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About Grotto - The Woodlands
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.
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Italian, Seafood, International
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 11am - 9pm
11/24/16 (Thu) 12pm - 8pm
12/25/16 (Sun) 2pm - 10pm
Lake Robbins Dr
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Music Wednesdays 6 PM
Custom events are available and include full service and bartenders upon request. Plating, silverware and specialty items are also available for rent. For more information, please contact us directly.
Self parking is available in the lot behind our restaurant. Valet parking is also available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Located at Market Street, Grotto is the ideal location for private dining. Transporting you to the warm, cozy setting of a trattoria in the Old Country, Grotto offers authentic Italian cuisine, impeccable service & a passion for detail that is sure to wow your guests.
Grotto - The Woodlands Ratings and Reviews
We went for my fathers 65th bday, we have been going to the grotto for years. This experience was horrible. Food was not good at all. Two of us ordered snapper and I can tell you 100% that it was not snapper that it was a cheap fish like cod. We ordered cheesecake for dessert and 1/4 if the piece was missing. Our server was doing her best but it seemed like she was doing th entire restaurant by herself. We will not be returning to this location. Definitely seems like they are cutting corners to save money.
My friend and I had lunch on a Saturday, but we were not offered a lunch menu (though it’s available online). The service was good; however, our waiter constantly asked if we wanted to add (insert upgrade item) to everything we ordered. I wanted a cup of lobster bisque, and he brought out a bowl. I understand for one or two things, but not for every item we ordered. Though the food was good (as it usually is), a small plate of ravioli, a gin and tonic, and a bowl of lobster bisque wasn’t worth the $40 for lunch.
We went to Grotto for our anniversary dinner. We had a few drinks at the bar and the bartenders were so very friendly and the drinks were great (not to mention cheaper because it was happy hour!) . Then we were seated at our table and our waitress was excellent. She was very personable and friendly and made excellent recommendations based on our taste. The restaurant was VERY busy as the local high school's homecoming dance was that night, but they handled the large groups well in addition to their other customers. We had an excellent time and will certainly be back.
You simply MUST try Grotto! There is something for everyone! My daughter and myself are vegetarian but my husband enjoyed what he called the best steak he ever had! Great drinks, great food and great service....you can't beat that! Oh, and the prices are good too!
It may be a little soon for me to write this review since it wasn't the best dining experience we've had (at Grotto or otherwise!) Bar was great, we arrived early to enjoy the happy hour and bar. We reserved and requested a specific table and were prepared to wait on it; it was ready early but we were not rushed to it. We were greeted and seated appropriately by both a friendly maître d and a rather tall gentleman (who I thought was our server).
The waiter that was assigned to our table was eager, but I don't think he completed one task totally correctly the entire evening. It was my husband's birthday. We noted that in the reservation, and mentioned it when we were seated, and again to our waiter when he offered to take our order. I had to ask for red pepper flakes for my pizza - and it wasn't brought right away - had to ask for beverage refills - had to ask for the cake and when it didn't come in a reasonable time, had to flag down someone else to get the cake. Asked for a to-go box that never came - all in all it was not a stellar experience. It wasn't overly crowded, it was busy-but not packed. I think our waiter only had four tables that I could see. If it wasn't such a fun place to meet friends and such good food, it might have soured my opinion of Grotto. We'll be back, but probably just to sit at the bar and dine elsewhere.
We went to Grotto during Houston Restaurant week and got the prix-fix menu. Course 1 was delicious with green tomato,mozzarella, basil, and a polenta cake. The second course was a breaded flounder, it was a little bland but ok. Dessert was a chocolate cake typical, nothing that stood out. I will go back there to eat again and try other things. We have been to brunch here which was very good.
Everything went well, except for one thing... My husband ordered the sea bass and the portion of the fish seemed really small. However this was rectified and another portion was brought out a few minutes later. Our waitress did an excellent job and we had fun celebrating our twin's 18th birthday. Such a special event.
Not a terrible experience, but not a particularly good one either. Our dinner party of three included a guest confined to a wheelchair. The restrooms were inaccessible because of multiple stacked table chairs in the hallway leading to the restroom. Now to the meal - we each ordered caeser salads with anchovies. One guest ordered an appetizer of black mussels. 10 minutes later we were informed that the restaurant was out of mussels......and get this, it was only 6:15pm on a Saturday evening. A BIG disappointment. Then, as if that wasn't enough - 5 minutes after being informed that the appetizer wasn't available, we were told that the restaurant was out of anchovies. Really? The Manager offered to comp our salads. That sounded ok. But the final let down - the salads were served WARM. Warm enough that the salad dressing was runny. Our entrees were ok. The sea bass was good - but the portion size was very underwhelming. The pizza was not cooked correctly - the outer portions were nice and crunchy, but the middle of the pizza was still a little doughy and soggy. Now it comes to the check. The salads were NOT comp'd as promised. But, as a positive gesture, we were served a 1" thick piece of chocolate cake for 3 guests as a token from the Manager. In totality, the restaurant is "ok". Will we be back? No. There are many other restaurants available with better value that are at least stocked with the items necessary to serve what's on their menu.
I really appreciate the flexibility the staff at Grotto had with us. We planned to have dinner but we never left the bar. We were graciously accommodated by moving two tables together. The happy hour prices are very good and there is a variety of choices on the menu. We loved the meatball sliders, pizza and chicken wings. The service was good. The only thing we did not like was sitting by the patio door because it was occasionally left open by a waiter. The heat immediately filled the little corner we were in.
My teenagers loved this restaurant .
Plenty of nice sized portions for hungry boys.
However, I specifically requested no sauce on my entree and wanted it on the side .
My entree came with the sauce on the fish .
We were one of about 6 tables at around 5pm, therefore we should of seen our waiter shortly after the food was served . I waited 15 min and he finally came to the table to check our orders. I informed him about my entree. He only offered to buy me an appetizer "next time". He did not offer to remake my entree. I told him I was from out of town and joked he could buy me a glass of wine . He rolled his eyes and walked away .
Secondly , he basically put the check down as everyone was still eating their entrees.
I asked him if he needed our table since they were so busy ( 6 tables occupied ).
Again another rolled eyes.
I reluctantly gave him a 10% tip with hopes he recognizes his poor service qualities .
Overall my family loved their food and that's really what matters. However, I just might pick another restaurant next year when I return to the Woodlands.
My family went to Grotto for Sunday brunch. We had a shrimp appetizer in a mushroom sauce which was delicious. I had eggs benedict which was good and my husband had French toast which he raved about. We had a strawberry cake which was light and not overly sweet. My daughter had a chocolate cake with was rich. Overall a good place for brunch. Will try during dinner in the future.
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