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Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.5
4.5
1320 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Conveniently located at Avenida Houston and connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Grotto Downtown offers a chic, vibrant dining experience in the heart of Houston—within walking distance to Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center and Discovery Green. Unlike any other Grotto, Downtown offers a new look with a rustic, warehouse style interior and exposed brick. From small and shareable plates, fresh and local salads to refreshing and dynamic Italian cuisine, Grotto’s menu also offers a selection of curated craft beers, Grappa and wine—the ideal place for any occasion whether it’s lunch, happy hour, a business meeting or dinner in the city. Valet is available at the entrance of Grotto Downtown for $11 cash, or it can be added to your check inside. Self-parking is also available at the Avenida North parking garage, directly across the street on Rusk, where we will validate up to 3 hours for free.

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7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:30 am–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 658-0752

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Conveniently located Downtown Houston in the Convention District, Grotto is ideal for your next event. Within walking distance of Discovery Green, Minute Maid Park & Toyota Center, our Italian inspired fares offer plates for all to enjoy.

  • Private party contact

    Manager: (713) 658-0752

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What 1,320 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. BV

    BillV

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Should have sent the clams back, but the waiter was hard to track down.
  3. RP

    RogerP

    Boise

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The food was incredible and our server, Zach, was superb! I had the filet & my husband had the eggplant parmigiana. We ate every bite. Music was a little loud but great selection. We’ll definitely go again.
  4. JA

    JohnA

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was wonderful…cozy, welcoming and beautifully decorated for Christmas. The food was delicious, the rosemary focaccia is a must have! Our waiter was attentive without rushing us. We will definitely be back!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service
  6. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience1
    Order calamari, no calamari, mostly bread crumbs, carrots, peppers, and tiny pieces of calamari...worst I have ever had. This Grotto does not hold up against Westheimer. 14 dollar Grotto salad, a bowl of lettuce..not worth it.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great server. Educated us on wine and was really nice. The only thing was the music was all over the place didn’t know if we were at a fancy dinner, a dive bar, or club. It’s a small thing but it gave me and my date something to talk about.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to celebrate the end of the Quilt Festival and the Astros World Series victory!! Absolutely delucious food and drink!!
  9. OM

    OfeM

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food especially during the busy time of the World Series b
  10. PC

    PeggyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly service. We were well taken care of and enjoyed the experience.
  11. N

    Nolagirl

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Service was very slow, then we got our entrees before our apps! We kept them and ate them because we were both starving, but it would have been better to have the meal in the right order and in a reasonable amount of time. That being said, everything was very good.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Querétaro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Deliciosa comida y buen servicio
  13. MD

    MarioD

    Houston

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and the service was outstanding.
  15. P

    Patti

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and perfect portions! The servers were very friendly and efficient.
  16. JJ

    JeremyJ

    Philadelphia

    277 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    277 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, good wine selection and good service.
  17. h

    hcarba

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    This does not feel like other Grotto's , there is a loud music in the background and u have to nearly shout to talk to your guests. Also there is no complimentary bread upon arrival. I prefer the Galleria Grotto for a much more relaxed experience
  18. KA

    KrisA

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Considering it was busy for the World Series, we didn’t have to wait unusually long for our food and drink. This is one of our favorite restaurants when we come to town.
  19. BR

    BRNFOODIE

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    It was super busy so I did it complain at all but 2 of 3 “hot” appetizers were served cold. Extremely noisy hard to even talk at a small table of 2 people.
  20. LL

    LizaL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    loud unpleasant music. would not turn it lower
  21. DG

    DiningGem

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service before the Astros World Series game food was good and came quickly and hot.
  22. v

    vintagevino

    Houston

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bentley was a wonderful server and host. Food was delicious. Very convenient dinner before World Series Game 1.
  23. MM

    MelanieM

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Pizza and salad great . Bellini too sweet.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  25. B

    Beehive65

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great meal for our large group was handled without error and with total precision. A wonderful evening !
  26. HR

