Best Chicken Parmesan in California
Always great food! You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, we have tried almost everything and have yet to be disappointed. Our favorite is the Chicken San Remo, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, peas all blend nicely to give a hearty pasta dish a light feel. Also, Chicken parmesan is the best I've ever had. Service is a bit canned, very generic service, like you would expect at most chains these days.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a fantastic dinner! The food was awesome. The chicken Marsala and the Egg Plant Parmesian are must tries. Great menu and great service.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely server despite no bread
Lovely server despite no bread :) was so sweet and apologized for things out of her control. Food was delicious and very filing. . Leftovers tasted just as good. Took a bit long to be seated despite having reservations but it was a busy night.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Been to this one a few times.
Been to this one a few times. Never had a bad meal or bad service. Overall good food.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better than average food for
Better than average food for a chain that offers a good Family feel and neighborhood experience.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding service, great food
Since we were celebrating my Dad's birthday, the atmosphere was perfect. Very energetic and plenty of room for everyone. The family size serving were enough to feed our whole group. The servers were attentive to our every need. They even gathered around to sing a unique Birthday Song for my Dad. Thanks for making it special...
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A definite group dining place.
A definite group dining place. Excellent for family celebrations.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was the first time i
This was the first time i visited your restaurant although two of my children have both eaten at different locations. The service was great and the food fantastic. I would most certainly recommend your restaurant to anyone wanting a true Italian experience.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun family style food
The food was great. But Mother's Day was very loud with lots of big parties. We could not hear each other talk.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
George the Server!
We had the pleasure of George the Server waiting on us this night. Our family was celebrating our son's 19th birthday. George was fun, attentive, helpful, but not too bothersome. He made our family celebration more fun than it normally would have been! Even Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed talking to George. He was great!!
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our waiter really made the experience. He was very engaging and was quite professional. Although an order was misplaced, it was more the way we ordered and nothing to do with the staff. I'd definitely come back. The selection of bread could be better but who eats bread anyway (jk).
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A whole lot of food
Great for family or group dinning. Nice selection of Italian favorites well prepared and very tasty. Nutritional information was not on the menu but I emailed Buca and they sent me all of their nutrition info in just a couple of days.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good with reservations
Basically I made Reservations, called back to confirm and said we might be early. We were early and still waited 10-15 minutes beyond our 9pm reservation for a table. The initial response was because our 9pm reservation was so late, being a little early shouldn't be an issue. Our table was a long table that made socializing with the group difficult. The saving grace of the evening was the waiter and food were excellent. The staff who were preparing to close obviously wanted us gone, its not my fault they close at 11 or that they seated us so late.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
buca for life!
Gigantic portions at amazing prices, piping hot and beyond tasty. Love Buca!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hooray for Buca!
We had been to Buca Di Beppo in San Francisco, and were looking for one in Southern California once we moved here. Irvine was the perfect location for us. It's half-way from our home in Dana Point and my daughter's home. The food was great. The atmosphere pleasant, and the decor was so outrageous that it gave us all something to talk about for the nearly two hours we were there. Thank you! We found our new neighborhood restaurant.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for a Group Gathering
We were able to get a last minute OT reservation when our event ran long at we wanted a good dinner for a large group mid-week after 9 pm. Buca was ready to accommodate! Unfortunately it was clear that some of their servers and waitstaff had already left for the day or were called back on their way out because our group (and many others!) showed up when they least expected it! But, despite the jump to task, the waitstaff was pleasant and attentive, and our food was delicious! We really wanted the Pope table, but fell short of the party of 12 requirement. Next time! Thanks for being there for us!
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated a birthday, very accomidting, brought us our own candelabra, offered to buy us dessert.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our daugher turned 13, and wanted to go to one of her favorite restaurants! The staff was very accomodating, and Michael our server made her feel special. Thank you all for a very good meal and evening.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun Group Party Place
Decent Italian food at a good price. Easy to share the very generous portion sizes. Lots of conversation starters by looking at the photos on the wall. Atmosphere is loud and lively. Would recommend for large parties
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to Buca for my son's 25th Birthday. Good food and good service!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for a noisy group
We had a birthday party here for our 11 year old and it was the perfect place to let them enjoy themselves without getting glares from other diners. Buca di Beppo provided generous portions of food and also the casual environment with many other families nearby made it a stress free time. Food quality was decent and hit the spot for the kids since they were hankering Italian. Would definitely go there again for group events.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Buca de Beppo makes the best eggplant parmigiana of all Italian restaurants I've eaten at.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for special dates
We had 8 people, aged from 8 to 79. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the waiter was terrific, we plan on going again next birthday!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great for a last minute
We have dined here using Open Table and can usually get in within 30 minutes. This is great because without Open Table, we would have to wait closer to an hour. This is how popular this place is. Nothing fancy, just plain old fun food. This is what I would picture going to an Italian grandmother's house for dinner, or a neighborhood restaurant in Italy. My one s complaint is that it is always so cold in there I I forget to take a jacket. It wasn't just me. I saw others at other tables with arms crossed, except for the guy wearing a jacket. And this is in July during a heat wave. I wish they would not have it so uncomfortably cold in there. Maybe next time, I won't feel so rushed to get out in the heat that we might actually order dessert!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service there was great, fast and staff was very friendly. Always making sure we were ok or asking if we wanted something else.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A reliable dinner spot
This has been the third visit for me this year. We usually save going here for a special occasion. I had put in my OpenTable comments that I wanted the kitchen table for our special night, and they had it for us - how awesome!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hope we can make reservation for more than 10 people ... Calling in is ok & easy, but online is much cooler ... :)
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Buca Never Disappoints
I am always confident that our dining experience will be outstanding. We bring lots of friends to Buca and they are always amazed.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
nice place big dishes
Consider this as for Families since need to share plates as so big, food is great
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great time
The staff made this a very enjoyable experience for the whole family. The food was great. It was served fast and family style. The eggplant parm is the best ever. We will be back again soon.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A solid winner
Food is always very good. Portions are so large you should plan on taking home leftovers which will provide a 2nd meal later. A little on the rich side so best done only on occasion.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a wonder-filled experience: great food and service, delightful environment combined with a reunion of friends.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the ambiance here and the food is so much better than you'd expect for a chain! We started with the mini meatball appetizer (along with the bread, yummy!) and a small chopped salad. There were four adults and one 6 year old and there was plenty for all! We moved on to three more small orders, a ravioli pomodoro, lasagna and veal marsala. We had a just a little leftover. The quality of the food always a pleasant surprise and the ambiance is so much fun! Great wine list, too.
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food. Lots of food. Not
Good food. Lots of food. Not on the overly rich taste; ie, butter / oil. Overall good tasting. The noise level was a bit loud for our taste. This restaurant would be great for large groups or big families.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I came back to Bucca after recently moving out of State and finding myself missing the food. It was somewhat crowded,but our reservation guaranteed us prompt seating. The server was ok, we have had more outgoing service before. The food was good as it usually is, although we seemed to have a difficult time deciding what to order. There was a new selection on the menu but we were not sure if enough of us would like it so we passed, not wanting to run the tab up over a dish that would end up in a to go box, then eventually in the trash because we were staying in a hotel being on vacation. First time I actually wished they didn't serve only massive portions. I think a build your own sampler platter may be something to consider in the future.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
went here to take my girlfriend
went here to take my girlfriend out for a romantic dinner. the staff was lovely and attentive and friendly!!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Buca di Beppo is always delicious!
Really can't go wrong with Buca, always a delicious meal!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun, Food, Friends
Great food, beautiful decor, great place to bring friends. Staff was attentive-Steve was excellent. Food was tasty and hot. Love the postcard pictures.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
2nd Thanksgiving spent at Buca with family. Great food, terrific service. Fun....not like a stuffy hotel dining room; but more like being at a relative's home.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Thanksgiving Dinner!
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner! Worth every penny!! We had a 10.00 off coupon and it made it even more affordable! Front desk was pleasant at check in.... waitress was very accommodating... and the stuffing was the best! Only complaint I have is that we could have eaten about 10 more mini canollis! Those were the best!! Just kidding... we needed 2 each.. and it was fine! Thank you for a great Thanksgiving! We will recommend you and will be coming back next year too!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM