La Grotta
La Grotta

La Grotta

  • 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 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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
La Grotta reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (62)fit for foodies (51)romantic (51)neighborhood gem (50)notable wine list (49)great for outdoor dining (38)good for groups (19)hot spot (10)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • There's no place like home,
    CarsonknowsVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    You know as soon as you turn the corner for the stroll down to be greeted by either Christian & Vincent you know you at home! Then greeted table side by Juliano or any other of the family it has always felt like a gathering in your own dinning room...thanks to all the staff...Keith
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a special place!
    longtimefan1
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    La Grotta has been and continues to be my favorite restaurant. My love for it goes back to its beginnings many years ago. The food, the owners and staff, and the ambience have never failed to delight me and my guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Anniversary Dinner
    DiningnanaVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This restaurant is a little difficult to find in a condo building. However, it is definitely worth the effort. The Italian cuisine is perfecto! We had gnocchi with white truffles that melted in our mouths. The Dover sole and Osso Bucco was delicious. Service was very attentive. What a romantic evening for our anniversary!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review of LaGratta
    Jtlgratta
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere, as it was 20 years ago when I visit this terrific resturant first.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BobE
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I had dined at La Grotta a number of times before 1989, but when I remarried 26 years ago I took my wife and family there for that special occasion. My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary there this past June 7. The menu is great and the pasta dishes are terrific (although I have enjoy the lamb chops). The waiters are great. We enjoyed Phillipe (and his partner) during our visit this past Saturday.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Love this place! White truffles are in season - not to be missed. It's been years since we have been here and we are so glad it hasn't changed. Truly an Atlanta treasure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LaGrotta is always good!
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We enjoy going to La Grotta. The food is always good, the servers very nice and the noise level comfortable. You can actually hear your guests conversation. This restaurant has been on the top for many years and I am sure it will remain there for many years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AliceVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We've eaten at La Grotta several times & have usually had outstanding service. However, at our last dinner the service was off, so we rated it accordingly. This one time certainly will not deter us from dining there again. It's really a lovely restaurant & the food is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have dined 3 or 4 times at La Grotta this year and it continues to be the most authentic Italian dining experience in Atlanta in our opinion. Food is amazing and the waiters have been with them since the beginning which will be decades so the service is top notch also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinning Experience
    luvgreatservice
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This is a must try resturant. The customer service is outstanding and the food is absolutely wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Wonderful Experience
    Stephen
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary by visiting La Grotta and I have to say that it was the most enjoyable experience we have EVER had dining in Atlanta. The wait staff was very attentive and catered to our every questiona and request. The food blew us away with the variety and flavors. Impeccable!! We are already making plans to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    janus222
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner at La Grotta while celebrating our anniversary. Everything was perfect. Best lamb chops I've had and my husband loved his veal. Exceptional service all-round. This is a great neighborhood restaurant we look forward to returning to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Anniversary Dining!!!
    kaab00mVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Not an every day place because of the cost, but this place is wonderful for special occasions. We have decided to make it our go-to restaurant for our anniversary celebration. The service was excellent, the food was magnificent, and the overall experience was worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Favorite
    Jill
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Thrilled to find this gem after all these years! Cozy outdoor area, attentive bartender, outstanding servers who pay attention to details are huge pluses and then you taste the food. Try anything on the special menu, especially any of their pastas. They even made a gluten free pasta substitution for us. Do make a reservation as it's packed every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the better Italians in atl
    Vishond
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent wine list , great outdoor dining. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Grotta for our Anniversary
    GTGirl
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We enjoyed every part of our dining experience at La Grotta. The staff went out of their way to make sure we were well taken care of. They also made sure that we were able to dine in an amount of time that allowed us to get to our show. The food was great. We sat outside which was lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian Restaurant in Atlanta
    AtlfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Located in an apartment building, this established Buckhead restaurant consistently provides excellent cuisine in a quiet subdued setting reminiscent of the 1960s. No hype with this place that also has a location in Dunwoody. Food at the Buckhead location subtle, with just the right ingredients, not too much and not to little. This, along with old styled service, make it (the Buckhead location) one of our top three restaurants in Atlanta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in ATLANTA
    Bren6RNVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Perfect delicious evening! Excellent wine choices, wonderful food and impeccable service. We will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Justpeachy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Wonderful dinner as always! La Grotta is an Atlanta Classic not to be missed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 36 years and still outstanding
    midtownerVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Always great food and service each experience is a great event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
    enjoyinglife
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I went to La Grotta for our 21st wedding anniversary on a lovely summer evening and sat on their beautiful patio. The service was fantastic and the meal delicious. The Risotto was absolutely to die for! We had a relaxed, leisurely meal that we thoroughly enjoyed. It felt very old school Italian and we definitely felt special. I made a note on our reservation that it was our anniversary and each person who waited on us from the hostess to the server wished us a happy anniversary. This was our first visit and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little resturant
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    La Grotta is a nice, quiet restaurant that you can actually have a conversation with your partner. The food was spectacular. The service impeccable. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible
    PaladinsmamaVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    i'm a decent foodie and pretty good cook and baker yet do enjoy maggianos. our meal was just plain awful . the salad was good. the ravioli....where was the filling? the chicken dish was terrible. it looked and tasted of something from the mall cafeteria....it hasn't been redecorated since when it opened. i could get past that if the food was amazing but defintely not the place for a night out.....so dosappointed we didn't go to our usual bistro niko, little alley steak, vg bistro, or try no. 246 i was wanting to try out! no idea how this place stay in business. we are 35 and everyone in there was above 60, which is fine but it was odd in ambiance and food was nothing better then cafeteria.... will never go back here!
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  • Impeccable
    italyVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    An absolutely delightful experience with the ability to talk and be heard when the room is crowded. The Best Northern Italian Food anywhere and impeccable service consistently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the best 10 years running
    ryanfoodsnoie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This place hasn't changed in the ten years I've been coming here. The food is top notch. The service is the best in town. They make you feel like you're eating at their Italian home. I have nothing bad to say. Just go eat there. It's a special restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • skoshi
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The most elegant and friendly of dining experiences....My very favorite
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    JerryT
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great menu. A wide variety of items to choose from.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 386 reviews are from the La Grotta reviews archive.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall