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“Festive Atmosphere ... Good Food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo
Ranked #119 of 876 Restaurants in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between Norfolk and Shepard Road
Transit: Metro Bus Service - Gannon Road stop.
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.
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159 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 729 helpful votes
“Festive Atmosphere ... Good Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

Buca is a great restaurant if you are looking for an electric atmosphere and good comfort food. Many suggest this as a great destination spot for large groups. I would certainly agree ... the Italian diningroom feel and gregarious wait staff are the perfect backdrop for a group outing. However, Buca has much to offer for couples, too.

The menu is Italian family-style dining ... large portions meant for sharing. There are small portions as well ... perfect for two. All the standards are available ... lasagna, ravioli, spaghetti, manicotti, etc. Therre are chicken dishes, and the veal is pleasantly good. Prices upper $20s per entre (mid-teens for small portions). Remember that an entre will easily feed 3 to 4 people (more if you are ordering multiple entres).

The appeal of Buca is the casual, festive atmosphere. This is a great place to enjoy raucus conversation with family and friends. the staff puts no rush on your dinner progression, so if you are looking for a long evening out then this is the place. The pace of your dinner will be as quick or as casual as you choose.

I give Buca five stars. My only criticism would be that the menu has a lack of character ... there is nothing on the menu that is unique to Buca. However, all dishes are cooked to order and are delicious. The atmosphere is fantasic ... a restaurant brimming with positive energy, making for a fun and memorable night out with family and friends. I highly recoomend.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Eagan, Minnesota
1 review
“Clean up vomit? Nah.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

We went to Buca for a family Christmas dinner. When a child vomited all over the floor next to our table - and on one of our winter coats - the staff waited more than 15 minutes to clean it up, the smell of vomit overwhelming us as we tried to eat dinner and visit with one another. We asked them repeatedly to clean it up and finally had to cut dinner short and leave the table as we waited for the check and for our food to be boxed. I understand it was a busy night and it's not pleasant to clean up vomit, but they could have offered to re-seat us if they wanted to avoid handling it. Trying to finish a meal over the scent of vomit and cutting Christmas dinner short was a big dissapointment.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brianna E
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bucalove, Guest Relations Manager at Buca di Beppo, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Please accept our apologies for your experience. We're going to forward your information to management and would love to have someone reach out to you. Could you please reply back with your contact information? We always appreciate opportunities to better serve our guests. Thank you.
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Minneapolis, MN
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101 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great place for a large group”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

This is a great place for a large group. They serve family-style platters for sharing and have huge tables. Of course, the food is great also.

Visited August 2013
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Thank GandYMac
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Great food and perfect for large groups”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

We had a group of about 16 for dinner before a concert, half kids and half adults. The food at Buca is always great and the service too is fast and reliable. I only go to Buca 1-2 times a year, but each time the food is great and I walk away wondering why I don't come here more often. This is the perfect vibe for a large group and we wanted something that could accomodate all of us, was lively, but also didn't require us to sit through a 2 hour dinner service with kids. Buca met all our needs.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Julie D
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Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Family Style Fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

The delicious food served family style coupled with the enjoyable decor makes for a memorable experience.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Maria943
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