La Grotta
La Grotta

La Grotta

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://lagrottaatlanta.com/
  • Phone: 4042311368x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:45 PM - 9:30 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:45 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Antonio Abizanda
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Beautiful dining room overlooking courtyard gardens available for private luncheons and dinners upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: christian favalli 4042311368x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Wesley
  • Public Transit: Lakeview Drive and Peachtree Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer complimentary valet, or self parking next door in church parking lot.
A word from La Grotta
Serving the finest in Northern & Regional Italian Cuisine, La Grotta offers old world charm and friendly, first class service and is located in the heart of Buckhead. A local favorite since 1978, La Grotta has received Best of Atlanta Award from Atlanta magazine since the mid 1980’s, prestigious DiRONA and AAA Four Diamond Awards since the early 90's.


La Grotta is tucked away in the heart of the Buckhead residential district and overlooks the lush gardens of the condo courtyard in which it is located. La Grotta literally means "the cave" in Italian and was named such for its cavernous and warm setting. The La Grotta staff is also well known and regarded for its vast knowledge of its customers, the food, diverse knowledge of languages (our staff speaks Italian, Spanish, French & German) and attention to detail. The menu specializes in Northern Italian cuisine with seasonal changes to reflect freshness of ingredients with a focus on locally grown produce.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
La Grotta reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (53)special occasion (53)neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (40)notable wine list (35)great for outdoor dining (27)good for groups (8)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • gooddining
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Have been to La Grotta 4 times in the last 6 months. Mostly on a Saturday night. It has become increasing noisy, crowded and the service declining. Last Saturday night with a party of 6, we were virtually ignored by staff. All the plates were ok. Nothing I would rave about, and they were repeats for some of us. I am so disappointed because our first experience dining there in April 2014 was first rate.
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  • Excellent
    Jeffwhite
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Don't be fooled by the location. Great service and the food was wonderful. One of the best wine lists in Atlanta...
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian at its Atlanta Best
    DEKfood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Fantastic food and wonderful wine list. Service was exceptional. It doesn't get much better than La Grotta.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • skoshi
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The most elegant and friendly of dining experiences....My very favorite
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beverage
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Another great meal at La Grotta. Celebrated my wife's birthday. Food and wine were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great Atmosphere, Average Food
    AtlantaGrillLover
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I took a date to La Grotta based on its rankings in another forum. The location is unusual being in the basement of an apartment building, but the Italian-esque feeling persisted throughout our time there. The service was great - the waiter even took our pictures with our cameras. The food, however, disappointed me. I had the ravioli while my date had the penne. They tasted like food I could make at home with store-bought materials and at less cost. We enjoyed our time there all the same.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Great Old Standby
    Ernie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    La Grotta is one of the longest lived restaurants in Atlanta, and yet under Sergio, Antonio and now Christian it has maintained its very high quality all these years. It has a loyal following, but new folks discover it from time to time and realized what a jewel existed all along. Try it!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always worth the trip!
    Dougmac
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The 50-mile drive from the 'burbs to La Grotta is always worth it. The service is impeccable, the ambience is like no other Atlanta restaurant, and the food is always perfect--well-presented, ample servings, and never disappointing. Highly recommend the Dover sole, the panna cotta and any of the pasta dishes. The complimentary birthday glass of Prosecco was the perfect ending to a perfect meal. A great place for a special occasion, or when you're just craving Italian food in a warm relaxing setting. Always a pleasure to dine here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great!
