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About Ristorante La Buca

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.

711 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 7th & 8th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 928-0556

Website:
http://www.ristlabuca.com/

Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details

Private Party Contact:
Guiseppi or Anthony Giulanni: (215) 928-0556

Additional:
Banquet, Non-Smoking, Private Room

Ristorante La Buca Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (22)
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Quiet Conversation (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
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Romantic (15)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Cozy (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Business Meals (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Casual (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
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Fun (4)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 11, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This was an excellent meal and the ambience was lovely

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Yum. Great fresh fish. Quite old fashion elegance.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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food5
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 (Western NC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food presentation excellent, many specials and regular options, reasonably priced, attentive service. I would definitely recommend. A quality dining experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Still one of my favorites for delicious selection of fresh fish and Italian food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our waiter Tony was extremely attentive and wonderful. Best meal I’ve ever had ( and I’m Italian)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our meal was delicious and waitstaff was attentive. We had two kids with us and I wouldn’t say it was a kid friendly restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

For the overall experience, I feel that the food prices are a little on the high side for what is served. This is relative to other Italian restaurants where I have dined. Taste of food was outstanding, portions a little small, and in my opinion about 20 - 25% above the price I would expect to pay.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always treat you like your special. The Maitre'D ]Abraham] is attentive and always will pick the appropriate bottle of wine based upon the food choices. The waitstaff-Tommy in particular, is probably the best in the city. Food is always prepared exquisitely-nothing gets sent back-it is either finished at the table or packed to go-no matter how small of a portion is left.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Love this restaurant, old school Italian that somehow remains fresh and authentic. Excellent wine list with reasonable choices, fresh seafood, amazing scallops, the pastas are delicious and the service is always excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wonderful traditional Italian. The next generation is keeping the great food and service. Still a favorite after 35 years.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Walking down the stairs into this large but cozy restaurant makes it seem more intimate than it is. The food was good. Our only real complaint was that we were seated at a large round table for six - and it was just the two of us for our anniversary! The bar area is nice, I almost would have preferred to sit there. It looks like they only have large banquet-style tables. Weird. But the food is good old-style Italian (terrific veal parmigiana), service was on top of it, and we loved the Limoncello cake for dessert.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service was very good and our dinners better.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 12, 2017

My wife and I are semi-regulars. But this was a special occasion dinner for 7. Service by Thomas exceptional as usual. Food was great. All around excellent experience

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

A throwback to a gentler time. They don't just tell you about the specials, they wheel over a cart with all of the specials plated! Dessert? Yes, they do it for that too. I've been here several times and have enjoyed the service and the food each time!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

First time here, liked it very much for its authentic Italian feel, cozy bar atmosphere, holiday decorations, murals were extra interesting. Not to mention food was very good, reasonable pricing and very friendly bartender! I would go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The decor hasn't been updated in 35 years but the food and cocktails are very good. My husband and I enjoyed our meal and would definitely go back. My Dover sole was excellent!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very noise private group in nearby dining room . Lots of bad language. Service also much slower than usual. Not happy.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great restaurant...food is excellent and very consistent and service is great! We have been coming here for years.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Very nice Italian restaurant with extensive menu. Went for lunch...no pizza however.
Food was excellent, portions ample. Great place to eat with friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

As usual La Buca provides an excellent dining experience. The food is very good and the service is very good, although a little slower than you might like. All in all, it is worth going here and coming back for an enjoyable dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2017

My wife had been to La Buca's many times in the past and raved about the food, especially the Bronzino and the service. So we and friends of ours went there this past Monday evening. Unfortunately, the restaurant did not live up to expectations this time. The service and ambiance were fine. It was the food itself that was sub par. My wife ordered a salad and initially, they brought the wrong one. Instead of just replacing it, the waiter brought the missing ingredients to the table in small bowls and my wife wound up basically making her own salad. She said it wasn't very good anyway. She also ordered the Bronzino as she often has in the past and while the taste was very good the tableside waiter did not remove many of the bones and she wound up having to be very careful while eating it for fear of choking. I ordered mussels as an appetizer and when the waiter brought it to our table you could immediately detect a very strong fishy smell. I order mussels all the time and have never experience that before. I tried to ignore the smell and eat the appetizer but wound up leaving most of them on my plate. To finish things off, I ordered swordfish for my entrée. The piece the waiter showed us on tray before the meal was at least 2 inches thick and looked beautiful. The piece on my plate was about 1/2" thick and was a little tough. The entre came with Broccoli that was soggy with butter and some scalloped potatoes that were luke-warm.

Overall a very disappointing experience. Maybe it was because it was a Monday night? Who knows but we won't be going back anytime soon.

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on November 11, 2017

After a busy day of touring the city, we were all tired and enjoyed a delicious dinner as a group of 5. We were looking for a quiet place off the "tourist" map for dinner to please different tastes - primarily great steak and Italian! Scored on both!. Cozy "OLD SCHOOL" dining made the evening relaxing, enjoyable, and reminiscent of mature dining back-in-the-day. Unpretentious, white table clothes, real, down-to-earth, with excellent food and staff. We look forward to returning every time we visit Philly to see our child in college. Special FIND and GEM!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great location close to the Walnut Street Theater. Decor is a bit dated and it’s in a basement. Service was good but food was average at best. Was hoping for a bit of creativity by the chef but pretty standard dishes are on the menu. I had the Veal La Buca and was really disappointed. My wife had Gamberi Dan Remo which was a much better dish but nothing special. Both dishes pretty flat and flavorless. We’ll give it another chance but will certainly order something different. Maybe it was an off night in the kitchen?

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I have been coming here on several visits every year for 23 years now. I find the quality of the food and the level of service just so most enjoyable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Been here twice now. Sat at the bar for a drink first, bartender very friendly & entertaining. Traditional Italian dish done very well. Service is excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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