Bufi

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Established in 2013 Bufi serves traditional Italian food, fresh sharing platters and authentic Neapolitan pizza from it traditional wood fired oven
What 118 People Are Saying
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London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Heart felt service from what appears to be a family owned family run business. Makes all the difference. Feel the love.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal as always. Authentic family run Italian food. Burrata ftw :-)

JG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to Bufi. The pizzas are the best around and the menu is great for families who enjoy good quality food. The staff are so friendly and attentive. We always enjoy each visit and receive s warm welcome each time. Definitely one of our favourite local restaurants

AS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been several times to this local Pizzeria and always a friendly welcome, food is tasty, service is usually attentive and overall we have enjoyed some very pleasant evenings here. Last visit, the restaurant was at capacity, and apparently 2 staff hadn't turned up for work! So, there were a few minor cracks both front & back of house, however, we still enjoyed the meal.........

t
London
15 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A pizza to die for ! (mine was Nduja), an excellent Campari Spritz (not easy to find the real thing in London), super friendly service. Can't wait to come again !!!

The only reason for 4 stars overall instead of 5 is the wine by the glass selection which I found a bit limiting, and the grappa selection - ditto a bit limiting, Nonino only.

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a relaxing evening at Bufi. Everyone enjoyed their choices of meals. Service was very good and friendly. Will definitely return.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. Friendly, good food and good service.

JZ
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is Perfect.Service frendly. I recomend Bufi for all.

M
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We liked everything especially the handsome and attentive young waiters. There was a hassle though. We booked online for 5 but when our circumstances changed I couldn’t change the booking online to a table for 4. So my daughter phoned and made the change. While we were there I received a phone call from Bufi asking whether we were coming or not! I didn’t answer as we were having lunch and I didn’t recognize the number. Then I got an email asking why we hadn’t turned up for our table for 5. I felt I had to email to explain the situation. I’m now explaining it for the second time. This is all a bit of an unnecessary hassle!!!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely neighbourhood dinner with friends and family. Great service, tasty food.

FH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service, delicious huge pizzas. Child friendly.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly owners and staff, recent change of ownership I understand. Just love the pizzas here! Some items on the menu listed on opentable aren’t available but new management seemed keen to incorporate any suggestions and they may be bringing back the 1/2 pizza 1/2 Calzone option.

TR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent starters and a good pizza for main, authentic Italian management

S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly, local Italian restaurant, convenient for the cinema

SK
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We really loved the atmosphere, seating and menu choice. We were well looked after, in fact probably too much. We weren’t left alone. Being constantly asked if we were ok, and having wine poured, made me feel uncomfortable. So many staff mingling, why weren’t we just assigned one person. That, plus my seafood pasta was too chilli hot, stopped you getting five stars. Otherwise it was very good x

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered a Panzanella salad for my starter and got a green salad . With no dressing. And radish. If you have Panzanella on your menu in an Italian restaurant, you need to know what it is. For our mains we ordered calzone and a pizza, and I have to say that it was the worst pizza I’ve ever had. The crust was thick, and was burnt on the outside and uncooked on the inside. The mozzarella hadn’t even melted; there were little cubes of it scattered in the middle. My husband’s calzone had cold ricotta in its raw, doughy inside. The tomato sauce had no flavour. On an up note, the service was pretty good, but we definitely won’t be coming back.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I'm sure their food is good, but we never got to find out; having booked online using the Opentable app, we arrived to find - an hour before their published closing time - that they hadn't consulted their online bookings, were cleaning down and had sent the pizza chef home. They were polite enough, but East Finchley at 21:30 on a Monday evening isn't exactly a gastronomy Mecca, so we were left with no alternatives except an early night.

DT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants around, and certainly the best in N2.

Great food, fantastic staff and good vibes.

RC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent proper Italian. A standout restaurant in East Finchley. Genuinely authentic Italian fare served with wit and warmth by the ever charming Mario. In the food desert that stretches northwards from the Camden this is a rare and welcome oasis.

AV
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to eat in Finchley! Would recommend the garlic bread!! Absolutely amazing!! :)

KH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an early tea with our nearly 3 year old twins. The service is always excellent and they are great with the children. Food is great and the children love the bread sticks and garlic butter and rabbit pizza...or was it a fish this time! A great venue for a family tea, dinner with friends or a meal as a couple.

CO
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I have eaten at Bufi many times in the last year or two and have always enjoyed the experience. Typically we go for pizza from their wood fired oven but we have had the occasional pasta which has also been lovely. I am happy to recommend this restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I booked BUFI on Open Table for my brother's birthday.

I have been previously and had a fine experience.

When we arrived my husband took the birthday cake to the manager I believe and was told "You didn't tell us about the cake". The manager then proceeded to say "what do you want me to do with it" I had to walk over and said I specified birthday when I booked on Open Table. I was taken aback because I had read reviews where people had had birthdays there. I didn't think bringing a cake would be such an issue.

I was then told there would be a cover charge of a pound per person. I said fine.

At the end of the dinner the cake was brought out lit with candles and we sang Happy Birthday. So it turned out fine in the end but the earlier experience made me feel a bit uneasy.

B
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is consistently excellent, but we went early on a Sunday evening and there were a couple of items not available on the menu. This was a shame because the friends we were with asked for them! They did choose alternatives which they thoroughly enjoyed!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

food was nice, service friendly and prompt, there are good size tables so not squashed. The only negative was that the gluten free pizza was not available and as it was a Saturday evening you would think it should be but GF pasta was available.

O
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I went to Bufi a few times now, and every single meal and bite was very much enjoyable. I recommend this restaurant to everybody who loves Italian food or simply a hearty plate of pasta and a good glass of wine. A meal at Bufis fits every occasion and in this cozy restaurant you can't help but feel comfortable and like in Nonna's kitchen.

t
London
16 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite Italian/pizza in N.London. And that is saying something, as there are loads of ristoranti around here ..

CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really lovely local authentic Italian restaurant; food great and service excellent

t
London
16 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't had such good pizza for some time. And that is saying something as competition is stiff in Finchley and surrounding areas - there are loads of good Italian restaurants. The staff were super friendly and I even got some extra grappa - just what I need :) Will definitely come back for more, and hopefully soon !

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Empty apart from us . Food good. Service Good. The one toilet not working.
Seemed to have run out of some things.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent value, notable for its very friendly service.

S
London
93 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good value & great pizza / pasta place in East Finchley
Good service & nice ambience

KH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an early tea with our 22 month old twins and the service and food was perfect for a family with young children. The rabbit shaped pizza when down a storm with the children and the service was very attentive and flexible without being intrusive. Whilst slightly more expensive than your standard Pizza Express type family meal it's definitely worth it and I would recommend for a family meal.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Very average tasting food. Garlic bread had no flavour nor did the garlic butter that went with the dough sticks
The roasted vegetable salad was bulked up with salad green. The smallest of slithers of roasted vegetables. Tasteless mozzarella.
Really disappointed.
Wouldn't go back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

pizza with goats cheese and sausage about £12 but best pizza ive ever had

HS
London
25 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Always attentive lovely service. Pizzas are good but could have been a little crispier on the crust. Nice relaxed atmosphere!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Took my girlfriend hear for our 5 year anniversary. We were treated very quickly and were taken to a table. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The food was served quickly and was delicious. Great range of food and was recommended meals too. Wonderful place to eat.

s
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was good they catered well! But very expensive, and not t worth the value.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for the first time with a group of friends. We will definitely come again! Excellent pizzas with great quality dough and ingredients including specialty cheeses! Very filling and not expensive, and the food comes out fast! The ambience is just right for being able to hear eachother talk, but with nice background music. So it would be great for a book club or business meeting as well.

m
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Bufi is one of our neighbourhood restaurants that my husband and I have been meaning to try for some time now. The food was good. I had one of the specials - the crab ravioli which was satisfying. My husband had a very nice looking pizza. It was quite substantial. The house wine was good too. The atmosphere was casual and friendly. A good place to catch up with friends or a casual date night before a movie.

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