Osteria La Buca

4.8
1190 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Osteria la Buca is located on Melrose Ave, two blocks East of Paramount Studios on the edge of Hollywood. We celebrate the gift that is Southern California produce and grass roots Italian cooking. We have a focused list of Italian and California wines and offer a full bar specializing in boutique spirits from around the world. All of our pastas are prepared on premise daily. We represent handmade, local and farm fresh traditions. We welcome all to gather around our tables.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm -10:30pm;
Friday: 6:00 - 11:00pm;
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
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Phone number
(323) 462-1900
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cameron Slaugh
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Private party facilities
Please contact Jackie at events@osterialabuca.com
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Catering
Our Pasta Room is available for chef's tasting menus for parties up to ten. Our upstairs dining room can hold up to 36 people for a seated dinner.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wilton
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Parking details
Valet and Street parking
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.2

A classic neighborhood spot, with pasta worth driving across the city for.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1190 People Are Saying
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and the staff is friendly and on top of their game.

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JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat only Organic and especially stay away from non organic corn, soy bean product which is entirely grown with Monsanto poisons. When server told us on Sunday brunch, they use all organic from farmer’s market for Sunday brunch, I was so Happy to hear.
I Loooove corn meal bread, anything with corn. But there are hardly any restaurant serve meal with organic corn. So I haven’t eat those for many years. Their polenta was heavenly and all other menus. They don’t have Designated parking place so pretty much you are under mercy :0)
We parked at street but car was safe and sound! I will definitely go back for Sunday brunch.

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MJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The best attentive yet unobtrusive service I’ve had in 4 years in LA! 👍🏽

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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service , fast service, our food was delicious little bit noise downstairs

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They’re are just wonderful from service to food and ambiance. It’s our crews favorite spot. The Bolognese is a standout winner according to the meat eaters and they kindly accommodate Gluten Free as well as Vegan where they can. Brussel sprouts are amazing and the chocolate mouse is like no other. .

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JD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was excellent, and they gave my mom a free dessert for her birthday. It was a wonderful experience for which I am truly grateful.

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n
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was SO GOOD (way better than I was expecting it to be) and the service was on point. Only downside is that it can get pretty loud, especially because the space isn't that large.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Just a little too much Rosemary on one of the appetizers sprinkled on top not a good thing.
Other pasta dishes were excellent the bottle of wine We chose was outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent/friendly service. Music was a little bit loud but overall nice atmosphere. Delicious food!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t say enough good things about this place. My boyfriend and I are regulars here. Great vibe- not overly trendy or too classic. Perfect date night spot. Coming from a big Italian family, I’m super picky about my pasta, and they nail it every time. The cacio e pepe is a must. It’s perfectly cooked and at $11 it’s a steal. We always contemplate ordering another to go. Also highly recommend the ricotta w/ caramelized agave to start.

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS ON POINT! BEEN GOING HERE FOR QUITE SOME TIME, EVERYTHING ON THE MENU IS GREAT, MAKE SURE YOU GET THE HOUSE MADE RICOTTA!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Great Food!

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RT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressed by this great find on Melrose! The menu was well-rounded with creative ingredients (I got a pork chop with nectarine, walnut, and balsamic reduction). Delicious appetizers and very generous portions. Everything was cooked perfectly with balanced seasoning. I felt like the service was considerate and invisible at the same time. We enjoyed our meal and will return!

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AD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming to Osteria La Buca for YEARS and it NEVER DISAPPOINTS!
Booked a table late on a Thursday eve, arrived around 9:15pm and the place was hopping, pretty much every table occupied. The hand crafted cocktails are inventive, strong, and tasty. The pasta is cooked to perfection, and the accompanying sauces are perfectly paired to the variously shaped noodles. Killer selection of amaro, including a local one called Angeleno Amaro from California, delicious!

If any complaints, which are minor compared to the overall experience,
a) the room could use some type of sound dampening material, it is TOUGH to hear the person across the table from oneself
b) on the eve we were there, salad choices were very limited and the one we chose was uninspired and rather bland

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

great food, terrific service, fantastic music, ....tables are a little close together upstairs

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in the city

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

It was all very delicious. It was a group of 5 and we decided to order a little bit of everything and share with each. This way we could try multiple items on the
Menu. Lunch menu is sufferers to dinner just FYI

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The buccatini carbonara was delicious. I'm a fan of carbonara. I drove all the way up from Long Beach and I was not disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing good, great service.

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S
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! A fabulous neighborhood staple. Good food, good service, decent prices.

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BS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid place for delicious Italian food with great attentive service. Good for intimate and group dinners.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful time— got the classic pizza and carbonara—- bellisimo!

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KT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, friendly service, good energy and nice atmosphere. Having a full bar, a definite plus.

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H
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently outstanding. Make sure to get a reservation and this is a popular place.

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G
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

So loud you couldn’t hear table conversation.
Entre arrived as we were eating appetizer.
Three out of three requests for no ice had to be sent back.
You be the judge.

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SH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were there at 2:00, close to closing (2:30 for lunch) so not fully staffed and service was slow due to that but the waitress was very sweet and they comped us a delicious tiramisu. It was fine since we were old friends wanting to visit and had just been at the Valentino Memorial Service at Hollywood Forever Cemetary- close by. Also no parking was a bit of a problem. I was sorry to see the neighborhood around this nice restaurant so full of litter where we parked a few blocks away in residendual area. LA doesn't have street swipers?

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JW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The girl hostess was very sweet and awesome. She was nothing but helpful in seating us and was great!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They added on 4 extra people no problem during our dinner (since there were extra chairs not being used) and worked to try to accommodate the extra people in the tight space! I always have a good experience and service here

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food was fantastic as usual (Nero spaghetti. Just do it!)

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AO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is one of our two or three favorite neighborhood restaurants. It is comfortable, service is very attentive (and both the host and the server are likely to recognize you if you've been there before), and the food is very good, especially for the price. It isn't the place you take your fancy clients or your out of town foodies friend, but it is the place you take your family and closest friends when you want good food, kind service, in a place where you can talk and relax.

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt is the best.

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ES
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I crave this food all the time. Perfect balance of fine dining and casual feel. Great service.

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place... It's walking distance from me and as long as you are sat upstairs it's 5 stars. Downstairs is too noisy.

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CL
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Italian! We had the private "Pasta Room" which made the bday celebration dinner feel even more special. Great pasta, great apps and amazing wines! You can't go wrong with this spot!

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EJ
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Loved it, but there were lots of flies flying around in the restaurant which took away from the ambience of the restaurant.

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PC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was recommended this place and I must say I loved up to every word I was told ...great food, great drinks, and amazing service . Definitely a new favorite, will be going back again and again

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RF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was great! And the food was delicious also. What was upsetting what’s still having to wait an additional 15 mins for a table that I didn’t want. I requested a table on the top floor, and I understand that if they are busy but then common courtesy is to let the party know they aren’t able to fulfill the request of the party. Always get the pasta and you won’t be disappointed and listen to your server for suggestions! I will visit again due to the food and hopefully it will be even better then the first time!

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NM
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Brussels sprouts dish is excellent. The pizzas are excellent as are the pastas.

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l
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my second trip. The food was very good, as before. The service was even better this time.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants I’ve been to. The crispy Brussel sprouts were out of his world, the Bolognese and carbonara were also incredible. A must go to restaurant!

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