Buca di Beppo - Pasadena
Buca di Beppo - Pasadena

Buca di Beppo - Pasadena

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bucadibeppo.com/
  • Phone: 6267927272x
  • 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: Ricardo Munoz
  • 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: Delacey
  • Public Transit: Public transit bus at Colorado Blvd stop. Metro transit at Del Mar Station stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet service is available after 5pm. Free parking is also available in public structure on Delacey between Green and Colorado.
A word from Buca di Beppo - Pasadena
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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Buca di Beppo - Pasadena reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (67)kid-friendly (49)special occasion (46)great for lunch (26)fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (13)romantic (12)hot spot (7)great for brunch (5)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Amazing
    BtotheT
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I will be going back soon, and I will definitely be using opentable for my reservations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buca di beppo
    Buca
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great service, great food, manager was awesome and was able to accommodate my vouchers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinewithgrandkids
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I took our family along with the grandchildren for a nice dinner, we wanted everyone to be all be together and enjoy a nice meal. I was looking for a place that was kid-friendly. Everyone at our table had a great time and enjoyed the food and what made it so nice is that everyone was friendly and service was wonderful. We won't hesitate to choose this restaurant for our next family birthday. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for groups
    Rcm11
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food was delicious. Service was good given the larger party.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding service and food.
    Luv2chow
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    They always pay close attention to detail when it comes to service. The food is always superb.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Birthday Celebration
    Tina
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Especially if you have small children. Lots of good food & LOTS of NOISE!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • big portions.... they don't lie
    LUCYBELLZOEVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    When they say feeds 4 , they are not kidding. We enjoyed the food and service was GREAT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly solicitious management
    Pickymomma
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Everythig looks reallly good and the portions are more hugh, but the flavour just isn't as good as we expected. The lasagna arrived and looked great. The plate was hot but the food was barely warm. Obviously not just out of the oven. And don't order the marsala dishes unless you like your food really sweet. the decor is fun and it is great for a large group where you can share a variety of dishes and get a taste of many things.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • details are important
    letseat
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food was good. Details are important. Everyone around us was given a basket of bread, except our party.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Dining Experience
    Chairwalker
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had a fun dinner with my party of 16 in the Popes Room (Bust of Pope in center of table obstructs your view and ability to talk with people on the opposite side of the table). The wait staff was excellent and very patient with our group of gaggling women. We ordered from the special coupon offer and had a lovely dinner at a nicely reduced price. The overall atmosphere of the restaurant is very noisy. Not suitable for a quiet get together or intimate dining. But, if you're looking for a fun atmosphere, this is the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Natalies gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have been going to Buca's for quite a few years. It was a Birthday,NewYears,and just because restaurant. The service, food and service always great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Fun
    Table42
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Buca is great for big groups. We've recently re-discovered this great restaurant and were happy to see that they have smaller portions better suited to two diners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buca di Beppo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had reservations at 7pm. They didn't have a table for us until 7:30pm. It was also very loud because they put 3 large parties in one small room. It was also hot in there. Other than those few things, the food was delicious and the table service was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loud
    pja666
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    crying babies within reason. screaming babies made experience dreadful. small side room was my party and 2 large parties with small kids, why were we put there and not another quieter room? I wasn't expecting a library, but don't put people without babies with large parties with them.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great, fun dining experience
    cin4food
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We went to Buca di Beppo to celebrate two birthdays, my son and grandson. We were a party of 19 (9 were children) and had a great time, good food (best baked Ziti ever) and exceptional service! We definitely will return. We are planning another gathering (no children) to enjoy some wine, great food in October for my birthday. Buca is definitely a great restaurant for a nice romantic date or for a large family like ours. The portions are big (we had enough for lunch the next day for everyone), reasonable prices and great service. Located in Old Town Pasadena which made it a great place to walk after and sightsee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rip off
    Jofisher
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We spent more money on suvenier cups then we did on our meal. We didn't know we were going to be charged extra for cups that no one wanted. We we told that with this size the next drink was 50% off. It probably because they make it up charging you so much for cups!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small party unattended
    DMSYMC
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    When eating in with a small party of 4, server tends to forget that we were present especially when there's a party of 20+ next to your table. Server to pays more attention to big parties due to the tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    ItalianAngelino
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been here once before and it was with a large group. I remember enjoying the experience. This was also a very nice night. The spaghetti we ordered (me and my significant other) couldn't even finish a small dish including a salad. We were approached by a photographer and received some really decent photos. We sat on the patio and it was a nice little vibe with a slight breeze.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review
    Birthday6
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We enjoyed our early dinner. Food was delicious and plentiful. Our waiter Nathan was really responsive and service oriented. Definitely recommend Pasadena site!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disorganized
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service was slow and we had 3 different servers asking us if we have been helped yet? My son wanted a rootbeer and my wife and I ordered are drinks as well. 10 or 15 go by and nothing. Then a new server asks us what did ee order,I then told her and she tells us no rootbeer. Anyway I could go on and on. Also didnt like being hussled with buying photos . I had a girl come up to asking me to stand and walk around the table to pose for a picture. Totally disrupted our dinner
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Serving food or pictures?
    Dinenlove
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We love the food at Buca Di Beppo, but taking a group picture and selling it back to customer is very unattractive. It's one thing to create an experiance for a customers and another to make extra money by taking pictures and selling it to the customer. I'd beg you to stop that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Location is easy to access/notice. Plenty of food and good ambiance for a big group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is it my imagination or...
