Ristorante La Buca

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882 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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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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TA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner, the food was so delicious and the servers were engaging and funny.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and drinks are only outshined by the impeccable service. You feel like family when you are there.

S
Philadelphia
106 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you need an elevator go into the building through the medical business door. It is easy. Food is wonderful. Drinks are generous. Oyster were very fresh. Loved the soup and linguini with white clam sauce. Excellent creme brûlée. Staff is very efficient and check in the perfect amount of times. They knew we were not in a hurry so allowed us extra time but did not drag things out. Very happy. Will go again.

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tommy provides excellent service. Food is always delicious.

ES
Philadelphia
177 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Looking for spectacular gnocchi, try the potato gnocchi. Soft as little pillows and the sauce is to live for, the "Mary" salad is great. The service is great and the servers are most friendly. We are regulars there and our family -14- of us, will celebrate thanksgiving there on Saturday. Can't wait.

VL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

very nice food, large portions so we ordered a lil too much but i suggest using groupon for discounts!

F
Atlantic City
82 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent. Best restaurant in the area. Delicious food, fabulous service, easy to have conversation. True Italian dining.

P
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic evening as always. Delicious, great atmosphere. Quiet, Comfortable. Great decorations on walls, and large space between tables.

P
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was very helpful.
As well as entertaining.
Enjoyed the evening

RS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was delicious, but overpriced. Having the Groupon helped. Service was wonderful. Ambiance was a little drab.

b
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Had not been to LaBuca in awhile, but was in city for a conference and waited to make Saturday night reservation. Was nice to return; I recognized our waiter, and he was helpful. We all had veal and was a good meal. I think the waiter had the entire room, so service was a bit slow, but we were not in a hurry.

A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience1

Very expensive and food was not good.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food good seated in room alone no other guest

MM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Had reservations and waited 10 min to be treated and that was after chasing someone down.

Waiter had bad attitude and poor service.

Not good experience

AF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and nice atmosphere.

s
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A great dining experience for all ages. Unique and modern flavor combinations with old world service and atmosphere. You feel special being in this hidden gem of a restaurant before you are even served. Waitstaff is personable, welcoming, and gracious. Savor every minute.

CD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We really enjoyed the scallops and swordfish. Check out the radicio salad.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

I read the reviews and they seemed great so maybe we went on an off night? Hostess very nice, sat in the back room and lighting so bright, waiter took forever to come over and when he did he said you ready? No hello, no offering of specials and he kept looking off to the hallway like we were interrupting him? We asked if pasta came with veal and he said everything comes with vegetables no exceptions! So we had to ask to order a side of pasta. Caesar salad didn't have Caesar dressing it tasted like bland Italian. Food took forever to come we had to ask him to check on it. Food nothing special, salmon wasn't cooked enough and veal and chicken parm were just ok. We were not planning on taking left overs which was a good thing as he didn't ask if we wanted it to go.

f
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Not a good choice if you have somewhere to be after, such as the theater. Service is, shall we say, quite leisurely. Food is good and fresh, but nothing exceptional.

E
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Servers in the old world tradition, Very helpful in explaining the seasonings and describing the various dishes. This is a great place and what Italian food is all about.

PM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

I didn't realize that La Buca was in the basement of a building, so my first impression of La Buca was somewhat claustrophobic.

The waiter who took our order wasn't particularly friendly. He gave me the impression that he wanted to take our order as quickly as possible and get to another table. And after he took our order, we never saw him again, until I had to track him down to get our check. He never even bothered to check how our food was, or to see if we wanted another glass of wine.

The food was mediocre. My wife and I ordered the pear salad for appetizers. The pear salad barely had any blue cheese or walnuts. For entrees, my wife ordered the veal scallopini, and I ordered the veal parmigiana. Both were ok, but nothing to get excited about. They both came with ordinary sautéed vegetables, and a dollop of corn meal.

Our bill came to around $90. Not that expensive, but we've had much better meals for that price.

WR
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent. We will definitely be back! Thanks

DG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite spot in the city, great food and service and I can hear the folks I am dining with.

T
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

If you like Italian dishes and/or fish dishes you'll be hard to find better.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Birthday. The staff was overworked but did the best they could. Bar tender had to do triple service as host, bar tender, and waiter. I am guessing service staff would be more adequate on a night other than Monday.

EP
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Authentic Italian Food. Nice old school Italian Restaurant. With also nice service.

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and outstanding cuisine. We loved it!

p
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The scallops are amazing. perfectly cooked, and the service is great. hadn't eaten there in a while, but will be back soon!

SJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our second time and we simply love the food and the atmosphere. Our server recognized us and treated us like long time friends! Excellent!

GE
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Have eaten here many times and it is a favorite place for us. This night, it was awful. My son asked for the wine list, new waiter said he didn’t have one, but did he want a $40, $50, or $60 bottle? My son said he wasn’t going to choose a wine that way. Later the waiter brought us a list of 7-8 bottles, no prices. Just generic descriptions.
For dinner 2 of us ordered theMediterranean Salad, which I’ve had many times. It’s a Caesar salad piled high with fresh seafood. Ours last night was dark greens which my husband cannot eat, and apples cut up. No seafood in sight. I told the waiter and after about 15 minutes, he came back with a skimpy portion of seafood on top of the same dark greens, no Caesar salad in sight. By this time the others at our table had almost finished their dinner so we just ate the top layer of seafood and left the salad.
A big disappointment. Have eaten here over 30 times but this visit really soured us.

MC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Before theater meal was delicious. Crab and shrimp topped tilapia perfectly prepared.

ES
Philadelphia
177 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good place to relax and enjoy good service (Alfredo) good food (pesto, shrimp, capellini). Very good.

O
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Our favorite stop when going to the theater and it fantastic as usual. See you on our next trip.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent.

d
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our third time and outstanding as usual!! Such a hidden gem

E
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We went very early for dinner. I didn’t want to eat too heavy so I ordered three appetizers. It was perfect!
The room was nice and quiet (that’s what we like- at 5:00 you get that)! The jumbo shrimp were cold, crisp and deliciously tasteful. Next came the fresh, crisp, garlicky Cesar salad. I loved the fact that it was nice and cold, it was just made. The langoustines were grilled and delicious. My meal ended with an excellent cup of decaf cappuccino, such good flavor(even though it was decaf). Wonderful meal. My husband had excellent spinach and cheese crepes and crab cakes. They were the only part of the meal we would not order again. (Not jumbo lump crabmeat) Too mushy, poor consistency. Oh, my husband’s chocolate mousse was very good (with fresh whipped cream).

ES
Philadelphia
177 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A really comfortable restaurant with good good and great staff.

D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Classic old-school Italian with excellent service, great food and a quiet atmosphere.

P
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another perfect evening at La Bucca. Couldnt be better.

S
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

One of our go to restaurants. Food is always good, service is pleasant and professional and most important, it's a quiet place for grown ups to have a good meal and talk to each other.