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La Grotta has been an Atlanta tradition since 1978 and offers fine dining in an intimate atmosphere overlooking a beautiful garden in the heart of Buckhead.As one of the top restaurants in Buckhead, La Grotta has been voted the Best Italian Restaurant by Atlanta Magazine for 16 years in a row, the AAA Four Diamond Award recipient for 15 years and long time winner of the Di Rona Award.Enjoy traditional Northern Italian appetizers like the Vitello Tonnato to fresh homemade pastas like Goat Cheese Stuffed Ravioli. Other Menus items feature Grilled Veal Chop, Roasted Venison Chops and Filet Mignon with Melted Gorgonzola.Guests will also find an extensive wine list with Italian and New World wines (over 400 different labels).
Hours

Regular Hours

SunClosed

Extra Phones

Phone: (404) 231-1274

Fax: (404) 231-1274

Payment method
mastercard, discover, visa, amex
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhoods
Buckhead, Peachtree Heights East
AKA

La Grotto Ristorante Italiano

La Grotta Buckhead

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Categories
Italian Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Caterers, French Restaurants, Restaurant Menus, Fine Dining Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Good For Groups: Yes

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Mediterranean, Caterers, French, Italian, European, Seafood, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

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UsersF965

06/20/2012

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Editorial review from Citysearch

Amazing place to enjoy a good time with friends and family, I love the food and wine selections.

kkamanda

05/15/2009

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celeb spotting

went to La Grotta again tonight. The food and service were amazing as usual and it made for nice ""people watching"" seeing as how Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, and Katherine Heigel were dining two tables over. An extra treat.

cbf1972

03/07/2009

Overall
delicioso!

Absolutely love this place. It's hidden in an older condo building and getting there is part of the fun. I particularly like the patio for seating (when available), and the food is always consistently good. I think that it says something that they have been there for over 30 years now!

gotoe

01/10/2009

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Favorite Place in Buckhead

I visit the restaurant for special occasions and the staff have always exceedes expectations.
Wonderful Pasta !!!
The chef makes fresh pasta, and the goat cheese ravioli is outstanding. The waiters are friendly , and service is great. It's also very private area of Buckhead; if you're going for a romantic evening request a booth! Food always good.
I have been to many Italian places in Atlanta, If you want true Italian food, this is the place to go.

bonvivant1974

07/26/2008

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cool place

This restaurant is just plain cool...hidden, almost, at the bottom of a condo complex. I have to say some of the best service that I have ever witnessed, and, of course, the food is good to boot. But what I think that I enjoyed the most is that this restaurant is unpretentious. No egos, just real people and real food.

LaGrottaRistorante

03/07/2008

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Response to an earlier review....

At La Grotta we take both criticism and praise very seriously. It is for this reason (as well as the colorful language used) that we felt the need to respond to a previous review. We do appreciate feedback and utilize it to correct imperfections and improve the way that we do business in order to give our guests a better dining experience the next time that they visit with us. Maybe this is the reason that we have been here for thirty years now. It is difficult, though, to take someone seriously who compares their experience to someone afflicted with leprosy. Had we been made aware of their discontent, we would have eagerly replaced their meal with something else from the menu or even invited them back to join us on another evening with our compliments.

On another note, the awards displayed on the wall include, among others, the DiRONA and AAA Four Diamond Awards which have both been given to us for the last fifteen years and are quite current. Lastly, we work very hard to give each guest dining with us a memorable experience, and it disheartens us immeasurably when someone has an unpleasant time and even more so when they proceed to trash us. We do sincerely hope that this guest returns and experiences La Grotta the way most individuals do, and we apologize for their dissatisfaction the last time that they dined with us.
Thank you for your time, La Grotta Management.

kjones71

01/22/2008

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eating Italian anywhere else is sacrilegious...

I have been to La Grotta several times and I'm ashamed that I haven't written a review before now. There is no other restaurant like this anywhere else in the city. Upon entering the restaurant there is a long hallway adorned with 3 decades of well deserved awards and pictures of famous patrons from years passed. It doesn't feel stuffy like many other fine dining restaurants. Five minutes into my experience I felt like I had been dining there for years. The staff are all very chivalrous, savvy, and on point.

