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About Permanently Closed - Buca di Beppo - Santa Monica

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Bucca di Beppo in Santa Monica is a restaurant in California that specializes in serving authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant features family style dishes to be shared by the entire table served in a vintage setting.

Bucca di Beppo in Santa Monica serves lunch and dinner daily and features a main dinner menu as well as a separate gluten free menu. The main menu at the restaurant includes appetizers, salads, pastas, entr�es and sides. Featured entr�es served at Bucca di Beppo in Santa Monica include salmon Sorrento, eggplant parmigiana, penne San Remo, chicken carbonara, chicken and sausage ziti, fettuccine supremo, beppo�s soffici cusini and shrimp Florentine.

1442 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Broadway & Santa Monica

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 587-2782

Website:
http://www.bucadibeppo.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Across the street from the restaurant is parking structure #6.

Public Transit:
Blue Bus - Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica stop.

Executive Chef:
Jean Michno

Private Party Facilities:
From Buca's delicious, Italian cuisine to the fun and festive atmosphere, we know how to have a good time! Our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by everyone at the table. We can accommodate any event or budget, from business occasions to casual family affairs.

Private Party Contact:
Gabriella Flores: (310) 587-2782

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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.

Buca di Beppo - Santa Monica - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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food

3.9

service

3.8

ambience

3.8

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (576)
Kid-friendly (415)
Special Occasion (350)
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Great for Lunch (174)
Neighborhood Gem (157)
Fit for Foodies (153)
Romantic (86)
Hot Spot (73)
Great for Brunch (59)
Late-night Find (56)
Notable Wine List (39)
Great for Outdoor Dining (39)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Scenic View (15)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 19, 2012

A casual, local place with good food and vintage atmosphere. We ordered 3 SMALL portions dishes for the 4 of us. Plenty of food! I especially liked their eggplant parmigiano with a fresh tomato marinara sauce. Being on 2nd Street in Santa Monica we avoided the Saturday night 3rd Street mob. We had a reservation through OpenTable and were seated immediately.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 16, 2012

I brought a group on 11 in for a celebration. Easy family style menu. The food is really good not great. My biggest complaint and a reason not to go was when I got the bill and found that every drink refill was a new charge. Soda became more expensive than wine. Absolutely ridiculous.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 13, 2012

Just love this Bucca in Santa Monica. The servers are always great! Top notch! A++. Love the atmosphere. It has a certain feel that makes driving up from Costa Mesa worth the trip.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 13, 2012

We had an awesome Mother's Day dinner. Food was excellent and Zack our server was the best. Highly recommend this fun delicious place for dinner!--But make a reservation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 12, 2012

A wonderful experience was had by all. Be prepared to be surrounded by families with children if you plan on having a dinner prior to 8pm. The service is excellent and the food is absolutely amazing. I would definitely recommend this location for a celebration with friends or family. A romantic dinner however is out of the question unless you plan on eating a little later than normal dinner hours.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 29, 2012

Visually appealing, fresh, tasty food. Friendly and perceptive service. Added bonus this night was an operatic happy birthday song performed by a waitress at a nearby table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 29, 2012

Food was DELICIOUS and the server gave great ordering advice. I've been before and will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 25, 2012

Our waitress, Sarah, was very helpful to our large group. We were able to depend on her expertise of how much food we really needed and overall she was a gracious host. We were also seated in a round room which felt private and special which added to our evening!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 16, 2012

We love Buca di Beppo in SM. Food is so fresh and delicious. My 4 yr old LOVES the spaghetti with meatball. He is not a meat eater but he eats that big meatball.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 15, 2012

Predictably tasty fresh food, fun atmosphere. Liked the opera music that night.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 8, 2012

We came here for Easter lunch and it was the best experience that I've had a Buca di Beppo. The servers were super friendly. The food was outstanding. And the whole dining experience was wonderful and I was so glad we booked here. Bravo!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 31, 2012

The food was GREAT!!! The Service was awesome. I would definately recommend. Thanks :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 24, 2012

Service was excellent. The ambiance was perfect. However, Pizza was not even mediocre. Pizza should not have a strong taste nor overloaded with strong flavor. Then again, it's not an authentic Italian restaurant.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 23, 2012

Their food is incredible, served family style, so bring friends!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 10, 2012

The Antipasto salad is incredible. The spaghetti and meatballs was okay - would have liked more sauce (asked for it, dumped it on and it was good). The Mozzarella Garlic bread is really good with a side of sauce.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 8, 2012

Slowest service EVER! would not go to this location again, especially if you are hungry and would like to eat within 40 min of sitting down.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 29, 2012

Good food and service. Our dish was a little over the top spicy but it was ok.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 20, 2012

