Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto

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814 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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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
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Monday night and only one server. She tried her best but trying to serve multiple tables in two separate rooms was just too much for her. Menu was changed since the pandemic. We didn’t get what we came there for. Our food took a long time to arrive. Kitchen staff may be understaffed as well. I had to cancel one of the entrees because it’s been over an hour and a half since we ordered. Place just isn’t the same. Not a knock on the server but the food. Definitely overpriced and no longer worth it.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on December 1, 2021

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
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful birthday celebration!

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Responded on December 1, 2021

Thanks for the rave review and for choosing Buca di Beppo to celebrate such a special occasion! We appreciate you sharing your experience with us and hope you visit us again soon!

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JackieOs
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's an experience restaurant, it's fun, go with the flow. All the dishes were great except the lasagna was just warm, not hot

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your feedback as they highlight areas in need of improvement. We hope to welcome you back soon.

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KouroshN
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our Server Esmeralda was the Best. She deserves a big Tip.

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Responded on November 21, 2021

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

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vipMarshie
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was very slow or at least the kitchen was. 30 min to wait for bowl of spaghetti and sausage. Spaghetti was not cooked enough and sauce was very thin and watery.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Long wait for everything. We and many others had a reservation but were told they were in the process of cleaning up the tables. Ok no problem. Still waited for more than 15 min. When we were seated, there were plenty of available tables so it didn’t make sense at all. Drinks and bread came relatively quickly but then the wait for the 3 entrees and 1 appetizer took over an hour. I can see they were short staffed now since tables weren’t cleaned up promptly. They had big parties as well but still it doesn’t make it right. Our appetizer came AFTER our first entree and it wasn’t very good. Everything went up in price. Apologies were given but this may be the last time we come here.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on November 21, 2021

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food was med

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vipMelissaM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

When I arrived, they had given my reservation away. My app already showed i was dining and we had to wait 15 mins to be seated. It was extremely hot, no AC. Hard to enjoy the ourselves. The drinks were inconsistent. My husband’s cocktail was pure juice. Mine was so warm, had a few pieces of ice almost melted.
We got our appetizers last and had a few dishes brought to the table that we didn’t order.
It was just an unpleasant experience.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on September 20, 2021

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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vipCarmenM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was tasty. However the dining area although not crowded was very stuffy and warm. It seemed the air conditioning wasn't working properly.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on September 8, 2021

Hi Carmen! 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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vipMichelleJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience1

No complaints about the food or service. The cleanliness is an issue. Every inch of the place, including the front walkway.

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Responded on August 22, 2021

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
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

$21 for a personalized calamari. I’ve been going to this restaurant and I can’t believe the size of a small calamari. Just imagine getting a medium size fries. Yup! That’s how small the serving.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on August 22, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your feedback as they highlight areas in need of improvement. We hope to welcome you back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great for our group! Due to covid, we had our own room which was fantastic bc we had 6 adults and 7 kids. So the kids didn’t bug anyone!

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Responded on August 22, 2021

We are happy to hear how much you enjoy dining with us at Buca di Beppo! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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mycivic2001
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food that we ordered was dry and and not very flavorful.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on August 3, 2021

We apologize your meal did not meet your expectations. Our guests' feedback is highly valuable to us and 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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StephanieT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go there with a empty stomach. Portions for small feed 3. But sauce was fabulous. Cozy and quiet environment. Not packed as before covid but very nice and great service. Or prefer take-out, is out front by door; and there was a line.

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Responded on July 24, 2021

We pride ourselves in providing great food and service and are always glad to hear that's being reflected by our team. We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance and delicious food. Our server (Lanae or Renee? Masks muffle the sound) was awesome too. Only con was we waited for several minutes and several servers were ignoring us until I waved at who I believe to be the manager. We then got seated for our reservation. (Pls don’t ignore us and maybe just say “We’ll be with you in a moment” if you’re all busy? Just a thought :)

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your feedback as they highlight areas in need of improvement. We hope to welcome you back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Good was dry and noodles stuck together not enough sauce.

