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!

Upcoming Events

Saturday9May / 201608:30 PM

Ray Gavin - First Appearance at Sam Buca's

Join us in welcoming Ray Gavin as he performs a wide variety of music on Saturday, April 9th beginning at 8:30pm. As always, there's no cover charge!

Friday1May / 201608:30 PM

Marty Sammon - LIVE at Sam Buca's Friday, April 1st

Don't miss out on your opportunity to hear some of the best Blues music on the Southside! Marty Sammon is back and louder than ever at Sam Buca's this April 1st beginning at 8:30pm.

Sunday21Mar / 201602:00 PM

Blanc and Brushes Paint Party

RSVP now for an interactive painting experience on Sunday, February 21st at 2pm. For a $30 pre-paid fee (payable at Sam Buca's before the event), you'll get instruction on making your own painting (this week's theme is a family tree). Mimosas, Martinis and House Wines are all just $5 during the event. Call 708.361.1226 to reserve your spot.

Saturday20Mar / 201608:00 PM

Local Blues Phenom Marty Sammon is back!

Join us Saturday, February 20th for what's sure to be a legendary performance from Marty Sammon. It's Marty's 5th time performing at Buca's, and he's back again by popular demand. Show starts at 8pm - NO COVER!

Friday19Mar / 201608:00 PM

Jimmy O. and Rhonda Lee

Join us on Friday, February 19th for a live performance from returning artist Jimmy O. and Rhonda Lee.

Saturday30Jan / 201608:00 PM

Blues artist Doug Lee

Join us on January 30th for an evening of live blues music featuring returning artist Doug Lee. Show begins at 8pm.

Tuesday26Jan / 201611:00 AM

$7 Burger and a Beer

Sam Buca's is rolling out a new special EVERY TUESDAY! Grab a Pint of Beer (domestic, import or micro) and one of our 7 all-new delicious burgers! ONLY $7.00 every Tuesday!

Saturday16Jan / 201608:30 PM

Jimmy O and Rhonda Lee LIVE!

Join us on Saturday, January 16th for a live performance from Jimmy O. and Rhonda Lee! Show starts immediately after the Blackhawks game.

Saturday29Aug / 201508:00 PM

Jimmy O & Rhonda Lee

Join us Saturday, August 29th at 8pm for live music by Jimmy O and Rhonda Lee.

Friday7Aug / 201509:00 PM

Marty Sammon is back!

Marty Sammon returns to Sam Buca's on August 7th at 9pm. Arrive early to get a seat in the Buca Bar!

Friday10May / 201508:00 PM

Aaron Michaels at Sam Buca's

Join us on April 10th for a live performance by Aaron Michaels.

Saturday28Mar / 201509:00 PM

Doug Lee and Blues Family

Join us in welcoming Doug Lee & Blues Family to Sam Buca's for the first time. No Cover Charge.

Saturday21Mar / 201509:00 PM

Southside Steve

Southside Steve returns to Sam Buca's for a Saturday evening performance!

Tuesday17Mar / 201507:00 PM

St. Patrick's Day Entertainment

Get your fill of Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick's Day, and enjoy live entertainment from Aaron Michael!

Marty Sammon Returns!

WHEN: FRIDAY, March 6th at 9PM
Marty Sammon returns to Sam Buca's on March 6th for a special Friday evening performance. Show starts at 9pm. NO COVER!

Bar Bingo

WHEN: Monday, March 2nd at 8PM
Join us each and every Monday night for the hottest BINGO game in town. Tons of prizes, and always free to play!

Acoustics with female vocalist Abby

WHEN: Saturday, February 28th at 9PM
Join us on Saturday, February 28th for a special acoustics performance with vocalist Abby. Show starts at 9pm. NO COVER!

Marty Sammon Live at Sam Buca's

WHEN: Saturday, February 21st at 9PM
Join us for a very special performance by Marty Sammon, keyboardist for the legendary Buddy Guy, as he brings his musical talents to the masses at Sam Buca's!

Valentine's Entertainment with Alan Gresik

WHEN: February 14th, 2015 at 9PM
Aland Gresik returns to Sam Buca's on Valentine's Day! Bring your sweetheart and enjoy an evening of live musical entertainment!

Smokin' Joe Thomas and South Side Stevie

WHEN: February 7, 2015 at 9PM
Harmonica and Blues invades Sam Buca's on February 7th, with a live performance from Smokin' Joe Thomas and South Side Stevie! Performance starts at 9pm. NO COVER!

Thursday29Jan / 201507:00 PM

The Vito Zatto Dinner Show

On Thursday, January 29th, Sam Buca's will be hosting Vito Zatto beginning at 7pm. Call 708.361.1226 to make your reservations!

Saturday24Jan / 201509:00 PM

Dual Piano

Entertainers Alan Gresik and Amanda Wolfe will entertain the audience with their pianos at Sam Buca's on January 24th. Join us for this special evening of entertainment!

Saturday17Jan / 201508:30 PM

Acoustic Stew - LIVE at Sam Buca's

Join us for a special live performance by ACOUSTIC STEW at Sam Buca's, Saturday January 17th 8:30pm. Come early for seating

Wednesday31Dec / 201404:00 PM

Ring in the New Year!

Join us on New Year's Eve for a very special holiday dinner menu featuring Shrimp Bruschetta, Prime Rib, Filet Mignon and more! Spaces are filling up fast, so RSVP by calling us at 708.361.1226.

Monday29Dec / 201408:00 PM

Chili's Bar Bingo

It's Monday night, and the progressive jackpot for tonight's game has grown to $4,500! Join us for your chance to win!

Thursday25Dec / 201410:00 AM

Christmas Day

Sam Buca's will be closed on Christmas Day. From everyone at Sam Buca's, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday24Dec / 201411:00 AM

Christmas Eve

The Buca Bar will be open from 11am until 5pm on Christmas Eve! Join us for a holiday drink before spending time with your loved ones!

Wednesday17Dec / 201406:00 PM

Private Event - Closing at 6pm

Sam Buca's will be closing for a private event beginning at 6pm. Please feel free to join us for an excellent lunch during the day though!

Tuesday16Dec / 201407:30 PM

Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild

Join us and watch the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Minnesota Wild. Puck drops at 7:30pm.

Monday15Dec / 201407:30 PM

Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints

Kick-off for the Bears game is at 7:30pm. Sam Buca's will be featuring $10 Domestic Bucket Specials as well as $3 Bomb Shots.

Friday12Dec / 201409:00 PM

Matt & Donnie LIVE

Sam Buca's is bringing in LIVE entertainment this Friday evening, featuring the acoustic duo, Matt & Donnie. The live performance begins at 9pm in the Buca Bar.

Monday8Dec / 201408:00 PM

Chili's Bar Bingo

Join us for Chili's Bar Bingo beginning at 8pm. It's always FREE to play, with prizes awarded at the end of every game!

Thursday4Dec / 201407:25 PM

Chicago Bears vs Dallas Cowboys

Join us for the Chicago Bears game, beginning at 7:25pm. We're featuring $4 mixed drinks, $3 Lemon Drop Shots, AND during the game, we also have $12 Miller-family buckets.

Monday1Dec / 201408:00 PM

Chili's Bar Bingo

Join us for Chili's Bar Bingo beginning at 8pm. Tonight's jackpot is worth $2,500. And remember - it's always free to play, with winners EVERY game!

Thursday27Dec / 201402:01 AM

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sam Buca's will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. We wish you all a very happy turkey day!

Monday24Dec / 201408:00 PM

Chili's Bar Bingo

Chili's Bar Bingo begins at 8pm. It's always free to play—with prizes awarded for every game!

Sunday23Dec / 201412:00 PM

Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Join us for the Chicago Bears game. We're featuring $12 domestic buckets, and a free half time buffet!

Sunday23Dec / 201409:00 PM

Blackhawks vs Oilers

Join us for the Chicago Blackhawks game. Remember, when the Blackhawks score, so do you!

Our Staff

Dedicated to providing you with the best experience possible

  • Dominick Buscemi

    Dominick recalls the days of family gatherings and celebrations where everyone in the neighborhood was invited. It was these memories that lead him to opening Sam Buca's with his cousin Charles. The family tradition continues as they invite you to their table and experience Italian dining at its best!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Diana
    General Manager

    Diana has been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for more than 15 years. As the general manager, Diana is responsible for every facet of the business, ensuring the customers receive the very best in service.

  • 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!

  • Nora

    Nora has been with the Sam Buca's family for more than 10 years. In that time, she's served thousands of customer - the biggest joy being the compliments she receives on the food and her service!

  • 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!

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.

Lunch & Dinner Menu

Lunch served 11am-4pm; Dinner from 4pm-10pm

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