Buca di Beppo - Mira Mesa
Buca di Beppo - Mira Mesa

Buca di Beppo - Mira Mesa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bucadibeppo.com/
  • Phone: 8585362822x
  • 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: Antonio Pimentel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, 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: Mira Mesa Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Buca di Beppo - Mira Mesa
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Buca di Beppo - Mira Mesa reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (53)special occasion (40)kid-friendly (33)great for lunch (20)fit for foodies (14)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (12)hot spot (7)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great!
    Perez1279
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We loved the food... the service is usually good , but noticed that our server and other servers would neglect their tables to help celebrate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go on a Friday night
    Foodie23
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    There were a million families and kids everywhere. Very loud, we had to shout to hear each other. The food was good but the service was awful. We asked our server multiple times for bread and he never brought any out. Finally we asked random bussers for bread and after we were well done with our meal and asking multiple people, we finally got some bread.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Frutti di mare was great. I did not like alfredo fettucini it was dry and bland. But everything else is great. Chicken with artichoke yummy. Apple salad great too. Plus the bread. And of course service was awesome. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gotta have it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This place is amazing! I love the atmosphere, the service is outstanding and the prices are reasonable! If you are celebrating anything, this is the place to go as well!! I will be back for sure!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buca di Beppo Birthday
    Littledog
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had a great birthday with my family, mostly from Northern California. We loved the family style dining, food was perfectly cooked, and there was plenty of attention to our table throughout the meal. Glad we made reservations because there was a line out the door on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    KnJFoodGuru
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our first time and great experience overall. Awesome food! A bit compact dining; not ideal for groups or someone claustrophobic. Again, the food was excellent and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Shrimp Scampi
    Jblacklock
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Odd that an Italian restaurant no longer has shrimp scampi. For those who can't eat pasta they do not have options for you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT FOOD!
    SAL1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    And even better service. My husband is 1/2 Sicilian...so he KNOWS good Italian food. The place was a little hard to find, but once we found the place our experience was perfect. We were celebrating both our birthdays (a little late for his, a little early for mine) and everything exceeded our expectations. Our waiter was especially helpful and caring, pointing out the best way to use the discount coupon we had brought. We enjoyed Chicken Parmagiana and a "small" side dish of spaghetti with meat sauce that was big enough to feed 6 people. Took enough leftovers home for a big Sunday dinner! We LOVED our experience :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating
    Michael
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a party of 15, but the seating at the tables where so close together we had to sit others at another table separating them from or party. I fill you should have a little space between each other, it was shoulder to shoulder.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time visit.
    food619
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I were pleasantly surprised at the quality of food. We both have heard positive comments and finally decided to try it for ourselves. It did not disappoint. We will definitely be back again as there was so much more we wanted to try. Until next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great family place for good food
    Zulfiqar
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The atmosphere is lively - two birthday serenades from the staff in the hour and a half just in the section where we sat. The large portions are huge - 10 healthy adults could only finish 1/2 to 2/3 of the four entrees we ordered. Go with a large appetite and a large group, it will be fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    celebrated husbands birthday was great service excelant food outstanding
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Where Italian food goes to die.
    Eatgoodfood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you have no place else to dine sort of place. I was astounded with the lack of quality of the food. As for the prices, they should be great full we dined there at all the first and last time. Service was friendly and cordial, however we were there for the food. All 6 of us were sadly disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nonna
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were seated upstairs and the table was good. It was hard to decide on what to eat. We did get some very good plates and I was happy with the selections. This was for my grandson's birthday and he was stuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lotsa Pasta
    Epicurean
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had 20 people in our party to celebrate grandpa's 94th birthday. As a family style restaurant, we ordered six main courses to split among us and still had leftovers! They do not overdo the garlic, so kids will enjoy most of their selections. I like mine a little more spicy, so I concentrate on the Shrimp Diavlo and the Spicy Chicken; I was quite pleased with both. Loved the photos on the walls, but this is not a quiet omantic spot. This is a great place for parties of 5 or more and you should be prepared to share. The complementary sour dough bread with balsamic vinegar and olive oil was well recieved by everyone. The service was very good and, despite having two large groups, our waiter did a decent job keeping the glasses filled.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B-day celebration.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Made a reservation for our son's b-day celebration. We had a fairly large group. They crammed us into a section that was too small for our group. It made the dining experience quite unpleasant. The food overall was ok. We have been to Buco's before & have been very happy. Unfortunately, this time was not a pleasure. Overall service was sub-par.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table configuration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We made a reservation for a group of 14 for a birthday celebration. We chose Buca di Beppo due to the family style service and ability to handle a large group. Extremely disappointed upon arrival to find that our table was in shape of oblong rectangle (about 20 feet long by 3 foot wide). This made it impossible for everyone to share in the same conversation or for everyone to hear what other family members were saying. When we asked the staff if we could move to the large round table which we passéd on the way in, they said that was the "Pope's table" and you had to specifically reserve that table when you called for a reservation. Unless you KNOW to ask for a round table, you won't get one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was our first visit to a Buca di Beppo and it was very disappointing. The staff were ok but the food was awful. It was barely warm and it came out in only a few minutes, so was obviously not cooked to order. We left a considerable amount of food on our plates and the waitress did not ask if everything was ok, so I told her we didn't enjoy it and she offered us a free dessert! We said no thank you, and the bill was not adjusted to take into account our dissatisfaction. Sorry, but I would not recommend this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice!
