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
  • Ambiance4
    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
  • fav Philly Italian restaurant
    lswork
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Love this restaurant. It never disappoints. Great food, great staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still grey food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This restaurant has maintained its high standards for quality food and old fashioned excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theater dinner
    davesdining
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful, friendly staff and a knowledgeable, friendly server. Our whole family was delighted and everyone had a different main course-all prepared beautifully and completely delicious! We loved it and will come back whenever we're in Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was wonderful!
    going2maui
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    What a great experience. Everything was wonderful, the service, the food and the setting. I got held up in traffic getting to the restaurant and that was not a problem. Great place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As good as ever
    TapperVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    For those of us who appreciate the classic preparations, outstanding service, and attention to detail, La Buca is our reward! Fresh seafood abounds. The service is personal. You are treated like family. On my most recent visit, one of the greatest chefs Philadelphia has ever known was prominently seated at the bar enjoying a glass of wine. He knows La Buca is great, too! I encourage everyone to take their place at a table and savor a taste of the old school. The staff at La Buca will treat you to a dining experience second to none they will do it for a very reasonable price by anyone's standard. As always, I look forward to my next visit. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and staff!
    Katrina
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Initally came across La Buca while helping a friend locate restaurants for her wedding rehearsal. We were looking for something in the city that would accomodate a large group and was near the hotel all of the out of towners were staying at. Lu Buca also happened to be right around the corner from the wedding venue. Upon arrival it is very quiet and laid back atmosphere. The staff are very nice and the Assistant Manager Abraham was wonderful. Very friendly and helpful. And then came the food! We had a great spread. Grilled shrimp, salmon and swordfish. Along with some grilled veggies and pasta. What an amazing meal! If you want great food and service I highly suggest this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Northerrn Italian in City
    Normluvsgreatstuff
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I have been to this restaurant countless times and have yet to be disappointed. We always ask to have Tom Daley serve us. Go and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    Reredish
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was excellent. Veal was tender and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always delivers gr8 food & service
    latinprofVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    our fav place pre-walnut theater. wonderful service for the wonderful food ...fish is always marvelous and other entrees are also outstanding. service is professional and friendly. highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return to La Buca
    Sandy
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I had not been to La Buca in many years, but for a pre-theater meal it was perfect. The food was as good as I remembered, the service was unobtrusive and respectful, and it was quiet enough for uninterrupted conversation. After I paid, the waiter politely asked if our meal was Ok, and when told yes, quietly and quickly retreated. I then realized that I had undertipped, and immediately excused myself to remedy the situation. Our waiter was pleased. I am not sure why La Buca had dropped off our radar, but the overall experience was excellent and we will make an effort to return again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ccpickell
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great restaurant for a meal before the theater - very accommodating in getting us out in time for the play without being rushed. Excellent and varied menu. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable
    CeeCeeVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Service, friendliness, food, never disappoints. Langoustino sweet and delicious, whole Dover Sole filleted table side, excellent .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 260 reviews are from the Ristorante La Buca reviews archive.
  • Always a winner!
    Kris
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My family has been going here for over 30 years and the food, service and overall experience have always been beyond excellent. We've had only 2 waiters over all those years, even the staff keep coming back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful and consistent
    latinprofVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Service is wonderful and food may be even better than that!!! Fish is always outstanding and veggies are perfectly cooked ...Veal is tasty and tender ...Desserts to die for...Perfect for neighborhood and pre-theater.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    steve
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    A serviceable meal, but eminently forgettable. And too expensive for the quality of the cuisine.
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  • Spacious
    visitor
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    It was graduation and prom night!! Hard to find a reservation for a party of 8 but this place is cavernous, literally! Food decent, service decent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not cool or trendy but still good
    zeuscareus
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I have been to many of the restaurants in the city. Whenever I forget to make a reservation in time, my fall back is always La Buca. It's not cool or trendy but I must say, I've never had a bad meal there. The wine list is decent as well. I'm not sure why it doesn't draw more people, but that's fine with me. Their specialty is seafood prepared in an Italian style. The grilled langostinos are always very good and the branzino (filleted at the table) is very good as well. I can honestly say that I've never had a bad meal there.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Consistently good food and especially fresh seafood
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We have been here on numerous occasions & have always enjoyed the good food & excellent service. It is also close to the theater so it is a good choice in every respect.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • favorite pre-theater dining
    latinprofVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    love the food...usually get fish, but veal piccante was excellent.service always above average.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Buca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Dinner was delicious and one of the best parts was we could hear each other (4 in group) without shouting. While this is not cutting edge dining the food is fresh and the service is professional without hovering. A very relaxing and enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet lunch
    Reviewer1VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The food was very good, and the service was polite and attentive. The ambience is likely better at dinner. Only two other tables were in use at lunch.
