Buca di Beppo - Encino

4.2
506 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Kid-friendly
  • Cozy
  • Comfort Food
Craving authentic Italian food in Encino, CA? Look no further! Book your reservation today with Buca di Beppo Encino, 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 catching a show at the Laemmle Town Center 5 or shopping at the nearby Encino Town Center, 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(818) 995-3288
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Alietti
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Catering
Buca di Beppo’s catering is perfect for all occasions, and can be delivered to your door or picked up from our restaurant. We specialize in catering for large and small groups, with convenient and value priced packages with something for everyone. You can choose from our set catering packages or you can customize any combination of pasta, entrees, salads or desserts. At your next business gathering, order delicious Italian food versus the usual boring sandwiches and salads. From birthdays, weddings, graduations and more, let Buca do the work by preparing your meal, while you enjoy good company. Your order includes everything you need- plates, napkins, utensils, bread, butter, and condiments are included. Please allow up to 3 hours for same day delivery. Call 844-EAT-BUCA to order today or learn more at bucadibeppo.com/catering.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Encino Avenue
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Parking details
Valet parking available for $2.50 and metered street parking is also available.
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Public transit
The Metro Bus Line - Encino Avenue stop.
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Special events & promotions
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, planning a business dinner or having a night out with family and friends, Buca di Beppo is your answer to one fabulous group dining experience! Buca serves authentic Italian family-style meals in an eclectic, vintage setting. Our knowledgeable staff will help organize and plan your group event or meetings with diverse lunch or dinner banquet packages - ideal for groups of 20 or more. Private and semi-private rooms are available.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Buca di Beppo is your home for celebrations. Treat your guests to a fun and festive atmosphere by hosting your event in one of our uniquely themed sections, while enjoying authentic Italian dishes served family-style. Our team will help you plan the perfect event tailored to your needs and budget.

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What 506 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Ordered the salmon and it was awful. It was overcooked and completely dried out. For a dish that’s nearly $50 this is totally unacceptable (actually at any cost). We were offered a complimentary dessert in exchange, but nobody in my party was interested. I’m going to think twice before heading back soon because I’ve found quality to be inconsistent of late.

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Food surely was not as good as previous visits, not sure why. Chicken parmigiana was not a cutlet this time but very thick piece of chicken which should have been pounded down. Either a bad night or the food is slipping. Server totally ignored us, driving is weren't refilled, never checked on us, and took forever to bring the check. Again, maybe an off night or they are slipping.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

It was a great experience. It was quite for it being a Friday night. The food came out quickly and my table was ready when I got there.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Surprisingly, not crowded this evening. As usual good service and great food!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I appreciated how they managed to accommodate all 12 of us despite the app reserving only a small table for us. The general manager called us right away and managed to give us a quiet corner of he restaurant all to ourselves. Joe was awesome and really took care of all of us.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went to Buca di Beppo for Mother's Day and a kid friendly restaurant. We were able to make a reservation, which is important when you are bringing toddlers with you. The initial greeting was very friendly and we were walked through the kitchen on the way to our table, which was properly set up for our reservation for 6. The ambience was very colorful, with pictures on the wall dating back to the early 1920's and forward. The rooms were separated into small enough areas that each one contained a much more intimate dining experience. It was very kid friendly and our servers quickly brought out something for the toddler in our group. The food was served family style in more than ample portions. It was tasty and nicely prepared.
For Father's Day, I think I'll try the lasagna. We are definitely coming back.

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Terrible waiter service. Food was mediocre and environment was noisy and chaotic. Not a place to relax with family

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had a nice dinner overall. Food could have been a little better. Service was professional.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great food, great service. I will definitely be returning again soon. It's a lot of food, big dishes.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food and service were excellent, restaurant is noisy but we know that so no complaints, just an observation. Will
definitely be back soon.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Please update your reservation system on Open Table. We made reservations for a birthday and arrived to see "Closed/Under Construction " on the door.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We had our worst experience at this particular Buca di Beppo.
1. We were seated 20 minutes after our reservation.
2. We ordered an appetizer and food right away because we know what we like at Buca...Our appetizer literally came an hour after we placed our order.
3. When our lasagna came (an hour plus after ordering)... it was cold...They attempted to heat it for us which was “ok” but we then we found a hair in it- double yuck.
We chose not to complain but we did choose to never return.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I would not recommend this place. We were seated late, the service was slow, and they didn’t have spaghetti for our spaghetti and meatballs. Maggianos is better if you are looking for family style Italian.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Both the food and the server (Matt) excellent. The kitchen screwed up one of the dishes and it came a good 20 minutes after the rest of the food. Twas a bit more expensive than we expected based upon the Yelp $ review.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

It was great to celebrate my son’s birthday at his favorite place!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Everything was great with the exception of the tables being so close to each other. We were literally elbow to elbow with the neighboring table. Honestly, I understand why they cram everyone in during special holidays it did lessen the romantic dinner we were expecting to have.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Generous portions, tasty food, nice service, interesting decor, good value. It's alright with me!

