La Grotta

4.8
1222 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:45 PM - 9:30 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:45 PM - 10:30 PM
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Phone number
(404) 231-1368
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Antonio Abizanda
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West Wesley
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Parking details
We offer complimentary valet, or self parking next door in church parking lot.
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Public transit
Lakeview Drive and Peachtree Road
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1222 People Are Saying
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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Billy was great! Fun, entertaining, knowledgeable.

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

Outstanding service and food

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Dover sole is james beard winner

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RB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We were seated and served about 45 minutes after our reservation time.

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AT
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife for our anniversary dinner and it was outstanding, as always. La Grotta is the best Italian food in Atlanta, period. The service is superlative.

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

Birthday dinner for family.

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EH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and wait staff. Had a wonderful celebratory dinner that lasted 3 hours. Didn't feel rushed. A bit pricey, but considering the occasion, I felt it was worth it.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service a must go in ATL

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MJ
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

La Grotta is old school Italian. Food very, very good. Service almost excellent. Maybe just a bit to many people there to meet the chef at their table. Too many birthdays? At least 4 or 5 others around us. That’s what we were there for and they gave us a nice glass of Prosecco at end of meal. Expensive, but again (almost) worth it. Seemed a bit old fashioned but without being quaint. I think it just misses somehow, but my wife (it was her birthday) loved it. I guess that is what counts right?

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HE
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Our service was poor. Waiters ignored us and didn't even speak. Very unusual. Not sure what the problem was except for a big table close by demanding a lot of attention. We were pretty much ignored and had to ask any waiter who came by for assistance. We have always enjoyed La Grotta, but this time was strange.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner here is always perfect. Roberto was a great server. Bulent also chimed in for conversation and was equally pleasant. Will definitely be back

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e
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were there for our 12 year anniversary we receive no mention of her anniversary even though we received a phone call before hand asking what was the occasion for. The food was good although very small portions no sides were provided with a meal. The service was great although we did have to wait for bread. My wife had the fish which was the special of the evening and I had to steak 8 ounce portion which was their usual item boat dishes were prepared very well there was nothing to complain about the food other than once again the portion size. I thought like if you were not a regular at the establishment you got different services.

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FP
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutly marvelous! Even though what I wanted wasn't written as vegetarian; our server said I could make it anyway I liked!!! Phenomemal!!! The guests were completly satisfied. Overall, fabulous food and exceptionsl service.
The only downside was my salad. The artichoke leaves were inedible. I, like food network, vehemently believe if you cannot eat it; don't put it on the plate! Alas, well worth the money and time!

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C
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Service was stellar. Definitely recommend and would come back again as well.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, the food was amazing and our servers were excellent. Will definitely be back!

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SA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit La Grotta once a year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. We travel from Massachusetts to visit our children and grandchildren who live near Athens but make a point to stay a night in Atlanta first and have dinner with y'all. (Did I pronounce that correctly?) Great food, excellent service and a lively crowd. Always a pleasure for us. Look forward to seeing you again next November.
Steve Antinelli

Worcester, Massachusetts

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M
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Everything was properly prepared and exquisitely presented. The waitstaff is second to none.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Loved the black truffles on my mushroom risotto! We loved the attention to detail and the unobtrusive wait team. Thank you.

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AK
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been going to La Grotta for business and special family occasions for about 30 years, and the quality has remained consistent. It is always a memorable event.

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BD
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in Atlanta!

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was not 5 stars. Orders came out and they didn't know whose was whose. Bread medicore. Use to good Semolina. Maybe it was an off night, but missed the 5 star mark. Maybe better midweek.

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B
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience from our hostess with her smile and friendliness. To our main waiter (Albert Einstein) and his team members. We had a special appetizer split for two (way too much for one), excellent. Our wait staff was very wine knowledgeable, and suggested a wonderful Amarone for my wife. We both had great dishes with shredded black truffles. We visit LaGrotta 4-6 times a year. Always a great dinning experience! We had to pass on a wonderful dessert selection and a very nice after dinner menu!
Highly recommended!!

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed celebrating our 19th year Anniversary here. What a perfect choice and wonderful experience. Truly amazing service from the moment we arrived. The quality here bring back memories of a true dining experience with class, a business casual dress code without seeing blue jeans, hats or inappropriate wear. We enjoyed the small chatter from each table, the lighting was perfect and the menu was five star quality. Wine selection make you feel your in Napa Valley or the country side of Argentina. We will definitely be returning on other occasions. Thank you for making our day memorable.

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VH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is now one of my favorite restaurants. It has great atmosphere and the food is delicious.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Secret hideaway, amazing food, great staff, great evening. We will definitely be back!

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A
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was amazing and Walter was phenomenally amazing!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend came to visit from London and loved it. He has traveled all over the world and he was impressed by the decor and service of this place. In fact he wants to rebook a reservation for today.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful as always. We sat by the bar, which was a little loudWe than . But otherwise everything as perfect.

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MH
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aways great and this time was no exception! The food ...specially the truffle risotto was amazing and the service as well!

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TB
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we had an excellent dining experience at La Grotta. We’ve been coming for years to celebrate both special and everyday occasions. The service is always top notch!!

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice overall dining experience. The Tiramisu was the best I have had in a very long time! Great menu options, great service, and a quiet cozy dining experience for date nights, business or special occasions!

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Portland
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looooove La Grotta!!!

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dinning at La Grotta serval times a week. We recommend to our friends and family .We enjoy bringing friends and love their reaction.They become regulars also!!

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M
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there many times, always for our anniversary. Always a great experience.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Billie was a pleasure and the truffles were top notch!

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KR
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Grotta is great! A personal favorite and I highly recommend.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday Celebration

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers birthday

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

So many people said happy birthday and the food was exceptional. I felt so special

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CS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really liked this restaurant. Our waiter was fantastic and spot on with his recommendations

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