Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bucadibeppo.com/
  • Phone: 7604792533x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Constantino Roblero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our full menu is available for Buca To Go and Delivery. If you're hosting a special occasion or group event at your home, office or a local area reception hall, Buca To Go or Buca Delivery is the perfect choice. Our friendly & professional staff will assist you with your order, arrange a specific pick-up time for Buca To Go or deliver your order ($25 delivery fee applies to deliveries). Plates, napkins, eating & serving utensils and condiments are included. No minimum purchase required. Please allow 3 hours for same-day delivery and call for questions/details about our delivery service area.
  • Special Events: Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, planning a business dinner or having a night out with family and friends, Buca di Beppo is your answer to one fabulous group dining experience! Buca serves authentic Italian family-style meals in an eclectic, vintage setting. Our knowledgeable staff will help organize and plan your group event or meetings with diverse lunch or dinner banquet packages - ideal for groups of 20 or more. Private and semi-private rooms are available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino Real
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking in the Forum Shopping Center. Buca To Go parking spaces available.
A word from Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Buca di Beppo serves authentic Italian cuisine in an eclectic, vintage setting. Our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by everyone at the table. Two sizes are available: BUCA SMALL feeds two or more and BUCA LARGE feeds four or more. At Buca, guests delight in our lively atmosphere, enjoy the classic tunes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and admire our decor, including family photos and candid shots of Italian-American icons, such as Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio. Our energetic atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff make Buca di Beppo the perfect place for great Italian food and fun.
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Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (32)kid-friendly (28)special occasion (27)great for lunch (13)romantic (11)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (9)hot spot (8)late-night find (4)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a reservation for 5:30 and we were 5 min late but we had to wait another 15 min to be seated. Once we were seated service was very slow to get started. Once our order was taken things went very well. Good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    Valdez1724
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is my second time dining at a buca, the first was at a location in Claremont in la county. This restaurant continues to impress me I will be back again!:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, not good service.
    ksharp
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    10 minutes after seating us they asked us to move tables, promised us a free appetizer, but then ended up charging us for it.. I've been before and the service used to be alot better... the only reason I would come back is because the food is amazing!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoying as usual
    VWCL
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Other than that the server might need a couple reminding of missing dining utenzils, everything was fine and the atmosphere was enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go hungry- lots of food!
    Tigger
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A very friendly restaurant with great service, huge portions & great tiramisu ! If you are a pasta specialist, this is not your place but the baked pastas are excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Experience There!
    Maverick1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We are locals and love this place. We took our daughter and grandson for dinner, they are from the East Coast, and their first time there! They loved it and said that they want to come to this restaurant next time they are back in So. Cal! They raved about the food & wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go BIG and LARGE, pay for it !!!
    foodiemex
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went last Saturday night for my niece's birthday. The place is large and a bit funky. This is a large chain, consequently the food quality is of that cailber. My family agrees that we will try a new place. Leftovers were substantial and served up for next day's dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner and the kid were happy also. The kids order was put in early so we could enjoy our meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and friendly staff
    Grandmafriendly
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    They were very accommodating with our 89 year old grandma.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice overall experience
    VWCL
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The only "question mark" is that sometimes (including this time) we were treated with their bread (sourdough) after we made our orders, but there were times in the past that we were not given the bread because we were told it would be charged. Some consistency on this will be good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Fun
    KBeeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was tasty and plentiful. We enjoyed our pizza and spaghetti and took home leftovers. The restaurant was filled with large groups of families so there was a lot of noise. But we didn't mind it, loved the energy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fabulous Lasagne!
    GailCVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We always love the Lasagne at Buca! The service was excellent. Thank you, Natasha! Delicious meals and very ample portions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for Family dinner
    Katfish
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a birthday dinner there with 14 people! It was load...but we were making lots of noise! Food is typical family style Italian fare.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a FABULOUS time @ Bucca's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our waitress KeiAnna made our "going away" celebration with our friends the most wonderful experience! We 'wanted' for nothing! We can't thank her enough for keeping the food & drinks coming without request or hesitation! We will miss So. California sooo much!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Recently celebrated the 61st birthday of one of our high school friends. We always enjoy the family style dinners, we can share a few different entries and try different plates each time we go. A shared bottle of the house wine tops off a great dinner. Always a good time with great friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food quality has declined. Lots of commercialism such as light up souvenir glasses.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was amazing and I'm definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    good food, big portions, good service. good idea to have the person taking the order establish eye contact to customers. I think that practice is unique to Bucca.:) .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • enjoyable dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We had a late dinner and the host and servers were really pleasant and friendly. The place is noisy because they have big parties, but the food is good and there is enough to share for everyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun, fun, fun
    Magnolia
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We were there for my husband's birthday. Started in the bar (6 of us) and had great service and lots of fun. Server got us the table in the kitchen and we had a ball. Our server was outstanding. She really made the evening. Ambience was wonderful and really made the evening special for our family. Love this place for a family gathering.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 257 reviews are from the Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad reviews archive.
  • Going down hill?
    Foodieinlove
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I have enjoyed bucca di Beppo many times in the past. They have catered our company holiday party many times as well. However last Friday my wife and I went there to celebrate our anniversary, and that was a mistake. The service was good, the food was terrible. We ordered the trio appetizer to split and the spicy chicken rigatoni. They both came out with the meal as we had requested, but the sampler platter was terrible! The calamari was as rubbery as rubber bands and had no flavor! I think I would have enjoyed eating breaded rubber bands more. Pasta was ok, very little chicken and flavor; not spicy at all. We skipped dessert because we couldn't wait to get out of there. I hope I just hit them on a bad night, but have no plans to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service
    DolciVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The service was very poor. We had to wait more than15 minutes for our bar order.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Large portion sizes.
