Osteria La Buca

4.8
1363 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm -10:30pm;
Friday: 6:00 - 11:00pm;
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
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Phone number
(323) 462-1900
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cameron Slaugh
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Private party facilities
Please contact Jackie at events@osterialabuca.com
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Catering
Our Pasta Room is available for chef's tasting menus for parties up to ten. Our upstairs dining room can hold up to 36 people for a seated dinner.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wilton
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Parking details
Valet and Street parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

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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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Reviewed on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Matt, the manager, is awesome! The service was amazing. And like always, the food was phenominal. Osteria LA Buca is my go-to whenever I'm in LA!

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

One of my favorite restaurants ever. The pasta and rib eye is amazing!

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DW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my absolute favorite restaurant ever. I have been dying to try their pizza, but I just can't get away from their bucatini carbonara, short rib raviolis, and pappardelle bolognese. Also, house made Ricotta with the carmelized agave is fricken amazing.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place for a double date with friends. The ambience is quiet and romantic for dinner- candles on the table, pretty place settings. The waiter was great and attentive. His recommendations on starters were on point- the meatballs are FANTASTIC, and the roasted Brussels sprouts as well. He recommended an excellent red wine as well, I was very impressed and loved it (I’m not a normal red wine girl, I tend to go for white or rosé). Everyone ordered the Cacio Pepe dish, except for me- I got the short rib ravioli and all of the food was delicious! No complaints, everything was perfect. The waiter was on point on refilling water glasses and timed dessert offerings so perfectly. The tiramisu was AMAZING. Best I’ve ever had, anywhere. Perfect. It was a great evening, and I would definitely recommend anyone to come here!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious and the prices were really quite reasonable. I didn’t have one of their cocktails (instead had a delicious glass of wine) but they looked yummy. It was very loud but I don’t mind that because it can make an atmosphere feel less stuffy. I’ll definitely eat here again!

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HW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is so nice and food is excellent

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BB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

From the host to the server, no smile, no effort, made me feel unwelcome. The server didn’t make any efford in explaining the menu. And when I asked her a few questions about the menu, she seemed iritated answering my questions

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EZ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic pastas straight from Italy. The real deal. Homemade and wonderful sauces. Seems most everything is house made and grown I’m told.
The hosts were wonderful. We were late and the did their best to give us a table ASAP and were lovely to chat with which made the short wait after a long plane trip more than bearable. Our server was wonderful as well. The only downside is the noise level. Upstairs there’s nothing to absorb the sound. Downstairs not any better. We’d try to go on a downtime next time (if there is one as it’s just that good.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

made a reservation via OpenTable, we must have punched in the wrong #. When we got there, the reservation showed 2, we were 3. It was crowded with lots energy. The staff couldn't have been nicer. They moved a few tables and within 5 minutes, sat us down. Our server couldn't have been more kind. Send over the MOST delicious ricotta cheese appetizer due to the inconvenience, (that we created..... OUR MISTAKE). NOW That's SMART business! How do you turn a potentially bad experience into a good one.... JUST ask la buca manager Matthew. What a simply delightful experience my friends and I had Wednesday evening... Thank you all. pleasant experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Seated right on time. The food was excellent quality and flavor and execution. Definitely recommend and can’t wait to come back

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AK
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

O La Bu is without a doubt my favorite restaurant, period. I love it for the relaxed romantic ambiance just as much as I love it for the food. I'm sure you've heard about the food. Divine...all of it, and perfectly priced. Order the Farro Caesar for something light, the Rigatoni for something satisfying, and the Tomahawk Pork Chop for ALL-EYES-ON-YOU. Sit upstairs by the fireplace if you are with a group. Sit downstairs by the windows if your are on a date. I will be sitting alone at the bar, with a glass of Albariño, watching the bartender make fancy cocktails, every Sunday night.

