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Buco Ristorante

4.5
166 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays

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About

Buco ristorante was opened in 1998 by the Bucco Family. Located just off of Route 3 in Clifton, we are conveniently located just minutes from the Meadowlands Complex and New York City. The menu at Buco's offers authentic Italian cuisine with excellent steaks and seafood. Daily specials & twilight dining available. Buco's has an extensive wine list and wines by the glass. We pride our self on delicious food and great service at affordable prices.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(973) 779-3500
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
Catering Trays To-Go are available. Please call for a menu.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clifton Avenue
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Parking details
Private parking lot is available
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Public transit
NJ Transit Park & Ride Allwood Road Clifton is located within walking distance to the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Entertainment Available Monday, Friday & Saturday Night in our lounge.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had the Twilight Dinner on a Sunday at 2:00 pm with family - great selection for the price but some appetizers were cold. Also the service was very rushed although the dining room was almost empty. They almost took the plates away while we were still eating, and rushed us to order. Very nice people but I don't think we'll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Always consistent, great service and delicious food on menu as well as daily specials. Live entertainment Friday and Saturdays.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The owner Frank greeted us with a smile and a welcoming manner. We each ordered four courses for dinner and all were exceptional. Also, the highest marks to our server. He was both efficient and pleasant to speak with. Buco’s is certainly in our rota of places to go to at least a couple times a month!!!

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Very lovely birthday lunch with my 86 year old Aunt. Food was delicious and
I took home rigatoni for my husband who enjoyed it for dinner.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Service was great. The owner takes a real interest in making sure everyone is happy. Food is promptly delivered to the table

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Very nice place and folks that work at Buca, food was very good, very good service and
pricing was reasonable.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Have Jeremiah million times decided to give it a try. Was pleasantly Surprised. The crowd was a bit older but it was a great atmosphere. Singer on Friday night was awesome. We ate like kings couldn’t finish half of what we got and the bill was ridiculously cheap for the value of what we got. Will definitely be back again

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Dirty carpet on the floor, sangria bad server in a coke glass, appetizer came uncooked inside and burning out ,mushrooms not fresh , meat uncooked, the main course completely without salt,the creme brûlée not good also
The only thing good was the soup and the bread
And we like the garçon
Nothing else
Never returning

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

It was nice. They have a guy who sings in the bar area which is nice to enjoy adter your meal with. An after dinner drink

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

The salad of tomatoes and onions was very bland but the main course was excellent. Other salads were more appealing. Definitely will go back.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Always consistently delicious!! Been going here for over 20 years and it remains a favorite for us to go once a week. Staff is wonderful. Nice ambiance. Music on weekends. Full bar. Can’t not go wrong with Buco!

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2017

My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves Tuesday evening. The food was great and Marlon, our waiter was wonderful! We will certainly be back and I have already recommended it to my daughter.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was very tasty and well prepared. Al dente pasta was perfect. Only issue was the salmon was a little dry for me, but my friends dinner was perfect. Fresh veggies too. But all in all its a lot of food for twlight hour specials in December $16.95 and all very exceptional. full 4 course meal was delicious. I would recommend Buco.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

The food is always tasty. Their choices of wines are always excellent. We will be back numerous times.

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2.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Waiter was not accommodating at all continued to forget that a guest had a food allergy. Your menu clearly states that you are accommodating with food allergies there was nothing on the menu that could be eaten that did not have Black pepper. The shrimp fried Diavolo was smothered in sauce. The gnocchi dishes we're not fresh at all. The overall food was room temperature nothing was served hot. The crab cake appetizer was still cold in the center. I have eaten there quite a few times in the past and was never disappointed don't know if there has been a change in chefs also your staff definitely needs to be reprimanded. No hospitality whatsoever they acted as if they were doing the guests a favor very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

Every aspect of our dinner for four was excellent from the moment our owner/ host Frank greeted us, to our service, food quality, and ambiance, all top notch!

