Osteria La Buca
Osteria La Buca

Osteria La Buca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.osterialabuca.com/
  • Phone: 3234621900x
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Osteria La Buca reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (61)fit for foodies (57)romantic (30)good for groups (20)notable wine list (18)special occasion (17)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (9)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Delicious!
    SweetloveVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We had a great dinner here. We had the roasted brussel sprouts, which were fantastic, and I had their pasta w/ lamb dish with their gluten free pasta, which was excellent. Not a lot of restaurants can get the gluten free pasta right, and this was completely delicious. Cute, cozy little spot. Our waiter was great.
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  • Great Spot
    BigP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Addicted to the vibe and the food! Perfect ambiance for a great date night. Food is made superbly, just that added little touch and flair. Nothing over the top and ridiculous, just really, really good. Price point is on target and portions are welcomingly appropriate in size to fill your belly with some shared bites for your table, a sampling of everybody's dish is recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant in LA !
    FrankieD
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food is absolutely delicious Italian fare in a modern setting. The staff is attentive and the bartender Wes is one of the best in LA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such a great restaurant
    SupernovaLA
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This is my go to restaurant for absolutely delicious food, at a price that fits the quality. The service is impeccable. I love coming here with friends from out of town, family... it's just always the best pick. The fact that they rotate their ingredients according to what is in season is attractive to me, and the dishes are wholesome, inventive and perfect portions. Can't say enough good things about Osteria La Buca.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This is a real neighborhood gem. I have been here many times with my husband and friends. Food has always been good. Fresh pasta is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special
    batman
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We were stuck in traffic, called that we would be late and miss our reservation time. Not only were we reassured that there would be no problem, we were seated in a few minutes even though they were packed. Food was excellent. Service was unbeatable. The upstairs room is a gem (and we could use our own ipod music there.)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    WellFedTraveler
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a great time here. It's an attractive, fun space. The noise level is high but we were still able to converse easily. The food is very good -- authentic Italian and Italian-American mostly. The wine list is small but good and the corkage policy (one bottle free for every bottle purchased off their list) is fair. It ended up being 60 bucks a person, all included, which seems high for what is really a very casual restaurant. But that's the only complaint. Oh, and the valet parking was overwhelmed -- long wait for cars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and ambiance
    bjpwhollywood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    While outside of the edge of the Melrose restaurant scene, Osteria had great food, outstanding service all in a really unique and interesting setting. Went there on a first date and wasn't disappointed by anything. The staff was great and wait staff exceptional. Interesting food options both for apps and entres. I'm a sucker for homemade pasta and both my date and I really enjoyed to food, great wine and the high ceiling romantic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • heavenly pasta
    eastsidefoodie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The best pasta I have ever had. I'm Italian and I've had my grandmother's homemade, handmade pasta. Don't tell Grzandma, but La Buca's pasta is even better and f that's saying something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This restaurant has to be one of the best we have been to in Los Angeles. The food and service is second to none! Very unique dishes prepared to perfection. A delightful experience that should be shared by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Happy We Went There!
    ChowhoundVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I was first introduced to La Buca by friends last year and have been back a half dozen times since. It's New York brick and glass with a less than glamorous view of a City Health Services building across the street, but I can't think of another negative. The food is always wonderfully light but delicious, the ingredients are fresh (the night I was there the lamb pasta wasn't available because the chef wasn't happy with the quality of the lamb), the drinks are well made and the service is great. If you're near Paramount and you're hungry, this is the place. Plus they've always got great music playing! Go!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EFoodman
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were upstairs in the pasta making room and had it all to ourselves. This led to a wonderful ambiance and didn't detract an iota from the attentiveness of the service. We were delighted with the server's recommendations (and her wonderful personality)...the brussel sprouts were to die for, and between us we had an assortment of homemade pasta dishes that were all excellent. We didn't follow her suggestions on desert selection and as a consequence had a very average apple crisp. we're looking forward to coming coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    TheMadTaster
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Driving up to the restaurant, one really doesn't know what to expect. The neighborhood is not a shiny new dime and the unassuming facade does not forewarn of the treasures inside. Once inside, the place really shows itself. There is a sense of quality here. The service is perfect. It is comfortable, confident and courteous - from the server to the runners and bussers. It was instantly comfortable to be there. The food is a rare and delicate find. The burrata was simple but mouth-watering but the star of the night was the short rib ravioli which made me wonder why I've wasted so many meals eating other foods... Will definitely return. Much love to this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High Hopes
    appljuiceVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Finding them on yelp, I had high hopes. Cool decor, friendly staff, but a two flies harassed my friend and I all night and even though I made mention of the room upstairs being too warm, and fanned myself with the menu, the air didn't kick on for about 30 minutes (until about 12 other diners joined us in the space). The dungeness crab pasta dish I ordered was...okay, but just lacking an actual yummy taste. My friend ordered the pasta with a fried egg and pancetta... she nibbled at it for some time, but it was just..."meh." We both were thinking we should have just had more traditional spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parm.
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  • Service top notch, food disappoints
    nginla
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good stuff: friendly and attentive staff, nice settings, loud but energetic and fun, great cocktails, amazing zucchini flower and meatball appetizers, good salted caramel dessert. Meh stuff: all four diners found the food in general bland and tasteless. Except for the above-mentioned dishes, everything seemed like it lacked salt or any kind of seasoning or distinctive taste. You could taste the base ingredient but not much else. A pizza with prosciutto and egg in the center just tasted bready, no flavor from the prosciutto or other seasonings except around the egg. Carbonara had no taste either, even though it was covered in sauce. Desserts weren't great. Would go back, but we will try protein dishes instead of pizza and pasta next time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this restaurant!
    iamericagibson
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The ambiance and service is top notch. Everyone who works there is so friendly and helpful. Try the Rigatoni, Spaghetti Nero and Short Rib Ravioli—all are incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    Outandabout
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Came here with two ladies that are in their 70's. The portions were perfect, favors terrific and the service prompt but not cloying. We had an early(of course) reservation so the nouse level was fine for them until we left and the place was now packed. Much easier to hear in here versus his NY restuarants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of the way gem
    LuvDiningOutVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hand-made pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great service and great food. We asked our server's recommendations and discovered some new great dishes! The pasta is all made by hand here, and cooked al dente like it should be. Nero Spaghetti - The squid-ink spaghetti was great (nice bite) and a little spicy which was nice. They did not skimp on the seafood! Fusilli Cecci - A new dish for me and a great summertime meal. The fusilli is mixed with spinach, chickpeas and walnuts in a light lemon/garlic sauce and just enough cheese to make it slightly gooey, but not too much. Definitely the winner of the night. Dessert was tiramisu and butterscotch budino, both of which were good, although I think there was a bit too much salt in the salted caramel topping.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite
    TimE
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Fantastic food and service but conversation is always a challenge because the noise level is almost extreme.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy in my Tummy!
    MonikaVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but "eh" service.
    Dontworrybehappy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner spot
    Bigscrooge
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Discovery
    smagic
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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 !
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I drove by it so many times...
    JobibVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my Faves!
    Mmfoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I love this place. It's in my neighborhood and so I go there every couple of weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Excellent Dining Experience
    popepick
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Like Italy
    Shankabela
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Delicious intimate dinner for two. Excellent pasta, very fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Italian!
    cheweyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 5 star...all the way!
    happytodine3
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Gem
    SAL423
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Love this unique & intimate place on the outside of Hancock Park. Great food & wine selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner at Osteria La Buca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent italian
    WOVV
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will go again
    mollyanddavid
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Loved the food and ambiance - not your typical LA restaurant, a step above without being pretentious. Will go again, for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    BSEreview
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Optional
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great
    StevennchbVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate