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“Not sure why people rave about this place!”
Review of Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo
Ranked #133 of 935 Restaurants in Saint Paul
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Reservations
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.
Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

We went here in a Sunday night in early April. When I called to see if we needed a reservation, the gentleman said probably not tonight, but maybe make one anyway just in case. We arrived a minute or two before our reservation and were told they would call our name when they were ready for us, as our table wasn't ready. We went into the bar which wasn't busy, in fact only one other couple was sitting at the bar. We waited 11 (yes, we counted!) minutes for the bar tender to take the order for our beers. She had walked past us a couple times, seeming busy, and after about 5 minutes said she'd be right with us. 6 minutes later she appeared. Ridiculous! Our table was ready 20 minutes late, so I am not sure why they took our reservation to begin with. The server came with the menus after about 10 minutes- asking if we had been helped yet. The beer was warm, so I asked for a glass of ice, and another beer. When she brought them to me, the next beer was warm as well. Ish. The garlic bread was the only thing either of us liked. It was actually excellent with big chunks of garlic on it. We ordered the Caprese salad, which is probably my favorite salad in the world, I eat it quite frequently, and was looking forward to it. The tomatoes were so over salted that it was nearly inedible. I also found that the 'product of Mexico' sticker was still on 2 of the slices of tomatoes- do they even wash their produce first? Next my husband ordered an Italian salad which was just so so. He ordered it with no olives, as the menu gave the description of there being some in the salad, and he cannot stand them. The waitress brought it to him with olives. When we sent it away, she appeared back with it quite quickly saying "There were just 5 olives on the top for garnish, so we picked them off." My husband was too stunned to say anything. That is poor service right there! The spaghetti and meatballs were not good. The half pound meatballs are impressive to look at, but bland and tasteless. They are served in a huge bowl full of spaghetti noodles, with maybe a 1/4- 1/2 cup sauce for the entire bowl. In fact, the sauce is more like a thin liquid with some chopped tomatoes that sits at the bottom of the bowl. The spaghetti I usually get at restaurants or serve at home has a rich red sauce covering the noodles. What we got here was a huge bowl of white noodles with 2 huge flavorless meatballs and nonexistent sauce. There are just too many excellent restaurants around to ever come back here.

Thank Jilly070
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bucalove, Guest Relations Manager at Buca di Beppo, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2014

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 date and location of your complaint in your e-mail. We always appreciate opportunities to better serve our guests. Thank you.

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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Five of us went to Buca last night. We go there many times a year. Last night we had the Chopped Antipasto Salad, Mac and Cheese (for a three year old), Chicken Saltimbocca, Spicy Sausage with Peppers, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes. We were a bit disappointed with many of the dishes. The two standouts were the Sausage dish and the Antipasto salad. The Saltimbocca was fairly dry without the usual taste of capers (even though there were capers on the dish). The Garlic Mashed Potato dish was the most disappointing. It was like a lump of cement. The potatoes were obviously over-processed and done cooked quite a bit prior to our ordering. Parking is very difficult at this venue. The food has changed over the years and not as good as it used to be. I don't expect we'll be back again.

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Thank Peter M
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

I really enjoy sharing the large plates. We usually let one or two people order for the group, though I insist on the apple gorgonzola salad.

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Thank Muchadew
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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.

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3  Thank STP1606
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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.

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Thank Brianna E
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bucalove, Guest Relations Manager at Buca di Beppo, responded to this reviewResponded 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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