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Osteria La Buca

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Neighborhood:
Hollywood
Italian, Pizza, Pasta
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5210 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3145 (Wilton)
(323) 462-1900
Today
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Down-home classic Italian menu in the heart of the studio district

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely, intimate restaurant

This restaurant was recomended by a friend that lives in LA. Glad we went, as it was one of the better dinners we had on this trip to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. It is a smallish restaurant, although plenty of room because of the seating upstairs. The upstairs was cozy, with a delightful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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New Orleans
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New Orleans
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This restaurant was recomended by a friend that lives in LA. Glad we went, as it was one of the better dinners we had on this trip to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. It is a smallish restaurant, although plenty of room because of the seating upstairs. The upstairs was cozy, with a delightful fireplace making it feel very intimate.... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Attended a function at the Paramount lot and decided to find something to eat within walking distance of the studio. That's how I found Osteria La Buca. The place was already thronging with late afternoon diners so I had to take a seat at the bar--something I rarely do, however, I was hungry. There's a lot to recommend. The food... More 

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Benicia, California
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66 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My sister in law that lives in LA recommended this place. Excellent! We started with the Crispy Brussels sprouts. Awesome with a poached egg on top. I had the rigatoni, my wife had the ravioli and my sister in law had the dunderri ricci. I tasted all of them and they were all the best (the rigatoni was really the... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Visited twice during our three day stay in LA. Italian cuisine done right with excellent ingredients. Nice selection of wines and beers. Seems to get a bit loud later in the evening. Friendly and well informed service staff. Highly recommended!

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Great food, lovely service staff and location is perfect for diners from Hollywood Historic Hotel. Pork chop is amazing - and huge! Ravioli was perfectly done. Only took. Rating star away because it took quite some time to be seated - it was a busy night though and that didn't take away from the experience as a whole

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Las Vegas, NV
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Nice friendly bar where drinks are served in mason jars. We had already eaten but the menu offer fresh organic ingredient entrees in decent potions. The food smelled and looked delicious. Bartenders were pleasant and service-minded. The decor is open airy and a little industrial looking. Prices were moderate.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I went here as a business dinner while traveling and it was the perfect choice. Although we were a party of 3 there was the option to sit at the bar for dinner which we all noted is a great option when traveling solo. The music was a bit loud but overall I couldn't recommend this restaurant enough. Possibly the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I ate way too much because it was all so good!! The food is really tasty and there's options you won't get anywhere else - highly recommend it. It's not the cheapest place in town - but it's Los Angeles - most places are not cheap - it's also not horribly expensive as far as that goes.

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Hammond, Indiana
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

the food was great the service was courteous and attentive. Real awesome Italian cuisine. the atmosphere was just right relaxing and unique fresh bread made with. Rosemary and a course grain bread but good. pappardelle Bolognese was delicious and servings servings were plentiful.

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Heber City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Went here on good feed back from friends and family but was seriously "blown away" by the Amazing fresh, clean tasting food. Everything from the salads, to the sausages, pizzas and pasta's were absolutely outstanding and the service was top notch as well. I could eat here three times a week and highly recommend this place and probably one of... More 

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Additional Information about Osteria La Buca

Address: 5210 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3145
Phone Number: (323) 462-1900
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Hollywood
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5210 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3145
    (Wilton)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Hollywood
  • Neighborhood: Hollywood
  • Phone Number: (323) 462-1900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Down-home classic Italian menu in the heart of the studio district
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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