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Omnivore - Zagat cites La Grotta

Best hotel dining room in Atlanta?

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  • www.lagrottaatlanta.com

This is confusing. A Zagat survey commissioned by USA Today has named La Grotta at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia the best hotel restaurant in Atlanta.

But Zagat describes La Grotta this way: "Spectacular service coupled with superb Italian cuisine at this elegant Buckhead classic." Well, the original La Grotta is indeed in Buckhead, but the Crowne Plaza one is in Dunwoody.

That aside, the restaurant is one of the least expensive choices on the list, with the average dinner costing $54, including a drink and tip.

USA Today makes this general observation about the designated hotels and the state of fine dining in America:

Most are very expensive with impeccable service and attractive décor, and some have stunning views. Every one has the potential to give diners a taste of food heaven, Zagat Survey says.

"Twenty years ago, hotel food was like country-club food — OK but not exciting and never top of the line," says Zagat Survey CEO Tim Zagat. "In the last 10 years, hotels decided they had to have outstanding restaurants."

Hotel managers realized a first-class restaurant is a good way to advertise and promote a hotel and its brand, Zagat says.