Had a great first experience
Had a great first experience here. We got to sit upstairs with an awesome view of the ground floor dining area and a peek at the street. I lived close by and just recently moved.. and of course came back. The menu is great; not too extensive and from our experience, it's hard to go wrong with anything on the menu. Bottles of wine are affordable whether with a small or large group. The meatballs were a ridiculously delicious surprise. Pizzas are great... pasta, fresh and light.
Will be coming back more often!
3/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was a great dinner. We
It was a great dinner. We had to eat on the early side, so I really can't comment on what a lively scene it was, but it was very energetic by the time we left. The fireplace upstairs is a really nice touch. The room upstairs could use a bit more decor, that's all.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was great, atmosphere
Food was great, atmosphere great, service was spot on. The waitress asked if we were on a schedule (which we were) and made sure we were served as soon as possible. THAT is impressive and greatly appreciated.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food, generous portions,
Excellent food, generous portions, and attentive but never overbearing service made this a terrific dining experience.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a great time here. Unfortunately the upstairs was closed for seating. Downstairs the seating is a little close to one another but other than that a great place to dine!
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time at Osteria La Buca. Will be back. Close to downtown. Cool interior. We sat upstairs. Very open and bright. Food was very good. Shared several items including brussel sprouts, steak and pasta. Dessert was excellent but huge. Took a lot home. Give this place a shot - you won't be disappointed.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
BRAVO TO LA BUCA
Our second visit to Osteria La Buca and it did not disappoint us. Great food and very nice and attentive service with a hip vibe. I travel to LA 3 or 4 times per year and my wife and I always stop at La Buca. The croquettes are fantastic !!! Definietly a place to go for a nice comfortable dinner in cool surroundings.. Carmen our waitress was sweet and gave us great recomendations..
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love the atmosphere of this
I love the atmosphere of this place. Large windows and exposed brick. Seemed very urban without being too trendy. Our service was top-notch. Friendly, efficient and attentive. Loved the fusilli with lentils and truffle oil. The Brussel Sprouts were among the best I've had on this cruciferous veggie of the moment. Our only complaint was the beet and Burrata salad. Beets seemed sprinkled with sugar - a little too sweet and wholly unnecessary. Would like to return again with girlfriends for a night out!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Classic pizza was one
The Classic pizza was one of the best "plain" pizzas I've had. Really great cheeses used on that. The special Osso Buco on a bed of risotto was out of this world. A fantastic pairing. The space had a very nice, high ceiling and it probably helped reduce the noise level down from similar types of restaurants. Service was prompt and attentive. I highly recommend Osteria La Buca as my friends and I were beaming afterwards.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a lovely experience at this restuarant. Great to have it in our neighborhood. The food was very good and regular pricey. The manager (?) was very sweet to us. The waiter was effiecient (if a little overly attentive). The drinks were also good. We had a great time.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A hidden gem
Been wanting to check out Osteria la Buca. I drive by it all the time. So glad I did. Definitely coming back!
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A very enjoyable dining experience with excellent waitstaff and memorable menu
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice meal
Enjoyed our meal. Friendly, quick service from our helpful waitress. Fresh arugula salad was delicious Brussels sprouts appetizer was unusual and delicious, as were our freshly made pasta entrees (especially a daily special pappardelle with poppyseeds-marvelous texture). Wine was a perfect match to the savory meal. Desserts looked good, but we were too full with the ample portions to try them.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you're looking for a solid Italian meal with all the staples of a great meal this is the place to go. Great food and great service!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place, food and service
Nice place, food and service were excellent. valet parking available Good prices along with wine and desserts.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great choice
Been to Buca a few times and its still one of my favorites. Love the set up, the food and the staff.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Some of the best and freshest pasta we have ever had. Lovely food and service. Had to leave before dessert and coffee due to noise level. Wish that there was a location in the restaurant that catered to people who want to enjoy a conversation along with the fabulous food.
We will return but much earlier in the evening.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'd say that the vegitable sides are even better than the meat pastas, which are delectable.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful homemade pastas, delicious flavors, chef made my son a half order of pastas with no problems and the glass of prosecco was suburb. If I didn't live on the westside, this would be our joint.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding dining on Melrose!
