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Osteria La Buca

$$ - $$$
Central L.A
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5210 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3145 (Wilton)
+1 323-462-1900
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
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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Los Angeles, California
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139 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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20 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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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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Orange County, California
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248 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Excellent menu choices gave each of our group something perfect and we enjoyed the evening. Our server was thoughtful and attentive, the food came out efficiently and was delicious. We all agreed that a return visit was in order and several of the dishes we had would be on the repeat list. Celebrated a birthday, and even though the restaurant... More 

Thank anita w
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Without reservation we got a nice table upstairs next to the fire place. Very good wine and the starter steak tartar was super. Pizza light and tastefull.

Thank Koen v
York, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I have to say this place is not in my favorite area in LA and the welcome from the valet parking was less than warm but once inside the welcoming feel of Italian hospitality and good food started to take over. We were shown up to our table and the waitress who served us was excellent. Good knowledge of the... More 

Thank P G
Los Angeles, California
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288 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

We had dinner with my daughter and her husband before going to the Pantages Theater last Friday. I must say this place didn't disappoint! We ordered the house made ricotta to start (to DIE for!) and it was just amazing! For dinner we each tried something different-classic pizza, chicken parm, short rib ravioli & Buca farms squash fusilli. Service was... More 

Thank Sid k
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178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Very friendly and very knowledgeable waitress Maddie, knew every wine on the menu and directed us to the perfect bottle. We shared a pizza for our first. It was a delicious wood fire, thin crust more than enough for the two of us For the main course my husband had the short rib ravioli. This is a masterpice. Not like... More 

Thank Priscilla G
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Simple Italian food in a modern relaxed setting. The cocktails were finally crafted and the food was simple and well made. Nice place for night out or just a good dinner.

Thank Brendan K
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103 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

I'm Italian and picky, and this place passed with flying colors. The beautifully textured homemade pasta was cooked to perfection and the Bolognese was rich and flavorful. The service was low key and attentive. The star was the ricotta....divine!!! I'll definitely be back. (It's dark in the restaurant, hence why most of the pictures look dismal)

Thank artpulse

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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
Italian, Pizza
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?