Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bucadibeppo.com/
  • Phone: 6503290665x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Eric Keyes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our full menu is available for Buca To Go and Delivery. If you're hosting a special occasion or group event at your home, office or a local area reception hall, Buca To Go or Buca Delivery is the perfect choice. Our friendly & professional staff will assist you with your order, arrange a specific pick-up time for Buca To Go or deliver your order ($25 delivery fee applies to deliveries). Plates, napkins, eating & serving utensils and condiments are included. No minimum purchase required. Please allow 3 hours for same-day delivery and call for questions/details about our delivery service area
  • Special Events: Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, planning a business dinner or having a night out with family and friends, Buca di Beppo is your answer to one fabulous group dining experience! Buca serves authentic Italian family-style meals in an eclectic, vintage setting. Our knowledgeable staff will help organize and plan your group event or meetings with diverse lunch or dinner banquet packages - ideal for groups of 20 or more. Private and semi-private rooms are available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hamilton
  • Public Transit: We are very close to the Palo Alto BART station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a 3-level parking garage directly behind us at City Hall. It is free of charge but fills up quickly on weekends.
A word from Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Buca di Beppo serves authentic Italian cuisine in an eclectic, vintage setting. Our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by everyone at the table. Two sizes are available: BUCA SMALL feeds two or more and BUCA LARGE feeds four or more. At Buca, guests delight in our lively atmosphere, enjoy the classic tunes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and admire our decor, including family photos and candid shots of Italian-American icons, such as Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio. Our energetic atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff make Buca di Beppo the perfect place for great Italian food and fun.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.9
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (59)kid-friendly (44)special occasion (30)great for lunch (20)fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (14)hot spot (7)great for brunch (7)late-night find (6)notable wine list (6)romantic (6)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • great on thanksgiving! our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/25/2010
    great on thanksgiving! our waiter was very good, only negative was that our waiter was a bit too busy and we waited for him several times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • feels like Dennys -- shade
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/24/2010
    feels like Dennys -- shade higher. food is bland with tons of canned tomatoe based sauces - no style. Had much better Italian food at other places. Expensive for the type of food they are.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went to celebrate ny sister's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/22/2010
    We went to celebrate ny sister's birthday and had a really good time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great fun for a group. Really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/21/2010
    Great fun for a group. Really good value. Service was fantastic, everyone had a great attitiude.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was not our first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/20/2010
    This was not our first visit to this Bucca resaurant. We arrived and were seated proptly, at a nice little quiet corner table. Our server was David, who took great care of us, we never needed to wait for anything. Our appetizer was up in about 5 minutes, and lunch was served right on time after we had enjoyed the calimari appetizer. We had Lasagna and Chicken Saltimbuca which were outstandingly prepared. The cannoli desert was tremendous, what an experience. We can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just a great place for good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/3/2010
    Just a great place for good southern Itaialing food == very authentic. Great services
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been going to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2010
    Have been going to this restaurant since the year it opened. We go for special family occassions and love it. Service is great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a very large homecoming party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/30/2010
    a very large homecoming party was in our room, definately not romantic for my husband and I for our anniversary..oh well more places to try
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointed in the food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/30/2010
    Very disappointed in the food, I ordered the braised short ribs they were extremely "fatty" and were drowing in Chianti sauce so much so I think it waws to hide the fatty meat! Nevertheless, we will not be dining at Buca anytime soon!!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All of the staff were very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2010
    All of the staff were very friendly. The food was very good especially the Chicken Limone and I greatly enjoyed World Spaghetti Day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • error in the ordering and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2010
    error in the ordering and the check. not knowledgeable on current promo
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great place for a crowd.
    wendeeVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2010
    A great place for a crowd. We went on a Monday night and it wasn't crowded (as it usually is on the weekends). Good-sized portions and good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been to Buca several
    MarkRVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2010
    We have been to Buca several times, and we couldn't think of a better place to celebrate World Pasta Day on 10/25/10. We ordered the chicken Marsala (for the first time), and it turned out to be quite delicious! The service, as always, was terrific. Whether it was the room, the people or the music, our area seemed quite loud, but our server was very responsive and turned down the music volume. Buca offers very good food, excellent portions and a fun experience!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buca di Beppo is a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2010
    Buca di Beppo is a wonderful place to dine. The Italian spaghetti and meatballs are excellent and their portions are very substantial. In fact, one can take a vast amount of food home. The menu variety is diversified and service is very good. Additionally, the photographs on the walls render it a very elegant Italian restaurant. It is the best one I have frequented in Palo Alto, CA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I always go there for a late
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2010
    I always go there for a late lunch John usually is the server he is really helpful and knows all menu items real good. Good recommendations from john made in a polite manner.. Food is tasty, I ask for my food less "garlicky" and it tastes just fine. Their manager -a young lady- I am sorry I have forgotten the name is very nice and helpful. Good for groups...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were a party of 6: 4 hungry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/23/2010
    We were a party of 6: 4 hungry college students and parents. We were immediately seated and service was great. Our waiter was VERY knowledgeable and helped us navigate the menu. Perfect evening! My fave was the rigatoni. We even had dessert...huge and chocolatey! The right choice for the 4 coeds.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lotsa Fun, No Head-Smacking!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/20/2010
    NB: There was something wrong with the stars indicator -- it would not let me give Buca's service 5 stars and ambience 4 stars! The rest are okay as shown. Basically, Buca is a crowded, loud, fun place to go with big noisy groups out to have a good time. Great for birthdays and student groups, very nice, friendly wait staff. The food is served family style or individually, as you prefer. Its quality is by no means haute cuisine, but it's a lot better than that chain Italian restaurant with Olive in its name. Good, solid, family fare and plenty of it, for reasonable prices. (If you love eggplant, as I do, DON'T order it here.) Mixed drinks are not a long suit of the bar; stick w/beer. In summary, a great place to have a raucous good time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our experience was less than
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/17/2010
    Our experience was less than what I had hoped for. We've been to other Buca di Beppo in the Bay Area -- but here we had some surprises. The bread was stale -- we were having a Sunday lunch --it seemed to be the remains from Saturday night's dinner seating. The kid's macaroni and cheese penne was still firm enough to provide even the strongest teeth with a good workout. The minestrone was outstanding, however.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • everything was great, we went
    KRISFONUA
    Dined on 10/16/2010
    everything was great, we went for a birthday and everything came out right and perfect, our waiter Enrique was GREAT!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I wish they give us more bread
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/13/2010
    I wish they give us more bread but overall, it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The family had a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/12/2010
    The family had a wonderful time and ther service was the best we had ever had at Buca di Beppo.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I tried the pizza and pasta.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/9/2010
    I tried the pizza and pasta. They are excellect. Although the seats were very cword, it may be tight some some ppl. For me, it's acceptable. It may be a bit noise but it's a good atomsphere for party. But we can always book for individual room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The waitress (Ellie?) was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2010
    The waitress (Ellie?) was very friendly and helpful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I usually have a fettuccine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2010
    I usually have a fettuccine alla pescatore. Nice amount of course, tasty and full of seafood. I asked my waiter how is the cacciatore and after a small discussion I went for it, it was VERY DIFFERENT from any other cacciatore I ever had. Not sure if I would order it again, it seemed like a light piccata with artichoke! Service was good, attentive and the server has great communication skills (sorry can't remember his name) Would like to go back so I can enjoy my Seafood fettuccine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a wonderful time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2010
    We had a wonderful time at Buca, we were celabrating a birthday and had a group of 6, we all loved the food and the family style entrees! The wait staff brought out a birthday dessert and sang happy birthday which the kids especially enjoyed. We will definately be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our reservation was for 6pm.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2010
    Our reservation was for 6pm. We were seated shortly after that. Our waiter was friendly and considerate. The food was very good and the service was excellent. We went to a Buca de Beppo in Seattle and did not like any of the food. The chicken was watery and the salad was limp. But, I will certainly go back to Buca de Beppo in Palo Alto.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food, all served
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/2/2010
    Very good food, all served family style. Not inexpensive, but the portions are HUGE. I wouldn't go with a group of fewer than 4 people, due to the portion sizes (even the "small" ones).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lots of leftovers. The sausages
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/29/2010
    Lots of leftovers. The sausages with bell peppers in a tomato sauce, and the pasta in marinara sauce ... Mmmmmmm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You know what you are getting...no
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/20/2010
    You know what you are getting...no surprises here. Buca di Beppo is consistent with their delivery of food and service. Fortunately you do not have to go far to find one. I highly recommend this chain for a group outing as "family-style' gives you many options!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not the best service... we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/18/2010
    not the best service... we got helped we sat on our reserve table but no one came to help us after like 15 min. we didn't get bread and butter to start off with....our server looked like he was rushed and he just want to get the orders so he can finish fast. the only thing i liked was that i made reservation at 6:30 and we got a sit right away and the food was good too... but not a good service quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • This time that I went was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2010
    This time that I went was really good ; This place never goes wrong for groups! Plates are always a good portion amount. all you gotta do is split the check with everyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for a birthday for a
    SherryStyleVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2010
    Good for a birthday for a large group - huge desserts and singing waiters. Family style Italian food is good too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great decorations and nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2010
    Great decorations and nice and noisy so that my kids noise was just part of the din. Were out of a few items and the food is slightly above average but a fun place to take kids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The first time arrived at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2010
    The first time arrived at the restaurant i was confused where the entrance was located. then i realized the entrance was located from the kitchen area. it would help to have a bigger sign... the waiters and waiters were not so great some were nice most just gave a grouchy look no smile or nothing. but, i would not recommend this restaurant for a two people dining since the plates are huge . great for big groups more of four people. overall the food at the end was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic