Buca

4.6
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CAN$51 and over
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Italian
Buca Osteria & Enoteca brings Italy to Toronto’s dining hotbed on King Street. Executive Chef Rob Gentile has been internationally celebrated for his locally sourced, constantly changing menu. Guests are drawn to return time and again for the warm hospitality and artisanal fare, including famed house-cured meats, pizza, and pasta, inspired by the classic traditions of Italy with a contemporary culinary touch. An open curing room is on view, and beyond the Enoteca, a smaller wine bar, offers the perfect space for intimate gatherings. Tucked at the end of a private brick walkway, guests can choose to dine under the soaring ceilings of the restaurant’s industrial chic dining room. Consistently rated one of Canada’s best restaurants by critics since its opening, Buca is a modern classic built on the perfect balance of old world and new.
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HE
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular as usual. Service is always wonderful. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. The service was very attentive. They never disappoint. Highly recommend.

JD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Our server made excellent recommendations

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

FS
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience amazing food and service

CA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was fabulous, but the wine outrageously expensive.

ML
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great idea to give a make-at-home pasta as a birthday treat.

KS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! This resto did not disappoint!!!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

It was meh.

NM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting Toronto - follow Buca and BarBuca on Instagram and was excited to taste their menu. Nodini was excellent along with everything else we tried. Highly recommend

GL
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Very disappointed. We had salumi and fromaggi everything lacked flavour same for the tartufo pasta. Pizza was ok. Pricy for the quality I do not recommend.

AR
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Buca is one of my favorite Italian restaurants to visit - the food is always so delicious! This is the type of place we like to eat for special occasions. As we come once a year, my expectations are always set very high and for the most, they always deliver. The food was amazing as always, and our waitress warmed up to us by the end of our visit. She wasn't pushy which was great, but I do wish she would have given us a bit more info on the menu or special features. Secondly, I will say that our second waitress who wiped down our table after each course could have been a bit more welcoming- she didn't even smile or acknowledge us. Other than that, every bite was delicious and I recommend to all Italian food lovers.

SA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was amazing and the atmosphere was really cool. Our waitress did not seem interested in my party of 3 women. She was more interested in the couple next to us that was enjoying bottles of wine - I guess if you assume people won't spend money they can receive below par service?
I will go back for the food but perhaps I will try another location.

L
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to Buca on a Saturday evening for wine and dinner with a good friend. We've been before, in fact, I think that I've dined here at least twenty to thirty times. The food was great, as always, and we were ably assisted in our choices by our server. However, it was with the wine steward that our selections really sang! Both of us having recently spent some time in the Piedmont in Italy, we gravitated to that part of the wine list and were guided through to our ultimate selections while enjoying a great conversation. We were well served throughout the evening with both wine and food. The staff were never obtrusive or interrupting any conversations we were in. But it was the wine steward who made my evening go really well. I'll be looking out for him the next time I go.

F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way

S
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience for my birthday. The food was delicious! The manager brought me a gift - a recipe and home made pasta to make at home. So thoughtful. Thank you!

r
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

SM
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food & wine list is great. Roberto is a great guide for navigating all the tremendous choice of vintages. Service was attentive without being intrusive and very informative. Every dish was superb. My only complaint was that it took too long for our bill. We were finished, table cleared, just drinking water and wanted the cheque but waiting at least 20 minutes for this.

k
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience , food and service was perfect !!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience with delicious food. Must try their pizza, and the signature sugar for their coffee is to die for!!

AZ
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved that they were very accomodating of our seating issues. My friend was not comfortable on the bar seating due to her height and they helped move us to a better spot. They also exchanged one of the mains we ordered as it was not to our liking and they did so without any issues. The food is good but what sets them apart is the attention to detail and service.

OT
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great experience. The food was sublime followed up by great service and ambiance. The dessert was out of this world. Highly recommended!

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Didn’t like the food but that was my fault - I wanted to try something different and it didn’t pan out. Love the restaurant & my friends had a great time. The pizza was phenomenal!

MH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible terrible service. Our table was 45 min late and there were no apologies and then we had a moody stuck up sever. We also were asking about multiple bills and instead of answering us our server slapped one bill down on the table and when asked again about multiple bills said “we are not allowed to do that”. It was hard to see anything else through the terrible service. I will not go back. Style over substance

J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Every time we come here it’s an amazing experience - the service, food, and atmosphere are some of the best in the city and that’s why we keep coming back! The burrata pizza is as always to die for and the salumi was divine! Only comment was that my baba al rum had a little too much rum for a thursday afternoon ;) but overall a fantastic experience as always!

CR
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Buca never fails to amaze. The servers are knowledgable friendly and fast. We had a fantastic time!

BP
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best tiramisu I have ever had. Would go back, just for that. Pizza would have been yummy but it was very burnt and completely black on the bottom.

d
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful meal & service, unfortunately the banquette seating in the back room was under quite harsh lighting that couldn’t be dimmed (we did ask the staff twice).

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fresh and delicious, beautiful space as well

AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable restaurant. We were handed Prosecco and fresh, hand-cut prosciutto while waiting for our table. Our waitress was unbelievably attentive and helpful with suggestions on the menu. They handled the stress of the TIFF crowd with graciousness. Can't wait to come back!

CM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here every year for TIFF. My trip would not be the same without coming to Buca. Best Carbonara outside of Italy!

TP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding!!! The food was unbelievably delicious. The best branzino and tiramisu i have ever tasted. The service was phenomenal.

LD
Miami
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Very noisy. Bar tables uncomfortable. Pricey, small portions. Not impressed. Will never go again!

K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Buca was very good, very authentic Italian. Wine is priced well and there is a great selection. Service is a bit brusque but it's an Italian restaurant and a very good one! Only complaint was if you are in the areas with low ceilings, it gets very loud so it's tough to hear folks across the table but there is little that the restaurant can do about that. Will go back for sure.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Enjoyed the food. Especially the raw scallops, pastas, and the Tomahawk steak. The Brunello we had was great with the food. Ambiance was suboptimal as it was quite loud and we could hear the server trying to describe the food we were eating. The seating area we were at was quite loud and I found it hard to carry a conversation with my friends. Service was poor this time as they forgot my friends beer.. he had to ask for it twice after initially asking for it. We had to ask for the bread knots a few times also after ordering it... and it came much after the rest of our food. The last time I was there it was a much better dining experience.

k
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We made a reservation because we were celebrating. The table we got wasn't in the main dining area and was in the bar/lounge area right beside a wall. It wasn't great and I asked if we could sit in the main dining area but there was no room. We received a glass of sparkling which was a nice gesture but still would have appreciated a better table.

I have been to Buca before and had such a better experience. Our food and server were both just okay. Not worth $300.

CS
Istanbul
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved it! We were here for my girlfriends bday dinner. Everything from the starters to desert, I gotta say menu is very well crafted and kudos to kitchen team for pumping out delicious meals for their guests. We took our time finishing each dish it was just bonkers ! Lol. Will definitely visit again. FYI try that panna cotta and see how flavours burst literally right after you take first bite, and the bite after lol.

AT
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my anniversary at Buca on a Friday night. Food was amazing (we got a pizza, and pasta). The pasta is amazing! Nice date night spot, not too loud, the environment is nice. Would recommend to all!

M
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and Food both are very good. We return.
Since they knew we celebrated my birthday, they surprised me by giving us a box of fresh pasta to take home. Thank you!

JK
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Services was excellent! Our server explained in details all the foods that was on the table. He is friendly, helpful, polite and knowledgeable. We had a very enjoyable evening. Thank you!

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