Buca di Beppo - Downtown Indianapolis

4.0
1375 reviews
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Italian
Craving authentic Italian food in Indianapolis, IL? Look no further! Book your reservation today with Buca di Beppo Downtown Indianapolis, 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 historic Monument Circle, Indiana Repertory Theatre or planning your own special event, 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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Indiana
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Buca di Beppo used to be our favorite restaurants for Italian food because of great food and great value. But the last few times, we noticed the price increase while quantity and quality were going downward. The small order used to be too much for one person but now it is only enough for one person. Besides, the small order used to be a lot less than $30. We will not be back anytime soon, and probably won’t be back to Buca. There are many other good Italian restaurants in Indy area with much more honest portion of food at more reasonable price.

Buca di Beppo - Downtown Indianapolis
Responded 2 days ago

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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Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

This is the oddest layout of a restaurant I’ve ever experienced — you enter basically through one of several kitchens and then proceed through the back of house to get to disparate dining rooms. The staff is lovely, the food standard Buca fare, but we had to stare at a stack of CAUTION WET FLOOR signs propped up in a service hallway our whole meal. Taking my kids to the restroom meant dodging a dozen wait staff with carts and trays. Constant noise of breaking china and glasses. Not the experience we were hoping for.

Buca di Beppo - Downtown Indianapolis
Responded on August 12, 2019

Amy, we appreciate you taking the time to write to us and are sorry to hear you did not fully enjoy your recent visit. Please know that your feedback 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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TG
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Big business group of 9 people. Great food and service. Will return next year during Gen Con! :)

Buca di Beppo - Downtown Indianapolis
Responded on August 6, 2019

We are so glad you had such a great time with us. We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Cold food and lackluster service for expensive food - not worth the 2 hours we spent there.

Buca di Beppo - Downtown Indianapolis
Responded on August 13, 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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Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

It was our fault for going on dinner hours in the first place. Having said that, a small salad is $21. Yes that’s technically for 2-3 people, but $21?!?! You can’t get an individual one in the dining room.

The food wasn’t good, the WiFi didn’t work, and costs are insane.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and lots of it. Fun environment. Best fur groups

CW
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our experience very much and our server, Sean, I think, was fabulous.

We all agreed, however, that the evening was very expensive.

IR
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good experience overall!

D
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Very slow service. Same as last experience 5 months ago.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!

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VR
Indiana
31 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Used to love this place. Maybe it’s just the downtown location. Yes, we had a reservation. Salad was the highlight. Not even sure where to begin. 8 people celebrating Mother’s Day. It’s not easy to socialize at two round tables pushed together. Yes, there were open more conducive tables available. I was not the first to arrive or I would have requested to be moved. Plates were hot, but lasagna and spaghetti & meatballs were lukewarm at best. Sent back the soupy mashed potatoes that were so cold the dollop of butter didn’t begin to melt. Mother’s Day early reservation and 1/2 of their dessert menu is sold out? One saucer of olive oil for the table. Requested more, but it never arrived. Asked for more water, but never arrived. My suggestion is to hire more help or limit your # of guests to adequately service your customers. I will be surprised if this location survives 2019. So many great restaurants in downtown Indy and I chose this one :(.

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Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Mother's day lunch. Got right in, but sat us in the bar area with kids. 8 people smushed into a bar booth. Let's just say we had to get up a lot.

Service was ok at first, but they forgot to take our order. Had to ask after 30 minutes. Not attentive to drink refills. We were an afterthought. No separate server, just the bartender. Not good.

Manager was apologetic, but I'd be hesitant to try again.

SC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 2ambience 1

I gave the high marks due now know where not to go! We ordered the Short Rib Orecchiette, Roma, Italy. VERY bland and only contained about 4 ounces of beef (reminded me of the old "Wheres the Beef" commercials). My wife had to add salt many times (vivid salt hater) just to get flavor. Older place and smelly with a fair wait staff. We will not return - dropped $60 to find out poor food is not well liked but, educated for future endeavors.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service...

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience

KC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Buca di Beppo is good but not incredible Italian food. You don't go there for the culinary experience, but it's great for a group and our mom's love it. Our server Sean was, however, incredible. He was the perfect balance of personable, funny, and attentive, and all in a genuine way.

JG
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good, I really wish they gave the option of ordering food for only 1 person, everything is bought in quantities of either 3 or 5 people.

LL
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

They didn't have bread. No garlic bread, no bruschetta, no bread. The server was not kind and was agitated everytime we asked for something. The pasta was so overcooked, it was mushy. Ugh

WW
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and lots of it. The small dishes will definitely feed more than three people. The Gorgonzola Apple salad is great, almost a meal itself paired with the table bread. Server was attentive and knowledgeable but didn't hover. Always a fun place for lunch or dinner.

C
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

First off it was very busy and noisy. The seating is so tight it felt like we were crammed in our booth. The air was very stuffy and uncomfortable. We ordered chicken limone and the texture of the chicken was rubbery. We also ordered the baked ziti and chicken carbonara neither were very good. Our waiter was friendly but seemed overworked. He kept forgetting us. I had planned on charging our dinner on a card that giving extra points for dining but I paid cash instead because we were tired of waiting on our waiter. Needless to say, we won’t be going back anytime soon!

c
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

steven was our server and did a great Job, food was ( as always great)

CS
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Food wasn’t cook properly but good mashed potatoes

OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

They had prom guest so big parties so really didn’t care that my table was just 3. Food wasn’t the best. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary but nothing said or asked.

OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome time great food

RS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

I'll try to overlook the ridiculous price of pasta, bruschetta (diced tomatoes and slices of bread), and salad. What is really disappointing is the slow service and feeling like you are pestering the waitress to ask for a refill of iced tea... or even when you can expect your dinner after sitting for over an hour post-order. As the coordinator of our part of 11, I was not particularly pleased with Buca di Beppo.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

The atmosphere was good and had a 1920s feel to it. However, we didn’t like you HAD to buy a meal for 3 or 5 of the same thing. We have 5 in our family and all wanted something different. Ended up buying 3 meals for 3 and an appetizer totaling over $200.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The food they had was good, but they ran out of salad and bread!? Really, at an Italian restaurant? The manager didn’t even ask if she could make it up to us. Disappointed to say the least

OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was a little dirty. Overall service was

BM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

We loved our servers they were outstanding but spread to thin so service could have been better. Made a reservation but waited nearly an hour to be seated. 2 hours before food was served. Food was great! We made it work!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, would recommend to anyone.

KW
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We ordered an appetizer, big spaghetti meal and garlic bread. Our appetizer came out with our spaghetti.. the spaghetti was undercooked and extremely watered down, we never received our bread. The server was rude and didn’t refill our drinks. We were very disappointed to say the least.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous birthday dinner!

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were confused when we walked in since we walked through the kitchen/prep area. Everyone who greeted us was very nice. They were not busy at all, like I figured they would be, so reservations were not needed. In the seating area, it was completely empty except for a family that was already seated. This family was very loud. The hostess should have put space between us for a little added privacy since the place was empty, but instead put us in a booth backed right up to the loud family. It made it very awkward. They also put 5 of us (again, had a reservation) in a booth for 4 people, only set up for four people. So, my fiance had to get another set of silverware. The waiter was awesome. He checked on us a lot. Then, at the end, another family came in, and they sat them really close to us as well! It seems as though they didn't want to let anyone have any space. Anyway, over all, it wasn't terrible. But, I can't say that we would go back.

FA
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Buca is always a good choice for a group. Food is great, service is too. I usually start out feeling like we don't order enough food but in the end it is always plenty! Only little snag this time was that our reservation was for 10 people but when we were being seated at a table for 10, we were told we'd have to move to a table of 8 due to a banquet in the adjoining space. We ended up with 9 people and it was cramped but we made it work.

l
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were seated in the bar, which started out loud, but as night progressed, it emptied out, and was easier to hear each other in conversation. Food was good, waitress was ok in the beginning, but seemed to warm up to us as the night progressed, which turned out great!!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 1ambience 1

Was put in loud area. Ask hostess to move us. Was apathetic. Disappointing.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Long long time to get drinks, even water.
Appetizer never showed up, but did show up on the bill ( even though we had already discussed it with waitress)
Food was cold. Place was obnoxiously loud.
Never again

r
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation and ended up in a very noisy area with too much lighting. Once seated the server stop by and said they would be right back. It was 15 minutes later someone finally came back after we went to the bar to get our own drinks. We heard 5 minutes of the server's life drama and we were getting in patient as we had an event to be at. We were able to finally order and the food came out pretty quickly but we ended up having to eat quickly. It was a bad experience and there were no actions to correct it, no management to apologize, and we felt like it didn't matter if we were there or not. I wish they would take action to recover this experience as we will not be recommending this place to others.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Nice place to enjoy with a large family.

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