Ristorante La Buca

4.8
964 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
La Buca offers excellent fresh fare and experienced old-world service. La Buca is located below street level on Washington Square West and Handicapped Accessible.

We have indoor seating.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 964 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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food
4.7
service
4.3
ambience
4.6
value
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance, service fantastic. We had the Diavolo, well done.

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TXeater
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service. Good, solid, old-school Italian.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!!!!

MR
MaryR
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always nice to visit La Buca. Veggie meatballs were wonderful, salads fresh and perfectly chilled. Nice to sit in a restaurant and hear each other talk. The Italian music is a wonderful contribution to the ambience. Prices are reasonable too.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

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viprtnut
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Without a doubt our favorite restaurant in Philly. The quality is consistently excellent. We brought friends with us this night for their first visit to La Buca and they were blown away. One person had the lobster tails, loved them, another had one of the chicken dishes, loved it, my husband had the fish special, perfect and I had the rack of lamb, cooked to perfect temp. and an extremely generous portion. We all shared the malfatti and vegetable "meat" balls, as a starter, to die for. We didn't order the dover sole this time but it has always been the best in the city in the past will probably order it again next time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! A nice relaxing environment. We lost track of time and ended up staying for 3 hours. Everyone loved the food, the service, and the ambiance.

CC
vipCeeCee
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good but not as good as I remembered. I missed the presentation carts with the fresh fish. I also missed my regular server who never came back after the restaurant reopened for indoor dining. No tableside service for fileting, took away from the ambiance and complexion of the restaurant. Missed the dessert cart too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Good food and service.

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viplieb923
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was VERY SLOW!!!!!!!!. This was an anomaly but it was still unacceptable.

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vipoutandabout
Philadelphia
233 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Three of us went to dinner on Wednesday at la buca. I personally been there many times and two observations they are struggling financially because of pandemic as a result there was one server who was being the hostess the server and bartender for four tables of people at least obviously that slow down the service we waited 15 minutes or so before we even got a drink. I ordered one of the veal dishes and it came out overcooked and partially burnt on the edges. It was taken back and redone but the second result was the same as the first. I may have to reconsider going back although I will admit that's the first time that has happened.

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vipoutandabout
Philadelphia
233 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been to this restaurant many times and in fact we were having sort of a memorial get together for a deceased person who was a long time devotee. It never disappoints. We did have someone of a wait at the beginning and it was a very busy night and the server was occupied with a large table. We ordered an appetizer of fried calamari and we shared that I thought it was a little overcooked. I ordered veal saltimbocca and theybrought out chicken instead which they quickly changed after the air was brought to their attention.

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vipsparky
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This used to be one of my favorites but the service has gone down (one server for 10 tables?) and a surcharge for ordering a drink of the rocks is ridiculous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No frills Italian that hits the spot! Try the rum cake if it’s available!

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vipHappyDiner1
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A wonderful meal on a "pandemic" Monday night. My branzino was delicious, the Caesar sale was made with real anchovies, the wine and drinks were good and our server was hustling from table to bar to table keeping everyone happy. Likely there were two people working - he and the chef, perhaps also an assistant in the kitchen - but the meal, as has always been true at La Buca, was delightful. There's a reason why this restaurant has been successful for somewhere around 40 years: good food, good prices, good service, nice ambience and some of the best fish in the City along with the Italian specialties. Highly recommended.

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vipAnnetteB
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alfredo Is very professional & an extremely attentive waiter. The food was delicious , nicely portioned and affordable.

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vipCassie
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

It was extremely slow for food to come. The dinner took way too long and we were waiting impatiently to see our food

VS
vipVernonS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent dinner, nice atmosphere and wonderful service. highly recommended.

SS
vipStormySky
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Myself being the pickiest eater ever.. the food was a 10 out of 10!! Everything was beyond Fresh!

JC
JohnC
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great low key restaurant!

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Teesh
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

You walk down stairs to enter the restaurant. Very low key and romantic. Very outdated decor. Warm and cozy. Awesome server and hostess. Pretty quiet. Food was subpar. Calamari was delicious. Mozzarella sticks tasted reheated from the freezer. Their special Seafood Risotto wasn’t done; crunchy risotto but good seafood and broth. The waitress was awesome to have them give me the broth and seafood over linguini instead. The bread was hard and stale. In a nice location so you expected more. Not worth the money. Really think they need Restaurant Impossible or Gordon Ramsey to reinvent the space and menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was really excellent. The space could use some upgrades but did not detract from a really wonderful dining experience.

