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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
La Grotta reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (59)romantic (56)fit for foodies (49)neighborhood gem (43)notable wine list (40)great for outdoor dining (32)good for groups (12)scenic view (8)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • One of the better Italians in atl
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent wine list , great outdoor dining. Friendly staff.
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    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    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
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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
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    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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  • 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
    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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  • 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!
    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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    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.
  • 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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    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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  • 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!
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • 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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    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    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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    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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