Buca di Beppo - San Diego

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643 reviews
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Craving authentic Italian food in San Diego, CA? Look no further! Book your reservation today with Buca di Beppo San Diego, 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 spending the day in the Gaslamp District, shopping at Westfield Horton Plaza or catching a show at Balboa Theatre, Buca’s warmly decorated dining and semi-private rooms are perfect for enjoying 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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San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Waiter seemed inexperienced. Made many mistakes. Didn’t bring enough plates and we had to ask many times for more. Only took one persons drink order.

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RP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Forgot a few of our orders. Did not comp meal while we waited for food that never came.

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TC
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Very poor, slow service. Food was ok but not a good value at all

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was tasty but the waiter encouraged us to order more food than the eight of us could possibly eat...way too many leftovers (especially since we were out of town and couldn’t take any of it back to our hotel with us to eat later).

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G
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a place where you can talk and be loud and nobody cares. Perfect for big groups. Big plates perfect for sharing.

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GR
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to take the family or a large group. Serving sizes support a family table presentation. Menu selection is excellent. Make sure you are there for Italian. Quality of food excellent and does not vary in quality form Buca-to-Buca. The decor and layout is standard Gumba-style and also is a standard. So far we have been to Bucas in Honolulu, Salt Lake City and San Diego. If you subscribe, their coupons and offers are great. Can also accommodate large groups. Prices are reasonable. Service prompt, attentive and friendly.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

The pasta was very overcooked. Service was nice, and the ambiance was great. Not good value for portion sizes. Was sat in lounge when I requested a booth in dining room.

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LK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is such a great place for family gatherings and the food is always good. I’d give it five stars except the spaghetti needed a little more sauce.

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San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were able to get seated right away; ordered and got food. Large quantities of food, so we were able to take some home. All was good, especially the garlic and cheese bread. Staff were great!

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J
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They were very nice. It was a last miunte large party because we had family in town for my sons wedding. But when they were told I had twenty people they made me choose a group menu which I really did not want to do. What a waste of food! It was beyond what twenty people could eat and we were all staying in hotels so there was no way we could take it home. Several of my guest asked if the restaurant would box the remaining food and give it to a shelter? The waitress didn't know. The food is just okay. I would rather eat in Little Italy in San Diego but we had small children with us and no car seats.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the service was great too. I would recommend this place, its great for group/large parties. The pricing was good too.

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K
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Based on this experience, I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone. The lasagne was very good, but the server, oh my, let's just say he left much room for improvement. It was my husband's birthday celebration. The server seemed to be checked out the whole time. After finally taking our order, we received our salads and drinks. Thereafter, were not revisited for a very long time, after which he came and asked if we might be ready for dessert. My jaw dropped in amusement as we had not even had our entrees. I quipped, "Perhaps we might first enjoy our dinner?" He ran off and I think must have forgotten to put our order in. We DID, wonder of wonders receive our meal, but dessert was a long time in coming as we had to request of another server our dessert. Refills on drinks were not met until the very end after we were about to leave he brought "1" refill... if any of us had wanted another drink, we were long past our limit of patience as we had been there 2 1/2 hours already! Well, at least the lasagne was good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious but most of all, we got to interact with many staff members who made our experience so special. Everyone greeted us with a smile and a hello and took the time to ask if we were enjoying ourselves. Definitely coming back.

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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Okay food. Would compare to Olive Garden. Nothing to write home about but not the worst I’ve ever had. Waiter was very friendly.

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l
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buca di Peppo is a great place to have a family style Italian meal. Ross, our server, was excellent and very attentive to our table's needs. Thank you for the fine food and service.

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AH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

It’s a big place inside and feels very Italian. Food was ok but not much more than that and the place is quite noisy.

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SB
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Christmas Dinner. The food was okay but the service was what would make us come back to this location.

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

Exelente precio y calidad

Buca di Beppo - San Diego
Responded on December 4, 2018

Muchas gracias! Esperamos volver a verlos muy pronto!

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SF
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a large group and the staff did a great job managing all of us!

Buca di Beppo - San Diego
Responded on December 4, 2018

Samantha, we are happy to hear you received such great service from our team! We hope you will visit us again soon!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reservations were at 6:30. Sat down at 6:45. No food still at 7:40. Spoke to the manager twice before got some food by 8 pm. Three little kids sitting there hungry. Not a fun time. Would never go back.

Buca di Beppo - San Diego
Responded on November 20, 2018

We are very sorry to hear about your experience. We look forward to learning more.

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D
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great option for some good Italian food to share with friends. Had the stuffed shells and a pasta dish with Alfredo sauce. Both were very good and seasoned well.

Buca di Beppo - San Diego
Responded on November 20, 2018

Dana, we're so glad to hear you loved our food, as much as we love making it! We hope you'll come back soon!

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St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, wait staff was nice and present, but they asked if we wanted a complementary photo and we said yes, but found out 20 minutes later we had to pay to keep it.

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JH
Yosemite
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall service and food were excellent. We were warmly greeted when we arrived and the food was tasty and plentiful. That night a photographer from the restaurant was available and she took an excellent photograph of us. I would highly recommend this restaurant for large groups as the food is served “family” style and the portions are very generous.

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JW
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing customer service and the food was amazing. My entire group party was very pleased with the service & food

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J
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience. Bad service. We had to ask the waiter for everything. Didnt introduce himself. Never offered drinks. At the end I accidentally forgot one of my birthday cards which had a gift card. And to my surprise 10-15 min later when I called. Nobody knew what happened to it. I got the run around from everyone including the manager.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and service were great. The food was nice and fresh and was prepared quick. I highly recommend this place.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The restaurant even accommodated the overflow of people we didn’t expect would show up! The staff’s attitude was wonderful!!

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R
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On this occasion the food was exceptional. Ordered Quattro Il forno, our fave. This was the best ever. Piping hot til entire meal was done. All the pastas were stuffed so much, not skimpy. Juicy n lots of sauce! Downtown location food better than Mira mesa always but this time was as I said EXCEPTIONALLY delicious!!!! Service excellent too.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Way too loud as staff was changing out tables. Screaming babies. The usual pleasant night out 😂

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my daughter’s birthday with her friends. Everything went well. Left without my leftovers because waiter took too long but aside from that we had a great time

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Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our dining experience was excellent. The food was very good and the service was outstanding. I would definitely return to Buca di Beppo San Diego.

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PD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always great but it was the service that moved it to 5 stars.

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SP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Over priced.

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AH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

It was a terrible service experience. Our waiter forgot about my 3 year old’s food. The salad came out to the table 30 minutes after the entree was served. The meatballs were forgotten about entirely from our order. One member of our party spilled their water and at least five or six staff members walked by, saw us trying to clean up the mess, and no one offered to help or even give us napkins. I had to ask someone for napkins and they brought back two. While our waitress did take off the salad from our bill we were less than impressed with the attentiveness from the staff.

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SQ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything we ate— the salad with apple and Gorgonzola cheese, the garlic bread, the stuffed mushrooms (I wanted to drink the sauce!), the sausage, the lasagna, and the chicken and veal Parmesan. There were 11 of us and we ate til we were stuffed. Even the picture guy did a great job— we bought lots of pictures! What a fun place!!

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J
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were very good. Good value for the money. Family style and you get plenty of food.

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KP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a fairly large party of about 10 of us on a Friday evening. We had some mix-ups and issues during our dinner. Drink served incorrectly. No bread brought out. When the bread was delivered, no butter or oil accompanied it. Pizza arrived for some of our party after the rest of us where done eating. Service in general was a bit unorganized. On the positive, the food was good overall. Drinks were good as well. They were able to accommodate our large party. The manager did come over and apologize for the issues and took ownership for them falling down on some things. He did comp us dessert and did not charge us for a few items delivered late. Given the balance of things, I think 3 stars if a fair review.

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SM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday celebration!!!

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H
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Huge portion sizes!! Be ready for leftovers. The lasagna was great

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything went seamlessly with my party of 9 celebrating 4 birthdays in the month of June. Our two servers were on top of everything, with the constant clearing of the dishes to not a empty drink on the table. The service was quick but not rushed at all. We were in and out with big smiles on our faces. This place never fails.

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