Margarita pizza & caprese salad as appetizers were both very tasty. The Chicken Saltimbocca with capers, artichokes and prosciutto was fantastic!!! Chopped salad was as expected - could've used a bit more Italian meats. And peach bellinis were yummy! Spaghetti & Meatballs was low on sauce, but once we asked for more it was great. Kid's Mac & Cheese was also low on cheese sauce, but what little there was tasted delicious! The side of green beans were very fresh and crisp. We dined during "off peak" hours so it was not as crowded and noisy as it can get during dinner. Service was friendly, but slow. The ambiance is fun and the decor is over-the-top Italian! Great food and lots of it, casual atmosphere - bring the famiglia!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 16, 2012

We had reservations for 6:15 Thursday the 16th. And were right on time. Reservations were not needed at that time. SLOW service. 15 minutes passed before we saw a wait person, female. Another 15 minutes passed before my wife got her Soup. Our entree arrived ONE HOUR after we had arrived! BUT WORST OF ALL -- we were seated "on top" of a young boisterous and loud Soccor Team.

We wanted to order the "famous" lasagna. But it was being cooked and would not be ready before we needed to leave. Cirque dd Soleil at 8:00 p.m. We had the Eggplant Parmegiana and it was great. We had the smaller order, but it was too much for us to finish.

We left the restaurant at 7:30 p.m. Plenty of time.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 15, 2012

Overall the experience was good. Quite noisy. I wouldn't go back unless there are at least 3 or more people. I believe the prices and portions are too large for just two people who have different tastes in mind.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2012

I really enjoyed my dinner and they were great at accomodating my last minute reservation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2012

This was the best service and experience I think I've ever had at any of the Bucca's I've ever been to outta 3 I think due to the above and beyond friendly service me and my Valentine's Date received. It might have had something to do with the early reservation I had starting at 5:30 that kept the large crowd's away and the annoying little kids because in the beginning it seemed like we had the restaurant all to ourselves. Towards the end though it was like a daycare with a little kid crying right next to us but that was only for the last 5 minutes so it wasn't like Universal where it's usually from beginning to end and Happy Birthday Central. So IF I'm ever in the area again and with a hungry person Bucca Santa Monica it is for two. Danny

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2012

Awful. Ruined our Valentine's Day. Didn't give us a good seat despite reservation. Server refused to serve us, was militant. No manager in sight. Abysmal. Stay away!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2012

food was not standard. Very slow for a Friday night.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2012

Plenty of good family style food. 3 of us went. Had a great specials pizza and a Chix artichoke meal. Fantastic Nd reasonable too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2012

food is alittle pricey but huge portions so its worth it; always crowded and loud, we were seated near huge loud parties, we shouldve asked to be moved; server aslittle slow but she was busy;the bad parking options makes us not really want to go back to this location

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2012

The fact that I am willing to recommend Buca di Beppo- Santa Monica, is not based off this visit. We have been there once before on a mellow night and it was great. The staff was friendly and always available. The food is delicious but it helps to have a date with like-minded tastes since sharing is a must. Sadly this visit wasn't as successful. Not every table was filled but they were busy. We sat for 45 min before even receiving our appetizer. The food was good but the evening was a lengthy experience. It seemed to be on the kitchen because we could tell the wait staff was desperately trying to appease customers as they could. Good place on the right night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 2012

Not at their usual superior level this night. Seat in first booth they sat us at was so loose it almost fell off. They sat another party there and same thing happened. One of the things we like about the place is its cheeriness, but this night there was an overabundance of kids screaming at tops of their lungs. No one's fault - just saying.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2012

excellent food, friendly service. We ate in the kitchen which was like have a floor show all our own. All in all it was a great New years Day experience for Grandparents and grandchildren alike.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2011

Had a great time New Year's Eve. Only downer was that they had no Barbera wine even though it was on the wine list!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2011

Going out on New Years eve is always interesting with kids, but my party of eight had a great time at Buca. The service was great and it worked out perfect both families. We had an excellent time. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2011

Excellent as always! Our server "Mitch", was very attentive and efficient. The food was great. Wonderful evening. Thanks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2011

The service leads a bit to be desired . Good place for a loud , rambunctious group or for kids of all ages. For the mom part of me -great! For the foodie in me-- not so great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2011

Not gourmet, but still good. Fun and festive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2011

I always expect a place like Buca to be dreadful, but it's actually very serviceable and good for large groups. The salads are good, the marinara sauce flavorful, the spaghetti cooked right and they seem to care that you're enjoying it all. Also the crazy decor and gazillion photos and posters on the walls and ceiling can keep even a bored teenager from moping too much.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2011

Great Christmas Lunch with Excellent Service!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2011

They made my daughter's birthday extra s[ecial. Thank You!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2011

It was my daughter's 13th birthday and they did a great job with it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2011

Johnny the manager, Kristen the hostess, and Trey the server were all fantastic! Excellent service and food. Thanks

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2011

Most fun restaturant in Santa Monica, plus the food and service are good too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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