Buca di Beppo - DC

3.9
769 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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AB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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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AP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good place for a big group

AW
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

MA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is incredibly fun place for a birthday celebration!

D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall pleasant.

JM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

D
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

M
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience

My "go to" restaurant for eggplant parmesan.

S
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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
71 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Short staffed, so long time to place order and get served,

LJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My family and I will be returning for Meatball Mondays.

M
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

After 3 times visiting there, I'll give it a solid 3 stars. Food is ok, about half the dishes I would order again. Some of the dishes were overcooked.

The service is generally good and friendly, although tonight was quite slow (restaurant was only 3/4 full), and we had to ask for some items (like water) multiple times.

f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Not great, but the food was fine and the waitress was very nice.

S
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The waitress, Frewowit was very nice, attentive and helpful with menu suggestions. I do not like the new menu and the prices have been increased almost by 30% more at Buca. In all of my visits to Buca di Beppo this is the first and last time that my family will order The pizza, Supremo Italiano was a very thin crust and all of the sausage and green peppers kept falling off of the very thin crust. No where on the menu did it say that the crust was thin crust. I feel to pay $24 for this pizza was a let down. The one good thing is that it was made fresh and come hot to the table. The brownies in the brownie sundae were hard as rocks, literally we did not enjoy it at all. I was so very disappointed with this visit as my family tried to celebrate my husband's birthday.

S
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The lasagna is getting better. This time there was more cheese over the top of it, more than ever before. The server, Diana was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. The food portions are large for the money.

SM
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food and service was good, but not as good as in the past. One major complaint, website said there was Valet Parking for $7.00. There was no Valet Parking! And local parking garage around the corner cost $21.00. Asked to see the manager, and he never showed up.

A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, fair prices. Great location in DC. The food is the best they have.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As a birthday host I had to almost beg for a dessert with a candle...

CL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Brought a group of 15 here for a birthday party. Sat at the Pope's table which is the perfect room for a group. Food was fantastic and the double bottles of wine helped everyone enjoy the night. Service was a bit slow at the start but a few of us were running late so it was understandable. Overall great experience.

DH
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was awesome. First table was not great. A crowded long booth for 8! She moved us to a private dining round for 8....SO much better for our group!

P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant was way to hot at 82 Degrees. The service was slow and we ran out of drinks on more than one occasion and had to wait at one time 10-15 minutes for refills. Food is always great but constantly the service is slow. They are nice but very slow and unresponsive.

Buca di Beppo - DC
Responded on November 20, 2018

We apologize for the inconvenience. We have been made aware of the situation and are currently addressing it. Thank you for bringing it to our attention again.

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