Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.6
853 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Offering a fresh look with a rustic, warehouse style interior, Grotto Downtown’s dynamic menu offes a revolutionized take on Italian cuisine with vibrant flavors, small and shareable plates, as well as a selection of curated craft beers, Grappa and wine. Whether a casual social setting or special event, our ideal location is perfect for 1 or 100.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 853 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Upon entry to the restaurant, we were cordially greeted and sat very quickly. The music in the restaurant was a little on the loud side, in our opinion. Our server was phenomenal and the food was amazing. My only negative feedback would be for management to properly wear a face covering. A member on management stood at the Host Desk with his mask dangling on one ear as he spoke to the hostesses, answered/spoke on the phone, and walked through the restaurant. I won’t post the picture here, but if Grotto were to contact me, I’d be happy to share it with them.

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vipJoAnn
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

i have been many times to the grotto on westheimer and the food is ALWAYS delicious and perfect. i am very disappointed with the food at this downtown location. I requested a dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives. the cheese was dry, tasted terrible. Not worth my money , AT ALL! I should have just had a tea.

Then the pizza slices you bring to the table were stone cold. at the westheimer location the pizza slices are usually piping hot and serviced with delicious bread. Not the case at the downtown location.

my entre was the appetizer ribs gnochi , which i will say, was good.

bottom line, i will never come back to this location.

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LeslieS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall great experience.

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Cary1970
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside. Beautiful evening & great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only one complaint is the salad was completely soaked in the dressing to the point we couldn’t eat it. But other than that the food was amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time and the staff was super attentive!

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JeffH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon with risotto and meatball entrees were amazing! Great wine list and service as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls Weekend!! What better place than Grotto downtown by the fire!! Thanks for your great service!!

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viprainout
Houston
111 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bolgnese was amazing as well as the garlic bread. Love the location and ambience. I’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date.. kinda went on a bad night with it being a high school homecoming the same day... but overall place was great

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ColinC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Bolognese was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Amazing service. Great location and vibes!

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vipTomM
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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Brandon
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We had a reservation at 7:00 pm and weren't seated until after 8:00 pm. We were also sat outside when we were hoping to enjoy the inside atmosphere. Our waiter was great. The food was very bland. I guess we were expecting much more out of our experience since it is described as an "upscale" restaurant. In my opinion, the only thing upscale was the prices. Won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, service and food was tremendous. Will go back very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing! The food was very flavorful and filling. The drinks were so good too! I can’t wait to go back here!

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vipHockeyfans
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious, and ambiance was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good! Try it out for yourself!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just as hoped for!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was pleasant

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GloriaV
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely sitting outside watching the big TV screen and the waitstaff was really nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a reservation just no one came to wait on us for 20 min so we moved on. Tried to get help from waiter, bu

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DougB
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside at the fire pits. Ambiance was nice, Rick was our server and did great, and of course, the food was outstanding. This is one of our regular places to enjoy.

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Dbbny
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner Saturday evening with friends! Always on our list of places to eat downtown!!😊💞

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Jerry
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

While I appreciate that we are in Covid-19 transitional period and happily accept all that entails, there were some disappointing aspects about the overall experience at Grotto. First the wine I selected, a Pinot Grigio was brought out at room temperature and stuck in an ice bucket to chill, something that did not happen and after twice sampling room temperature wine they found a chilled bottle of something else as the PG would never have chilled even by the time we left the restaurant.

The other disappointment was that there was a kids' party held there - our booking was for eight, their's would have been about 8.30PM with two or three adults getting as much alcohol into themselves as possible - presumably it was their choice of venue for whichever child it was? Regardless of that, the noise level went up exponentially from a good atmosphere to unnecessarily loud for a quiet dinner out - our first in months. That some of the kids would go to the rest rooms in packs, past our table and often without masks did not help.

Unfortunately all that comes before the food, which was very good as always at Grotto, and unfortunate that we had to eat inside as a line of storms came through as we arrived. I will i believe, continue as we did before the pandemic and use the Galleria Grotto as our go to Grotto.

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AdriaJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was great and they are practicing social distancing with tables, which was great!

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AshleyR
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grotto was great! From start to finish we had a wonderful experience. Our waiter was very helpful, made recommendations, and was on point with service. We started with Misto Fritto which was absolutely delicious, and I loved that it came with carrots and red peppers. I had the salmon, which was absolutely delicious. My fiancé had the short rib gnocchi, and wow, it was divine. We will definitely add Grotto to the repeat list!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence service, food, and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

We went to have a nice couples night out. We were really disappointed. The food was overly rich, the drinks very sweet and wine tasted like vinegar. We started to question ourselves if it was just us. It felt like a bad dream. Unfortunately not.. we will not return.

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AdrianaM
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent date night vibes. The francese and pescatoria dishes were amazing.

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GabD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great! They practiced social distancing extremely well and we felt comfortable dining at this restaurant. I would recommend Grotto to anyone and everyone. The entire staff was kind and we enjoyed our visit.

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SamFuentes
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to eat some good pasta. And it’s not far to walk to discovery green park❤️

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CarlJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has excellent social distancing and mask wearing. The wait staff goes above and beyond during this difficult time.

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TraciU
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner, and our waitress was fantastic!

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vipCindy8000
London
163 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so scrumptious here. The service is great too and they validate your parking

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RafaH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, quick service, friendly staff, and COVID safe protocols.

We always enjoy this place!

Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very limited menu, not many options for someone that doesn't eat meat

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AnitaM
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience2

We were looking forward to dining at Grotto after finally getting out of quarantine!
The service was great...very friendly staff!
The food was horrible...
We will not go there again!

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Bodybuilderwholovesfood
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live this place. My husband and I go every time we are in Houston. Every dish we’ve had has been amazing, although the margarita pizza is my favorite. Great wine selection and the cocktails are really good too!! The wait staff is awesome and are very helpful in selections. I highly recommend going here. It’s one of the best restaurants downtown

FAQs

Grotto - Downtown Houston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 658-0752.

Grotto - Downtown Houston is rated 4.6 stars by 853 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.