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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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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (21 reviews)
“cacio pepe” (2 reviews)
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5210 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3145
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 26 February 2017

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....More

Thank goodfoodloverz
Reviewed 10 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...More

Thank J W D
Reviewed 20 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...More

Thank TahitiPartnersGeoff
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...More

Thank mtjllc
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Nearby Attractions
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.64 km away
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1.47 km away
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6 reviews
.90 km away
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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, Romantic
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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