    Livia
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Has the food at Buca become a bit pedestrian? Has the chain become lazy or is the chef asleep? When I order baked ziti, I expect baked, not pasta tossed in sauce with mounds of cheese on top in a bowl. Where was the crusty cheese breadcrumb top? The rich flavor that baking pasta in the sauce gives? I could have made this dish myself at home in twenty minutes with a bag of ziti, a bag of 4cheese shreds, a tub of ricotta and a jar of Ragu. Additionally, the Caesar salad was limp and overdressed and the garlic bread was overdone and 'baked' to crouton hardness nearly all the way through. Buca usually does much better than this lackluster meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First timer..
    FoodLover
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Took my boyfriend for his birthday, first time for both of us, and we had a wonderful time. Our server was kind of enough to explain the portion sizes and specials that were available. Great food friendly atmosphere kid friendly and definitely large group friendly. Loved it so much we are bringing my Sister back here next month for her birthday.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good and the bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    the food was absolutely to die for but the service really neeeded some help.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like the food, not the service
    MCMC
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We eat here about once every 1-2 months. My family enjoys the food. This time the restaurant was very noisy with several large birthday groups. Our server was slow, and rarely came to check on us. I don't know if she was assigned too many tables, or if she is inexperienced (we have never seen her before).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very warm inside
    patromo
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a party of 20 and it was very warm in the area we were seated in. It seemed to be very busy day with many big parties like mine. The service was pretty good even though we had long waits at times for our waiter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Celebrated my birthday with the family. Service was great. The server did not rush us and we had a very relaxed enjoyable dinner. The food is good and this is a great place if you have kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good service. Great Food.
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We reserved a table for two people a week ahead. When we got there, the server offered us to sit at a six-people table while the tables for two people are empty. He said those are reserved tables. After a while, I saw a family of 6 people sitting crowded on the small table for 2-4 people. What a funny scene.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    HappyfianceeHappyMe
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I brought my fiancee in to celebrate her birthday and she loved it! She loves Italian food and we got to say the food was delicious. The place really clean and quiet (we came in for lunch) and everyone really friendly. We even got a complimentary photo which was a plus! We will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great eats
    ggallin78
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love coming here always great food and service. The location in pasadena is our favorite, my wife and i love it here. We usually share a small but sometimes we get our own smalls just to be able to share them between us. I crave that garlic bread all the time its so good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    JackiVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The baked stuffed shells were at their best. Simple meal for us shells, garlic bread, caesar salad -- always perfect and getting better somehow (a bit more spice perhaps?). All staff were delightful -- Freddy esp. Thank you Buca!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aug. 4, 2014
    Ronees18thbirthdaybash
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great place for group gatherings. Good food and plenty of it. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the Buca we came to enjoy
    DiningJunkieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    years ago, Buca was known for their fun atmosphere, good food, huge portions, and service. You felt like you were in an Italian restaurant in someone's home; with mom cooking and the relatives serving up food and good times. The food is still decent, the portions are large family style, but the ambiance resembles an IHOP or Denny's, and it has lost all of it's charm. As with so many huge chains that have grown, they have lost that personal touch and uniqueness that made them a success in the first place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointment
    globalexplorer
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My Italian family has patronized Buca di Beppo in Pasadena a few times over the past 10 years including for our parents' 40th anniversary. Although we had a good time and the service was very good, the food was a bit disappointing. The meatballs on the spaghetti were dry. The sauce was okay, but not great on the parmesan chicken. The green salad lacked flavor. It was as though the dishes we ordered were prepared to look good like in the photos in the menu, and they did. However, the preparation struck me as uninspired. I felt as though the kitchen staff had a limited idea of what Italian food was supposed to taste like, so they prepared it to look good. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pretty satisfied
    asiandude1
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I signed up for the email coupon for a free pasta. We ordered the zeti, it was pretty delicious for a cheese fanatic, haha. It is pretty loud, but very family friendly. We also ordered the peach mararita , it was very delicious!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good overall
    SteveGlow
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our family went to Buca in Pasadena just to have a night out. We had made reservations online so when we arrived we were seated immediately. The staff was courteous and helpful. Everything on the menu is a la carte, so it seemed a bit pricey overall. But the food tasted fresh and delicious (for example, the salmon was really good), and our servers did a great job. The one thing we could have done without was the photographer taking our photos "for no charge". We got a little photo of ourselves at the table for free, but the best photos required purchase, which we declined. All in all, it was an enjoyable dining experience and I would recommend Buca di Beppo to others as a place for great Italian food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC
    BrickCity18
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our first time and everything was wonderful. The food that we ordered was more than we thought we would have. It was excellent. Also you give great comps for online sign up and will always come back. The Pasta dishes are outstanding and you get a lot of food for a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    ComanchepilotVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Obviously a chain, and an expensive one, but we were seated timely. Served timely. With food that surpassed my expectations even given the price. They do try to wrestle every dime from you with their silly photos and press on the desserts . . . But overall I was happy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good location for a late lunch!
    Italianfoodie
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    It was so easy to go on line and make a reservation. We have limited time to eat because we were going to a movie. The service was good and the meal was delicious. We have had birthday parties their before and it was fun sharing their large portions. The waiters and managers are walking around making sure that we are satisfied and our glasses are not empty!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.