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Il Buco

47 Bond St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Lafayette St.
212-533-1932

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6
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Mixed Reviews"

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43% would go back.

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Terrible

By broooklyn on 1/25/2014

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

Did the prix-fix dinner for Valentine's day last year. Horrible water service, bread service, inattentive waitress. Portions were so small that i think we went through two baskets of bread. We were CRAMMED next to two other couples who also seemed to get bad service. Tiny portions and way over priced. As an industry veteran who alerted them in advance, I expected a small measure of interest in seeing that we got respectable service. Auto-grat'd 20%, dinner took forever. Completely ruined experience. DO NOT GO HERE. It is a very charming atmosphere however. Designed beautifully. Great ambiance. Great decor. Several colleagues had a similar experience.

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12 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

If you DON'T know fine dining, then Il Buco is for you.

By rrberdecia on 4/22/2013

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

From Bianca whom I confirmed my reservation with to Natasha the manager on duty on the evening of April 20, 2013, they all (Il Buco staff) need training on how to serve a good meal and how tend a table with customers. I felt completely unwelcomed by the staff. I was told, more than once that my table was reserved right after me and I needed to end my meal by a certain time --AND I HAD MADE A RESERVATION A MONTH IN ADVANCE! Who does that? I love to eat. I enjoy the restaurant scene, not just in NYC, but in my travels through Europe (Italy and France several times included) as well as throughout the United States. I must say, I have never been treated the way I was treated at Il Buco. As for the food itself, The Bistecca was the only dish that lived up to the expectations. The burrata cheese appetizer tasted like it was a cheap mozzarella slice of cheese from the dairy aisle from a grocery store. I kept asking the staff to pour water in my glass. I mean, one thing after another went wrong. The service was just so out of touch with the reality of the food business industry. I will never set foot again at Il Buco. It was a wasted evening of $326.00. I do not recommend this place to anyone. There are plenty of other GREAT and REAL restaurants in Manhattan. I do not understand at all why Zagat guide gave Il Buco the ratings they did. I was very much disappointed!! --BTW, I was celebrating a special occasion that evening. So much for celebrating that was. NEVER AGAIN!

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40 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

Horrible Service

By notimpressed84 on 2/15/2013

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

To echo what others are saying... I recently had a pretty laughable experience with the service. Bottom line--remarkably bad service, nothing remarkable about the food.

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42 out of 87 people found this review helpful.

Rude hostess And rude waitress

By diva36 on 1/6/2013

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I was told I couldnt be seated at a table. Then after being thrown at the bar, we were ignored. The restaurant remained empty until we left. The food was good and expensive, but that's no reason to put up with that kind of treatment. I recommend going to il cantanore on 10th street for the same good food and no rude treatment.

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44 out of 82 people found this review helpful.

Highly disapointed

By tryingeverythingNYChastotoeat on 8/7/2012

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I really wanted to like this place. Despite being located in a lovely spot in Nolita, the service was average/poor and the food was simply tasteless, minimalistic and nothing was special. We tasted 6 appetizers and we were extremely disappointed. The main courses and especially the pasta had no character. I can make those spaghetti in 10 minutes in my house.... And the then the bill... It made us all very sad, it really wasn't worth the money.

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46 out of 85 people found this review helpful.

Why haven't i been here before?

By cathyl123 on 1/9/2012

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I stumbled on this place with a friend early on a Sunday evening. The cozy atmosphere seen through the window drew us in. Perfect for a cold winter's evening. The waitress was very attentive and the sommelier came over immediately offering to help with the very extensive wine list. The $60 Italian red he recommended was delicious. The food was outstanding. I lived in Italy for 4 years and am very critical on subpar Italian. This was perfect. Limited amounts of ingredients, seasonal produce used and one of the best spaghetti with clams I've had in a very long time. My only regret is I haven't discovered this gem previously.

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47 out of 104 people found this review helpful.

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance.

By ballad on 7/10/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance.

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47 out of 106 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful, charming, perfect!

By kitowilson on 11/3/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

We recently had a celebration at Il Buco, in the old world wine cellar. It was such a special intimate setting and we could not have asked for a more perfect place. The food was great, especially the porchetta and risotto. We took many photos at this event and everyone who sees them asks, "WHERE IS THIS PLACE?" If I were ever to own a restaurant, this would be the place!! Bella fantastico!

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62 out of 131 people found this review helpful.

Magic!

By nycl on 7/5/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

Warm, gracious, cozy, romantic. My husband and I spent part of our dinner arguing whether il Buco is the best winter or summer restaurant. We finally agreed - summer in the wine cellar, winter in the dining room. Exquisite food and seamless service, I have had dinner here maybe a half dozen times, and it never fails to impress. Whole roasted fish, the Kale salad, the octopus, the porchetta. Even writing these words is making me hungry. You must go... now.

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59 out of 117 people found this review helpful.

A Disappointment

By JillyB on 6/2/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

I dined at Il Buco last night with a friend and had very high expectations. Although the food was tasty and the ambiance was extremely cozy and adorable, the service was horrific. I ordered a glass of wine at the bar and brought it to the table. I finished my wine before appetizers came and the waitress did not ask if I wanted another glass until I was done with my entree. She did not come over ONCE to ask if we needed anything/if we were enjoying our food, to the point where I had to ask if she was still our waitress (yes, she was). We then left a sub-par tip,and as soon as we signed the bill (which we of course had to ask for after waiting without entrees for 20 minutes), the waitress picked it upand looked at it right as she walked away! All in all, I don't think I would return unless I was sure the service had improved.

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69 out of 138 people found this review helpful.

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