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Osteria La Buca

4.8
1019 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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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 1019 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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vipBWEBB (London)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Great ambiance delicious food choices - loved the following:

Crispy Octopus
Ravioli (beef or oxtail)
Carbonara
Spicy Pizza
barrata salad

great wine choice - Dolcetto

Awesome spot!

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Sharon (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic choices of homemade pastas. Food was delicious. Our server, Jonathon made the evening special with his warmth and great service. See you next time in LA!

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TracyK 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Love this place! Incredible pasta and out of this world Brussels sprouts!

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Debs (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

never let down by this restaurant! I have gone every time Im in LA on business (which is every other month) and not planning on stopping the tradition! Everything is amazing every time!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant was recommended because it was near the theatre we were going to for a play.

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ReindeerS 
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food was amazing. Vibe was perfect. Server Chelsea not very friendly, stared too much making us feel uncomfortable while eating.

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vipscottieats (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Always a great meal. Perfect for lunch. Pastas, pizzas, salads excellent

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

All I can say is wow. We showed up early for a 9pm reservation and were still seated very quickly. We were seated upstairs in the adorable room with the fire place. Guillermo was our server and he was great! Very attentive and helpful with making the right choices off the menu. We had the Brussel sprouts appetizer and it was unreal. My friend had the spaghetti cacio pepe and she loved It. I had the pappardelle bolognese and it was unreal with the homemade pasta. I can not wait to go back and try all the other yummy items on the menu!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Delicate food, amazing flavors and attention to details. Everything was very fresh and complementary flavors. Has become new favorite place for Casio Pepe!! Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great experience since we walked in. Drinks are amazing and food is delicious!! Definitely coming back again!!!!

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vipMrlFoodie (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was amazing! So glad I made the drive from Diamond Bar.

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CRISTOBAL (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

I go every Thursday - this place is amazing - everything about it is great. Always an amazing dining experience

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mikem (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

SO. DAMN. GOOD. Top 5 pasta in LA and even the gluten free version of the bolognese was next level good. loved it.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

This place has everything....great food/drinks, great staff and great ambience. La Buca is our FAVORITE in LA hands down.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Everything we had was exquisite!

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Soni (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

I had been meaning to go to this restaurant for years because it's in my neighborhood...walking distance to my house. FINALLY some friends from the westside were visiting and suggested we go and I'm SO happy we did -- Now it's my new favorite restaurant! The brussel sprouts and Caccio Pepe pasta are worth the trip on their own! Tried a bite of my friends meals, chicken parmigiana and Pasta Carbonara and now know what I'll order the next time I go. The Farmers salad is also large and delicious. The one thing I had that I wasn't crazy about, in fact, couldn't finish, was the panzanella salad. A strange choice of names since panzanella is generally tomatoes and bread, this salad had neither, but WAS doused in way too much sickeningly sweet dressing for my taste. BUT, that is a minor setback in comparison to all the great dishes I've sampled there. Excellent food,great prices, great service. Love it!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Had a perfect business dinner at Osteria La Buca. Was in the neighborhood of the AirBnB where I was staying and was recommended by the Host. It didn't disappoint. Nice atmosphere, quiet enough for conversation and also good vibe with other diners. Great and interesting grilled brussels sprouts appetizer, white sea bass entree and broccolini side. Nice pairing with wine. Would return!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

The restaurant is great but avoid the valet at all cost. They left my car unlocked and with the headlights on, parked on Melrose.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

This was my first time having lunch here. The dining room has a very high ceiling, concrete walls, and floor to ceiling glass windows in the front, making the room very noisy when filled with people, as it was at 1pm. It was louder than I had expected and made it not the ideal choice for a business lunch. The menu was small but maybe that's because it was lunch. We had the crispy brussel sprouts which were amazing, many places make them but these came topped with a poached egg and the yolk was the perfect compliment to the crispy parmesan crusted brussel sprouts. I would go back again for this dish alone. The chopped salad sounded good but wasn't as impressive as the menu description. I shared the bolognese pasta with my lunch companion. It was tasty but the portion was not really large enough to share. Our server was average at best. We asked if we should order two pastas and he said no, but we definitely should have given the portion size. Several times he came to the table right next to us (the tables were very close together) but didn't bother to check in with us. Based on the quality of the food I would definitely go back again for lunch, but not sure it was quite good enough to go back for dinner with my wife. The dining room is also very small and noisy, it was hard to hear my guest at lunch, I can only imagine that it is louder during dinner service.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was absolutely amazing but it was so loud we could barely hear each other. We were upstairs and will definitely go back because of how delicious the food was

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Great food and service

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vipRattet (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Simple menu with every dish cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Always a great place for dinner.

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Greatnightout (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

This joint was hopping on a Monday night! It smells great in here, too.

The fresh ricotta was excellent, the waitstaff was very helpful with the wine menu. Had to ask for more water, but on the whole this was an outstanding visit.

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LAGal (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Had somewhat of a mixed experience here.
We had a reservation for 8pm through open table. We got super lucky with parking so we arrived at 7:40. We knew were early so were willing to wait. The first host we spoke to asked us to wait outside, we asked if we could wait at the bar, but they told us then we would have to eat the bar. We didn't really want wait to outside in the cold. As we were figuring out what to do, the other hostess came and seated us right away, since there were 3 empty tables. So that was great!

We didn't get any bread served to us while the 2 parties that were seated next to us and arrived after us, did. We notified our waitress who said we should have gotten some, and then didn't bring us any bread either. Super weird. She did not check on us for the rest of the night until I made eye contact with her.

Still no bread, but our food came out. I got the short rib ravioli which was exceptional! I loved the sauce it came with. My friend got one of the pizzas, which was also delicious food came out very fast.

I loved the ambiance and the food, would've been 5 stars if we had better service.

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HF2016 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

We had a lovely time and probably ordered the wrong thing. The meatballs are out of this world good. The service was first-rate.

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bfoodie (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

Food was really bad. I would rather make pasta myself. The ambience was great. The service was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

I always go for the Ricotta to start ! Best Cacio e Pepe in town and recently tried the angel hair with brown butter and lemon that also did not disappoint

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Bigsun (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

excellent pasta!! one of the better one's!! so good.

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