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

Buca di Beppo - Santa Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bucadibeppo.com/
  • Phone: 3105872782x
  • 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: 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Buca di Beppo - Santa Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (29)kid-friendly (23)special occasion (20)great for lunch (16)fit for foodies (11)romantic (6)neighborhood gem (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • plenty of food and tasted great!
    birthdayboyVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Excellent food. It was hard to find our waiter at times but overall very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always great
    Robert
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    No matter how long it's been since my last visit to this place or the location, the food is always consistent with what my taste buds remember, kudos to the people running it, in today's world it's hard to find places that keep up with what made them successful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Tradition
    latreceh
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Buca has become our tradition to celebrate my now 11 year old son's birthday. He LOVES the big birthday song and being embarrassed. This time we had a party of 20 and they seated us quickly and service was amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Waitress - made the day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Yvette started the lunch off just right. Good menu suggestions for our multigenerational group. The bruchette appetizer was delish and the perfect starter. Baked Pasta Dish, Lemon Chicken and yum, the Apple Gorganzola Salad. For our 9 people, we even had enough leftover for dinner for 6 that night! Yvette was a hit with all of us and the kids loved her sense of humor. Thanks for a great meal. we will be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    This is a great restaurant for groups. The servers/hosts were so great and attentive, and they handled our group of 8 people perfectly. I highly recommend coming here! Make sure to RSVP especially on the weekends. This place gets packed! Overall a great birthday dinner!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place to go
    wykedlove
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    Food Was Great Fit To Feed Many Or To Take Home Left Overs. Service Was Amazing, Super Friendly People. They Will Give You A Tour Of The Restaurant If You Want And It Is Worth Taking. You Can Sit Indoor Or Outdoor.I Completely Recommend This Place Even If You Can Only Go Once. T
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service was very poor
    mrholywoodVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    The service was extremely slow. I understand it was busy but the manager noticed that everyone around us was getting their orders out except ours so she took the appetizer that was taking 20 minutes off our bill. The drinks came out one by one and our server seemed to not remember the order. Request such as lemon in the water and raspberry tea instead of regular tea were ignored. He forgot our kids pizza and had to take that off the bill as well. Our server repeatedly kept blaming the kitchen & the chefs. Even picking up the bill for credit card payment took a while.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Took the family out of family style
    Morgan
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Went for a birthday party. Waiter forgot to put in the birthday man's request - the only thing we made a big deal about. Brought it out after we had finished everything else. Didn't offer to bring extra, cut the bill, nothing. We had such a large group (hungry group) that his tip was included so he didn't care that he really dropped the ball. We asked if they could they bring bday dessert out. They come with the dessert menu first to try and get people to buy dessert AFTER he had royally screwed up the meal. We say no because he handled it so poorly and then they bring out a candlestick and sing for the birthday guy. Nothing else... just a 3 prong candlestick for him to blow out. Worst birthday dinner ever, wasn't special at all.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food, large super portions,
    lisaVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    great food, large super portions, just badbadbad oparking choices, almost zero....but we try to go during the week when its not so crowded in the area, we love it there !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family dinning
    Magster
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Buca is good. We bring the family and have great food. The service is good but it could be better. But for the price it's worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • like in Italy
    Simon
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    It was awesome there! Really, there is so much food you can choose and everything tastes really good. And the ambience is like in Italy. Not expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been there many times
    MHuntVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    We have been there many times and received great service and efficient handling. However, for whatever reason this evening on a Holiday weekend was very disorganized up front, and received fair service, but had to keep trying to find our server when needed. Food was good as usual, but have to mark it as an off night, hopefully won't become the norm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservation is a must on wknd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    This place get's busy during dinnertime on the weekend. Request a non bar area if you have kids!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Service but Food is Hit or Mis
    Marshall
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Liked: the Apple salad, salmon plate. Not so Much: The veal. Otherwise, the dining experience I expected - big groups, fairly loud, tourists, lots of decorations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Buca's a Buca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2013
    If you've ever dined at a Buca, most of the food's the same. But, for whatever reason, the food seems to be prepared differently at different Bucas. We liked the fried calamari at this Buca's compared to some we've been to. The staff are a lot friendlier too. You're made to feel welcomed. The maitre'd and our wait person were both nice and seemed to enjoy working with the public. It makes all the difference in the world when you hired someone who does the job well and it's there to just collect a pay check which is easy to do in the restaurant business. The decor is crazy as with all Buca's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super bad service-never coming back
    alice
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Made reservations 4 days ahead though on arriving I was told to wait. Our waitress "Sarah" took forever to take our orders. A waitress who finished her hours got us our drinks before she left. We asked for more bread and we never got any, asked for water refills and got refills towards the end of dinner. On paying, I wanted to use my gift card and "Sarah" comes back and says that the gift card keeps saying error. I ended up paying with my credit card and came out. As I was waiting outside, I checked on my phone to check my balance on my gift card and it said "$50". I went back and asked for the manager and she re-charged me. It was also "Mother's Day" and online it said that all mothers get $20 gift card and my mom never got one.
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  • Walking in my family and me
    DLove
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Walking in my family and me instantly felt at home. Once we got seated we noticed the ambience was very family oriented considering we went for Mother's Day. Our waiter Kevin came right away introduced himself and asked us if it was our first time dining here and yes it was, we loved that he let us know how there serving system worked and how helpful he was. Food was a plus, Proscuitto Stuffed Chicken and Caneolli's; perfection! We will sure be coming back and will recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love2Bucca
    Love2bucca
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    I love everything about this restaurant, I don't think I will ever have enough ;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We are regular patrons at
    EBEBVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    We are regular patrons at this particular location, and we usually like it. However, this time, they had some issues with staffing or something in the kitchen where the service was extremely slow, unkind and unprofessional. The manager was running around the place like a mad woman, and rushed diners with their meals, so that she can get rid of them. We were planning to have a relaxed meal, but we just couldn't even finish our entree and packed it up and left. I hope it was just one time experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always friendly and fast service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Always friendly and fast service, tasty food, good kids menu, perfect for taking the kids after a day at the beach.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Food and service were mediocre at best. I would only go when with a large group and with kids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for the family- two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    Great for the family- two teens and a pre-teen enjoyed the night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderful Easter
    RoxyVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    We had a wonderful Easter lunch with our family! Our server was awesome and very helpful. The food was delicious. Made us wish we were back in Sicily!!! We will definitely stop by again when we are in Santa Monica!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We appreciated the certificate
    lisaVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    We appreciated the certificate comped to us by the company for inconveniences that occurred on the prior visit. We had better service and it seems during the week it is not such a hectic dinig experience as on weekends. Food and portions always great and the server although bartending at the same time seemed to handle it better than the last server we'd had in that area. The manager is always nice and always comes up to ask how things are even tho shes busy. We do think it would help of they had a bartender who just bartended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal and perfect
    MerCysVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    Always a great meal and perfect for a quick lunch drop in! I even took home a large anti-pasto salad (my favorite) to serve the family for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nadia is the BEST
    EstebanVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Food GREAT! Service OUTSTANDING!! Ask for Nadia! Will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we went to celebrate a birhtday
    lisaVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    we went to celebrate a birhtday but it didn't end up so great,slow service,a meal was overcharged & there was a person with mental issues disturbing all the custmers in that particular area and the server chose to not advise a manager as she claimed she was "just 1 person" and couldnt do it all; so he ramined for along time;note- she was also acting as bartender and continued serving the disruptive person drinks & food when he was complained about; there is zero parking in the area;they were short staffed, food always good tho but the birthday was ignored and nothign special was note by the waitress, the manager did later come over wiht a b day dessert & eventulaly escorted the guyout but too little too late.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was wonderful...food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Service was wonderful...food was good...noise was too loud to hold a conversation...our group was seated at a long table and we found it impossible to converse. Parking is impossible in the neighborhood and the birthday person went to move one of the guests' cars and did not return until after we finished eating...all the lots were full!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really liked the food. However,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I really liked the food. However, I did notice that the food was very VERY salty. At one point, my pulse was at 132 bpm (considerably above normal). Normally, my pulse is closer to 75 bpm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, outstanding service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Great food, outstanding service, and very nice ambiance. Great for a romantic dinner or to come with the whole family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    WENT IN FOR LUNCH AND DIDN'T EXPECT THE SHRIMP FRA DIAVALO TO BE THAT SATISFYING
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I dropped my credit card when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    I dropped my credit card when leaving and the staff found it, locked it up and I was able to get it the nex day. Awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Before!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    I've never had a bad experience before at Buca di Beppo. I advised the manager of the service I received this time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There is a fun Italian vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    There is a fun Italian vibe in the place. It is family style, so be ready to share. They have good food and a wide variety to choose from. Go check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/1/2013
    My husband took me to the Buca di Beppo in Santa Monica for my birthday. We live in the area and have passed it many times but have never been there. Now that we have, why haven't we? We've been missing out! When we arrived, there were guests waiting for tables, luckily, we had reservations and within minutes, were shown to a booth. The food was so good, a lot too. We ended up taking most of it home for leftovers for the next couple of days. The place was very homey and quiet. Decor was very pleasing to look at, shows a lot of history. Overall, it was a perfect birthday dinner destination. We will definitely be returning. Perhaps next time, for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I held a New Year's Eve Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    I held a New Year's Eve Day get together here and I am satisfied with the experience, but it's because I knew what to expect going in. The food ranges from OK to pretty good, depending on what you get. It's really noisy when the place is full, which is often. The wait staff is super friendly and engaging. The atmosphere is kitschy with all of the "old world" photographs on the walls and the red-and-white checked tablecloths, etc. HOWEVER, I find this to be a great place for a large gathering (especially one that includes kids) because they serve family style, it's high energy and family friendly. Not a date place. Not a foodie place. But it fulfills a certain niche very well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was Christmas day so it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    It was Christmas day so it was extremely busy. I really can't say what it would be like on a normal day
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always fun and reliable. Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Always fun and reliable. Good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was lacking, seemed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    Service was lacking, seemed like they didn't care about you. Food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice place to take your
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    Very nice place to take your family out to eat or to celebrate a special event.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet