The owner greeted us as if
The owner greeted us as if he has known us for years and guided us through the various menu options (even some that were not on the menu!). The salmon was excellent, wine delicious and service was great! We will definitely return!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food& service was great! Nice
Food& service was great! Nice wine list and relaxed atmosphere.
Nice mix of menu items and specials.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Probably the best carbonara
Probably the best carbonara I've had outside of Italy, and the rest of the food was excellent, too. This is a very nice location - would be good for a date or a special occassion, but not a destination by itself. The service is good, but clear these are college students trying very hard to please and not professional service. Overall, an excellent choice in Dunwoody, and one of the best Italian restaurants outside of downtown or Buckhead.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
As yet undiscovered
Carbonara is still a neighborhood joint -albeit a busy neighborhood joint on a Friday night- that has not yet been discovered and over-run by metroAtlanta. Unpretentious and food focused. I've been twice and the food is great. Really nice variety of simple, delicious Italian dishes done fantastically. We had the mussels and also pear and prosciutto salad for apps - yum! My boyfriend had a special request for the mussel sauce ("Boston style") which was done to perfection according to him. Then we had the spaghetti carbonara (GOTTA - it's the restaurant namesake!) and the risotto special - yum again! The bar looked like a good place to catch up with friends or get to know someone, like on 1st or 2nd date, with its hightop tables and couches.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We go there often. The food is exceptional with a good array of choices, including things not seen in most eateries. Portion sizes are ample, not the overflow one often gets in traditional Italian restaurants. Sesserts are exceptional.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A hidden GEM
Wow, not sure what i was expecting, but this was incredible. The wine list was very well thought out. Thank you Ali.
The food was traditional southern YUMMY flair.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine list needs updating
We started by asking for every wine NOT available on the list and the little promotional tent card. And told specials could not be split onto 2 plates. Then of course they did split as we asked and all was well. Food great. Good time with friends.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Visiting the area
We were looking for a quiet spot to enjoy some good food and each others company. The restaurant was perfect for an early evening meal.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding Neighborhood Italian
Carbonara Trattoria is a fabulous neighborhood Italian restaurant. We try to visit this gem once a week and have always been very pleased with the service and the menu choices. We mostly enjoy the fresh fish and pasta dishes but the lamb chops are a treat as well. The owner is very charming, friendly and accommodating in every way. When it is not just the two of us, we dine with family and friends and this is our restaurant of choice.Top notch!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ask Rifik or any waiter what to order, you will leave as one very HAPPY customer. Great food, spectacular fish & pasta.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian Food in Dunwoody!
Carbonara Trattoria has become our favorite Italian restaurant outside Italy. You just can't get anything better in the greater Atlanta area as far as the authenticity of the food is concerned, and some dishes we've only eaten previously in Italy! We recently hosted a a large group of friends at a surprise dinner party there and were thrilled at the way the evening turned out. Everyone raved about the food/wine, atmosphere, service and friendliness of the owner and his staff. Since then, a number of them have returned to Carbonara for dinner and continue to rave about it. We've made it our "go-to" spot for a reason: it's the best!
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian Food Outside Italy!
As Italians, it's difficult for us to find a great Italian restaurant, but Carbonara Trattoria is that place!! The dishes are authentic, the service is impeccable, the owner/staff are friendly and the atmosphere is great! Locals are lucky to have such a neighborhood destination for great Italian food and folks from surrounding areas would be wise to check it out. It surely will become a favorite dining spot!
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a pleasure to have a quality neighborhood restaurant! Great food, wonderful atmosphere friendly service - what more could you ask for?!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I enjoyed my dinner. The server was attentive and friendly. He welcomed us warmly when we entered and really showed a desire to make our dining experience pleasant. This was my second time there and plan to return again.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding fresh fish, pasta, wine
This is out most favorite Italian gem. We try to go at least once a week for the fine food, friendly owner and staff, casual but formal atmosphere. Our favorites are the whole (or filet) Red Snapper, Salmon Bernaise, any pasta, Lamb, Veal and/or Chicken Marsala. You cannot go wrong with this choice find for your favorite Italian Trattoria.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The evening from start to finish was very pleasant and the owner made us feel very welcome and special. The Tiramsu is a must for dessert. We'll be back.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly atmosphere and the
Friendly atmosphere and the food is always outstanding.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was simply delicious and the atmosphere outstanding! Every bite was delightful down to the last taste. The owner was personable and engaging. This restaurant is highly recommended. You will not be disappointed.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
My new favorite place
I enjoyed Carbonara Trattoria for only the second time, Thursday June 27 - enticed by the Dunwoody Restaurant Week prefix menu!
