Welcome to
Sam Buca's Italian Restaurant

Sam Buca’s Italian Restaurant located at 123rd & Harlem, is your home for traditional southern Italian cuisine in Chicago’s south suburb of Palos Heights.

Since 2003, Sam Buca’s Restaurant has been delighting the palettes of patrons from Palos Heights, Palos Park, Palos Hills, Hickory Hills, Orland Park, and Worth through delicious and inspiring Italian dishes.

The restaurant’s Italian recipes, handed down through the generations, require the finest pastas, seafood, meats and vegetables.

From the highly recommended Baked Clams Orrangonta and Grilled Calamari, to customer favorites Lemon Chicken, Tilapia Italiano, and homemade Cannoli, you’ll experience the tastes of southern Italy in every bite!

Sam Buca’s is updating our menu! Click here to see our current food menu as we develop a whole new dining experience for you!

Tuesday Specials

Join Us for our Tuesday $7 Burger and Beer Special

It’s Tuesday, and at Sam Buca’s Restaurant, Bar and Rooftop, it means we’re celebrating with a $7 combo offer all day!

Select from any of our 14 craft beers, and combine it with our of our signature burgers:

  • The Buca Burger – 8oz. Certified Angus topped with Candied Bacon and Smoked Provolone
  • Southwest Angus Burger – 8oz. Certified Angus topped with our homemade Pico de Call, Sliced Avocado and Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • Italian Angus Burger – 8oz. Certified Angus topped with homemade Bruschetta, Red Sauce, Fresh Melted Mozzarella Cheese, and Sliced Pepperonicini
  • Black N Bleu Burger – 8oz. Certified Angus, Black Pepper Crusted with Melted Bleu Cheese
  • The Border Burger – 8oz. Certified Angus served with a Chipotle Mayo and plastered with Jalapenos, Grilled Onions, add Melted Pepper Jack Cheese
  • The Cure Burger – (A.K.A. “The Hangover Burger”) 8oz. Certified Angus served with Bacon, your choice of Melted Cheese, topped with a Fried Egg.
  • The Maxwell Burger – 8oz. Certified Angus smothered with Grilled Onions, Mushrooms, and Melted Swiss Cheese.

All burgers are cooked to your liking with Lettuce, Tomato and Onion. Limit one per customer. Not valid with any other offer.

Our Staff

Dedicated to providing you with the best experience possible

  • Charles Marfoe

    Charles has been co-owner and operator of Sam Buca's Restaurant, Bar and Rooftop along with his cousin Dominick since opening the doors back in 2003. It's been Charles' honor to bring his family's recipes to the tables of so many loyal and gracious customers.

  • Chef Mike
    Executive Chef

    Chef Mike joined the Sam Buca's team in March of 2014. Since then, he's been cooking up some of the most inspiring fare the South Side has seen. He and his team are pleased to present the all-new Sam Buca's Lunch and Dinner menus to you!

  • Marie

    When you first enter Sam Buca's, the first smiling face you will probably see is our hostess Marie. Since 2003, she's been greeting customers entering the establishment and enjoys seeing familiar faces returning regularly for lunch, dinner, and cocktails!

  • Sarah
    Bar Tender

    Customers will find Sarah at Sam Buca's from the second the doors open at 11am until the end of rush hour. Her engaging personality makes the afternoons that much more delightful!

  • Maureen
    Bar Tender

    From the legendary Sam Buca's Martini's to recommending a good cocktail after a hard day of work to a customer, Maureen is always willing and ready to serve!

  • Marissa

    As a server, Marissa enjoys the hustle and bustle of the Sam Buca's, the best of which is interacting with her customers. Whether it's serving drinks or bringing Chef Mike's creations to your table, you'll get nothing but smiles from Marissa!

Upcoming Events

Thursday8Dec / 201607:00 PM

Join us for KARAOKE this Thursday!

Join us this Thursday from 7pm - 11pm for Karaoke. Sing all your favorites with a library of more than 300,000 songs to select from!

Wednesday23Nov / 201609:00 PM

MARTY SAMMON LIVE - Black Wednesday

Join us this Wednesday for local blues legend Marty Sammon beginning at 9pm. Marty has been a fixture at Sam Buca's for the past several years - and for those that have seen him perform, you know he'll be ready to lay down his musical genius for all to hear!

Saturday12Nov / 201606:00 PM

Zed Smyth Live at Sam Buca's Restaurant

Join us on Saturday, November 12th from 6pm to 9pm, singing all of your favorites from the 40's, 50's and 60's.

Thursday3Nov / 201607:00 PM

Open Mic Night

Join us the first Thursday of every month for Open Mic Night from 7pm until 10pm. Featuring $10 domestic buckets and 1/2 bottles of house wine.

Saturday29Oct / 201607:30 PM

Rooftop Halloween Bash

Join us Saturday, October 29th beginning at 7:30 for Sam Buca's Halloween Bash on the Rooftop. Come in costume. Door Prizes, Free Appetizers, DJ from 7:30-10:30pm. Featuring $3 Well Drinks, Free Miller Lite Drafts, $3 Halloween Shots, and $2 Domestic Beers! Purchase tickets in advance for $20 at Sam Buca's - $25 Admission the day of the event.

Thursday6Oct / 201607:00 PM

Open Mic Night

Join us the first Thursday of every month for Open Mic Night from 7pm until 10pm. Featuring $10 domestic buckets and 1/2 bottles of house wine.

Monday19Sep / 201607:30 PM

Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Join us on our heated rooftop (weather permitting) or in the Buca Bar and watch the Bears take on the Eagles. We're featuring a free buffet at halftime and $10 domestic buckets! Game starts at 7:30pm

Sign up for our weekend dinner specials

Three new specials served every Thursday - Saturday. Register below.

Here's what our customers are saying...

Mercy! Have You Tried the Bada Buca?

Wonderful food, excellent service, and a great group of neighborhood regulars as well as new faces makes Sam Buca's my Italian restaurant of choice. Ask for (and attempt to eat) the 4lb. Bada Buca. Phenominal

Ed Sochacki
A Place You Can Call Home

Since the opening of its doors in 2003, Sam Buca's has been the place to mingle with neighborhood business owners, friends and family. It's a great choice for business meetings, or just to relax on the Rooftop during the summer months.

Tom Gavin
The Best of the Best!

We visit Sam Buca's at least twice a week no only for the wonderful customer service, but just to see what's new on the menu. From the wide selection of ever-changing craft beers, to the weekend dinner specials, Sam Buca's is my neighborhood restaurant of choice.

Brendan Caffrey
It's better than ever!

I can testify that the new roasted chicken is absolutely amazing! There's nothing like spending some money at a cool, locally-owned business!

Rob Arrigo

How to Reach Us

Contacting Sam Buca's Restaurant, Bar and Rooftop has never been easier

12231 S. Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights, IL 60463(708) 361-1226

Hours of Operation

Sunday - Saturday: 11am - 2am