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Buca di Beppo

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1921 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402 (El Camino Real)
+1 760-479-2533
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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San Diego, California
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We have a rule about never eating out on St. Valentine's Day due to the heavy crowds and lackluster menus. We tried to get around that this year by responding to the frequent email offers from our local Buca di Beppo for a heart shaped meal including lasagna and pizza if I just ordered it online. I succumbed and put... More 

Thank jsp3
San Marcos, California
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955 reviews
396 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our daughter and her family love this restaurant, so we went with them for dinner. I thought the food was good, but nothing to write home about. They do serve "Family Style" with good size portions, so no one goes home hunger. The service was very good and the wait staff made the experience fun. In all it was a... More 

Thank csarchibald
Carlsbad, California
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Not a good place for kids, noise, food and setting. Our kids did not like the table/booth and the waiter with all tattoo's and rings scare some of the kids. Waiter made jokes which the kids or I liked very much

Thank 19037Travel
Carlsbad, California
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164 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Buca's a fun experience. Check out the decor and enjoy the ambiance. Stick to the pasta. My wife swears their salmon is the worst she's ever had. Personally, I think the brownie sundae can cure a multitude of sins but may send you into a diabetic coma. The portions are large but so are the prices.

Thank db7477
Woodbridge, New Jersey
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124 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Went there with friends and their family before the 2 couples headed out on a 15 day cruise. Been to other Buca di Beppo establishments and knew the food and service would be great. We were not disappointed. The pricing is very reasonable and reservations are a must, at least on weekends.

Thank Alan B
Carlsbad, California
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Friendly, especially for famlies. Nice menu I didn't like the photographer coming up and taking pictures without first asking. Ok course she returned and wanted you to buy it. I have one now, my friend bought it, and it is a bad picture. The constant clapping by staff for various events being celebrated became annoying.

Thank Chaps4126
Shenzhen, China
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65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Buca is famous for its family size portions and that's why we went for a family lunch. Food was ok, bread was free and service was good. I have no complain.

Thank Qodesh
Encinitas, California
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109 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Large portions of great Italian food. Great place for family lunch/dinner. Like the decor, always something to look at.

Thank guinness/currant
bucalove, Guest Relations Manager at Buca di Beppo, responded to this review

We are happy to hear you enjoy Buca di Beppo! Thanks for the positive review and we hope to see you again soon! More 

San Marcos, California
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99 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

We've been at the Carlsbad location a few times. I love the food, big serving family style. Holidays are no fun to have dinner here because even if you have a reservation, you won't get seated until 2 hours. Also, it is great that they have online ordering. The only drawback is they are slow during holidays so even if... More 

Thank Dawn T
Gold Coast, Australia
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87 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

oooooh my goodness what a fun night. EXCELLENT family style servings of delicious and fresh foods, wish we had one near us in Australia. Our Waiter PADDY went all out to make it a great experience for 3 kids and 6 adults, remembering ALL our names and taking great care of us. And the FUNNEST quirky decor ever. Loved it... More 

Thank Globalgirlmaz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1921 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
    (El Camino Real)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-479-2533
Buca di Beppo serves authentic Italian cuisine in an eclectic, vintage setting. Our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by everyone at the table. Two sizes are available: BUCA SMALL feeds up to two and BUCA LARGE feeds up to four. At Buca, guests delight in our lively atmosphere, enjoy the classic tunes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and admire our decor, including family photos and candid shots of Italian-American icons, such as Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio. Our energetic atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff make Buca di Beppo the perfect place for great Italian food and fun.

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