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Osteria La Buca

$$ - $$$
Central L.A
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5210 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3145 (Wilton)
+1 323-462-1900
18:00 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 18:00 - 22:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri 18:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Long Beach, California
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50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So much was very good but I could not put my finger on what I did not like, which I finally found the words, the place lacks heart. I am spoiled by growing up with no money but when my parents took us to restaurants it was special from the minute you walked in the door. I got more spoiled... More 

Thank TahitiPartnersGeoff
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

A pretty hip place but located waaaayyyy down Melrose Avenue, east of the studio lots. Large open floor format downstairs and a smaller, intimate setting upstairs. Unless you want to be completely away from the action, you DO NOT WANT TO BE UPSTAIRS so make sure you request downstairs seating when you book. We didn't and paid the price. Many... More 

Thank mtjllc
Apple Valley, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is an amazing restaurant and staff go out of their way to welcome you and make you feel at home. The food was awesome, everything very fresh and homemade. Don't miss this charming place if you are in the area.

Thank Patricia V
Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

We visited this restaurant after spending a busy day in Hollywood. We were able to call ahead and reserve a table right before we got there. The staff on the phone was very friendly while taking our reservations. Once seated we were brought home made bread which was very tasty and warm. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the wines... More 

Thank Sharon G
Los Angeles, California
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142 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Way down Melrose towards downtown in a fairly dumpy neighborhood is la Buca. It's a modern interior with young servers and a young Hollywood crowd. The appetizers were very good. Pizzas, tartare and more. The pasta was great as was the chicken parm. I would go back.

Thank wrldwonder
Hilversum, The Netherlands
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

While staying close by we thought this was the easiest choice. But we were pleasantly surprised. Food was great and service as well!!!

Thank Corné v
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I like to stay at a hotel close to this restaurant when we go to Dodger games because we can take a short walk to enjoy great food and service. We discovered OLB about 3-4 years ago and have been returning every chance we get as we think the front and back of the house do a... More 

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Orange County, California
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266 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Excellent menu choices gave each of our group something perfect and we enjoyed the evening. Our server was thoughtful and attentive, the food came out efficiently and was delicious. We all agreed that a return visit was in order and several of the dishes we had would be on the repeat list. Celebrated a birthday, and even though the restaurant... More 

Thank anita w
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82 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Without reservation we got a nice table upstairs next to the fire place. Very good wine and the starter steak tartar was super. Pizza light and tastefull.

Thank Koen v
York, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I have to say this place is not in my favorite area in LA and the welcome from the valet parking was less than warm but once inside the welcoming feel of Italian hospitality and good food started to take over. We were shown up to our table and the waitress who served us was excellent. Good knowledge of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5210 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3145
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighbourhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: +1 323-462-1900
Down-home classic Italian menu in the heart of the studio district

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?