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643 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1610 (Hamilton)
+1 650-329-0665
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Palo Alto, California
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86 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 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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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 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
Iasi, Romania
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

The entrance was through the kitchen. Given this, the kitches should be 100%clean. The feel and look of walking through, was not giving this impression. Inside, the carpet was very old and worn. So worn that it was shinning in places. Smelling like worn socks in front of the bar where it was most used. Tables and chairs, the overall... More 

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

We are sorry to hear about your recent experience, this is certainly not the impression we want our guests to leave with. We pride ourselves in delivering great service, food, and overall dining atmosphere. We really do appreciate your feedback and hope you give us the chance to make it right! Please reply to my direct message so we can... More 

San Francisco, California
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99 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

We had been long-time customers of this restaurant because it was kid friendly and food was reasonable. We even order food for one of our holiday parties from this location every year. But we have noticed how food and customer service had been going downhill for at least a couple of years now. And as of this past Easter, we... More 

1 Thank luxetrip
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81 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

Was here for a friends celebration - there were more than 20 of us. And while they advised us that they were out of red wine before we sat down, the food made up for it. The best item on the menu is their meatballs - hands down the best. Service was good, but could have been better with water... More 

Thank strawmns
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86 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

We tried to call in an order to go with no success, kept being put on hold. Was the middle of a workday, like 2 pm. Stopped by and had to order in person and it took 15 minutes to put the order in. Food was good, not amazing. Cute part of Palo Alto, just needs to work on its... More 

Thank Jason W
Los Altos, California
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

We were a large party and the place was practically empty, but service was slow and food wasn't always hot. But they really lost us on the dirty bathroom in disrepair. Women's room had broken seat repaired with tape (?!) and broken lock. Perimeter of tiled floor needed a good scrubbing, esp up the sides a few inches where white... More 

Thank N D
Boston, Massachusetts
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388 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

Typical, slightly cheesy Italian family style place. Food was meh. Ceasar salad was much better than the pizza, which I didn't care for much at all. The portions are also way off. The pizza which was supposed to feed 2-3 was really more for 1-2 people. Service was fine. All around, just average.

Thank Kait_De
Redwood City, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Buca di Beppo used to be my favorite restaurant! Anytime I would have a birthday or any type of celebration I would always request to come here until today. My husband and I came in on a Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. We asked to be seated and the woman behind the counter looked at us, then her computer for... More 

2 Thank s w
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448 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 587 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

I’ve heard good things about this place, so I was optimistic. Unfortunately, we ended up a little disappointed. First, the menus were filthy. We actually went and washed our hands after reading the menu. Then the stuffed mushrooms were undercooked. Finally, the pasta was actually a little cold. Oh, and the table was really small, so it was awkward to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
Vegetarian Friendly, Italian, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?