Buca di Beppo
5192 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77005
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
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They say that hindsight is 20/20, and that could not have been more true in this instance. My husband and I (to be fair, I decided and my husband played along) to try a new place for a nice romantic lunch. To day the decor is a little different is definitely an understatement, and the ealk through the kitchen to get to our table was a little unnerving. I don't want to think about how many people are being ushered by the minute right by all of the food that is about to be served. When our waiter came by, he asked if this was our first time at the restaurant to which we replied yes. Under normal circumstances this is the part where you are welcomed, and you are then given suggestions of the most popular dishes and wine, etc. Guess I assumed wrong... our waiter just took our drink order and tried to walk away. My husband had to say that he would actually like to order am appetizer and seemed to be in a bit of a hurry as we're ordering (even though the place was not super busy). My husband said we would like to order some wine, and the waiter didn't know anything about the wine. My husband says "we would like to to have a glass of a particular wine, and 10 minutes later we we were brought 1 glass glass of wine... is the wine served family style too? Needless to say, we waited another 10 minutes for our second glass. I wish in could say that the food was at least marginally decent but that would be to say generous. To top it off, this meal was a steal for $98.00 before tip! I can only say don't waste your time or money...
09/19/2011Provided by Citysearch -
This place had horrible service! i had my birthday here and was definitely not satisfied. The food was alright, not good enough for the price i paid though. You can find many other italian restaurants in houston that beats this place!
I loved the setting though, the place was really neat and unique, other than that this place is horrible
09/17/2011Provided by Citysearch -
In the ""spirit of Italian culture"", meals are served family style and you are promptly ASKED TO LEAVE. The atmosphere is great, food taste is great, our server Samantha was very attentive and efficient.... everything is great until a gentleman by the name of ""George"" comes to your table and asks you to leave. Then comes back a second time within 2 or 3 minutes to ask you to get up again. There is Italian family style dining for you! Would recommend this place to anyone, as long as you and your 13 guests can place your drink/dinner order, have coffee, dessert and pay for your check quickly before you are ""politely asked to leave"".
09/10/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Olive Garden has been fantastic the last few times we've visited, so they're raising the bar. Bucca is really cute inside, and that makes it worth a visit. However, it's expensive and the food isn't as good as Olive Garden.
We paid $20/person and only got a small portion of food each. That included a $13 dessert that gave us each a small dessert, but it was so rich that it was enough (Apple Crostata-not recommended....too rich and only one scoop of ice cream for $14???). The cappuccino is ok, I've had plenty worse, but comes in a plain coffee mug with only a small dollop of runny foam.
They serve unspiced olive oil for dipping your bread, that's dumb. The plain bread is unwarmed...no excuse for that. My observation is that people want their own plate, they don't want to share community plates, so make your own judgment. Our room was too warm for my comfort.
So, it's worth a visit but not a winner.
11/30/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The place is huge with a huge parking.
Staff is friendly and the place is clean - they aren't afraid to show you the kitchen while takind you to a table at the back of the restaurant. They have some food for people who can't eat gluten (which is a good thing).
And that would be all...I haven't found dishes I was eating in Italy. The same dishes they serve in so called ""Italian"" restaurants in Houston. Pizza was ok - at least on a thin crust but I didn't like pastas.
And those portions!! They are way to big...
11/15/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Absolutely loved it.
My wife is just about the pickiest when it comes to Italian food ... she almost NEVER likes any Italian place I take her... but tonight she declared the Branzino to be the best piece of fish she's had in the US... ever.
I had the Lasagna Verde... which was definitely the best lasagna I've had in years.
Nothing negative to say. Fantastic
08/08/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Bucca di Beppo for the third time and the food is consistently good. The staff is wonderful. I see that there are some less than stellar reviews here and I wonder what these people were expecting - Tony's???? The prices are very reasonable. Last night we had chicken marsala and a penne pasta with shrimp. The sides were fresh vegetables and the salad was fresh ingredients also.
I highly recommend this restaurant. Bella!
06/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
By no stretch of the imagination is this place good. I have been to the Buffalo Speedway location twice now; once a few years back and again this past weekend.
The menu is tedious and uninspiring. There is little in the way of seafood aside from the appetizer menu. Lasagna, spaghetti, chicken, shrimp and eggplant dishes are very barebones, standard issue and yet they cost on the low end 16.95 (small order) expect to pay a minimum of 20.00 (large orders).
I went with my boyfriend and his stepfather; we had one appetizer which consisted of stuffed mushrooms (six mushrooms for 12.95) an order of garlic bread (9 dollars). What type of Italian restaurant charges for bread? I had the caprese pasta dish which was on the special menu $16.95 (small) I opted to add chicken bringing the dish up to $23.00). This dish had very little flavor, it was bland and they skimped on the fresh basil.
My boyfriend had the chicken Lemone which he said was dry and bland (it didn't come with pasta) and his step dad ordered the shrimp scampi which was another 18.95 to 20.00 dish (small order). The shrimp came in a small boat dish with a fettuccini sauce and was circled with square cut bread (no pasta). His step dad also order a side garden salad (extra $4).
Our ticket came out to 98.00 without tip.The only large dish was mine, the guys dishes were pretty small. If you want to spend this much on a quality Italian dinner then go to Cavatore a little north of the Heights.
Bucca di Beppo's staff was a little strange. We started our service with a stand in waiter who kept telling us our ""actual"" waiter would be arriving soon, by the time he came we had been served drinks and appetizers and his manager and stand in waiter walked him over to us. It was awkward, the manager introduced himself and he was very dull and after announcing himself he lingered for something, was it praise? We weren't sure, after a dead silence he told us to enjoy our meal and didn't see him again.
We had not complained nor did we seem unsatisfied with our stand-in waiter. It made no difference to us whatsoever who served us but the three staff members made a big production announcing every step of their change over to us.
With that out of the way, Buddy Holly was not much of a waiter if you catch my drift. Maybe the manager was playing up his role for the waiter who was more of a kid, the just out of high school probably still living at home and smoking pot kind of fellow. He was pleasant enough kid but not versed in stream-lined, professional dining service. The whole meal was a little painful and badly choreographed from the dishes to the service.
My recommendation is save your time and money and shoot for a better place in this area. Buca di Beppo gets a negative three stars for atmosphere, service, and cuisine from me, I will not be returning unless they seriously lower their prices send their management to customer relations training and improve their menu.