    1knowfood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The wonderful Italian food, great service, consistent superb dining all come together to make for an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    JerryT
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great menu. A wide variety of items to choose from.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Evening
    DeletedineVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My wife and I returned to La Grotta for the first time in over 25 years. It was exactly the same great place withmany of the same faces. The food is excellent and the service impeccable. We will be back.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Horrible Service
    Vonnie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I went to La Grotta on a Saturday as part of a group. After receiving water and the bottle of wine we ordered we waited 20 mins before the waiter returned to take our order. In our group of 9 there were 3 appetizers ordered. It took another 25mins for the appetizers to come and during that time my husband's and my glass was empty for 30 mins. Once our appetizers arrived they were delicious (tuna carpaccio and seared calamari). After feeling like our experience was being redeemed we had to wait another 20 mins to receive our entrees, again delicious, but those in my party that did not have appetizers waited over an hour to eat anything. Maybe smaller parties receive better service, my husband and I may return to give them another chance.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Northern Italian in Atlanta
    italyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent food and service all around with consistent wonderful food
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were there to celebrate a birthday and we couldn't have chosen a better place. The waiters were so attentive and charming. The food was divine. Wish we could afford to go there all the time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • beautiful evening
    ktfood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    tried & true. the food is consistently terrific- brightened up, traditional Italian. great service. quiet, civilized atmosphere that is a refreshing change to the loud, happening, not always good, scenes that have overtaken Atlanta. if I had any suggestion it would be for the wine list to be updated and a little better- especially the Italian wines.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great romantic evening
    gMoneyRecommends
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Took my wife for our 15th anniversary. Great night, great food, great service. Couldn't ask for much else.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is one of the best places!
    Leroy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife and I dine out a lot and this is one of the best places in Atlanta. The food is always fantastic and the service is top notch. They have specials each week and I have not had any that were not the best I have ever tasted. They have a great wine list and they are always happy to help you select a wine within your budget. Been to La Grotta many times and plan to return many more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Calamari Appetizer
    DaveP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The Calamari con Pesto is a fabulous appetizer! Not your typical "fried calamari" - this tasty starter is a simple dish of fresh calamari with light pesto sauce. Yum! (And enough to split with someone.)
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • la greato!
    montreal
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    When i first pulled up to La Gratta i wanted to turn around and go somewhere else. It looked like an old senior citizen's home. We went down to the ground floor and thought we were in a dungeon. Once we got inside it started to look much better. We sat outside where it looked like a hidden garden. Our waiter was very attentive. Our food was amazing! I savoured every bite! Maybe, some soft Italian music could have played in the back ground, but it was no big deal. I had a great time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio dinner
    Mark
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Been to La Grotta many times for special occasions and always came away pleased. This time we sat outside, which was a very nice courtyard-type setting, great for a not-to-warm evening. We had two issues though. The service was surprisingly slow - on other visits the service was great. Next time I'm sitting inside! Also, this was the first time I had to send something back for being over-done. They redid the dish, but the rest of the party was finished before my meal arrived. After that, our waiter changed with no explanation. Still, worth a visit to one of Atlanta's best Italian restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as it ever was!
    PegandBill
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    When we lived in Atlanta and I was still working (3 times between 1972 and 2002), Peg and I or a client and I would eat at La Grotta. Never once did I experience a bad meal or less than superb service. This week after at least 15 years, I took my wife there for her birthday and amazingly experienced the same high degree of food and attention. This is truly a very unusual and unique establishment. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We had a great time in your restaurant, we enjoyed it, specially for us Europeans not so noisey like most of the restaurants here in the US. Food outstanding. Service as well. Recommendation is on the road. Thanks
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Expected more....robotic staff
    ChasVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Tried to celebrate a wedding anniversary here, but was disappointed. Expected to spend some bucks and a few hours having an awesome meal and experience, came dressed but were rushed in and out in less than 1.5 hours. Food was not bad, but was not memorable either. Staff was efficient and trained, but more like robots going through the motions....not personable, no dialog. Waiter(s) were distant. Felt more like a business lunch than a celebratory dinner. We skipped dessert and after dinner drinks....had no desire to spend more time here. Would definitely NOT recommend this place for special occasions. Food was well prepared but nothing I would rush back for. Probably better for a business dinner. Reviews are over rated to me.