BH
BerlindaH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for date night and it was a wonderful experience! I’m not a big alcohol drinker so the drinks weren’t my favorite but the food was tens across the board!

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KelliS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food & cocktails. Highly recommended!

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DianeT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit to la Buca is always a great experience. The food, the service, the atmosphere. All wonderful. A favorite place by far.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic and private spot with incredible food. The waiter was so friendly and accommodating and I had a beautiful date here. Highly recommend!

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vipWilliamL
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A well kept secret in Washington Square West. Food and service is outstanding. Plenty of room to spread out while being well cared for by a professional staff. The food is fresh and delicious. The restaurant is a bit of a throwback in time. Enjoy, I did.

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Gigijrzcape
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I'm sure this place was hopping before COVID-19 since its right around the corner from the hospital. Very quite for a Saturday night. 3 tables. We're 50-60 and they had an easy 20 years on us. Service and food were good. Nothing OMG out of this world but a nice meal. The bar didn't have bloody mary mix, but not the end of the world.
Glad we tried it and it was a good quiet meal. I won't drive an hour again though.
All in all, good for mature couple date night.

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vipoutandabout
Philadelphia
233 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We have been regulars for la buca for many years and have found the food always to be consistently good however my particular entree last Saturday night was veal la buca and it was slightly overcooked the edges of the veal were burnt. The server was very gracious and took it off the check. This was probably a one-time fluke

JD
vipJohnnyDee
Philadelphia
210 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place always consistently great food and service. Fresh seafood and excellent pastas. The lobster franchise was succulent and delicious Scallops outstanding and the butternut squash ravioli delicate and flavorful. Large and affordable wine list. Must have desert is the limoncello cake.

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vipWilliamL
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dining experience at La Buca. An outstanding staff.

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mussels were some of the best I have ever had. The house Chardonnay paired well with the Scampi which was one of the best I’ve had. The staff are friendly and helpful!! We will be back.

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vipCeeCee
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food was so good. Kitchen (Anthony) was very accommodating making some of our favorites not on the menu. Fish is always fresh and delicious. I always get the Dover sole or the langoustinos which I love but decided to try the pompano this time. I was not disappointed!

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vipLobster
Philadelphia
144 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We ate outside with one server for 6 tables, upstairs from the restaurant. I suspect that the kitchen was the problem but it too forever to get our food.

RC
vipRobC
Philadelphia
117 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Some of the food was good, although the bronzino entree was tasteless - dried out and very little seasoning. Lamb chops were good.

Service was ok and attentive (server Kathy was very friendly), but spoke quickly and rushed away a couple times before we were finished speaking or asking questions.

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KIMC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like to try the flashy new restaurants in Philly (at least before Covid), but we always return to La Buca. In over 15 years going there a couple of times a month, we've never had a bad meal or bad service. It is amazingly consistent. The food is always perfectly cooked and the seafood is fresh and some of the best in the city. Everyone's meal always arrives hot (my pet peeve is lukewarm food). Service is very professional. We have eaten outside during Covid and it's been quite pleasant.

JD
vipJohnnyDee
Philadelphia
211 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always fresh seafood is a stand out here. Enjoyed the scallops and the grilled langustinos. Classic ceasar salad Service was great and they took all the COVID 19 precautions. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. I had the fettuccine alfredo and it was by far the best I’ve ever had. Friends got the chicken parmesan and it was amazing and so was the gnocchi. Wine choices were decent and good value, the wait staff was attentive and entertaining.

All in all, amazing.

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vipPamelaE
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned to an old favorite after a hiatus, to celebrate my daughter's birthday, and were reminded of why we had liked La Buca so much. The hostess was gracious about fluctuations in the number of our largish party. Our waiter, Michael, was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding, with seared scallops and pasta fra diavolo as standouts. Perfect spot for a family gathering. We really felt at home. We won't wait so long to return!

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Odderman
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We frequently dine here before the theater as it one of our favorites. The food was outstanding as usual however the service was lacking. We sat down at 6:30 and didn’t receive our entrees unit 7:35. This left us little to no time to enjoy our meal.

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Ristorante La Buca is rated 4.8 stars by 964 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.