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Buca di Beppo - Santa Monica
Buca di Beppo - Santa Monica

Buca di Beppo - Santa Monica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bucadibeppo.com
  • Email: santamonica@bucadibeppo.com
  • Phone: (310) 587-2782
  • 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: Jean Michno
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, 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: Broadway & Santa Monica
  • Public Transit: Blue Bus - Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Across the street from the restaurant is parking structure #6.
A word from Buca di Beppo - Santa Monica
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
  • "Lunch or dinner, busy or slow, the food and service is always fantastic."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "it all starts with the people . your staff was the best I have been around in a long time!! sara is great what a treat to be served by somebody who left their attitude at home the food was delicious the waiting time was acceptable as I said it was something I will look forward to in the future"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything was great. Our waiter was fun and attentive. Lots of food. Super tasty. Will go back!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Our party of five included 2 first timers to the restaurant, and the first time for all of us at the Santa Monica location. We met for a birthday celebration and everyone had a great time. Great food, great company and high energy. Our entrees were initially served cold and without hesitation upon request, new, piping hot entrees were prepared and served. The food was delicious and we all agreed we would definitely return."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We are not chain restaurant goers. Small regional chains like WoodRanch, yes! National chains like Olive Garden, no! So our fondness for Buca di Beppo is surprising. Especially when one is married to an Italian who loves to cook. We don't go often because the nearest one to our home city is 150 miles. The antipasto salad is always the perfect starter along with garlic bread. I had never been fond of Chicken Parmigiana, but it has now become a favorite at Buca. The Penne alla Vodka was a negotiated choice among 5 of us with differing tastes, but there was not a speck left a the end of the evening. The waiter's suggestion of an Argentinian Malbec was perfect. One of the best reds under $40 we have ever had."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The waitress was polite but we did not like that stead of she taking the initiative offering stuffs, we were the one asking for simple stuffs like olive oil, bread or water."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We had to change places on short notice for our wedding dinner. The folks here were amazing and so accomodating. The food was great, the service outstanding, and it was so smooth. The noise was a little loud and we could not do our toast, but the rest of the evening was outstanding. I would totally recommend them."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I loved Bucca. I've always heard awesome reviews but never got a chance to go until a few days ago. Everything was amazing, from the food, to the waiters who waited on our group hand and foot with smiles on their faces and even the vibe. Overall, we had a awesome time and my family/friends and I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "When we arrived, we were asked if we wanted to sit at the VIP Kitchen Table. We were promptly greeted by serving staff, and had the pleasure of watching some of our food being cooked. The food was tasty and cooked to perfection. Delicious. A great experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Everything we had was very good and the service was attentive and friendly. Got in right away even though we were a little early. The cheese bread and Caesar salad were great starters. One of each for three, there is plenty of food to share. Believe them when they tell you that. We only ordered two entrees also and we still took some home. The baked ziti and Lasagna were both very good."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Although the service was ok- the pizza made up for it. Really our favorite casual pizza place of all time- always great!! I think because we sat in the bar the service wasn't quite as good as the server was also the bartender."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This was my wife's and I first time actually attending this restaurant. Let's make this short... At first our waiter was very attentive with us. He took our drink order and brought out our appetizer very quickly. That soon changed after a party of around 9 guest showed up. He completely forgot about us, literally. After we called him over to order our food, he apologized and said he was truly sorry. Fine, I understand things can get crazy with a big party. Sadly it happened again. We ordered a pasta dish and a side dish. Took more than 35min to get our food . didn't even get my cup of soup Seems like he was more interested in the big party knowing the reward was going to be greater. Totally killed the night."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went to the Santa Monica Bucca di Beppo for valentines day and I was very pleased. The waiter was very friendly and was always checking If we needed anything. Good was brought out in a timely manner and it was delicious! I wish I had room for desert! I will definitely come back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My fiancee booked this particular Buca for her friend's Bridal shower and only had good things to say..here is a tidbit: The wait staff was extremely accommodating, although we were a large group we asked if we could squish into the Pope room which they allowed! This gave us extra privacy for our party and allowed us to all look at and speak with each other. Benny, our waiter that night was extremely high spirited, fun and on task! We could not ask for a more efficient server! Above all I would say that HE made the night. Sure, Buca tends to be one of your run of the mill, neighborhood italian go-to spots but if you want to have a no stress, low cost, private party...this is the way to go!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Brought my daughter and her friends here for her 15th birthday party celebration. The girls had a GREAT time. We were given a quick tour of the kitchen and our waiter (Jason) was wonderful! Food is good, not "foodie" status, but"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My son got the chicken parmigiana. I got the eggplant parmigiana. Both were very good ans tasty. Service was very good. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed our visit. Would definitely go back! Everything very tasty and filling. We had the chicken limon and chicken parmigiana."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "I went with my whole family for a birthday celebration and it was perfect. Plenty of room for a large group, the service was great and the food was delicious. By the way the mozzarella garlic bread was delicious, filled myself up before the food even got there. I also had the Italian Margarita and not only did it taste good but it was nice and strong."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Came in and everyone was welcoming.. I liked all the theme tables or areas they had. Im not sure if they do that at all locations, but I thought it was cool. Server was polite, gave my daughter some crayons and kept her busy... Food was good, service was good. What more to ask for... love the atmorsphere of the place... very welcoming and fun... would love to come back..."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal at Buca. Evan is an outstanding server. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "It's not my first time to this restaurant and unfortunately on this occasion they took too many customers in and could not cope. We waited 60 mins for one bowl of pasta, delicious as it was. My main complaint was the time they took to bring our kids food. I believe they should prioritize the little ones as once they start complaining it all goes downhill from there. Anyway, I will be back with the hope it was a one off. Food has historically been great - watch out for capacity and don't be too greedy!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I usually enjoy a visit to Buca di Beppo, but would not recommend hitting it late on Christmas Day. We'd been traveling all day, and were happy anyplace was open, but by evening, they were running short on food. We were not even able to get a salad because they were out of lettuce! It took over an hour to get our meals, during which time we were not even offered a basket of bread--we finally asked for some, as we were starving by then. The server did his best, but it was an experience I'd never want to repeat. The food was not very good, either, and I usually enjoy their food."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Arrived for a 5:45 reservation on Christmas Day and were told they were running behind and would seat us when they could. Lobby was so crowded there wasn't even room for my family to stand. After waiting 45 minutes past our reservation time (with no update given to us) we asked the hostess again and were told there were still 12 parties ahead of us! People with 4:30 reservations still had not been seated. Realizing we had no hope of being served within the next hour we left hungry and frazzled from the chaos. Wish the hostess had been honest with us about the back up and we would would have left immediately to find dinner elsewhere. In their defense they said the back up was caused by parties staying at their tables hours after finishing."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I forgot how wonderful this restaurant can be. It's been 5 years since we last ate here and I will not wait that long to go back. The staff was relaxed, friendly and helpful. The food was delicious, fresh and cooked to perfection. The pasta was just perfect - al dente and the chicken was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Even with a line out the door, they let us eat at our own pace. We never felt rushed or ignored. An awesome experience from beginning to end!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "GOOD FOOD, SERVICE ON CHRISTMAS. FRIENDLY SERVICE AND PATRONS. WE WERE WELL RECEIVED WITH OUR RESERVATION AND THE SERVICE WAS PROMPT AND PLEASANT. A WONDERFUL TIME FOR ALL"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Huge food portion and perfect for a group outing. The restaurant was not very busy during the weekday lunch time, so the family ambience is lacking."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "It was pretty busy with lots of Christmas groups so the service for the individual tables was VERY slow. It took an hour before we has our meal and I had to ask where my drink was. The food itself was fabulous, much better than the last time I was there."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "This Buca di Beppo location is without a doubt my favorite among all the SoCal locations! I've been here on numerous occasions, for a variety of celebrations, from birthdays to Mother's Day. Every visit is better than the last. The food and ambiance is exceptional, and the staff make the visit even more enjoyable! I will keep visiting for years to come!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "being unfamiliar with the area and not knowing where to park"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The wait for the food was too long. Parking outside is only one hour (if you don't want to park in the parking structure and walk) and we felt rushed. As time goes by (we have visited Buca often over the years), the chicken breasts are getting pathetically small. The Chicken Limon is one of our favorite dishes, but it's a joke on how large the plate is, yet how small the portion(s) are!! Will reconsider coming back for a while. Service was VERY good, however......the long wait took the experience down a notch in the ratings across-the-board."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Delicious turkey dinner for Thanksgiving!! Glad we had reservations."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Went for Thanksgiving dinner, we were not disappointed. Good food and great service."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We waited almost an hour to be served and had to rush through the meal since we had another engagement nearby. The waiter took our order for drinks and meals and basically disappeared. Patrons that came after us were served fairly quickly. Several times we have to ask other staff for water, bread and our waiter's whereabouts. The other waiters finally took notice and send ours back twice after a half an hour absence. Although, polite he was clueless and asked twice again if we were ready to order... and twice we had to remind him about our order."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Hated the fact that I had to fight my way out of the table because the bus boys literally attacked the table as we tried to leave. The swooped in like vultures without a care as to who was still at the table. I still had my drink in my had and seated as they were grabbing everything in site. Got up to leave and pushed my way out because they were too focused to even notice I was making my way out. Def. not going back"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Probably because was on Thanksgiving, and they were short of personnel, the service was bad. 1. We had to ask for napkins (they didn't bring them). 2. They brought napkins but not silver ware, we had to ask for that, too. 3. They brought the food, but NEVER brought the plates, we had to eat the entire meal on the bread plates. We asked for them, but the plates never came. The food was good, but the service wasn't. This is the kind of restaurant that you go only one time."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Considering that they import their cheese from Italy- Buca is just such a great deal w/o any LA pretense. Everyone from your baby to your grandparents are welcome, & you don't have to worry that your going to still be hungry after you're done w/your meal!!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Had to wait some time for the food, but that was b/c of a large group. Everything else ok."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "We had a great dinner, food was fabulous. Also the service."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Festive, noisy atmosphere. The pizza was great, the salad was good, but the chicken alfredo was tasteless. Our group of 6 didn't like it at all."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Really enjoyed my first visit to Buca would definately go again. Service was excellent, staff very friendly and prices were reasonable. Not to mention the food was very good."
    Dined on 9/1/2013