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Ristorante La Buca

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center East
As featured in Best Kept Secret
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711 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3525 (Between 7th & 8th)
+1 215-928-0556
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Abington, Pennsylvania
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243 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Located Washington Square, below street level, elevator is available. We enjoyed the Old school Italian grotto décor. We both had a Red snapper, crab meat, shrimp special, broccoli and one little potato croquette, skimpy on the shrimp and crab meat, side of pasta with nice red sauce. Red snapper was a little too well done . Came very early, great... More 

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PHL, United States
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We go here 2-3 times a year for pre-Walnut Street Theatre dinner. I love the Zuppa and we've had the orlando chop and the veal chop. The fish choices usually include Dover Sole which was very tasty. This week the service was quite prompt but we suggest being cautious on timing for theatre as we've had several slightly tardy service... More 

Thank David G
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There were 7 adults in our party and we all really enjoyed our meal. We were going to the Walnut Street theatre and the location was perfect. We had a variety of foods and all were great from the drinks, bread and entree

Thank travelingsisterPa
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband loves the branzino. You can order 1lb or 1.5 lbs. They de-bone the fish right in front of you!

Thank ShihYu
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever we see shows at the nearby Walnut Street Theater, we have pre-show dinner at La Buca. This Italian restaurant is solid and never fails to please. Tonight included a lovely shared order of Calamari Friti, Seafood Livornesi with linguini for my hubby, and Dover Sole served with broccoli and a potato patty for me. The food was well-prepared and... More 

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

We had Veal Marsala and Veal Piccata with sliced creamy potatoes and broccoli for lunch today. Impeccable service, a great glass of Chardonnay and a robust Gimlet.

Thank mghdi1120
Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This was my first visit to La Buca, with some good friends who have been here many times. It was all they said it would be ,and more. The cocktails were perfectly mixed. The bartender was both efficient, and most entertaining. They bring to your table a food cart with a bountiful display of the seafood, and meats that are... More 

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Greenwich, ct
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275 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This place is apparently frozen in time; everything's screaming '70 which, by itself, it's not bad, but it gives a weird sad vibe to the whole experience. A good thing is that both rooms (the main, behind the bar, and the one on the side) are pretty quiet, so conversation is possible at normal voice level. Service was pretty good,... More 

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190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

great home made food that s fresh good and great and real family home cooking and your visit is well worth you trip!!!!!!!!

Thank thomas p
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We had a wonderful dinner in this basement restaurant right off Washington Square. The food was delicious and the prices very reasonable. The decor is dated, but that gives it a warm, cozy feeling. I don't think I would travel far to dine here on a special date, but it is a great place for friends and family to meet.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 711 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3525
    (Between 7th & 8th)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-928-0556

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