The menu is vast and the food tastes as decadent as it looks. Try the snails, they are phenomenal, as is they venison served with a cranberry and port wine reduction. I honestly may have licked my plate had I known that no one was watching.

When people inquire about good Italian, I would never recommend anywhere other than La Grotta. There is a reason why this restaurant has so many rave reviews?after all they have had 29 years to perfect it.

abcabc123

08/25/2007

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Great customer service, lousy food.

First off, my wife and i are ex-New Yorkers and having been raised in NYC, are demanding ""Foodies"". We were told to go check out La Grotta, which is located in the basement of some 60-style apartment building. No view, but we were willing to give it a try. We booked a Saturday night reservation for 9 PM. We got there on time and were told by a dippy young hostess that it would be a ""few minutes"". Few minutes turned into 25 minutes. Not an impressive start. While we were waiting, I couldn,t help but notice most of the awards lining the walls. I noticed that they were all from many years ago --nothing current.

When finally seated, we were given a great deal of attention by the staff. Not less than four staffers waited on us throughout the meal, asking if we needed anything, etc. making us feel like royalty.

Unfortunately as our food experience unfolded, it was quite a dissapointment. I ordered the antipasto special, only to be served a Caprisi salad. When i asked the waitor about it, he told me that they had run out of the antipasto. It would have been nice, if he had informed me of this first and asked me for another selection. Did he think I wouldn't notice the switch?

Next came the main courses. They were small portions and overcooked. I ordered the veal saltimbocca which had the consistency of the sole of my shoe. I was thinking about how I should have brought my McCullough chainssaw with me to cut it. My wife's meal was equally disappointing.

My opinion is that La Grotta, should not try to make Italian cuisine ""fancy"" if they can't pull it off. They should also give better portions for the prices they are charging. If you want to be treated like a king, but fed like a leper, then La Grotta is the place.

As a side note, I think it should be law that restaurants can only display food reviews on their walls going back no more than 5 years. La grotta obviously was once a top restaurant in Atlanta, but no more.

dianeoffutt

08/23/2007

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BEST SERVICE IN ATLANTA

We met some friends for dinner at La Grotta and let me say...besides a wonderful setting....great tasting food...what I will always cherish is the wonderful way we were treated. The whole staff makes you feel so welcome. You truly feel like a part of the family. I plan to bring my NY family to La Grotta and show them we also have some GREAT Italian (authentic) Italian ristorantes here in Atlanta. Thank you La Grotta...for making dinner a wonderful experience. We will be back VERY soon.

Diane and Dave Offutt
Woodstock, Georgia 30189

fin31

05/13/2007

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Overall
Great Everything!

La Grotta was the first restaurant I went to when I moved to Atlanta 16 years ago. It is still just as fabulous now as it was then. I have never had a disappointing meal and the staff is extremely courteous...sometimes reminding me of a bad Saturday Night Live skit. That aside, after your first visit, you are always remembered and part of the family. A real delight that I hope everyone can experience. A+++

atlantadenise

05/10/2007

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Wonderful food & waiters

We love La Grotta....they have wonderful red wine selections (Amarone, Barolo)
I love the panna cotta for dessert. They also have delicious lobster ravioli. The waiters know there stuff, decant the wines when they should be; they often can accommodate a special request. The house totrelloni is perfection! I hate we overlooked it for so long, but we have been 4 times in the past year.

joseph1980

04/25/2007

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One of my favorites in Atlanta for over 20 years now

This place has been a favorite of mine since my parents started bringing me here at the age of 8 (which was quite some time ago!). I usually don't write reviews but felt compelled to do so after reading the previous one which I found utterly ridiculous...couldn't have been the same place. The staff here is old school (the ""rookie,"" as he sometimes calls himself, has been there for 13 years!) and will bend over backwards to make sure that you have an enjoyable evening. At any rate, I always love coming here and look forward to my next visit.

i_enjoy_fine_dining

04/10/2007

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Horrible service : Avoid like plague!

