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Osteria La Buca

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Central L.A
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5210 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3145 (Wilton)
+1 323-462-1900
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 18:00 - 22:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri 18:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Toronto, Canada
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171 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I never thought that I'd be saying this, but the music was too loud. Otherwise, the atmosphere was great. The service was also very good, attentive and polite. We were all served together, despite one of our party making a late food choice after the rest of us had ordered. That, I think was very proper. The food was very... More 

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Malibu, California
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I used to love this place - not anymore. I've been a long time patron here as I do find the food here exceptional. Brussels sprouts - amazing. Carbonara - breathtaking. All the servers - lovely. The new General Manager - Miguel - rude. Consistently. Ever since he was a server. I have marveled over the years as to why... More 

Thank goodfoodloverz
Nellysford, Virginia
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

My husband rarely eats Italian so when visiting our daughter in LA she suggested one of her favorites places for a bowl of pasta. We shared the ricotta starter, which was very good, as well as the Brussels sprouts. These were the best that we've had...ever. My daughter and I shared a bowl of carbonara, as well as the pasta... More 

Thank J W D
Long Beach, California
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50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

So much was very good but I could not put my finger on what I did not like, which I finally found the words, the place lacks heart. I am spoiled by growing up with no money but when my parents took us to restaurants it was special from the minute you walked in the door. I got more spoiled... More 

Thank TahitiPartnersGeoff
London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

A pretty hip place but located waaaayyyy down Melrose Avenue, east of the studio lots. Large open floor format downstairs and a smaller, intimate setting upstairs. Unless you want to be completely away from the action, you DO NOT WANT TO BE UPSTAIRS so make sure you request downstairs seating when you book. We didn't and paid the price. Many... More 

Thank mtjllc
Apple Valley, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This is an amazing restaurant and staff go out of their way to welcome you and make you feel at home. The food was awesome, everything very fresh and homemade. Don't miss this charming place if you are in the area.

Thank Patricia V
Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

We visited this restaurant after spending a busy day in Hollywood. We were able to call ahead and reserve a table right before we got there. The staff on the phone was very friendly while taking our reservations. Once seated we were brought home made bread which was very tasty and warm. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the wines... More 

Thank Sharon G
Los Angeles, California
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144 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Way down Melrose towards downtown in a fairly dumpy neighborhood is la Buca. It's a modern interior with young servers and a young Hollywood crowd. The appetizers were very good. Pizzas, tartare and more. The pasta was great as was the chicken parm. I would go back.

Thank wrldwonder
Hilversum, The Netherlands
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

While staying close by we thought this was the easiest choice. But we were pleasantly surprised. Food was great and service as well!!!

Thank Corné v
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I like to stay at a hotel close to this restaurant when we go to Dodger games because we can take a short walk to enjoy great food and service. We discovered OLB about 3-4 years ago and have been returning every chance we get as we think the front and back of the house do a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5210 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3145
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighbourhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: +1 323-462-1900
Down-home classic Italian menu in the heart of the studio district

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?