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Osteria La Buca

5210 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3145
+1 323-462-1900
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (22 reviews)
“cacio pepe” (3 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
5210 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3145
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Reviewed yesterday

OVERRATED BY FAR! Actually this place is not only TERRIBLY NOISY but you can FEEL the vibrations of the music and chatter through your body. That is not a way to enjoy a meal! There's an upstairs and I foolishly thought it would be better...More

Thank jtzs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was Saturday night and it was loud, loud, loud, which dovetailed nicely with the rows of motorcycle helmets lining one wall of this concrete and glass establishment. (The upper floor is quieter I am told). Started with meatballs and their phenomenal brussels sprouts, then...More

Thank tuck33000
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

First of all LA within a mile of this location has plenty of choices for dinning. This was a last minute choice for us as our daughter hadn't made reservation down the street and the place was packed. So they gave us the "pasta room"...More

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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Awesome food and wine!!! Highly recommend Brussel sprouts, crab meat ravioli, and bake egg pizza!!!!!

Thank SimSimBamBam
Reviewed 14 September 2017

My wife and I recently had dinner at Osteria La Buca on Melrose near Van Ness. We live nearby in Hancock Park so this is a spot we go to with some frequency for dinners, and I often meet business colleagues there for lunch. I...More

Thank Kenneth A
Reviewed 19 August 2017

I had traveled from Vegas to LA and was staying at the Hollywood Historic Hotel. Their restaurant was closed so they suggested I walk down to Osteria La Buca. The service was great and for a Monday night it was quite busy. I had a...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Osteria was recommended to us by the concierge at our hotel. It was delicious farm to table Italian food. I read a review about the short rib ravioli and had that my wife had the Bolognese. We were so happy with both of these dishes...More

Thank J. Thomas M
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Everything was simply delicious. Portions are the perfect size. Price is typical for house made Italian from scratch in LA. I'm a vegetarian and found the Spaghetti Cacio Pepe completely satisfying. My friends raved about the short rib ravioli and the meat balls. I recommend...More

Thank Ashlie I
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

At first glance (location) you might think that this Italian restaurant is out of the way. And you're somewhat correct. But it's definitely worth the extra trek. It is refreshing to find an Italian restaurant that doesn't seem to fall into all the Hollywood hype!...More

Thank jimmyk776
Reviewed 19 March 2017

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...More

Thank 5gordons
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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