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“Meal with friends before basketball game”
Review of Grotto Downtown

Grotto Downtown
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Ranked #203 of 9,986 Restaurants in Houston
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Description: 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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Description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is well located restaurant for us as it is located only 2 miles from the Fertitta Center at University of Houston. Parking is available in the parking garage across the street and is free as long as you get your ticket validated while at the restaurant. Our service was good as was the food. We didn't linger too long as we had to leave for the game.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank garveyj
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Reviewed January 4, 2020

Good service, good food, it was just two blocks away and looked too new to be cozy but atmosphere was very good, it was lively and warmth came certainly from the good service attention we enjoyed.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Thank 945henkd
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Reviewed December 6, 2019 via mobile

Grotto is a really pleasant experience. I had the Gnocchi and Bruschetta. Best gnocchi I've ever had. They were lovely, light pillows of goodness, pan seared with pancetta and covered in a light fresh sauce. The Bruschetta was different from versions I have had, more of a sweet and savory taste, but really good too. Our server was very attentive too. Give them a try.

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank lostalbatross
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Reviewed November 27, 2019 via mobile

My hubby and I were recently at a Friday night event here and I must say that it was a mixed bag of service & food.
Service:Set up of buffet in a timely way
Set up of event room per agreement
Resolution of problems
Friendliness of staff
Food: Pizza , Meatballs ,
Risotto Balls. Location is great and atmosphere is fun so I would still return.

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank JoInTexas
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Reviewed November 18, 2019 via mobile

Grotto really surprised us. We were afraid of the loud music and thought the place might be more cool than good But we were wrong although the music could be toned down a notch. Try as many of the small plates as you can handle. Do Not Miss the carchofi. We had dinner by the fire on the patioand it was lovely.

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank 907MaryM
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