Buca di Beppo - Gaithersburg

3.8
582 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Kid-friendly
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, Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(301) 947-7346
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ron Brown
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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
Great Seneca Highway
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Parking details
Free self-parking available in public lot.
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Public transit
Ride On Bus - Kentlands Blvd 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, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, 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 582 People Are Saying
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3.8
service
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38% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We had a birthday celebration - party of twelve. The staff was awesome!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Great service! Great food! He had to be one of the best waiters there.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Anniversary was Do Over was everything. Thank You, Izzy and the Manager.

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We were disappointed on so many levels. Our waiter seemed to not understand what we were saying half the time and always looked confused. Then from the time we got our appetizer salad, it was another 35 minutes until we got our meals. Our prosciutto-stuffed chicken was good but it was breaded and I am on a low carb diet so had to scrape off the breading (the menu did not say that it was breaded). Finally we ordered gelato for dessert. The menu said 2 scoops of vanilla, 2 of pistachio, and 2 of raspberry, all with upside down cones on top. When they brought out the dish it had no raspberry (they were out) and no cones (they were out)! We will not be going back. Very disappointing.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

one of the best value Italian restaurants in the area. Portions are family size.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Well Buca di Beppo was a total bust for Mother’s Day 😞 they were totally overbooked, despite taking reservations. The room we were in was so unbelievably loud that we couldn’t hear each other sitting at the same table. After an hour of waiting the food never came. We paid for what we actually did get and we left.

The servers and manager on duty were very kind, however, the lack of food and noise killed it for us.

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OT
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was good, but it took forever.

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OG
2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We like Buca, but the last two visits the kitchen were both VERY slow. This time we sat for 20+ minutes without being addressed by any waiter and our food came 1 hr 20 minutes after we were seated. Seriously. The waitress that finally served us was very pleasant, but Buca you have to fix the system. Two other tables in our room also experienced long waits for their food.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

BDB is a unique restaurant company...themed dining rooms, lots of old photos, unknowns and well-knowns. Let’s not forget the Pope Room!

We go for the food, and have never been disappointed.

On this visit, the food was great. The service, not so good. The host staff, not attentive. We were seated as a table of 4, silverware (roll-ups) for 3.

The bussing staff, or whoever set the table, 3 plates crusted with dishwasher-fused food. Yuck!

The waiter, also distracted. A large garden salad was ordered dressed with Caesar dressing on the side for 1 person in the party. The salad arrived without dressing. We served 3 salads before realizing the error.

Management, champagne glasses used for wine glasses? Tacky service, necessary the waiter said because a large party was using all the glasses! Really?

Good companies invest their profits in their companies; an Italian restaurant that serves wine regularly doesn’t have cases of wine glasses in back-up?

Salad was great, fresh, generous. Pepperoni pizza, super. Lasagna was huge, and delicious. Lemon Chicken, still a favorite.

Food gets an A. Service a weak C. Management, lucky to get a D. Train your staff. Insist on smiles. Get into your dining room and meet your guests. And buy some wine glasses.

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OT
3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

This place needs a thorough cleaning! We had a birthday celebration in the Pope Room. Cute idea, but the bust of the Pope was contained in a plastic box that was very dirty. Please clean it!

The food was decently prepared and the kitschy theme is fun. Our group of 12, which ultimately became 16, had a good time. The cost was less than $50/person including drinks and desserts.

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SA
1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Terrible, terrible service. It took over an hour to get water and some bread. An hour and half to get appetizers - some of which were cold. Server and manager didn’t seem to care at all. Was a totally stressful and unpleasnat experience for a birthday with lots of out of town guests. Will never return.

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L
3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Service was ok our server seemed preoccupied and was not engaged. Our salad and appetizer were good but our pasta was disappointing and very bland.

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Absolutely bad...bad and bad again. From Service to Food.
Service was bad from water to end.

Food - Stuffed Shells overcooked and dry. Shrimp Parmesan, had to have been frozen fried shrimp. It was oh so bad.
This was the third and last strike going to this restaurant.

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JW
3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Our waiter was amazing! His name was Jo and he did a phenomenal job in serving our table of 7! He came by frequently, offered suggestions of the food and was happy to accommodate any of our requests with a smile! He was AWESOME! However, that was the highlight of the dinner. The food was flavorless, the plates and utensils were dirty and several of the menus had straws or food stuck on the inside. Thankfully my father in law was just happy to see his children but he didn't really enjoy anything else...

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LB
4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Buon cumpleanno! Mangia, mangia! When Buca di Beppo is good, it's very very good. Great family-style Italian food. Really good service - we had a lovely chat with our server on a quiet night, and got both great service and a wonderful meal. We ordered way too much food (the servings are huge) and had leftovers for 2 days. When you're in the mood for a party, this is the place (and you don't need a reason for a party but if you're celebrating something special, you'll be made to feel special). Desserts are also huge - the brownie sundae is seriously one of the largest things I've ever seen. Come celebrate!

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OT
5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I eat at Buca weekly and this time it was exceptionally good. From the service to the food, all was perfect!

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OT
4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Celebrating Valentine’s Day!’

