After a twenty-year run, the Buca di Beppo at 855 Howard Street has been shuttered. And another restaurant isn’t expected to take its place.

Instead, permits to start gutting the building’s interior have been requested. And as proposed, the building will be converted into 12,000 square feet of pure office space.

Keep in mind that the 4,000-square-foot parcel upon which the two-story SoMa building currently stands is theoretically zoned for development up to 130 feet in height. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

33 thoughts on “Buca Di Beppo Shuttered, Plans to Transform Its SoMa Space”
  1. Every single story commercial / industrial building in SF should eventually be demolished to make way for a 4-15 story replacement. Hope that happens here.

    1. I’d imagine a 13-story hotel here would do pretty well…though losing another lively ground-floor spot to office space in an already dead area is a bummer.

  2. I doubt they’ll be missed much….not w/ 91 others in the chain left. I’m surprised that such a – well, tourist trap probably isn’t the right word…maybe “formulaic restaurant” ?? – didn’t (originally) seek out something more in the “touristy” areas (Fisherman’s wharf, Union Square, etc.)…guess proximity to Moscone Ctr was an advantage.

    1. I ended up there once for a college club offsite. It was indeed fun for a largish crowd of people without a clue to go elsewhere in SF.

    2. I’d always meant to try it out. Guess I missed my chance. Saw one in Pasadena last weekend. Skipped it, too.

  3. First thought was it’s an interim use while they wait for a Central SoMa Plan upzoning to rebuild taller, but it’s outside the plan area. Mystifying.

  4. Was this restaurant chain any good? I see coupons for it all the time but always thought it would be mediocre at best. Was it like Joe’s Crab Shack in Fisherman’s Wharf where you can get better seafood anywhere else? Rather go to a mom and pop Italian restaurant in North Beach or elsewhere.

    Highest and best use principles would dictate as many floors as allowed.

    1. Actually their food isn’t bad, but it’s served family-style and in copious quantities, so it is really the sort of place that only works for groups of, say, five or more. And in a city with Italian heritage like SF, of course you can find better Italian. But it was kind of a fun place for a big group dinner.

      1. It was more east coast Italian-American than actual Italian and, of course, San Francisco’s true Italian heritage is from a different part of Italy with different food, namely Genoa and Lombardi, not southern Italy and Sicily.

    2. Equal to Olive Garden: overcooked pasta, flavorless sauces, tons of store bought bread. Went there once for a Christmas office party 15 years ago and never thought of going back. Next please!

      1. I haven’t been there in years, but actually thought it was much better than the Olive Garden (which I abhor); It definitely had more character.

    3. I’ve only eaten there once at a different location, entirely by accident in the late 90s. Even back then, I thought the food was mediocre, but not bad. Typical of old school American Italian food.

  5. I knew this is a chain now, but for some reason I always thought this was the first one – Nope, first one was in Minneapolis in 1993. So, I feel less bad about this closing. Still, I echo u/Hunter; more office and lobby space is not the way to preserve, let alone enhance, a walkable neighborhood.

  6. Why not make a boatload of money redeveloping this patch of land to its full height potential or selling it to someone who can? Does the adjacent billboard have a right to unobscured views? (I wouldn’t be surprised)

  7. No doubt the “Buca di Beppo” of Italian cuisine will be quickly replaced with the “Buca di Frisco” of an architectural limp noodle.

  8. Of course, all the SF food snobs crawl out from under their linen napkins.

    Anyway, the site is in a weird area. Close to Moscone, but still sketchy, especially at night.

  9. Buca di Beppo thank you for 20 years of service in the community.

    More office space? How much more do we need?!

    1. You may as well thank Mc Donald’s while you are at it. In fact, I prefer a Big Mac over the “food” they served here. No loss to the community.

  10. We Need housing for the people that are here the natives not high rises for transients there’s too many people here already San Francisco is a small town with alot of greedy people.

    1. San Francisco is a city that has had well over 500,000 people for half a century. It is the center of a metropolitan area that by some measurements has 7 million people. It is downright DELUSIONAL to make a statement like “SF is a small town”.

      As for greed….are you volunteering to give up your house or apartment for half price? Why not? Are you GREEDY?

    1. Great question. According to the only recorded building permit for this address prior to 1997, the building was used as a warehouse.

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