Ristorante La Buca

Ristorante La Buca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ristlabuca.com/
  • Phone: 2159280556
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details
  • Private Party Contact: Guiseppi or Anthony Giulanni (215) 928-0556

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 7th & 8th
  • Parking: No
A word from Ristorante La Buca
The name translates as 'the cave' with rooms decidedly 'dark,. La Buca offers excellent, fresh fare (especially the outstanding grilled fish & other traditional Italian seafood!) & experienced old-world service. La Buca is located below street level on Washington Square.
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Ristorante La Buca reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
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    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (12)special occasion (12)good for groups (10)romantic (10)notable wine list (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • My wife and I have been going
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    My wife and I have been going to La Buca from the week it opened. You could not ask for a better restuarnt in our neiborhood.T
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • A Classic !
    dbdbVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    I remember dining at la Buca years ago....and it's still the same today - extensive menu, excellent/delicious food, attentive waitstaff, pleasant venue (and tables are well separated) ...all at a reasonable price! They must be doing something right all these years....
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  • First time back in 2 years.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    First time back in 2 years. It is not the restaurant that it was. Potato was serve cold 7 although larege the veal buca was extremly thin and excessively fried
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    Exellent
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Excellent service and our food was cooked perfecty- best steak I've had in a long time!Prices were very reasonable as well. Also conveniently located in the historic district and right around the corner from our hotel. Would definitely recommend-
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  • Nothing to write home about.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    Food and service were good, but the place was empty and dark. Decor was dated and there was no energy in the room. Could have just been a slow day.
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  • Great spot with very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Great spot with very nice and helpful staff. From the moment we got there felt very welcome
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We have been there on three
    suefrVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    We have been there on three separate occasions in the past two months. We have definitely found a gem and will continue to return!!
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • No place I'd rather be for
    PhoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    No place I'd rather be for Christmas, NY Eve, or my birthday. Does that say it clearly enough?
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Better communication please.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    I have dined here before and always had a wonderful meal. Unfortunately this time they weren't open, even though I had successfully made an Open Table reservation.
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  • Nothing special. Food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    Nothing special. Food was decent, service was pretty poor. We weren't offered drinks until I asked after being seated for at least 15-20 minutes. Server didn't return after desert until I got up and walked around the restaurant to find him. The dinner-date for two of us literally took over 2 hours on a week-night. Unacceptable.
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  • They were so helpful. It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    They were so helpful. It started raining and we could not catch a cab. They brought umbrellas an plastic bags and kept trying to call cab. Very nice staff.
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  • A Real Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/26/2012
    In Philadelphia on business, hungry and craving Italian. Lots of good recommendations on Open Table, but something kept drawing me back to the La Buca listing. Glad I listened to that inner voice. My daughter was with me. She'd been in Italy since January and had come home for an extended visit over the holidays. There are few critics as particular and unforgiving as she when it comes to Italian food. So when I tell you that she gave it a two-thumbs-up, it means something. The selections were notable for their variety and authenticity. The service was neighborhood friendly yet totally professional.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We were there for a "pre marathon"
    lisalou
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    We were there for a "pre marathon" pasta dinner with a group of 9. There were other large groups as well. The food was delicious and the waiters were friendly. Dinner took a little long to come out after salads. But would attribute that to the large groups which all sat about the same time. Otherwise a great experience!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • We made reservations online
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    We made reservations online for a party of 7 for Saturday September 17th at 6pm. The restaurant was maybe a third full, with two 6-plus groups. There may have been other large parties in another part of the restaurant. The waitress was cheerful and initially attentive, but that changed as problems mounted in the kitchen. After a delay in ordering wine because our waitress couldn't locate the one wine list in the restaurant, we ordered our salads/soups and entrees. The salads/soups were served nearly an hour and 15-20 minutes later. The entrees were served another hour later. Other parties were served that arrived after us. The food was good, but I expected the made in-house pasta to taste fresher. We were given a 10% discount.
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  • Service was incredibly slow.
    dhopsVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Service was incredibly slow. It took almost an hour before our orders were even taken.
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  • La Buca serves delicious,
    GMRCAMVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    La Buca serves delicious, authentic Italian food. My friends and I frequently go there before the theater. My favorite dish is orchetti with broccoli rabe and mushrooms. La Buca also offers an assortment of fresh fish which the waiters show you from their iced cart before you order. The service is unbeatable. We were stuck in traffic due to the storm and arrived late for our reservations. The waiter assured us we would be finished in time to make the show. La Buca offers free parking during dinner and the show. We forgot to pick up our parking lot pass. We called to tell Guiseppe that we would return during intermission, and the owner insisted on delivering it to us at the theater during the rain.
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  • Tucked away in a basement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Tucked away in a basement right by Washington Square. Very good service. Food was good. The wine list was more expansive than expected. Recommended.
