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Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Buca di Beppo - Universal City
  • Address:
    1000 Universal Studios Blvd.
    Universal City, CA 91608
    Neighborhood:
    Universal City
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Buca di Beppo - Universal City Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bucadibeppo.com
  • Email: universalcity@bucadibeppo.com
  • Phone: (818) 509-9463
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Juan Borjas
  • 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 & 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: Cahuenga
  • Public Transit: Metro subway stop at Universal Studios.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Paid General Parking at CityWalk all day.

    Valet parking is available from 11am to 3pm for 2-hour parking - free with validation. After 3pm valet service is discounted with validation.

    Some local area hotels offer complimentary shuttle service to Universal CityWalk. Check with your hotel for shuttle service availability.
A word from Buca di Beppo - Universal City
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
  • "My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary with our children. Food was great and setting was happy and we could hear people having a good time. "
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything was really great. We were seated within threeinutes of arriving. The waiter was terrific. My only complaint is that they gave us the wrong pizza for my son. So we had to wait an extra 15 minutes while the rest of the good was just sitting at the table."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Especially, for a chain. The food is excellent, and the portion sizes are HUGE. Though ideally suited for groups, two people can always have a great dining experience. Just be prepared to take a lot of it home! I've been to three different locations and all have been outstanding."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Not only was the food on point but they serve huge portions! Took my girlfriend here for dinner, we had an awesome time:-)"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Best place to have a fun big roaring dinner with the people you love. Every birthday we have celebrated at Buca has been memorable and fantastic!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I went there recently for a birthday celebration. I've gone there for a few other dining excursions and haven't have problems before. We went on a Saturday night so it was a packed house and everyone was running back and forth. The food is generally good and their portions feed just what they say they do. I'll generally keep coming back because I do enjoy it but I might head to the other locations where they seem to be only slightly less busy."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I love the place but a bit disappointed when you make reservations and you still have to wait 45 minutes to be seated. Made reservations at 8:15pm and we were seated 45 mins later and ended up having dinner around 9:30pm not cool."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was good but our server lacked in the service department. I booked a reservation online days prior and mentioned there was a birthday. They were even flexible when we ran late which was great. As the host took us to the table they mentioned the birthday as we pointed out the birthday girl. Our server seemed overwhelmed or was MIA most of the time. It took an overly long time to bring anything we requested. I handed her a coupon at the beginnknbnofnour sit down and when the bill came the item was still being charged we had to wait an extra 15 minutes I have it fixed. We left without the birthday girl being sung and most of our requests not being met In a timely manner. Food is good."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Probably the best place to celebrate with a large group. I love the family style menu, which can satisfy your entire party with just a few orders. Every dish was a hit; no disappointments from anyone. I have more high remarks to say, but I'm writing this from my phone. Needless to say, I'm definitely coming back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Anyone planning to go to Buca di Beppo should know that the ambiance of the restaurant is raucous loud Italian! If you plan to have a conversation with the people at your table, be prepared to shout. We sat next to a group of about 20 teens who were literally yelling and screaming throughout our entire dinner, and they were not an exception. This place is very loud, but that is part of the ambiance so you just need to expect it. They do have some alcoves, but it is designed for groups, so don't choose this place for a quiet, romantic dinner. Food wise, if you know what to choose, it could be good. Our Caesar salad was all iceberg lettuce, our fettucine Alfredo was undercooked and not very tasty, but our Chicken parmesan was very good!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "ordered the spaghetti marinara. also ordered that giant meatball. the giant meatball was good & no complaints there. Not the best as I have tasted other more flavorful meatballs. my biggest disappointment was the spaghetti marinara where it was literally exactly like just spaghetti with the Buca marinara sauce. felt like something i could have just cooked at home by myself. i thought the marinara sauce would at least have some seasoning to it. I'm no food expert but even I can tell when sauce was literally just taken out of the can & mixed into regular spaghetti. had high expectations and was definitely disappointed."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Hadn't been here in a while but as always the food, service and staff was amazing. The amount of food you get for the money is more then a bargain. I would definitive recommend this place."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Spent my birthday here for the 8th year in a row. It was amazing as always and I love that we had the Pope table. The service was great and the food was delicious. I will continue the tradition of eating here for my birthday forever."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Loved the Pope Room for our party of 16! The room, food, drinks and the lazy Susan made for a great evening!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "A fun place to bring out of town guests, especially Italian ones! They loved the ambiance and food"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I ordered Alfredo fettuccine with shrimp itt was still cold it wasn't tasting like a regular restaurant type of food then I had the waiter bring me pizza since their pizza menu was a little confusing I asked the waiter to bring me their best Pizza and if that was their Italian pizza they're really doing a poor job I will not go back. For the price they charge their food is worth half of that"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "My first time there! I looovvvveeedd it!! The food was great, service was great. Can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Had a great time great service and friendly staff, would recommend this place to couples families friends cause all of them would have a great time at Buca di Beppo, I love how they had on Valentines Day hey girl going around taking pictures which came out really great and was given out to me as courtesy for dinne in at buca di beppo, had have fun!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great time, upon arrival seemed hectic due to valentines day. But only waited about 30 mins, thanks to reservations. After being seated everything was fantastic our server was awesome! Def will return to enjoy another dinner :)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I went to buca di bepo for my 24th birthday and it was amazing!!! We ordered the calamari and garlic bread for starters. And for our main meal we ordered the linguini fruti de Mari which is amazing! We always order it any time we visit but this time we decided to try something new so we ordered the prochuto stuffed chicken. Sooo good. Overall the food was excellent and more than enought for leftovers. On the down side, the main reason I wanted to go was for the sangria. My mom and I each got a glass which tasted watered down. Another negative was that it was really stuffy which could have been a result of the kitchen and that we were seated at the far back of the room. Defiantly could have used some ventilation."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Very expensive, but there is a lot of food--serves delicious leftovers for days and keeps well. Not a bad item on the menu and it always comes right away; I've waited longer for less food."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I went to Buca for Valentine's day which is a tradition of ours and everytime it gets better and better. I love your service. I love your amazing food, and I want to thank you for all the hard work you do during holidays and special events."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Family had an amazing time ; I recommend this restaurant for all familes that love good italian food"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful.The waitress was cheerful and friendly. She had the food on the table in no time. Lots of compliments for the pizza and veal. My party of 14 really had a great time!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have been eating at Buca for years 10 years or more , my children almost grew up eating at Buca. I am assured that the value of the food is good but needs more spice in the Meatballs. We would like a more Sicilian style pizza that is not so flat. Overall the experience is well worth it , just be careful not all Buca restaurants are the same and training the food servers on proper setting and communication with guest could go along way."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I booked a reservations 10 mins before my friends got there and we walked right past a long line of people that were there before us that didn't have a reservation. It was awesome! The good and service was really good as well!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My party consisted of eleven people with different likes and dislikes when it comes to pasta. The family style dining worked out for all of us. We ordered large salad, two large pastas, and one small pasta. Food was tasty and plenty. One downside was the cheesy garlic bread. It was nothing more than a melted cheese on a generic sourdough bread. Also, I wasn't too happy about the "free postcards" photo as they weren't really free. The photographer who took our photo returned with three $10 photos along with two free postcards. I ended up buying one $10 photo because I felt I had to buy at least one... I wish I was told about the $10 photos in advance."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Definitely need more service help... We had to get our own plates and utensils on 2 different occasions ... Constantly ask for refills on drinks.... And the food was brought out in poor order..... And not very hot!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "The food was great and plenty of it! We ordered two dishes and shared between the four of us. It was enough to fill us and allow room for dessert. The homemade cheesecake slice was delicious. Our server, Michael, was awesome and attentive with a great personality. It was first time there and I will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "It was my daughter's 18th birthday and we were staying at the Sheraton Inn at Universal City. She wanted a special birthday for our family and friends that would be accommodating to all. We chose Buca de Bepo because we have eaten there before and knew the food was great and the atmosphere was fun. Our dining experience was fantastic and we all had a great time. The server was very attentive and made her birthday very special. We also bought the pictures that were taken of our family to remember this special occasion. Thank you for a great experience."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Lunch time primarily to avoid the dinner crowd. While the food and service were great the table area/room was a bit claustrophobic and the acoustics were a odd where it was a little difficult to hear others and to be heard. Otherwise, the staff from hosts, waiters, and servers were awesome! The only iffy part of the event was the photographer going around tables taking pictures. While he was not pushy, it may have been a little off putting to some of our party feeling slightly obligated to purchase pictures taken. And the prices were steeper than I would have liked. Parking at $16 was not expected, as I believe it used to be $10. But I understand that is probably beyond Buca's control. Credit towards to the restaurant would have been nice."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Took my inlaws for dinner and they loved it. It was my second visit there and everything was great."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Place was amazing, great family environment, amazing food LOVED their Lasagn!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Had a great time and great service including the food. Come here on our special occasions cause the prices are a bit to high for meals. Anyways overall it was delicious and awesome!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "It's very good family style Italian food. The food was good and the service was pleasant and helpful. Good advice about the serving sizes- no need to over order- we ordered 2 small plates for 4 people along with a salad and had leftovers of pasta. Their meatballs are big... really big! I would say that it was a very reasonable price for a 4 person meal in Los Angeles. I would recommend it for an unpretentious dinning out experience. This restaurant is located at Citiwalk, so it's a great place to bring your family- even if you're not going to the Universal Studios Tour."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I liked the energy level of this location and would return again. Everyone loved their food selection. Service was good and staff was friendly. Tables were placed very close together making it difficult to move around."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Enjoyed the restaurant, nice decor. Place was cleaned. Made reservations and that went very smoothly, which was great! Didn't have to wait at all. The food was good. Took my two year old and she had a great time. Our waitress was lovely. The only negative thing I must say is wish our waitress was more attentive, we had to flag her down to ask for accommodations we needed. But I definitely would return."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We chose it on the basis of trying to find a place that serves spaghetti (our son is autistic, has food issues). We ordered a chicken dish; while I enjoyed the dish, my wife, who is not into hot foods as much due to GI problems, noted that a lot more red pepper flakes were used than we had expected, so she really could not eat much of the chicken dish. A little spice is ok; however, there are times when restaurants seem to be competing for the title of spiciest restaurant. My son liked the spaghetti; the size of the portions allowed us to serve him two additional meals. Daughter liked the bianca pizza (loves cheese, but not a fan of spaghetti sauces)."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "This place is perfect for a special event. The food is good and huge portions are perfect for sharing."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We wanted a central spot to meet for a Christmas dinner. It was the expected Buca menu, but all the food delivered was lukewarm not serving temperature, including the garlic bread. We had to flag down the server for drink refills. I wasn't expecting the Ritz, but I do expect the minimum health and safety requirements. We'll probably eat there again someday, but this wasn't our best experience."
    Dined on 12/25/2013