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“have been eating here since I was a lil' girl (20 yrs or so), a truly romantic and authentic Itallian restraunt!”
“love the panna cotta for dessert.”
“The best food and drink that can be had.”
“But it is so elegant and the food is amazing.”
“In a city with many wonderful options for food, it is sometimes difficult to find a stand out.”
“The best Italian restaurant in Atlanta and our favorite overall.”
“The food, service, and ambience is CONSISTENTLY GREAT!”
“The food, service, as well as ambiance are consistantly amazing, as well as a great value.”
“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.”
La Grotta has been in the same cavernous basement location for decades but diners still come in droves. Why? The food is amazing!
Amazing place to enjoy a good time with friends and family, I love the food and wine selections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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+++
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.
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