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La Grotta
La Grotta

La Grotta Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://lagrottaatlanta.com
  • Phone: (404) 231-1368
  • 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 (404) 231-1368

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
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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.)"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Had not been in years, but took my adult son for a father-son dinner. We were both really impressed with the evolution of this longtime classic restaurant. Atmosphere was elegant, but open and welcoming. Menu was delightfully classic, but with some inventive selections as well. We decided to go traditional and everything was superb. Service excellent, too. Will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Outstanding, wish we had know about this Reasturant before!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Loved every bite at this treasured eating establishment! The food and wait staff were perfect and professional in every way."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "It is odd with its location in an apartment building, but once you exit the elevator, it is like you are transported into another world. Wonderful ambience, wonderful italian food. The chicken liver pate, and homemade butter with bread really kicks it up a notch. The gnocchi was light and had the flavor of rosemary seeding it wonderfully. The lamb was beyond perfect. Can't say enough about this wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This place is well hidden. We didn't realize La Grotta was the cave so when we pulled up, we are a bit confused especially with the residential space but we proceeded and it opened to a beautiful restaurant. There were not enough menus to begin so we had a little bit of a wait which was a negative but afterwards it was smooth sailing. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect. Word of advice: this restaurant is jacket preferred for men. I was not aware until they called to confirm. Fortunately I was already planning on wearing a suit but was coming from out of town and it could have been too late. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Another very special dinner for my wife's birthday. The Dover sole was espially good and the service outstanding. Just a normal night for La Grotta. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "La Grotta is a place you could easily assume the Rat Pack came for late night eats in a bygone era. The food is outstanding traditional Italian fare. In fact, our friend from Italy recommended La Grotta as one of his favorite Italian restaurants outside of Italy. Atmosphere, service, food, and view are all simply excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to have a wonderful celebratory meal or just a nicer meal than traditional restaurants."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. The waiters are the best and the food is always perfect."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Lovely Garden for outdoor dining. Food consistently excellent"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "LaGrotta is an institution for the best Italian food in Atlanta. We have been dining there for 40 years. Always excellent service as the waiters have charm, wit, knowledge and know your name and most have been working there for many years. Chef owner, Antonio and owner, Sergio have done an outstanding job keeping the restaurant popular. Sergio's son, Christian, now has an important role and we remember when he was the coat check kid. The food is outstanding and they are always updating their menu with a twist to continue keeping up with the times. Try their veal dishes and mushroom soup with truffle oil. Yum!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We visited La Grotta at the weekend for the first time a few years and it was fantastic. Old school Italian courtesy, manners and wonderful food. Most of the employees have been with La Grotta for many years, most since the beginning back in the late 70s! When you visit for dinner you can understand why. Best Italian restaurant in Atlanta by a long shot!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "La Grotta has been around over 30 years and there is a reason - classic, well-made Italian American food and an excellent wait staff. This was my first visit and I was dining alone, but they made me feel like part of the family. Looking around the room, you see people smiling, talking, enjoying their food and their wine. The wait staff is friendly, but not to the point of intruding on you date night or family dinner. The wine list is outstanding and Walter can help you find a great bottle in whatever price range you like. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I really enjoyed our meal. the service was very good and the food was fantastic."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We are working our way through the top 50 restaurants in Atlanta. La Grotta hits the mark on good italian without being all pasta. The fish (Sea Bass) as well as the veal were delicious. Will definitely work this into our rotation."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Food was AMAZING! Excellent service, very on the ball. I can't believe a place that is 36 years old can still be that good. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "La Grotta is consistently good in terms of food and service, but it is too noisy, which is a detractor as a special occasion place to dine."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was our fifth time in seven years eating here, and it was just as good as all the other times. It is consistently excellent in food and service. There are other places you can spend a good amount for your meal, some much trendier, but few have proven to be as consistently excellent."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Wonderful food with great service. A place to visit time and time again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The title to my review says it it all: La Grotta was awesome as usual. We love this restaurant, and it's always the perfect choice."
    Dined on 2/22/2014