Buca di Beppo - Utica
Buca di Beppo - Utica

Buca di Beppo - Utica

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bucadibeppo.com/
  • Phone: (586) 803-9463
  • 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
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, 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: Hall Road and Schoenherr
  • Public Transit: Smart Bus stop at Hall and Schoenherr.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free self parking in private lot.
A word from Buca di Beppo - Utica
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 - Utica reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (14)special occasion (10)kid-friendly (10)romantic (4)fit for foodies (4)scenic view (3)neighborhood gem (2)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Family dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We were able to take our time to eat and have plenty of time for family discussions without interuptions
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • confusion???
    Rich
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Tried to pay with a gift card . It had never been used and had the full value on it $150 The meal was $140. The card was not accepted! No reason from our waitress. We put it on another card . It went through. I called the card company and was told the reason it was declined was Bucas had added a 20% tip!! We were never told this nor did we see it on the menu. Had we known we would have said we planed to leave a cash tip. Which we did!!! In all this confusion we did not check or get a final receipt, our bad we are now hoping we did not get charged a tip on the second card!! This would result in a 40% tip for service that just wasn't that good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for the family!
    Agacins62
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The kids loved it as we did. Very comfortable setting. The family style service makes you feel right at home. The food was phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • marzmom
    marzmom
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Awesome food good size portions. Wait staff very knowledgeable. Had a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family fun
    Gambit
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Buca de Peppo is a good place to have family gatherings. They serve good food with comparable prices. The service is excellent and worth noting. I would highly recommend this venue next time you have a special occasion or just having a quiet evening dining with friends and family. When you decide to make a reservation, the staff is very accommodating and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, over priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food is very good but I must say it is quite over priced for what you are getting. The portions are generous but it really is just pasta, garlic, tomatoes and cheese after all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait time for food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Perhaps it was due to the homecoming crowd but it took over 40 minutes to get an appetizer (garlic bread) and salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor
    enjoyfoodout1
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    First the hostess toured us through the entire restaurant and kitchen to seat us back by the hostess stand. This might have been nice has grandpa not been with us. He tires easily and barely walks with a walker. Hosted should have had enough comin sense to skip it. People that came in behind us with no reservations were already seated when we finally arrived at our table next to them. Ordered spaghetti, lasagna and cheesy garlic bread. Spaghetti was bland but hot, lasagna was cold through, very disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food quality has declined
    bp184
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our server, Luc, was really good. One thing about Buca's is that the service is a constant wherever you go. I have never had bad service. The food however has changed since I first started eating here almost 20 years ago. It used to have a charm when you ordered your meal off of the place mats. Now that Planet Hollywood owns them the fresh, daily making of sauces in all of the restaurants ceased and they taste metallic and canned. Their Sangria used to be fresh made from juices and beautifully served. You can tell it now comes from a mix. Overall it is a good "fun occasion" restaurant because of the family style service. But the food is not back to the same quality to make it our Italian restaurant of choice again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sully
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was very good, the server was good, kitchen was very slow. Ordered the 4 for forty and and extra entree of chicken parm. We were a party of 5 adults and two infants. Took about an hour to get the entree's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • my review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    the ambience is great. the pictures are amazing. food is generally great but this visit the eggplant parmgiana was not cooked properly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unimpressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First time to this restaurant. Family-Style is not great for a couple, as prices are higher than expected and too much food is served. It was loud and the food was overloaded with salt and garlic. So much salt that our mouths were dry an hour after eating and fingers were bloated. Taste was mediocre. When the server brought us bread, he said 'It doesn't usually come out this good.' We could have spent the same $ elsewhere and had a much better food and dining experience. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 210 reviews are from the Buca di Beppo - Utica reviews archive.
  • Great for Birthday celebration
    DinnerGroup
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a party of 6 and wanted to spend several hours together. The staff was attentive and unobtrusive. They recognized we wanted to take our time and were very accommodating. Everyone commented about how they enjoyed the event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Tried for lunch with friends, was pleasantly surprised. Had dinner there with the family on Saturday, good food, good service, more than generous portions.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I know it was father's day but it didn't seem that busy, it's my husband's favirote place to eat, service was not good at all, they brought my son's pizza almost 10min after all the other food, ran out of bread, I was very diappointed with this visit
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1stDate
    1stDate
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Everything was good until we got the lasagna that we ordered. It was cold, had fallen and did not look appealing at all. It was explained to us that they had run out of lasagna earlier and had to make it fresh and when they did it did not set at all. It was not appealing at all but when when cut into it we ate some. The appetizers were the BEST!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Skinny
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great place to have a p0ost graduation ceremony lunch with the entire family from 70 year old Grandpa to 7 year old grandaughter and 10 others in between. Everyone was able to eat and share their entree with anyone who wanted to try the dish. Apple Salad was SUPER.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE
    lovegoodservice
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Buca's ruined our son's graduation lunch. About the only thing our waitress could handle was getting us our first round of drinks. Refills on drinks and bread were challenging for her and apparently putting our food order in was also. After waiting over 45 minutes for our food, we were informed that our ticket was misplaced and it would be out soon. 25 minutes later we received raw meatballs and cold chicken and pasta. Eventually the second round of food came out 20 minutes later but by then everyone was ready to leave. As one last hope we ordered a brownie sundae to share. That arrived 20 minutes later half melted. The saddest part is that the only one who cared was a waiter who had another table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Coming Back
    hate2dine
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    When you first opened up the platters were very generous for the price. Now your family style platters are not enough for a family. Service was very slow. The price was outrageous for the portions and both pastas we ordered were very bland. The lemon chicken was fair but very little pieces for the price and $9.00 for a frozen lemonade without alcohol was outrageous. Very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the same Buca di Beppo
    rss4155
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Was very disappointed in the quality of the food and the prices. This is not the same Buca that I remember from past dining experiences in the past. Instead of the garlic cheese bed brought out warm to cut, they now bring a basket with cold cut bread in it for $10. The quality of the pasta and meat dishes very substandard. In my opinion this is exactly what happens when a good restaurant replaces a chef with line cooks. For $288 for (2) entrees, bread, salad and wine, I felt I was ripped off. Not going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    SuperGreat
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    First time at Buca di Beppo... it was great. Not only was there great food, but lots of it. Perfect for our team building exercise.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible
    Unlucky
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The restaurant was too hot, we had to wait even though we had a reservation! The food ticket was lost and 1.5 hours later we were told about the lost food ticket! Happy Mothers Day to me
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bring your appetite
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A lot of good food, good service, a bit pricey but I have had left overs for 3 days
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's Italian enough...
    theAccidentalDiner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The meal was good, better than I could have fixed at home. The family style servings are a nice touch when everyone agrees on a dish, but everyone doesn't always agree, right? Much better food than Olive Garden. Food quality is near a Carrabas or a Macaroni Grill, despite Buca di Beppo's more casual atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    bana
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Service was great. We had a great waitress. It was a little noisy but it was Mothers Day so all the families were out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expectations were beat.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    From the minute I walked in, I knew this would be a great experience. The tour through the kitchen, great waiters (Emdritt and his back up). Great food. Large portions. Better than I could have asked for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience
    c812
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Service was slow and it wasn't even busy. The food was thrown together and luke warm. Normally, it's busy and the food & service is good. Will not be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the company it used to be.
    scorpycorey
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Lots of pasta. Not much meat! Calamari is ridiculously overpriced for what you get. She seemed too rushed. Regular napkins on the table. The silverware was sitting there pre-rolled. It used to be linens. For $19 an app, and $22 a plate id expect much more. The server Didnt bring extra napkins even though we had two children (both under 3). Had to ask for another beverage. Seemed upset when I wanted to wrap my owe food. She insisted that its her job to wrap the leftovers. So.........I let her do it. I was seated just outside of the kitchen and......I heard arguements/guestioning in the kitchen which was really annoying. Then......I heard her ask someone "(name)" just wrap this up for me. Wow! I wasn't ever thee for a total of an hour.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistently delicious Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Consistently delicious Italian food, attentive, friendly service and charming ambience make this a welcome place to eat at a reasonable price. Family-style entrees offer a great value. Highly recommended for families, groups, and couples.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    rudolph
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Ordered antipasta salad and id not get any meat, so they brought pepperoni after half the salad was gone. Order veggie pizza and this time did not have alot of toppings. Last visit had alot more toppings on pizza.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite
    wesplurged
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Buca. My husband had been there before but I hadn't. My daughter, son-in-law and grandson joined us and loved it as well. There was a good variety to choose from and the "free" drink glass was an added treat. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Open Table concept works. We were all impressed with presentation of the various meal orders as they left the kitchen. It was fun to watch chef staff prepare food dishes. Entire kitchen was run well one of managers. Miranda was our server and she did an excellent job!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so happy
    Heather
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I made an online reservation through open table 2 weeks in advance. I called the restaurant to confirm the Thursday prior to the reservation. They told me they gave my reservation to someone who called the restaurant and took it from me because I did it online She told me I should always call so I get "first dibs ". The woman at the restaurant said if I moved my time down to 7:30 I could get in at the table I requested. I called my party of 14 and moved them down. We arrived at 730 as instructed and were not seated until 845. We were not updated , we had to keep asking what was going on. We were not offered alternative seating. We stood at the bar with a group of 14 for over an hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed Feelings
    italianlover
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    The food was good but the portions were not adequate to feed the number of people indicated. We had a party of 5 and wanted a variety so we ordered a small salad (menu claims feeds 2 or more), a large chicken dish (menu claims feeds 4 or more), a large pasta dish (menu claims feeds 4 or more) and a small chicken dish (menu claims feeds 2 or more). By my calculation we ordered enough food for 12 (or more) people but with 4 adults and 1 child we had zero leftovers. The food was good but was not worth the price based on portion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    I have been to this restaurant both on an intimate dining Experience and in a group. Going in a group is the best way to get the most out of this restaurant. With their family style meals it gives a unique opportunity to sample several dishes. I love the decorating and "small Italy" decor. It is a fun place to go!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food!
    JoeA
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    As close to authentic homemade Italian as it gets. I've never had a bad meal at Buca's and always look forward to the left overs the next day (you'll definitely have leftovers!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We made a reservation and got right in! The service was great! We had our drinks full all the time and our lady talked with our son a lot. The good was excellent! It was enough to fill three of us up with a small order of spaghetti and meatballs! Would recommend this to anyone who wants good Italian!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy Valentine's Day
    JTeddy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went to Buca di Beppo for Valentine's Day. Thankfully, they took a reservation two days earlier. Many restaurants either wouldn't take a reservation or were already booked. We only waited about 10 min. once arriving. Food was pretty good, service was very good. Price was pretty good as well. Not the greatest or fanciest restaurant in the world, but it has the "Old Italy" vibe and is well decorated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but major holidays??
    YUM214
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I usually love eating at Buca's. We have gone out for birthdays and other celebrations without any problem at all. However, this time the food had a little less flavor than it usually did. Be careful going on Valentine's Day or other holidays where they are pumping out food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special on this Visit
    IreneVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Went here on a bad weather night and they weren't very busy. Our party of five was seated alone in a room. After appetizers and dinner. A group of more than 30 was seated in our room. Then, we were forgotten. Our dessert took forever (with running out of whipped cream as the reason). So, now as we waited, we were sitting in the middle of what had become a loud & obnoxious room. Dessert finally came (it was delicious) but then we had to hunt down a staff member to pay the bill. Lemon chicken, baked ziti, and salad were good. They were out of the wine we chose. Wait staff was very attentive until the other party arrived.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.