Buca di Beppo - DC

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Craving authentic Italian food in Washington, DC? Look no further! Book your reservation today with Buca di Beppo Washington, DC, the Italian restaurant known for traditional pastas in homemade sauces, specialty pastas, mouthwatering entrees and fresh-made breads, salads and pizza. Favorites include Baked Ziti, Chicken Parmigiana, Lasagna, Spicy Chicken Rigatoni and Shrimp Fra Diavolo with dishes served family-style; Small feeds 3 and Large feeds 6. But leave room for dessert! Cannolis stuffed to order, homemade Cheesecake and artisan Gelato aren’t to be missed.

Whether you’re visiting National Geographic Museum just beyond nearby Dupont Circle or browsing at the Shops at the Columbia, Buca’s warmly decorated dining and semi-private rooms are perfect for enjoying a relaxing meal, everyday dining or celebrating any occasion for parties and groups both small and large. Can’t join us at our table? Call ahead or order online for To Go or delivery. Catering also available.
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Start a new tradition and leave your Thanksgiving meal to us so you can spend time with the ones you love. We are open for Thanksgiving and invite you to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was a good restaurant for a family group. The food was good and the space welcoming. If I want again with a family group, I would ask for a round table so we could see each other. I also would explore the menu first. We didn't realize there was a family meal option and weren't prepared to order that way. I was especially happy that there was something for everyone to enjoy and easy for the youngest members of our group. The restaurant was not too expensive either which helps with a large family group.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on November 11, 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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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We traveled from Colorado to DC. I wanted to take my wife for her first Buca experience. The service was atrocious; with one exception, Nick, the bartender. Everyone else was either inexperienced or disinterested in providing service. The food was cold. And there was nobody to tell about it. The noise level was high because of a lot of kids parties. That’s fine. But we had reservations and still had to wait because the hostesses were too busy in the back to do their jobs.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on November 11, 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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MW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. We were a group of 10 and were promptly seated. Waiter was prompt and very helpful with ordering. Food was generous portions and reasonable. Everyone enjoyed the food and experience. A++

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you for the great review, Melonie! 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was pretty good; we like the family style. Service was very slow because there was a very big party.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on November 7, 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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OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

It took us three hours to eat and not just because we were a large party or slow eaters. We had to remind our waiter several times to bring out drinks we had ordered and waited over 30 minutes just for drinks alone. They forgot one of our group salads altogether and it took over and hour to bring out the food. For a restaurant that caters to family style dining, I was incredibly disappointed...especially since I have eaten at other locations around the country and never had terrible service. The food was mediocre and definitely not worth the wait and there were so many large parties crammed into a tight space that the atmosphere was not great. Sadly, I have great experiences at other locations, but I would not recommend eating at this one. They are obviously not able to handle the large amount of people they receive and could care less about customer service. One of the worst dining experiences I have had in DC.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on November 5, 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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TL
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The building is a lot of fun with all of the pictures on the walls, but the service was horrible and the food marginal. The waiter couldn't remember who ordered what and was asking us and the tables round us who ordered the dish he was carrying. My work associate received his meal at least 10 minutes before I received mine. Their menu was limited. It may work out better for a larger group as many of their more appealing meals were served family style, for 3 or more. I personally would not return.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write this review as our customer’s feedback is very important to us. We apologize your experience was not up to our usual standards. We will undoubtedly contact management and make them aware of the situation to ensure it does not reoccur in the future. Thank you again for reaching out to us.

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TH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun dinning experience....... The food tasted just like mom made it.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you, Thomas! 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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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Ginet(SP ?) was wonderful, friendly, helpful, and attentive. She made our visit delightful. I have dietary restrictions and she made it happen and all with a friendly smile and attentive attitude. Loved the food, ambiance, service and food. One thing I would suggest, years ago you had wonderful sour dough bread. Please try to get better bread. I am used to NYC Italian bread.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on September 5, 2019

We appreciate you sharing such wonderful feedback about Ginet! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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MI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for my birthday and requested the table in the kitchen. It was ready for us and had a birthday hat and decorations. Thanks for a memorable birthday!

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on September 1, 2019

Thanks for the rave review and for choosing Buca di Beppo to celebrate such a special occasion! We appreciate you sharing your experience with us and hope you visit us again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was outstanding as usual I brought to newbies to the restaurant tonight & they were full & totally pleased! Well Done!

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on September 1, 2019

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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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food3service1ambience1

Dinner is usually outstanding. Lunch on the other hand is very disappointing.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on September 1, 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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AB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting to share really good food with family!!

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on August 5, 2019

Alice, we are so glad your family enjoyed their visit! We appreciate you sharing such complimentary feedback. Join us again soon!

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m
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kitschy & a al “Old-School.” Large, value-priced, portions.
Nothing high end except a good, tasty and pleasant venue.

OT
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This restaurant is best for groups, as their dinner and dessert menu is portioned for sharing. Solo diners are only able to order off the lunch menu, which has a limited selection of entrees. The food is only okay. I had chicken limone, which is a chicken breast served in a lemony sauce and capers and served with a side of either fettuccine or marinara pasta. The plate was exactly as described, but I suspect the sauce is premade. It’s not bad but it’s not great.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on July 25, 2019

Thank you for reaching out to address your thoughts and concerns. There is always room for improvement!

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E
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Too much food but good. Enjoyed the dinner. Will go back but with s group this time.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on July 24, 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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SM
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very reasonable place to dine in such a prestigious area of DC. Great service and food. Will definitely go back.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thank you for that glowing review. We are happy to hear you had a blast with our famiglia! Come back to see us again soon!

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AP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is great and the food delicious.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on July 25, 2019

Thank you, Andres, 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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CN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were there to celebrate a birthday. We waited 19 minutes and they still never brought us anything to drink. We finally got up and left because it was so loud in there, no one was working and we couldn’t even find somebody to ask them to bring us water. It was pretty much vacant. Waste of a night!

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on July 9, 2019

Carrie, we are so sorry to hear that we let you down – especially on such a special day! We would like to get in touch to see how we can assist. When you have a minute, please visit our website and click on Contact Us in the footer to complete our online guest review form. Once we receive your contact information and details of your experience, a member of our management team will contact you directly.

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y
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good place for a big group

AW
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pizza was good. Be aware dishes come in portions for 3 or 5 people.

MA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant for a fun, relaxed meal with friends and family. The family-style portions are generously sized and taste fantastic. A winner in my book.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

I arrived a few minutes early but had to wait 15 minutes or so for a table. Once I got past the management and got a table, things went fine. But then the management reported to OpenTable that I was a no show.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is incredibly fun place for a birthday celebration!

D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great as always. Our server must've thought it was taking long for some reason, and the manager came out to extend apologies, and offer free dessert. The only odd thing was that we never complained or said anything at all. I thought that was super nice and thoughtful, and a great way to take care of your customers. ONLY COMPLAINT WAS NOT ONE GLUTEN FREE PASTA OPTION.

S
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall pleasant.

JM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Very disappointed on this visit. We have been many time and this time our waitress didn't want to be three and we received our food wrong 3 times. We are far from picky guests -- its the simple things i.e. plates, silverware, drinks - ensure they are clean not broken. Not sure we will come back anytime soon.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

D
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a fun time at Buca. Good good. It was quite loud as there were 3 buses of junior high students there.

j
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, family style. We went for Mothersday eve as we have gone on mothersday before and been underwhelmed. It is easy to be underwhelmed on mothersday though. The experience was as good as else expected. The highlight is actually the salad. It is amazing the rest of the meal, two chicken dishes and a pasta dish with a few apps left plenty of leftovers for a Sunday lunch.

ML
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service was very poor—start to finish. The restaurant was extremely busy and our server didn’t visit the table often. She neglected to order one of our entrees. And when reminded, she put it in late and said she would comp it. She didn’t. Definitely won’t go back.

OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Took my little kids after a full day of DC site seeing. It’s an easy, fun place for kids but the food is just “okay”. But the vibe, service and convenience made up for the food.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a two for one coupon so pal and I enjoyed a quiet late afternoon lunch. Yummy Nine layer lasagne (which I often order at nearly every Italian restaurant as I know how long it takes to make) for me and chicken pasta with peas for my pal. The chocolate cake was scrumptious.

NC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food is way over priced and not even close to authentic Italian food. The restaurant is dingy and very old fashioned.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ordered the small sized dishes for our group of four and I had enough leftovers for two more meals! The service was surprisingly fast, given the number of large school groups that were also there. That was pretty impressive!

WK
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server Nicholas was great! We had an interesting meal while seated in the kitchen. What a show! I would recommend being seated in this area if you are interested in how a restaurant kitchen works.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Great experience, but I didn’t like the fact that they made us wait 45 minutes to be seated after our reservation time.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had dinner for almost 20 people and Buca worked out great! Perfect for a large group!

M
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience

My "go to" restaurant for eggplant parmesan.

S
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The lunch portions and prices for the lunch menu are great! I had the pasta/salad featuring a garden salad and spaghetti marinara. The pasta was piping hot when it came to my table. Nice and fresh. The waiter Sas was very nice.

N
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It’s one of those places where you know exactly what you are getting. If you want large quantities of passable Italian American food in a friendly atmosphere and service, go for it. Otherwise, better avoid.

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