Bucci Restaurant Port Douglas

3.7
36 reviews
$40 and under
Italian
Locals and tourists alike flock to Buccini Restaurant because of its delicious light Italian cuisine, and its welcoming, exuberant ambiance. Buccini injects the buzz of Rome's street-side restaurants into the tropical warmth of Port Douglas. The best fresh regional produce is used to create familiar and exotic Italian specialities, complemented by moderately priced Italian and southern hemisphere wines. Meals are served with style and zest well suited to Port Douglas's holiday setting. Formerly known and loved as Bucci, this restaurant is the brainchild of Michelin starred chef Spencer Patrick and was conceived in 2009. Buccini shares the same owners, managers and philosophy as Bucci. Along with his wife Reina and business partners Mike and Di Lisle-Williams, Spencer runs Buccini and Harrisons Restaurant in Port Douglas as exec chef/owner. His talented and dedicated team include Ben Bamford who has been a prominent and influential presence behind the stoves for three years now.
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3.7
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3.7
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 30 April 2017
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

It wasn't open
Clearly hadn't been open since Anzac Day as they had signs up
I rang and there was no answer but a message they were re opening April 27th
We went on April 29th the first night of our honeymoon and it was closed
They could of rung up and told us......strange
I've never been here to eat and was looking forward to it.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The experience was far from good
The food was cold,it was very small portions compared to what we know and very expensive

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 11 January 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely Dinner while on holidays in Port Douglas. Our daughter recommended the restaurant and we were not disappointed. The menue was great and the service was excellent. We would return to the restaurant again if we are ever in Port Douglas

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 January 2017
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Booked here for New Year's Eve was told the menu and how to book with a deposit this was where it went pear shaped....had to pay in full menu changed without notice when we arrived they were running late out table didn't get set for almost an hour was terrible service and the food was mediocre at best very disappointed with the restaurant and will not be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 January 2017
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

It appeared as if the restaurant was not prepared for a New Year's Eve dinner and so the food was late in coming out not leaving us enough time to enjoy it or to have desert. No reasons were given or apologies offered. The food was of a decent standard but the service really let the place down.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 4 December 2016
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service and lovely food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2016
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, great location & friendly atmosphere in heart of Port Douglas

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 27 September 2016
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, good value. Family friendly. Definitely worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 23 September 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff here were very accommodating. Our group of 10 had a lovely time. Great ambience and awesome food. We all enjoyed our meals and the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 August 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Bucci is always excellent, great value for money and exquisite food! Highly recommend. I live locally and love to eat at Bucci as much as we can.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 13 August 2016
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We had been to the restaurant last year and the food was great. This experience was very disappointing. The food was tasteless and the service poor. I would not recommend this restaurant. There are much better places to eat at in port Douglas.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 July 2016
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Made reservations and showed up to the restaurant to find that they were closed. Seemed if they had been closed for quite some time. Tried calling earlier in the day and machine didn't indicate that they were closed. Very disappointing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 27 July 2016
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Well this is the first review I have written in which I have had to write negatively. The restaurant looked great and our expectation of enjoying a great Italian meal was high. Initial service was slow and atmosphere was noisy. We had calamari to share as a starter - rubbery and flavourless (honestly can't imagine why it is on the menu - horrid). The mains also failed to impress risotto and Lasagna. No classic Italian dishes here.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 July 2016
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Did not enjoy dining experience. From the aperitif that was mostly soda water to the extra charge for some bread for the children, we did not feel that it was good value for money. Meals took way too long to come out and although we did not complain, the waitress was aware and apologized several times.
Food was good, but nothing outstanding for the prices.
Would not recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 18 June 2016
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

If dishes on the menu are not available please have the courtesy to inform guests when you give them the menu. Don't wait until they order said dishes to tell them they are not available. Do not serve oxidised wine. If someone asks about what ingredients are in a dish tell them the correct ingredients. Hubby was told the risotto had no dairy except for added Parmesan, but it had a big dollop of marscapone which he can't eat. Oh, and then we were charged for a salad we never recieved.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 26 May 2016
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Food was not tasty. Not good italian

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 8 May 2016
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We have eaten at Bucci before and raved about it to our friends. Saturday evening we booked a table. All was good until it came to pay. The combined bill for 6 adults and 2 children came to $477.00 roughly. We said to the waiter to round it off to $500 as a tip. One couple paid for two couples on his card ($334.00) as did the third couple ($166). The waiter added an extra $15 per card resulting in a tip of $53, why? This was challenged at the time but the waiter just shrugged his shoulders.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 25 October 2015
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Ordinary food and service and over priced

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 2 October 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great service, traditional Italian food at a great price

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 20 September 2015
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Have eaten there a few times over the years.Steak was covered in a ring of fat, had to actually ask for a steak knife, service was non attentive and waitress has real problems understanding English .Scallops were tiny

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 September 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Thanks, being a vegetarian that does not eat any fish is tough around here so thanks for your willingness to alter dishes and love the wines on offer.V friendly helpful staff and relaxed vibe... Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

One of our favourite restaurants in Port Douglas - we love a good seafood pasta and Bucci never disappoints. A fantastic place to sit outside and watch the people of Macrossan St walk by. Always busy so be sure to book.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 15 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Bucci never disappoints. The food, the wine, the atmosphere all make for a wonderful experience to share with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 10 August 2015
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Table of six everyone happy, great food, great service and lovely spot.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 July 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We walked in off street and were very pleased with the service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 18 July 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great Italian food in a wonderful setting !

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 July 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed our meals, BUT my lasagne was luke warm when it arrived. This was taken away and a fresh hotter meal returned. When we finished we were pestered about dessert, even though we wanted to wait ten mins or so before deciding. Once we decided the desserts came out pronto! Altogether time in restaurant, under 50 minutes, too fast to be enjoyable for a relatively up market restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 June 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food in a pleasant surrounding

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 June 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a group of 8 including 2 children..The service was great and the food the same..everyone was very happy with the quality of the food and the creative ability of the chefs....would highly recommend to all to experience...we had full 3 courses even though quite full from the starters and main we just had to try the Orange donut creation....

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 April 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food selection and top quality. Good size meals!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 April 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great staff, great food, great ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 February 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

My wife and I enjoy good Italian food and that is exactly what Bucci does so well

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 January 2015
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Outstanding food in a venue that allowed you to watch port Douglas go by whilst dining

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 31 December 2014
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Do yourself a favour and go there

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 29 December 2014
Overall1FoodServiceAmbience2

Food was overcooked or undercooked, depending on the item. Service was poor and slow. Restrooms are not properly maintained. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 8 December 2014
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Food and service is always excellent. Extra fans may be needed over the wet though as our table closest to the footpath was stifling.

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Bucci Restaurant Port Douglas is rated 3.7 stars by 36 OpenTable diners.