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Buca di Beppo

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643 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1610 (Hamilton)
+1 650-329-0665
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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San Mateo, California
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165 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2017

Food is just average but the atmosphere is festive and if you've got large (un-discerning) group, so for it. Very very loud.

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

Ciao! I am so happy to hear you had a great time at Buca di Beppo! We pride ourselves in delivering great service, food, and overall fun dining atmosphere, (we do apologies it was too loud). Thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon! More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

Everyone was so nice. We had a large group and the food didn't even take long! The servers were very nice and the food was delicious, in particular we loved the Eggplant Chicken Parmesana and this spicy pasta dish that I can't remember what it was called but was so good...

Thank Olivia Valeria B
Porto Alegre, RS
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96 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017 via mobile

The place is amazing! Different from other "Italian restaurants" around, this one makes you feel like you're in Italy. The entrance is through the kitchen - really nice! The food is impeccable and the staff really friendly! Approved.

Thank rfmilanez
Manila, Philippines
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

I loved their pepperoni pizza. Interesting ambiance and I love that one goes through the kitchen to get to the restaurant.

Thank 257teresa101
San Francisco, California
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149 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile

What are you willing to suffer through for your teenagers and 100 of their best friends? Apparently I had to suffer through Buca. Service was just horrific, slow, disorganized and .....just unspeakable. Who brings dessert and dumps it on the table before clearing dishes from dinner?(btw no one cleared after appetizers either) Who puts huge carts of dirty dishes next... More 

Thank JVDZ7
San Francisco, California
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43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

if you like italian food give this place a try you will be glad you did. lunch is not as busy as dinner, i had the lasagna and pizza and it was great but whatever you do don't leave without trying garlic bread uuuuu uuuu..

Thank intudamalu
Palo Alto, California
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120 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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143 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $30
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
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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