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Buca di Beppo

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(20 Reviews)

1233 N Van Buren St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 224-8672

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Today: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
25
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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Hours

Regular Hours

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Phone: (414) 224-5151

Fax: (414) 224-5151

Payment method
master card, visa, all major credit cards, amex, diners club, discover
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhoods
Yankee Hill, Downtown Milwaukee
AKA

Buca di Beppo - Milwaukee

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Categories
Italian Restaurants, Restaurants, Pizza, Family Style Restaurants, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Good For Family: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Above Average

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niceguywhofixesitall

04/18/2011

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Overall
GROSS

i reserved a seat for me and my date and forgot me so i waited an extra hour.after being seated put my hand into someone elses food and was rushed to order in the unexcusably hot resteraunt for a july day.you would have thought no salad no bread no drink included what kind of family style is this for these prices for what they are charging they could have atleast got the a/c fixed.BEFORE I HAD EVEN TOUCHED MY FOOD I WAS ASKED FOR A BOX TO GO! What a ruined 1 year anniversary.i considered leaving and not paying for my meal im sure the MPD would have allowed me to leave due to this poor of quality.not to mention they do have numerous HEALTH CODE VIOLATIONS FROM 2008-2011 check it out for yourself.

zuckerboy

07/20/2010

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Overall
I dont know why people like this

I dont know why people think this is italian food. IT is a step up from olive garden, but that isn't saying much.. IT tastes like pre-manufactured food which no love was given when making it.. It isn't terrible, but it isn't good!

shibbel1

02/21/2009

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I just don't get it!

The high ratings this place is getting is mind boggling. Price is decent, portions are large, place has a nice old school Italian feel, but that's where it stops. The food is terrible, very poor taste, and service leaves a lot to be desired.

Skip this place.

TBert

05/10/2008

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Buca is like the Old Country

Wow. I came to this place about four years ago and it was good. However, I don't know if the management or staff has changed, but it was AWESOME! The food was so original it reminded me of my Granmother's cooking form Calabria! I was in tears when the servers came to sing Happy Birthday to my daughter. Wow! They brought out some delicious Chocolate Cake, a candleabra and a chef hat from the kitchen. She was so happy. I can say that the Buca family treated me like family and we have some great photos and memories that will last a lifetime.

The staff seemed to really care. Our bruschetta was so fresh and perfectly seasoned. The pasta was perfect with a marinara sauce that had to have been made fresh. My son tried the 1/2 pound meatball and really tore into it! The special of the evening was soo good. Some kind of Penne Cardinal? Wow. I recomend this place. Chain or not, they know what they are doing at Buca di Beppo in Milwauke.

T Bertucci

mkesw

03/03/2007

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Overall
great place for dinner (or lunch)

My husband and I have eaten at Buca's many times and enjoy the delicious food and festive environment. If you're planning to go, I'd recommend making reservations by phone or online. Without reservation, you may have to wait awhile. Reservations are especially important if you'd like to dine at the kitchen table - a large booth located in the kitchen where you can see various entrees being prepared and delivered to customers. Also, if you sign up for the email list on their website, you'll receive special discounts and coupons from time to time, as well as updated information about new menu items and changes in restaurant hours. All in all, a great place to dine. We recommend it!

43north87west

02/22/2007

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Middle of the road chain restaurant...

Nice ambience and good downtown location,decent sized bar, off-street parking (while it lasts) are the good points of this restaurant. But in the end it is still an average Italian chain restaurant. Two occasions left me with a bad taste in my mouth, the last being a nasty assistant manager, the first being the exclusion of salad dressing from a $$$$$ enormous catering order. Usually when management is not up to par, the service of the whole staff reflects it. I always felt like the staff was doing me a favor, which is a turn off. But it seems to be a popular place and as such, I was invited many times to large gatherings of friends at this restaurant. Based on my experiences I would not choose this restaurant.

My S.O. and I spend a lot of time and money traveling and dining out here and elsewhere. As a frequent business traveler I also dine in many cities, mostly at upscale establishments, occasionally at chain restaurants... I'm experienced at dining out. If you like the chain restaurants, Maggiano's is superior for Italian food in a chain restaurant. That said, Milwaukee is a diner's dream come true... and if you're looking for Italian, a lot of places do it better without going to the chains.

ajacarr78

10/20/2006

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Overall
Just hype

I had heard of this place for so long and finally went. Well, it was not good. The garlic bread mentioned previously as being the best ever........hardly. It is the worst garlic bread I have ever had. Maybe the fact that I have grown up in an Italian family and actually know what good Italian food tastes like has spoiled me. But I would not recommend it. There are a lot of other places you can go for the same amount of money and get REAL Italian food that won't give you a stomachache.

michellew0276

10/01/2006

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Overall
Fun and Great Food

I love Buca's! The food is consistant, nice full bar, loads of fun. Its even more entertaining to go in large groups but is also nice for 2. Served family style so you can try a few dishes and pass them around. A lot of food for the money. My favorite is the Lemon Chicken and Bruchetta. I've had other things and they have all been great.

jk1205

04/16/2004

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Overall
You Can't be serious!

I can not believe with all the real Italian restaurants in this city that Buca is at the top of this list, the food here and at the Olive Garden is generic! It isnt that the food is bad it is just that you can do so much better! There are places like Fillipo's, Caterina's Ann's, Balistereri Bros where Italians actually do the cooking...go there!

roticle

10/16/2003

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Overall
Not worth it

After visiting this place only thing I can recall is the quantity of the food not the quality. Service was poor and servers weren't attentive. The food wasn't impressive and parking wasn't easy neither. In conclusion just say no and don't go. *^^*

beechj

08/11/2003

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critic

Just there recently, and had the best experience even though the place was packed. Food was awesome and the server was all over our table with a constant smile!!!

ABW2002

01/03/2003

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Overall
Just say no to Bucca!

Please, Bucca is a chain restaurant with a chain feel, I would think Milwaukee would have better taste than naminating a chain for best Italian, when there are so many wonderful mom and pop places to go to!

milohoss

11/27/2002

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Overall
This is a CHAIN!!!

Are you people not aware that this ""restaurant"" exists in every city and most suburbs in the country? It's as phoney as Applebees, and the only thing good about the food is the quantity. It does not deserve to be on this list, you are embarassing yourselves and your city.

mary01

10/18/2002

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Terrible food

I don't know why this restaurant gets such high rating - both myself & my husband thought it was the worst food we ever had. We would never to back.

emu1030

08/20/2002

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Overall
Exciting and Entertaining

This restaurant is one of our favorites, especially for going out with friends. The Chianti is absolutely fantastic!

AMKirkey

08/08/2002

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Overall
Garlic Bread.....YUM

This restaurant has the best garlic bread that I've ever had.....but don't get it with cheese...that ruins the real garlic cloves taste.

kellyjos

08/07/2002

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Overall
Best Family Italian

Buca's is some of the best Italian I've had. It's in a cozy atmosphere and they encourage big tables.

pamelafranz

07/30/2002

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Overall
baca best

Buca's is De Best! The atmosphere is exhilarating, the food is awesome and the service is excellent. When you walk in the door you can tell this is a great eatery!

xcajiy

07/26/2002

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Overall
viva italia

I was part of a party of 6, we were setted immediately. We started off with beer and wine, and appetizers - very good. We each ordered different meals and shared, so we could taste a bit of everything. All was wonderful. I'm looking forward to going back. Good for families.

manure

06/13/2002

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Buca Di Yummo

Buca is one of the best chain restaurants around. Always great food and great service. Bring friends...portions are huge.