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Ristorante La Buca

4.6
640 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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The name translates as 'the cave' with rooms decidedly 'dark,. La Buca offers excellent, fresh fare (especially the outstanding grilled fish & other traditional Italian seafood!) & experienced old-world service. La Buca is located below street level on Washington Square.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 928-0556
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Please call for details
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Private party contact
Guiseppi or Anthony Giulanni: (215) 928-0556
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 7th & 8th
Additional
Banquet, Non-Smoking, Private Room
What 640 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Pleasant service to go along with delicious sword fish. A very pleasant evening. ESJT

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Solid Italian. Wine prices are very reasonable. Huge scallops cooked perfectly.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Delicious food and ambience. Waiter could have been a little nicer. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Food was excellent. Arrived at the table fresh and hot. Did not sit under a heat lamp at all. Very convienent to the Walnut Street Theatre

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Had theatre tickets that evening. Staff had us on our way without any hassle. Service very attentive. Food is always excellent

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very cozy place. Free parking close by in the evening! Excellent Italian food with a good number of choices. Try their calamari toy in Zindoni , beet calamari I’ve eaten. Portions are good. Writers helpful. Good full bar with decent sized drinks. Even the coffee was good! Will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Classic, reliable and very good cuisine with a knack for seafood

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Delicious meals (pork, Branzino, veal) good portions, very good service after an initial slow start - was fairly busy, couple large groups but noise level reasonable - could hear each other easily - good meal in this subterranean spot!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fabulous experience.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Arrived before 5pm sign on door said happy hour from 430 - 630 we were a group of 5 girls We all ordered a drink and were charged regular price When we questioned the bartender (who was not friendly at all) he told us the door was wrong and happy hour started at 5. Not a good beginning of our dinner there. They need to change the sign on the door or mention what the real happy hour time is.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

wonderful food and service. first time there and wonderful people

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The evening started off shaky there is a couple who waited an hour just to get a salad and then they left but turns out we had no problem whatsoever and when we sat down and I asked the waiter is it going to take an hour to get a salad he said no we just had a problem with their head waiter who is not here tonight and we got a little overwhelmed but the dinner food did turn out very well

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Dinner was wonderful. Eggplant appetizer, the best. Salads large. Mussels delicious. Entrees: veal - best ever. Seafood the freshest around and cooked to perfection. Save room for dessert! It won’t dissappoint! Service outstanding. Great wine/liquor options.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Frequent diner at la buca and it's always a treat. Great, warm service. Excellent food

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food as always was delicious. Whole grilled Dover sole excellent. My husband loves the pasta fagioli and the veal Marsala.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

A chilly Wednesday night and La Buca hit the spot. Pasta fagiol a fine soup and penne bolognaise excellent

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Thank you for another fabulous meal. The stuffed pork chop was excellent as was the veal.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Great evening. I had the Italian crepe pasta which was sensational. The pasta fagiula soup fantastic. Good value for a really great meal

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Reliable. It's our neighborhood standby; we can almost always find a table, and it's one of the few good restaurants open on Monday evenings. We can always count on a good meal, and it's a great restaurant for quiet conversation. They also have nice private and semi-private rooms for groups. In the past, we've sometimes been disappointed in the food, but this time, the food was really really good; we had bronzino and swordfish and pasta; everyone reported enjoying their meal.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

A great place to dine. Food cooked to order. Service excellent. The swordfish Sicilian is a great dish

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Perfect place for a night in town - staff is always there to please and food is great!!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

When we arrived there was not a hostess and we waited almost 12 minutes before someone approached us to be seated. The service was good the food was good however I thought the restaurant was a little dated. I definitely would go back there again in a pinch. It was not bad at all

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We have visited La Buca several times prior to a show at the Walnut Street Theater. The food and service is always wonderful. We always leave full!

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We have been going to this restaurant for several years and one of the things I like best is the consistent food grade. HOWEVER, this time I did not enjoy the salad (too much dressing) and my fish was not cooked enough. It is a pricey restaurant and was not enjoyed this past weekend.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I have been to La Buca many times. We go at least once during theatre season. They are an excellent choice for a pre-theatre meal. As always the service and food were excellent. I have to give a shout out to Tom our waiter. He was very attentive and accommodating; can't say enough good things about him. Our food was outstanding. My husband and I both had fish. Tom fileted them beautifully with virtually no bones found. The dessert selection was plentiful and our selections were very good. My husband had the berries and I the tiramisu. I would highly recommend La Buca and my husband and I look forward to going back again.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

This was an excellent meal and the ambience was lovely

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Yum. Great fresh fish. Quite old fashion elegance.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

La Buca is an excellent restaurant. We have been going there for years and they consistently serve up the most delicious dinners, whether it is stuffed shells, a small filet, swordfish, veal chop or salmon. It is always a dilemma as to what to order because we enjoy it all. The service is an additional plus because of the professional waitstaff.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

They made my birthday dinner so special! Loved the calamari!

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was good but our waiter was very abrupt and rude. The bill, which was handwritten was hard to decipher and the amount was wrong. We were overcharged by $10 for the wine. It took a while to get it straightened out and we were almost late for the theater.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

I lived in Rome, Italy, and my congratulations to the chef. Excellent food. Service on the other hand was fair to poor. This could have been due to too many tables for one waiter. The house wine was excellent (Valpolicella).

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We have been here dozens of times and had impeccable food and service. This particular night it was very crowded and seating took some time (30 minute wait even though we had a reservation), and the food was slow to come out. This is never a problem. Consistently great food, fantastic service, and such a hidden treasure.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a good experience on our first visit to this restaurant. The food was great, a veal was tender and perfectly done. Btw, the restaurant's helping hand with the parking was shockingly positive addition to the time well spent and having dinner in the city.
Overall, we would come back.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

First time here and will go back next time we are in Philly. Superb food and service.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

WOW, did not know what to expect in the "Basement". This restaurant made me feel like we were back in Italy. The food was wonderful, the ambiance is lovely and our waiter was excellent. This will definitely be a go-to place for us. I had Gamberi over risotto in a pink vodka cream sauce. I wanted to lick my fingers and the plate, it was so well done. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and the sauce over risotto was soooo good. Others with me had Salmon (excellent) Chicken Primavera (excellent) and Clams over linguine (excellent and the pasta was al dente). Could not have asked for better dinners. The desserts were delicious with multiple choices and the espresso was awesome!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

This was our first (and probably last) time eating at La Buca. The food was very good and our waiter was pleasant. Service was backed up due to a theatrical performance--no problem, we're patient people and were not in a rush. The problem was with the cost of the food and portion size. As a family of 4 our bill (prior to using a Groupon) came to $235--that was 3 appetizers, a house salad (del Campo), 3 glasses of wine, one soda, 4 entrees, and 4 desserts. Typically, we're too stuffed after a hearty Italian meal for dessert, but not here. Way too pricey! Again, not knocking the food or the desserts--both very good--just the cost.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I tried La Buca because it is really close to the Walnut Street Theater. It was our second visit and wanted to give it another chance. Ambiance is a bit dated but that doesn't bother me. I just thought the food lacked any creativity. The meal I received in both visits seemed like what I am usually served at weddings. A bit bland and under seasoned but good enough if you're feeding 200 people at the same time. I hoped the food would be better our second visit but it wasn't. There are too many other options that put effort into their dishes. We won't be back.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We had not had the opportunity to visit La Buca for several years. We had a great pre-theatre meal and cocktails. Hopefully, we will get back again soon.

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