It was again a fantastic meal - my son loved their meatballs and they were happy to only put butter on his spaghetti!
The owner was on the floor and making sure his customers felt at home... that alone made this my new favorite place... forget the fact that the food was fantastic!!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will be back again
We have had dinner at Carbonara several times and will be back again. The food, the service and the atmosphere are consistently good. (Try the Filet Mignon and you will see what I mean!)
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food - OK service
When we arrived, there was a good crowd there and it seemed like maybe only one waitress - not her fault, but I think she was over-whelmed a bit. So we weren't able to get much help with wine selection - maybe it's not that kind of place. All in all, it was fine and the food was really good - I would go again.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Saturday Nite with Friends
The food and the atmosphere was great. The young man who waited on us, while extremely accomodating to a couple of minor changes to our order, seemed to be overwhelmed with the other talbes that he was assigned. He was very polite but not very attentive
most over the time. One major problem was his inability to get the correct items on the correct check. After the third time, we just said that we were not concerned, we were just peady to go.
Recommend it, but be aware that the staff is young, but the owner is walking around to greet & assist with problems
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The owner greeted us with
The owner greeted us with a smile and so happy to see us! It was very crowded when we went but the server was attentive and made suggestions to us, made menu accommodations to satisfy our tastes. Excellent food! We will be back!!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Energetic but Warm Envionment
The prosciutto and pear salad is a must ... the blend of flavors awesome
My favorites are Seafood Linguini Fra Diavolo and Bucatini all’ Amatriciana
Notable meat entrees Osso Buco Australian Lamb Rack
My wife's favorite Grilled Salmon Béarnaise
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still One of My Favorites
I have been to Carbonara Trattoria many times since it opened. It is a wonderful place to dine with friends or family; always a pleasant atmosphere and ALWAYS excellent food. I would recommend that you try it, if you haven't already.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
They accommodated my father's bad back by changing the table they had saved for our reservation to one of the bench tables (padded seat). Had to wait a bit to order and then to get our food (I think they were a little understaffed), but the food was ridiculously good. My father's eyes rolled up in his head in ecstasy after his first bite of the veal picatta because it was sooo good. My osso buco was top notch. I intended to take half of it home, but couldn't stop before I had eaten the whole thing. Mmmm. We were given a tiramisu on the house despite us not wanting (or feeling it was necessary) for our wait - and we quickly inhaled the heavenly, light, perfectly soaked treat.
I can't wait to go back again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very much enjoyed finding this restaurant in the burbs where chain restaurants prevail. Food, service, wine, ambiance was great. Prices reasonable. Atmosphere was casual elegance.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant does an incredible job of making you feel like you and your party are the only ones in the restaurant. From the moment Rafik (owner) greets you, it is like it is his personal mission to make sure your evening is memorable. The staff is attentive but without smothering. The wait staff will guide you through dinner choices and even help assist you if they think one dish is more spectacular than another. The food, especially the fish and pasta dishes are just plain perfection. My only knock, is that it is in Atlanta, not Boca where I live!!!! LOL
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My lamb dish was fabulous! The evening was magical.
