Buck's Fishing & Camping
Buck's Fishing & Camping

Buck's Fishing & Camping

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.bucksfishingandcamping.com/
  • Phone: 202-364-0777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen hours, currently dinner only. Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Conn. Ave and Nebraska Ave - next to Comet Ping Pong
  • Public Transit: Walking distance but not very close to both Van Ness UDC and Tenleytown Metros.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a free lot located directly behind the buildings. Please feel free to come through our other restaurant Comet Ping Pong to enter through our front door.
A word from Buck's Fishing & Camping
Join us at our small, neighborhood independently owned Fish Camp of a restaurant, where a woody, fire lit atmosphere is a great place to enjoy the best local produce, meats and fish.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Buck's Fishing & Camping reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (67)fit for foodies (46)great for outdoor dining (36)special occasion (23)romantic (22)good for groups (15)kid-friendly (8)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (4)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Buck's Is the Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Servers are so considerate and friendly. Food is beyond awesome. Fun, tasteful decor in a great neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Night Bummer
    nancy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    After many great recommendations, hopes were high. Burgers ordered medium rare - served well done - were like hockey pucks. Fried soft shells were mushy. Lima beans in corn succotash were hard as rocks - dish was inedible. I hope they get it together!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PBSlikes
    PBSlikes
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Have been a patron only about four or five times and enjoyed each visit. As a fish eater I would very much like to see fish dishes other than salmon or shrimp on the menu. I do enjoy the ambiance, but must say the noise level does become too loud at times. Last visit an Italian Barbara wine was chosen and it was found to be excellent. Not a usual wine to be found on must lists, so this is much appreciated. a return visit is sure, thank you so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • what was all the hype?
    hatetocookVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been wanting to try Buck's for several years since it usually gets really good reviews. We were there on a Saturday night with another couple.The restaurant was very crowded and we were seated at a table which literally backed into another table. this was the only table available. The noise level was very loud and especially bad given how close we were to the other table. The food was nothing special -it was good, but certainly not great. I had the vegetarian dish which consisted mostly of greens. I shared a salad with my friend - it was not at all memorable. WE ordered a bottle of wine and asked for a chiller which was put directly on our small table leaving little room for our food. All in all, a big disappointment!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't Let the Name Fool You
    dcdine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Buck's Fishing & Camping is a great neighborhood or destination place. We always find something to celebrate just so we have a reason to go! You can sit at the family table, ask for a more private table or dine outside. Either way you can't lose at Buck's Fishing & Camping!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood bar!
    ChefAl
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food and service are great. But the friendly and lively bar scene is a real find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mjp3
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Lovely outdoor seating. Very good food. Nice choice of wines by the glass.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We made reservations for 9pm and had the pleasure of sitting outside on a perfect night, under the cute colored lights and romantic candlelight. They were "understaffed" and our waitress had the entire outside section with some very needy patrons. My bf and I are not drinking and there were no non-alc bevs listed- a little strange. There was an issue with their soda machine and my bf didn't have his drink for 45 minutes! Service was poor at best- our waitress was overwhelmed and forgetful. The runner failed to bring us ketchup and S&P. Food was good- but totally overpriced. Manager gave us free dessert- although they attempted to charge for the sodas we barely received! Wouldn't go back… which is a bummer because we were rooting for you!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the steak
    AEC71VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I rarely gush, but I am on the fence with some of these 4-star categories. I could have given 5. I ordered the shrimp and grits and it was very good, but everything paled next to the bite I had of the signature steak at the restaurant. It was wonderful. Brother in Law reports his pork chop was also excellent. The star was the server, who helped us navigate the drink and desert menu as well as appetizers that were stand outs. There are limited tables outside, but facing a main street so we sat at a cozy table surrounded by red walls and eye-popping art. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Texan44
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This is a relaxed and friendly restaurant with excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Great
    DaniDines
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I have heard so many great things about this place, and maybe that is why I was disappointed. There was much lacking in the meal. The Fish Tacos were a little too basic for the price tag. The bread was nice, and the side dish of squash was also good....but nothing was fantastic or left me wanting more. I was a little upset to see the bill and think of the dinner that we had....which could have easily been made at home. If you are fine with paying high prices for only slightly above average food, then this is the place for you.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outside dining in DC -- in July!
    beekVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Our group of four was lucky enough to dine at Buck's on a beautiful July night with no humidity -- a rarity in DC. We had a nice corner space and didn't notice at all the busy Connecticut Avenue traffic. Food was great, from the wedge and tomato and mozzarella salads to the steak frites, tuna tacos and salmon. The biggest hit was the corn dog appetizer! Only complaint is that the food came too quickly -- we hadn't finished our salads when our entrees arrived, and aside from feeling rushed there was no space for all of the plates (and the entrees were hot). Good service should ensure that doesn't happen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You're in luck with Buck
    Linnda
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    If you are looking for a delicious, foodie meal with tasty beer or wine in a welcoming setting, Buck's Fishing and Camping is for you. Located in between Van Ness and Chevy Chase Circle, Buck's offers no-fuss fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good neighborhood restaurant
    MorrVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Iceberg lettuce wedge was fine, not quite as crunchy as I like, however. Steak-Frites ws good.Carrot cake was fine; not too heavy. Serivce was satisfactory, but friendly. We had to ask for several items that should have been brought to the table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent
    fromwiscons1n
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food here was outstanding! The service was excellent and I would love to go back in a heart beat. I tried the draft beer called two hearted ale... excellent. I tried their bone in pork chop and ity was delicious.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be coming back soon!
    minnow
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    All in my group were extremely pleased with their meal. The whole experience from start to finish was wonderful. Great food, great wine, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxing & Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This was my second time dining at Buck's. Both times the food was delicious. I also really enjoy the ambiance...very creative...for some reason reminds me of a Wes Anderson set...also relaxing...nice use of colors and lighting. The pork chop is probably one of the best I have ever had. The fried oysters are also very tasty. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the effort
    Django
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We found Buck's disappointing having read positive reviews. The two seat table is too small to accomdate the plates; the server brought the entre and tried to place it on the table while we only half finished with the appetizers; the salad wedge dressing was waterey; the steak frites had mediocre fries (left uneaten) and sparse unappetizing greens. The wait staff was indifferent. This might be a convenient neighborhood diner,but it is not worth a 10 minute drive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buck's disappoints
    VU4U
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The good thing about Buck's is that it is very close to Politics and Prose. Other than that, I would skip this place. Overly priced, and not worth the visit.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was down a notch
    Lulu
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Buck's was not up to its usual standard at our last visit. One of us had soft shells that, while large, were not cooked the way they should have been. They were lukewarm on arrival and neither crisp nor juicy. The rest was fine though not particularly notable. The server did take that item off the bill when we mentioned it, which was appreciated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ajh425VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was delicious - we ordered the scallops for an appetizer and the prime beef burger and fish tacos for our meals. The cocktails were a little overpriced, but the food was worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Robert
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food quality varied by entree, but good overall. Some portions were very small.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Bucks!
    FranniM
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Bucks is one of my favorite restaurants. The food and selection is amazing and I can't go too long without the Lettuce Wedge! Food is fresh, seasonal and exquisitely prepared. The menu also reflects some creative thinking from the kitchen. My only gripe would be how small the wine glasses are...next they will be bringing it in shot glasses. I had to order two glasses of Prosecco because it came in a little dessert cup...like a tiny fruit cocktail. But other than that there is always something intriguing on the menu that you will love once it arrives at your table
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites
    greekmama
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We've been to Buck's several times now, and have always had a terrific experience. The wait staff is very friendly, and helpful in making choices. We have favorites on the menu, like the fried oyster appetizer, the steak frites (best we've had in DC), and the quinoa with poached egg. We are always happy to try their seasonal items on the menu as well. The squash blossom salad this week was lovely, and the Calif Fish tacos were absolutely amazing. Love this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad food, really bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Sat in empty restaurant and waited for brunch for over an hour. The dishes for each person in our party were brought out one at a time and spaced about 10 min apart. Salad was a wilty mess, the quiche was absolutely disgusting and the bacon undercooked. Coffee went unrefilled and the staff seemed annoyed that we dare say anything about it. The manager comped our meal in the end but didnt really say sje was sorry and then proceed to talk about us only 10 inches away from table. Ihop may not have the ambiance but they make a better brunch, the waiters works hard, and you aren't being charged top dollar for inedible food.
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  • Nice surprise
    Carol
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were at Bucks a few years ago. While the food was good, we each only found one thing that interested us and the prices seemed high.I think they may not have taken reservations then, but I could be wrong. The is menu is still short, but the variety was excellent, and though it's not inexpensive, it seemed more in line with what we were used to paying for a nice meal. I took a chance on the fish tacos. WOW! Black beans, chiles, sour cream, avocado and cod, and tacos that were the real deal. The lovely waitress recommended the perfect wine. They now have a deck with outdoor dining which made it an even more pleasant experience. We went early and the inside was nearly empty and extremely chilly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accommodating
    DinerDiner
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great dinner on Friday at Buck's - and one member of our party has several food allergies, but the kitchen without prior notice was able to alter dishes to suit, which was much appreciated. Food is imaginative and creative, in what is a fairly casual atmosphere. I am always happy when we come here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Best steak not at a steakhouse!"
    Nernce
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    My husband and I happened to be in the area and chose Buck's because we've wanted to try it for a while. I had the shrimp & grits which was good, if maybe a bit rich, and I could've done without the entire shrimp in the shell with head and all. But the kitchen quickly unshelled it for me, so no problem. My husband had the dry aged NY Strip Steak which was fabulous! He is very picky about his steaks and doesn't usually order steak if he's not at a steakhouse. Our waitress recommended it and so he gave it a try. He said it was the best steak he'd ever had not at a steakhouse! It was cooked perfectly -- medium rare, and had the tastiest crust which gave it incredible flavor. After tasting it myself, I wish I'd ordered it, too… next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gone Downhill
    chcheats
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My family of four ate here on a Sunday evening, and the restaurant was very busy. We have eaten at Buck's many times, but hadn't been in a while. I felt compelled to write a review --which I never do--because the food was so bad. The only bright spot was the wedge salad. The lamb meatball appetizer was inedible. The steak frites: fries were limp and greasy, the steak tough and flavorless, side salad tasted as though they'd dribbled a bit of olive oil (sans vinegar) over the greens. We are desperate for good restaurants in the Chevy Chase area; unfortunately after Sunday, I had to scratch one of the few decent ones off my list. I most certainly will not be back at Buck's until something or someone changes in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Balance
    Katiesmom
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Buck's has found the perfect balance between gourmet cuisine, elegant appointments and down to earth food served in a comfortable atmosphere. My hubby and I dined with Buck's this past Tue and it could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 69 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 61 reviews are from the Buck's Fishing & Camping reviews archive.
  • Warm and wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Our waiter told us it was his second day at Buck's. It was our first visit. He couldn't have been nicer in just the right way you want. My fish and chips were cooked just right with a light batter and served hot. Fries a bit soggy. My Negroni cocktail was fine and so were our glasses of wine. My spouse enjoyed his burger. Our guest said nothing about his pork chop which got rave reviews so I can't report on that. My husband and our guest did rave about the aged Port. Their apple cobbler with creme fraiche ice cream was very good, they said. We will definitely return! Ambiance is down-home, energetic, friendly, and if you go early-ish, not too noisy, with tables nicely spaced apart and a long center table with folks who looked happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, side of bad service
    DCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a friend recommend this place, and the food did not disappoint-it was really very good. HOWEVER, the service is in need of major improvement. The hostess had a major attitude, the bartender was very unfriendly while we were waiting for our table and having drinks at the bar, and the waitress - while nice - was not attentive. The food and ambiance are it's saving grace, as they are worth going back for...but hopefully the wait staff can lose the attitude for my next visit!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sseatsVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food is decent, but not delicious enough to endure the noisy crowd. A seat outside might work for those in the neighborhood who don't have to make this a destination restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Yes - Service NO
    JEB1VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The food and selection were great. The service was poor. My party and two other groups sitting next to us experienced the same inattention and delay. It is costing the restaurant revenue. Not being able to get the attention of the waiter to order another glass of wine and other beverages is a disservice to customers and the business. Slow processing of check delays customer and impedes turn-over of tables. My comments to friends would be - food is great but poor service produces indigestion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting place.
    DateVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Buck's atmosphere is unique. It is fun and interesting. Food was tasty. I had the salmon which was good but a little rare. The scallops were excellent though
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great meal
    Lori
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    this has become my go-to for consistently good, inventive food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not worth the drive
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I think Buck's is probably a good place to go if you live nearby, but not worth driving in from Arlington and other parts of VA. I read reviews where they complained about the hostess. The hostess was actually very good. Our server was very good too - I can't fault the service.Tthe food was just okay. We got the fried oysters. For the price, you got a lot of oysters. The steak frites were so so. The frites weren't real frites as they were too big. And the famous chocolate cake was okay. I do wish that we were told that we were being charged for the cake. IT was for a birthday and had I known we were being charged, we would have preferred to choose the dessert . The parking lot is tight and cramped and full and we had to park on the street.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food and ambience
    Katya
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food is exceptional. I had the salmon -- cooked perfectly, not dry but with a great crispiness, and the light sauce was wonderful. Even a standard green salad is special here. It's just a delightful place. My sister had the shrimp -- and it was great too. There is nothing precious about their food. It's original, healthy, delicious, and more interesting and subtle that what one might make at home -- but it's doesn't have the self-conscious rigidity or over-delicacy that some "fancy" food has. This is the second time I've been to Buck's. The first time also was for a special occasion and the food then (2 different dishes, 2 years ago) was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DC casual dining at its best
    BobLVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Buck's is a genuine find. The food is superb. The service is excellent-and the attentive without being obtrusive. The decor is unique and inviting. I look forward to dining there again,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfectly fun and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Buck's on a beautiful Saturday night. Diners all happy, servers doting and upbeat, food carefully prepared, clean, and so tasty. Wonderful
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic