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Osteria La Buca

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  • Italian, Pizza
  • 5210 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA90038 34.083412 -118.313929
  • (Btwn N Wilton PI & Van Ness Ave)
  • (323) 462-1900
  • 0

User Ratings (Based on 11 reviews)

Food 4.4 Value 3.4
Service 3.2 Atmosphere 3.3

Other Restaurant Info

(323) 462-1900
(323) 462-1992
Place Order:
Order From Osteria La Buca for delivery & takeout
Corkage Fee Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC
Lunch Tue-Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner Mon-Thu: 6pm-10:30pm Fri: 6pm-11pm Sat: 5pm-11pm Sun: 5pm-10pm
Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, BYOB, Gluten-Free, Online Ordering, Online Reservations, Private Parties, Take Out, Trendy, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • Osteria La Buca

    Posted by David on 11/24/2007

    Utterly Embarrassing

    Utterly embarrassing---11/23 Reservation 8:30 pm We had been looking forward to the expansion of this great quaint restaurant expecting the service AND food quality would carry over into the new digs. Unfortunately what we just encountered tonight was a major disappointment that will go into our books as the worst service experience in Los Angeles in 10 years. Start with a maitre' d that refused to give us a table for 2 with ample window views because '..they were expecting someone'. The table remained empty for the duration of our dinner. No water and no bread baskets were offered and/or brought to us until we requested them. As we're starting on our 3rd wine glass, almost every waiter on the floor had been sent our way to ask us to place our main course order to which we kindly refused to do and tried to go back to having a relaxed drink and conversation. But the most astonishing and embarrassing antic on their end was the refusal to 'split' a main course pasta dish that we decided to share as an appetizer with the excuse that 'Mamma was too busy in the kitchen'. Now, we really don't know if the so-called 'Mamma' even exists or if she's a 'marketing element' but we ended up having to 'split' our own appetizer while half of the tables around us remained empty. Either 'Mamma' was taking care of some large catering order or she was hitting the 'Chianti' too hard but we did not see any evidence of the so-called 'Busyness' that we were told about. Once my pizza came to the table, it was served on one of those re-usable metal serving plates with no 'stand' and no plates in sight. We really don't know how much money they spent on their expansion but one thing is for certain, they will not have the benefit of our patronage from this point on and we will certainly make sure we share this story with as many of our restaurant-loving friends as possible. Unfortunate and sad. Cheers. Filippo!! Please take care of this and better train your staff.

  • Osteria La Buca

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/18/2007

    LA's best Italian secret!

    This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants ever! The food is pretty cheap and it is the most authentic Italian food I have found outside of Rome and Florence, probably because the restaurant is owned and run by a woman from Rome and her sons. The bread and pizza crust is all handmade on site, and they also have a selection of homemade pastas as well. I highly recommend this place!

  • Osteria La Buca

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/08/2006

    Great neighborhood place

    La Buca has great basic Italian food. Delicious gnocchi, tasty pizzas and excellent tomato sauces. The place is tiny, so I have no doubt about the veracity of the previous reviewer's tale, but from my experience and that of friends, the unpleasant experience was certainly the exception not the rule. I order take out frequently, which avoids the crowded quarters. Also, the place is apparently expanding into the space next door soon. So, yes, it's small, but the food is great.

  • Osteria La Buca

    Posted by Mee Mee on 10/05/2006

    Be Aware

    OK, so, I’ve never written an online review before. But this experience was so unpleasant that it warrants a fair warning. I was prepared to have a delicious meal with my boyfriend and a good friend. My plans were foiled. La Buca is a very small establishment. Nothing wrong with that. BUT, our waiter seemed to believe that we were taking up more space and time than we deserved. When we sat down and he immediately tried to up sell us on our appetizer. He wanted us to get the $16.00 sampler; we wanted the $7.00 Bruschetta. We received our food (which for the most part was delicious) and had been eating for less than 7 minutes while my friend was in the middle of telling a very interesting story. The server came over and saw that we didn’t have our forks in our hands, shoveling our food down our throats at 30 reps per second, and felt the need to interrupt her and ask if we didn’t like the food and/or if we were done. He hovered over our table for the rest of the dinner (I believe we were there for about 60 minutes) asking us every 5 minutes if we were done. We weren’t done with our food, but we were pretty much done with him. At one point I saw him whispering to another server and making hurry up motions with his hands. The place is about the size of a shoe box, I’m not sure how he thought we wouldn’t be able to see or hear his comments. Or maybe he wanted us to hear. Either way. I honestly wish that I’d had a different experience at La Buca. The place itself was charming. I don’t know, maybe we just got a bad waiter. But I’m not willing to go back and test it. If you choose to take the test, DON’T GET THE CARBONARA.

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