7/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had 2 special items that
I had 2 special items that were very good and different. Watermelon and feta cheese salad was very tasty and scallops on beet risotta which was delicious and would highly recommend. We were there early so it wasn't crowded yet and noise level was good. The service was very good and everything was delicious.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really good classic Italian
Really good classic Italian food. Not chicken parm. Whew.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am hard to please, but I was very pleased with the service and food at this restaurant. The atmosphere is nice for both romantic dinners and family meals, and the food was tasty and cooked well. Rafik, the owner, came over to see how things were, and was very friendly and personable. I will definitely be back.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Real Italian food
We love to reminisce about our visits to Italy at Carbonara Trattoria, the closest thing we've found to a real Italian trattoria in Atlanta. Don't miss the arugula, pear and proscuitto salad and the seafood fra diavolo. Our 7-year-old son loved the sausage and eggplant pasta and the lasagna. The Italian wine is the obvious last touch!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding dinner with team
I took my team of 5 to dinner here to say 'Thanks' and none of us were disappointed. Even the locals wondered how I found this gem of a restaurant. I started with OpenTable and then checked TripAdvisor and the reviewers on both sites delivered. Although the menu was somewhat small, I had 4-5 entrees that were on my list of choices. Each person at the table had a different entree....from Gluten Free Vegetarian Pasta, to Lasagna, to Trout, the Chicken Marsala, to the Mushroom encrusted filet with cheesy potatos which I had. Everything was excellent. The bread was very good as well and they have a great wine list. We also had the bruchetta and the calamari as appetizers...again we weren't disappointed. I highly recommend this restaurant.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very pleasant neighborhood
A very pleasant neighborhood restaurant. My family has enjoyed every visit.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the lasagna and veal...both were delicious. The half price bottles of wine was a nice bonus.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great authentic Italian food with excellent service and very reasonable prices. Definitely my new favorite italian place in town!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, great menu, quality
Knowledgeable and friendly staff, something for everyone. Fresh ingredients, super pasta dishes as well as nice selection of meats...fish, chicken, veal shanks, etc. appetizers and deserts also unique and tasty! Sure to become a favorite.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved our evening with friends and good food. Wonderful place to go and we can't wait to return
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found my Local Italian Restaurant
I enjoyed this place as it has the feel of the local Italian Restaurants in the Northeast. Owner is very gracious coming by the table to make sure that you are enjoying your dinning experience. Second time here and they are now 2 fo 2, excellent meal with a great glass of wine.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
this place is awesome!!! EVERYONE in Atlanta needs to try it!!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently excellent Italian+
Good variety to choose from and an imaginative chef make this our favorite restaurant in our region of Atlanta. Service is quiet, polite and informative. Fish and veal are done exceptionally well and the standard Italian fare is raised to a more interesting and tasteful level. Desserts are outstanding.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My daughter lives near this restaurant and has tried many items from the menu. It's her favorite Italian restaurant in the Atlanta area, and she is pretty discriminating. They have a good wine list and occasionally have a special, half-price bottle list. Pasta is fresh and seasonings are well done - meaning nothing is overwhelming. Living in NC, we don't get here often, but try to go every time we visit. I like the way the main restaurant area is separated by a wall from the bar/high tables area. Keeps the noise level for dining low. Owner is a really nice guy.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant for any group!
Carbonara is a wonderful restaurant for any size group. A perfect place for dinner with friends. The food and service are great!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy Authentic Italian
I lived in Rome, Italy for 3 years, many years ago. But I still consider myself a pretty good judge of great Italian pasta. I had a feeling this restaurant would deliver just by its name. Since Trattorias are where I had the best 'neigborhood' food and Carbonara is one of my all time favorites! When I see Bucatini All'Amatriciana on a menu I have to try it. Most restaurants don't have a clue what this pasta is or how to make this sauce. The dish is amazingly authentic. If you love a rich, thick red sauce with delicious pancetta blended gloriously with pecorino and whatever else they put it this dish, it is as good as it gets! I kinda wish it had more pancetta and it was a little more chunky and cooked up crisp but it was still SO yummy!
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed our night out at Carbonara Trattoria. The food was good to delicious and the ambiance good too. Sorry Carbonara Trattoria, your meat lasanga was good, but not as good as my wife and Mom's. We'll be back.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another enjoyable dinner
This was our 4th visit, and dinner at Carbonara Trattoria was delightful as it has been every time. Food and service was wonderful. Our guest was very impressed and plans to bring her friends back for a visit.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious and
The food was delicious and the wait staff was very accommodating. My mother was unsure of the type of wine she wanted, so the waiter brought her multiple tastings, which my mother was thrilled about. My only dislike in the whole experience was that the restaurant was hard to find. Otherwise, loved the restaurant. I will definitely come back!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family had a special occasion to celebrate and Il Carbonara provided an excellent setting - good food, ambience, and service. I would have given it 5 stars but two members of our group had to send their fish dishes back because it did not taste right to them. Ironically, I had a fish dish and it was very good. But overall, this is a very good restaurant that has won over Dunwoody.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Restaurant is a good place for gathering with friends and family.
Staff is good and friendly.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM