Ristorante La Buca

4.7
942 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
La Buca offers excellent fresh fare and experienced old-world service. La Buca is located below street level on Washington Square West and Handicapped Accessible.

We have indoor and outdoor seating. Please indicate your preference in your guest notes. Please note that outdoor seating is first come first serve and that making a reservation for outdoor dining is unfortunately not a guarantee of dining al fresco. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 942 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Quiet
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Emma
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very romantic and private spot with incredible food. The waiter was so friendly and accommodating and I had a beautiful date here. Highly recommend!

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vipWilliamL
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A well kept secret in Washington Square West. Food and service is outstanding. Plenty of room to spread out while being well cared for by a professional staff. The food is fresh and delicious. The restaurant is a bit of a throwback in time. Enjoy, I did.

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Gigijrzcape
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I'm sure this place was hopping before COVID-19 since its right around the corner from the hospital. Very quite for a Saturday night. 3 tables. We're 50-60 and they had an easy 20 years on us. Service and food were good. Nothing OMG out of this world but a nice meal. The bar didn't have bloody mary mix, but not the end of the world.
Glad we tried it and it was a good quiet meal. I won't drive an hour again though.
All in all, good for mature couple date night.

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vipoutandabout
Philadelphia
211 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We have been regulars for la buca for many years and have found the food always to be consistently good however my particular entree last Saturday night was veal la buca and it was slightly overcooked the edges of the veal were burnt. The server was very gracious and took it off the check. This was probably a one-time fluke

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vipJohnnyDee
Philadelphia
210 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place always consistently great food and service. Fresh seafood and excellent pastas. The lobster franchise was succulent and delicious Scallops outstanding and the butternut squash ravioli delicate and flavorful. Large and affordable wine list. Must have desert is the limoncello cake.

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vipWilliamL
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another wonderful dining experience at La Buca. An outstanding staff.

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The mussels were some of the best I have ever had. The house Chardonnay paired well with the Scampi which was one of the best I’ve had. The staff are friendly and helpful!! We will be back.

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vipCeeCee
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, food was so good. Kitchen (Anthony) was very accommodating making some of our favorites not on the menu. Fish is always fresh and delicious. I always get the Dover sole or the langoustinos which I love but decided to try the pompano this time. I was not disappointed!

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vipLobster
Philadelphia
137 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We ate outside with one server for 6 tables, upstairs from the restaurant. I suspect that the kitchen was the problem but it too forever to get our food.

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vipRobC
Philadelphia
99 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Some of the food was good, although the bronzino entree was tasteless - dried out and very little seasoning. Lamb chops were good.

Service was ok and attentive (server Kathy was very friendly), but spoke quickly and rushed away a couple times before we were finished speaking or asking questions.

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KIMC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We like to try the flashy new restaurants in Philly (at least before Covid), but we always return to La Buca. In over 15 years going there a couple of times a month, we've never had a bad meal or bad service. It is amazingly consistent. The food is always perfectly cooked and the seafood is fresh and some of the best in the city. Everyone's meal always arrives hot (my pet peeve is lukewarm food). Service is very professional. We have eaten outside during Covid and it's been quite pleasant.

JD
vipJohnnyDee
Philadelphia
211 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

As always fresh seafood is a stand out here. Enjoyed the scallops and the grilled langustinos. Classic ceasar salad Service was great and they took all the COVID 19 precautions. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic. I had the fettuccine alfredo and it was by far the best I’ve ever had. Friends got the chicken parmesan and it was amazing and so was the gnocchi. Wine choices were decent and good value, the wait staff was attentive and entertaining.

All in all, amazing.

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vipPamelaE
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We returned to an old favorite after a hiatus, to celebrate my daughter's birthday, and were reminded of why we had liked La Buca so much. The hostess was gracious about fluctuations in the number of our largish party. Our waiter, Michael, was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding, with seared scallops and pasta fra diavolo as standouts. Perfect spot for a family gathering. We really felt at home. We won't wait so long to return!

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Odderman
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

We frequently dine here before the theater as it one of our favorites. The food was outstanding as usual however the service was lacking. We sat down at 6:30 and didn’t receive our entrees unit 7:35. This left us little to no time to enjoy our meal.

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vipWilliamR
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Always excellent- entrees and specials were delicious and nicely presented

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Kevin
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance, subdued and congenial. Waiters excellent; barman very knowledgeable. Large menu.

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viplawrenceM
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food, efficient service, and reasonably priced wine by the bottle. Although it was a fairly busy night, we were still able to have a conversation, a rare occurrence in a Philadelphia restaurant. We shared a Sauteed Radicchio, Shiitake, & Bacon Salad, followed by the Seafood Livornese and the Vitello Fiorentina. We skipped dessert and finished with excellent coffee.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my third visit. One of my favorite restaurants in Philly! The food , the service and ambiance everything was wonderful! I will be back.

JW
vipJWR651
Atlantic City
36 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time and can’t wait to go back. Service was great and food was fabulousl

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Raheem
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, amazing atmosphere, exceptional service!

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vipSexyDiningCompanion
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to this Italian restaurant for Valentine’s Day, and had been there before. It’s one of the few places in town where the pasta actually tastes homemade (not sure if it is). They had 2 pasta specials for V-day, one spicy gnocchi with shrimp and vegetable ravioli, and my husband and I ordered them. They were very good and filling, yet the portions are just the right size so you don’t overdo it (a bad habit of mine when it comes to pasta!).

The homemade desserts they bring to the table are perfect for sharing. Again, nice portion sizes for the price but not so overwhelming that you ruin your diet.

They have an Italian beer my husband likes and the weekend bartender makes a really good appletini. We’ll be back for sure.

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PWoo
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

The server was great. The food was okay. They however did not have our open table reservation. Luckily the restaurant was not packed.

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Peter
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Great food, good ambiance, very slow and incomplete service.

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vipDebbc
New York Area
356 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love it here
The. Menu is Varied
The service well done
We all enjoyed our meel

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vipDavidS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can't speak highly enough about La Buca! Fresh, delicious food, professional wait staff, and an excellent dining experience. Can't wait to go back!

JB
JoelB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Ristorante la Buca was stumbled upon via internet while looking for a Valentine’s Day date. Having no familiarity, but seeing great reviews, we reserved a table. It was also highly recommended and touted as having history in Philly, and the Dover Sole was highly regarded.

The dinner was fantastic, Javier (our server) took wonderful care of my fiancé and I. The oysters were fresh, the mozzarella, tomato and bell peppers were great. For our mains we got Dover Sole and spinach gnocchi. Wonderfully prepared, wonderfully served, wonderfully consumed.

Thank you, Buca for the great night!

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vipAR41
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed it ... and I think it was a good value. My server was terrific ... really a good guy.

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vipWilliamL
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful as usual. Old world service with fresh seafood and homemade pasta.

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PhillyGirl
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great! Waiter was super awesome, friendly, knowledgeable, funny, very outgoing! Food was delicious and cooked perfectly. Veal was thin and tender. We were celebrating a birthday and a 40 year anniversary. We came to Ristorante la Buca because we went on dates there before we married.

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vipESJT
Philadelphia
183 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always a fine experience and totally worth the time to visit.

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vipMarkV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great. Alfredo our waiter was terrific. Enjoyed ourselves

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vipmichaelw
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

La Buca represents one of the few classics Italian Restaurants that remain. Classic in the sense that you can order pasta dished with the past appropriately cooked with delicious sauces. The is also veal scallopine in its various iterations:marsala, piccata, parmigiana, etc. The ingredients are of high quality and appropriately cooked. Service is attentive and friendly. The one list is heavily Italian and red. There are few white wine choices. Those looking for "novelle cuisine" should look elsewhere.

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Normluvsgreatstuff
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ristorante La Buca has been in business since 1978 and I have been dining there since 1981. It is always excellent!

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vipESJT
Philadelphia
184 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good and service is simply great. It’s quite on a rainy night good for nerves.

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ARTHURM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a pleasant dining experience. We are continually treated with respect as valued customers. Alfredo provides an evening of dining pleasure with his high level of professionalism.

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vipLulu
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is beautiful and very romantic, although certainly appropriate for business dining as well. Lovely murals by artisans adorn the walls, service is attentive, and we have never had a disappointing meal here. Most enjoyable!

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BruceM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I recently had dinner at the restaurant before a show at the Walnut Street Theatre. The meal and dessert were very good. Compared to similar restaurants in Philadelphia, the cost was reasonable. The service was excellent. We will return to the restaurant for dinner in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

It was good. Nothing special

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vipESJT
Philadelphia
184 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to relax and have a great meal along with great service. The “quiet “ is very nice.

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You can order delivery directly from Ristorante La Buca using the Order Online button. Ristorante La Buca also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 928-0556.

Ristorante La Buca is rated 4.7 stars by 942 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.