We've been to all the Italian restaurants in town and this one soars to the top with stellar food, great ambiance, a distinctive, yet classic take on Italian, and superior service across the board.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent anniversary dinner
Great pizza and homemade pasta. Excellent service. Would definitely recommend!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and good food
For good food, a fun casual but upscale atmosphere this is a great choice. Food was delicious.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite places.
One of my favorite places. All great but wish it were a quieter place. Music is too loud!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will definitely be back soon!
The food and service exceeded expectations! So happy to have found a fantastic Italian restaurant in the area!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!
Homemade pasta. Delicious meatballs. Fresh salad. Amazing dessert. Easy and enjoyable!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyone had pasta in our group which was very good including the fettuccini carbonara, rigatoni with lamb ragu and the seafood over squid ink pasta. We also had a pizza with carmelized onions and mushrooms as an appetizer that also was very good. On Sundays they have a great deal where it is half price on wines which allowed our group to try a great Brunello. Next we will try a bottle of the Boca.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really good food
My new favorite dish: corn ravioli. It melts in your mouth. The wine list is great and they have half off on Sundays for all wine bottles which makes it even better. It is great for groups or for a romantic dinner. I always recommend this place because I love the food.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Intimate and relaxed
I enjoyed a great night of food and ambience at osteria la buck. I actually booked this restaurant by accident but was glad I did. Me and my date were seated upstairs, which had a few small tables and an open roof. On a starry knight it would've been perfect. Te food was amazing. Had the scallops, burrata, sweet corn ravioli which was so delicious and the spicy sausage pizza. Everything was delicious. This is the perfect date spot. Not pretentious. Not too loud not too quiet. Awesome experience.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pasta and pizzas were fantastic
Pasta and pizzas were fantastic and our server was great. We sat upstairs, which was "semi-open ceiling" and had a nice fireplace. The only negative is that their calamari is boring
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food, even better servic.
We just moved to the area and Osteria La Buca is a neighborhood gem. Great food and even better service. The Brussels sprouts appetizer is a must. The portions are perfect size and priced well. If you must pick an Osteria in the neighborhood, this is by far my choice for overall excellence. Will be back for the Sunday half off wine list!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
What is this place doing here!?
This place is really nice for a really sketchy neighborhood (in my opinion). Other than that, there's only one word I can use to describe this place: Yummy! We had the brussel sprouts, which I thought were good but they're actually better as left overs hahaha I had the short rib ravioli which was to DIE for. It's a small plate but let's be honest, we live in LA, you don't need to be eating all that. Besides, you want to save room for dessert! My boyfriend had the nero spaghetti. I didn't try it because I'm not a fan of seafood. He is and he liked it. We then ordered a tiramisu for dessert and I was quite satisfied. It was a fairly large slice so it was a nice size to share.
Overall, I'm looking forward to going again :)
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Osteria Lo Buca rocks!
Super friendly staff, especially the hostess who went to great pains to seat my friend and me, even though he changed his mind 10 times, she was graceful, accomodating and funny! I had a delicious Negroni, one of the best I've had. Excellent wine list, pizza and pasta were great. Beautiful atmosphere made for a great night of conversation with an old friend. I will go back anytime I can.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome food. Get the Ricotta Croquettes and the Short Rib Ravioli....you will thank me.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
casual dining experience
the restaurant sets a nice ambiance for people looking to have a romantic dinner with your significant other or a cozy dinner with friends. i had my birthday dinner with group of friends last year as well. they don't have any special food to rave about. but it's decent as well as their service. so you leave with a nice feeling of good dinner.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
The waiter neglected to offer us the 50% off a bottle of wine as we found out when we received the check it was attached to their specials. Otherwise food and service GREAT.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and customer service
The food and customer service was an intimate and amazing experience! This will be my new spot to go to for special occasions.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
All so amazing - service -
All so amazing - service - food! Seafood spaghetti, Brussels sprouts salad and a few others dishes OMGooodness Amazing!
Please move to Santa Monica or open one in the Westside, we need one here.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM