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Ristorante La Buca

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center East
As featured in Best Kept Secret
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711 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3525 (Between 7th & 8th)
+1 215-928-0556
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had Veal Marsala and Veal Piccata with sliced creamy potatoes and broccoli for lunch today. Impeccable service, a great glass of Chardonnay and a robust Gimlet.

Thank mghdi1120
Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first visit to La Buca, with some good friends who have been here many times. It was all they said it would be ,and more. The cocktails were perfectly mixed. The bartender was both efficient, and most entertaining. They bring to your table a food cart with a bountiful display of the seafood, and meats that are... More 

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Greenwich, ct
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274 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is apparently frozen in time; everything's screaming '70 which, by itself, it's not bad, but it gives a weird sad vibe to the whole experience. A good thing is that both rooms (the main, behind the bar, and the one on the side) are pretty quiet, so conversation is possible at normal voice level. Service was pretty good,... More 

Thank CTTraveler56
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352 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great home made food that s fresh good and great and real family home cooking and your visit is well worth you trip!!!!!!!!

Thank thomas p
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful dinner in this basement restaurant right off Washington Square. The food was delicious and the prices very reasonable. The decor is dated, but that gives it a warm, cozy feeling. I don't think I would travel far to dine here on a special date, but it is a great place for friends and family to meet.... More 

Thank DiZhiyuan
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Disappointing The evening started with an Unusual vibe. The staff seemed to be is disarray. First no one showed to take a drink order. We did get menus. I asked for a wine list. When the waiter appeared to take our order we still had not placed orders for drinks. They wine I requested was unavailable. A suitable substitute was... More 

Thank WillSkiforFood
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We went last night, and they had forgotten to transfer our Open Table reservation into their book....so apparently no table. After being treated rudely up front by "the manager," they wanted to take our drink order before we were even seated. Then, we were told that one of the appetizers we ordered would "take a long time." Talk about giving... More 

Thank dvandjay
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Lovely dining atmosphere with attentive, but not intrusive staff. Food is Very good traditional American-Italian . The quality. especially the fish is excellent. You can enjoy conversation, linger with a drink and never feel rushed.

Thank Juliesuebrian
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Had dinner while on business. Service was good and food didn't disappoint. Venue is underground so ambiance isn't the best. Would go there again.

Thank CD181
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Every year during Restaurant Week I find the upscale restaurants that I can't afford during the rest of the year an make a reservation. Ristorante La Buca did not disappoint! The decor is old school Italian and we initially thought the service might be snooty, but, happily, we were wrong. Our server and the manager both were knowledgeable and helpful... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 711 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3525
    (Between 7th & 8th)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-928-0556

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