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  • excellent service, very attentive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    excellent service, very attentive. A little slow but we were a talkative group so the wait wasn't uncomfortable. Old world charm. God food.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Although the service was a
    Jennifer
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Although the service was a bit slow, the waiters were personable, and the food was amazing. It has a great atmosphere. We will definitely go back.
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  • Old-style Italian still works!
    SteveinPhillyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    We went again for Restaurant Week lunch after a great RW meal last RW and it was just as good. Large portions of old-style Italian food searved by old-style ewaiters that bring back memories. Consistantly good and not "trendy" sometimes it's great to go back to the old more-formal style of Italian dining.
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    notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    I had the best soft shell crabs ever and the service was excellent.
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  • A Great Tried and True Philly Spot
    Bonnie
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    We went for lunch and took friends. The restaurant was near empty, but it was late in the afternoon for lunch. Our meals were exquisite. Really excellent Italian fare with great service......the most tender veal, ever! Wine selection great too! And right by Washington Square.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Delicioso
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    Service was great and food was excellent. Portion sizes were perfect; ingredients were fresh. I am very picky.....couldn't find anything to complain about.
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    good for groups
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  • The place does not have the
    Nitsua97
    Dined on 7/18/2012
    The place does not have the best decor (think Good Fellas or Godfather) but if you can look past that (& you should), the service is impeccable and the food is outstanding. If you love an Italian restaurant with excellent seafood, you MUST try this place.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • This was our first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/10/2012
    This was our first time at La Buca and we are glad that we found this gem. Very convenient for attendance at the Walnut Street Theater. Staff was very attentive to the time requirement fir theater attendance.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • We recommended La Buca to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    We recommended La Buca to four other couples who joined us after an afternoon performance at the Arden Theater. We arrived just as the restaurant opened and thirty minutes before our reservation. We sat at the bar and were entertained by Boris, a most affable bartender. My only complaint was that he didn't have all the ingredients for a pina colada. Dinner was wonderful and the waiter complied with a request for spinach gnocci which was not on the menu. We enjoyed a range of seafood to rack of lamb appetizers and entrees as well as creme brulee and zuppa anglese for dessert. Our theater group will return in the fall to enjoy another most-satisfying meal.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • I've been going to La Buca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2012
    I've been going to La Buca for many years. Tom is the BEST waiter. The seafood is consistently fresh.
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  • The decor is a little dated.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    The decor is a little dated. The food and service is very good.
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  • We were asked if attending
    foodaholicVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    We were asked if attending the theatre and the sevice was very good. Food not much to write home about. Will not go back.
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  • Considering the huge number
    Fuopentable6VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    Considering the huge number of Italian restaurants in Philly, La Buca does not stand out. The specials are too pricy. The service improved but the waiter started out almost defensive. The decor is rather old-fashioned and could stand sprucing up.
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  • I was taking my 14 year old
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/31/2012
    I was taking my 14 year old granddaughter to the theater and dinner beforehand. Having been to La Buca on several prior occasions, I knew she would enjoy the experience. The food and service met my high expectations. Our waiter was charming and his recommendations to us really "fit the bill." As always the Zuppa Inglese was delectable. You receive full value for your money at this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • dover sole was excellent!
    FranVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2012
    dover sole was excellent! the soft shells, however, were too battered and not very tasty. but the place has old world service and charm, with samples of food on a trolley, and excellent service.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Very good food and service
    Cactus
    Dined on 5/15/2012
    Very good food and service and only 1 block from the Walnut Street Theater.
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  • It was a succulent gastronomic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    It was a succulent gastronomic experience for me and my wife! The taste was 100% European! We shall return!!
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  • We rely on this place for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2012
    We rely on this place for a really good italian dining experience. My drink was excellent, food very good and service was superb. Will definitely continue to frquent La Buca.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The restaurant had amazing
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    The restaurant had amazing food and was very authentic italian; however, I would not recommend this location and general ambiance for someone seeking a lively, upbeat, trendy restuarant. It's located in the basement of a building (you have to walk down a bunch of stairs) and the average age of the customers and servers is about 55. The restaurant was half empty; however, I think they do a lot of catering for nearby businesses. All this being said, we had a good meal!
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  • I've been going to La Buca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/25/2012
    I've been going to La Buca for years. The staff remembers your name, the food is consistently good and, more importantly, always fresh since they serve a great deal of seafood.
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  • The restaurant could use some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    The restaurant could use some updating into the 21st century, but the food was fantastic and the waitstaff very knowledgable and experienced. The location is great, near the Walnut Theater. They offered us a 30% discount because we booked on Open Table. We liked that.
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  • Our group of four was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    Our group of four was very pleased on a recent Friday evening. The soups, entrees and desserts were all very good - a nice variety of Italian dishes.
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  • Great location for theater
    Mary
    Dined on 4/18/2012
    Great location for theater goers to have dinner prior to a play. The one disturbing part of the evening was our waiter told us the tip was "not enough" and it needed to be 15%. We did put in more, but upon rethinking, a tip should be what the diners decide upon not what the waiter decides. Will not return.
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