Osteria La Buca

4.8
1284 reviews
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Italian
Osteria la Buca is located on Melrose Ave, two blocks East of Paramount Studios on the edge of Hollywood. We celebrate the gift that is Southern California produce and grass roots Italian cooking. We have a focused list of Italian and California wines and offer a full bar specializing in boutique spirits from around the world. All of our pastas are prepared on premise daily. We represent handmade, local and farm fresh traditions. We welcome all to gather around our tables.

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The Infatuation
8.2

A classic neighborhood spot, with pasta worth driving across the city for.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service and atmosphere.

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b
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We are biased as we got a terrible table. Wasn’t a fan of bread in a small paper bag being placed on the table, the presentation was off. Overall the entrees were fair. The highlight was the ricotta and jam starter along with the airated brownie mousse. Apart from that the meal wasn’t worth the price. The ambiance ruined the meal—no one wants to hear ac/dc while drinking wine by candlelight.

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J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By chance all five of us ordered the branzino and it was outstanding.

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beat neighborhood restaurant.

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C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at the restaurant. Excellent food, so delicious. The service is great and I did not feel rushed.

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TM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upstairs is quieter than downstairs. Food is always delicious!

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HF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. The ricotta, mixed lettuces salad, bolognese, and sausage pasta were ALL FANTASTIC. We celebrated our anniversary here, and JANELLE made us feel most special. Hats off to ethe entire staff from front of house to the kitchen. We can’t recommend this place any more highly!

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s
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal! I highly recommend the chocolate mousse for dessert. It is chocolate heaven. Great service! Very enjoyable dinner experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always love this restaurant top quality food, but this time our waitress was a little awkward and we were sat next to this couple that kept listening in to our conversation. It was a little annoying , so 4 out of 5 this time.

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CT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent bread and pastas. We ordered the butter lettuce salad (simple, yet tasty), short rib ravioli (delicious) and bucatini carbonara (hearty and scrumptious).

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in LA

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D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great staff! Best homemade pasta in town!

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b
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Care and good taste is evident in the food and all aspects of the restaurant.

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AA
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very delicious. I had the Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs! Extraordinary. The only down side was the noise level made it difficult to hear my friends.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has an airy, open-plan dining room with large glass windows looking onto Melrose Avenue, partly vitiated by the fact that the windows face north. The floor is concrete, and some of the seats are have drafts because they are next to door gaps.

The brunch menu I saw was somewhat brief, but the selections were well-chosen, giving both breakfast and luncheon options, and provided thoughtful variations on brunch classics. I had a very enjoyable polenta skillet cake, but the California toast my companion had was even better.

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DF
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is just delicious.....100% of the time. We are regulars for take out and dine in. Does miss this gem, and don't miss the Brussel sprouts!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is superb, carbonara + Brussels sprouts + ricotta are life, 100% every time

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I wanted to celebrate New Years Eve with a nice dinner and drinks without all the craziness of a pri fixe menu or large ticket purchase. Our experience was exactly what we wanted: great food, nice wine, and excellent service.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Very romantic.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve never had a bad time at Osteria La Buca!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pasta! Brussels sprouts, farro Caesar salad, and pork meatballs were delicious, too.

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AC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for my 30th birthday and glad I chose Osteria La Buca. I live a block away and I now understand the fuss. The food was delicious; I had the short rib ravioli (melt in your mouth amazingness) and tasted my boyfriend's Bucatini Carbonara, which has thick noodles and a white sauce. Later tried my parents' chicken parm leftovers and thought it was quite good. Portions are small so it took a bit of wine, appetizers, bread, and an entrée to fill us up. Not lacking at all in the flavor dept., but pretty expensive, so it's gonna be a special occasion kinda place for me.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and staff were attentive and friendly. They got the candle on the dessert for my daughter’s 21st Birthday. We enjoyed the evening.

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SB
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the vibe of this place. We sat upstairs, which has a large glass windows that overlooks downstairs and a cozy fireplace. The Brussel sprouts were amazing!

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TL
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a go-to restaurant for my wife and me when we visit Los Angeles. The only drawback: a limited menu. But everything we've tried is excellent! Definitely worth a visit.

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MB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything is excellent. Highly recommend the Brussels sprouts, carbonara, and butterscotch budino. The rigatoni was very tasty, but the walnuts didn’t add to the dish for me.

Great vibe and very reasonable wine prices. Love this place and wish I came here more often.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, as always!

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DA
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The pasta under done and we was rush so I ate my dinner in a hurry the hostess made me very uncomfortable she kept stating that we're running into the next parties reservation and that we have so much time to eat. Let me tell you something I lived in restaurants all my life I've ate into the finest restaurants but I had never ever been rushed. My niece recommended and I was very embarrassed I'm very annoyed because I did enjoy my food.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, fun vibe with fun music, excellent and fun service and certainly worth not your typical Italian dining.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Glad I made a reservation as placed was full by the time we left. Fantastic home made pasta. Crispy octopus salad - wow! Good device. Hidden gem as it has been there for 12 years but I only noticed it a few weeks ago (in my defense I am from Pasadena). Am keen to go back with other friends to share the experience and sample other menu items.

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Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time going for brunch. Here is the rundown:
House Ricotta Toast - Excellent
Sauteed Farro - Fantastic
California Toast - Good
Rigatoni - Excellent/Spicy
Bucatini Carbonara - Wonderful (pictured)

This place is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an anniversary dinner at the place where my lady and I had our first date. Still fantastic-

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! Great food, ambiance and service!

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O
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria La Buca is by far my favorite Italian. I finally tried some new items this time. I highly recommend the roasted potatoes, which were fantastic. I normally order the pappardelle bolognese (which is fantastic), but this time went for the short rib ravioli. It was so delicious. I have also tried the cacio pepe which I highly recommend. Other favorites include the house-made ricotta (a must have!), the buca farm salad, and the burrata. Honestly, you really can't go wrong here. If you are unsure, the wait staff is really helpful with recommendations because they love the food, too!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as always love this place

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MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Italian food in Los Angeles by far!

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EU
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and price , highly recommend it . Pasta amazing

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TL
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is perfect for every occasion

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love this place. Their pasta is some of the best I’ve ever tried in my life. You can tell the pasta is handmade and cooked al dente perfectly.

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DH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Everything we have tried over the years has been delicious!

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