Grotto - Downtown Houston
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
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.
Overall great experience.
We sat outside. Beautiful evening & great service!
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!!
Had an amazing time and the staff was super attentive!
The salmon with risotto and meatball entrees were amazing! Great wine list and service as well.
Girls Weekend!! What better place than Grotto downtown by the fire!! Thanks for your great service!!
The Bolgnese was amazing as well as the garlic bread. Love the location and ambience. I’ll be back.
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
Bolognese was great
Awesome food. Amazing service. Great location and vibes!
Great food and service.
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.
Great experience, service and food was tremendous. Will go back very soon.
Simply amazing! The food was very flavorful and filling. The drinks were so good too! I can’t wait to go back here!
Food was absolutely delicious, and ambiance was fabulous.
Good! Try it out for yourself!
Everything was just as hoped for!
It was pleasant
It was lovely sitting outside watching the big TV screen and the waitstaff was really nice!
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
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.
We had a wonderful dinner Saturday evening with friends! Always on our list of places to eat downtown!!😊💞
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.
Food was delicious. Service was great and they are practicing social distancing with tables, which was great!
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!
Excellence service, food, and ambiance.
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.
Great food and excellent date night vibes. The francese and pescatoria dishes were amazing.
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.
Lovely place to eat some good pasta. And it’s not far to walk to discovery green park❤️
The restaurant has excellent social distancing and mask wearing. The wait staff goes above and beyond during this difficult time.
We had a lovely dinner, and our waitress was fantastic!
The food is so scrumptious here. The service is great too and they validate your parking
Delicious food, quick service, friendly staff, and COVID safe protocols.
We always enjoy this place!
Very limited menu, not many options for someone that doesn't eat meat
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!
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
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.