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“amazing food, great service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante La Buca

Ristorante La Buca
711 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3525 (City Center East)
215-928-0556
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Ranked #612 of 3,786 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Between 7th & 8th
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“amazing food, great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

The food at La Buca was amazing. We were a party of 25 people and all raved about their food. I know how difficult it is to prepare that many different entrees to all be served at one time and it was all hot and delicious. We sat at the bar afterwards and the bartender was extremely attentive and poured the liquor very generously! Will definitely return.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Bucks County, PA
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Good choice for Italian near Walnut St. Theater”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

In the hunt for a good meal we've tried a number of restaurants within a reasonable walk to the theater and are pleased with this find. Very fresh and well prepared seafood (soft shell crabs sauteed lightly, branzino, and even raw selections of shell fish). The waitstaff is friendly and family oriented, very focused on getting us on time to our play. The buffalo mozzerella and tomatoes was perfect (both fresh), and desserts the old standards but well prepared and enjoyed by all. Nice portions (too big to finish plates of pasta, an entire fish for the branzino, and Italian sized portion of lightly fried and very tender calamari) served with small sides (but adequate). The 3 generations (our standard for these pre-theater dinner) were all pleased (no easy task) and quite intent on returning. Although the decor is dated, for this family, food is primary and for that we are happy with this hidden gem! It seems to be more frequented by an older crowd, but I think the rest of us should consider this "retro" gem! The waiter even surprised us by taken 10% off the bill as a pre-theater offering!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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philadelphia pa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Old Italy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

La Buca has been around a long time, but never gets old. Started going here in the 80"s for lunsh or dinner and continue to eat there before attending the Walnut Street Theatre (just around the corner). Excellent food, great service (ask for Tommy) and a nice house wine.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Denville, New Jersey
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98 reviews 98 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Great old style ristorante in a terrific neighborhood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012 via mobile

Our hotel recommended this restaurant for a lovely Saturdy evening dinner. It was a fabulous typical old style ristorante with delicious food, great, unobtrusive service in a very typical old school restaurant. Portions were bigVthe fish was cooked perfectly and filleted tableside. Can't wait to go
again.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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southern New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Our favorite before theater destination”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

The food is outstanding, the service is great and if you go after 5pm you can validate parking for free. Just the best!

Visited December 2011
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