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2637 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030533.826702 -84.386753
Neighborhoods: Northside, Peachtree Heights West, Northside
La Grotta has been in the same cavernous basement location for decades but diners still come in droves. Why? The food is amazing!
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
La Grotta Management
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.
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!
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.
Truly authentic Italian – The family that owns this restaurant truly contribute to the overall experience. The Favalli clan have over 25 years experience providing authentic Italian cuisine to the Atlanta area and they have not missed a step since I first discovered their restaurant.
Papa Favalli sources some phenomenal wines and offers them at unbeatable prices when one considers the value of some of these bottles.
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