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Buca di Beppo - Encino

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499 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Buca di Beppo serves authentic Italian cuisine in an eclectic, vintage setting. Our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by everyone at the table. Two sizes are available: BUCA SMALL feeds two or more and BUCA LARGE feeds four or more. At Buca, guests delight in our lively atmosphere, enjoy the classic tunes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and admire our decor, including family photos and candid shots of Italian-American icons, such as Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio. Our energetic atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff make Buca di Beppo the perfect place for great Italian food and fun.
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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
Our full menu is available for Buca To Go and Delivery. If you're hosting a special occasion or group event at your home, office or a local area reception hall, Buca To Go or Buca Delivery is the perfect choice. Our friendly & professional staff will assist you with your order, arrange a specific pick-up time for Buca To Go or deliver your order ($25 delivery fee applies to deliveries). Plates, napkins, eating & serving utensils and condiments are included. No minimum purchase required. Please allow 3 hours for same-day delivery and call for questions/details about our delivery service area.
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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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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

From Buca's delicious, Italian cuisine to the fun and festive atmosphere, we know how to have a good time! Our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by everyone at the table. We can accommodate any event or budget, from business occasions to casual family affairs.

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A Gift for Mom! Make your reservation today! Bring Mom to Buca di Beppo on Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 499 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.9
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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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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Very good place to celebrate Mother's Day

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Had to wait almost 20 minutes for my table when I had already made a reservation.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2017

The food was subpar for the very expensive price. Service did not makeup for the lack of taste in the food.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2017

Buca di Beppo is feeling a bit dated. The food was okay. It just feels tired. I remember when it was the happening place for groups. They are clinging to large, shared portions of decent food, when a lot of competing restaurants are offering more modern cuisine and not in the gargantuan portions. Maybe change the concept and cater to individual diners.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2017

The food was definitely an American style Italian dishes they give you plenty the quality was very average the service was poor the ambience was excellent-definitely not worth the amount of money they charge the overall experience was very in inadequate

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2017

We have dined at Buca di Beppo Encino many times, almost always enjoyed it a lot. This time was a big disappointment. The server was pleasant when she was around, but slow. They must have left our appetizer platter sitting somewhere for a long time, everything was cold. The "spicy chicken rigatoni" was gummy and not very warm either. The apple walnut gorgonzola salad -- a favorite -- seemed much less flavorful than we remembered. Won't be back unless we have some reason to think that this was just "an off night."

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1.0Dined on March 26, 2017

HORRIBLE Restaurant. Four of us were there to Celebrate my husband's 75th Birthday. The lasagna was OLD, OVERCOOKED with cheese on top that was burned. Dried out NO FLAVOR, BLAND. The Chicken Limone had 3 very SMALL pieces for $23.99???
Our server Brad was not very attentive. We ordered a 2nd bottle of wine but by the time it came 10 mins later we were almost finished eating. WHERE WAS HE with that bottle of wine? It was not that busy for a server to not be attentive. I had put in the reservation that it was my husband's 75th Birthday AND we mentioned it to our server. They didn't come around to sing or Celebrate and we had a coupon for $15 off $30 plus Birthday cake. NO CAKE, no mention and food was BLAND & OVERCOOKED. We asked for our remaining antipasti salad to be packed to go. NEVER GOT IT. Our server said, he never heard us ask hmm? Wouldn't you offer to guest if they want their remaining anything to be packed to go? Brad was smug with an insincere attempt at an apology. THEN he said, well there wasn't much left so he assumed we didn't want it. In their HUGH white bowls some left at the bottom may not seem like much to Brad but it was enough for us to take home. NOT GOOD. We mentioned our disappointment on our way out. NO ONE SEEMED to CARE.
WE WILL NEVER COME BACK THERE EVER AGAIN.

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