Buca di Beppo - San Diego
Buca di Beppo - San Diego

Buca di Beppo - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bucadibeppo.com/
  • Phone: 6192337272x
  • 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: Domingo Ramos
  • 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: G Street
  • Public Transit: San Diego Trolley - Orange Line or Red Line - Gaslamp Quarter stop.

    San Diego Metro transit - bus stop at Market & 6th.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet service Friday and Saturday- $20.00 ($15 with validation)

    Paid street, metered parking. Street parking is free after 6pm.

    Public parking at Horton Plaza: free before 9pm with validation.

    Paid public parking (Park It on Market, located on Market & 6th Street)
A word from Buca di Beppo - San Diego
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 - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since April 1 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (47)special occasion (35)kid-friendly (27)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (12)great for lunch (10)hot spot (10)great for brunch (7)late-night find (7)notable wine list (7)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Family-style fun
    CranberriesVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    There is no warmer welcome at any restaurant anywhere than at Buca di Beppo, where all guests are treated like honored friends. The more people in your group, the more fun you will have as the "family-sized" portions are ideal for table-wide sharing. A highlight is the salads, which are all superb. And what a great wait staff!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    deliciousVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My wife and eye walked pass this restaurant a dozen times and the smell was great every time. When we finally went we were greatly disappointed. The lasagna was no better than frozen lasagna and the service was terrible. They were just dumping the food on the table. Anyway if you like mediocre Italian food then this place is for you !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice familystyle Italian restaurant
    RSBDiner
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    In the mood for good food and lots of it. This is the place. Not gourmet, just good family style dining. Lots of cool old Italian based pictures and stuff on the walls. Outstanding service. Brennan was perfect in all aspects as our waiter.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    loveamethyst
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Very delicious food. Big portions but if you just have 2 people it takes away from choosing your own meal item. So it's better to go with more people so you can try more items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad News
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Dined on 07/12/2014. Special request was like a foreign language to staff. Offered a free desert for our 43rd aniversary then charged for it on bill. Food was unmemorable and the experience is best forgotten. If you go I hope you have better luck than we did.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love me some Buca!
    Jennifercsuf
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I seek out Buca on vacation! The food is consistent and delicious! The portions are family style, so choose wisely or you will have leftovers for a week.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time
    Dizzle3420
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Love coming here with family. Everyone is very kind and the food is amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night
    peanutspread
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was our second visit to their San Diego restaurant & we totally enjoyed our time there. There was just a little problem. We visit early when there are very little people-4 PM. They sit people right next to each other & the group that sat next to us were mid teens with all of their 'cellphone drama'. They talked rather loud, without regard to others & no one told them any difference. This was the only downer to our visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service
    bgomes
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I made a request for a birthday song or something and it was not fulfilled. I go there several times and I was very disappointed by the fact that my request was ignored. This made me feel as though I shouldn't eat there anymore.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jesus Blessed Buca di Beppos
    willdefinetlyeathereagain
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This place was so amazing the food portions are huge, im not one of those bearly eats kinda people the food is served family style so one bowl and everyone gets some on their plate i had the diablo shrimp pasta and the fettuccini and the margherita pizza jesus their fresh basil is the icing on the cakewi
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time had by all
    Momof5
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Two large families joined together for Father's Day dinner had a great time. Even with 6 teenagers at the table there was plenty of food and even had enough to take home and have a whole meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding meal & service!!!
    chuckl
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife & I have been coming to this particular Buca di Beppo site for over 10 years and we have always had great meals & even better service. This time was special because we had the "Kitchen" table for my birthday & a friend's birhtday dinner and it was the first time we had ever sat there. I had misgivings about the table because I thought it would be too loud and too distracting. I was pleasantly surprised about the atmosphere (OUTSTANDING) and the friendliness of ALL of your employees & the customers. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening & I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND the "Kitchen" table to anyone. A great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazzie
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Food was great! Plates come in big portions so two plates is enough for two.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    Julesocr
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were expecting a fancy five star Italian restaurant but it turned out to be even better. The decor is definitely different, gave a very vibrant feel to the place like there was 3 or 4 restaurants put together because each dining room has it's own touch. Food is great although a bit pricy but definitely worth it during a special occasion. Great customer service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's the point of a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I made a reservation for 12 and they made me set it for 6:15pm. Our whole party was there by 6:17 and we didn't get sat till 6:55pm. I walked through the restaurant and there were plenty of empty tables for large parties. I just don't see the point of setting a reservation if we all have to wait nearly 45 mins to be sat
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Invisible
    Mistreated
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Upon being seated, my party of four became invisible. Within 20 feet, four servers were present and not doing anything noticeable for over 10 minutes. I finally had to go to the greeters podium to ask for a server. The price of pasta entrees was outrageous. Due to the significance of the meal and having a veteran with his wife present, we proceeded with our meal. Upon receiving a server, we were instantly directed to an upscale for beer or wine. We were given plates for bread. When The entrees arrived, we only had the bread plates and the person who brought the food swiftly left and again no staff returned for sometime. We finally had to go and get someone to get us dinner plates. The food was average and highly overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    nice
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    my son chose it for his Bday and loved it.we will recommend it to our friends
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No good
    Gordis
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I didnt like the service. Wrong plates-wrong size- bill was more then we expect
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Mother's Day dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My children's took me here for Mother's Day and we had a good old fashion Italian dinner. The food was delicious and our waitress was very attentive to our requests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day lunch with 19 people
    Cd1785
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We recently had our Mother's Day lunch at this location. Among others, we had in our group: 5 mothers, 4 toddlers and 3 preteens. Our server was an angel to put up with that madness. Never been to a Buca's before, we did not know that they served family style, so I asked the server how many entrées we should have for a party of the size. He was right on with his suggestion. We would have ate everything, if we would not have ordered more and had to take it home! The food was amazing. You must try the salmon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mother's day
    Dfam
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My family and I came to this restaurant to celebrate my first Mother's day. The staff was very friendly and my 1 yr old loved looking at all the pictures on the wall. Buca di Beppo is very family & kid friendly. The food is very good and the portions are so large that sharing is mandatory. My husband and I shared the trio appetizer and the baked ziti. We didn't have any room for dessert and even went home with leftovers. Our evening would have been perfect if our waiter was more attentive but overall it was a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    we had 3 small grandchildren with us for dinner and it was just what they needed. they could enjoy talking with out being told to be quite and they had the perfect amount of food to share between the 3 of them by sharing 2 kid meals. we liked the new menus and light up cup for the kids!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for family time, but...
    Tuski03
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Not my kind of place. The carbonara had no flavor, the salt shaker saved it a little. Were not please with the style - the bulk servings, army style, are not enticing. Not cozy or inviting. Good for large groups with no great expectations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Great employees and good food. This restaurant is my new favorite spot. Love the food love the pictures and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and service
    seanc623VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food and service are always good here. That's what keeps us coming back for more!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Kat was fantastic! Great experience. This was a group outing and this restaurant is well-designed for groups.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Tradition
    IlovePizza
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This is my third time in two years as part of my anniversary tradition. We dined here for wedding night, first year anniversary, and now are second year anniversary; each time has been amazing. Our waitress was kind, and came to make sure we were fine. The food was delicious and tasteful. I hope that Bucca does not change as this place is a gem. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience for large groups!
    Eric
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We love Buca di Beppo and have been there several times, but don't think of it as a place for a quiet meal. We went on Easter and the food was great, but there was a lot of 'other' activity... photographers taking everyone's picture, etc.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great experience
    SDCouple
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Had a wonderful Easter lunch with the whole family, ranging from age 3 to 69! Our server was excellent! I would suggest that multiple parties with kids should not be seated in the room next to the bar, as the sounds level in that tiny space was extremely high with our one young child and the 4 kids in the party sharing the room with us. Also, the hosts at the entrance were not very friendly, taking the job of seating people more important than greeting guests in a friendly, inviting manner.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Sammy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Awesome food. Service and atmosphere. Thank you; We will defiantly come back and bring friends!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Reunion Dinner in San Diego 201
    cgfese
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Chose this location for an affordable girlfriend reunion dinner in San Diego April 2014. We wanted to have a great environment with good food and wine to share and be allowed time to talk and laugh. We were most happy to find and enjoy healthy choices of entries on the menu. The Chicken Limone and the Chicken Parm were outstanding. Highly recommend this local gem on 6th in downtown.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    Greatservice
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The resturant it's self was great, but our waiter didn't do very well. The food was great also, will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous experience
    Bobo
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I really enjoyed the great food and happy atmosphere in Buca di Beppo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 1 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 312 reviews are from the Buca di Beppo - San Diego reviews archive.
  • A bit disappointed that prices
    dianer21
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    A bit disappointed that prices have gone up more than expected.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    DaniB619
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    So we came here on a Saturday night with a large group of family. The food was delicious, as always. We ordered the apple & gorgonzola salad, spaghetti & meatballs, eggplant parmagiana and the quattro al forno. Everything was very good, considering that this is a chain restaurant. The only issue was the service regarding our drink orders. It took FOREVER to get our drinks every time we needed more, and one of our party was brought the wrong drink, only to have to wait FOREVER yet again for the drink that he actually ordered. Other than that, the service was pretty good and also friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Family Dining
    lookingforfood
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I'm not big on the "let's all share" kind of dining, but Buca does it very well. The portions are huge, prices low, taste good, service very good. We had 9 of us for dinner. The most difficult part of the evening was deciding what to get. Once we all found some common ground the meal was fantastic. All the food was great. We had fun. The service was great. Take some time to notice all of the funky wall coverings. I told my wife we should adopt some of the dining atmosphere at home - Christmas lights hanging on the wall and a bowling pin on a mantle attached to the wall. Priceless.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family night out
    cheysmom
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is was a special occasion because I was having dinner for the first time with my daughter's, new boyfriend and my niece from Ohio who has never been to a Buca di Beppo. My daughter's boyfriend was excited to dine here because it was his first time as well. The food was delicious, fresh and satisfying!. The mozzarella-caprese appetizer was superb! We had the 4 for $40 meal offer and highly recommend it because you get a well rounded meal for a great price. Our server was not very engaging, seemed to be in a hurry and only starting to become friendly towards the end of the meal when it was time to pay the bill. Needless to say, his tip reflected his service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal and service!
    Dean
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had reservations for 5:45 and were seated right away. Very good service and great recommendations from our waitress. We went with her recommendations and were very satisfied with our meal. We splurged and ordered the Colossal Brownie Sunday which was great. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    everything was delicious, excellent service and the waiter too
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Karen
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Came here for my birthday dinner, my party of 12 had great service. Great food overall! Only thing I may criticize is the fettuccine alfredo with chicken, not enough sauce so it seemed a little dry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.