Seattle >Buca Di Beppo
It's a chain!. As far as chains go (and I usually hate them), Buca is fine by me. Fine dining - no. I'm Italian and not offended by the food. (This is not the North End or Little Italy, folks!)Their stuffed shells are fantastic and I love their Chicken Cacciatore.
Not for kids. I felt that the decor was highly inappropriate for children, as were the drunken bachelor and bachelorette parties where obviously drunk guests wandered from table to table, offering things like condoms and asking for things for their scavanger hunts. The lines in the ladies room were long and only 2 toilets were working all night. A fun place for adults only if your are too drunk to know where you are.
DON'T GO!. I disliked this place so much that I registered with this web site just so I could put in a review! A few months ago, I came here with a group of about 11 people, we stood waiting for our RESERVED table for about 45 minutes. Recently, I decided to chance it again, this time with only 3 people (there's lots of tables for small parties, right?). WITH a reservation, we waited half an hour to be seated. The hostess is snotty, but I guess with that kind of record, she'd have to be. Food is so-so; Chicken Marsala good.
Best for families & groups. I love Beppo's for it's family style dining. Great for groups and birthday gatherings. The food is quite good and served on large platters that are passed around the table. Definitely NOT for a romantic date or quiet dinner. The place is noisy and lively!
A dining nightmare. We made a reservation for 9 people well in advance, but when we were finally seated after a half-hour wait. The table was just large enough to seat 6 and crammed in a corner. When we told the hostess that we had nine people but only 8 chairs and place settings, not understanding she snapped, "It's family style; it's going to be a little crowded." We actually had people seated on the corners of the table, and had to eat with elbows pinned to our sides. The waiter spilled an entire glass of icewater on my lap, then neglected to refill it. Besides the terrible service, the food is bland and be aware that they use the same marinara sauce on every dish. Everything tastes the same.
Not as serious an indictment as others. I went there for the 1st time recently on my daughter's birthday but always wondered why there were always big crowds waiting to get in. I supposed the reason was average Italian food with generous portions----it did not seem to be adaquately staffed for the number of tables. Generally speaking, it was an interesting dining experience but, as a senior citizen, would not "fight the crowds" and deafening noise again.
Poor Service Aftertaste.
Although the food was of decent quality, this Seattle Buca restaurant needs a staffing overhaul. From the get-go our visit found that the staff which interacts most with the customers (pretentious hostess staff, too-busy waiters reciting a hum-drum routine) were outshown by the food servers and friendly bus staff. I had to ask twice for my soda from our waiter; 15 minutes later I asked a very competent busser and she delivered my soda a minute later.
Unfortunately, this poor service leaves a more memorable aftertaste than the garlic.
What a Nightmare!.
Where to start? The atmosphere could not be worse. Incredibly loud and cramped with people singing happy birthday every 4 minutes.
The food whilst high in quantity was of the lowest quality. Mostly tasteless red sauce, the pasta was undercooked instead of al dente'. The mussels were overcooked. I could cook anything we had better myself. Plus their special Chianti was as rough as paint-stripper.
I have no idea why people wait in line to eat here.
Divaesque. I've been to Bucca many times, but not for the food. The food IS NOT authentic Southern Italian. My fiancee's entire family are full Italian/Americans. Real Italian at least uses garlic. Real Italians tear bread, it's not sliced neatly. You go there for the atmosphere. Great pictures, noisy like a big Italian family dinner, it's fun, but not good.
Expect fun and crazy. I love Bucca! If you go there with the right attitude, time on your hands, lots of friends and a big appetite, you can't go wrong. Where else would I have been serenaded with "Like a Virgin" for my bachelorette party dinner? Just expect fun, crazy and yummy food!
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