La Grotta

4.8
1355 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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Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic. Not sure why we have waited so long to dine here. Will be going again soon!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the best, nothing else to say

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CH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had been going to La Grotta for years but he passed away in 2017, so my two daughters and I decided to go and have dinner in his favorite restaurant. As always, it never disappoints. The food is wonderful and the service is the best. Since we all live outside of Atlanta, we decided to try to do this at least once a year or more. Looking forward to our next visit.

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Atlanta
181 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s literally like a Magic experience every time you got to this Atlanta treasure!!!
Fantastic!!!
Food amazing!
Service classic wonderful!
Go Go Go!!!
You will not be disappointed.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Delicious food!!!

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BJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an amazing true NYC Italian restaurant in Atlanta.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly attentive staff; food was simple, fresh with subtle delicious flavours; good range of prices; very nice wine and beer

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Raleigh
62 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the meal were such an experience!!! I highly recommend this restaurant! 💗💗💗

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R
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was quite good. Walter, our waiter was excellent and quite knowledgeable about
Ambience was good but noise level was quite high. That wouldn't stop us for going again

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PE
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special restaurant to take special people for special events! I’ve taken my wife of 38 years now there many times ant it’s “our” special place for our anniversaries!!! We were treated like royalty! Everyone was so nice to us, our team of waiters were excellent, and the meal was superb! Wife had salmon while I had filet mignon! Absolutely as good as it gets!

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AM
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints

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KM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six women. Everyone enjoyed their meal, the service. No complaints, only compliments. What more could we ask for

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GG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hosted a group of my customers recently and was blown away by the food, service, and atmosphere. The chef visited our table twice to check on us which was an added bonus. Highly recommend if in the Atlanta area.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atlanta doesn't have many classic restaurants, but La Grotta certainly qualifies. You're not going to find new, innovative dishes here, but that's not a negative thing. What you will find is is masterful Italian cuisine, an excellent Italian wine list, and focused quality service. My wife, who lived in Italy for several years claims the risotto here is as good and even better in many cases than she had at fine dining restaurants in Italy. If you're looking for a low-key, comfortable date night with delicious food, delicious wine, and great service, you shouldn't look any further.

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Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walter just gets better and better. I love his wit and wonder. The food is always amazing. My guest had never had quail and fell in love with it. Oh! Yeah! Billy dropped in on us too!

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HP
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Having read rave reviews I booked a reservation for 3 on fri night...this was a business dinner...my first disappointment was our seating ...right next to a busy bar..
I insisted on moving which caused some dissatisfaction with the hostess...there are so many in staff it was impressive
But most of the staff were involved in their own conversation and we were left unattended
Our main waiter Billy was talkative character who asked us too many fake questions..
I ordered a pricey bottle of wine which should have been decantered... it was not only just put on the table we were never served it after the initial pour...I ordered second bottle which was just added to our original glasses...and once again never served. The food was nothing exceptional

Burrata with tomatoes..the tomato was not fresh and it was cut into small peices..this plate had been pre made and pulled out of the refrigerator...artichoke salad had very few artichokes...not cooked correctly
Main courses were gnocci... ok...shrimp fra diavolo..ok...stuffed quail..not great
But more importantly we were never asked how everything was..

$400 before tip I expected much better service and food

What we did observe was the local buckhead clientele were receiving all the attention

No way to engage new clientele
We will not return

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RK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem!

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CR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a special event restaurant.

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RC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great time wonderful food great service. Brought a first timer best meal ever

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FJ
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening! Wonderful food and service. Pretty close to an eating experience in Manhattan.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

This is probably an unusual complaint but the main course was served very quickly, almost in a rushed fashion and before we were ready for it. We had ordered cocktails and had just a few sips. We were not asked about wine before the food arrived and had to make a hasty decision while the food was sitting on the table. The evening was not as enjoyable as ones we have previously experienced.

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J
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have become jaded about many restaurants not living up to the review hype. In the case of La Grotta (Buckhead) they exceeded our expectations. The ambiance is so pleasant, and, unlike other restaurants, you can actually have a conversation without shouting over the noise. We ordered sea bass, which came out perfectly prepared and presented. Most importantly the food was hot.
We were celebrating a birthday and they provided a complimentary, delicious tiramisu with a lit candle, plus glasses of champagne for the table. The service was very good as well. This is a first class establishment, and we shall definitely be going back.

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Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A classic for a reason! We were a little disappointed the truffles were not shaved tableside but still a lovely experience.

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T
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Atlanta restaurant. A great place to have a conversation. The food is exceptional and service so professional.

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. The food was delicious and the the service was excellent.
I just loved it.

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JD
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating my parents 44th anniversary while they were in town. We wanted a special meal and experience that we knew they couldn't get in Mississippi and La Grotta delivered! The service was phenomenal and the food was outstanding. My father and I loved our pasta, my fiance and mom both adored their veal and the appetizer salads and escargot were thoroughly enjoyed as well.

The only very small issues was that with it being a busy Saturday night, the noise levels were high, making it a bit difficult for everyone at the table to hear our amazing server and at times one another. However all other parts of the evening from start to finish were incredible!

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DO
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful restaurant with great Italian Food, excellent wait staff, a real treat for dinner

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food, service and ambiance was 5 star. The wine list is fantastic as well. Loved it so much went back 2 nights in a row. Will definitely come back next time I'm in town!

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Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and every dish was perfect. I love the veal chop that Antonio cooked for me. It was true perfection. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to experience fine dining at its best.

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JB
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family enjoyed a wonderful dining experience at La Grotta in Buckhead recently while visiting our son who moved to Atlanta for his new job.

The cuisine was superb from the appetizer through dessert, and we appreciated our waiter who guided us through the menu and specials of the day.

The highlight of our meal was meeting the owner / executive chef, who came to our table to introduce himself and chat with us about our dinner.

Based upon our incredible experience, we will make every effort to visit La Grotta when we return to Atlanta!

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A
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Professionally served. Highest quality in everyway.

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Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been living in and out of New York for the past few years and have tried the best and most authentic Italian it has to offer. That being said, La Grotta may be better than any of them! I simply can not say enough about the service, how we were treated from the moment we walked in until three hours later when we left. Billy our server was so fantastic, the lighting and atmosphere was perfect and the food was, as I mentioned before, possibly the best Italian we have ever had anywhere. Highly recommend and we will definitely be back soon! Please don’t ever change one single thing!

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j
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian rest in Atlanta. Great, great wine list and top of class service

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DJ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

As usual, La Grotta was outstanding with great food, ambiance, and cordial service.

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RJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Very nice experience- just not expecting 25 preteens in LaGrotta! In 30 years we have not experienced this sort of thing!
We will return, but will inquire if there are any big parties of young people expected.

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TF
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

La Grotta as that "old-School" feel from the atmosphere, wait staff and food. I would rate the food as Very Good to Excellent. Burrata was creamy, Caesar was properly dressed and the Dover Sole was excellent. The Only slip was the lamb was overdone....which we slip as an app. Value was great when you consider the quality of the wine selection under 125.00.

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Grotta is our favorite restuarant ever! Their ambience can't be beat and every dish is consistently prepared and always delicious. No other restaurant can compare to La Grotta with their experienced waiters and their old world feel!!

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j
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

recommend trying this restaurant in a residential buidling at the bottom floor - wine a reasonably priced

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E
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Snobby waiters. Overpriced decent food. Will not be returning.

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A
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Billy was amazing. The food was succulent! The Honey Fig was 2 D.I.E. 4⚡⚡⚡

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