La Grotta is the classic Italian restaurant that you should always have in your back pocket for when you get burnt out on places serving things like beet spaghetti or deconstructed carbonara. This Buckhead staple opened way back in 1978 and ever since, it’s been serving the Italian greatest hits, like their house tortellini, which is stuffed with onions, prosciutto, thyme, and mascarpone cheese, and covered in tomato sauce. If you don’t eat your whole body weight in pasta here, make sure to get the tiramisu too.
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R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill
R. Thomas in Buckhead is one of the most interesting places in Atlanta, with lawn art and a menu with everything from a burger to vegan dishes.
Blue Ridge Grill
Blue Ridge Grill looks like an expensive ski lodge, with a seafood-leaning menu (with meat options), and is great for a group or a date.
Buckhead’s Buttermilk Kitchen is a great spot for a Southern breakfast and to continue your search for the best fried chicken biscuit.
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Vero is a pizza place worth going out of your way for, whether you’re picking up or eating at this Brookhaven spot.
Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano
Gio's is a BYOB, family-style Italian place on the Westside where you should push a few tables together and bring together a big group.
When you have a group that wants some brick oven pizza, head to Amalfi Pizza - a big Italian restaurant downtown.
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Sotto Sotto is an Inman Park Italian spot that hasn’t changed since it opened almost 20 years ago, which is exactly why we like it.
Chops Lobster Bar
Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead serves steaks and seafood without even the slightest air of cool, which is exactly what makes it’s great.
Mission + Market
Mission + Market in Buckhead is good for a celebratory meal, with a long wine list and a diverse menu that will please everyone.
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