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“Do not order their Thanksgiving dinner take-out”
Review of Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo
Ranked #688 of 2,173 Restaurants in San Jose
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Santa Theresa Boulevard
Description: 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.
2 reviews
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“Do not order their Thanksgiving dinner take-out”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

This restaurant almost ruined our Thanksgiving dinner!!! Do not go there (at least not for Thanksgiving take-outs).

So this is what happened....

Couple days before Thanksgiving, we ordered the $89.95 package to-go dinner that serves 6 people. On the day of the Thanksgiving when my family went to picked up the to-go, we found out this is what they gave to us:

- ONLY 7 PIECES OF White Meat Turkey (WTF, and they claimed this is for 6 people).
- LOTS of gravy/cranberry sauce, but with tiny portion of meat, what I am gonna eat with ?? You expect me to drink it ?!
- THEY FORGOT to give us mashed potatoes, we had to go back and complain in order to get it
- Pathetic tiny portion of Green beans, it's like.......1.5 cup...? We also had to go back and argue for that.

After we drove back and argue with them, all they did was giving us more beans and mash potatoes. This is what we paid for $89,95?? REDICULOUS!!!

At first we were all panic and thought our dinner was ruined, then I rushed to Fresh& Easy (thank god it was open) and grab an uncooked turkey to cook by ourselves. fortunately our last minute turkey turned out to be perfect. The meat was juicy and tender, WAY BETTER than the 7 pieces of meat we got from Buca......

Anyway, lessons learned, I'm so disappoint of Buca di beppo, and the restaurant should feel luck that I didn't yell at them to demand our money back.

  • Visited November 2013
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Plenty of good food”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

As a traveler I have been consistently pleased with the food and service at this restaurant chain. The restaurants are all decorated a little bit differently but the food is consistently excellent! My husband and I share a salad and a main dish and always have leftovers. We've tried almost every salad and they are all very good. We have had the pizza and pasta dishes and have to force ourselves to try something different and are never disappointed. I wish we had one where we lived!

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Linda B
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Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing Family Style Restaurant”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Keeps the old traditional Italian-family style cuisine. There are only two options on the menu: Regular or Large. And believe me that's all you need. If you are going by yourself, you better be hungry. Best for 2 minimum, and if you do, just two items max should do. One is enough! Great place to have a group, little get-together, or family. Great food! Oh... I'm full. haha

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Da_Father
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Hollister, California
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Family atmosphere”
Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

Visited with 3 children 5 adults. Family oriented restraunt, great food ,great value..large bowls of.food can feed at least 3 people.we got several small bowls and all shared. So much fun. Loved tour of kitchen before dinner

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Santa Clara, California
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Best Italian restaurant”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

Try their in house bread and the bruschetta, been to many Italian restaurants in the bay area but Bucca is my first choice !

Visited February 2012
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Thank Vimasrini
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