Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad

4
487 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
If you are looking for an Italian Restaurant in Carlsbad, CA then come to Buca. Our Italian Restaurant serves Authentic Family Style Italian Food. Located near the Forum of Carlsbad, your Carlsbad, CA Buca is ready to serve you all your favorite Italian specialties for lunch or dinner all week long. It’s easy to see why we are everyone’s favorite Italian restaurant. Our chefs create delicious, authentic Italian pastas, entrees, and pizzas and our attentive staff serves them up family style. From the moment you walk into your Carlsbad Buca, you know you are going to be well taken care of. You’ll feel like family because we treat you like family. We love celebrations so be sure to book our semi-private dining rooms or set up catering for your next special event. Make your reservations or simply stop by to enjoy a meal today. We can’t wait to see you!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 487 people are saying
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4.6
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HenryH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Prices have increased to Maggianos level, however the food quality remained the same.

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your feedback as they highlight areas in need of improvement.

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vipSalzburgGuy
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

First of all. The place was Dirty when we were there. Early evening. -Not late after a zillion customers. No excuse .

Huge portions only of very mediocre food. Not our idea of a date night. Meatballs had a weird texture.

Not inexpensive for the quality.

Had a few bites and left. Won’t ever go back.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded 7 days ago

We regret to hear that your meal was not up to our usual standards. We appreciate that you have taken the time to write to us and will share this experience with our management team in an effort to improve future guest experiences. Thank you for reaching out to us.

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vipBrenda
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Bday celebrations was good

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for choosing Buca di Beppo to celebrate your special occasion! We appreciate you sharing your experience with us and hope you visit us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a fun place to celebrate any occasion, or just gather for a meal. The food was so delicious and bountiful. We were too stuffed to get the giant brownie sundae we used to get. We love the separate rooms and all of the decor. You have to be in a good mood after all of this!

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back to Buca di Beppo soon!

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vipMeateater
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Buca di Beppo seems to go out of fashion in Carlsbad. Even though it was Saturday night, the restaurant was very quiet. Nonetheless we enjoyed our visit, the service was outstanding and the food was just as good as expected.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on May 25, 2021

Thank you for dining out with us! We appreciate you sharing your experience and look forward to serving you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great! Food came pit fast but wasn’t very hot.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on May 20, 2021

We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback. We hope to serve you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a good experience. The server was very attentive and we never had to wait long for anything. Food was delicious. Very nice quiet late lunch date. Thanks for making this a good date.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on June 1, 2021

We're happy you enjoyed your meal and service at Buca di Beppo. Come dine with us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Great service.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on May 20, 2021

Thank you! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience celebrations Mother’s Day! Server was exceptional! Great attention to our table!

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thank you. We look forward to serving you again and providing you with an unforgettable experience!

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vipThomas
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic. A nice young man who gave just the right amount of attentiveness. The hostess was very helpful too. The food was good as usual.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thanks Thomas! We're always happy to hear our team is going above and beyond for our guests. We look forward to serving you again.

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SoCali
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

It appears that Bucca di Beppo has significantly raised their prices since we were last there to the point that it no longer makes sense to go there with any less than at least 5 people, and even then, you would all have to agree to eat the same thing! We went for Mother's Day, two adults and a toddler, and ordered our usual, a small Ziti, a small salad, and one side, plus two sodas. The bill was almost $85 plus a tip, which came out to over $100 for TWO adults! The food was mediocre, and not as good as it used to be. Honestly, with these price increases, I fear they will not be in business for long. It was practically empty on Mother's Day, but adjacent restaurants were packed. Now I know why!

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on May 12, 2021

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for bringing these opportunities for improvement to our attention. We will undoubtedly pass your feedback to the management team

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KristinL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Jeremy was awesome, right on top of everything we needed. Food as always was delicious.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on May 12, 2021

Our goal is to provide a great customer experience so we're always happy to hear that's being reflected. We look forward to serving you again.

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RSLICK8
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good but this was the first time it was actually quite in the restaurant.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I drove 50 minutes to this location because the one near me closed. I was meeting an old friend. The kitchen gave me the wrong order. My friend finished her plate and ate alone. Once I finally received my place it was one fourth the size of the normal prosciutto chicken. They told me on the lunch menu I get one chicken instead of 3. I was fine with that because they are normally too large to finish. The basically gave me a chicken finger in sauce and that was it. They kept saying it was taking too long to cook because of the thickness. They took over 25 minutes. The Manager was extremely nice and he didn't charge me. But the entire thing made no sense!

