Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto

4.6
828 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
If you are looking for an Italian Restaurant in Palo Alto, CA then come to Buca. Our Italian Restaurant serves Authentic Family Style Italian Food. When you ask a Palo Alto, CA resident what their favorite Italian restaurant is, they’re sure to say Buca di Beppo because we make every guest feel like family. From the moment you walk in our doors, we make you feel warm and welcome. Our attentive staff tends to all of your dining needs while our talented chefs skillfully prepare heaping portions of your favorites. Be sure to bring your appetite because we serve up all of our authentic Italian specialties family style! Buca is perfect for any occasion from enjoying a weeknight dinner with your family, a romantic dinner for two, or a huge birthday celebration. Reserve one of our semi-private dining rooms, let us cater your next event, or simply stop by for lunch or dinner! We are conveniently located by the Downtown Library and Heritage Park, near El Camino Real and Highway 82. Come feast with us today!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 828 people are saying
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TiffanyC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This italian eatery is probably catered to large parties, however, the two of us had an absolutely splendid time.
We were given just the right amount of attention. Our server explained the portion sizes, which is understandable for a party of two, and we were familiar with the restaurant and were ok with what was yet to come.
The food was so good, it rivals my Noni's cooking, and we enjoyed our leftovers the following night. So good!

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on April 27, 2021

No higher compliment than being compared to Noni's cooking, thank you Tiffany! We're glad you enjoyed your meal. Come on back for some more yummy food and a great time with our famiglia.

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vipShakeMe
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Take seconds home, let this be good experience, enjoy, go for it.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on April 5, 2021

Thanks for dining with us. Come back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent experience

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on November 4, 2020

We love to hear this, thank you! We're glad you enjoyed your meal with us. Come back again soon.

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Nikki
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

This was a huge disappointment. One of the pasta dishes was inedible because there was so much garlic in the sauce. Definitely won't be going back.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on February 26, 2020

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service!

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back to Buca di Beppo soon!

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TriciaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

This place has really changed for the worse. Originally we had been told that there was no more room for a reservation. Then when we got there about 1/2 the tables were empty.. ??!! I think they can't hire enough people to work there. We had asked for a quiet pspot and they seated us right next to a table with a crying baby, even though there was a nearby booth. That booth remained empty the entire time we were there. The service was horrible. Took 20 minutes to get drinks. Food wasn't much better. Worst was the fried calamari. It was limp, not crisp. Never going here again.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write this review as our customer’s feedback is very important to us. We apologize your experience was not up to our usual standards. We will undoubtedly contact management and make them aware of the situation to ensure it does not reoccur in the future. Thank you again for reaching out to us.

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vipBobski
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Bartender was very slow!

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on January 29, 2020

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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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

A very kitsch italian

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on January 20, 2020

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 this experience with our team in an effort to improve future guest experiences.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Expensive meal for 4, over $100, considering all we had was one pasta, chicken and a kids meal

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on January 20, 2020

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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Lynn
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Very large portions.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on December 26, 2019

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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vipAndy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Host was very rude and upset that we used Open Table. He said we had an hour wait and we left.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on December 30, 2019

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 this experience with our team in an effort to improve future guest experiences.

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lookng4anewfav
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pricing on menu was different than what we were charged on check. Manager compensated us more than the overcharge.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on December 28, 2019

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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elizabeth
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience2

bathrooms & carpets dirty. ants on the menu. lime the ambience but over the years, managenent is no taking care of place. i ein't be returning anytime doon I have been dining thers iver ten years

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stevef
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had 4 in our party and ordered the small salad and pasta dishes. The small easily feeds 4 and we brought another meal home. Very good food and service.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on December 27, 2019

We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you at your nearest Buca di Beppo soon!

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vipOnePleasedDiner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buca’s always a great option when eating with a large family!

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on March 14, 2020

Thank you! We certainly enjoy having your famiglia dine with ours and we can't wait to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for my daughters birthday, excellent food and service

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you for choosing Buca di Beppo to celebrate your special occasion! We appreciate you sharing your experience with us and hope you visit us again soon!

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vipLocal
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Service was weak at best. Bar was out of many key brands and mixers. Soda gun was down and many wines were out of stock. The excuse was they were very busy last week.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on December 4, 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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Lissa
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very boisterous family atmosphere. a little loud for those in the crowd with hearing aids. We had the thanksgiving feast and the stuffing was basically breadcrumbs, very dry. The drinks (lemon drop and old fashioned) got rave reviews. The children received drinks in plastic cups with paper straws which helps. We did not receive the bread but there was plenty of food. My friend ordered the feast to go and hers looked amazing. Luck of the draw.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on December 1, 2019

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I would never eat there again

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on December 9, 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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vipChuckH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I had to give a very low rating on service because it was SO SLOW! It was not our server’s fault at all, she was attentive and apologetic. It should not take 30 minutes to get a cocktail, and the second course should not come out another 20 minutes after we have finished our first course.

As far as noise level - it is fine, except when there are birthdays (which it there were quite a few). Then they do their group thing and all conversation has to stop. I sound like a grump, but the number of these interruptions got to me.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on November 27, 2019

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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tande
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We had made reservations on OpenTable and I have to say they seated us immediately
But when we took our seat at the table it took them about 40 to bring us our drinks! Forget refills! That took another 30 minutes and they brought our sodas in kids plastic cups because they didn’t have clean ones!

My friend asked for a gluten free dish and he brought him a huge spaghetti dish enough for 5 people when the waiter knew it was just for him.

The garlic toast was so hard like a cracker
The penne vodka was nothing like what it normally would taste like. It was probably penne arabiata. But the waiter took it and never came back with penne vodka. He said that he didn’t bring anything since we didn’t like it. He could have come back to let us know. We were waiting for our penne vodka!

