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US$30 - US$30
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Italian, Romana, Lazio, Sicilian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Great Uptown
6.7 km from Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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Reviewed 18 September 2022

This is most certainly a top notch, first class restaurant. We were so happy and impressed with our experience here, and so glad this was our choice for our first dinner meal upon arriving in Houston. We had reservations for 6:00 and we arrived 10...minutes late but they were still very accommodating. The decor inside, including the stunning hand-blown glass chandeliers, was beautiful. As soon as we sat down, our waiter placed our cloth napkins on our lap, which was definitely a first for us. We ordered meatballs as an appetizer and the waiter served us each one giant meatball on our little plates, added sauce, and then a second worker added parmesan cheese. After we finished our delicious meatball appetizer, our plates and silverware were removed and new silverware was placed on the table. The waiter was super attentive with drinks, always asking if we wanted a refill or a new drink when we were close to finished. Not only were the meatballs delicious, but so was the bread, our meals, and the raspberry sorbet we ordered for dessert. I had the pepperoni pizza with a very thin crust, which I prefer and loved. My husband had the veal parmesan, which was amazing. After the meal, they also provide free biscotti type cookies, which were also quite tasty.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 15 July 2022

I tried the Grotto for the first time yesterday, reminding me of La Griglia. Let's call it La Griglia Light. We had a nice lunch that began with a basket of yummy bread options, a Caesar Salad, and a Caprese Salad. The Caprese was massive...for the price. I had the Lasagna, and my daughter had the Ravioli with Vodka Sauce; both items were very good. Our server was excellent, as was the host staff. Price-wise, it was about the same, maybe a little cheaper than La Grigila, but it is evident that these restaurants are owned by the same company. Both restaurants are great and have a similar look and feel. I highly recommend Grotto if you want something a bit more casual and La Griglia if you are a seafood buff.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 11 June 2022

Had lobster bisque. Awesome. Very tasty. then had a seafood rigatoni, lots of good food and ate it all. Then I had a strawberry angel food cake desert. Just awesome . Would eat there again when I am in Houston

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 7 May 2022 via mobile

We absolutely enjoy Grotto. I’m writing a review because of the wonderful experience I received. First, the hostess Gabi, is welcoming and so friendly. She helped direct me before my visit with some questions I had. Second, the events manager Sarah, is an amazing coordinator....She helped answer all my detailed questions in regards to my upcoming event. She made my experience so personable as if it was her own party. I greatly appreciate them both so much and am looking forward to more dining experiences at Grotto.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 7 May 2022

I got recommended the place by a friend and being that I just moved to Houston I decided to take my girlfriend there to give it a try. Hands down some of the best Italian food I’ve had in Houston. This is a place I...think everyone should be eating at, I promise you’ll never be disappointed. Such a nice restaurant visually and for the quality of food you get, hard to find another place like it.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 6 May 2022

The atmosphere in this Restaurant is amazing! Food is excellent and service was amazing. Food came out fast and fresh! It was an amazing experience. I will for sure be back!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 5 May 2022

Have eaten here twice with every expectation well exceeded. The staff and management are very attentive to your needs. Beyond the atmosphere, the food and drink are incredible! Definitely a repeat eat.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 5 May 2022

Such a lovely dining experience. Great service from the moment I booked our reservation. The hostess Gabi was extremely personable and informative with all my questions. When we arrived, she was prompt with seating our party and went beyond to make sure we felt welcomed....The lunch service was impeccable. Teo was our kind waiter and had great menu recommendations. The food was delicious, the ambiance very pleasant and the speciality drinks were fun. Overall excellent dining experience. Highly recommended and will be returning here again.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 5 May 2022

We came for a business lunch. Great deal for a 3 course Business Lunch for $25. Teo was welcoming and took great care of us.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 5 May 2022 via mobile

The food and service was excellent. I really enjoyed the Fettuccine with Chicken and the cheese cake was amazing as well.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 30 September 2021

It is a pleasant surprise to go into a restaurant by chance and have everything turn out great. We were pressed for time and just pulled into a place that looked good. And, it was. Rarely do I give 5 stars to a first time...visit, but this is a clear exception. It met all the marks and then some. Good curb appeal, great parking (valet option), food, service, ambiance, extensive menu, and décor. The crowd looks to be a lot of "regulars." They seemed to know the staff well. The lobster bisque is an excellent starter--it is one of the best I have ever eaten. The shrimp Cesar salad is great and the pasta grotto is also excellent. This is not an inexpensive lunch, but it is well worth it. I have paid a lot more for far less in many nice places! We will make it a point to eat here in the future when we are in the Galleria Area.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 12 July 2021

We stopped in for lunch before heading out of town based on recommendation from friends and we were not disappointed. We were seated promptly and our server came to us immediately. We ordered a couple drinks and two entrees which were served fairly quickly. The...pizza was delicious with very thin crust roasted in what appeared to be a wood or coal fired stove. The expressos we had after lunch were excellent and capped off a great lunch. Definitely would recommend lunch or dinner here.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 2 July 2021 via mobile

We stopped I. By chance and so glad we did! The food was delicious! Finicky eater grandson LOVED the pizza. I had tomato basil soup that was delicious and a chop salad. The dressing and salad ingredients were different than most chopped salads and I...loved it!! The staff was attentive and efficient. The owner came by to talk to us, including grandson in conversation. The restaurant itself was stylish, clean & inviting. Wish we had one in Michigan!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 9 June 2021

We had checked out the menu before going there and the menu was very limited . Several dishes in the on line menu were not available. So kind of disappointed.. The chef did prepare few old items and food was good.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 31 May 2021 via mobile

I had bought a gist certificate for Xmas gift. I received a $20 gift card. Guess what you have to purchase $50 worth of food and it expires tomorrow. My bad for not reading the fine print. But the gentleman who helped us was rude....He didn’t even say he was sorry nothing. Just said you can’t use it since you have to use $50 and then use it. And to add to it the pizza was cold and we live 5 minutes away. Houston has so many good restaurants don’t go hereMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Response from Mark E | Reviewed this property |
They have several rooms. I noticed that some of them could hold 50 people and some of them could hold 150 people. I think there may be some smaller rooms also. Like Lewis K says. Best to call the restaurant.
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No, not really, casual is ok, been there in jeans and shirt...
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