Osteria La Buca

4.8
1347 reviews
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Italian
Osteria la Buca is located on Melrose Ave, two blocks East of Paramount Studios on the edge of Hollywood. We celebrate the gift that is Southern California produce and grass roots Italian cooking. We have a focused list of Italian and California wines and offer a full bar specializing in boutique spirits from around the world. All of our pastas are prepared on premise daily. We represent handmade, local and farm fresh traditions. We welcome all to gather around our tables.

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The Infatuation
8.2

A classic neighborhood spot, with pasta worth driving across the city for.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and service. Our salads, where top notch. Order the Beef Tartar , it is unreal!

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C
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE the food, pasta is amazing, pork chop is the BEST!

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m
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to the restaurant from the time when there were only 2 or 3 tables, some 20years now. The quality of the food is always consistent, delicious, and the service is outstanding. We always feel right at home at La Buca. In fact, anytime we have out of towners visiting or when we get together with friends, this is where we meet for a good reasonable meal.

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D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Portion sizes are pretty but small. Wine bottle prices are a bit top heavy and if you like to ask for your food to be prepared in a special way, expect to hear your waiter tell you that the chef is strict and surprisingly unwilling to accommodate special requests. Sure, it's a hipster spot, but I wouldn't go back there if I were too hungry,

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RH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tables upstairs are much quieter- downstairs can be loud. Food and service were excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibes & amazing pasta

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L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and pleasant atmosphere. Would recommend it

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food needed just a pinch of salt

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so damn good. Great service. Playing was beautiful. Wine recommendations were on point. Server had sommelier level knowledge. The chocolate mouse- like dessert was divine. Best Osteria in Hollywood for sure.

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria La Buca was amazing! I recently spent a couple moths in Florence and I fell in love with Italian cuisine! I tried a couple of different places upon arriving home in LA and none of them were quite right until this place. It exceeded my expectations and the staff were very sweet and accommodating for the meal. I would definitely recommend this to any person who wants to try authentic Italian food. I am definitely coming back here more than once!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience. Servers were knowledgeable and kind. Front desk was very helpful when they called to confirm appt. Food was really good. Special night made so by a special restaurant!

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the Buca, however we were seated right under the speakers, but I'm a little sensitive to noise.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing... the food... the wine... the service... everything is A+

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m
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for my girlfriends birthday. They seated us a few minutes early. I love Italian food and let me say the food was absolutely delicious. They brought out desert with a candle just as I ask for when I made the reservation. The place itself is very cool. The lighting is pretty cool. The second floor has a nice view of the whole restaurant with a fireplace. The staff was very welcoming. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, Sarah our server was the best, pasta aldente' as it should be.

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, excellent service and delicious food made for a perfect night. Not a place to spend hours, as it is a busy restaurant and there are people waiting. Will definitely go back.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful natural wines. Great food. Overall exceptional experience.

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the food to our beautiful waitress, it was an amazing experience. incredible food with amazing service! Will be back

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place and the beautiful and cozy atmosphere. Nothing beats a bowl of fresh pasta and wine to comfort you any day of the week!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice and delicious - loved the fireplace!

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CM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, ambiance...we loved it! Can't wait to go back again.

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G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I can’t understand why this restaurant has five stars. The waitress was lovely but we got our appetizers before our drinks and my Cosmo was undrinkable. The food was mediocre at best and there were very few options for gluten free starters. We won’t go Back!

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CD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Cool environment that very nice but not too fancy.

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S
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistently yummy and great service! My faves...the pork meatball appetizer, the farm greens salad, the AMAZING brussel sprouts and the BEST pasta "Caccio Pepe" EVER!

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C
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Pork Chop ever! Great pasta, entire menu is excellent. Service is great, and very friendly staff. Good cocktials, too.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in LA hands down

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g
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

service need to improve love the place love the food friendly staff

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved my experience here

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DA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were given I nicely located table with a view. Great food and service ... not rushed.

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TH
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tomahawk Pork chop and the Chocolate Mousse dessert are over the top

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PJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. We will be back again.

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SW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great vibe for date night. Definitely would recommend!

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SF
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was off the charts good. This was my first time for dinner but brunch is great as well. We sat on stools against a mirrored wall due to flooding, so it wasn’t as relaxing as it could have been. Not their fault. But service definitely could have been better. I give them a pass because the food was really that good. I will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s/ Anniversary

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JS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great valentine’s day date. She had the bolognese pasta and enjoyed it. I had the steak and frites and it was fantastic. Ordered a classic pizza with prosciutto for an appetizer, also really good stuff.

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Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing. We ordered the meatballs, carbonara, and bolognese. Cocktails were great too! Will definitely come back!!

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CC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Osteria La Buca. Been coming here for years and they have figured out how to keep things fresh but familiar. One of our favorite date night out spots.

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U
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Why too noisy. Table and chair against a door with a handle seemed an after thought.
Very uncomfortable. Won't go back

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service & super cute space. Had such a great time.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal here!

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