Buca di Beppo - Universal City

4.4
729 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
When you’re in the mood for amazing Italian food in Universal City, CA you’re in the mood for Buca. Just off the Hollywood Freeway (Highway 101) Buca di Beppo is serving up authentic Italian pastas, entrees, and pizzas for lunch and dinner every day.
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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
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so good, price is good also for the large portion.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on October 9, 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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PamelaP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Pricey family style, limits choices. Mediocre quality. Server and staff however were great!!

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on October 9, 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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vipCartoon
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were just visiting the Universal CityWalk. In general, all was acceptable.

The waiters, a trainer and a trainee, were great with humor trying to make us comfortable. The restaurant was clean and organized. The food was okay, not as good as the location where we live, or we might be used to the taste of home, not so sure about that.

However, there was one unacceptable thing to mention: table placement. There were so many tables in the restaurants left empty. Why on earth the greeter must sit all diners next to each other with no social distance in mind at all? Are you not in this pandemic together? The party came after us even left the restaurant after their request for switching table was refused. Such a disappointment of this city, Los Angeles.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on October 8, 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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great service and hospitality!

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on October 8, 2021

Thank you for dining out with us! We appreciate you sharing your experience and look forward to serving you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Showed up early, seated right away. Friendly and delicious.

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Responded on October 4, 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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vipEdAl
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was good, our waiter was friendly but not very good

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded 4 days ago

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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MarelleW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met family at Buca and had a great time! Waiter was great and food was awesome! Will definitely be back when in town.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thank you for the great review! We strive to provide great food and world class service, so we're happy to see that reflected on your visit! We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and quick service before heading to the park

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on October 2, 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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AnnR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday and HHN

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our daughter to eat after Universal Studios and it was amazing, the waiter was very attentive. Our new place to go when craving Italian.

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Missy
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely enjoyed our birthday dinner this past weekend. My son's 40th. Food was excellent! Apple Gorgonzola salad, Shrimp Fra Divalo, Spicey Chicken Ragatoni. Lasagne, Spaghetti and Colossal Brownie sundae. Our server was very nice and helpful. It served 9 adults very well. Highly recommend.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on September 20, 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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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Anthony as our server and he did a great job with a loud group of 10, we thank you for your patience. Kenia was also very helpful by pushing our reservation back 15 minutes to make it on time.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on September 20, 2021

We're happy you enjoyed your meal and service at Buca di Beppo. Come dine with us again soon.

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vipNancy
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Michael, our server, was friendly and professional. Though we had a reservation, we had to wait for our table - about 5 minutes.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on September 8, 2021

Hi Nancy! We apologize for the longer than expected wait time. The management team has been made aware of your comments for improvement in our service and expediency.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was great.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on September 1, 2021

Thank you for sharing such complimentary feedback about our team. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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MikeJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for a birthday for a 10 year old girl.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on September 1, 2021

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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Trazoc
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience4

they may be short staffed but our appetizers,
salad,and entrees were brought at once. the table wasn't bussed, no one filled waters or checked on refills, had to wave at servers to get another glass of wine,we had to ask for plates and forks for dessert and the desserts were bland and flavorless. our server worked hard and tried...but when the manager scans the room and picks up one check to be paid and doesn't go to alllll the tables you know there's a training issue at the "top "...we waited to pay our bill for 20 minutes.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on August 24, 2021

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!

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vipCarrie
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall was good. Big portion for the amount of money you pay.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on July 31, 2021

Thank you for dining out with us! We appreciate you sharing your experience and look forward to serving you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five of us were celebrating the engagement of two our party. We were seated at a nice table upstairs (I didn’t even know they had an upstairs) that was more private then being seated in the more general areas of the restaurant.
We loved that right off the bat.

The food was great tasting and generous in size. Even the “small” portions would be considered “large” in other restaurants. Starting with a lively carafe of white sangria, then working our way through the Mozzarella garlic bread to the Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken, from the calamari to the Shrimp Fra Diovolo, and Baked Ziti, with a side of meatballs , it was great sharing the dishes Family Style.

Even with ordering the smaller portions, we still had food to take home! Michael, our server, was really helpful with food selections/suggestions and super attentive to our needs.

We all had a fun, wonderful, and tasty time! Based on our experience, I would definitely recommend!

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on July 16, 2021

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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vipWillS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alberto was our service and he was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on July 16, 2021

Thanks for that glowing review. We are happy to hear you had a great time with our famiglia. Come back to see us again soon!

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Travelingmom101
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’ve been in this location before but this visit didn’t do well for me. Food was served old. Seated at a table cramped next to a table. Service was okay.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on July 16, 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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Arlene
Yosemite
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We have been to this location before but this time our waiter did not offer us bread & olive oil. After dinner he didn't bother to ask us if we would like any dessert. When I booked this reservation, I booked it as a Birthday occasion. Not a biggie but those little details may make a difference to someone else.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on July 7, 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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ElmerG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! We were seated very quick and our food was excellent will definitely be back 💕

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on June 22, 2021

Thanks for that glowing review. We are happy to hear you had a great time with our famiglia. Come back to see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress took care of us, put all 15 of us in a nice round table. And didn’t have any issues with food or service. It was great!

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on June 22, 2021

We're happy you enjoyed your meal and service at Buca di Beppo. Come dine with us again soon.

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ZenMor
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Pastas tasted bland, like nothing special at all, and ooooverpriced for sure!
same with salad and pizza.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on June 15, 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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vipSonrisas86
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on June 17, 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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MistyR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun birthday dinner for the husband, lovely time outdoor dining with a few friends, yummy food.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on July 7, 2021

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
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely no trouble with a big party, food was great and service was beyond awesome, Alberto need a raise

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on June 8, 2021

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

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Alexis
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our experience at this Buca was okay! It was our anniversary which I did mention in the notes but we did not get any special service. Also the picture guy did not come to our table and offer us a free photo, despite him going around to every other table around us. There was a table of kids next to us who were loud but not unbearable. I actually enjoyed not eating in an empty restaurant bc of COVID. Our waiter was great and very friendly. We had multiple people helping to wait on the table and actually ended up getting our food before our bread. Food was awesome! We would definitely come back.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on June 3, 2021

We're happy you enjoyed your meal and service at Buca di Beppo. Come dine with us again soon.

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cnfwth
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

this was a horrible place from the start. the front desk were unfriendly. apparently she's lazy too and did not check us in. i told her i got a reservation and did not even note it here. no wonder the place is empty. they are lucky i didn't know enough to make a reservation. will never go back. the food was TASTELESS!!! i ordered a small portion of the garlic bread and they charged us for a large order, which was not worth it as the garlic bread was bland. not a sign of garlic on it. it has a musty smell as well. the server was nice. but she just happens to work in that gross place.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Mother’s Day

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vipCoachZ
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Just never really excited about Buca… food is good, not great…

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Becky
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly hostess and attentive and helpful waitress. Food was delicious and served quickly.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on April 30, 2021

We work hard to provide a great experience for our guests and are happy to see that was evident on your visit! Thank you for sharing. We hope to see you again soon.

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viplovetogoout
Los Angeles
106 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun to be able to go out again and sit inside the restaurant!!! Great time and a great place to eat.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on April 30, 2021

It's so great to hear you had a blast with us. Come back to visit us soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Alberto was AMAZING! He is the best!

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on April 30, 2021

Thank you for the great feedback about Alberto! We hope to serve you again soon.

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vipCoastalK
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been to Buca in a while and this visit really impressed! Had the Chicken Marsala, which was rich with thick slices of mushroom in a nicely reduced and slightly sweet Marsala wine sauce with no-knife-needed tender chicken. Wife and daughter had pizza, which was more akin to what’s found in Italy than US: hand stretched with crushed tomatoes. They loved the Caesar salad they split. Seafood appetizer with spicy shrimp and calamari was another unexpected winner with a spice like I’ve had no where else. Desserts each served 4: we tried the brownie sundae and the cheesecake, which were both winners. I’d forgotten that Buca is all “family style”, but it gave us an opportunity to share several items and plenty of leftovers to take home. Service was polished and friendly.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on April 20, 2021

Thank you for the great review! We strive to provide great food and world class service, so we're happy to see that reflected on your visit. We hope to see you again soon.

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missmae
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The food is not elevated, but very tasty! Safety protocols seemed good. Price is not cheap but there is plenty of opportunity for leftovers.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on April 20, 2021

Thank you for dining out with us! We appreciate you sharing your experience and look forward to serving you again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice server, food came out quickly

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on April 20, 2021

We're happy you enjoyed your meal and service at Buca di Beppo. Come dine with us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Universal park

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Responded on April 20, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Waiter took forever to assist. Never checked on us. Was very slow with helping us just because we politely asked for more time on figuring out what we wanted to drink. He asked us what we wanted instantaneously and kept rushing us. Then stopped coming all together.

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on April 15, 2021

We're sorry to hear our service was not at it's best during your visit. We will be sure to work with our server team to improve on this. We appreciate you reaching out and hope to see you again soon.

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vipBenQute
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and friendly staff!

Buca di Beppo - Universal City
Responded on April 1, 2021

We're happy you enjoyed your meal and service at Buca di Beppo. Come dine with us again soon.

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Buca di Beppo - Universal City is rated 4.4 stars by 729 OpenTable diners.

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