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Osteria La Buca
Osteria La Buca

Osteria La Buca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.osterialabuca.com
  • Phone: (323) 462-1900
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm -10:30pm;
    Friday: 6:00 - 11:00pm;
    Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our Pasta Room is available for chef's tasting menus for parties up to ten. Our upstairs dining room can hold up to 36 people for a seated dinner.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact Jackie at events@osterialabuca.com
  • Private Party Contact: Jackie x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wilton
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and Street parking
A word from Osteria La Buca
Osteria la Buca is located on Melrose Ave, two blocks East of Paramount Studios on the edge of Hollywood. We celebrate the gift that is Southern California produce and grass roots Italian cooking. We have a focused list of Italian and California wines and offer a full bar specializing in boutique spirits from around the world. All of our pastas are prepared on premise daily. We represent handmade, local and farm fresh traditions. We welcome all to gather around our tables.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Charming and romantic, but vibrant, Italian restaurant, out of the hectic Hollywood center. All homemade pasta, and all outstanding. The NY Steak was cooked and seasoned perfectly. Great watermelon and heirloom tomato salad. Very friendly and expert service. A very enjoyable experience all around."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Fantastic food and service but conversation is always a challenge because the noise level is almost extreme."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Make reservation - Use opentable. Garlic Bread - Nicely toasted with Mozzarella cheese and a hit of fresh Basil leaves. Comes in 3 piece. Crispy Cauliflower - Best part was it comes baked and not deep fried. Still have the crispiness with flavors. Cast iron baked zuca - AMAZING. Its looks like lasagna. Has all veggies and smothered with cheese. Very flavorful and yummy!! Its a small dish so if you are really hungry try something else too. Tiramisu - MUST TRY!!!! Its soft and smooth and so falvourful! Will melt in your mouth! Staff was very nice and service was good! The only problem I had was, getting a seat right away because they were running full. But I am 9 mo pregnant so have very low patience. Can't stand for too long :)"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I ordered a bolognese with rigatoni, a play on one if the menu items. So, great service. Pasta is made fresh, sauce reduction great, pretty darn good."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Let me first say that I love this place! It's a great spot with tasty food and a wonderful ambiance. My only issue with OLB is the service. This isn't an isolated issue but something I've experienced every time I've come here. I'm not sure what the root of the issue stems from but the service is slow and disappointing. The staff is good... when you can get ahold of them. The food is great! I think I've tasted just about everything on the menu and have never been let down. Interesting dishes, price is good, and the drinks are on par as well. Good for groups, a romantic dinner with your wife, or just a night out after work."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This was a first date pick. Online reviews convinced me this place was the right choice. The food was great. Service was prompt. Bar and bartender were fun after dinner."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I was headed to an event on Melrose Ave and decided to look over some Open Table reviews. Osteria LA Buca popped up with a LOT of great reviews so I checked the menu and it looked pretty amazing. They opened at 5pm and I booked a table for two. I got there about ten minutes before opening and the hostess opened the door saying "Come on in and have a seat. No reason to stand outside." Immediately after that we were surrounded by the folks working there treating us like family. At that point, I was so very happy about the choice, but it got better. I had an astounding salad with cheese, fresh tomato and seared peaches. WOW. They also make all their pasta on site and we both had it. Just amazing ! Truly a great find !"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We live right in Larchmont Village and somehow never stopped here. The design of the space is modern and airy. Very cool vibe. The service outstanding and the food is amazing. We take our two young boys with us, and while they don't have a kids menu (which they need), they are very accommodating and make something special for them. We highly recommend Osteria La Buca."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food is really the star of the show here. Tables and chairs could be more comfortable, this is not their strong suit. Street parking at lunch is not great, found that we had to jump up in the middle, run and feed the meter. Extremely busy intersection and you need to be careful when you park. It's a narrow street, so, you have to wait for traffic to clear to avoid opening your door to exit the driver's side otherwise you might get run over by a car or a cyclists. Only offer valet parking at night. We were there for lunch, I'm sure the place would have been cuter in the evening."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I love this place. It's in my neighborhood and so I go there every couple of weeks."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Had a small group dinner here on Sunday evening, and everything about the experience was exceptional. The food, the drink, the service, the atmosphere, all were first rate. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We have dined at Osteria La Buca several times and have never been disappointed. We have taken several friends there and they all love it, including and Italian friend who says Osteria La Buca reminds him of Rome."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Delicious intimate dinner for two. Excellent pasta, very fresh."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Being from New York, my expectations for a Italian meal here are often low. But Osteria La Buca brings back old school Italian classic cooking with a modern twist. You gotta love their appetizer brussel sprouts, kale salads balanced with traditional Chicken Parmesan. We sat upstairs with the open roof on a perfect summer night as the sun set. Service was outstanding, attentive and relaxed. The braised short ribs were a treat, flavorful and not overwhelming. The vegetarian entre was spicy and full of flavor, satisfying for a vegetarian main dish. I hadn't been to La Buca in a while, and I'm definitely a fan. Want to bring my kid here for pizza. Great neighborhood place, welcoming for everyone. Solid food, great service and they get it right."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had an early reservation (5:30 p.m.) to go to a show after, so the restaurant was very quiet at first, with just a few locals at the bar and a couple tables. We were given options for seating and superb attention by the wait staff. I ordered a specialty drink off the menu and liked it so much, I ordered another (sorry....I've forgotten which one!). My boyfriend one of the craft beers on tap and loved it. I ordered the pasta dish with the egg on top (Delicious!!!) and my boyfriend ordered the special of the day which was a spicy tomato risotto with shrimp. The quality of the food is unmatched. Attention to detail with everything they do does not go unnoticed. Perfect for casual or dressed up. This is a 5 start all the way!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Love this unique & intimate place on the outside of Hancock Park. Great food & wine selection!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My friend and I sat upstairs, which was great for a quiet, catch-up visit. I had two appetizers for dinner. The octopus was perfectly cooked: toothsome and delicious. I love the concept of the egg on the brussel sprouts, which were charred and tasty, but the egg white didn't seem cooked at all. Maybe that was intentional on the part of the chef; if so, that should be indicated on the menu or by the wait staff. It was still good, though. I had a bite of my friend's Caesar salad, which was also very good: just the right acidi bite. The wait staff was attentive and friendly; we appreciated being able to linger downstairs over a cup of coffee while we finished our visit."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I have eaten here 3 or 4 times and never been disappointed. The dishes are always so tasty, the ambiance is warm and light and the staff very professional and attentive. Great entrees, tasty appetizers and delicious desserts. And great wine choices. I will continue to dine at this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Loved the food and ambiance - not your typical LA restaurant, a step above without being pretentious. Will go again, for sure."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I came back after having a good experience the first time to discover the food was just as good the second time. My trout was awesome. Perfectly cooked. The service was friendly and fairly attentive. The only thing negative is the place can get noisy, but it's worth it. It's the perfect neighborhood place for a dinner or late night drink. Casual unprotenxiois but very cool."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Very tasty Southern Italian food. Don't miss the brussel sprouts. Share the short rib raviolis - they are delizioso but really rich. Really friendly service."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "All around winner for service, atmosphere, staff, friendliness and food. Standouts on the menu include the short rib ravioli, Idaho trout, the pizzas and really fresh salads. A big "grazie" for the chicken parmesan now being on the permanent menu, because as a special it consistently sold out - usually minutes before we stepped in the door)."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Dined here for lunch as was quite surprised at the amount of noise within the establishment given the place was about a little over half full. Struggling to hear people talk is often something that keeps me from returning to restaurants. Food, Ambience, Service can all be top notch but are more often than not they are undercut by either loud music or just the structure that makes sound bounce around easily."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "La Buca, in the heart of the studio era and home to solid flavor, big wine, and fresh pasta. The decor is reminiscent of the loft of an urban hipster. A Los Angeles gem. Groovy and yummy."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I have been going here for quite a while. I have never had a dish that I did not enjoy. The atmosphere is very comfortable."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Haven't been in awhile but took clients there looking for a great Italian meal and OLB did not disappoint. The Ravioli is excellent... the Rigatoni superb... the vino...divino. Had a great time and the service was as expected. Cant wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "First time here, really nice decor West Village type decor for you New Yorkers, excellent tasty menu items. Highly recommend the Octopus salad and the fried cauliflower. Excellent Service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was our first time coming to this restaurant that we have driven by so many times and have always wanted to stop. It was a great place. Wonderful food, excellent service and anamazing ambience. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Service and food was superb. Highly recommend romaine salad and angelilno risotta. Worth traveling to."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Lat time at Osteria La Buca I wrote that it would be my go to neighborhood place if I lived in the area. Happy to write that I still feel that way about this wonderful, a bit quirky place, where the food is fantastic and the atmosphere authentically cool without trying. Great comfort food. Homemade pasta. Loved the Chicken Parmesan, the pizzas, the salads, the whole shebang."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food is extremely savory and delicious. A terrific place for a romantic evening."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My first time at Osteria was a lunch with friends. The food was delicious -- inventive and well presented. The selection of wines by the glass was good, and my chardonnay was great. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The decor is a bit rough (especially in the harsh light of noon), but perhaps it has more charm in evening's light. I would go back for the food above all. Really good."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We visited Osteria La Buca for my husband's birthday recently and it was incredible. My husband has high standards when it comes to restaurants and Osteria La Buca made an impression. The service was impeccable. The atmosphere was classy but still made you feel at home. The food was fresh both in quality and concept. The Short Rib Ravioli was delicious and the Crispy Brussels Sprouts could revolutionize this "dissed on" vegetable's reputation for the masses. I suggest you get on over to this delightful neighborhood eatery and enjoy!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was delicious, but the portion size is so small in this place. We left the place unsatisfied even after a desert. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Went for a very early 5 pm reservation with a well behaved 3 year old. I wouldn't say it's ideal for young kids but they were very friendly and welcoming. The service was great especially considering the price point. Everything we asked for was done and more. The food was very good particularly the burrata appetizer. The lamb rigatoni was rich and so tender. The other pasta dishes were clearly house made and very fresh. We ordered the butterscotch pudding which was to die for, the tiramisu was very nice, but I would skip the somewhat bland biscotti. The decor was unique and beautiful, and my son loved checking out the motorcycle helmets."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Try it all. Every time I go to Osteria La Buca, the meal is delicious and the staff is excellent!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The Beat Italian food!! Pasta made fresh daily on the premises. From arrival appetizers, main course, dessert all excellent. Wait staff excellent. Great night out!! Reservations recommended. We will defiantly dine at Osteria La BUCA again."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The short rib ravioli was exceptional, as was the bucatini carbonara. The food was exceptional served in a hipster kind of environment. The meal was complimented with a very nice Barolo that didn't break the bank. Great restaurant. Was going to go to osteria Mozza but they were booked. The food was superior to theirs. Great find. Was concerned about the neighborhood but the restaurant filled up and felt like it was the right choice. I came over from Pasadena. We have great restaurants there and you guys definitely did not disappoint "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "You can tell the pasta was made fresh just hours before it's served. Staff is knowledgable and doesn't hover, but is always there when you want them. Great vibe and valet is only 5$ if you need it."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great find for excellent Italian food. Will definitely come back to try other items on the menu!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014