Buca di Beppo - Jacksonville
10334 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256
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
08/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I made a reservation for four for 7 PM, I arrived a few minutes early and checked with the hostess to make sure they had my reservation, they did. When the rest of our party arrived I let the hostess know that we were all there and ready when our table was. We were seated shortly, well most of us were. We were taken to the farthest room from the front door, to a space that literally required the guests at the next table to stand to allow us room to get to one side of our table. Our table for four had three chairs, to which the seating hostess replied “I will be right back with a chair for you”, when we left after 9 pm, yes it took that long for the meal, she or no one else on the staff had ever brought a chair. The guests at the table that had been put out to move for us gave us the spare from their table with a wish of good luck that our service was better than theirs had been, it wasn’t. We then waited 20 minutes for the first visit from our waiter by that time we had picked out our meal; we ordered the drinks, appetizer, and salad then. 20 more minutes when he came back with the drinks, that is 40 minutes from setting down to the worst table in the house, after having made a reservation, to get a drink, he rechecks our order making it obvious to me that it had not been placed with the kitchen. This was proven true later when all the food arrives with in 5 minutes of each other. Some of the other highlights include having to ask for a fourth set of silverware only to be told that the restaurant was out of knives. They were out of clean plates too, judging by the dirty dinner plates that were delivered to us, after we asked for them of course.
01/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This is good if you're dying for southern italian dishes and need someting close. I grew up near a 'little italy' and we have nothing even close in jax fl, but this comes as close as it gets. Bucca is a chain but tastes better than most chains i've been to.
11/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
....but I returned once and maybe more in the future.
I am new to the area and originally Italian so the first thing I do in a new city is to explore the dining scene.
Beppo's does not serve authentic Italian food but to do so would require flying in the ingredients on a daily basis. Placing my Italian palate aside I was able to enjoy some of the dishes and learn to stay clear of some other ones. On average nothing overly pleasing and nothing offensive.
For a casual dining excursion it is a good place to visit with attentive service albeit higher prices than the food warrants.
03/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Ok, so I understand the debate over true Italian and not true Italian. Here are my feelings on that subject. Unless you are from the old country or your mom is just one generation away from it, are you really going to know what true Italian really tastes like? What I do know is that I have eaten at Buca's several times and have never had a bad meal or bad service. I have eaten at the one in Pittsburgh and the one in Jax and found the same service and quality. I may not know true Italian food, but I do know good food and that's what you will find at Buca's. I recommend you go with another couple and take advantage of the family style eating ""Mix-n-Match"" and have a great time.
08/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Mr. Restaurant Reviewer. You wouldn't know Italin food if it bit you you on your rump. ""They import everything., because I asked. "" Dave, did you know there is no such thing as American olive oil. All olive oil is imported. They do not make olive oil in America. Once again, the locals, who seem to be astonished with chain restaurants, simply are afraid to try an authentic ethnic menu. Jacksonville grows, but never grows up. These chain ""restaurants"" mass produce thier sauces, pastas and so called improted meats and fish. The result is a bland ,under spiced dish that appeals to the masses.....such as yourself. There is truly no difference between Olive Garden, Buca, and Carrabas. Do yourself a favor and take this recomendation and try an authemtic Italian Restaurant, owned by Italians, cooked by Italians and has been in business for 22 years. The name....Vito's on Baymeadows Rd., just off of San jose Blvd. Then you will truly know Italian food. Of course, the extra few bucks, might be too much on your budget. You next date might appreciate the added taste of true Italian food.
08/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I was worried to go to ""chain restaurant"", but that was washed away upon walking in the door!
I took the tour with my girlfriend through the kitchen (who would dare that anymore!?!) was seated comfortably and the rest was perfect history.
The food: as authentic as I can figure, some of the best Italian I've ever had and I am from N.Y. I know they import important ingredients such as oils, vinegars, meats and olives, because I asked.
If you are here looking because you would like to know, look no more, just go. I've never gone at night and didn't need to reserve a seat, but according to others you may want to to be safe, enjoy! I did.
Buca's is family style service and dining. You litteraly feel like they are family. They have an excellent service standard.
07/23/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Went to Buca's for the second time with my girlfriend for our anniversary. We reserved the Passion Pit the night before since it looked interesting on the tour the last time through. She has been living in Jax for much longer than me and is a stallwort fan of Buca's.
The evening started off well when we found our seating reservation double booked. We were the first couple on hand so the option to take it was given to us. We had to wait a while for the last diners who were taking their time but the more isolated seating was worth it. The other couple, older and very cranky, came in while we were waiting. The girl hosting and the manager were very friendly and accomodating to them. We later saw them being seated so they must have come to terms with the bad reservation.
Me and the girlfriend opted to skip an appetizer in order to have room for some dessert. The portions at Buca's are quite large and should be approached with caution by the less than starving. In the past, we've had the best Bruschetta so far in Jax with fresh bread and tomatoes with the perfect mix of seasonings. We ordered a small Ravioli with Meat Sauce for the two of us as our entree. The ravioli was excellent just as the Quatro Al Forno was the last time we were there. For dessert, we decided on the TIRAMISU,rum and espresso soaked ladyfingers layered with custard, topped with cocoa and biscotti with almonds. Neither me nor her had ever tried some but have more experience now. It was served very cold and we thought it was pretty rich both in sweetness and alcohol but overall a great choice with some after dinner coffee.
Overall I would definately recommend Buca's as one of the best Italian restaurants in Jacksonville so far. So far, the food and service has been above reproach with only a minor scheduling mix up. It was explained the area we reserved doesn't have a spot on the reservation seat and is just noted on the bottom. Call ahead to confirm and avoid any problem.
06/08/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Of corse there's the big authenticity debate about every Italian restaurant, but Buca is a great place to have a wonderful meal with friends and family. All of you germophobes will need to avoid it during the dinner hours because everything is served Family Style which means you order an entree that serves 4-6 people and you ""plate it"" yourself. For those of you who love to try different things and get bored before you finish a meal, this is THE BEST place for you because you can have a small piece of chicken (parmesan, marsella, boulegnaise, etc) and a side of pasta and some eggplant or veal parmesan. The list goes on and on, they have a wide variety for everyone's tastes and I haven't even mentioned the salads, sangrias and desserts!!