    momo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Good experience every time I go, the ambience is cool and the food great, you definitely get your monies worth. Would highly recommend especially for couples!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service could have been better
    JB1378
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was my first trip in a while. The food was still as good as expected, but the service was subpar. Generally unenthusiastic, and not very good with communicating the status of certain food items. Also, did not even bother to offer my wife dessert even though it was her birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable experience
    WildBill
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Had a nice time, great service but food was not as good as it used to be.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Times at Buca di Beppo
    SecondsPlease
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our first visit was a great one! Celebrating a family member’s promotion, a friend recommended Buca di Beppo. The food was good and the service was outstanding. A fun place to have a large group. I am not saying it’s the best Italian restaurant I’ve been to but this place will be on my list to visit again, especially when we have a large group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I love this place. The food is great. Prices are reasonable. Drinks are good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    amazing
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Definitely big enough portions to share, even when ordering the small! Everything was delicious. We had a group of 20, and we were accommodated just fine, and on time. Our waitress was AMAZING, wish I could remember her name. Would consider this location for our next big gathering (rehearsal dinner?) or for a night out with the fiancé. Only bad thing was that the AC wasn't working too well on the 2nd floor, once the food was served it felt even hotter :(
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality and quantity
    sswisner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Family style italian favorites served up at a table IN the kitchen where you can see all of the food prepared. It was a fun treat to go take some girls in town for a basketball tournament with hefty appetites. If you happen to get the ONE table in the kitchen (you can reserve it in advance), the wait staff will bring over other guests' food before it leaves the kitchen so you can see what they look like. It's fun especially if you've never been before, or if you always order the same dishes. The food is very good and consistent. The portions are large (meant for family-style serving). This makes it a bit of a problem if you want to dine for just two. Don't expect anything fancy, but prepare to leave fat and happy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Naz3
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Such a great experience! They first walked us through the kitchen and the staff were extremely nice. Our server stood and talked with us a long time and we shared some laughs. The food was fantastic and even had enough for leftovers. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Our server was overwhelmed with tables and getting our drinks and order in took a long time. Bread was delivered with no butter or plates. My brother did not get his lemonade. Server did not pour the wine. Just dropped it off and left.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good eating!
    Run2eat
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were in town for a half-marathon, and needed to "carb-up" the night before...And feed our group of 5! We saw this Buca de Beppo earlier in the day and remembered the street/location. After spending a day at the beach, we looked it up online and made a reservation. It was very easy! We actually arrived 15 minutes early, but they seated us immediately. The food was delicious, the staff was friendly...and my only minor complaint was that the temperature on the dining room was freezing! (But I find that to be consistent at several locations).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Italian Food
    chauffeurP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had 4 at our table and we ordered excellent mini meatball appetizers and the mozzarella triangles. They were delicious. Then, we ordered 3 entrees between us. The eggplant parm, manicotti and the chicken. It was more than enough and some to bring home.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, 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.
  • good group place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    we had a large group of 12, they put us in an alcove area. interesting decor, overall great food, great fun
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    SweetDUDE
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My Girlfriend and I celebrated our one year anniversary here and it was amazing. First time at the Mira Mesa location. I love the atmosphere and they treat you like family! Hopefully you will get Jennifer as your Server, she is awesome!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I could just get lost looking at the eclectic art on the wall. We always order way too much delicious food - which is fine because we love leftovers (just extends the celebration). The bruschetta is a must! As pescatarians, we'd love to see more vegetarian/fish options but Frutta De Mer is always high on our list so we know there is always something we will love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 459 reviews are from the Buca di Beppo - Mira Mesa reviews archive.
  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great service as always.if you never had bucca di beppo you need to eat there.the prices are great except for drinks but you will get alot of food for your money
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for family dining
    amateurfoodie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The decor of all Buca di Beppo's is eye catching and VERY fun. The food quality and choices make this place a great restaurant to take your entire family too. We have dined here numerous times and love to reserve the table in the kitchen when we have guest in town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buca! Always worth the trip
    Vince
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    What can be said, that hasn't already. Always enjoy eating at Buca. The food is great, the environment is lively. Service is always top notch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The experience is always good! the food is a bit pricy but really good. The music was a little loud it was hard to heard what people were saying at my table
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a great time with family
    Family18
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Thank you so much for the kind service and delicious food,mew all had a great time and can't wait to return again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful time
    Stuffed
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great time our server Darren was excellent! He was very helpful with menu and serving size for our party of sixteen. He was very timely refilling our beverages. And he always had a happy pleasant attitude. Food was very good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive for so so food
    VeganFoodLover
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was just ok, actually not as good as we expected. The side order of string beans was not boiled completely, the pasta dish had pasta boiled too long and so were not crunchy. An the price for each dish was off the roof! Service was just ok too. I would have expected another round if bread but no such luck. Overall, we had good time as a family but money could be better spent elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great times
    Geeglets
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was excellent including next day. Wait person was excellent seemed to be there exactly when we had a question or ready to go to the next phase. She didn't smother us though. No complaints at all.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.