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1.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We came here on a friday night and upon arrival we were told that it would be a 45 minute wait for 2 and this was at 7:40pm. I walked outside and went on my opentable app and noticed that i could make a reservation for 7:45 for 2. I clicked on it and went back inside. Im sure the server felt really dumb when she say me again with my reservation and had to tell me that my table was almost ready..instead of 45 mins. Seconds later before being seated a couple walked in and i overheard the host telling them there was a 45 min wait. I was outraged and as they were leaving i pulled them over and told them to download the opentable app because the 45 min wait was a lie. They were really happy that i spoke up.
When we were sat, our server told forever to come by. Took so long to come by that a gentlemen that looked as if though he was the manager toom our drink and food order.
The server came back a few mins later to take our order and we explained to her that someone had already taken our order. Her follpwing words were "oh well too bad. Less work for me" horrible! She never brought us bread and the drink order was brought wrong. Had to bring it to their attention and then they took another 10 mins to get me my correct drink. Wow!
The food eventually came
The $30 appetizer and our 2 main courses. Werent they taught that appetizer comes first???
We didnt complain because we were just hungry at that point. Appetizer was good, fettucini alfredo was watery and we could clearly tell that the portion was smaller ( since we are constant visitors) and the chicken dish was overcooked. The server never came back to ask how it was going and it took forever to get the check and she kept forgetting our boxes, along with the people that were sitting next to us requests. This was probably the worst customer service ive encountered at a bucca di beppo and even though convenient and close by to us, i dont know if we will ever return. 2 thumbs down unfortunately.

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2.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was not good

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

We just bought a car.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Great service . We had two toddlers with us so our server offered the kids pizza dough to play with. We were 8 people, server recommended we order 2 small dishes and 1 large. We decided to order 2 large dishes and 1 small... we had so much left over! It's. Great deal if you plan to eat family style.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Very good wait staff. Food was plentiful and delicious. Decor was fun. They even noted my grand daughter's birthday on the front board. That was so sweet!

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Our server made it a great experience at Buca

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Buca is usually pretty consistent.. decent plentiful food; service is generally OK (some check-ups but almost always need to wait/ask for drink refills, etc.) and this visit was no exception.

Biggest change here was a new (for us) $15 "cakeage" fee. I understand Buca's desire to sell their own desserts, but a) this fee is excessive and b) we were not notified about at the time of the reservation (so it was pretty much too late to do anything about it, so we had to swallow it).

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2.0Dined on November 4, 2017

our pasta was extremely overcooked even though I asked the waiter to make the pasta al dente. The chicken was good, but the bill for 1 salad, 1 pasta dish (overcooked) and 1 chicken dish (for 2 adults and 2 children) was almost $100.00. So not worth it.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Nice waitress, great food, but kitchen was VERY slow.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

The waitress were great, friendly and had awesome recommendations. The food was delicious and fresh. We had the gorgonzola green apple salad, pizza and pasta with my favorite Rosa sauce 👌🏾

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Great delicious food as always! The service was impeccable. Great dinner with the family

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2017

Food is family style and very generous portions. Very tasty.

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1.0Dined on August 30, 2017

New Manager did not know had to handle customers. Would not accommodate specific party room request made in advance, then sat party in hot room with no air conditioner, then moved party to crowded room with two other large parties, SPECIFICALLY WHAT WE ASKED TO AVOID! Then had argument with her over cake cutting fee for birthday cake, which we asked her to wave as goodwill for totally ruining our birthday celebration. She INSISTED on arguing and having the last word. ABSOLUTELY AND TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL.
Very helpful in verifying our decision to NEVER RETURN TO THIS RESTAURANT!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Loved the apple gargonzola salad and chicken lemone. Yum!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2017

We went for my sons birthday and as usual the food was amazing. Great wine too. The service is always excellent. Do not hesitate to come here. The pastas taste so fresh and you can tell they're unique.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2017

We have gone to this restaurant periodically for years but had not been in some time. We asked as always to sit in our favorite server's area but were told she is no longer there. We were then seated in what had been her section and we heard our new server and kitchen staff talking about how they had liked to make fun of her, apparently to her face. I had no idea why. She was probably in her late 50's, and terrific and charming. I asked our server about her and she said that she had really liked the former server and missed her. Did not help our mood when my husband's meat sauce was overpowered by way too much pepper. We will not go back.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2017

Great food and ambiance. I had the chicken parm and it was delicious..
Always a good experience.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2017

Service took a while to get going!

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2017

Only real issue we were at the "Pope" Table and it was very hard to hear people
across the table . Fun with a big group.
It was a graduation dinner with ages from 12 to 76 .

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Group spot

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Made a reservation for 9 o'clock, upon arrival to the restaurant, the restaurant was closed. Apparently, having been recently "shut down". Either way, this left me with no reservations on a Friday night for a graduation celebration dinner. A heads up, would've been nice. Some sort of email or call saying they would not be able to accommodate the reservation.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Everything was okay, we had added incorrectly for the number of people by saying six plus a high chair. Apparently they counted this as seven people and gave us a hard time when we arrived. Granted, it was Mother's Day and they were busy. However, I don't think it is good customer service to give a customer a hard time when they are bringing more people into the restaraunt.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

As soon as we walked in the hostesses greeted us if we had a reservation and if the whole party was there. Our waiter was cheerful, helpful, and patient. He was really on top of everything. Great food! Lots of fun. Awesome Mother's Day!

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