    HeatherR

    Houston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We had reservations and were seated promptly; however, we were not greeted by our server for a good 10-15 minutes. We almost decided to leave as it seemed like they were short staffed and in the "weeds". Once our waiter greeted us we were good to go with drink orders and appetizers. We ordered the calamari and it was just ok - had too many fried vegetables and not enough calamari and the calamari pieces were little. You really had to search for them. Entrees were all good - shrimp topped with lump crab and roasted asparagus, pizza (was excellent), chicken marsala (good) and then chicken parmesan (which isn't on the menu but the chef made an alteration to an existing dish - thank you!). Overall decent dinner but not outstanding. We had to ask for iced tea and water refills.
  27. L

    Libellule

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    It was way too noisy but our waitress was nice....
  28. SD

    SeenaD

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location. Pleasing decor. Excellent service. Good variety of food choices.
  29. GW

    GoodWhiskey

    Amarillo

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable dinner. Place was packed on a Monday night the food was really good. We started with the focaccia bread served with a honey ricotta - very tasty. I followed up with one of the pizzas and my wife had a pasta dish. Both were very good though the pizza was larger than I expected and I was unable to finish it. We skipped dessert. They have a decent wine list and we had a nice Falanghina.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went by myself for dinner during a business trip. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. I never felt rushed. The food was excellent especially the tuna bruschetta. Enjoyable meal!
  31. AR

    AlanR

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    In from out of town for a conference. If you’re looking for a good Italian restaurant, this is not it. Coming from NY/NJ area, I know good Italian food. The pastas were overcooked and the pizza was, underwhelming at best. The dough was soggy and the cheese was off. The dough is definitely not a pizza dough. In addition, watch out because there are 2 Houston locations. One has a more extensive menu than the other. This was the one with the more limited menu. On a good note, the drinks were pretty good.
  32. D

    Dniel

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food, service and environment was top notch!
  33. J

    June

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    We were sat all the way to the back in front of the kitchen (we're you can hear the banging of the pans) for my group of 5 and there were many empty seats closer to the entrance. Our waitress had to walk from one end to the other end to take our order. Our order was taken very late about 30-40 min later. The waitress wasn't very friendly or welcoming.
  34. KD

    KeithD

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Service was terrible . . Long wait after seating before waitress took drink orders. Entrees arrived before appetizers . . Salads were served last!
  35. A

    Ange888

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Julia was very attentive & the service was excellent. She made sure that we were satisfied with our dishes. All the food we ordered were so delicious! We had roast cauliflower & kale salad, fried calamari, short ribs with gnocchi, the risotto with salmon, shrimp & beef. We will definitely come again if next time we visit Houston.
  36. J

    Jennifer

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    It was our friends birthday and the Astros game. The server was so rude. Always in a hurry. Salads came without dressing. We had to track down our waitress to bring some and it was a lengthy wait. The tenderloin skewers and fries were good. I know they were busy, but had she just been the least bit friendly, it would have been fine. But overall, service could have been much better.
  37. ME

    MegE

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails and food were off the charts!!! Service was also terrific.
  38. JL

    JonathanL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Girlfriend and I came here for our anniversary dinner. The playoff game was on TV and the waiter was more interested in serving a large table and watching the entertainment than attending to us. Food was good, ambience was nice service however our waiter could’ve been a little more attentive! 🙁
  39. NW

    NancyW

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was very good. Our waiter, Luca(?) was very good ! Food was good and good portions. Spiedini could have been a little more flavorful. Straw and Hay pasta dish was excellent (without the peas!). No complaints about the request to leave them out. The interior was very nice. It was a little loud but manageable. Wine list prices were high even comparing to other similar restaurants. We made a reservation and were seated immediately. They quickly validated the parking at the garage next door. Recommend !
  40. PT

    PaulT

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The key lime pie was superlative, plenty for two people.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Grotto - Downtown Houston using the Order Online button. Grotto - Downtown Houston also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 658-0752.

Grotto - Downtown Houston is rated 4.5 stars by 1320 OpenTable diners.

Grotto - Downtown Houston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Grotto - Downtown Houston

1001 Avenida de las Americas, Suite A, Houston, TX 77010

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:30 am–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 658-0752

  • Private party facilities

    Conveniently located Downtown Houston in the Convention District, Grotto is ideal for your next event. Within walking distance of Discovery Green, Minute Maid Park & Toyota Center, our Italian inspired fares offer plates for all to enjoy.

  • Private party contact

    Manager: (713) 658-0752

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