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Every time I have been here, I am never disappointed. I have recommended it to so many people. There is so much to try. Plus I love the live music on Friday nights. This restaurant would be wonderful for any occasion. The food is always excellent. And the atmosphere amazing!! Recommended.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Booked this place for my best friend's surprise birthday dinner and the food was absolutely divine. All 7 of us at our dinner table loved the food and the waiter was super friendly and accommodating. The menu has a great variety of tasty vegetarian dishes as well. We ordered 3 different appetizers and everyone got a different pasta dish to share. Every single appetizer and pasta dish that we all shared was phenomenal and tasted authentic. Great wine too. The atmosphere was wonderful and the live piano music was a great plus! Definitely will be coming back here again for sure! You will not be disappointed!

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2.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was mediocre. Calamari was tough and terrible. Zucchini flowers were tasteless. Pasta was good but other dishes were over sauced and merely satisfactory. Wait service was initially attentive but we had a wait for the main and then the dessert menu. We were unable to catch our waiter’s eye to order dessert so eventually asked another waiter to get us a check and then left without dessert. Room decor, menu, etc. are all out dated. Apparently appeals to the geriatric crowd.

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4.0Dined on November 16, 2017

My wife, sister and I enjoyed our meals.
I had the risotto primavera with chicken and shrimp which was very delicious, however the shrimp could have been a little more tender.
My wife enjoyed her veal dish, however she like my sister's veal cacciatore more since the veal was so tender.
The only thing I would change to your restaurant would to not have a liquor license and become a BYOB.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

It has been a while since we last dined here. The food was as good as I remember. While the service was not bad, it was not exceptional either.
Here is an example...I happened to overhear the specials for desert being given to another table by a different waiter. When we were offered desert, no mention was made of any additional selections not on the printed menu. I had to ask about one of the items I was interested in and only then was I informed of it being available. Had I not overheard I would never have been informed of any other options. Somewhat disappointing being this is not a cheap place to eat. Overall we enjoyed our meal and will return in the future.

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Relaible and steady, as usual. Good food, good service.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

The atmosphere is great for a nice quiet Italian meal. The food was delicious and the value is good. The only suggestion is to buy a bottle of wine if you want wine as the pours are very small.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

The food and the service are ALWAYS outstanding!!! Live music with a nice bar crowd for after dinner , drinks and conversation, highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Have reviewed Buco's many times on this site. It was great as always....good food, good service and good value. We travel 65+ miles from south-west Jersey and are always pleased!

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Other than reminding our waiter for an item or two, the entire experience was excellent. Great tasting, authentic, Italian food with many choices.

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2017

we were ignored by our waitress and the host food wad mediocre

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4.0Dined on September 18, 2017

My favorite restaurant in the Montclair/Clifton area. Food is always excellent.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Restaurant was very busy. Glad we had reservations. Sat immediately, greeted promptly. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Appetizers were excellent. Entrees too. Service moved along but never felt rushed. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on September 7, 2017

Food quite good; very large portions and moderate prices. We were there at 6PM, at which time not crowded or noisy. Not haute cuisine but very tasty Italian specialties. We especially enjoyed the beef ragu over polenta as an appetizer (large enough for 2 people). Service is friendly and attentive. Easy to reach with parking onsite.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

One of my favorite places to dine. The food is always great.

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Went for a birthday dinner. Good food, prices fair service excellent

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Great food and Great family run restaurant. Old time servers are still great. New servers are not as attentive.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Good food. Great service... will come back.

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2017

Always great Italian food and excellent service . Private parking lot, convenient location.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

One of the best restaurant experiences. Amazing food! Excellent service. Great music! Recommended +++

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2017

The owner greeted us at the door very Lively bar music piano player was excellent and the food and service was fantastic I will be going back many times.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Northern New Jersey. Always an excellent meal.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2017

I've been going there with my mom for 15 years, and always have a wonderful meal and a lovely time. Frankie and his dad greet everyone and make them feel at home.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Always constantly great food. Wonderful Italian cuisine. Friendly atmosphere.

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