1204 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540344.973787 -93.279612
M-Th 11am-10pm, F-Sa 11am-11pm, Su 11am-9pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Loring Park
I like how you have to go through the kitchen to get to the restaurant.
An Italian Feedbag – If you're in the mood to stuff your face with piles and piles of not particularly great food, Buca is your place. It's loud, fun (if you like loud) and always busy. The food is, well, average. Grocery store deli counter average. Shopping mall food court average. They should hand out pheasant feathers as you leave average. We started with a Caesar salad. Not an anchovy or a hint of egg or garlic to be found. Just a bowl of lettuce tossed with a bland, commercial dressing and covered with some sort of parmesan-like cheese. If you can't get a Caesar right, things aren't looking good for the rest of the meal. The Bruschetta was a greasy, uninteresting mess, and the first of the dishes to arrive with Buca's signature shredded basil garnish (I'm fairly certain this is created using one of those crosscut paper shredders you can buy at most office supplies). The Caprese was horrible, but it's wintertime so we knew what we were getting into. It's my suspicion Buca's summer Caprese is about the same. The Ravioli Al Pomodoro featured a huge pile of slightly overcooked ravioli covered with a bland, uninspired marinara. (Why marinara and not pomodoro? That's the way Buca rocks it, baby.) Next was the Gnocchi Al Telefono. A huge pile of chewy little gnocchi, covered in a vague, slightly sweet cream sauce and garnished with more basil from the paper shredder. The Linguine Frutti di Mare was the best dish we had, with a huge pile of slightly overcooked pasta, covered in clams, grease, garlic, more grease, shrimp and calamari, more grease and surrounded by mussels. And did I mention grease? All in all, an extremely huge pile of very, very average food. And it comes with screaming. Lots of screaming. Birthday people having more fun than you can possibly imagine and screaming like drunken fratboys. Fun.
Chef Marco White once said, "We're in the business of selling fun, a night out. Food and wine are just a byproduct." Believe the chef. Buca is proof.
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!
Check out the bar – After many visits to Buca de Beppo in Minneapolis and suffering through the long, sometimes miscalcutated, wait times we decided to try eating at the bar. This is the way to go at this place. We have had two different bartenders and we can't decide who we enjoy having serve us more, both are fantastic! More personality in these two than the rest of the staff combined. Food is always what we expect, red sauce done well. Try the Quatro al Forno for the best variety. We will be back often.
Delicious! – Having been to Italy, I was not expecting authentic Italian food, nor was I dissappointed that Buca doesn't serve authentic Italian. However, the food is delicious! I took some friends who were visiting me from out of town to Buca last night, and every single one of us loved it. When we first walked in the restaurant, we all noticed the amazing smelling food. The food lived up to that smell! The pizza (although really greasy) was yummy, as was the garlic bread, fettucinne, quatro al forno, and chocolate cake! The only thing that was so-so was the caesar salad. The portions are also huge - I have enough leftovers for a few days of meals. I will definitely be returning!
Service? – I've been to Buca plenty of times, but this was the first time at this location. We made reservations for 18 people for a birthday. We weren't told that 18 people would have to be split between 2 tables - we would have gone elsewhere. So, our birthday party was split between 2 back-to-back tables....meaning 1/2 the guests couldn't talk to each other. The food came out at all different times. We always get dessert with singing and candles for birthdays at every other location, but not this time. With a bill upwards of $500, we really expected better service.
Lots of food for cheap – If you are looking to get a huge plate for cheap, this is a place to be. If you are looking for fine Italian dining, Bucca isnt your place as it isnt mine. All servings are huge and all taste almost the same; it seems they use the same sauce for all their dishes. As for service, it wasnt as bad as many other reviewers noted.
It was amazing – I went there to eat and after i read these reviews and i was shocked!!! I had an exelent waiter he explained everything about family sizes and stuff and we asked for advice and ggave us exelent comments. We went there right at 5 when they opened and there was very few people there and was just a great atmosphere. The food was AMAZING! and it didn't take to long to get. The sizes were enough for 2 but i could easily eaten a whole one...It was also soo fresh. I got the ravioli with meat sauce and i was nurvous because i didn't want it to be too salty but it was the furthest thing from that with the same flavor! i thought it was amazing but after about 6 is when it gets very full..... i thought it was amazing and cannot wait to go again!
Good Food – We thought the food was very good, and the service also was great. Interesting photos on the wall, noisy when busy due to hard ceilings that don't absorb sound well. Enjoyed the visit.
Inappropriate Wait staff – The last two times we've been there, we've had poor service. One wait staff smelled like a brewery. The next time, when the waitress asked for our drink orders and my wife didn't order booze, she asked "why not?" For any number of reasons, this question is completely inapporopriate.
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