    Joseph
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The portion sizes are very large. The food quality does not match up to the average Italian restaurants. This restaurant has forgotten the basis of pasta sauces, focusing on anything other than the typical rich red Italian sauces that most Italian families brought with them when they immigrated into America. I am enjoying the 2nd and 3rd servings that I brought home but had to augment the flavor with my own red Italian sauce to enjoy it completely. We were not too pleased with our Father's Day evening dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    we celebrated high school graduation and the food was amazing, and the service was fast. Waitress had great recommendations, and were accomodating. will definitely return, with a group.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a big group
    Momof3VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Our Girl Scout group are in the Pope room and it was great. Girls love their pastas and especially there sundaes!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Salads
    NoahUVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We tried the antipasto salad for the first time and it was amazing
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food -
    Momof3VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The waiter immediately told us they were short staffed and we would be waiting . Food was good
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday party
    SlowlyServedSally
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Seven of us had dinner here for a birthday party celebration. The place was not very full, plenty of parking all around on the Monday night we attended. We ate in the kitchen so we could watch the food preparation. The food was plentiful and good. We had a pleasant time. The only thing that was disappointing was the service was very slow for simple things like bread, water, drinks which were under the control of the wait staff. The advantage of the snail-like service is we all had plenty of time to talk to each other.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be
    jmemma
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been to about 10 restaurants by the same chain throughout different parts of CA. This is one closest to me and it has been a long time since last visit. I was disappointed by the food quality and taste. The salad dressing was way too salty, the lemonade was too sweet, the lasagna was way over-cooked and soggy and the veal was over-cooked as well. We went to celebrate Mother's Day and sadly was not a great experience. They sat us next to a lady with a baby that kept screaming and screeching every two minutes. Ughhh! Frustrating!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food and Service
    FoodHuman
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I got pizza which was good, loved the bread, though the style is best for groups so you can try multiple things.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a group
    Susana
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    With a range of ages in our group from 8 to 78, this casual yet stylishly decorated place was excellent. Super service which surprised me after reading reviews. It wasn't crowded on Easter so possibly a factor. Ordered a variety of entrees & all said they liked them. My faves were delicious Eggplant Parmagiano (spelling?) & my minty Mojito. One suggestion for the restaurant is to try to freshen up the bad scent of the stairs. At first as I went up the stairs, I worried that the whole place would smell badly but was relieved that just the stairs smelled bad. Granted I am extra sensitive to scents.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gathering spot!
    Mora
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This was our 3rd family get together @ Buca de Beppo. We have a large and loud family and felt very welcomed. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced chain food.
    exoson
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food is generally OK, but I think their sauce is too sweet and generally lacks character. Pricey for the quality. Three adults and two little kids. Two shared entrees, one small shared pasta, a kid's pizza and two glasses of wine (not two each) $130 with tip. I realize there is inflation, but this is too high for the quality. At this price point I'd expect something better than Denny's, but I'd take Denny's over this.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for the atmosphere...
    Rich
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    ...not the food. About 12 of us we're get together to catch up and we made a reservation. The service was great and the Pope Room they put us in was perfect. We had a really great time. The food was plentiful but just not GREAT Italian. I did save the leftovers and have them the next day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    WineAndDine14
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had made a reservation for 4 to celebrate my dad's birthday. But when we got there they seemed to put us in the kids section. It's great that people can bring their kids to dinner, but there was screaming the entire time. We just couldn't carry on a conversation. And our service was pretty poor.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pope room great for birthdays
    Annettemypet
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Our waiter Jacob was the highlight of the evening and checked on us repeatedly. The lazy Susan works perfectly for sharing food, and the memorabilia on the walls is entertaining. The Chianti short ribs were great. dry wine should be used in the Chicken Marsala (ours was way too sweet) And the chicken parmigiana was on the dry side and bland. The kids were thoroughly entertained and happy with the Alfredo.The cannelloni is great. And the birthday dessert could feed a small army. The wine list could be enhanced with more of a variety but adequate for the evening and can't beat the prices for the generosity in quantity of food. It's a great family style restaurant for groups, something for everybody of all ages and palates.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was good, but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Decor was very unique and interesting. Reservation for 4PM on a Sunday certainly was unnecessary. We felt like we were the only diners in the restaurant; all the tables we could see from where we were seated were empty. The waiter was very attentive. We ordered a variety of dishes, what we thought would be a lot of food for 5 people. It was barely enough and we are not big eaters ($100 dollars on entrees). Quality of food was good, but I've certainly had better Italian dishes elsewhere. I had notified staff ahead of time that it was my grandson's birthday, but there was not recognition (no singing, no special dessert) so I don't know if they forgot, or they just don't do that sort of thing at Buca de Beppo. Probably would not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Able to make a reservation for 20!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Not only were they able to accommodate our large party at the last minute, the food was excellent and our server was fantastic! It was for my son's 20th birthday and apparently everyone else had a birthday too. About every 10 minutes there was a birthday song going. It just made the family atmosphere of the restaurant that much better. The food was, as always, amazing. They brought out candles (on a candelabra, no less!) and equipped us with everything we needed for the cake we brought in. No extra charge for serving our own cake. Love this place and will definitely be back for more occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table Wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The only downside was that while we arrived in plenty of time for our 6:30 reservation, we were not seated until after 7.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday lunch for my daughter
    Momof3VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Went here as they usually do a free dessert on your birthday . I had forgot to print the email coupon so they could not honor it ?! Blamed it on corporate strictness on coupons. Whatever Food was good and server was very attentive
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.