We went there for my daughters birthday and had a large group of 12. We had 4 kids under 5, so it being loud and packed was actually good for us. Our kids were able to be loud and sometimes cry and it didn't disrupt the atmosphere.
I wouldn't expect to go here and have a quiet, romantic dinner. The place is loud, the servings are huge, and the place is packed.
The apple gorgonzola salad, chicken marsala, and chicken saltimboca were above average, while the fruti di mare, sausage arribatta, and garlic bread were average. The portions were huge and we went home with a lot of food.
They had a gluten free menu, but the only things on the menu were meat and salad dishes. They didn't have any gluten free pasta, which was disapointing. The Buca web page doesn't list the gluten free menu and stated that we should contact the local location to get one. I emailed them a week before our reservation to get a gluten free menu sent to me and never received one. The two gluten free people in our party had plenty to eat, but we think they could have done a better job. The Chianti Grill in Roseville does a much better job of having gluten free italian options, so Buca's could do better.
Our waitress and service was very good, and probably the highlight of the night.
I forget how much it costs to go here. We ended up dropping $25 a person, and that included having 4 kids only get kids meals. It's probably closer to $35-$40 an adult. At that price going to I Nonni, Chianti Grill, or Broders might be a better option.
Overall it was a good experience and we would probably go back with a large, loud group.
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