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Responded on July 2, 2021

We regret to hear that your meal was not up to our usual standards. We appreciate that you have taken the time to write to us and will share this experience with our management team in an effort to improve future guest experiences. Thank you for reaching out to us.

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Scott
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the spicy chicken rigatoni, salad and meatballs. All delicious.

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Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank you! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

We sat 1 1/2 hours before we received our complete meal. We received our drinks promptly, but then 45 minutes after we sat down the appetizer arrived then maybe another 20 minutes passed and one of our three entrees arrived. That’s already an hour after we had sat down that a main arrived. The waiter apologized saying that the online orders were backing them up and that food would arrive shortly. It took another 30 minutes before the last two entrees showed up and a side. By then, we had asked to speak to a manager and had everything boxed up to go. It was Father’s Day and the restaurant wasn’t at full capacity but for food to come out took way too long. We had reservations at a golf entertainment center at 6:45 so when the food finally arrived at 6:30 with a 5:00 reservation, we couldn’t even enjoy it! The manager had taken off some portion of the food but it didn’t make up for the slowness in the food coming out. We missed having a Buca nearby since the one in San Francisco had closed and traveled quite a distance to eat here but to say the least, I was unhappy with the way things happened. Although our server was not to blame, the kitchen was under prepared and seemed to prioritize their online orders over the patrons at the restaurant.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on June 22, 2021

We are so sorry to hear that we let you down – particularly 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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RosaSJ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server spencer was amazing but was fling a lot, other waiters would not help, when asked one server in particular would ignore us. The food was delicious!

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on June 22, 2021

Thank you! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waitress spilled a whole tray of water all over my daughter on her birthday. Cutlery and plates were dirty. Floor underneath table was sticky. Did not feel like a “clean” environment to eat at.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on June 9, 2021

We are so sorry to hear that we let you down – particularly 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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vipdagmar311
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was pretty mediocre. They were out of a lot of basic items, including espresso and straws (for our kids drink). The bathroom was really untidy as well, which made me nervous considering how important sanitation is right now. Our server was very friendly though, and you could tell he felt bad about all the areas that they were falling short.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on May 20, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your feedback as they highlight areas in need of improvement. 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
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Had a reservation but they would honor it upon arrival. Finally got seated 45 minutes after reservation. The food was great and the waiter was very helpful and attentive.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on June 22, 2021

Thank 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. We hope you come back again in the future.

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AdamB
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was very slow. The waiter seemed to be working hard enough. I don't know if the kitchen was slow, but I've been by for takeout several times recently and had to wait a long time then as well. So maybe the kitchen is overcommitted.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on May 20, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your feedback as they highlight areas in need of improvement. We hope to welcome you back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were there for over 2hrs before we decided to cancel our entree because they kept forgetting our order.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on May 20, 2021

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 May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Mothers’ Day. We were on time for our reservation but the restaurant said we had to wait in line the same as the walk-ins, Open Table reservation was totally useless. The rest of the service was consistent with first experience, they could not care less, took a long time to get the food. Will never go again.

Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Responded on May 20, 2021

We are so sorry to hear that we let you down – particularly 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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TiffanyC
San Francisco
6 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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vipDalenaVB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations and didn't have to wait too long in line. As soon as we got to the front of the line we were immediately seated. We did have a hiccup with our order, but they addressed it before we could and got it resolved. They gave our entree to us free of charge and threw in a free dessert of our choice. They didn't have to, but we appreciate it. The food was amazing and the service was great. We missed this restaurant and we cannot wait to come back again.

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

Thanks! We're always happy to hear our team is going above and beyond for our guests. We look forward to serving you again.

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vipShakeMe
San Francisco
18 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!

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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
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Bartender was very slow!

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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
10 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.

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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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FAQs

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 stars by 814 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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