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Even with a reservation we had to wait an additional 20 mins to be seated and another couple without a reservation went in before us so are making reservations pointless? Food was delicious no complaint. Service was terrible hostess had her thumb in her mouth several times i even caught her doing that while taking some people to their seats. Waiter took a while to get to us being that he was also the bartender. While waiting in the "lobby" the carry out section was overcrowded. We were seated by the bar when we asked not to therefore it was a pretty loud night being that the bar patrons were having a good time. Buca is a nice place to dine im just not sure if ill come back to this establishment. seems it needs better management. I'll stick to driving to DC

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OT
4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

All was ok, average experience but was very dirty under the table, so we asked to change the table but it is unacceptable in general and sofa was horribly torn.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Most of the food was excellent - antipasto salad, chicken saltimbocca, rigatoni al forno (so much crunchy prosciutto, pepperoni, and spicy italian sausage) were so delicious and full of flavor and cooked to perfection. On the other hand, the alfredo supremo was HORRIBLE, do not order - dry and bland. The gelato was okay, all the flavors (pistachio, raspberry and maybe vanilla) were all different textures. The pistachio was the best texture and flavor - closest resemblance to gelato. The raspberry seemed more like a super tart sorbet. The vanilla one was icy - like freezer burn.

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1.0Dined on January 5, 2018

I made the reservation in the afternoon
We were assigned to the Pope table and it was freezing cold
The waitress said “sorry, the HVAC hasn’t worked all day”
Why did you take reservations when the HVAC was not working?
Awful experience, worst time at Bucca’s

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LN
2.0Dined on December 30, 2017

A potentially good family meal was tarnished by poor service, lack of attention to detail, and unwillingness of the staff to respond to customer complaint. An erroneously delivered meal (subsequently touched by guests at another table) was re-delivered to us and it began the downturn of events. Buca di Beppo is made of more but it has turned us away from this location unhappy and probably unwilling to return for sometime. The experience was in stark contrast to the one we had at the DC location.

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OT
2.0Dined on December 26, 2017

- We were unable to contact the restaurant via phone. Upon inquiring we were told that their system is not working and did not show any desire to get it fixed!
- The server did not understand out special request and brought incorrect item.
- They restaurant was out of Tiramisu dessert (second time in a month).
- With coffee order only coffee was served we had to ask separately for cream and sugar and spoon.
BUCA DI BEPPO USED TO BE MUCH BETTER THAN THIS BUT NOW IT IS NOTICEBLY SLIDING DOWN ON SERVICE AND FOOD QUALITY.

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PB
5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Food and service as great as always. It is a family oriented restaurant so the servings are big...leftovers!

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DK
5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

This was a before Christmas family get-together. 11 people in our group. Saturday at 3:30-5:30 . We knew that this would be a slower time, which meant we had a room to ourselves which was really nice. Everyone enjoyed their food & we got excellent service from our Server. (I wish I could remember his name......but he was great!).

I think this restaurant is a great choice for groups. We found dishes that 2-3 people wanted to share & then passed around all the leftovers afterwards.

The restaurant let us stay & visit with each other as long as we wanted. It was nice, quiet & unhurried! I guess that will vary with the date & time, but that was our experience.

We will do it again next year!!

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OT
3.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Always a fun place to eat. Quality is going down a little bit over the decades but still passable.

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P
5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Buca is always a family favorite, though also a great place for a couple's happy hour. I've never been disappointed by the service nor by the food/drinks.

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J
4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Was a little dissappointed with portion size. We were advised by the server that what we selected had no pasta. Do find the family style of only multi-person portions sometimes difficult for just 2 people.

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EC
5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Great italian food and great for big groups - friends or family.

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TH
2.0Dined on December 2, 2017

The food is noticeably not as good as it once was. We will probably not go back.

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OT
5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

The service was excellent and the food was very good. Our server was very attentive too.

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M
5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful place for a family get together!
We love the atmosphere and service!

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1.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Unfortunately, this was not a pleasant experience. My husband and I had a special early anniversary dinner planned and we had made reservations. We were seated at a two top and the dinner was off to a good start. A small Calamari appetizer was ok to taste but way over priced. As our dinner was being prepared, a large party of at least 30 came in with only 8 out of the total being the adults. Mayhem ensued. They were loud, screaming, throwing, straws, running around, jumping at their tables and it was awful. The parents were not supervising the children at all. The manager came out once to check but said we couldn't be moved Bc "we were full all night" Another table also complained to no avail. Dinner ruined. When we left. There were many tables open and available in quiet areas. Just not sure why it was handled that way. Some of the wait staff apologized including our waitress but others laughed at us as we left. By the way our bill was over 80 dollars without alcohol. We were so disappointed. We will not be back.

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OG
2.0Dined on November 4, 2017

The kitchen had problems on Saturday night. It took longer than usual to get food. The food came out of the requested sequence for the large group (10) seated next to us. The manager did come to their aid to calm their anger. We like Buca, but they need to fix these problems.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Server was not very attentive, or experienced. this is not the norm for this restaurant, but he may have been new. Food is consistently good and the home feel good atmosphere is comforting.

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M
5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

Great service, wonderful meal.

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J
4.0Dined on September 24, 2017

We find the family style menu challenging, probably works better for groups. Offer single's versions?

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J
4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

The food was good as always. We arrived early and were promptly seated. There were not that many people there for dinner yet. However, it took an extraordinary amount of time to get the main part of our order. It was long enough I left the table to hunt out the waiter. The salad was outstanding as was the chicken saltimbocca chicken. The brussel sprouts looked great on the menu but were drier that we expected. We mentioned it to the waiter and he did take it off the check. Overall a nice dinner.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Still one of Gaithersburg's little secrets.
Service was good, food was just what we wanted and the value was great.

Hope it doesn't keep itself a secret too long.....

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J
2.0Dined on August 19, 2017

I guess family style is just not our style as we each prefer ordering individual servings to suit our tastes. Nothing remarkable about the food but the decor is certainly Italian. Service was very good. Did not appreciate the staff loudly clinking table settings nor cleaning the floor while we ate.

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