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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
  • "The most elegant and friendly of dining experiences....My very favorite"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Another great meal at La Grotta. Celebrated my wife's birthday. Food and wine were great."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The wonderful Italian food, great service, consistent superb dining all come together to make for an enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great menu. A wide variety of items to choose from."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent food and service all around with consistent wonderful food"
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Took my wife for our 15th anniversary. Great night, great food, great service. Couldn't ask for much else."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Our server was Bill, who is excellent. The food, the service, the wine list . . . all great. In Atlanta this remains a go to restaurant"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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