Great food and service; finally
Great food and service; finally added an elevator so that getting to the downstairs restaurant isn't so precarious for diners.
3/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice, Really Nice!
The food was excellent. The ambiance just right, we loved the murals depicting scenes. The service was also very good. You felt "at home" and one can never pay enough money for that!!!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
From the moment you walk in
From the moment you walk in the door until you leave you are treated like a regular. Great food with a wide variety to fit the taste of all. Service is A+ all the servers work together.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
The perfect pre=theater place.
Very pleased. Selections were varied and delicious. Decor was excellent and very Italian. I felt that I was in true gormet restaurant.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is just a great, underrated
This is just a great, underrated restaurant. The Dover Sole is the best in the city.
4/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was great and
The service was great and the food is always excellent.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
had not been here for years
had not been here for years but was as good as I remembered
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Super food and wonderful attentive
Super food and wonderful attentive service. Always consistent.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good as usual
We hadn't been there for quite some time, but it was as good as I remember. What a treat to have them filet a whole fish in front of us! When I wanted to share my dish with another, they brought a dish with the accompanying vegetables for the split.
You cannot beat the fish for freshness. The service is friendly, courteous and efficient.
It is the perfect place to eat before the Walnut Street Theatre shows.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best softshell crabs and service
The portions are generous and the two large soft shell crabs are the best I have eaten. Old world European service and dependably high quality food. This restaurant has been around a long time and is more classic than trendy, but always has wonderful pasta and fish.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but could be great
Downstairs is divided into little, cozy rooms. The clams casino were covered in a sort of tomato paste; we sent them back and the waiter very graciously substituted another appetizer. The salad was good. The cart, where they display the fresh fish and meats before you order, is a lovely touch; however, the Bronzino preparation wasn't outstanding from a creative or culinary point of view.
I would go back to give them a second chance, because I think they can do better, and it might have been an off-night. Just don't order the clams casino and expect that they'll be anything like actual clams casino.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for lunch
What an excellent choice for pre-theatre lunch. Food is delicious, service is terrific, and the prices are really good.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy La Buca for
We always enjoy La Buca for a pre theater dining experience. The quality of the food is great: fresh and authentic Italian. Good wines by the glass choices, delicious evo, too! The waiters are very knowledgeable with service prompt to get us to the theater in time if we are close on time.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have season tickets to
We have season tickets to the Walnut Street Theater and typically eat at this wonderful restaurant. We have been going for years, and the service and food are always perfect. Great place to eat
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dinner Experience
This dining experience was a relaxed, enjoyable event. Wait staff was very attentive to our requests. They knew the menu very well and the preparation of the meals. Food was delicious and done to everyone's liking. Fantastic Wine list. I recommend parking at Wills Eye Hospital garage as the parking was validated by the La Buca staff for free parking to attend Walnut Street Theater for a show.
The reservation was for 5:30 PM, completed dinner at 7:30 PM (party of 4), walked to Walnut Street Theater in time for show.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently top quality
I always love going to La Buca. There is a great informal bar with the always friendly bar tender. Old style tuxedoed waiters with great presentation. The fish is great, my friend loved the dover sole. I always stick to the pasta, usually linguini with clams, but this time had pasta arabiata which was spicey and outstanding.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Long-standing and much-appreciated
Long-standing and much-appreciated classic Italian restaurant. Not to be missed!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic Italian, with tradition
Great variety; Northern Italian done right; classic service; special ambience; superb Italian wine list.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Timeless Neighborhood Gem
I have been going to this "Cave" for years. Food is always great. Dover sole the best in Philadelphia. Raw oysters perfectly presented. Great for a quiet dinner, or to meet for drinks after work. I love the bar!
Pasta dishes the best in town!
Rumor has it that Happy Hour will include 1/2 price drinks starting September 2013!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to La Buca early on
We went to La Buca early on a Friday evening and were shocked to find that it was nearly empty. I suppose the crowd comes later, because there is absolutely nothing to keep them away. The food and drink were terrific and the ambiance and service were top rate. We have already planned to make it our pre-theater stop in the future.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
la buca always good
wonderful sauteed scallops and delicious broccoli!!! yes! broccoli...Cooked to perfection. The desserts are always wonderful; this time a creme brulee. The straccitella soup is always a treat. Service w/Amy was delightful. As it is with all the servers...Always out in time for theater and other happenings.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a real find A small, very traditional Italian restaurant near Independence Sq. Great service. Fresh fish was fantastic. Cooked whole, deboned at the table. And REAL Tiramisu!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was great! Reminded us of the classic Italian restaurants that you don't find much any more. Love that about it! We went for restaurant week. Choices were very limited and didn't really impress us. If I were going for the regular menu, it may be different. I would give it another shot, but my husband wouldn't. To me, Restaurant Week should be a time to impress new customers. I had always wanted to try it. Left feeling a little disappointed. I would definitely recommend trying it, but not for the restaurant week menu!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
comfort and contentment in a meal
Just a quiet and relaxed meal in the course of a hectic day. It was the perfect place before a show at the Walnut Theater.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another wonderful Dinner
My Husband & I enjoyed our dinner once again. We have been to La Buca several times. We have tickets to the Walnut Street Theater and it is very convenient for going to the show. We have never been disappointed. This visit, we arrived late for our reservation because of traffic, but was graciously greeted by Von & seated promptly. Our servers, Amy & Von were cordial & professional, they were able to get us done in plenty of time for the show, but we didn't feel rushed at all. We enjoyed dinner in a leisurely manner & even had dessert. Looking forward to the next time.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food & Great Service
The food was always good but lately has improved to excellent. Out waiter was personable and described things with just the right amount of detail.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is consistently good although the menu could use some updating - it never changes - which is good and bad. We had a great server who was very attentive, and the service was efficient enough that we were out in plenty of time for the theater. The host even remembered us, and we had not been there over the summer as we were out of town. The place is quiet enough for conversation which is rare in restaurants these days.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food. Older decor. Authentic
Good food. Older decor. Authentic italian
service. I like the idea of bringing the fresh fish to your table to view and select.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been going to La Buca before the theatre and for special family events for more than fifteen years. We have never been disappointed! Great food and wonderful preparation; incomparable waitstaff; enjoyable ambience; usually quiet.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food at La Buca is always
The food at La Buca is always excellent served in an old world atmosphere and manner.
The fact that the restaurant has maintained a thriving business for so many years speaks for itself.
I like the place!
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM