Always a great meal and perfect
Always a great meal and perfect for a quick lunch drop in! I even took home a large anti-pasto salad (my favorite) to serve the family for dinner.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
We appreciated the certificate
We appreciated the certificate comped to us by the company for inconveniences that occurred on the prior visit. We had better service and it seems during the week it is not such a hectic dinig experience as on weekends. Food and portions always great and the server although bartending at the same time seemed to handle it better than the last server we'd had in that area. The manager is always nice and always comes up to ask how things are even tho shes busy. We do think it would help of they had a bartender who just bartended.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful Easter
We had a wonderful Easter lunch with our family! Our server was awesome and very helpful. The food was delicious. Made us wish we were back in Sicily!!! We will definitely stop by again when we are in Santa Monica!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for the family- two
Great for the family- two teens and a pre-teen enjoyed the night.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always friendly and fast service,
Always friendly and fast service, tasty food, good kids menu, perfect for taking the kids after a day at the beach.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love everything about this restaurant, I don't think I will ever have enough ;-)
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Walking in my family and me
Walking in my family and me instantly felt at home. Once we got seated we noticed the ambience was very family oriented considering we went for Mother's Day. Our waiter Kevin came right away introduced himself and asked us if it was our first time dining here and yes it was, we loved that he let us know how there serving system worked and how helpful he was. Food was a plus, Proscuitto Stuffed Chicken and Caneolli's; perfection! We will sure be coming back and will recommend this place.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Buca's a Buca
If you've ever dined at a Buca, most of the food's the same. But, for whatever reason, the food seems to be prepared differently at different Bucas. We liked the fried calamari at this Buca's compared to some we've been to. The staff are a lot friendlier too. You're made to feel welcomed. The maitre'd and our wait person were both nice and seemed to enjoy working with the public.
It makes all the difference in the world when you hired someone who does the job well and it's there to just collect a pay check which is easy to do in the restaurant business.
The decor is crazy as with all Buca's.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Service but Food is Hit or Mis
Liked: the Apple salad, salmon plate. Not so Much: The veal. Otherwise, the dining experience I expected - big groups, fairly loud, tourists, lots of decorations.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
like in Italy
It was awesome there! Really, there is so much food you can choose and everything tastes really good. And the ambience is like in Italy. Not expensive.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food, large super portions,
great food, large super portions, just badbadbad oparking choices, almost zero....but we try to go during the week when its not so crowded in the area, we love it there !
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
great place to go
Food Was Great Fit To Feed Many Or To Take Home Left Overs. Service Was Amazing, Super Friendly People. They Will Give You A Tour Of The Restaurant If You Want And It Is Worth Taking. You Can Sit Indoor Or Outdoor.I Completely Recommend This Place Even If You Can Only Go Once. T
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great birthday dinner!
This is a great restaurant for groups. The servers/hosts were so great and attentive, and they handled our group of 8 people perfectly. I highly recommend coming here! Make sure to RSVP especially on the weekends. This place gets packed! Overall a great birthday dinner!!!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Waitress - made the day
Yvette started the lunch off just right. Good menu suggestions for our multigenerational group. The bruchette appetizer was delish and the perfect starter. Baked Pasta Dish, Lemon Chicken and yum, the Apple Gorganzola Salad. For our 9 people, we even had enough leftover for dinner for 6 that night! Yvette was a hit with all of us and the kids loved her sense of humor. Thanks for a great meal. we will be back.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Buca has become our tradition to celebrate my now 11 year old son's birthday. He LOVES the big birthday song and being embarrassed. This time we had a party of 20 and they seated us quickly and service was amazing!!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
No matter how long it's been since my last visit to this place or the location, the food is always consistent with what my taste buds remember, kudos to the people running it, in today's world it's hard to find places that keep up with what made them successful.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
plenty of food and tasted great!
Excellent food. It was hard to find our waiter at times but overall very good.
8/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
So much food in huge portions and tasted wonderful!!! Our server was absolutely fantastic too! We celebrated my daughter's first birthday and the waiter was nice enough to include an extra scoop of ice cream for my son so he didn't feel left out. Thanks for making it a joyous occasion.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go to Buca a few times a year
Go to Buca a few times a year at different locations and can honestly say that Santa Monica is one of the better locations. Glad we were able to reserve a table via Open Table.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were there spending time with a friend we hadn't seen in years. Once our food arrived, it was delicious! However, our food took a long time to arrive and one person was served and the other two meals were served a good 15 minutes later. Not sure if the server forgot, or the kitchen didn't time the dishes correctly. That was uncomfortable because we told him to go ahead and eat and the other people at the table were left to just sit there. The parking is horrible and the traffic in front of the restaurant is always busy, making it difficult to even drop people off safely!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Group Experience
Cramped & uncomfortable / But! other than that everything was excellent
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go-to for family occasions
Never dissappointed by food or service and our server Leah was a gem. She has a gorgeous voice! We will continue to come back.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
we had two couples at dinner, one celebrating 45 years the other 50 years of being married....the waitress asked us if this was a special day and we told them about our anniversaries....we finished eating and two of the people left the table...all of a sudden the waiter puts down two large candle holders with six candles blazing....do ya think this could have been done during the dinner or even when we were all there?....or do you think a piece of cake could have been given for the four of us to split....and why the late arrival of candles....it was a good laugh.......and probably made it a memorable event.....
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed my first visit to Buca would definately go again. Service was excellent, staff very friendly and prices were reasonable. Not to mention the food was very good.
8/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
bad bad parking
if only this pl;ace was in a better location.never easy to find parking even when the structure across the street is open,and at times after going around 3 or 4 times trying to park with no luck we have called to cancel the reservation, its too bad because food altho pricey is always good, huge portions and most of the time has good servers...
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love BUCA. A little pricey, but darn great food! Will be back!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service all around
I was greeted immediately entering the resturant and received a nice tour. The servers were attentive and knowledge of the food and made me and my party feel absolutely welcome. Will be coming back for more parties., Thanks
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great dinner, food was fabulous. Also the service.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was Very, Very good....
Had to wait some time for the food, but that was b/c of a large group. Everything else ok.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always amazing pizza!!!!
Considering that they import their cheese from Italy- Buca is just such a great deal w/o any LA pretense. Everyone from your baby to your grandparents are welcome, & you don't have to worry that your going to still be hungry after you're done w/your meal!!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM