Buca di Beppo - Universal City

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Craving authentic Italian food in Los Angeles, CA? Look no further! Book your reservation today with Buca di Beppo Universal 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 catching a movie at New Universal Cinema or spending the day taking tours at Universal Studios Hollywood, Buca’s the perfect place couples, families and groups to enjoy lunch or dinner or celebrate a special occasion for parties 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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1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I made a reservation for quite a large group...about 23 of us and I had to change the reservation to a slightly earlier time the day of and the restaurant was quite accommodating. The food was good, the service was ok and we were happy overall.

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L
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Penne a la vodka was bland & chicken Marsala not quite as flavorful as usual / everything else was excellent including service and the very cool Pope Room
Universal parking can be expensive if you stay a couple hours, even with validation

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service.

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DH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My family pretty much thinks our server was high, she spilt half of our wine bottle on the table. They brought a large dish to us instead of a small one and then after picking at decided to take the dish back and give it to a different table...

Also the waitress swore they had no lasagna and we walked out to through the kitchen as the chef was preparing three plates of lasagna.

Worst experience ever.

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent and so was Eggplant Parmesan!
We were disappointed in the pizza we ordered and thought food was a bit overpriced. Otherwise a good experience. Probably won’t go back anytime soon.

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W
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Noise level as in babies crying and loud obnoxious tables around us....not energetic!

I gave service a 3 because the server saved them, she was on spot. The young girls up front need to be fired. Rude, arrogant, liars and clueless.

Food is slop....but lots of it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it!!

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O
Pittsburgh
114 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a much better experience than my party and I had at the Buca di Beppo Restaurant at The Grove on Thanksgiving Day. After walking up dozens of steps to the top of the restaurant, we were seated in a spacious and comfortable booth and received attentive and good service. My wife's request to turn down the air conditioning, air blowing directly on her on a cool night, was not promptly honored. Our stuffed chicken breast and white pizza were excellent. I dislike the way Buca di Beppo prices items and makes it impossible for one person to have something that only they want. Portions are large and prices are high: $30.99 for a small chicken dish with three breasts, $17.99 for a salad. This makes it difficult for me to dine here often.

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HT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Very RUDE host who acts like high school clique with bunch of young workers and gossip. They would finger point at people who's ugly or weird. And they think themselves looks better. My gosh. Called the general manager about them, their behaviors. We walked out without order food. Never go back again. #NOTAGOODVIBES....

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M
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thanksgiving

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Beware! Scam "photographers", "family-sized" portions and "flavors" from "Italy".

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K
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Wow the service was not great. Instead of food coming out together one child’s pizza came half an hour after everything else. We had no plates, no water refills, and the leftovers we took home did not hold up the next day. It was for a birthday celebration and it was nice they sang and brought out ice cream, but overall it was not an experience I’d repeat. Too many other options.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service,good food, what more can ask for.

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M
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love love LOVE Buca! The staff is so professional and their food is impeccable!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The foods are pretty awesome and the staffs are very friendly. My boyfriend and I will definitely come back soon!

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W
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was the worst I have ever experienced. Ordered a bottle of wine that was dropped off at the table. Waited 20 minutes for wine glasses and for the bottle to be opened. Food was good. Waited another 20 minutes after dinner for my credit card to be picked up for payment. Definitely would not recommend.

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M
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buca di Beppo - Universal is great for almost any occasion. The service is impeccable, the atmosphere is lively and the food is excellent. Can't go wrong with this restaurant!

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M
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate here with some friends before we went to Horror night sa

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great meal!

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J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Having a reservation doesn’t mean a whole lot. Was told a few more minutes about four times. Reservation was at 8:15 got seating around 8:40. Other than that the food was good service was decent.

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SG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there many times and absolutely love it

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service

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KS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

People that were coming in were told that the wait would be about 30 minutes. I made a reservation through Open Table and my group was made to wait 25 min. When I told the hostess, her response was “were busy.” Isn’t that the pint of making a reservation? To have a table put on hold when it it’s busy so you don’t have to wait?!

Once we were, finally, seated they put us in a table far too small for 7 people. We wouldn’t have for one large bowl of pasta for our group on that table. They did change out table, but only after I got up to speak to the manager. What did I have to get up? Because it took the waitress 10 min to show up.

The place and food are well known but the restaurant relies on its reputation and not enough on good service to keep people coming back. I was a frequent customer but after this last experience I’ll have to find a new place to go for family style Italian food.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for a family dinner good food. We’d definitely go back!

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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b
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We checked in right on time at the restaurant. Even with reservations, we had to wait about 20 minutes. After awhile, the hostess seemed to recall we were standing there and sat us at a table that was empty the entire time. The so-so food was as expected. Our attentive server was the only reason I didn't give only one star for everything.

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

We went as a family to meet our business colleagues so we had the best of both worlds with good conversation but the kids enjoyed the experience too.

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

First of all the restaurant didn’t accept my reservation from open table saying it had to be over an hour for them to acknowledge a reservation even though there were 2 open slots. So I had to wait 40 minutes for a table. Then it took the waiter over 30 minutes to take our orders. It took another 30 to 40 minutes for food to arrive. The worst part was all our food arrived at the same time. I’m talking appetizer, salad and entree's. Really it takes 40 minutes to make a caprese and salad? Worst service I have ever experienced.

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HP
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service and they seated us within 5 minutes of the reservation time even though they were extremely busy on a Saturday night.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great, waiter was great. The only negative aspect was the main hostess. She was very rude and unapproachable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This review is for the location @ Universal Studios City Walk. My family & I usually have nice dining experiences here but today was Mother’s Day & unfortunately our experience seems to have gone to a new low. The waiter was friendly & took our orders right away. The place was a bit busy but noticed that there was enough servers going around. Our salads came and one small baguette + a small saucer of olive oil and a few drops of balsamic vinegar? We sorta over heard our waiter apologizing to the table behind us and then he placed the chalice cup of calamari onto our table. He then apologied to us & said that a different server had mistakenly brought it over to their table & so we said Ok, now worries & didn’t stop to think about it too much. Until I found a piece of salad lettuce in between one of the calamari pieces, which made me think maybe those other people may have taken a few pieces (Augh) OR Buca’s portions are becoming much smaller than what we are use to seeing for $17.99?!!! Very disappointed but didn’t want to make a big deal, so the rest of our pastas came out and our waiter said our pizza would be coming soon. Well 15-20 minutes later we finished most our food and still no pizza. (Aughh) The waiter apologized and said the kitchen forgot to make it and wanted to know if we still wanted to order it. We said Yes (because we were starving) and so we waited patiently (again). After 12 minutes our thin pizza finally came. The waiter said he felt bad and gave us “complimentary” dessert (ice cream). So to be fair the service was good but the quality + quantity of the portions were very disappointing. :(

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Mom’s birthday

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our waitress was great, but we’ve dined here many many times and the food was not up to par today. We also had to wait 15 minutes after our reservation time for them to even unlock the door for us to enter. Lastly, we had to send back three drinks due to dirty glasses (I’m not usually just be to do that and will avoid it at all costs, by these were exceptionally gross).

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G
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, relaxing family dinner following a full day at Universal. The food and service were great.

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B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Don’t get me wrong, the food was great and our waiter was awesome. The only thing is that when we came in, there weren’t a lot of people. It wasn’t busy at all and yet, it took them 20 minutes to sit us. I thought the long wait to be seated is only when they are busy.

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c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was cold and bland. The waiter and bus staff were horrible. The waiter kept asking us to bus our own tables. The busser was obviously annoyed when we asked him to remove dishes and only removed some of the empty dishes. The waiter BJ approached the table every time as if he only had a few seconds to talk to us. He walked away several times before my guests were able to place drink orders. He did a horrible job explaining to us how large the portions were.

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c
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place to go wth a group as long as people can agree on what to order. The portions are big and served family style. A bowl of pasta big enough for five people can range in price from $20.00 to $42.00 depending on the dish. In addition, plan on either paying an additional $15.00 if you bring in a bakery cake or spending $12.95 on cannolis or other desserts for individuals. It is a great place as long as you know what to expect. Enjoy!

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A
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for my daughter's birthday and it was just perfect. We had lots of laughter and fun and the food and the customer service was great. Thank you for everything.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was great. Our kids love going and so do we. Thank you!!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Friends Birthday Dinner

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