La Grotta

4.8
1298 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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DW
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I am mortified!
First of all my mother gave us a $200 gift certificate to celebrate and we went to this restaurant. Ordered champs, steak and lamb.
The servers were bossy. Wouldn’t let us have our champs table side or even our Pellegrino.
Not once did they ask if the food was good. My filet- both of us agreed tasted gamely- and my date ordered the lamb. I ate one bite of the filet, he ate one and then that was it.
I would never recommend this restaurant based on the food alone. As I left my gift card and credit card on the table my date overheard the waiter ask the manager to take $200 off the bill and said and I quote “this is gonna fTEMP_OC_CONTENT_HEREamp;$ up my night.”
Other side notes are that the bartender was cursing profusely and some waiter who may have been the bread guy kept referring to our 1 year old as his unemployment insurance... which I never understood. He has a name.
However after we finished dinner and went to the elevator the waiter came out and asked for a larger tip, saying that I didn’t tip according to the entire ticket.
I am a small business owner myself so I hate leaving bad reviews but I can’t imagine why these staff felt so entitled.

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JD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. I recommend the calamari as an appetizer and the veal chop with black truffles as an entree. The tiramisu and crime brûlée are as good as I have ever had.

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JA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was wonderful from start to finish. From the service to the food, and rose to my wonderful lady upon departure,m. Thank you for the wonderful time.

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KL
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Atlanta and it didn’t disappoint this time. My husband and I went to celebrate Valentine’s (the day after) and everything was wonderful. I got the risotto - delicious! As always the service was superior which is the main reason we keep going back.

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w
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great wine, great experience! We’ve never had a bad meal or bad service. Best place for a celebration!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. As someone who’s visited and lived in Italy this was the closest thing I’ve had to a true Italian experience. Will be back again when visiting Georgia.

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BW
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day, packed house but everything done right!

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p
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have liked La Grotta over the years for special occasions and expected the usual top-rate experience for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately the entree we both chose, the chicken picatta, was a disappointment, both in flavor and preparation. The combination of ingredients and undercooked chicken breast was for us, inedible. Everything else was fine, and we were attended to royally with concern for our dissatisfaction, ultimately receiving an adjustment on the bill. We consider this an anomaly on their part
and will surely return at another time on another special occasion.

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FG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food Was outstanding. Our server was very knowledgeable and made some great recommendations for us. The food is extremely well prepared, pricey, but worth it.

This place is truly a dining experience!

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M
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to La Grotta for over thirty years for many special occasions and business dinners. It is one of my favorite restaurants in the country.

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TO
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best food!

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FN
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant that has been at the top of their game for many years! Our server (Billy) was amazing and the food outstanding! I've eaten at this restaurant multiple times over the years and it has always been excellent. I highly recommend it!

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TG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, best evening ever
Waiter. Was amazing funny attentive just a great dining experience

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JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service for anyone. Very welcoming and a lovely place to dine at. This is a great place to enjoy a memorable evening.

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J
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and cuisine

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l
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Atlanta after all these years! Surprising since Atlanta is very competitive!

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DO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I revisited after a 15 year absence. The experience was as good as we remembered with all aspects delivered at a very high level.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebration for office meeting goala

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PC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing place to enjoy your meal with family or friends. It's clean and lovely and I had the best birthday dinner here!

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m
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This was my second dining experience at La Grotta. My first experience was VERY disappointing. This time, I enjoyed the evening. We we're promptly seated. The service was good as was the food. Our waiter checked on us regularly. The restaurant was not busy while we were dining as compared to my first experience. That may be the trick at La Grotta: only dine when they are not really busy. I did not however think the food was commensurate with a $100 tab per person.

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DL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time, we'd heard so many good things about La Grotta and it didn't disappoint. Great service and great food...

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MT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time dining at La Grotta and it was as awesome as the last. I have not eaten better. Thanks, La Grotta, for making my daughter's birthday fabulous every year.

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RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great from start to finish. An example of how a great restaurant should be.

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JB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd time to this restaurant and everything was perfect!! Would recommend to anyone wanting to have real Italian Food. My wife was with smiles the entire time.

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CE
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Italian restaurant in Atlanta.

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OT
Atlanta
172 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing restaurant!

If you haven’t been, please go soon. It is like traveling someplace special. The food and s always fantastic. The service is old school wonderful.

I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Probably in the Top 3 anywhere!!

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TL
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in Atlanta!! Always, always, always just outstanding!

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DH
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely outstanding...my wife, who had never been, was a bit worried walking in as the restaurant is in the basement of an apartment/condo complex, but she was absolutely sold walking out remarking it was the best Italian food she's had. La Grotta, in our opinion, is materially better than the other Buckhead Italian restaurants.

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

After paying the bill, the maitre de came to the table and advised that he had forgotten to add the dessert to the bill. By the way the dessert was not made to our satisfaction. Additional $23.00 plus gratuity. Very unprofessional.

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JH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, service and food were all outstanding. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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O
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great location and food for a business dinner. Not happy with server however 'up selling' me on the wine after given my budget. You mean there really is not a descent Italian red for $100? A bit awkward in front of my clients.

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BT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been around for 40 years - we have gone off and on over those 40 years and the high standard has never slipped. The atmosphere is lovely, warm and welcoming without being pretentious. Very high quality ingredients prepared to showcase the food. Never disappoints

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DH
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well prepared food. Wine list way too expensive.

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RH
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very noisy, yet nice and confortable!
Excellent and efficient waiters. Prompt service.
We had a reservation at 8:45pm, arrived on time but had to wait for our table over 20mn without any explanation or apologies!
Too bad as the food, service and waiters were excellent!

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J
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My overall experience was disappointing. My reservation was for 8:45pm and I had to wait for 30 minutes before I could get a table. After I got a table I had to wait quite some time again for my order to be taken. Based on their website I expected a more culinary 'high end' experience but the risotto, though very expensive, did not meet my expectations. The salad was alright and the bread was good. My ice cream was served in a very plain way, again, it makes no difference to the taste but in a restaurant that claims to be that classy? I was warned that the ambiance would be quite 'lively' which proved to be true. In fact it was very loud, so loud that I could hardly understand the waiters. They were polite by the way.
The valet service was quick so no complaints there!
All in all I don't think I will visit La Grotta again.

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JH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent our 10th anniversary at La Grotta. Great people, wonderful food. Staff was amazing. Juiliana was our waiter and picked our food for us. Amazing. My wife is a huge fan of quaint throwback Italian place and she was blown away! Smiled for days. We had our kids with us (8 and 9) and they were really kind and accommodating. The kids actually behaved and enjoyed the experience. Met the owner and family. We will definitely be going back soon.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An Atlanta classic that never disappoints! Best risotto in town and the martinis are perfection- perfect place for a special occasion or date.

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NK
Atlanta
50 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Grotta was perfect for my birthday! Food was wonderful. We both had a special starter...tomatoes, mozzarella cheese with prosciutto. I had the veal scallopini with mushrooms and marsala sauce. My husband had their beef tenderloin dish. Both were excellent! We split a bottle of Amarone. They have an extensive wine list that would be sure to offer something special for every guest. Service was top-notch. We would definitely recommend and will return.

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s
Atlanta
52 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Danny our waiter was spectacular

As always a job well done

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G
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply one of the best restaurants in Atlanta. Ambience is lovely and you can actually have a conversation at your table. Service is outstanding (shout out to Juliano, my favorite) and the food is always expertly prepared. Try the Dover Sole, or duck breast or any of their housemade pastas. This is one of my go to restaurants and I have been going there since 1999. Love the place

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