La Grotta

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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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New Orleans
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! I haven't been in 25 years since I moved away. I will certainly come back more often. The Caesar salad was incredible, as was the choc flourless dessert.

NH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! Had the best pasta dish I have ever eaten! Definitely recommend a visit here. We will be back on our next trip to Atalanta.

AW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tex the waiter was the best!!!
Drinks are on point!
Atmosphere was very romantic

AB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was great. Took some time to get seated even with an 8pm reservation (8:30 seated) but we had some wine at the bar. It was very busy and did not have any service issues.

m
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Arguably the best Italian restaurant in Atlanta. A must go to if a visitor to ATL.

LG
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Hats off to Einstein and the rest of the staff !!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Grotta is the standard. Always exceptional in food quality, service and atmosphere.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal. Every time I eat here, I wonder why I don’t come here more often. Meal portions are perfect; the pasta is cooked to perfection and the service is stellar.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Tables were really close together and it would have been nice to have a bit more space From our neighbors but the service was great and the food was even better!

LK
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun time at LaGrotta! Such a great place to celebrate or just enjoy the food and service. A must go place if you live in Atlanta! Can't wait to go back!

OT
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time it’s an experience that you treasure. Truly the BEST Italian in Atlanta, GA

SB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience! I love how La Grotta is hidden! The timing of each part of the meal was perfect, the service was nice, and the food was good! Great for a romantic date night!

DA
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my two out of town friends for their first time here, and La Grotta did not disappoint. It was, as always, outstanding!

PG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time experiencing truffles and they were shaved table side. They didn’t disappoint! The service was impeccable as well!

DW
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food not quite as good as I had remembered but I would go back.

RG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Went there for our anniversary. Amazing food and service :)

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent in every way. The food was excellent but was lacking with the vegetables with the lamb chops. Other tables had so much more than we received, other wise excellent

o
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Warm and friendly waiter. Will always come back

a
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Atlanta

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P
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Grotta is unequivocally the best restaurant in Atlanta. Hard to think of another that even comes close, much less competes. Not enough superlatives to describe the food, wine, service, or any other aspect of the experience. On pleasant evenings, the patio is wonderful. I've been going for probably 30 years, and it remains as great as ever.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was wonderful

MG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love La Grotta! It never falls short of perfect each time we dine. Every aspect from start to finish is always phenomenal!

FL
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. This place really is a hidden gem! If you are looking for fresh authentic Italian food, this is the spot. Would definitely visit again in the future.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal

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AG
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best!

e
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

La Grotta has long been our favorite restaurant, with great ambiance, service and food. We went this week to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and were terribly unhappy with the noise level. It was a Tuesday night, but the restaurant was packed, with everyone talking loudly to make themselves heard over the crowd. The worst was the table near us, where 3 young couples were seated, and one young woman was inebriated and talking loudly in a shrill voice that was impossible to tune out. The worst was when she stood up, lost her balance and fell to the floor! Not the kind of thing we're used to in this legendary and distinguished restaurant!

BB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first experience at La Grotta will definitely not be our last. We were warmly greeted by both valet and hostess upon our arrival and promptly sat in a very comfortable banquette. It was our anniversary and it had definitely been communicated to staff. Brett acted as our gastronomic "sherpa" through the menu and both he and Roberto provided very humorous quips when visiting the table. Christian regaled us with the history of the restaurant along with his family's storied connection with it and Atlanta. Casual yet upscale without pretension. I saw a picture of Shaquille O'Neal on the wall and am still trying to figure out how he fitted down there. Will definitely return.

SM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both of my friends were from out of town and had never been to La Grotta. one was from New York, and the other from Nashville. They loved everything about the service, food, etc., and can't wait to come back again.

Sincerely,

Susan Mathis (Mrs. T. Harvey)

s
Naples
19 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our dear friends anniversary was a delightful evening at La Grotta! Our Waiter, Tony, was delightful and our food simply delicious!

AF
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was wonderful.

DW
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a great experience. Chef has been there for 41 years and it shows. Awesome

BL
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience1

My friend and I arrived on time with a reservation...checkin with the host was sluggish, we were seated after 10 minutes.......sat at your very nice table and wited 20 minutes for any attention, not even water. I had to raise my hand eventually to get anyones attention. We were asked if we would like a cocktail or wine....our response was that we’d have a bottle of wine. What would you like he said......we asked for a consult on the menu and specials to make that selection.....not appropriate. They all scrambled and finally fell into shape. The wine sommelier helped us after a no-assigned waiter explained menu items and answered our questions. The meal was superb! Was this a one off night? Who knows, however, a neighboring couple could be heard critiquing similar complaints as a frequent neighborhood client. The ambiance between guest and management was VERY CROONY oriented....many regulars who got preferred treatment. What they didn’t know, we were out-of-towners yet my guest had dined there at least 20 times. SO, the food was superb, but they were a bit aloof, disorganized and disheveled. Even the Valet was corny oriented and disorganized.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience my first wedding anniversary with my wife we really enjoy the waiters food was amazing 😤👍😁

WH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to dine with friends or business associates. Food is superb! Wait staff is outstanding! Wish I could eat there every week. Have been eating there since it opened in 1978. Never had a meal or experience that was anything but excellent.

S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food. I can’t wait to go back!

PS
Atlanta
77 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. It was my birthday. Surprised how crowded it was for a Wednesday night. Ordered a side vegetable because usually green beans and carrots are not good. These were amazing. Everything I had was the best I ever had. It was obvious I was in a highly rated fine dining restaurant. Best tiramisu ever!

O
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Haven’t been for awhile and I have no idea why not?!

B
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection. How have I never been here before?

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Food was just ok, service very slow. This used to be a high quality restaurant known for its true Italian cuisine and great service. The last two times I have been there it feels more like restaurant that caters to the convention/ business client.

LR
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An old favorite-still great! With Chef Antonio at the helm, absolutely no one makes a better spaghetti carbonara. All dishes are top quality delicious