La Grotta

4.8
1185 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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Neighbourhood
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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 1185 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
Service
4.7
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Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Birthday Celebration

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mothers birthday

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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WB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always excellent food & service!.......................................................................................................................................................................Great dining experience!

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FV
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This best Italian restaurant in Atlanta. I strongly reccomend that you use this restaurant for any occasion as you will not disappointed the service is impecable and the room is beautiful

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CR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always exceptional, and always a required stop on visits to Atlanta!

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RG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous in every meaning of the word, food, wine service you name it. We were regulars at the other LaGrotta at perimeter mall, this , the original one, is better. Reservations are a must.

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GA
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a gem! Whether in NYC, Miami, Los Angeles or Vegas...La Grotta is the best Italian. Very fresh ingredients. Skillfully prepared and presented. The service is one of the most professional I’ve experienced. True pros! Beautiful interior and outside patio dining as well. I can’t say enough. I took my wife and parents here for her birthday. Everyone was extremely impressed. One last thing...for what you get in terms of food and service, this place is a bargain!

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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at LaGrotta. It was highly recommended by friends and we loved it! Excellent service, outstanding food and nice patio seating. We are planning another evening back beginning of November. Special thanks to everyone who went out of their way to make our experience wonderful.

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BD
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once we were seated the event was wonderful. Great ambiance. Absolutely outstanding wait staff. Asked for and received variances from the menu to accommodate food interests. Whenever I am in Buckhead again this will be my first choice for Italian food.

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DM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding restaurant and service. Celebrated friends birthday and it was my first time....it is her favorite restaurant. Wait staff outstanding and food excellent...we can't wait to return

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F
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome- as usual.

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place. great food, great people! A total 10!

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r
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unchanging excellence. We had not gone to La Grotta in 15 years, but it was as if it was yesterday. It was excellent then, and excellent now. The perfect combination of warmth, service, flawlessly executed. From the moment you arrive and are greeted at the door you are cared for but never rushed or pressured.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been dining here for years - wonderful food and service. We will be back!

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p
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVE this place. The first time I had gone here, I was taken by a friend whose grandparents used to frequent the restaurant for date nights. I figured they must be doing something right to be open for 40 years! I have lived less than 2 miles away for 10 years and had no idea it was even there. Tucked away in a dated condo building, I always feel like I'm party of a secret, exclusive club when I go. Everything is always amazing from the food to the ambiance to the tenured servers (most of whom have worked there since I was a toddler). Besides the delicious menu offerings, they will also offer to cook you anything off-menu that you may want. Of course my husband had to test this by ordering carbonara -which, of course, was also amazing. Lastly, don't miss the extensive wine list. They have some great Italian offerings across many price points! Best little hidden gem in Atlanta!

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RR
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great authentic Italian, nice atmosphere, always excellent service!

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OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful as slways

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time I’ve eaten here. Live in NY
What a wonderful place from the ambiance , staff , Food and chef!!!
My favorite Italian Restaurant !!!

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LN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Did you ever play the telephone game? You know how messages are lost in translation as they are passed down the line. We had 4 different people service our table. Seemed extreme. With nobody accountable it makes it easy for mistakes and bad service to slip by. Food was good.

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MR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

While everything was great, I do not recommend a side-by side sitting table if on a date. Sitting across from your date is far better for conversation.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Food was great. Service was good. Best waiters in the business, but lead waiter did not bring his "A" game for us and I was a touch disappointed. And it was loud as Hell in there.

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a
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant in atlanta ! Excellent service and the food is amazing . Highly recommended for any occasion.

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You would never know that such a gem could exist in such a dump of a building. I can't wait to go back. Service was excellent. Tiramasu was to die for. I will never eat it anywhere else ever. Wonderful wine list.

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RB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

what a pleasant evening! it had been over 20 years since we had dined here. While back in town my wife thought it would be cool to have dinner there again. We just happened to be there the night after their 40th anniversary of the restaurant. There was still a buzz in the air regarding the night before. The service was great and the food was delicious. Maybe it will not be over 20 years before we return to La Grotta.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

La Grotta is remarkably consistent. Love the old school classic vibe. Service is always spot on - nowhere in atlanta delivers drinks faster than this place. Food is very consistent if not outstanding (but very good). Love the location - very convenient. One of my favorite spots in the city.

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f
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

My husband order an app but got it in a dinner size. The waiter should have explained the beef was literally paper thin with paper thin cheese and mushrooms on top. It is not suitable for a meal. It was also $50.00.

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JD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In a totally non-descript place, and when you get off of the elevator, it is like a secret cave that greets you. The all male wait staff are professional and attentive with no lapses in service quality. Our dinner was a assortment of pastas and a veal chop....cooked to perfection and the closest thing to Italy we have had since we have been back. The blue blood of Atlanta eat here, many with nearly unreasonable requests and expectations, yet, they keep coming back. What else can I say?

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Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Traditional Italian food at excellent prices and awesome service and Ambiance you cannot go wrong here. You have to try the limoncello martini

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HB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

La Grotta is an incredible, authentic Italian experience. The service is always friendly and professional and the food is so well prepared. I highly recommend!!

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CS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Very good food... and great service except when they're crowded and then dinner takes a while to arrive and the conversational buzz gets loud.

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d
Atlanta
316 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always excellent! Love the food, atmosphere and staff.

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L
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner was wonderful and as always impeccable service. Thank you La Grotta

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A
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just awesome. If you have never been here please do yourself a favor and go. Great time awesome food. Excellent service.

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B
Atlanta
58 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food and service. Such a great menu. Love the shrimp pasta and the stuffed chicken.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Have been here several times and every time I have had excellent service. Decided to take friends who were visiting from out of town. Food was excellent but this time it was probably the worst service that I have had in the several times I have dined at this restaurant. Could not figure out who our waiter was and when we did have a waiter take our order he was very rude and short with everyone at our table and this was after having to wait 15 minutes to take our drink order and another 30 minutes after getting our drinks for someone to ask what we wanted to eat. Hopefully this was just a fluke and when we go back the next time our service will be better.

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S
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Disappointed in this experience with La Grotta. We waited a while before the waiters acknowledged us at the table after being seated. Then the cocktails took a while. The waiter didn't get over to our table to take out order for a long period. In fact, we didn't see him much at all throughout the evening. We had to ask the owner to get our check. Not sure what was going on this evening, but not the great experience we usually receive at La Grotta.

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NH
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I already wrote a review of La Grotta but want to know how to reach Open Table. I've made quite a few reservations through them but it shows that I have no points. Can you help me?

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Food was good but the service was less than adequate. Also before my reservation I was reminded of their strict dress code only to get to the restaurant and find people wearing shorts and gym shoes. So much for a strict dress code. Separately if you are going to have a dress code the restaurant should not be in the basement of an apartment complex.

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