St. Paul >Food & Dining > Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant
2728 Gannon Road, St. Paul, MN | Directions 5511644.89747 -93.17698
M-Th 11am-10pm, F-Sa 11am-11pm, Su 11am-9pm
Worst experience ever – Went there with my family on Christams day. Huge mistake.
The part of the restaurant where we were seated was just cold, to the point that our young son had to keep the coat on all the time.
The menu books we got were sticky and we could see they were solied at some point and someone tried to wipe them clean. Unsuccessful.
We order the food (not impressed with the selection) and some wine.
The wine come in the most filthy glass you can imagine in a restaurant. We pointed that out to the server and returned the wine. We were told that the manager was told about the glass and we got a free soft-drink as replacement. One will have expected the manager to come in and appologize in person, but that didn't happen. I don't think they really care about.
The food was not that good either. A pizza we ordered was one of the worst I have seen in a restaurant and they charged $16 for it.
When we asked for the bill, the server told us we have to go through the dessert menu first. These are the rules !?! Really ?? Sure enough she brought in those menus first and later the bill.
I couldn't wait to leave that place. It made me sick to my stomach. It was for the first time in my life I didn't leave a tip.
Quite honest, that place should get a visit from the sanitation department. I am amazed they have a licence to run a restaurant.
Get cozy with friends and family and enjoy an Italian feast at this loved-by-locals restaurant. – In Short
Homesick for your mother's Italian cooking? Grab your appetite and head to this restaurant, where the friendly wait staff will serve up portions of Colosseum-esque proportions, like spaghetti and meatballs loaded with savory tomato sauce and lots of pungent garlic. Dishes center on Southern Italian immigrant fare, and are meant to be shared family-style with a large goblet of wine-to enhance the taste, of course. The ornate décor with walls covered in vintage photos evokes a warm homey feel that welcomes customers to dine among the other families and loyal customers. Buon Appetito!
Cozy....... – First of all, really think about going there on a Friday night. Very busy to the point of being overlooked even with a reservation. Yes, we checked in and waited as later arrivals got their seats before us. I guess a party or two isn't enough for their liking. We finally were seated in the bar. The booth was large enough for six (plenty of legroom). We ordered and received our appetizer rather quickly and it was delicious. We ordered two main dishes (ravioli and tortelinni). The ravioli was a bit of a wait and was warm only in the center. The tortelinni came so late we had finished the ravioli at least ten minutes before. The waitress told us since it was served so late,we would not be billed for it. Guess what? we were billed anyway for a dish that had sat under the heat lamp long enough to make the edges hard. When my wife mentioned to me rather loudly that we had been billed for it, the waitress disppeared into the crowded bar The bar had fill up to the point we had a bunch of people standing right by our table waiting for us to leave. We will never go there again.
It sure wasn't worth seventy bucks!!!!!! Hope your experiences fare better
Highway Robbery! – very hard location to find. parking limited. atmosphere and resturant decor was great. family style. took family of two adults and three kids to meet two other couples for dinner. ordered the "larges" of each course selection under the waitress' instructions for us. extremely small portions when a "large" is supposed to feed four to six people. fed the children, the husband got about appetizer portion of food, and i had whatever the kids didn't eat. the food was alright, but it was nothing to write home about. the service was good until we got the bill and ask the waitress to split it. she became very difficult to work with and she refused to split the bill up for us. then we found charges on the bill for food that we never received and had never ordered. spent a long time working with the waitress trying to get her to understand that she needed to take the charges off. we finally got the bill straightened out. our bill came to just over $150.00 for our family. we about had a coronary right then and there! charging that much money for the mediocre food we got is seriously highway robbery! especially when we had to stop at mcdonalds on the way home because everyone in the family was starving. we will definitely never go back there again nor will we ever recommend this place to anyone. we would have been so much better off by going to red lobster, ordering everyone lobster, and saving some of our hard earned money to boot!!!. this overall experience was horrendous!
Best Food and service St Paul! – I went there went my CEO and he loved it! Our company let them handle all are cattering needs and let me tell you its a lot! And now they have single portions of food! Perfect!
Average food and portions for an above average price. – My experience with Buca's is limited to the St. Paul location.
The best thing this place has going for it is the service. Our waiter was very attentive and took care of our every need promptly. We also got in very quickly without a reservation (5pm on a weeknight.) We did not find it any louder or more boisterous than your average family restaurant.
As others have noted, it's a "family style" service, which means that the "small" servings are meant to feed 2-3 people and the "large" servings are meant to feed 4-6 people. It's brought out on platters and bowls, and you dish up your own serving. If your party doesn't agree to eat the same things, you're going to get WAY too much food.
There were three in our party and we ordered one small Bruschetta (good, fresh), one small Chicken Marsala (average), one small Tortelloni (gritty, doughy texture), one small Garlic Mashed Potatoes (average), and one small Chocolate Cake (very good). We learned that the small Chicken Marsala (that was supposed to be enough to feed 2-3 people) comes with only two pieces of chicken breast. For an additional fee, we were able to upgrade to an extra piece of chicken.
If you're in a party of three people, I suggest that you make at least one of your selections a "large" to insure that you get enough, and be sure to ask about the size of that entree.
The portions bordered on inadequate. The food was good, but not exceptional. The tab, however, was exceptionally large in relation to the quantity and quality. I would have expected one or both to have been better, for the price.
My opinion is that you can do better at The Olive Garden, and your party will get more variety. The only reason to go to Buca's is if you find the ambience and "family" experience to be worth the additional price.
LOVE THIS PLACE! – Buca's is the best place to go for a large family gathering... you order family portions & share everything... the food is great & the atmosphere is way-fun Italian.... love everything about it!!
Special – Fun and lots of energy, food is great and you just get a warm fuzzy feeling, of course that might have been all the wine I drank.
Recommended – Nice Job! Keep up the great work that you and your employees are doing.
Good Stuff – Buca is always good. Ive been to 3 in the twin cities and St. Paul's is nice. Mlps is the best one however. Food has always been good. Great decor.
Its usually packed and loud so keep that in mind if looking for something else
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