Ristorante La Buca

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930 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
La Buca offers excellent, fresh fare (especially the outstanding grilled fish & other traditional Italian dishes!) & experienced old-world service. La Buca is located below street level on Washington Square West and Handicapped Accessible.

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4.6
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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
19 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
51 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.

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vipJWR651
Atlantic City
32 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
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

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

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vipDebbc
New York Area
329 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!

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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
19 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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michaelw
New York Area
15 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
4 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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vipAnonymous
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

The hostess was extremely friendly and sweet. The cart with raw fish and meat on it, visible as we walked to be seated - looked old and the opposite of fresh. Food was awful. The chicken was rubbery and the crab cakes were so fried and unappealing it was like something from a cheap drive through. The wine was not even drinkable, it tasted like fuzzy juice.

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MeganH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The wonderful staff at La Buca make the experience of dining there feel warm and homey. Generous portions also mean leftovers!

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vipWilliamR
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoy this restaurant: the food, the ambiance, and the friendly, efficient service makes everyone feel welcome

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vipwoeboy1
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

great go to place in Philadelphia. Other places may have famous names but for the food, service and ambience there is no better place in the city. See you soon.

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JimF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Will be going back, excellent all the way around. Veal was perfect, Wifes bronzio also. Our waiter Alfonso was great. Thank you Buca for a great NewYears eve dinner.

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ABJ31
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a table for 9 and the experience could not have been any better. We arrived at 8 for our 8:30 reservation and we were seated immediately. The food was delicious and very well prepared. The service was attentive and our server’s (Alfredo) recommendations were perfect. I highly recommend La Buca and look forward to dining there again myself.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was gods and hot! Can’t wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for Christmas Eve. Crab cakes were delicious. My wife ordered the eggplant appetizer and stuffed scrapelle. Everything was delicious and an overall wonderful experience.

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vipESJT
Philadelphia
184 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Feast of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve was brilliantly prepared

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vipWilliamL
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipArabrabeats
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Michael our waiter was perfect from beginning to end. He was attentive helpful and very delightful to deal with. The food was excellent from the Calamari to the veal to the scallops. This is a definite Jem of Philadelphia.

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SallyD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food very good. Reasonable. Old school in a good way. Waiter was excellent. We will definitely return

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Ristorante La Buca offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 928-0556.

Ristorante La Buca is rated 4.6 stars by 930 OpenTable diners.

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