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
90 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (67)kid-friendly (50)special occasion (49)great for lunch (25)fit for foodies (16)romantic (10)neighborhood gem (9)great for brunch (8)hot spot (4)late-night find (4)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    Jacki
    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
    DiningJunkie
    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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    diningexplorer
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The restaurant is extremely noisy unless you sit in the bar away from all the large parties. It (the bar) is quiet and very pleasant. The food is actually too much for just two people, even the small portions. Great for very young active adults and football players! I don't think I will go again unless I am going to attend a large party.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • will never go back!!
    trixy400
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Celebrated a birthday for my family memembet and had the worst experience! The waiter wad extremely rude. We had the worst service ever from him.I asked him at least 3 times for service in bringing different items and not once did he do It. In the end I had to Flagg down a busyboy and he was kind enough to bring us the things we needed. Finally when the waiter showed up he brought 6 heavy small plated and just dumped them into my hand. At this point he was upset because I told him he was late in everyrhing. He had a bad attitude thereafter and caused our celebeation to b an ackward situation. I was so embarrassed at this point! I will never take my family back or anyone ele for that matter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smells and has fruit flies
    Night
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    When we were seated we smelled a stench. We think it was coming from the restroom. We asked to be moved and they set us at the table in the kitchen, which was fine. The food tasted ok, but I had to fish several fruit flies out of my wine. We were asked if we wanted to sign up for their club, we said no, they then gave us the forms anyway, we said no thanks, they then came back with extra pens and went over all the benefits again, we said no thanks yet again, then when we finished dinner they again said if we filled out the form we'd get something next time. Overall I'd rather have stayed home
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kids loved the pizza!
    Isabella88
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My two boys are very picky with food. And the pizza was so yummy to them. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good deal for families...
    CapNJack
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great server. They also encourage coupon use here and the environment worked well for our 1 1/2 year old son.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loud but great service
    Ycookpaysome1else2doit
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    As loud as it gets, the service was great...very attentive given how packed and loud it was. My Saturday night 6:30pm OpenTable reservation was accommodated with NO WAIT even after seeing a couple ahead of me get informed they would wait 30min for a table. Food is good and decently priced. Expect loads of cheese and lots of carbs (via sugary beverages and pastas/breads) given in huge portions.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Good Experience
    jennwyz
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This particular visit to Buca di Beppo was my third time dining at the restaurant. Although the menu has a nice variety of items, I have had the same selections every time and they have never disappointed. I made a reservation and asked to be placed away from any large groups that might be there that night. This request was accommodated and I was very grateful for that. We had a great meal with great friends while celebrating a birthday. I look forward to my next visit to Buca!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Slow, unattentive service. Not enough floor staff to cover Friday night dinner shift. Food was really good though!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food and atmosphere
    BeeZee
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Generally the food is good, but not excellent. The pizza crust was not crispy enough for my taste and the pasta lightly over done. I like the nice colorful and family friendly atmosphere and the menu is certainly complete. Expect a long wait if you don't have reservations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad seating
    Leya
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The service and the foods were good. The only thing I don't like was they seat us in one of the high table in front of the bar. I usually don't mind but we have two little ones. People hang out at the bar. It was crowed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to go and celebrate
    Pablo
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Whenever you have something to celebrate with a group of people, such as graduation, birthday, etc., I highly recommend this place. The waiters sing for you, if you let them know what you are celebrating for, the quality, quantity, and the price of the food just fit appropriately for these kind of occasions. The spirit of "Italianness" is present, which means that the environment is very energetic. And because of this kind of environment, it naturally makes your celebration more special. However, I don't think it is a romantic place where you come to find serenity and solely focus to the person whom your dating.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic