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643 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1610 (Hamilton)
+1 650-329-0665
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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New Providence, NJ
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149 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This reminds me of Carmine's in NYC. Meals are meant to be family style and the menu is great! Kids got specialty drinks in flashing cups, so they were thrilled! We ordered a chicken limone, which was almost inedible. It's basically cheap frozen chicken with a sauce. The chicken was not trimmed at all, so we ended up having to... More 

Thank santaluvsme
bucalove, Guest Relations Manager at Buca di Beppo, responded to this review

Thanks for reaching out to address your concerns. We have contacted the management team to make them aware of the food quality of the chicken limone you've experienced from this location, as there is always room for improvement! We hope to see you again real soon! More 

Tulalip, Washington
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

My son really wanted to go here after playing baseball against Stanford (he's with OSU and we won). Very busy with multiple sports team but got in sooner than projected. We sat outside to wait and they texted me to come inside to be seated. Nice, basic meal.

Thank KAtwood21
San Mateo, California
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169 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Food is just average but the atmosphere is festive and if you've got large (un-discerning) group, so for it. Very very loud.

Thank SHADDACalifornia
bucalove, Guest Relations Manager at Buca di Beppo, responded to this review

Ciao! I am so happy to hear you had a great time at Buca di Beppo! We pride ourselves in delivering great service, food, and overall fun dining atmosphere, (we do apologies it was too loud). Thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon! More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Everyone was so nice. We had a large group and the food didn't even take long! The servers were very nice and the food was delicious, in particular we loved the Eggplant Chicken Parmesana and this spicy pasta dish that I can't remember what it was called but was so good...

Thank Olivia Valeria B
Porto Alegre, RS
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114 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

The place is amazing! Different from other "Italian restaurants" around, this one makes you feel like you're in Italy. The entrance is through the kitchen - really nice! The food is impeccable and the staff really friendly! Approved.

Thank rfmilanez
Manila, Philippines
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

I loved their pepperoni pizza. Interesting ambiance and I love that one goes through the kitchen to get to the restaurant.

Thank 257teresa101
San Francisco, California
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163 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

What are you willing to suffer through for your teenagers and 100 of their best friends? Apparently I had to suffer through Buca. Service was just horrific, slow, disorganized and .....just unspeakable. Who brings dessert and dumps it on the table before clearing dishes from dinner?(btw no one cleared after appetizers either) Who puts huge carts of dirty dishes next... More 

Thank JVDZ7
San Francisco, California
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

if you like italian food give this place a try you will be glad you did. lunch is not as busy as dinner, i had the lasagna and pizza and it was great but whatever you do don't leave without trying garlic bread uuuuu uuuu..

Thank intudamalu
Palo Alto, California
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122 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Unfortunately, that's about the best I can say for the place. Great for a large, kids party. Too noisy, too cramped, dark, and claustrophobic. My meatballs, were large, but buried under too much sauce, to find out how they tasted. Stuffed mushrooms were cold, flavorless. Our server did her best, in fact we had no problem being seated,but she was... More 

Thank sirmeandt
bucalove, Guest Relations Manager at Buca di Beppo, responded to this review

We are truly sorry to hear about your experience at our Palo Alto location. Our service and food quality should remain consistent in all of our locations nationwide. We would really like a chance to make things right. If you could please respond to my private message we will reach out to you. More 

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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

I went there for my birthday with three friends. I made reservations ahead and the restaurant wasn't busy when I arrived. It appeared not to have enough help. They serve family style meals so lots of large groups and parties. No bussers so the waitstaff are constantly on the go. We had to ask many times for water refills, silverware... More 

Thank Kelley S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 30
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 643 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1610
  • Public Transportation: We are very close to the Palo Alto BART station.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-329-0665
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.

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