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!

Lunch & Dinner Menu

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

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Our Staff

Dedicated to providing you with the best experience possible

  • Dominick Buscemi
    Co-Owner

    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
    Co-Owner

    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
    Hostess

    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
    Server

    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
    Server

    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

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, Surf-and-Turf and more! Spaces are filling up fast, so RSVP by calling us at 708.361.1226.

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!

Thursday27Nov / 201402:01 AM

Happy Thanksgiving!

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


Monday24Nov / 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!

Sunday23Nov / 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!


Sunday23Nov / 201409:00 PM

Blackhawks vs Oilers

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


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