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Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bucadibeppo.com
  • Email: paloalto@bucadibeppo.com
  • Phone: (650) 329-0665
  • 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: Italian, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Eric Keyes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, 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 & Promotions: 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: Hamilton
  • Public Transit: We are very close to the Palo Alto BART station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a 3-level parking garage directly behind us at City Hall. It is free of charge but fills up quickly on weekends.
A word from Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Family style Italian - we love it, the kids love it. Reservations a good idea as it gets busy."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "From the outside, this restaurant looks like a bar; and you enter thru the kitchen! But then you're ushered into the old-world charm of Italy that only first-generation immigrants can recreate. Attentive service, knowledgeable wait-staff. Large portions of Italian-American food from "the old country" Reservations on weekends a must."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our family has been enjoying Buca for many years. Love the food, the service, prices. We always have a great time."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The pasta with white clam sauce had too little garlic. Very bland. The green salad shouldn't be chopped so small as it was difficult yo eat with a fork."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our waitress was nice, but she tried to talk us out of ordering what we wanted. She said that she didn't want us to waste our money by ordering larger portions. Maybe she felt that we couldn't afford to pay for our food. I don't know. Our busboy was great and so we tipped him before we left."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great no frill family style restaurant, if your looking for Italian style, pasta foods this is the place. I always have fun, because its family style and you feel like you are eating at home on the table with the Family. Prices are good, but you have to not mind the noise. Sometimes the tables can get out of control or distracting, but it is always entertaining."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "It was a party of more than 10, so I preordered all food. Servers were friendly and helpful, but the timing was a little bit off... we waited longer than normal between the dishes (appetizer, pizza, pasta and main) Pizza and baked pasta were too dry, but chicken was excellent."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Overall, we enjoyed our dinner with family. The only disappointment was we were seated upstairs and had a hard time flag down our waitress. Waitress wasn't attentive. We were missing utensils and the food ready and it took us a while to flag down waitress to bring our more set."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "First arriving at Buca di Beppo the restaurant looked booring from the outside. My attidude changed when I wet into the restaurant which had lots of pictures on the walls and quite small rooms with cozy atmosphere. The personell were friendly and the food was good. I ordered a pasta bowl for 2 persons but it was to much so I took a doggy bag to eat the rest the day after. proceworthy place."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "All food are delayed, we have to wait for an hour for the first salad, this is not a pleasant experience. Food is okay."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We celebrated our parents 70th wedding anniversary and everything was just great. The service was absolutely wonderful from the time we entered until the time we left!! Dan was most helpful and a great personality. He is an asset to your company. The girls that help him serve were also great-happy and smiling and willing to help. Enjoyed the visit. The only negative thing I could say is the parking was not good on a busy day but the restaurant itself was wonderful. My 90 year old parents loved the food and they are Italian!! So this was a good experience and the first time they had been to your establishment."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We made the reservation days earlier to celebrate my twins birthday and were put in the worst table in the restaurant - way in the back of the bottom floor which is basically a basement. My kids did not care but I did. Would recommend only for large groups with a lot of kids."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The ambiance, food and drinks were great. The staff is rude, slow and unapologetic. Ruins any special occasions you may be there for."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had a great time!! Food was good and the portions were perfect for the 7 people in our party. Our server was very good since he had a lot of tables to cover the night we were there. Will come back in the future."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "What a horrible experience this time. Despite vising a number of times with a good experience - this one was rock bottom. Really bad server - go everything wrong and was highly inattentive. Several items came incorrectly and the re-do time was longer than the initial order to delivery time. To top it off the food had no taste. Skimpy on the wine poor. Unless you are a huge group or don't like good service, think twice before you book here."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The service was great! I had a reservation for 2 for 9:15 but I came around 9:20 and they still homered our reservation. The waitress we had was really nice and professional, she told us all we had to know about the restaurant and gave us helpful meal choices. Overall the food was very good large portions and everything went smooth. We even got to use a coupon for $10 off, it made the night better and my wallet happy. Overall I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Buca di Beppo has Quality Food. We go there every week."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Great family portioned Italian food. Great for taking the family out for dinner. Ambience is lively and a little crowded and hence noisy. My kids and parents love going to Buca and the food never disappoints!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "40 minutes for the appetizers (but only 2 or 3 arrived) Wrong pasta was brought in"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I wanted to come back to this place because I am an Italian food lover. I had good experiences in the past however we will NEVER come back. We were seated in a row of booths and next to us was a large party celebrating an adult birthday. The family was loud and the people kept yelling at each other and talking so loud I couldn't hear my son talking to be across our table. The party's table was long so it didn't help matters when the people were yelling at another person at the other table. I could also hear other large parties in other rooms. I asked the table next to us if they could lower their voices a little. They started to yell at me and told me to sit down. I told the manager and he didn't do anything."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The restaurant was super crowded, so we weren't expecting great service. The food was good, warm and well cooked."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I was so thrilled when I was able to book a party of 11 for 8:15! I put together this dinner to reunite my family. With our busy schedules, it's hard to get all of us in one place! However, once our party of 11 showed up, your staff did a great job to seat us right away after our 30 minute late arrival! Micah was an excellent server & I commend him for his patience with my indecisive family. He had a smile on his face the whole time, & was ever so kind to split the checks between our 5 different family groups. We had an incredible time, ate well (And took home the leftovers!), & enjoyed the company of family! Thank you Buca di Beppo Palo Alto! Can't wait to come back again, hopefully more punctual this time around! ;)"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "1. Margaritas were great. 2. The rest of the experience was horrible. I asked if I could get the sauce on the side so that the person I was with could have the cream-based sauce (I can't eat dairy) and I could eat the chicken, pasta etc. with just olive oil or no sauce. The waiter said that was fine (esp. since he knew I couldn't eat dairy). The food came out as plain pasta (nothing on it) with the chicken etc. in the creamy sauce. I tried to send it back and the waiter didn't understand why I was upset with just plain noodles. 3. I then asked for veal marsala twice and the waiter gave me chicken and wouldn't give me veal. The chicken was blah and I don't know why I couldn't get veal..."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We got seated fast, service was fast too. We got in and out in about one hour, hour and a half."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "food was good. service was sllloooooow.... I never did get any extra napkins that u asked for 3 times and I left a little thirsty cause the water was never refilled after asking several times.... after we ate we waited again for the check. half the party left and we were still waiting. we probably could've walked out and nobody notice. we were a party of 14 were seated closely next to another large party. the chairs between the two families were constantly bumping and having you have to get up to let another person through constantly. lucky the food was good."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "As always, portion size rules at Buca. Reliable quality of pasta. Always ask for extra marinara, as they seem to want to emphasize the pasta and cheese over all. And with good results, so it's box worthy when your done tucking away last bites. The ambience makes you remember Mamma's or Grandma's, if you grew up with the Sopranos or Jersey Boys!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "This is one of our kids' favorite birthday celebration spots. It can be very noisy. We have been here many, many times. The food is always good, the portions are huge. It is a great place to have a "special" night out with kids. Service is always good. We made reservations and our table was waiting when we arrived."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food tasted better years ago. I ordered spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs tasted bland. The marinara sauce was also mediocre. Our waiter was great. It's just not the same."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "1950s Italian stereotype. Not about fresh, local, or any of the values that many Italian restaurants now feature. This is a red sauce Italian place with weird service, high quantity food, and a manufactured ambiance that is a joke."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We waited half an hour just for water to arrive , half the drink order was messed up or missing , appetizer was very slow in coming .Entrees came for all but 2 of our party , they turned up as we where finishing .getting refills on water was impossible , first cup of coffee was cold . Manager came over spoke to us , the table behind us was going through the same thing !"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Always good food, fun atmosphere, a little bit pricey on some items, but the portion sizes are usually huge. The only negative was since this is normally a "family style" restaurant the server missed taking part of our order because he assumed we were sharing, but he made is up to us. But of course the other side of the coin is that since it is a family restaurant there might be screaming children running about."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Took a while to take our order. Then took a while to get our wine, even though we were 10 feet from the bar. The entrees arrived before the salad. Asked them to delete the salad from the order. Ordered a side of Sausage and peppers. 2 sausage arrived on a bed of marinara; no peppers. I asked if they were out of peppers tonight and it took 20 minutes for the sauteed peppers to arrive. By that time we were positioning for everything to be wrapped up to go. It just seems like the service folks have lost the attention to detail that was there the last time I went, over 10 years ago. An example: a parmesan shaker on the table with less than 1/8 of an inch of cheese in it."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We were a group of 10 and were quite noisy. We fit right in. So if you want to come for a meetup with ex-colleagues, a bunch of friends who have lots to catch up on, extended family -- this is the place. If you choose the large food portions -- they aren't kidding. They. Are. Huge. Overall had a fun time in a friendly atmosphere. I'd definitely come back here with big groups again."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "our sever waiter carlos was fantastic the food was very good."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food taste wasn't too impress , pizza had the nail polish after taste . Mention to the sever but nothing reply ."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Food, service, and ambiance were excellent. Huge portions and price was good."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I went to buccas to celebrate,birthday, and it was really fun. The food was great and there was enough for everyone."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "We made reservations for 6 for Christmas night, 2013. They seated us promptly. We ordered and the food arrived in a reasonable time. It was delicious! What a great place for our Christmas dinner!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "It was my very first visit. Our server Daniel was very helpful, friendly. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "good old family home style dining from large portions. love the linguini de mare - mussels, clams, octopus and calamari with lots of seafood for each fork full of linguini. one of my favorites - the mussels were perfect..."
    Dined on 12/27/2013