Buca di Beppo - Seattle
How can an Italian restaurant run out of olive oil? When we asked for bread and olive oil, we were told that the restaurant was "out of olive oil". Thinking there must have been a misunderstanding, we asked another server if it was true that the restaurant was out of olive oil, and she confirmed it. So we had our bread with balsamic vinegar only. Since they continued to serve the full menu (including our dinner), presumably Buca di Beppo only reheats previously-cooked food. Maybe that's why this Buca no longer walks customers through the kitchen?
We were so excited to go back to Buca. The food has always been great and the staff, so fun! This time we waited for 20 minutes for a table that we had reserved and the restaurant was basically empty. (5:45 on a weekday) The hostess could have cared less that we were there and though the waiter was very nice he struggled with 2 tables. Maybe he was new? No worries. The most concerning part was the food. Not good and way over priced. I am not sure if any prices were raised (doubt it) but the point is that you don’t notice the price when the food is good. When the food is bad you cringe at $29 noodles. Our total for 5 people was over $240 with no drinks and no dessert. WTH? We chose not to take anything home. Even though we have enjoyed Buca in the past this night was a deal breaker. If we are going to drive into Seattle for dinner it needs to be worth it. Lastly this was a birthday celebration that the waiter forgot to acknowledge. Bummer.
Fabulous, as usual! A bit pricey so not a spot we go to regularly but fun with groups!
Great food and reasonable price... for Seattle area anyway....
Extremely overpriced for what you get! Food was good but seriously...$45 for a giant bowl of spaghetti.
We ordered kids pizza and they didn't arrive for over 1.5 hours after we paid our bill and were walking out.
so embarrassed that I invited friends here. hostess greeted us with big frown and big attitude. place was half empty and they couldn't accommodate our group of 7 until our reservation time at 7:30 pm (about 20 minutes). Service super slow, at the bar and employees yelling at one another, glasses and dishes broken and blaming others. Had to leave dining table to go get another drink as server didn't come back for so long. Altogether pathetic experience, will never return and never have another group event there.
Overpriced for what you get. The family style portions, where the bread and salad really inflate the bill, are actually less food than a typical serving at say an Olive Garden, which is a better value and similar quality. The staff is extra helpful, attentive, and courteous.
What's the hurry? From the moment we were seated we felt rushed. Ordered the Caprese salad was good but had to ask for olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The lasagna was ok, but would have tasted better if it was made with Italian sausage instead of tasteless ground beef. Mozzarella bread was good, but several pieces were burned on the bottom. Chocolate cake was dry but the frosting was decadent. And $6 for a small cup of coffee? Hey! This isn't Starbuck's!
We had not been since the remodel and had enjoyed our experiences in the past... took 10-15 mins once seated to be greeted and bring water. Food was medicore and over priced for what it was. Ordered a drink which ended up costing $15 and tasted like kool-aid (couldn’t taste any alcohol). Tables were beyond close together, could hear everything easily from tables at both sides and couldn’t get up and out without hitting another table. Overall will not be returning.
The service was okay, it could have been better, we were celebrating an early Father’s Day. But overall it was an good experience. The bathroom traffic could have been monitored better too crowded to get to the bathroom.
I was disappointed to learn that buca is not friendly for people with allergies. I can not have dairy and I informed the waiter. He assured me my meal did not. Mid way through dinner I became ill. We had to leave our dinner party abruptly, it was a carb load party before the Seattle half marathon. I immediately called the manager to see if anything had dairy. She was nice and confirmed that it had not. I asked her if the dish/pasta had whey or casein (milk proteins) she said it probably did. I tried to explain that they were part of a dairy allergy, I don’t think she fully understood because she repeated our dish was dairy free. I really hope that they start to offer a allergy free menu.
All was really good with the exception of the draft beer being flat because of a CO2 problem. Bartender was good and replaced with a bottle of the same beer.
We had ten people for a graduation dinner. My son received his PhD from UW. We had the BEST time at Buca di Beppo in Seattle. All but 2 of the people are of Italian descent so it was like being at Mama's for dinner. It was very crowded but the waiters kept smiling and serving us our delicious dinner with lots of vino!
We were turned away even though most tables were empty because the restaurant was expecting a large group. We waited several minutes to speak with manager then decided to leave.
It was our first time here and we loved it! We met a group of friends that we hadn't seen in a long time and it was a great experience. Great food, great service, great atmosphere!
I've eaten at Bucca di Beppo before and always enjoyed it. I still do though it's not as kitschy as it used to be. The food was very good and our party of four had a good time. Our server Greg/Fluffy was super, did an upsell on one of our choices that was perfect. In spite of it being a busy Prom night, he was attentive without hovering and never ignored us. I'm very glad I dismissed some recent 'not so good' reviews and chose to eat there. We were not disappointed. I thought the prices a little high, but then I haven't eaten in Downtown Seattle in some time so I guess it's the norm now.
A pleasant experience. Always seems a bit pricey for standard Italian food but we knew what to expect. Wasn’t our first Buca experience.
I choose Buca for a Mother's Day dinner this year. We were seated promptly in the upstairs area of the restaurant which was conducive to larger parties. It was quite empty which seemed strange for Mother's Day. Unfortunately the service was slow considering the number of people that were there. However the food was quite good. Basic Italian in quantities to feed an army. This is their style; big and bigger. As long as you know that you order appropriately, which we did not thus the food provided a meal for the next night as well. For 7 including two light eating youngsters the bill was almost $50 per person including the tip, which was not what I was expecting to pay. We drank lightly, but overdid the desserts.
The net of it is if you want a substantial Italian meal Buca will work for you.
Normally, Bucca di Beppo is one of my favorites, so I took my mom, who had never been there for Mother's Day. We waited for quite some time, had our food and drinks picked out and no one came to greet us; the most surprising part was even though it was Mother's Day, it wasn't busy. There were some servers talking, so I asked them to please send someone over. The garlic bread was awesome, the pasta was good, but was cold in spots. When I've been to Bucca in the past, the ambiance has been really fun and inviting and it didn't feel that way this time. Not sure that I will return.
Great food, good atmosphere and the waitress was awesome. We had a really good time. Made my mother's day special.
Awesome service and food was great. Celebrated my daughters 10th Birthday with family and friends... will definitely go back for more celebrations!
Service was very slow. Fried food items were very greasy. Prosciutto stuffed chicken was dry and amazingly somewhat bland. Manicotti was actually pretty good though.
This restaurant is located near the Museum of History and one can walk several blocks over to the waterfront and the center for wooden boats. The parking is non-existent. On street parking is always full. We paid $12 for 2 hours parking nearby. The food quality was average. A basket of cheesy bread is $15 and small entrees average $30. The best item was the pear apple gargonzola salad.
As always, we love the Buca...not the 100% perfect or best Italian food ever had, but each dish is tasty and filling. Service from Richelle was excellent, with one exception. This is very strange, but feel it must be addressed. The complimentary bread they serve with meals never came out, so I asked for it. Apparently there was some misunderstanding, because ultimately we got charged for 2 orders of appetizer Garlic Bread instead of the complimentary bread basket I had been asking for. $28!!! This restaurant is not cost effective, it's family style and very expensive. I enjoyed a Peach Bellini (champagne and fruit puree) and they were $12 each!! You know they aren't made with Dom Perignon, so that seems high, but it's Seattle and you expect over-inflated prices. But---why would anyone knowingly or actually order bread as a side appetizer, when they give you garlic bread with the meals??? I called the Manager to inquire about this overcharge immediately following our exit, as we were in town for only 3 days and I felt it was worth calling about. She took my name and number and said she'd investigate and call me back. I never heard from her again and I'm very disappointed. This is WRONG. Richelle was great, excellent and attentive, but she told us she was new to town and I cannot help but wonder if she forgot about the bread or what...when she asked me if I wanted Garlic Bread or Cheesy Garlic Bread...I didn't really understand or know what she meant, as I expected THE COMPLIMENTARY GARLIC BREAD THAT NORMALLY IS BROUGHT TO THE TABLE. We had a baby and needed some noshy item to keep her occupied. So disappointed. :(
What a great surprise! A small place at the corner of a street that offers delicious meals.
