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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (41)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Fit for Foodies (40)
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Romantic (28)
Authentic (26)
Casual (25)
Cozy (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Fun (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Bar Seating (19)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Comfort Food (19)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Hot Spot (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Great for Lunch (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Business Meals (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Great Beer (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Seasonal (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

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 10, 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 10, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The drinks and food were amazing! My husband had the bolognese (delicious) and I had the carbonara (so so so so so good!) The only complaint was that we wanted to space our dinner out, and take our time which we mentioned to our waiter, (who was very sweet and attentive.) But he suggested we order as the dishes take 15 minutes or so, and the Friday night dinner rush was just beginning. So we felt pressured to order, and of course they came faster than that, so it did feel rushed and I wish we would have pushed him to hold on making the dishes. But I would absolutely go back, and order an appetizer, a bottle of wine and obviously more pasta.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This restaurant never ever disappoints! Service, food & drinks are perfect!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fun, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food. Excellent value. We enjoyed every dish we ordered - house-made ricotta with caramelized agave and rosemary (incredible), steak tartare, bolognese, carbonara, broccolini, cauliflower. Enjoyed the Latin-infused spin on the cocktails. It had been years since I had been here, and I'm looking forward to frequenting it from now on to get my homemade pasta fix. Hard to find a reasonably priced Italian restaurant in L.A. doing pastas of this caliber and happy this restaurant is still doing well.

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Overall great experience and good food! I have been wanting to come to Osteria La Buca for some time now and the wait was well worth it. Casual dining spot good for a date night or dinner with friends. What I loved about the menu was the variety of entrees and pastas. Our server was well informed and knew the menu well to be able to provide appropriate recommendations. We are bound for a return in the near future.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I love LaBuca and have been coming here for years. Most of the time, I like to sit at the bar if by myself and one other person, this time we had a table, and sat with friends. Great pasta. All of them are delicious and homemade!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was great I think the service could’ve been a little more spot on, but it was not terrible. The noise level is pretty loud. I would definitely go back. The Bolognese was delicious, as well as the ricotta. The Collie flower was a bit too sweet

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food here is always fantastic. I always look forward to eating here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing food as always. Best Carbonara pasta in LA !!! Very delicious steak and beef tartar. Tiramisu is so delicious!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food was great and so was the service. Everyone there is charming and helpful. I would recommend Osteria La Buca to anyone.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent as always. Loved the octopus and the Brussels as always..

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We make a point to come to this gem at least once a month.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was generally excellent. The daily house-made bread and pizza crust make everything special. Only the angel hair pasta dish was weak, just too cheesy and heavy, and got very stiff in 2 minutes. The music is way too loud which makes everyone talk louder adding to the high volume. What's with the loud volume?

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great place, really enjoyed myself.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing place! Highly recommended. Go!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

GREAT pasta and bread. Love the setting and vibe, though it is quite loud.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Bigoli en Brodo was very good

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fantastic food, service and setting. But, don’t know that we’ll go back again noise was deafening. Might try upstairs....seemed quieter. Great music, but does it need to be blasting so that everyone has to scream to be heard?

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went to Osteria la Buca for my birthday. They gave us the private room since I noted the special occasion on the Open Table reservation (don't skip that part!). The food was absolutely incredible. Our server was super friendly and the atmosphere was perfect for the occasion. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food with amazing service. This is our third or fourth visit to the restaurant and the service continues to be fantastic. Attentive, thoughtful staff paired with fabulous food and drinks and you can't go wrong. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always a great experience, the food is always amazing and the service is always fast and welcoming. Will definitely keep coming back.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We came here for my mother-in-law's birthday and it was a great time! Our waitress was friendly and recommended an amazing bottle of wine to pair with our meal. The housemade ricotta with caramelized agave was insanely delicious - didn't know something so light could be so creamy and full of flavor! The steak tartare crostini was good but missing on the flavor a little. The pasta dishes were all stellar and we definitely would go back for those! Flavor, texture, and presentation were solid and they did not disappoint. Overall, a highly recommend for a cozy, neighborhood spot for a date, small group, or just when you want amazing pasta.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service, consistent food after coming here for years. Appreciate they’ve kept some greatest hits on the menu while it still evolves.
Faves? Cacio pepe, brussel sprouts, octopus.
This is a great neighborhood joint. Not any mind blowing culinary odyssey.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Love it! Best bang for buck great meal in town.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Good food, but there’s a catch

The major problem with Osteria La Buca isn’t the food, it’s everything else. The quirks are everywhere. Let’s start with the bottom of the menu, which has more disclosures than a legal document. You have to ask for water because the restaurant is conserving? You may not be able to get more bread because the restaurant may not have made enough? I thought, ok, no problem, surely a small basket of bread would suffice for two people right? Just then, the waitress (who was very cold) dropped off a single slice of bread to be split between two people.

We ordered the burrata, which for $17 consisted of 3-4 slices of American prosciutto and an amount of cheese slightly larger than a golf ball. Good flavor, but very over priced and under portioned.

A short time later, our pasta dishes came, both were good, but oddly priced and portioned. The bolognese at $19 was good sized, but the cacio pepe for $9 was a bit smaller and frankly, underpriced.

The dessert of chocolate zebbaone was very good and the after dinner drink (that was significantly under poured and overpriced) put an exclamation point on what was a frustrating meal. In my opinion, the most important thing a restaurant can do is make its guests feel welcome and at ease. Despite the quality of the food, Osteria fails in this regard. If you’re looking for a low stress dining experience, it’s best to look elsewhere.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were sitting upstairs and it las LOUD!
Food was delicious as always. The meatballs are excellent and so were the pizza and cocktails. Service was a little disappointing. Asked for lemon and was served lime, had to ask for bread, asked the hostess on arrival to bring tiramisu and candle for birthday boy at the end of dinner and was brought bill instead...

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

As always AWESOME. See you later this week. You folks are light s out great. Lisa

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The handmade pasta with the Shortrib Raviollis is amazing. The servers were super attentive and very very polite and professional. All the dishes that I have eaten over the many visits were very unique.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Neighborhood go to restaurant. Chick parm D E L I S H.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Horrible waiter brandon. Super rude and condescending about age. Hovered way too much.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food is excellent! Service is great too. Everyone in our party throughly enjoyed the dinner. The space was comfortable but the noise level was too high. If there were a way to deaden the noise it would be good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It was okay. The pasta good. The sauce could have been a bit more flavorful the pasta is the kicker. We also had the bass and it was cooked to perfection. The eggplant was a nice touch.

Over good place, decent prices, and good staff. Respectfully, overhyped to be on those “best of” listings.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Don’t be fooled but how “cute” OSB is, the food is first rate on par with the big boys. Prices quite reasonable and neighborhood environment gives it a unique and confortble feel. Choose what you like, you can’t go wrong.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Worth the drive from the west side. Fresh pasta in variety., great selection of appetizers and creative desserts makes this one of the best Italian Resteraunt in LA.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Always a great dinner that doesn't break the bank

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 (México)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Loved the food, the burrata, the pappardelle and steak tartar were incredibly delicious. The pasta is fresh made and finally we found a real homemade bolognese sauce. The desserts were terrific too. For our own taste the music was too loud, it’s the only thing we found that could be better.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I took my boyfriend out for his birthday this past weekend before heading to see St. Vincent at Paramount studios. I picked it because it was close enough to walk to, but also had had dinner here before. I knew it would be delicious food, but also a bit more special than a normal spot we go to regularly. He thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and selection of food. And we had a tasty meal. We ordered dessert, and I completely forgot that on the Open Table reservation request, I mentioned it was his birthday. They put a candle on the dessert, which was a really nice little treat and note that they acknowledged my message in the reservation. Definitely a special place, and I loved how it has a very casual environment around it, but intimate and cozy too. My ideal place.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Second time we have eaten here and once again it was wonderful.

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