Buca di Beppo - Utica

3.9
356 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
At your Utica, MI Buca, we’re serving up amazing mouthwatering Italian dishes every day for lunch and dinner. Near the Rochester and Utica State Recreation Area and Lakeside Mall, lots of our guests come to our Hall Road location after they’ve worked up an appetite from sightseeing or shopping. Our generous family style portions can feed the biggest appetites and our warmly decorated dining room makes every guest feel like family. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a romantic dinner for two, a family get-together, or a huge gathering of friends in one of our semi-private dining rooms, we can meet any of your dining needs. Make a reservation for your next special event, or if you can’t make it to us, let us bring our delicious Italian creations to you! Create a customized ca-tering menu or chose from some of our most popular catering packages. Call us now to make your catering or dining reservations, but don’t wait for a certain special occasion to feast on all of your Italian favorites, make today a special occasion! When you are craving authentic Italian pastas, entrees, and pizzas in Utica, come to your favorite Ita-lian restaurant, Buca di Beppo!
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 356 people are saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.1
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3.6
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33% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Food is disgusting. What Italian restaurant messes up spaghetti and meatballs? Won’t be back.

Buca di Beppo - Utica
Responded on September 30, 2020

We are sorry to hear this and want to get in touch.

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PamV
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Pricey but worth it. Fun and festive atmosphere. Great service too.

Buca di Beppo - Utica
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you for choosing Buca di Beppo. We appreciate you for taking the time to review our restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We have loved this place, however the quality of the food has decreased over the years. What was phenomenal, has reduced to mediocre. I’ll go here again, but it’s not a regular anymore. Sad.

Buca di Beppo - Utica
Responded on January 3, 2020

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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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Buca just isn’t a place that makes sense for 2 people to dine at. Also the Ziti is dry and flavorless. The Chicken Parmigiana is very good tho. Everything ala cart and too much food for 2 people and too expensive. I was thankful they were open late on Christmas day. It was a nice if expensive experience overall.

Buca di Beppo - Utica
Responded on December 28, 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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Violet796
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Extremely overpriced for the food quality. Everything is family style and if anyone has food restrictions or is picky you are stuck paying 3 (small) or 5 (large) times a typical menu item for each salad, appetizer, entree, pasta.....) since only family portions are able to be ordered. Doesn’t matter if only 1 person can eat an ordered item, you receive and pay for either 3 or r of each item. The spaghetti and meatballs had hardly any sauce (didn’t look like the website photo) and was super dry with no sauce. Antipasto salad had virtually no meat or cheese. We joked when one of us actually found a small morsel. Haven’t been here in a number of years and it came back to me why we stayed away. Will not be returning.

Buca di Beppo - Utica
Responded on December 28, 2019

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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Lori
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Understandably the food took an hour and a half but when it came out it wasn’t the normal quality. The salad was just lettuce (horribly cut, or not cut). The spaghetti Barely had sauce and meatballs were BURNT ( After 1 1/2 hour waiting from ordering). We ate it as we were starved and couldn’t wait hours more. Sad dinner.

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RobertM
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our 90 plus Mom’s to Christmas dinner and had a wonderful time. Everything was great! Like going to an Italian Grandma’s house for dinner! Warm and friendly atmosphere.

Buca di Beppo - Utica
Responded on December 28, 2019

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

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vipEdmundR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The waiter was strangely irritating

Buca di Beppo - Utica
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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JRivera2
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to meet family and friend. The food recommendations was perfect, awesome flavor, great portions, authentic cuisine, and good prices.

Buca di Beppo - Utica
Responded on December 26, 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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RonaldK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I came as a single customer on Thanksgiving. My reservation was at 6:30PM. I came at 6:15PM and was seated around 6:35PM. I was told I was ineligible to have their Thanksgiving feast because I was a single diner, unless I wanted to pay for their minimum of 3 diners. (I guess that forces couples to overpay too, I nice corporate gimmick to take more of your money.) OK, I told them, I'll have the pizza from menu they gave me. I ordered a beer and a glass of red wine to have when the pizza came. At 7:35 the waitress apologized for the long wait and that my order would be ready in 5-10 minutes. At 8:00PM, still no food, so I left with a half-drunk beer without paying for the privilege of being ignored at the restaurant. Luckily, the McDonald's a block away was open, so that was my Thanksgiving Day feast. I would rather die of starvation in the desert that go back to that fricking place.

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Kholm537
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had us a nice family meal for thanksgiving. Didn’t have the thanksgiving menu but the pasta and chicken Parmesan was awesome and there was so much food! Everyone loved the breadsticks

Buca di Beppo - Utica
Responded on December 1, 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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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Derrek (sp?) was absolutely fantastic! The food was really good and the atmosphere is always memorable.

Buca di Beppo - Utica
Responded on November 29, 2019

We appreciate you sharing such complimentary feedback about Derrek. Join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paris was our server and she was amazing ..great dinning experience!!

Buca di Beppo - Utica
Responded on November 5, 2019

We appreciate you sharing such wonderful feedback about Paris! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great with the family. Ordered to much food but all was very good

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joyce
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Only two things that were somewhat disappointing...the chicken marsala was way too sweet, it was not that sweet when I had it the last couple times I was there. Also, we ordered the lasagna and didn't get advised that there was none (at 1 in the afternoon in an Italian restaurant!), so my brother in law, who just wanted the lasagna, ordered mac and cheese instead. We were pretty much finished eating when it finally arrived (it was quite runny, but flavor was OK). This was a little disappointing, but overall we had a good experience. This was everyone else's first time there.

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gigglebear
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

You need at least 3 people to eat as the portions are HUGE. The Brownie Sundae could feed 4 easily.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was very kind and accommodating to kids requests

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vipSheeba
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Alias is wonderful
Always smiling and very accommodating

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tammyp
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had Christmas Eve reservations and the salad and bread were promptly delivered but the meal took forever. To the point we had to ask and the server apologized but had no real reason. Food was good but took way tooo long.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!!

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DarrylT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was fair. For what it costs to feed 5 people, there are far better options for Italian food.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Entire staff was fantastic, restaurant was clean, only complaint would be veal slightly overdone

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The service was great and the food was good. Very clean and environment . We had a wonderful and friendly waitress

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MikeZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Waitress was great, but the food took FIREVER!! Kids meals came out at different times over a 30 minute period?? They were not busy at all, and the adults waited over an hour but never got our meals.. and we’d ordered spaghetti & meat balls!!

Not sure what was going on in the kitchen?? But after I told our waitress we had to leave the manager took care of us and got some of our food to go.

Yikes!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good! We didn’t expect family style but it just made it more fun and an experience. The restaurant is so cool on the inside! Lots of different rooms. Our server was very nice and stayed on top of things even though you could tell they were short staffed. We will definitely come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
52 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good meal at a fair price. Good for big family events.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointment in the service, the quality of the food and the overall experience. Not my first time and it won't be my last. Thank you!

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MatthewL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Maybe 5 tables in the resto. We have been to Buco x3. I forgot it was family style. We were in a hotel 2 nights away from home. It was just my wife and I. We ordered drinks and the waitress told us it was chicken parmigiana with no spaghetti. With Caesar salads. The bill would have been north of $70. We said we would leave after drinks.

The waitress said no we could order off the lunch menu complete with salads. Dinner and drinks for thirty bucks more doable. Buco needs to do single meals, I realize their offerings are built on “family style” but, the times are changing. With 6 cars in the parking lot they need to rethink their business model.

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KristenK
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to take the family for some delicious Italian. Awesome wait staff and prices were good. Plenty of leftovers for home

Buca di Beppo - Utica
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you, Kristen! 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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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Busiest restaurant day of the year? Our server was calm and collected. Orders (drinks and food) were taken promptly and everything was served with a good pace. I never felt we were waiting too long for anything.
Only complaint is that we had to wait nearly 30 minutes after our reservation time to be seated.
We will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
94 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My first time having lunch there and it was really good!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and experience. Had enough leftovers to have lunch the next day.

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NJKS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I used to love this place, but so disappointed at my last visit. Pasta was overcooked and noises had extra water left in them, made sauce ruby and very bland. Garlic bread had huge chunks of garlic, so much so it made the bread basically inedible. It's just so sad that a fun restaurant the whole family used to love is a thing of the past we went be returning to

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Appetizers were great. Portions for huge. Sangria was nice. We had to send glasses back as they were dirty. But overall a good experience.

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ECintheD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a nice family dinner at Buca. All of our food was hot, except for our spaghetti. Our server quickly resolved the issue and we enjoyed the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were seated quickly. Food was good. Took over an hour to get food!

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vipDannyJ
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall1food2service2ambience1

The booth in which we were seated had food crusted on the back. I had to move close to the edge of the seat so that I didn't touch it with my back. The stuffed mushroom appetizer was literally a joke. It was 12 small button mushrooms with some mysterious white mixture on top. I can't believe I spent that much on an appetizer of poor quality. The drinks tasted watered down and they were served in warm glasses. Overall, it was an unpleasant experience and waste of money. I understand why it was the only place in town without a wait on a Saturday night.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Terrible! We arrived early because we where in the area, there where 2 people at the podium who where unfriendly. Told us we would be seated in a half hour is the best they could do. Which was fine. So I told her we would go to the bar and have a cocktail while we wait. She told us we couldn’t, the bar tender was to busy to serve us because he was waiting on that room plus the drinks. So we sat back down and waited, then a couple came in 15 min after us with no reservations, put their names in and went and sat at the bar. So we followed and again she told us we couldn’t go sit at the bar, but did anyway. The couple who arrived after us got seated before us and when we questioned it we where told we needed to wait 15 more min until our reservation time. Then we where sat at the table behind us in the bar area. I do have to say the bartender did a great job keeping us happy even though it was sweetest day and he was the only one scheduled in that room. I don’t think we will be returning to this location after this meal. We live in the area and go here on a regular basis, each time it gets worse. This was the last straw , the hostess it the first person to greet guests as they walk in, they should be friendly and want customers to spend money. Not rude and turning people away.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The air conditioning wasn't working, so it was very warm in the restaurant. The food quality was very poor. We got the quattro plate which contained 4 different pasta items and everything tasted exactly the same. The ricotta was bland and the mozzarella cheese covering the top of the dish looked like plastic. The brussel sprouts looked like a mess of burned sprout leaves on the plate. The Crown Royal was tainted with cinnamon whiskey.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing. My boyfriend and I will definitely be back soon! The waitress forgot to bring out our bread until after her appetizer, but she was very friendly, definitely did not change my decision to return.

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