Buca di Beppo

Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Price Rating: $30-$45 per person
Hours: unknown

Number of reviews: 11
Average rating: 3.5
701 9th Ave. N (Map it!)
(At Roy St.)
Seattle 98109

Reviewed 2004-10-25 (Reviewer)
I've dined at Buca di Beppo restaurants in Chicago, Louisville, Dallas, and Houston, and have always had great experiences. It always begins with a walk through the kitchen to see the food being prepared and to inhale the rich aromas wafting out into the restaurant. "Buca" being "basement" and "Beppo" being "Joe," this is simple, hearty, homestyle Italian cooking, served family style and shared among friends. The decor is "over-the-top" in a tongue-in-cheek way and the music of Frank Sinatra or Dino Martin is never far away. It's not uncommon for tables of diners to burst into song, usually something like "Volare" or "That's Amore" or "Funiculi, Funicula." And, why not? This is the place to be festive, and after tasting the Veal Marsala or Meatballs or Sausage or Eggplant or various delicious entrees, drinks, and desserts, you'll feel like singing also. For parties of 10-15, make sure and reserve the "Pope Room," complete with cupula, papal memorabilia, and a large bust of the present Pontiff. One goes to Buca di Beppo for not only zesty, tasty, rich Italian food, but for the experience. If you want a quiet, stuffy evening alone, grab a Swanson Hungry Man dinner and stay home. But for laughter, song, and hearty eating, it's tough to beat a Buca.

Reviewed 2004-10-21 (Reviewer)
I can't believe this place is popular. I was dragged along here by a friend. I didn't expect much but it was far worse than I could have imagined. <br />The atmosphere is loud and annoying with constant birthday celebrations. They pack as many table in as possible and so it's very overcrowded. <br />The food was mediocre at best but mostly prepared with obviously poor ingredients. The house wine was pure paint-thinner, absolutely dreadful. <br />Our service wasn't very good and the waiter had the nerve to suggest our tip wasn't enough. He was lucky he got anything. <br />I can't believe that people are always waiting outside for a table at this place. It obviously appeals to the big quantity/low quality crowd.

Reviewed 2004-10-04 (Reviewer)
Palo Alto Buca Di Beppo-Watch Your Check <br /> <br />This is for the location in Palo Alto, California. A boisterous, crowded restaurant with lots of Italian and Italian-American ambiance, Buca Di Beppo in Palo Alto serves huge portions for groups to devour and take home (doggie bags are almost always necessary). The quality is better than average for a family style, kid-friendly mega-café, and the pictures and posters are fun and PG13-ish. Service is moderately slow, and the wait for a table can be moderate to very long. <br /> <br />It's worth it if you have a large group and want a festive night out. The kitchen, however, overdoes the salt, perhaps masking otherwise bland flavors. One particular night, when my parents accompanied our family, the waitperson was never around, got orders wrong, and generally made this a very unfavorable night out. My parents were so upset that he got a $0.00 tip (they never do this), but the waiter cleverly forged this into a $6.00 tip without our knowledge. We've never been back. <br /> <br />I'm sure this was an isolated experience, and that Seattle probably has never had this problem. However, we have not made the journey back to Palo Alto since this happened. We're awaiting a trip to Seattle to enjoy the next Buco Di Beppo visual and culinary feast. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />

Reviewed 2004-10-04 (Reviewer)
<br />A great place to take the family or 25 of your best friends! Enjoyable atmosphere, and very good food!

Reviewed 2004-04-15 (Reviewer)
My family and I have been dinning at this lovely establishment for the past four years. Every visit has been a pleasure. The food is amazing and so is the service. This is the only place were everyone in my family has a favorite dish. With the portions being so big we always have leftovers to take home which end up being our dinner the next night. This family centered restaurant has a homey feel to it, despite its size. The prices there are very reasonable which makes it affordable to eat there often. Our family celebrates every special occasion there and we're not even Italian. I would highly recommend taking your family or whoever here. You'll love it!

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