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on April 1, 2021

We're sorry to hear about your dining experience on your recent visit. Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. We'll be sure to share your review and feedback with our local management team to address your concerns and improve our guest experience.

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Rona
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining with Buca for a long time and we noticed the tremendous price increase. Food was good but for the price we paid i think it was overpriced because serving did not change.
Other than that we loved our server and the ambiance.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on October 13, 2020

Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your feedback as it allows us to improve. We hope to welcome you back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was preety good the staff awesome very quiet maybe because of the pandemic lol

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on September 28, 2020

We are happy to hear how much you enjoy dining with us at Buca di Beppo! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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vipK8Campbell
Orange County
77 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I ordered spaghetti meat sauce and it came out fishy like it had anchovy in it ?? I’m not a huge fan of this place for food. Been handful of times at multiple locations. I was glad it was indoor AC seating though.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on September 10, 2020

We apologize your meal did not meet your expectations. Our guests' feedback is highly valuable to us and will be shared with our management team in an effort to improve future guest experiences. Thank you for reaching out to us.

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BryanA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good social distancing measures,only 4 tables were available to the public. Awesome food and service from the staff.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on August 10, 2020

Thank you Bryan. Our guests' safety is a priority and we're happy you felt safe dining with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to Buca di Beppo soon!

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ChariseM
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience2

Great night out with Covid in hand. Tables were placed apart.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on August 10, 2020

Thanks for dining with us Charise. Come back soon.

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StaceyS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

it had been awhile since we had been to Buca di Beppo and it was not as good as we had remembered. not sure if food quality has declined or our food preference has changed but will not be returning. Plus it is VERY expensive especially considering the poor quality.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on June 24, 2020

We apologize your meal did not meet your expectations. Our guests' feedback is highly valuable to us and will be shared with our management team in an effort to improve future guest experiences. Thank you for reaching out to us.

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Chrissie
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love Buca and this time was no exception. They are taking all the precautions to be safe and still have a good time!

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on June 16, 2020

Thank you for that glowing review. Your safety is our number 1 priority. We are happy to hear you had a blast with our famiglia and look forward to serving up another great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was very slow and our waiter was no where around. Food was fine but lacked flavor. All in all just ok

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VE1999
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our waiter was excellent!! We ordered the calamari, and I admit, it was not very good. It was tough to eat because it was either overfried or stale-not sure which. The penne with shrimp was quite tasty and seasoned very well. The eggplant parmigian dish was also mediocre, mostly because the eggplant was tough and overfried. The pappardelle bolognese was tasty and seasoned well. Overall I think the chefs in the kitchen could improve.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on March 5, 2020

We appreciate you for taking the time to write this review as our customer's feedback is very important to us. We will be sure to share your thoughts with our team and thank you for reaching out to us.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food was nearly flavorless. Even the so-called garlic bread was like melba toast. You are forced to order 5x the food you want, because of the family style ordering, which means different people can’t order different things.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on March 2, 2020

We regret to hear that your meal was not up to our usual standards. We appreciate that you have taken the time to write to us and will share this experience with our management team in an effort to improve future guest experiences. Thank you for reaching out to us.

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vipLoLo
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious but so overpriced. Can’t afford it unless we have a good coupon.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on March 2, 2020

We appreciate you for taking the time to write this review as our customer's feedback is very important to us. We will be sure to share your thoughts with our team and thank you for reaching out to us.

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foodieCouple
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Totally overpriced!!!!!! Large thin crust pizza, half cheese/half pepperoni was $35.00. We had 4 adults and 3 young children (ordered 2 Small entrees, one large pizza that was half cheese, and one small Capreses salad, 3 adult beverages and 3 children's milk) $177 w/o tip. Really???. Don't bother, find a local Italian restaurant and order individual meals to satisfy everyone. Buca is making a big mistake with unreasonable prices. Restaurant used to be very popular but was practically empty the night we dined.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on February 16, 2020

We appreciate you for taking the time to write this review as our customer's feedback is very important to us. We will be sure to share your thoughts with our team and thank you for reaching out to us.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on February 16, 2020

We appreciate you for taking the time to write this review as our customer's feedback is very important to us. We will be sure to share your thoughts with our team and thank you for reaching out to us.

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vipgumdoc
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Food was not as tasty as we wood have hoped for.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on February 10, 2020

We appreciate you for taking the time to write this review as our customer's feedback is very important to us. We will be sure to share your thoughts with our team and thank you for reaching out to us.

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vipMikeylikesit
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid quality with huge portions. The portion I had is designed for 3 people. I had two pieces and sent the third piece home with my business associate. Casual dress and great for families.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back to Buca di Beppo soon!

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vipAlisa
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was a birthday dinner for the boyfriend with his entire household. I did the planning and booking.

I did not like the fact that the waiter took so many pictures requested by his mother, & called me out on not being in the picture. If I am hiding behind my boyfriend in a picture it is intentional!

When the bill came, I wanted the bill split 3 ways, with the gift cards included! Apparently the waitress doesn’t know how to do simple mathematics. She said the machine takes the gift cards then I can split 3 ways. I wanted the bill split 3 ways, deduct a gift card from one part, two gift cards from the 2nd part, and the third party pays its full part due to not having any gift cards! So basically she gave a discount to part 3, which is the cheapest people in the party!

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on January 9, 2020

We appreciate you for taking the time to write this review as our customer's feedback is very important to us. We will be sure to share your thoughts with our team and thank you for reaching out to us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely - perfect place for a special occasion

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on January 7, 2020

We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you at your nearest Buca di Beppo soon!

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MyNameIsJoe
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel did a fine job with our table for two. The food was excellent and the service was also. I was impressed with the number and variety of wall hangings which caught my attention. Many of the photographs were clearly from historical times and I noticed a Women's Championship Belt among the many devices on the wall.It certainly gave ambiance to the restaurant.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We strive to provide great food and world class service, so we're happy to see that reflected on your visit! We hope to see you again soon!

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Pulver
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Sitting in the dining room was a mixed experience. It was very loud, but it did offer an unique picture at food service and preparation.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on January 2, 2020

We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you at your nearest Buca di Beppo soon!

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FKC53
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

12 people but the waiter was absent.
Pappardelle and lasagna were very good. The orichiette with short rib and seafood linguine good.
Prunotto wine very good.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on December 23, 2019

We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed your meal with us! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the time and the service is great.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on December 22, 2019

Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back to Buca di Beppo soon!

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vipFizzle
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is simply a land locked cruise ship- where the goal is to eat as much as you can and not have choices.

The family plan sucks. No one can order what they want- even a simple salad

Congrats! You are the Sears and KMart of restaurants - see ya!

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on December 16, 2019

We appreciate you for taking the time to write this review as our customer's feedback is very important to us. We will be sure to share your thoughts with our team and thank you for reaching out to us.

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vipCsillaF
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I thought having 2 beers, a wine, a small spaghetti marinara, and a piece of cake (it was her birthday after all)and being charged $72 was pricey. I was with someone who didn’t want a salad and garlic bread and I’m glad. That would have put us over $100!!!! I doubt if I’ll ever go back. It was the birthday girls choice.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on December 13, 2019

We appreciate you for taking the time to write this review as our customer's feedback is very important to us. We will be sure to share your thoughts with our team and thank you for reaching out to us.

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steaklover
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Buca is not quite what it used to be. Food was good, but service was so-so even though there were more employees than customers. There was no music playing, and the place seemed dusty and not very clean. The priority for the server staff seemed to be chatting and hanging out with each other instead of providing good service. It’s a shame, this used to be a fun place with great atmosphere. I hope they can turn it around.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on November 16, 2019

Our service should have been much better than what you received. Please know that we will address this with our team and will do our best to make this an isolated experience. Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was so bland and tasteless. Server barely came by for the order and wasn't attentive at all.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on November 16, 2019

We are sorry to hear you had an unsatisfactory experience and value your feedback. We will be sure to share this experience with our staff in an effort to improve future guest experiences.

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vipApolloC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We are regulars at this location and usually have a great experience. Our server was someone we've never seen before and she was not attentive at all. We would have to flag her down to get refills and she wouldn't even stop...she wanted to do a drive by. They had no straws big enough to fit their glasses. One of our entree's came out about 15 minutes after the rest. It was probably the worst experience at this restaurant ever. It'll probably be a little while before we give them another shot.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad
Responded on October 22, 2019

Hello, Apollo. Our service should have been much better than what you received. Please know that we will address this with our team and will do our best to make this an isolated experience. Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback!

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Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 479-2533.

Buca di Beppo - Carlsbad is rated 4 stars by 487 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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