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About Osteria La Buca

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.

5210 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90038
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Californian

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.

Cross Street:
Wilton

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(323) 462-1900

Website:
http://www.osterialabuca.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Valet and Street parking

Executive Chef:
Cameron Slaugh

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact Jackie at events@osterialabuca.com

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

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Osteria La Buca Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (43)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
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Romantic (30)
Bar Seating (20)
Casual (20)
Authentic (20)
Fun (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Cozy (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Hot Spot (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Business Meals (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Seasonal (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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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 (Los Angeles)·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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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Los Angeles)·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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Everything we had was exquisite!

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 (Los Angeles)·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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·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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 (Houston)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great food and service

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was amazing!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Simple menu with every dish cooked to perfection.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Always a great place for dinner.

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·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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 (Orange County)·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

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always perfect! Friends were in town from Australia and I wouldn’t have picked anywhere else!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great service and amazing food 👍👍👍

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Amazing meal - delicious

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Cannot get enough of this place! Service is always stellar and I'm obsessed with their fresh pastas. My fave is the cacio pepe...to die for! I also highly recommend their Ricotta appetizer and their farm lettuces salad...so good!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

This resto never disappoints!! The service & food are perfect!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The food was absolutely amazing. Service was impeccable and the upstairs seating was cozy and romantic. We will definitely be back. We live about 30 miles away but worth the drive in LA traffic.

The valet parking is located in a terrible spot. You block a busy traffic lane when you stop to valet. This was stressful and very surprising. That was the only downfall of our night. It really needs more valet workers

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was my first time visiting and it was out of this world! They took very good care of us and the dinner recommendations from our waiter were spot on. The meal was an authentic Italian, delicious, filling and overall fantastic meal in a wonderful setting. The ambiance, vibe and decor were right up my alley. I will absolutely be back! Thank you!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This has been one of my favorite restaurants in LA for years. Unfortunately, in the last year or so, the food and especially the service have taken an absolute nosedive. My go-to dishes were the steak tartare and the bucatini. Both are now just shells of what they used to be. But the biggest problem with this place now is the HORRIBLE service and the ridiculous attitude that some of the employees have. Our waitress the other night had the attitude of an entitled high school student who couldn’t be bothered with trivial things like knowing anything about the menu or lifting a finger to accommodate our requests. The food was a disappointment again, but she was the nail in the coffin. Absolute disaster. Sadly, I will never eat at Osteria La Buca again...unless and until Kaulin Gracie buys it back and saves this sinking ship.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Place is nice with a casual vibe. Food was amazing.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We've made it a tradition to come here before any movie outing. More and more people have tagged along and now we have a good 14 people group coming to dinner. Everyone loves this place, its delicious, beautiful, the staff is polite and the food is outstanding. When the bill comes you'll be shocked as to how affordable it is. Osteria La Buca never disappoints.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is by far my fave Italian restaurant to go to. I bring all out of town guests here and they fall in love. The Cacio Pepe spaghetti is to DIE for. I've been all over the world and it is one of the better versions I have had. I hope it never leaves the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Osteria la Bucca was incredible. I can't wait to go back (and I was just there this past Saturday), already trying to plan my next meal there! We had the brussel sprouts and meatballs to start, split between 3 people. I would rate both of those starter dishes 10/10. Had their bolognese with gluten free penne pasta for my main course - which I HIGHLY recommend to anyone who is gluten free. The two other people I dined with had the bolognese (with regular pappardelle pasta) and the classic pizza with sausage added - they both thoroughly enjoyed their meals as well! Not a bite was left on any of our plates. For dessert we got both the tiramisu and the chocolate mousse. The chocolate mousse is custard based, and is one of the best desserts I have ever had (not an exaggeration). Its almost like your eating a decadent brownie batter.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

You can't fake cacio e pepe. You can either do it or you can't, and this place nails it. I like coming here. The wine works, the pasta is stellar, and their sides are on par with the best. The roasted potatoes are killer.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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