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  • Excellent Dinner
    Itsme
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our server was Bill, who is excellent. The food, the service, the wine list . . . all great. In Atlanta this remains a go to restaurant
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  • Retirement celebration
    Hungrybear
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I have dined at La Grotta Buckhead several,times before, all business related dinners. This time, I chose it to celebrate retirement, so appropriate I thought. As always, our server was top,notch and very personable. We were seated at a corner table,for 6, just as Imhad requested, and right on time. The food is extremely delicious, and they will prepare anything you can conjure up if the menu doesn't fulfill your desires. I had the snails for appetizer and veal chop for entree. Fantastico! Everyone left there with a full,tummy and a great memory.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Good but pricey
    SugargalVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We like La Grotta and go there on special occasions but I always leave wondering if the ratio value/price is the right one. I found it a bit expensive for not such an over the top dining experience. The food is good but not phenomenal to have seabass priced at $ 36 or pasta at $22. Service is good but slow. Overall good but not outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KfarVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    First time visit to LaGrotta's & it exceeded my expectations. From the valet service to the food & service everything was great. I plan to return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambience/Dissapointed in meal
    DestinVacay
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The wait staff (all men) tended to hover too much (vulture-like). May be due to the early reservation. Food wasn't as great as expected. Overall very dissapointed for the price of the meal.
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  • Leisurely Birthday
    neighborVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The perfect place to celebrate. We had a wonderful leisurely meal & never felt rushed. The staff engaged us & made our evening special. I highly recommend La Grotta! In a world of the see-and-be-seen, it is a treat to experience classic, exceptional service & food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Still on top of its game!
    Wolfmaneats
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    La Grotta was my parents favorite restaurant for 30 years and I haven't been back in several years. It was fantastic and I plan on returning soon!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Fashioned Excellence
    Trouble
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    La Grotta is an excellent retreat from the majority of contemporary restaurants in my experience; it is a wonderful, traditional restaurant with great ambiance, superb service and culinary delights that will bring my wife and me back many times in the future. The chef, who has been a fixture in the restaurant for years based on what we were told, makes a point to personally greet guests going table to table to briefly say hello and make sure everything is to the customer's liking. The waiter was very personable and knowledgeable. The noise level in the restaurant the night we were there was a little louder than I would have preferred, but that's my only criticism.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Guest enjoyed it
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We took an Italian American from Long Island to this spot on a Wednesday evening. She felt La Grotta was the equivalent of the best Italian on Long Island. Our only disappointment was the stuffed chicken which was over spiced with sage and just not good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Excellent Choice for Anniversary
    JerryV
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We made a perfect choice for our wedding anniversary celebration. The food and service was very good and we were able to dine on their outdoor patio as we the weather was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Needs updating
    BigDaddyeatsVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We've celebrated a number of wedding anniversaries at La Grotta over the years, and recently returned for our 15th. Despite giving advance notice that we were there to celebrate our anniversary, we were seated at a bad table by the bar. No one told us 'Happy Anniversary.' We were not offered a complimentary glass of champagne. The service through the evening was merely okay, though it lacked the flair of the old school waiters that have been there forever. This would have been fine if the food had blown us away, unfortunately that was not the case. The classic Italian we've enjoyed over the years at La Grotta was absent - what we had felt done by rote, not by enthusiasm for cooking. We expected better and we were disappointed.
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    AnniversaryBliss
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It was perfect. We were seated in a booth where they all line the wall so you can look out into the dining area. Had black truffles risotto which was absolutely amazing. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Outstanding, wish we had know about this Reasturant before!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • wonderful Experience
    TheCommander
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    If you've never been to La Grotta, it's a bit tricky to find, but well worth the effort! The quality, authenticity, and diversity of food choices, the atmosphere, the wine list, the staff... Everything was exactly as it should be. Our party had a wonderful evening of great Italian dining- I'd recommend La Grotta to anyone.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • La grotta always amazing
    Jomak
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    My husband and I love la grotta. The food is fantastic and the service to match. It's pretty quiet and can be a great date place. It's always nice for a special occasion. We love to tell others or bring our friends to la grotta!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Atlanta
    MeghanS
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    This restaurant is tucked away in the heart of Buckhead and worth being sought out! I had driven by for 12 years and never thought to go in because of the fact that it seemed to be in an apartment building...and I have been missing out for 12 years. With deep roots in the city and true Italian fare being served, this is a wonderful place! The five of us dining all had different apps, entrees and desserts and each one of us licked our plates! Our waiter was funny, knowledgeable and didn't rush us through the night. Can't wait to go back!
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Celebration dinner!
    TriciaVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Loved every bite at this treasured eating establishment! The food and wait staff were perfect and professional in every way.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.