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Buddy's Italian Restaurant

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626 E Lewis St, Pocatello, ID 83201-5863
208-233-1172
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Quirky Italian diner

So, it looks like a serious greasy spoon when you first enter, but the service & food were very good. The price was reasonable and it was a very pleasant supper with friends. I would recommend this place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 17, 2015
happy_go_lucky_guy
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Lewiston, Idaho
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Sandy, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Buddy's is a landmark restaurant in Pocatello and this was our second visit there. My wife has the clam fettucine alfredo and I enjoyed spaghetti and meatballs. The garlic cheese bread was a little soft and not crunchy as I like it, but the salad, with their trademark house dressing, was cool and crisp. We split a quarter salad that... More 

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Thank Steven K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Good food, large portions for the price. Owner is usually there during service, staff is young but they seem to be well managed. Don't be fooled by the building and location, the food is well worth it. Certainly better than eating at a gas station.

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Thank antony N
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

Over priced pasta served in a crampt, dingy bad excuse for a resturant. For some reason people rave about the salad...I found it to be vile. This is the one place in Pocatello that should be shut down by the health department gor undanitary cooking practices.

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Rexburg, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Buddy's is the best. I love the salad, rigatoni and meatballs. Great service for a small Resturant. The best Italian in Pocatello.

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Thank WRHCON
Lewiston, Idaho
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

So, it looks like a serious greasy spoon when you first enter, but the service & food were very good. The price was reasonable and it was a very pleasant supper with friends. I would recommend this place.

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Thank happy_go_lucky_guy
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We really enjoyed the Buddy's salad and pizza. Lots of garlic, but we really enjoyed it. We went with a large group and they were very accommodating.

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Thank Becky P
boise, United States
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

Best part about this place is the sign. The food was over cooked the salad wasn't great and somehow I spent almost 40 dollars on dinner for myself with just one drink. Needless to say I want go back especially to an Italian place that can't cook a simple spaghetti and meatballs.

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Thank Owen Y
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

The food was ok. I could probably make something very similar at home. If your from the east coast or visit the east coast, it's not anything like the Italian there.

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Thank WHRVA
Pocatello, Idaho
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

We used to eat from here all the time but lately it hasn't been good. Buddy's is known for their salad and we used to love it. I don't know what has changed but it isn't very good any more. And we gave it a 2nd try but still the same result. It was also an hour before closing but... More 

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Thank Kelly B
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

A common sayin around Pocatello is "I have Buddy's breathe". That is a good thing because that means you have been to Buddy's for Italian food, pizza and their classic house salad. They are kind of known for their pizza and spaghtti and meatball subs, but mostly for their salad : iceberg lettuce cut up and marinated for a bit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 626 E Lewis St, Pocatello, ID 83201-5863
  • Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Pocatello
  • Phone Number: 208-233-1172

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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