Just a response to the that last review. Unfortunately it was the same place and yes I can even name the server. But I will not because I dont mean him any ill will. I understand its a local fav. I am a buckhead local, and have been for several years, so I do know a little bit about local places, but to say that this review was ridiculous, just makes you look very small. It would really do you and La Grotta good to write a review on your experience rather than a review of a review. Also if La Grotta was truely interested, they really need to try and see what was up that evening and fix that issue rather than dissing reviews

punky21

04/01/2007

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A nice birthday dinner in Atlanta for two New Yorkers

My fiancee and I were visiting Atlanta during the weekend of my birthday so we chose La Grotta as the place for our celebration dinner. The reviews said that it wasn't touristy and we were excited.

This place was definitely NOT touristy. It seemed to be a hang out for conservative old-money types, so not necessarily our crowd but romantic enough... which is what we were hoping for. It would have been great to have a seat outside but they didn't have one for us. The food was delicious, the wine selections were decent and the owner even came to chat with us while we ate. There was one somewhat annoying busboy who kept interrupting our conversation to boast about the celebrities that eat at the restaurant... we just did our best to ignore him.

I would recommend this restaurant to friends.

elenak7868

01/01/2007

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Overall
perfect 10

This is one of our favorite restaurants in atlanta. What a wonderful dining experience. Every visit you can expect consistency. The food is always well prepared and mouth watering. It's not too done nor it's too saucy. It's just right! Try their veal, you will know exactly what i'm talking about. The atmosphere is cozy and warm. The service is second to none and the staff's recommendations are highly accurate. If you want a perfect dining experience, this restaurant will be it!

jaymaygm

10/11/2006

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Real Review! From Real Atlantan!

I must say, I'm really amused at some of these reviews from people who don't really know anything about fine dining, or the real city of Atlanta. They don't know Peachtree St. from Peachtree Rd., or Lenox Square from Lenox Mall! Well, baby, take it from someone who does. I've been eating here with Sergio and his fine staff, for over twenty-five years, and it's the real fine Italian dining, born in this city. I won't even go out to Ravinia, only here to the Peachtree House. Long-time servers, long-time menu classics, and a real Southern charm. It dosen't get any better, and if you don't know, you never will. This restaurant in not located in a basement, but on the lower level, of Peachtre House, one of Atlanta's first high-end, low rise condo's, overlooking a beautiful interior garden. And it does not have a best kept secret status, everyone knows, this is the place for the best!

lagrottabuckhead

09/01/2006

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Response to previous review

Thank you for taking the time to list a review but I don't believe you were in our restaurant. Samples of wine are given in wine glasses always, we do not have crab cakes on our menu or as a special, we do not have a NY steak on our menu. As far as the wine goes, we serve the guests whatever they ask for. If they would like white wine with steak then we give them white wine with steak. We know how wine pairings work quite well but the guest is always right. A majority of our guest also choose the wine before ordering dinner so the red wine will have time to breath. Obviously, we hope they have looked over the menu and chosen according to their dinner choices. We find it disappointing that you had a bad dining experience and we are sure there is much more to it than the review that was posted. I would like to point out that both of our locations have a very diverse menu. If the chef at our other location, which I have a feeling you dined there, chose to do crab cakes as a special, then he must believe that it could be found in Italy. I did find a recipe on Italian cooking & living for crab cakes in my first search. I have passed your review on to our other restaurant to take note of. Obviously, there were some issues.
Thank you,
La Grotta Management

usnnf

08/28/2006

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Disappointment to say the least!!

When was the last time you were served wine samples in a short glass? When was the last time you were offered wine before your meal selection? After making your selection (beef in our cases) when was the last time you were offered white wine with your NY steak? Not done yet, when was the last time you saw crabcakes on the special of the evening at a genuine Italian restaurant? If you aren't a fan of fine Italian food, enjoy poor service and inflated prices, this is the place for you.

tiffanynichole

01/19/2006

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Consistantly Amazing!!!

I can't say enough about this restaurant...I dine here frequently. Definately my fav. restaurant in the city. The food, service, as well as ambiance are consistantly amazing, as well as a great value. Highly recommended!

helloatl

01/10/2006

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What more could I ask for?

I am really critical of customer service and food quality. This establishment definitely surpassed my expectations. Wonderful alfredo sauce, the chicken breast that was tossed with it was perfect, the ravioli with goat cheese was superb, the bruschetta--------- ahh, bruschetta, the portabella mushroom appetizer was perfectly flavorful, the tartuffo was exceptional, and the ricotta cheesecake was extraordinary.

Be sure to bring cash for valet driver.

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