Osteria La Buca

4.8
1253 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
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 1253 People Are Saying
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! Great food, ambiance and service!

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O
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria La Buca is by far my favorite Italian. I finally tried some new items this time. I highly recommend the roasted potatoes, which were fantastic. I normally order the pappardelle bolognese (which is fantastic), but this time went for the short rib ravioli. It was so delicious. I have also tried the cacio pepe which I highly recommend. Other favorites include the house-made ricotta (a must have!), the buca farm salad, and the burrata. Honestly, you really can't go wrong here. If you are unsure, the wait staff is really helpful with recommendations because they love the food, too!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as always love this place

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MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Italian food in Los Angeles by far!

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EU
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and price , highly recommend it . Pasta amazing

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TL
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is perfect for every occasion

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V
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love this place. Their pasta is some of the best I’ve ever tried in my life. You can tell the pasta is handmade and cooked al dente perfectly.

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DH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Everything we have tried over the years has been delicious!

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B
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've lived in LA so long and have driven past this restaurant countless of times. I've always wanted to try it and when I finally did, it did not disappoint! It has a cozy/romantic ambiance and great for dates and small gatherings. Service was great, I think we had our water filled 10X throughout our dining experience. Food was delicious and you can taste the quality. I would absolutely come back and highly recommend this place.

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D
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant. I’d eat there again. Bit chilly upstairs and definitely noisy despite being told it was quieter up there. Food was great. Service was pretty good. It did have to ask for bread a few times despite it being promised to arrive.

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ED
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Osteria La Buca!!! It's my partner & I's chosen date spot.

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BW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Really wonderful vibe/ambiance - especially in the upstairs area. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. In terms of appetizers, we had the octopus and brussels sprouts - both superb. However, the two pasta dishes that we ordered, the nero spaghetti and campanelle were very oversalted. The main dishes were my only complaint. Overall, a nice experience.

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

We had a party of six and they gave us the private dining room-wow. Impressive. Food was palate pleasing, service was impeccable, and the price just right.

Going back.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service that we received was absolutely impeccable. A very minor mistake was made with an order, but they went out of their way to make the rest of our experience there so memorable. On top of the incredible service that we had, the food was just as incredible. I could not have asked for a better birthday celebration because of the staff at Osteria La Buca. Everyone must go, I highly recommend!

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TM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It has become a regular place for me and my friends to go and have a great meal with excellent service. A waiter that was handling another area noticed that my table was wobbly and immediately stopped to correct it. Maybe sounds silly.. but teamwork is the only way any business can truly shine. Get the house ricotta..

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LA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Loved the pizza and the cacio pepe is one of my all time favorite italian dishes. I brought my elderly mother with me and the staff was very patient and nice which can be difficult with her. I will definitely come back again. If you get there early enough, you can probably find free street parking!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants 🎈

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i
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The pizza was perfect, exactly what a pizza should be and everything else was okay, but not as excited as it could be. I had the carbonara that our waiter sweared by, the pasta was handmade and fresh but idk something was missing... The dessert was okay too, we had tiramisu and it's a solid 4/5 but something just not as good as it could or should be. Super loud place, we could not hear anything so they seated up upstairs, which was a bit better, but still very noisy. Not a date place if you trying to get to know one another. This place is very affordable, but I think the quality of the food when I'm dining out is much more important, so I probably will not be coming back. There are too many restaurants that server more interesting and flavorful dishes.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was as expected, amazing. It was my wife’s birthday dinner and we love this place, even when we can’t come here to enjoy the delicious dishes we eat your food through Instagram. Thank you for everything.

Johnny

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TK
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff created a memorable and delicious experience for our whole family. The food was delicious. The service was attentive, personal, and very prompt.

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YI
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service is amazing.

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. Great food, great staff and wonderful atmosphere. I highly recommend it.

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

Food was excellent and service was very nice though sometimes a bit overwhelming. All in all, great experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicous food. Attentive staff. Lovely atmosphere

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C
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good, music too loud

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JM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly great dining experience with simple but amazing food, great service and incredibly fresh ingredients.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

service was amazing- was greeted warmly upon arriving and our server was so kind and helpful. he also kept refilling our water and another person came to refill when he saw it was empty. at the end of our meal, i had forgotten the leftovers since it was behind me on the wall ledge, and while waiting for valet, the hostess came out and asked if we had left our food and then grabbed it for us. i haven’t had such great service in a really long time. thank you to all the staff!!

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J
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner before going to the Pantages Theater. Excellent service getting us out in time for our show.

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good ambiance, nice staff and delicious fresh pasta made in house.

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AF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in with high expectations based on a plethora of great reviews, but were blown away by the quality of the food and service we received. The carbonara pasta and guanciale pizza were to die for, and the chocolate mousse was one of the best we've ever had. Definitely our new date night spot, or anytime we're craving delicious pasta at great prices.

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TM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary dinner. We loved every bite from the brussel sprouts to the bucatini to the delicious butterscotch dessert. You definitely won't be disappointed!

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NT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great Seevice
Great ambiance , everyone that works there is so friendly & nice

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JC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a nice time! We were a party of 3 and one of us was late. The hostess seated us anyway and was so gracious to do so. Our waitress was lovely, funny and engaging. Everything was delicious and will be back.

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TS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice cozy place on the way to Theatre or Disney.
Great meatballs and Cudo!

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l
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This is close to where I live. I have eaten here several times and the food has always been delicious. It's a bit loud on the first floor and I prefer sitting on the 2nd floor. My guest enjoyed the food too and that's all that counts!

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Fun and delicious. Service was a bit stiff and not super friendly. Very loud and festive!

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S
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

The place is unbelievably loud. Background music is terrible. Restaurant was so dark that we had to use our phone flashlight to read the menu. Great place if you enjoy shouting at your dinner companion. Food was OK but nothing exceptional.

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WO
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lived up to our expectations. Everything was outstanding and service was great even though it was a busy Friday night.

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GL
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 5 in our party, all ages, celebrating an 18 year old. Each one of us ordered a different dish. We all tasted each other's food and not one disappointed! A great restaurant to impress out of towners, but not be totally over the top.

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E
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. The food is outstanding, and prepared beautifully. Everything I've tried is absolutely delicious. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, you won't be disappointed.

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