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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
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We decided last minute to visit Osteria La Buca last minute mid-week for dinner. We have been here a few times and each time the food has been spectacular. The service is great and friendly and was very accommodating to me, my wife, and toddler son. It was just a great night thanks to the food, the ambience, and just how friendly everyone was. We love this restaurant and cannot wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Great find for excellent Italian food. Will definitely come back to try other items on the menu!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "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
  • "The food was pretty good. Service responsive. Noise level unbearable. The meatballs were great!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The Italian Prosecco by the glass was really good! Highly recommend the brussels sprouts, squash blossoms and caramel desert."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The portions were ridiculously small. The bread serve for a table of four was smaller that a D battery. The amount of the gnocchi was pathetic. The waitress showed no interest in our table. Drinks were left empty. Just not impressed especially for th eprice."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great food! Their cocktails were ... meh. The waitress seemed a little overwhelmed but was still polite and professional. Total came out to ~ $70 for 2 people (including tip). I'd go again but maybe during the week."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent food and great service. I had a special request and they accommodated without any issues. Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food and the service was great! It wasn't too crowded our loud in there. We had three starters: pork meatballs, calamari, and the ricotta crochettes. The ricotta crochettes were such a nice surprise, drizzled with a little honey and rosemary. The meatballs were huge and the romesco sauce was so flavorful. I would definitely order these three appetizers again. One person ordered the chicken parm with a side of spaghetti and they really enjoyed it. I had the rigatoni with braised lamb. My pasta was cooked to perfection and the sauce with the pickled peppers was so balanced and amazing. Unfortunately, I had eaten too much from the starters I couldn't eat as much of my entree as I would have liked. I would definitely go back! I loved it!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed our experience here. Service was excellent. The food was mostly on target. We especially enjoyed the steak tartare and brussels sprouts appetizers. Ricotta croquettes were sweet and I would not order them again. Seafood Risotto was great, pizzas a little lacking. Desserts were excellent."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Very good Pizza and interesting pastas and other choices. Nice eclectic wine list"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I live two blocks away and when I tried this restaurant a year ago it blew my mind. The staff is amazing and the food is the right portion with a great wine list."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The good: The Brussel sprouts, ravioli and molten chocolate cake were all delicious, the drinks were great, the place was well lit and very tastefully decorated. Reservation Table was ready to go when we arrived on a very busy Valentines Day! an appetizer, 2 main courses, dessert and 2 rounds of drinks only set me back $130.. Not Bad The bad : Carbanera pasta was salty, it took a pretty long to get drinks at the table, it was really cold upstairs and the music was turned up a little loud. I would go back, but not in my LA top 10.."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food, great service. With the right company, can't go wrong."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Second time in a week. The bolegnese is fantastic! Can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "On the advice of a friend in-the-know, we booked a large party at Osteria La Buca. The hosts couldn't have been more charming or accommodating. We were seated in their private dining room upstairs and were treated to a fabulous cavalcade of dishes. Our two (somewhat tricky) vegetarian guests were staggered by the selection on offer. Everything was handled with meticulous care. I have to say that this was one of the most memorable birthdays I've ever had. Thank you to everyone at La Osteria. I look forward to the next time. I promise you that I won't be waiting until the next birthday rolls around either!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We were in the mood for modern Italian and some good cocktails... Osteria La Buca delivered. We started with well-executed mixology-style cocktails, which our server recommended. Apps were eclectic and delicious, and the ideal portion size. Homemade pasta with a rich bolognese finished off the best Italian meal I've had in LA in 2 years. We even noticed the music was right on with the right energy and funkiness. I highly recommend this spot, your date will love it!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Osteria La Buca is a great neighborhood restaurant. The food , service and ambiance outstanding. It's a very personable place, the owner even took the time to come by our table. I was there with 3 girlfriends to celebrate a Birthday, but I think it would also make a date spot. We ordered the pork meatballs, brussels sprouts & cheese croquettes for starters and squash ravioli, chicken parmigiana. Portions are generous and prices are reasonable, food is great. A win-win! I would definitely go back. I also noticed on the website that Monday nights they have a special called "pitchers & pies". Buy a pitcher of beer & get a classic pizza pie for $5. Sounds like a fun evening!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "and i'm so happy I did! It's an amazing neighborhood gem. Cute logo and motobike outside.Trendy and cool vibe inside, you feel like you're eating in an all glass room upstairs! the staff was great and accommodated all my dietary requests + made some great suggestions. Such good food - always local and sustainable! Will definitely be back :)"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "If I lived nearby I'd be dining there once a week. Casual, unpretentious, delicious food. A new favorite.... Glad the locals recommended this treasure to us...."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. Flawless... the service is friendly but subtle... the menu is amazing. Brussell Sprouts to start... HEAVEN! Pasta is homemade and cooked to perfection. Try the toffee dessert. Goodness, can you say FOODGASM???? Love this restaurant!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014