@ SOMA, San Francisco
855 Howard St
(between 5th St & Holland Ct)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Buca di Beppo is a family chain restaurant that serves HUGE portions of Italian food. In all honesty, it’s probably the most mediocre Italian food I have ever tasted. The menu consists of your typical Italian dishes such as pasta, pizzas, salads and bread. Buca di Beppo doesn’t serve single servings but instead you have two options: small or large. And their small isn’t all that small. It will probably serve 3 people. I’m not sure about the large but I’m guessing that serves at least 5-6 people.
So I came here for my brother’s birthday dinner on Tuesday with my family. We had reserved for a table of 6 two days prior. Once we walked in, there was a hostess in the front that was suppose to greet people but she didn’t greet us. So I approached her and said that I had a reservation for six at 7:30. She scanned her computer and quickly told us there was no reservations under our name. I then asked her to check it for 7:00pm or 8:00pm. She replied “Yeah…there’s no reservations at all during those times…” So now I’m waiting for her to say something else but she didn’t say anything. So I asked, “So…is there an open table for 6 right now?” She replies with, “Oh yes, we have open tables right now. Let me get you seated.” WTF?!?! Why bother wasting our time when there were open tables already?
Sorry for venting but I just felt that some of these workers were just so incompetent. Just got a feeling they didn’t want to be working there and was just waiting for the restaurant to close to get off work.
Now back to the food. Like I said earlier, the food was downright mediocre. Nothing special. It’s a good place to have big parties because of their large portions but the quality is just adequate. We had the baked rigatoni and that was something I could make at home. We also ordered the linguine frutti di mare that didn’t taste like anything. It was a little bit on the fishy side and the tomato base sauce had no flavor. The best thing we had was the Apple Gorgonzola Salad. It has apples, walnuts, cranberries, Gorgonzola cheese and chopped Romain lettuce tossed in their Italian vinaigrette. The walnuts and cranberries were sweet which paired well with the apples and cheese.
Overall, this place would be a mediocre 6/10 in my book. I would actually rather go to Olive Garden over this place, if I had a choice. Buca di Beppo is just another one of those franchise restaurants in America. I would say come here if you have a huge appetite and don’t really care for quality. Good place just to chat and eat with a big group of friends or family.
Have you ever tried Buca di Beppo? What are your thoughts? Do you think the same way I do? If not, please let me know what you think differently below!