Seattle >Buca di Beppo
701 9th Avenue North, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.625402 -122.339759
M-Th 4pm-9pm, F 4pm-11pm, Sa 11:30am-11pm, Su 11:30am-9pm
Neighborhoods: Lake Union, South-Lake Union
Go for the atmosphere, not the flavor – A good family spot with exuberant waiters, classic dishes, and a fun italian vibe. The food, however, did not live up to its "legendary" name, and I might consider this a on-time experience.
Nothing special – Sad...I do not recommend. Our "al dente" pasta tasted a bit undercooked and the flavors were bland. I will search for Italian food elsewhere.
Guilty Pleasure – Foodies love to loathe chain restaurants such as this place, but the food is really not that bad and the portions are monstrous. What's not to like? The chicken dishes are particularly well executed featuring pounded, juicy breast meat. Veal dishes are done well here too. Order any large pasta and you could seriously feed a family of 4. The wine list is not impressive but like their food, their pours are very generous.
The place is loud and that could be a good or bad thing depending on the type of evening you seek.
Good food! – Went with my husband, had a great time!! The food was great, place was loud and friendly and the staff were excellent! We will be back
One Step Above the Spagetti Outhouse – I can't imagine any Italian going here more than once, except maybe to use the bathroom. The only places worse, are these Spagetti Warehouse (affectionately known among friends as the spagetti outhouse) type places you see all over now. I've eaten there once too. Went here for a big wedding party that someone else was having. Tried several of the dishes, all tasted like they came out of the same bag. Maybe they were microwaved. I don't know, like I said, in a pinch, I'd use the bathroom there.
The only thing Italian I saw there were the pictures of the Italian people.
Yikes!! Be weary!! – Ok, if you like ALOT of food, big crowds, and hearing the birthday song every 15 minutes, this place is for you. It's a place that should be a buffet. The food is not that good. You won't get sick, but you won't leave feeling like you ate a true Italian dinner. Very commercial grade. The prices are very reasonable for the amount of food that you get. When it arrives for two, you think that the waiter put the wrong plates on your table. Go hungry, leave full but with just a smirk (not a smile).
It's a Chain, its like ALL the Buca's everywhere! – I think that Buca is a great place for a bunch of people getting together for a speecial event. Otherwise why go? There is so much good Italian in Seattle, and you might even find something unique. I give it to these guys though. They are consistent, just like all the other chains.
Check this place out! – This place is worth hopping on the ferry, a long car drive ..plane ride..ect...GREAT FOOD! GREAT ATMOSPHERE! Try the green beans.
Good Food – The service is always good. I love the Tortellini w/broccoli and peas and they leave out the things I don't want which are the mushrooms and tomatoes. It's a little bland, but I add a lot of grated cheese and then it's great. The marsala is good and the huge meatballs are excellent. The Saltimboca is good, but there are only two pieces so I would not call it an entree big enough to serve 2-3 people as it states for their new smaller entree items that only before served 6-8 people.
So Much Fun – I love this place! I first went there for Valentine's Day with a big group of friends. We didn't have a reservation, but they got us in. They are always very accomodating. I've been there numerous other times, for bachelorette parties and my own bachelorette party. My (then) fiance and I took my parents out to dinner there to celebrate my Dad's promotion and they had a great time. They're the types that like to go to dinner close to home (in Kent) and not venture too far into the city, but they loved it. They've taken other people out to dinner there and they always say what a great time they had. This is a wonderful place, you've got to go!
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