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Il Buco

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

Avg. Rating

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

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43% would go back.

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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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46 out of 96 people found this review helpful.

horrible

By binger on 2/20/2004

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

If you like bad food and sharing a table with strangers than this is the place for you. This place is far from romantic. The only reason they dim the lights is to hide the small portions on your plate and maybe all the fat in their meat.

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265 out of 526 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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44 out of 86 people found this review helpful.

Not worth the hype! horrible service; mediocre food

By missy828 on 8/9/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I've been there 3 times in the past 5 years. The first 2 times I liked it--the ambiance is nice and it used to be a good place. The last time I went there, however, they took forever to bring us food, and then kept pushing wine on us. It was almost an hour between our salad and main course. They never apologized for being slow, either. Will never go back. Oh and the food, when it finally came out, was mediocre at best. I've been to all the nice Italian restaurants in NYC and have been to Italy, and Il Buco doesn't compare. OVERRATED!!

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260 out of 549 people found this review helpful.

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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18 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

Great Decor, Mediocre Food, Bad Service

By lshewitt on 8/18/2003

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

When it took 20 minutes for the waiter to take our order, I suspected there might be a problem. When asked for a wine recommendation and the waiter's response was, "its your choice" it was pretty clear. But when we had finished our truly uninspired fare, we were disappointedly certain: Il Buco is completely over-rated.

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201 out of 368 people found this review helpful.

IL Buco

By sahw on 4/24/2004

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

Not what it is cracked up to be, very disappointing. Went in after a show at the 45 Bleecker St. Theatre. The restaurant was not full, but we were seated in the cold and dark wine cellar, where there was one other large party. We were seated next to the meat locker. The service was slow but informative. The cod appetizer was very good, but small. The ravioli was bland and again a small portion. Pana Cotta good but very rich. The menu is larger than the portions served.

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364 out of 684 people found this review helpful.

Confused...

By cjsmith on 5/6/2004

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

A freind and I stumbled upon Il Buco for lunch today- and now it will be a great inside joke. The decor, I must admit, is great (and what sucked us in) and would be a great spot for a romantic night -if you aren't hungry. The server was efficient and more than in the know about wine when asked. She even mentioned that the appetizer portions weren't large- but it seems some cruel joke when you see the size of portions and the price of the same. A two bite appetizer that's $15 is a bit much even in New York. The couple at the next table (tables in this front area are about 6 inches apart) seemed as shocked as we were when the food was served. Price is only an issue if you don't feel like you ate- my friend had to get something to eat an hour later. My artichoke appetizer was a little on the bland side. The portion of egg pasta was ample, but the Lamb Ragu was a little bland and not very abundant. Charming interior but leave time after your meal to stop for a bite to eat.

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335 out of 709 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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53 out of 98 people found this review helpful.

Family Dinner After a Show

By petekels on 1/3/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Six adult family members went for a special dinner after going to an off Broadway show. Disappointed at best, especially since friends had recently been here and enjoyed it. The meal came an hour after the appetizers. The appetizers didn all come at the same time. Drink order was screwed up. Three of the six dinners were good, the rabbit, bison and sword fish. The pork dish was half fat! The two pasta dishes were poorly done. I know the menu changes regularly however items shown online were not offered. The fine atmoshere mitigated the wait but the dinner was a let down. I'd go back on the hope that it just could have been a bad night.

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