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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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4.5

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4.6

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4.2

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4.1

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97% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2015

Authentic Italian food; reasonably priced

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2015

Ate here last Friday night - made a 6:15 reservation and showed up on time right at 6:15. Told the waiter we were going to an 8:00 show and so we ordered our meals within 5 minutes of sitting down. The appetizer came quickly, but despite numerous attempts to ask them to hurry up, our dinners did NOT arrive until 7:25. We wolfed down the food as quickly as we could, paid and ran out just in time to make the show. Waiter was nice and as he apologized he made it clear we weren't the only ones dealing with the crazy delay. They clearly took more dinner reservations than they were staffed to handle. Food was mediocre at best and no management in site (we were told the manager was helping in the kitchen because they were so back up) I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone, particularly if you are looking for a place to eat before you go to a show.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2015

This was a wonderful experience from beginning to end! Our server Dereck was informative and friendly :) the baked oysters, delicious! There were 5 people in our party, each of us ordered different dinners, each of them were fantastic! We will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2015

Although I've had good experiences in the past, the service was atrocious this time and the food quality was off. Our orders were taken after those from other tables sat after us. It took over an hour from the time we sat to when we got appetizers after noting we had theater tickets. We had to hunt down someone to pay the check. It was bad on bad with a side of bad and no attempt to compensate for the continual array of disappointments.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2015

The food was delicious, the service was great and the choices on the menu were plentiful and different which was fun. We talked to the lady who checked the coats on the way out and she told us the owner was in his 80's and still did all the cooking. No wonder it was so awesome, old
world Italian for sure !!! Would recommend highly. Also prices were very reasonable for city dining.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2015

Coming from an Italian family out of Chambersburg, Trenton - we are hard to impress eating out. Grandma was an amazing cook. La Buca gets it! Delicious old world Italian cuisine & fast, attentive knowledgeable servers. Thank you!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2015

waited 15 minutes for the matire d to arrive at his post just to seat us. waited 15 minutes more before anyone stopped at the table to even give us water. waited 15 minutes more to get the waiter to take our order. waited 30 minutes more for the food to arrive. and was bland in taste.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Outstanding staff. I was very impressed that they remembered what we drank when we walked in the door and asked us if that is what we wanted. That aside, the food is always very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2015

From the menu selection, to the servers, to the decor, this had the feel of an old-world Italian restaurant. Very good fish selection and the Dover sole was mild yet flavorful and prepared nicely. Have to try the rum cake. Nice location off the beaten path on a side street near Washington Square. Worth the 15 minute walk from 13th and Market.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2015

We returned to La Buca after discovering they had installed an elevator to transport you to their lower level dining room. Everything was as I remembered including many of the same staff who warmly welcomed us back. The food is fresh, simple and delicious. The tables are well spaced for private conversations and we had a relaxing meal. We will definitely return sooner than later.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2015

Food was delicious for every course. Not that traditional in no cheese and crushed pepper on table for olive oil and bread, but still great food. A tad pricey, but for the location and food, what do you expect...

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2015

My stuffed pork chop was so over cooked it was difficult to cut with a steak knife. Except for that, everything was near perfect.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2015

A ristorante with terrific food and wines...my issue is with the treatment of the oldest waiter there, a lovely fellow. Within clear range of diners, this nice gentleman is berated and it is hard to listen to and uncomfortable to be around. Sad when you see someone treated so poorly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2015

I wish I could have loved this place. Being Italian, it sounded like a great place to get something authentic. We had reservations but it took at least 15 min to be seated. Finally after we were seated, it took extra long to put in out drink and food order. Those 2 things I can forgive, as I could see the restaurant was understaffed for a Saturday night (which is a huge mistake on the owner's part). So after we finally got our drinks, we heard every table around us complaining about the wait for their food, some people getting agitated. Now, we hoped ours would be different. Nope. It took 3 hours to finally get our main course. Somehow, I am pretty sure it has to do with the fact that the chef is about 82 and cannot keep up with the pace anymore (please retire! Every night you are losing business by making everyone wait so long.). When the food finally came it was mediocre. Our server was very gracious the whole time, which made the experience slightly more pleasant. He kept apologizing for the wait and gave us some free drinks. Needless to say, please only go to this place if you want to waste your entire evening.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2015

The service was extremely slow, they brought out an incorrect dish and one of the waiters made a snide remark to me when I asked about the food and then, when I could not get a check after asking and waiting for 15 minutes the same waiter again gave me a lot of attitude. An overall bad experience.

To his credit, the maitre'd did come over as we were leaving and apologized saying "to call him next time directly and he would make sure we had a better experience. There will not be a next time!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2015

ME AND THE WIFE HAD A GOOD TIME OUT.FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD .DESSERT WAS AWESOME.WINE PERFECT..DEFINETLY GO BACK AGAIN..

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2015

Our pre-theatre dinner was excellent! Our waiter was courteous and conscious of our need to get out in time for our show without rushing us through the meal. The food was delicious as always!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2015

The food at La Buca is excellent and served in a competent manner. The atmosphere is quite pleasant and the different rooms allow privacy or a more expansive atmosphere. All in all, a very nice place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 11, 2015

Always enjoy the food and service. However, wine by the glass is usually at a very low level. Good wine with Italian style food is essential. It does not take much to provide reasonably good wine by the glass. Many restaurants do. Ristorante La Buca does not.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 11, 2015

Had a fantastic lunch during restaurant week here. It's a classy place and I'll definitely be back sometime soon to experiment with their expansive wine selection.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2015

La Buca is a restaurant of high standards, and consistently serves a great meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 31, 2015

The food was great! The service was excellant, with desserts and specials showcased on carts. Large selection of wine, I had an over all fantastic time. If someone in the group is handicap call to make arrangements. Stairs lead into the restaurant, however I did see an elevator.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 25, 2015

Ristorante La Buca has been around it seems forever. With good reason!
Excellent food, real professional service. Enough space between tables so that you can actually have a conversation. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. hope it keeps going for a very long time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2015

Am a regular customer here for many, many years. Live across Wash Sq Park at Independence Place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 16, 2015

W e had a delicious meal - requested mussels be cooked in a white wine sauce, which was done with no fuss at all, & they were marvelous. Service was attentive but not obtrusive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 14, 2015

Made the trip to Philadelphia even better! Amazing food & flawless service!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2015

My wife and I had dinner following a doctor's appointment. The wait staff noticed I was a little uncomfortable sitting and did everything they could to accommodate us. The food was excellent. The Branzino in particular was outstanding. I would have liked a little bit bigger wine selection as the choices were limited. Overall it was a great experience. We highly recommend this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2015

Elegant old Hollywood feel to this wonderful place that serves delicious Italian cuisine and boasts excellent seafood, steaks and chops! Love the male wait staff who cater to your every need. Fabulous desserts!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 16, 2015

It you want to expereicen a taste of Itlay, I recommend La Buca.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 12, 2015

We were so disappointed. Except for our waiter, the staff did not smile. We were asked if we wanted a drink before dinner. We did not have a wine list and we asked to see one. We were told "all the wine is the same price, $10.00 and then we were given generic wines: pinot grigio, cabernet, merlot, etc. We had no idea of the country of origin or winery. The food was decent but the presentation was definitely lacking. Our branzino was filleted table side and then put on a plate with a slice of orange a small, fried potato thingy and a piece of broccoli. We will not go back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed out dinner last week at La Buca. We chose the pre fix menu which we had never had before there. It was a great value and an exceptional menu. There were four courses for $30 and they were all outstanding. After recently returning from a trip to Italy, I would compare my dinner to one I could easily have ordered there: traditional antipasto, house made malfatti gnocchi made with spinach and ricotta, bronzino deboned at the table with vegetable sides and for dessert, fresh strawberries that were huge and very sweet. Our friends had the zuppa inglese. We hope they offer the pre fix again!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 10, 2015

unusual combination....south Phila service. northern Italian menu....even gluten free pastas.......terrific!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 6, 2015

I had the gnude, which was very good and not something you can find everywhere. The service was excellent. Very knowledgable about the food and also attentive without being annoying. The food is pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.

Also, there's free parking for patrons of the restaurant! Look up the lot ahead of time and remember to get your ticket validated by your sever.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 30, 2015

Our group of 6 thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. We each had different entrees and everyone enjoyed the food. For appetizers were shared the fresh mozzarella, tomatoe and peppers. It was delicious served with a wonderful crust bread. I had the shrimp on risotto and it was terrific. Others in the group had veal dishes which they gave rave reviews. The scallops were prepared exactly as my friend requested and the Bronzino was filleted perfectly at the table. We did not have dessert, so I can not comment. Our service was efficient and friendly.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2015

Again thanks to La Buca for making pre theater such a treat. Wonderful food, and super service and love the new prix fixe menu and the anti pasta table.
The tiramisu is to die for....cannot call it "a meal" without it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 22, 2015

This subterranean Italian eatery seems like a throwback to the olden days of fine, leisurely, Italian dining. It's rather quaint, but the food is reliably good, the prices are reasonable, and the service is old-world attentive. The meat and fish of the evening are presented, uncooked, on a food cart, and when you choose yours, they whisk it away to be cooked - excellently. They had a $30 prix-fixe menu that was terrific, with antipasti, soup or pasta, main course, and dessert (from a dessert cart, naturally), also offered with a $10 bottle of house wine. We chose salmon, which was cooked to perfection, and a veal medallion stuffed with portobello mushrooms and artichoke hearts. Do try their malfatti as a "pasta" course - delicate balls of spinach and ricoota, served in a butter/parmesan sauce. The place seems almost deserted on a weeknight; we remarked how pleasant it is to be able to hear conversation, and vowed to skip the overcrowded, noisy, "modern", and go for this relaxing atmosphere the next time we invite friends to get together to go out .

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 22, 2015

always a friendly place to eat,. food and service always top notch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 9, 2015

Traditional Italian fare in a cozy setting. Waiter service was outstanding. Fantastic spot for a pre Theater meal. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 28, 2015

This place was great. Very friendly employees. Food servings were generous and prepared very well.
Canneta on the wine list was perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 24, 2015

Went to see a play at the Walnut Street Theater and this was a good fit prior to the 8 pm show.

Tags: Special Occasion
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