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Review of Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo
Ranked #13 of 88 Restaurants in Wheeling
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: N Wolf Road
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.
Vernon Hills, Illinois
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93 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Order carry out for two, and it was expensive for the portions received at Wheeling location. Milwaukee location is better for atmosphere, and friendliness.

Visited September 2012
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English first
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Always Fun”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Been to Buca several times lately. Once for a party and they have excellent service and food is consistent. The ambiance is super fun.

Visited September 2012
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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Buca' the best - go there once a week!”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

It's not fancy.. They have very traditional Italian food. They season it perfectly, and their pasta is always al dente. (And, you don't have to explain to them what that means!) Their Spicy Chicken Rigatoni is to die for. And if you ask, they'll add artichoke hearts which makes it even better. Keep the bread coming! Sit in the kitchen if you can, it's a fun experience.

Visited March 2013
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Lake Zurich, IL
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fun Place to Go for Italian Food”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Buca is a fun place, but it is a national chain. There are so many pictures of Italy & Italians on the wall, you could spend an entire day looking at them all. The Wheeling Buca even has a "Pope Room" available for large parties and you can request to be seated at the booth in the kitchen.

The Wheeling, IL Buca is located across the street from a large chain hotel and does a lot of business with clientele staying at the hotel since it's within walking distance of the hotel.

One thing to note: it can get very noisy and difficult to hear your conversations with each other in the restaurant - especially in the smaller dining rooms. Food costs can be expensive, but food portions are large. A large portion serves 4-5 and is usually around $32; a small portion serves 2 and is around $20. If you go with a group, the word is share, share, share your food! Join Buca's club on their website and you will regularly get coupons to use at the restaurant. It's free & well worth it!

We try to get to Buca at least 1x/month. It's a pleasure to eat there - especially the chicken marsala and the chopped antipasta salad!!

  • Visited March 2013
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80 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“No love in the food!”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

18 of my colleagues sat at the "Pope's" table. They serve family style and that was great option for so many people. One waiter did an excellent job with the food and drinks. Now, this is supposedly an Italian restaurant but you would never guess from the taste. The pasta was ok but the sauce was really disappointing. Zero flavor and bland. The chicken primavera served large juicy breast but it had no flavor, none with the same sauce The cheese ravioli was good but again the sauce, the same issue.

Frozen chocolate cake that was still thawing out was eh.... and sadly the tiramisu was another miss. All together, this was nowhere close to Italian...

  • Visited January 2013
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bucalove, Guest Relations Manager at Buca di Beppo, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Please accept our apologies for your experience. We have forwarded the information to management and would love to have someone reach out to you. Could you email us your contact information to mamacares@bucainc.com? Please make sure to include the location in your e-mail. We always appreciate opportunities to better serve our guests. Thank you.
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