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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 WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "La Grotta's buckhead location is the best Italian restaurant in ATL and continues to deliver."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I'm from Atlanta and back in the mid 80's would visit LaGrotta several times a month entertaining or date and always enjoyed the food and service. I have moved back home and returned to LaGrotta (Buckhead) 27 years later and everything was as outstanding as before. As good as any in New York City or Washington DC if not better."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our special occasion dinner! The wait staff was very knowledgeable and attentive - offering a nice wine choice for dinner and was prepared with our celebratory champagne selection noted on Open Table reservation! They even brought a delicious and notable dessert to complete the evening."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Appetizers and bread were excellent. Great wine list and my glass of Amarone was terrific. So much for the good stuff. My pre-dinner Manhattan straight up was served at room temperature. My wife's entree, dover sole (one of her favorite dishes), was pretty much average, in her opinion. My entree, one of the veal medallion dishes, was decidedly overcooked, not fork tender and I had to hack at it with my knife. And the noise level made it impossible to conduct any kind of conversation with friends from ATL we'd invited to join us. This is an expensive restaurant, which I have no problem with. However, when you charge the prices this place does, you absolutely must deliver on every course and beverage. And they didn't."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We were in town for a convention and found this gem on Open Table. The food was absolutely perfection and so was the service. There was an elaborate wine list, with many wines that are hard to find in restaurants. Everything was fresh and made to order. I have been to many Italian restaurants and this is one of the best I have been to and we are from the Northeast area where Philadelphia and New York have some of the best restaurants. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion, you will not be disappointed. PS: our waiter was great"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "This restaraunt was by far the most extravegent and luxurious places you will eat in. Nothing but the best is served here as the waiters provide excenllent service and tends to your every need as a guest. The best part of it all besides the food is the marvelous view of the scenary espically at night. LaGrotta has such a welcoming and inviting atmosphere that you can be comfortable with yet taking much delight in your significant other as a romantic date. Thubs up all the way!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I thought the Staff was very great, although I order the Lamb chops... I had No idea they would look like 3 small butterfly shimp. They were very good, but for the amount you guys should add more lamb chops. I think I broke a record (under 5 minutes) in the time it took me to finish my meal...Was still hungry. But overall, great food, Staff, and Ambience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was amazing, service was top notch even with the chef visiting tables, and very cool atmosphere. I'll definitely return back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our 35th Anniversary was highlighted by ending our evening at La Grotta"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait an hour to be seated. The lobby waiting area and bar were overrun with others waiting for their tables. the food and waiter were great."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Best authentic Italian in the city. Food is fantastic, and the service provided by Italian men is 2nd to none. I love this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My wife and I had wanted to go here for some time and finally did so. It was excellent in all respects, having the best risotto I have ever tasted. The restaurant was quiet and a throwback to the old days of refined service and dining."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "If you want an excellent meal and good service, this is your restaurant! The Chef is very knows what he is doing and we have not had a bad meal yet. His recommendations are excellent!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I have been a fan of LaGrotta for many decades and am never disappointed. I am amazed that this great restaurant has maintained it high standards. The food, service and high standards are appreciated by many Atlantans."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "The service was excellent, the food was ok. Waiter had a few recommendations and helped me narrow down my search. As far as taste goes, nothing stood out above other places at this price point, this is not a knock on the place, the food was still good just not exceptional. I think it is romantic, maybe a bit for the older crowd as my wife and I are in our late 20's (could also have been that we were dining early on a week day), but I can appreciate that. The ambiance and service are what make it worth the price point for me. We will return when we want a nice night out."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "The dining experience was absolutely wonderful and the food was excellent. Will be back for sure"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Wonderful step back to what dining used to be: great food and service with ambiance. Outstanding wine! What a treat, especially at these prices."