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DS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I loved this place! We made a reservation but it was a busy Friday night. We waited like 10 minutes to be seated which was annoying but they were busy. The food was amazing! I loved the wine and the Pasta Carbonara. I was also amazed at how good their basic fresh green salad was. You could literally taste how fresh it was.

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is the best! Everything is made from scratch, you can taste the freshness.

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s
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and service. Our salads, where top notch. Order the Beef Tartar , it is unreal!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and drinks.

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C
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE the food, pasta is amazing, pork chop is the BEST!

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m
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to the restaurant from the time when there were only 2 or 3 tables, some 20years now. The quality of the food is always consistent, delicious, and the service is outstanding. We always feel right at home at La Buca. In fact, anytime we have out of towners visiting or when we get together with friends, this is where we meet for a good reasonable meal.

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D
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Portion sizes are pretty but small. Wine bottle prices are a bit top heavy and if you like to ask for your food to be prepared in a special way, expect to hear your waiter tell you that the chef is strict and surprisingly unwilling to accommodate special requests. Sure, it's a hipster spot, but I wouldn't go back there if I were too hungry,

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The staff didn’t even greet us when we entered the restaurant as she was having a casual conversation with a friend. The. She seated us 25 minutes after our reservation time since table wasn’t ready. Then when it came to order food the waiter did not ask about any food restriction. When we ask about the desert menu, the waiter explained there is no printed menu and can tell us the menu verbally. He failed to tell me the flan has alcohol when I am pregnant. After receiving the desert I asked if it has any alcohol and he confirmed and didn’t even apologize when I informed him I am pregnant. I have dined here several times but I am appalled at this type of service.

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Delicious food and such a fun night out!

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RH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tables upstairs are much quieter- downstairs can be loud. Food and service were excellent.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibes & amazing pasta

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L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and pleasant atmosphere. Would recommend it

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food needed just a pinch of salt

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so damn good. Great service. Playing was beautiful. Wine recommendations were on point. Server had sommelier level knowledge. The chocolate mouse- like dessert was divine. Best Osteria in Hollywood for sure.

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria La Buca was amazing! I recently spent a couple moths in Florence and I fell in love with Italian cuisine! I tried a couple of different places upon arriving home in LA and none of them were quite right until this place. It exceeded my expectations and the staff were very sweet and accommodating for the meal. I would definitely recommend this to any person who wants to try authentic Italian food. I am definitely coming back here more than once!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience. Servers were knowledgeable and kind. Front desk was very helpful when they called to confirm appt. Food was really good. Special night made so by a special restaurant!

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the Buca, however we were seated right under the speakers, but I'm a little sensitive to noise.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing... the food... the wine... the service... everything is A+

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m
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for my girlfriends birthday. They seated us a few minutes early. I love Italian food and let me say the food was absolutely delicious. They brought out desert with a candle just as I ask for when I made the reservation. The place itself is very cool. The lighting is pretty cool. The second floor has a nice view of the whole restaurant with a fireplace. The staff was very welcoming. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

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D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, Sarah our server was the best, pasta aldente' as it should be.

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, excellent service and delicious food made for a perfect night. Not a place to spend hours, as it is a busy restaurant and there are people waiting. Will definitely go back.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful natural wines. Great food. Overall exceptional experience.

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the food to our beautiful waitress, it was an amazing experience. incredible food with amazing service! Will be back

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place and the beautiful and cozy atmosphere. Nothing beats a bowl of fresh pasta and wine to comfort you any day of the week!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Very nice and delicious - loved the fireplace!

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CM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, ambiance...we loved it! Can't wait to go back again.

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G
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I can’t understand why this restaurant has five stars. The waitress was lovely but we got our appetizers before our drinks and my Cosmo was undrinkable. The food was mediocre at best and there were very few options for gluten free starters. We won’t go Back!

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CD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Cool environment that very nice but not too fancy.

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S
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistently yummy and great service! My faves...the pork meatball appetizer, the farm greens salad, the AMAZING brussel sprouts and the BEST pasta "Caccio Pepe" EVER!

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