The antipasto salad was soggy.

The only thing we enjoyed was the chicken saltimbocca.

We wanted to complain but couldn’t wait any longer to inform our waiter to get the manager. Very very disappointing.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on November 12, 2019

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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vipMikell
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Family Birthday dinner is always nice at Buca

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for choosing Buca di Beppo to celebrate your special occasion! We appreciate you sharing your experience with us and hope you visit us again soon!

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vipsebn
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

For small parties of two or three, no i would no recommend this Buca - the food was cold and the service was slow for a Wednesday night with only a few tables seated.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on October 20, 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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InezE
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server was great even the had large parties to attend to as well as us.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on October 7, 2019

We look forward to serving you again and providing you with an unforgettable Buca di Beppo experience!

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BrettC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Restaurant is definitely dated and in need of some improvements.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on September 23, 2019

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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Thomas
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Went for my 13-yo daughter's birthday. AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL service—rude, super-slow, dishonest, apathetic. Mediocre, over-priced food. SO disappointed.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on September 18, 2019

We are so sorry to hear that we let you down – especially on such a special day. We appreciate that you have taken the time to write to us, We will be sure to share this experience with our staff in an effort to improve future guest experiences.

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vipIrish4
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We went to Buca for my husbands birthday. They had not written his name on their special board until I reminded them of our Open Table birthday reservation! Host wrote it on the board to make my husband happy!
We were seated at a nice booth for four downstairs. Waiter came 10 minutes later & asked if we wanted a drink. We brought our own wine as corkage is reasonable. It took waiter 15 minutes to return with our salad. Why??? Place wasn’t that crowded! Our chicken cannoli was served piping hot & delicious. Asked for more bread....never came! Finally the HUGE brownie sundae arrived (main reason for coming!) with a song and a LARGE candle! Song (cute pasta song) was sung by 4 servers to our table & another table in our room.
Server was prompt in delivering our bill which was incorrect! Coupons for discount & free birthday dessert were not applied....even though I had told waiter when we ordered our dinner & left coupon on the table in plain sight!! He redid our bill.
I am glad I made the reservation & we celebrated with their HUGE brownie sundae.....but I wish service was better. Will we return?? Verdict is still out on this!

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for choosing Buca di Beppo to celebrate your special occasion! Our service should have been much better than what you received. Please know that we will address this with our team and will do our best to make this an isolated experience. Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback and we hope to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food!

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Tastyfoodfinds
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a wonderful time celebrating my son’s 16th birthday! Our waiter David provided excellent service and really took care of us!

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on August 13, 2019

Thank you for choosing Buca di Beppo to celebrate your special occasion! We appreciate you sharing your experience with us and hope you visit us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good Over all

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vipLonghorn
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Waited too long for the food (our server even apologized) and the carbonara was not too well prepared, too little sauce, so it tasted dry. At first I was surprised that there were too few customers on a Saturday night, but after this last visit, not so surprised any more. They have raised the prices recently, but the quality has gone down.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on August 6, 2019

We apologize your experience was not up to our usual standards. We will have our team address this situation to ensure it does not reoccur in the future.

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NotYou
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Our experience? Terrible.
Service? Terrible.
We try to order drinks and the reply was “We’re out of beer’. All beer? “Well no, we have some bottles” are you going to let us know what bottles? Nope.
Order the simplest of dishes- spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread. Spaghetti came before the drinks. Garlic bread? I’m pretty sure it’s still in the oven. Drinks? After asking. Twice. Silverware? Ha!
We’ve been to many Buca’s and this, by far, was the worst of them all.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write this review as our customer’s feedback is very important to us. We apologize your experience was not up to our usual standards. We will undoubtedly contact management and make them aware of the situation to ensure it does not reoccur in the future.

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vipAngelaP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

It was my daughters birthday, and I had called ahead to have the cake they offer decorated for her special day, and after a very rocky beginning when we arrived, it took the server 20 minutes to get to the table, even to take our drink orders, the manager came over during our meal to tell us that they ran out of ICING for the cake! It went down hill after this. I was so bummed, we didn't get a cake and still have not been able to schedule another time to sing happy birthday and blow out the the candles. It was my daughter's 18th bday and kinda ruined the moment. I won't be going back.

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vipFoodstl
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super fun for a friend gathering - beware the portion sizes are ridiculous!

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Debbie
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven't been here in a while but received a coupon for discounted entres and free sundae. Even small portions are massive - but everything was delicious and we had leftovers for the entire weekend. We really loved the orecchiette with short ribs - completely decadent : )

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Michelle
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family really enjoyed our dinner served family style. We had a spicy pizza, stuffed ziti, caeser salad and the huge brownie sunday.
The ziti was a bit bland, so I would recommend something else. Everything else was fantastic.

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vippoli
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Angelina, was awesome! The restaurant manager came by our table to greet us and he also cleared the empty dishes :)

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vipMElO
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was great. The service was some of the worst I’ve ever experienced. Two entrees arrived before the appetizer. The waiter literally threw them on the table and disappeared. We had no plates. One of our party had to get up and search for plates. The appetizer finally showed after all the other entrees. We cancelled the salad that never showed. The waiter was terrible, never checked back and had terrible communication. Thankfully the food was good, kudos to the chef. Unfortunately, because of the service we won’t be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Their lasagna is fabulous! My daughter and I tried the ricotta cheese ravioli with marinara sauce for the first time and loved it!

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CelebrateFish
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would come again for the mussels -- to die for, the lasagna -- solid, and Roman Tiki drink -- even better than expected. We finished strong with the colossal brownie sundae -- yum!

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Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 329-0665.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto is rated 4.6 stars by 828 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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