About Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto
Buca di Beppo serves authentic Italian cuisine in an eclectic, vintage setting. Our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by everyone at the table. Two sizes are available: BUCA SMALL feeds two or more and BUCA LARGE feeds four or more. At Buca, guests delight in our lively atmosphere, enjoy the classic tunes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and admire our decor, including family photos and candid shots of Italian-American icons, such as Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio. Our energetic atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff make Buca di Beppo the perfect place for great Italian food and fun.
Italian, American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Our full menu is available for Buca To Go and Delivery. If you're hosting a special occasion or group event at your home, office or a local area reception hall, Buca To Go or Buca Delivery is the perfect choice. Our friendly & professional staff will assist you with your order, arrange a specific pick-up time for Buca To Go or deliver your order ($25 delivery fee applies to deliveries). Plates, napkins, eating & serving utensils and condiments are included. No minimum purchase required. Please allow 3 hours for same-day delivery and call for questions/details about our delivery service area
There is a 3-level parking garage directly behind us at City Hall. It is free of charge but fills up quickly on weekends.
We are very close to the Palo Alto BART station.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, planning a business dinner or having a night out with family and friends, Buca di Beppo is your answer to one fabulous group dining experience! Buca serves authentic Italian family-style meals in an eclectic, vintage setting. Our knowledgeable staff will help organize and plan your group event or meetings with diverse lunch or dinner banquet packages - ideal for groups of 20 or more. Private and semi-private rooms are available.
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From Buca's delicious, Italian cuisine to the fun and festive atmosphere, we know how to have a good time! Our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by everyone at the table. We can accommodate any event or budget, from business occasions to casual family affairs.
Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto Ratings and Reviews
Sat so close to next table. Could only h ...
Sat so close to next table. Could only hear their conversation with someone pontificating the whole time. Way too expensive. Had $20 off coupon, still cost over $80 for 2 with I glass of wine, and 1 soft drink. Good for large parties, not designed for 2.
Dependable quality Italian food. Couldn' ...
Dependable quality Italian food. Couldn't fault it. Unfortunately the service completely let the place down. We had a reservation for 7:45pm, arrived 5 minutes later and it took almost 20 minutes to get us seated. The maître d' was on the phone and took another phone call before even talking to us, one of which was a lengthy reservation that she for some reason attempted to do on speaker phone in a very noisy restaurant, leaning into the phone and shouting.
When we did get attention, she complained that "the computer is frozen, I can't do anything" and just yelled for a co-worker. 5 minutes and more yelling later the co-worker appeared and asked why she didn't call her over sooner. She said that she did, but the co-worker pointed out that she was wearing a headset and why didn't she call via that. Wonderful
We were seated by 8:10pm and were promptly ignored. Flagged down a bus boy who found our waiter. Drinks order placed. Drinks arrived and order placed. ~8:50pm, order arrived, but no serving ware and no individual plates (all the food arrives in the middle - a good system). We had to pick at the food with our forks from the serving bowls. 9pm, no individual plates. Flagged down a busboy who said our waiter would come. He didn't. Flagged down another waiter who rather than bringing us some plates decided to go find our own waiter. She found him eventually an our plates arrived. 9:15pm and we can start to eat the (now almost cold) food.
9:40pm and we're finished. We order another glass of wine from our now very attentive waiter (who to his credit checked in on us several times after his first failures). 10pm - wine didn't arrive. I went looking for the waiter at the bar area but he was nowhere to be found. Asked around and he eventually turned up and said the bar is slow on drinks tonight. Really? Bar was empty when we went looking.
Sorry guys, this is not what expect. Our second visit will be our last. Shame since the food is divine.
First impression with host wasn't good a ...
First impression with host wasn't good at all, it took them almost 15 min to seat us. The food wasn't the best and service could have been better. I do want to give credit to the server he did the best he could considering he didn't had no help and looked like he was serving al the tables around us.KUDOS for the server although not for the rest of the team.
We had a very disappointing meal here. ...
We had a very disappointing meal here. Although I had made a reservation they put us at a table that was in the main thoroughfare to the upstairs kitchen. The waiters were squeezing behind the chairs of two of our party and the chairs of the next table to access the entire right side of the poorly laid out dining room.
When we asked to move we were told that the other tables all had prior reservations placed on them. During the course of our meal, the table that was next to us, and would have been much more comfortable for us and the wait staff, never filled with customers.
The final encounter with our waitress, was her letting us know that there would be a large party arriving in the next 20 minutes, and to keep that in mind, implying, " Hurry up and eat, so you aren't bothered by the waiters squeezing past your table to serve them."
For a restaurant that prides itself on family style dining and atmosphere we were treated not like family, but like a nuisance.
Our food did not arrive at the same time ...
Our food did not arrive at the same time. One child's dinner came out 15 minutes late. We ordered mussels and they were dry as a bone and small. The chicken parm for kids was too bready.
The portions for 2 would serve four so there was way too much food.
Took server 20 minutes to greet us at ou ...
Took server 20 minutes to greet us at our table. Had to ask 3 times for lemon, more water, and a refill on iced tea. Celebrated 3 birthdays and waitstaff were very lackluster in the celebration. Food was not great. Bland white sauce, chicken seemed old. Won't be going back anytime soon.
Table was seriously cramped and then ove ...
Table was seriously cramped and then overloaded by the server (not just food, but cake boxes, to go containers, pizza stands) to the point where we couldn't see people seated directly across from each other. Not an excellent experience.
This was a great restaurant to take litt ...
This was a great restaurant to take little kids and my elderly mother to. We were seated right away and service was very quick although the restaurant supervisor did most of the work instead of the waitress. The food was good for what was expected - this is not a fine dining restaurant but a nice place for people to get together. They did well accommodating my mother with seating. Nothing was dirty, everything we needed was brought to us without asking and we had a nice time.
We were enticed to return to Buca with a ...
We were enticed to return to Buca with a lasagna week promotion. It turns out that their lasagna is absolutely delicious! It included a band of meat as one of the layers. We put on some oregano to make it even tastier.
Very disappointing experience. Party of ...
Very disappointing experience. Party of 8-waiter spilled wine bottle on floor and continued serving it to us-poor HYGIENE-only lost about a glass of wine but the fact that the top of the bottle touched the floor and the server did not nothing about it we found to be disgusting-makes you wonder about the kitchen food standards. The server refused to get us another bottle so we simply did not drink the wine. We ordered a ton of food (we love their leftovers) but none of it was served hot-some was actually cold. Server was extremely inattentive and treated us like he was doing us a favor-we brought guests who had never been to the restaurant who said they are definitely NEVER going back! It will be a long time before we do too. We were celebrating my son's graduation from law school and therefore just made the best out of a bad situation. I left three messages in the past month for the manager to call me back but have never received a return call. TOTAL waste of $340!
Last few experiences have been underwhel ...
Last few experiences have been underwhelming. Service has been particularly slow and the food has been average. We always seem to see new staff so it seems like a lot of turnover. We probably will not be back, especially with so many good Italian places to eat.
Bring your family! Or friends. Coworkers. A big group of 4 or more in general. The plates are huge! Small 2-3 or large 5 available. Loved the shrimp florentine linguine, stuffed shells with minced spicy sausage and spinach, and cheesy garlic bread! Make a reservation just in case. They don't give out a birthday dessert but the whole crew will sing to the special guest. Sign up for coupon emails! You'll get something for your bday.
Not this Buca Di Beppo
Staff member requested birthday lunch at Buca Di Beppo. We have often eaten at the SF spot. Our boss questions the choice as he seemed to remember a past visit that didn't go so well. Well he was spot on. As we approached I started to recall, yes I think we made a mistake. While you enter through the kitchen, which is a little odd, a greeting from one of the 4 staff members could have made it a little less awkward. Noticed for a lunch hour there was only one other patron in the place which made it more confusing when it took forever for our order to be taken. Requested Salad first, which was forgotten. I asked for my plate to be kept warm while I ate my salad then my boss had to go look for our server to get my meal. Everyone else had finished. 10 more minutes later plates were remove, take home containers asked for, THEN other 10 before we were able to request our bill. Good thing we allowed two hours for lunch. If it was busy, I could understand. When your the only ones in the place, well that's bad service. Oh, again leaving through the kitchen, NOT ONE employee said thank you for coming, hope you enjoyed your meal as we marched on by. I don't think we will forget why we will not be returning to this place again.
Great Food but Service is Slow
This is nor our first visit nor is it the first time that there has been a significant delay in getting our food. They always seem to have an excuse but 30 minutes between salad and the main course is a wait. We love the food especially the Chicken Saltimbocca and Green Beans. Please bring back the Pasta Basilico. If you ask they try but its not he same.
I probably wouldn't go on a Saturday nig ...
I probably wouldn't go on a Saturday night again. We were always trying to look for our server. We had to ask several times for silverware, a plate, missing drink, and an extra to go bag. She never came around to refill our water. Service just wasn't that great on this night. Any other night when they aren't as busy is a lot better than a Saturday night.
The portion sizes are good and the flavo ...
The portion sizes are good and the flavors are there. However, the kitchen needs to improve on getting food out in a timely manner. One of our dishes was lukewarm and another cold, as if it had been sitting there for a while waiting for everything else. With reservations, we still had to wait 30 minutes because the restaurant didn't have tables available.
Lots of food and tasty, too!
It was my birthday, and being a member of Buca's e-club, I got a $20 off coupon! My wife & I are fond of various chicken dishes at Buca, including the Chicken Parmagiana, the Chicken Saltimbocca, and the Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken. Well worth the money!
Fantastic Spot for Big Groups and Birthday Parties
The food here is excellent - very excellent. The mixed green salad with the prosciutto and Gorgonzola is super delicious, as is the Chicken Limone (essentially their version of Chicken Piccata).
The restaurant is loud, but it adds to the festive atmosphere. Best to go in a large group, as the dishes are served family style and are very generous portions.
Too Loud and poor service
Music was super loud, and the volume control button on the wall was not working. Our waiter must have been new. He was slow and keep taking our plates away while eating.
The customer service is very poor, and the place is quite run down. They should update their restaurant.
2nd meal at the location
This was the 2nd time we dined at this location and it will be out last. Although the service was great, the food was not.
My husband asked why I would want to dine here when I cook way better than what we were served? Obviously because I wanted to eat out and not cook on Valentine's day but I understand his question. I am not a chef, I do cook and bake a lot, and I expect a restaurant to serve better food than what we received.
I will give our server Daniel 5+ stars. He was friendly, fast, and polite. He did his job performance perfectly.
Also, the girls in the kitchen were having inappropriate conversation. We were there right when the restaurant opened, it was quiet and we could hear everything they were talking about. This is not how I want my kids, husband and myself to dine.
Anyway, the food was blah, our table was super small for 4 people, so therefore we will not be back.
This is a great place for a group. The food was excellent. The wait staff can certainly benefit from more training especially when it comes to opening a bottle of wine and pouring. The busser was so loud when he was clearing the tables. It was distracting.
I think management might be overwhelmed. The SF location is busier but seems to be able to deal with difficult situations.
Ordinarily Buca is a favorite go to for ...
Ordinarily Buca is a favorite go to for some great comfort food and a fun experience. While our server was really personable and lively, he didn't deliver the food. We waited a half an hour for our calamari appetizer, but wait he brought our salad first. Finally the calamari came. We waited over an hour for our entres. Last, the AC was really pumped up. Outside the weather was mild. Inside was freezing. Anyway of course I will go back. Just hope the experience will be better.
What huge meatballs you have!
As members of Buca's e-club, I occasionally get enticing offers, and their one-day half-off spaghetti special was too tempting to pass up. We got the spaghetti and meatballs, and when they say meatballs, they mean MEATBALLS...they're not only huge, but they're quite tasty, too.
Great Food and Atmosphere
I've been to Buca di Beppo in Palo Alto several times and it's never a disappointment. The server's are always very patient/friendly and professional. They provide helpful suggestions on new menu items as well. The food is ALWAYS excellent and I love looking at ALL of the pictures they have up on their walls. It was wonderful that they were open on Christmas day as it's always a homey place to dine.
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