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About Buco Ristorante

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.

953 Allwood Rd
Clifton, NJ 07012
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American

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

Cross Street:
Clifton Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 779-3500

Website:
http://www.bucoristorante.com/

Entertainment:
Entertainment Available Monday, Friday & Saturday Night in our lounge.

Catering:
Catering Trays To-Go are available. Please call for a menu.

Parking Details:
Private parking lot is available

Public Transit:
NJ Transit Park & Ride Allwood Road Clifton is located within walking distance to the restaurant.

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

Buco Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
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Live Music (7)
Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Cozy (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Business Meals (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Romantic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 19, 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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 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.

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Casual
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·Dined on November 5, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

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

Tags: Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Live Music, Business Meals
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·Dined 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I found the restaurant on OpenTable, and visited with my parents in honor of Father's Day. It kind of looks like a little hole in the wall, but once you get in it's a special gem. The food was delicious, and the service very attentive, but they knew when to give us time to enjoy our meal and drink our wine. I would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Poor service marred what should have been a good experience.

We have eaten at Buco's numerous times with good result; this meal was very disappointing. Dining with another couple, we made it very clear to our waitperson that we did not want to be rushed and, once the appetizer was served, to check with us prior to ordering up the main courses. We were assured this would be no problem. The waitperson told us to simply get her attention when we wanted the meal to be fired up. Unfortunately, immediately after the last salad plate was taken away servers attempted to serve the main course. We had the food taken away.

Subsequently, the manager/owner came to the table to assure us that fresh meals would be prepared; we would not be served reheated food. Confusion in the kitchen was reported as the problem.

After the main dishes were cleared two dishes were to be saved as leftovers. One came back without any of the vegetables that were on the plate. We asked for that to be corrected. Several minutes later the leftovers were returned, with vegetables. The server stated that he found the original plate in the kitchen and used those vegetables. Yikes! As those leftovers could no longer be trusted, we chose not to take them. A waste. The manager did not return to the table regarding this issue.

Throughout the meal (appetizer and main course) our conversation was repeatedly interrupted as waitstaff removed each plate as each diner was done. Proper serving in fine dining restaurants have waitstaff wait until all diners are finished with a course before clearing dishes.

There is obviously a need for better staff training in the front and back end of this restaurant. The food is usually good and we like the live music on the weekends. This experience, however, left all four of us with a bad taste and questions as to whether or not we should return.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Great as usual. Our host Frankie Buco is a class act along with his son Frank Jr. And lovely wife Patty who over sees the kitchen.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Amazing food and service! This was my 3rd time here and it is always great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Good value, read people. They need Italians to cook in the kitchen.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Great Italian food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

I've been to Buco a number of times and it is consistently good. I think that is all you can ask for in a restaurant. Whatever you order , whenever you go, It's good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

The ambiance was great, my kina place..They had some live music , very entertaining. Our server was top notch. Very attentive and friendly. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed it..Nice crowd of people and it wasn't loud , I can actually hear her talk ..We will definitelybe back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

I'VE BEEN COMING HERE FOR YEARS and it is always good. Never had a bad experience - ever.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We celebrated a birthday at Buco's . The food was tasty and plentiful and the service was terrific.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Awesome service from Mauricio . Food was excellent and a great value. I highly recommend the restaurant . The penne vodka was one of the best I have ever had at a restaurant .

Tags: Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

noisy bar-seated immediately-friendly wait staff
very extensive menu
fair pricing-good quality food

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Live Music, Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food and service were great. It was nice to see friends. By the way, the lobster bisque was the best that I ever had.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

It was overall fantastic. Food was excellent, they give you a lot and our server was fantastic.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2017

This is the 4th time we've been to Buco and every time we have been completely happy . The food is delicious, the service is great and the prices are reasonable. I brought a friend from out off town this time and he kept raving about the meal. I highly recommend Buco

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Bucos is one of my favorite restaurants. The service is great, the food is delicious, drinks are yummy. Lovely decor. Very classy and clean.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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