Waiters were constantly running into my chair, and that of the person at the table behind me. We commiserated at the experience.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great job!!

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

Great time of day to go not to busy. Julio's customer service was great. The food was wonderful.

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

My husband and I made a reservation for dinner here for our 16th wedding anniversary. They truly made our night! The food was amazing, the service was outstanding and the selection of wine was wonderful! We will absolutely be visiting again! Thanks Grotto!

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FV
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner and the service was great. The noise level did increase. We definitely will return, maybe a little earlier to avoid the noise.

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O
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really nice to have a comfortable, well run Italian restaurant nestled within the boutique shopping mall at The Woodlands. This was our first time at this location and we had a quality dining experience. The food was impeccable and served at just the perfect time. The general manager and staff are all very accessible and dedicated to giving a great customer experience.

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OT
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were greeted warmly and my date was escorted to the table we had requested while I parked. Our waiter Montgomery was most attentive all evening.
We enjoy visiting Grotto, but Montgomery made this visit especially enjoyable. Please share with him our delight! We’ll be back!

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