Buca di Beppo - Salt Lake City

3.8
337 reviews
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Craving authentic Italian food in Salt Lake City, UT? Look no further! Book your reservation today with Buca di Beppo Salt Lake City, 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 attending events at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, the nearby Salt Palace Convention Center or Gallivan Center, Buca’s warmly decorated dining and semi-private rooms are perfect for 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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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place for a family gathering.

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Naples
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Place was dirty

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Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager of the shift tried seating people
She literally gave up and walked away leaving patrons without answers
If not for persistency we would never have been seated
We were seated a party of 12, 35 mins after our reservation

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Boise
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent! Hostess told us we should probably call instead of using the app. Seated 20 minutes after our reservation. I think they were understaffed as we finished our salads before we received our water.

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JB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

First, the dish we ordered came complete with a piece of cardboard in the food. Server immediately offered to replace the whole dish, which then came back to us seriously undercooked - chicken with a severe pink strip down the middle! They made up for it with a free dessert (which we really didn't want, but they insisted). Just not a pleasant visit. Not again.

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EM
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff does not know how to give Open Table credit for a reservation. We had lunch on February 27th. The staff cancelled my reservation instead of checking me in. I went back the next day and showed them my lunch receipt. The tried to give me credit, but could not get it done. The staff needs to educated about Open Table. Frustrating !

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The Calamari and spicy shrimp was very oily and the oil was so much at the bottom of the dish

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Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Must have visited at a bad time initial server was very polite but once we received our partial food order we had to search someone down for the remaining food and finally for the check.

Wouldn’t go back there

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Denver
35 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We showed up a little late and yet they took very good care of the group of which we were many

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They didn’t honor our opentable reservation. And they didn’t have any hostess to welcome guests. It appeared empty and they didn’t have staff for a table of 3.

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Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Worsts dinning experience ever, booked with Open Table, and they had no ideal that we were coming even though we were the only group there for lunch. We were there for an hour and half and finally received the last dish of 4 items ordered and it was cold. One dish not made correctly but still had to pay for it. Order on app, one pizza, one chicken dish, one pasta dish. The pasta dish was the last one and it looked like it had been made ahead, frozen, thawed, and microwaved. The outside of the dish was hot and the center was cold. How do you make a pasta dish from scratch and not have the same temperature though out the whole dish. {An hour to microwave a dish of pasta and it is cold}


No manager in the build, talked with manager later by phone and he said he had no cook for lunch and the person cooking was a server/supervisor with 3 days of training that did not know how to cook.

Manager said his entire staff is less than 10 people to operate the full restaurant for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

I believe that Buca corporate office should closed this restaurant until they can staff it with trained personally.

Be warnd if you go to this resturant.

The server got a 3 beacuse he did a good job but it did that him 10 minutes to get us 3 sodas and 1 water when we were the only table in the entire restaurant.

They were still vacuuming the floor 10 minutes after we got there and we got there at 11:15 and they open at 11:00.

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MH
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We used to come here often, but we don’t know if we’ll be back. Prices have gone up substantially since our last visit; I can’t believe a simple green salad is $23. And there was a special “holiday” menu eliminated our favorites; I wouldn’t mind if there was a reason other than that the staff gave us (to eliminate complex dishes from the menu so the kitchen could do simple dishes faster). I’m disappointed. And at these price points, I’m much happier to spend that at finer Italian dining over chain dining.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

There was nobody at the desk when we arrived. After waiting for several minutes, we were told that there was no reservation and we would have to wait an hour. The place was practically empty. We went elsewhere.

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Charlotte
93 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so excited to get the kitchen to dine in. Were treated amazing and had great food. Lunch menu was awesome and portions the size of dinner. They were out of soup and salad though so I was a little disappointed in that.

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m
Salt Lake City
18 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Terrific waiter, Justin, who worked hard. Good food - what we had. Made a reservation for 7 on Thanksgiving and they were out of turkey and gravy!! And the kitchen was slow.

Buca di Beppo - Salt Lake City
Responded on November 29, 2018

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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KS
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation for Thanksgiving at 2:30pm. Arrived at 2:24pm and were not seated until 2:55pm. We received our drinks right away, but did not get our food until 3:50pm. Our waiter had zero personality and definitely did not want to be working. When our Thanksgiving meal finally came out, most of it was cold. Very disappointing.

Buca di Beppo - Salt Lake City
Responded on November 29, 2018

Kimberly, we are truly sorry for the frustrating experience and we hope for the opportunity to learn more and try to make things right.

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LH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great family-style food. Fun atmosphere.

Buca di Beppo - Salt Lake City
Responded on November 29, 2018

Thank you Laura! We hope to see you again soon!

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TB
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Way too hot in restsuraunt

Buca di Beppo - Salt Lake City
Responded on November 20, 2018

Tammy, we apologize for the inconvenience. We have been made aware of the situation and are currently addressing it. Thank you for bringing it to our attention again.

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Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Justin was amazing, very friendly and helpful! I will definitely go back! 🙌

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Boise
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The meal was a disaster. despite that fact that the restaurant was near empty, our waiter took our order and then was no where to be found. He forgot one of our orders, and then said it would take “a few minutes” to bring it out to us. 45 minutes later we had finished the meal and still no dish. It took us another 15 minutes to track down the waiter who seemed surprised that we had never received the dish. When the check finally came, the order was still on there so we had to ask the waiter to take it off. So disappointing, and I would never ever go there again. save your money and go elsewhere.

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MF
Nashville
29 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Restaurant smelled bad. My chicken on my salad was old and I had to remove it but no one even checked on us so I could tell them why.

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AN
Anchorage
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The last time we went there the waiter disappeared for 30 min but the food was great. This time we waited at the hostess table for 5 min and no one came to seat us. With this service I’m surprised they are still in business.

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J
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

After making a reservation using open table, and having my reservation confirmed, we were turned away at the restaurant for not having a reservation. We went back in and asked to speak to a manager. The manager agreed to seat us in one of the many vacant booths. The service was slow and not attentive. The food was dry and partially warm. The large salad we ordered did not come as described in the menu. I asked about it and was told they were out of a key ingredient. Had this been conveyed to us before we were served the salad, we may have selected our second choice. A miserable 2 hour dining experience and a waste of money.

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Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is always a great place for a party. The food is good and plentiful (the chicken Saltimboca is the best in the land), and are waiter was energetic, sincere, and skilled at taking care of people. The decor is crazy and the atmosphere a little off-beat and fun.

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SS
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met family for dinner. Great service and great food (too much, but that's to go boxes are for).

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JJ
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our waiter was awesome. We did the family style, I would highly recommend the chicken Saltimbocca, it was delicious, Our favorite. The Lasagne was also great. We didn't love the salad, it was too oily.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

The restaurant was dingy and smelled dirty. The food was terrible. Soggy chicken parm and under cooked on the inside.

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Denver
17 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We might have caught them on an off night but the service was slower than we are used to at Bucas in other cities. There seemed to be a lack of experience with the restaurant, offerings and abilities. However, the food was exactly what we expected and didn't disappoint. We were there for a working business meal so we absorbed the time element just fine.

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LP
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We came in on Valentines Day for a business dinner I was hosting for my team. It wasn't very busy but we were told that the kitchen was backed up and it best we don't request anything different from what was listed on the menu. Our drinks took a while, beer was flat, mushroom appetizer came with mains and wasn't cooked. Food took longer than it should have. Our server did the absolute best he could with what he had to work with and I felt for him, and his efforts. The idea here for me was to make a good impression as it was the only team dinner we had whilst in SLC. The cab driver sent us here. I would not recommend this place. It's dark and seems dingy and dusty, although the food is alright, I have had much better Italian cuisine for the same dollars. Skip this place, I owe my group a re-do unfortunately.

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KW
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We arrived for our reservation on Valentine's Day at 7:00 and were seated quickly. There were several open tables in our area. After waiting a while to be greeted by our server, he informed us that food would be delayed because the kitchen was backed up. He brought our drinks and caprese salad, but didn't bring any plates or dressing. I finally caught his attention and asked for plates and bread. He happened to be carrying vinegar and oil so he left that with us. The salad was good. The bread was warm and tasty. The ambience was nice. However, our dinner didn't arrive until 8:30. We waited well over an hour for our food. The plate the food was on was hot to the touch, but the filling was cold. Not warm, cold. We asked for a to go container and left. There is no valet parking. We found a homeless man sleeping by our car. All in all, not a great experience.

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1 review
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Food and service was good. Could be better. There were a huge family party and the kids were out of control. My Fiancé and I were not able to enjoy our time there. I wish that they would have offered to sit us elsewhere.

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JL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Really have always had good experience here, but this was not the case this time. Slow service, losing orders, refills slow. Food ok. Not sure if short staffed or what the case was but probably won’t be going back anytime soon.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New Year’s Eve dinner parry

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JA
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great once we got a new server that would actually wait on us. I would still recommend this place especially with family

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r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Nightmare in hell. Please read reviews we dint and paid big for it. This place is absurdly diabolical. The people that work there laugh at u being upset. They encourage the sarcastic and rudeness with all the employees. If only the owner knew how horrible they treat people. He would fire everyone on the spot. Save yourself a nightmare in hell go somewhere else

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G
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mediocre food. Service was poor. Said the bread was coming out the over but it was cold. The entrees were not hot. Brought out linguine not the spaghetti as requested. Had to push the point that we wanted spaghetti and not linguine. Said that they were out of spaghetti. Really. Cold bread. Not spaghetti. Was so hopefull. Not impressed. Not a good value.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious, but garlic heavy. Open Christmas day, and we had a great server.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Initially I was very frustrated because I had made a reservation for a large group and when we arrived they had us sitting a 3 separate tables. After voicing my irritation our server improvised and made a big long table for us which was greatly appreciated. He also provided great service through the meal for our large group.

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal

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Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food is terrible.
But it was very easy to get into with a large group since the restaurant was basically empty...probably because the food isn't good. The sizes are perfect for sharing so you can try a variety of things which is nice. That way you know that everything is bad. Not just the one thing that you ordered.
The calamari breading was very heavy and the calamari definitely was not fresh. They were very rubbery. Almost like eating rubber bands.
The meatballs were terrible...tasted gamey and like they were made with spam or something...definitely not beef or sausage. Almost mushy and corn mealy.
The stuffed shells looked like they had been sitting under the lights all day waiting for someone to order them and were hard.
The other 2 pastas were mediocre at best.
I will never be back. I would definitely recommend one of the many other Italian places downtown.

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