IL PALCO

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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in Buena Park, our restaurant “IL PALCO”, takes its name from the Italian word for “ the stage.” Your visit makes you one of our VIP with front row seats to our very own theater. Our restaurant puts on nothing short of a spectacular show with our top-notch service and food. ‍ Here at IL PALCO, you can expect our chefs to cook with a passion to meet your every need. Using fresh in-season ingredients, our food and drinks encompass an authentic, aromatic North Italian meal. From flavorful pasta to savory meat, our menu consists of a wide range of appetizing options. ‍

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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
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3.9
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.8
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New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

The bumbling inefficiency was almost sweet! Wine by the glass? "Sorry, we are out of Chardonnay and only one glass of Pinot Grigio left"! A surprisingly tasty calamari appetizer was ruined by the main course (steak) coming out at the same time. "Sorry it came out so soon"!
The steak was overdone.
I think this may have been an off day!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was really good. Enjoyed the food and the environment let me talk to her in depth without being interrupted

M
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great food, though it is a bit overpriced for the portion. The ambience is great and service is fast and friendly.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was a nice spot. Not working due about the "Most Romantic" place of 2020. Sitting outside on a balcony of sorts, you have a view of shops and people. The service was quick. So quick in fact, right after our appetizer was brought out, 1 main course was brought out. I still had my cocktail 3/4 full and my dinner wine was brought. A couple minutes later the second entree was brought. The food was good. But 2 scallops were the featured protein in one pasta dish. 2!! That's a joke. At least it all tasted good.

Y
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Service attendants are not experienced. You have to ask a few times to get what you want. Appetizer size is small. It depends on your appetite but don't think to share an appetizer with many people.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience5

The food is decent, but the service is rock bottom. There was one server servicing the entire restaurant. We only saw our waitress three times throughout the entire meal, only because we kept asking for her, and on those three times we saw her, she was rushing so much that she missed our requests. We ordered a bottle of wine to share, and she didn’t even open the bottle and set the bottle on the table and rushed off again. This is the worst service I’ve ever experienced at a restaurant. Never coming back here again.

NW
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Slow service
No drink refills
Server kept disappearing
Gratuity was increased to more than double by staff without my consent after I signed and left
Called and asked for mgr but couldn’t get past the front desk/hostess
Bad experience!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience service was excellent! Very good place to take a friend or loved one! Price is a bit on the higher end but you pay for quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience5

Went for a birthday. Really no comment on the food itself since we didn’t get a chance to taste it. They make their pasta in house and the server was knowledgeable to inform us that the pasta is made with chicken broth. Being that 5 of my party are vegetarians, this did not work out at all. I’ve never been to an Italian place that didn’t cater to vegetarians. Oh well

CJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food (order the shrimp rose pasta and potato & bacon pizza!) Our server was Chris, who was kind and attentive during my birthday celebration (group of 10). Thank you so much!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We came for lunch to celebrate a special birthday. We were practically the only guests in the restaurant, but the service was so slow. And, they were out of the coffee we wanted, out of the wine we requested, and very confused if they could make anything gluten-free. And, again, hardly anyone else was there and the restroom was out of toilet paper, seat covers and hand towels. The food was average. They definitely need to pay some attention to details.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Bora was awesome! She made our experience great!

BC
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was good - food and service.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

- longer wait for all,
- untrained employees
- no manager on site

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Literally my favorite Italian restaurant in OC! Everything about this place is perfect

f
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

the octopus appetizer - di polpo - and mushroom salad is must try items.
gorgonzola pizza is always done perfect, and it's delicious!
all their pasta is good too. my favorite is squid ink - fettuccine al nero di seppia
even though their dining room is cozy and nice, I prefer the outside patio for more space and air enjoying the view of the mall and the shoppers.
on the several visits past weeks, I had the absolutely excellent service by different servers each time.
I highly recommend this place for a simple date night or friends get together lunch.

RO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Portions are a tad small for price but overall it was a great experiencee. Excellent quality food and speciality cocktails

GZ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A pleasant surprise. Enjoyed dinner with family and friends. I'd definitely dine there again.

SC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Holiday dinner

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

It was my birthday, so I wanted to try something new. I tried Il Palco for the first time and I ordered their porterhouse steak. It was delicious!

LM
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

Waiter name chris was very rude. There were no managers on premises and may have taken advantage of that fact.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! Went for a birthday and they treated us so nice! Definitely made the birthday boy feel special.

MO
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food was pretty good, but service was too slow and not attentive.

DT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Very nice and clean venue, Poor service, Fair to standard food quality. You may go here with friends for bar service but do not expect such a outstanding service and food if you dine in. Try somewhere else if you want a great Italian food.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great, thank you for being so accommodating

K
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Hard to find. Limited signage in this urban shopping mall. Elevators in the parking structure did not go to the floor where this restaurant is located. Tried to call for help with finding their location. But, unfortunately, their phone system was down. We were lucky to find the place!

KM
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Service was horrible had to attempt to flag down a manger just to get our order and water given . Upon getting seated we didn’t get any service til 20 minutes after . Food tasted like BJs . Not authentic Italian .

GE
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and service. I have dined here 4 times already, no disappointments so far.

WW
Phoenix
5 reviews