Hadn't been to Buca in a while. They did some serious remodeling since my last visit, and I have to say it wasn't for the better. I liked the restaurant when it was darker inside and had more little nooks to hide out in. It feels more open now and seems to have more windows than I remember, which takes away from the intimate atmosphere. Being an Italian who grew up on pasta I'd say their food is fine but not great (the beer selection is horrible). There were 3 of us and we got 3 dishes, all small size. We shared the antipasto salad, the spaghetti and meatballs and the fettuccini alfredo. My biggest problem was the value for what we got. Not price necessarily, but value. While they portions are large, at an average of $30 for the small size they aren't *that* big for what you're paying. They say the small serves 2-3 people, but they must be including children because we easily finished everything and could have eaten more. Our waiter was great and the food came out very quickly. Oddly that seemed to take away from the value because with drinks (just two, one beer and one glass of wine) we ended up with a $150 bill and we were done in about an hour. Bottom line for me is that it had the atmosphere and food quality of a mid-low tier Italian place but with high end prices. Not sure I would go back anytime soon.
Had a party of 14 for lunch and everything went as well as expected!
lots of fun here. we were greeted at the door and engaged in conversation by the staff at the front while we waited. we had informed them that it was our first time, they remembered us on our way out and asked how we'd liked it. Service was good and quick. Server was very informative with the choices on the menu. BIG portions, the four of us were easily able to share a salad and pasta dish meant for 2 - 3 people. love the ambiance. would definitely recommend this to friends.
Good gluten free options available. The chicken saltimbocca is great and we always enjoy the broccoli Romano. Service is good and the location is convenient. Overall, a good experience.
Always a good time for kitchy Italian chain food. But they need to get warmer lighting. Flourecent white lighting is a bummer for any restaurant.
As a long Time Beppo customer- 18 years- was looking forward to this visit as we no longer live in a town with one. Unfortunately as much as I wanted it to be great, it really fell short this visit: value, service and atmosphere.
Value- prices have gone up significantly with a basic spaghetti and meatballs now crowding $30 and $22 for a small ceasar- lettuce and croutons mind you. This must be taking a toll as the place was far from full on a Friday night. What was peculiar was even though it wasn’t busy, it took at least a half- hour to get drinks and place an order. Another 15 minutes to come back with the check to sign.
We will be back as we enjoy the food and is a family tradition, but hope this location improves and shared the same commitment we have to going, or the next trip may unfortunately be our last.
Not a restaurant suitable for just 2 people. No options for small portions. They need to indicate that it is only family style on their website. Would be a great place for 4 or more people.
Stunningly poor service. Server seemed to be working hard but couldn’t get caught up. Management seemed to be the issue and was really non-existent. Like Buca but this was brutal
Perfect. Food was better than I remembered.
There was no close parking, food was luke warm.. Not fresh tasting, wait staff was sloppy. Will not return
We went on New Years and it was crazy busy but we were seated fairly quickly (within 10 mins after our reservation time). Biggest complaint was parking, or the lack therof. Horrible. Service was excellent. Food was good except for the chocolate chip cannoli dessert...AWFUL. Cheesecake was a bit rich too. The chocolate brownie sundae was a huge hit! Delicious!!! And we love the meatballs. The flashing cups were a hit with the kids too. Overall we had a very fun and enjoyable New Years dinner and we'd do it again!
We are visiting Seattle and had bad experience with food for the first 2 days, I have been to bucca di beppo before and thinking that can't go wrong with Pizza, we ordered pizza, guess what Bucca Di Beppo managed to screw up the pizza completely. Not to mention there was a long wait even though we had made a reservation for 8:00 pm, we got our table late. There was a huge huge wait time to get our food and pizza arrived uncooked and full of dry flour, despite me being super hungry, it was the worst pizza so ever I have had so far. Costcos pizza is better than them. It was my wife's first time there and took her there on my recommendation, total let down.