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "I know why this place has survived in Atlanta for 35 years. It is a great place for dinner."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding!!! Thanks for all your efforts to make my visit one to remember. The food, wine, was amazing!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Pulling up to the building, it looks like a condo complex. Proceed in, you are at the right place; when the elevator doors open into the secret-like restaurant, you will see why La Grotta is considered a neighborhood gem for its ambience, service and food! I have never had a bad thing there! Notably, not listed on the menu, the pasta carbonara is to die for! Order it!! The staff can be flexible with your meal, a definite plus. Everything on the menu, especially the pastas and veal selections, is great. Keep La Grotta in mind for your next family dinner, out of town guest dinner or any special occasion! The round table by the window is the best seat in the house, so request it."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "winde list wonderful and fairly priced. Food delicious. Phillipe was our server and he was wonderful. always enjoy LaGrotta"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "This was our first visit to La Grotta. We truly enjoyed our waiter Robert. He was very attentive, prompt, friendly and engaging. The food was flawless. Best smoked Salmon I've had outside of Manhattan. The beggars purse was fresh, tender and the creamy sauce settled lightly on the pallet. Very good house Ciante. Dover sole was fresh, light and accompanied by flavorful ravioli. My family and I will be visiting La Grotta again in the very near future and referring all of our friends and business associates."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Unfortunately, La Grotta's cuisine and excellent service cannot change that I will never dine their again or tell friends to do so. The level of judgement and racism we endured as minorities at the hand of fellow diners was ridiculous."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Outstanding staff. We arrived before they opened and were treated graciously with a glass of prosecco. Excellent service outstanding food. One of the best Italian meals I've ever eaten . Nothing "tricked up" or confusing. Just delicious traditional Italian."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "This is one of Atlanta's best restaurant's....no question. It is a well kept secret with great food, service, and ambience."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "A+++! This is my hands down favorite special occasion restaurant. Exceptional wines, fabulous unobtrusive attentive service. Nice buzz in the room. Young and old people eating and socializing make this experience lovely."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "I reviewed La Grotta on Yelp a little while ago, so this review is not quite as detailed as a result. However, the service was absolutely fantastic; the food was even better. If you want a romantic cozy intimate night out, with delicious food that you will never be able to live up to at home, look no further than La Grotta."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Cozze (mussles) in Curry cream and white wine was one of a kind, home made lemoncello best I ever had!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We went for our anniversary, as we had not been. We typically gravitate toward our excellent options in Midtown/VaHi/Inman Park, but thought we'd give this old school place a try. I'm glad we did, but we won't go back. Other high-end Italian places in VaHi/Inman Park (I won't name names but you know what I'm talking about) have much better food and atmosphere, though it was interesting to see how "the other side" (aka very wealthy, older Buckhead couples and families) live. Service was excellent, however, though not necessarily personable. (I'm not sure that the crowd there really wants to chat with their servers.) Overall, it was a very good meal for a one time experience; but we much prefer our little faves further in town."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "The host Cristian, and the waiter Damian made our anniversary celebration unique. They made us mark this place as the best Italian restaurant in Atlanta. They've been 35 years in the market!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Service is delightful, helpful, and very friendly, it is upscale and 99% of the male customers for dinner had on coats, many with ties. Enjoyed the freshest salad known to mankind, a tasty carrot soup of the day, the waiter warned that my main course selection was spicy, and I should have listened, however my wife loved her delicious filet, and while the crème brulee is the desert of choice, I opted for the riccoto cheese cake and it was the best I've ever tasted. A truly enjoyable dining experience of the highest order."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The food is perfection, the atmosphere so special that you wouldn't be surprised to see a resurrected Sinatra at the next table, and the wine list has great depth. But it's really the waiters and maître d' who make La Grotta so special. They guys are veterans. I love this place and it's always my go-to place when I'm in town. From the packed house on Saturday even at the late seating, it's other folks' go-to place as well."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Never been to a better Italian spot outside of Italy. A hidden gem of a restaurant with authentic, dynamic waitstaff, exceptional, fresh varied foods and a delicious wine list. Save room for the tiramisu!!!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Food was fantastic and the service superb. The atmosphere was stuffy; it had a dark ambiance."
    Dined on 11/20/2013