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  • Wonderful Meal
    Diane
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    We have been big fans of Ristorante La Buca for many, many years. They never fail to please us. Whether we order veal or pasta, the food is excellent. The wait staff is professional, helpful and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Undiscovered lunch gem
    SteveinPhillyVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    La Buca (off Washington Square) has been here for ages and the decor hasn't changed - nor the great food. With REAL Italian food and prices under $15 at lunch this is a great find. It's never really busy so good place to meet friends and talk. This week's service was fine too. We'll be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • My long time favorite
    tsd3849
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I have dinning at La Buca going on 26 years. I have never been disappointed. The Dover Sole is to die for. The drinks are generous and Tom, our server, as always, was at the top of his game. This restaurant continues to be at the top of list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LaBuca is the Best!
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    39 years after it opened, LaBuca is still packed, the wait staff consists of professional waiters, the food is delicious! A perfect getaway for a lovely meal and fine wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, but not exciting
    clicketyclackVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    If you are looking for a relaxed, old-world experience complete with the generally now-disappeared food cart then La Buca is your place. It was well attended mainly by a well-healed elderly crowd from the apartments nearby on Washington Square. Thus, it is in a very nice area. The service was very professional yet we did not feel rushed. The food was good, but uninspiring.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Italian experience
    Fitz
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    La Buca was recommended to us by our innkeeper at Locanda Sant'Agata in Tuscany Italy. Since the fare at Locanda Sant'Agata was outstanding we couldn't wait to take him up on his recommendation. We were dining early before an evening event. We called ahead for respervations and were seated immediately when we arrived. The service was prompt but unhurried. My wife ordered the eggplant casserole and branzino. The branzino was filleted at tableside by our server. Both courses were excellent. My meal was a speck salad and vitello la buca - a veal cutlet topped with asparagus and crabmeat. We didn't get a chance to sample the desert cart because of our evening plans. We look forward to returning to La Buca to explore the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • REAL Italian food at great prices
    SteveinPhillyVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    La Buca has been around for 35 years (I think) but I always thought of it for dinner. Last week we went for lunch and the food was great and really reasonable. We efven ordered dessert and were out for under $25. before tip. The waiters are old school and try to be clever - somethimes they are.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy little find
    Kelli11
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Ristorante la Buca wasn't what I was expecting, but it was lovely. Very quiet and a little bit "old world," but the food and service were absolutely outstanding. We had the tomato mozzarella to start and then linguini with clams and veal parmesan. Everything was excellent. My glass of Pinot was also very generous. Great for a quiet date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso
    foodislove
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food and desserts were amazing. The service was also spot on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Buca service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Our server was especially talented at fileting the fish; she was also very polite and personable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love it and go there often.
    Dobbi
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    We love it and go there often. We love it for reasons that might not appeal to some): the menu changes hardly at all; dignified atmosphere; no glitz; peace and quiet; comfortable seating. Food is entirely to our taste--fresh, simple, delicious Italian cuisine. Fine fresh fish. My five stars for the food might be your three stars, because the chef isn't always trying to create something new and exotic. Drinks are excellent. I could make a meal of their spinach with garlic. It's our "go to" restaurant whenever we want a lovely, dependable dinner.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Washington Square Best
    LocaldocVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Washington Square's Cheers. Informal bar (dinner at the bar is discounted). Usually the bar is populated with locals, but seldom crowded. Have never had a bad meal here. Great pasta, Dover sole is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a 5:30pm reservation
    pete
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We had a 5:30pm reservation because we had tickets to an 8:00pm show. We didn't get seated until after 6:00pm, we didn't get our appetizers until after 7:00pm and our entrees until 7:30. There was no time for coffee or dessert. Very, very disappointing.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • good Italian dining in Center City
    NantucketVisitorVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Very nice once they moved us to another table, there were several holiday parties going on. Beef not recommended but the shrimp and risotto was wonderful and the staff was very attentive, especially since they were very busy.
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  • A favorite
    Diane
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    This is the first review I have written for LaBuca. It has been a favorite of our for many, many years. Why? The food is consistently excellent and the service can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Dependably Very Good Food
    BarbVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    We can always depend on a very good meal at La Buca before theater. The wait staff always makes sure we are served and out of the restaurant in plenty of time prior to the performance. Food is always enjoyable and hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting feel
    anh209
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The restaurant definitely had an old school Italian feel. My boyfriend and I were the youngest people there by a few decades and it seemed to gear itself to the pre theatre show dinner crowd. The food was good and legitimate, but for all the great spots in philly this place didn't seem to be as much fun.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food at La Buca is always
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate