Buca

4.5
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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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Italian meals and wine. Not your traditional italian meals, but absolutely delicious. Would definitely recommend and absolutely would return!

TG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

It was a lunch. Our waitress did not give very attentive service for the price of the meal. The food was excellent but the vibe at lunch was not there. Very dark, dingy room. Needed more Christmas decor to make it cosy. We waited along time for wine to be ordered and served. The wine list has no price range at a lower level below $60. I would not recommend this place for a typical fun Italian lunch.

OT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always one of my favourite spots. We allowed our waiter to choose the dishes which went well with our bottle of Nebbiolo

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing pizza and pasta with truffles, great atmosphere

AN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Chef Jorge and Brent were so nice with us.

MT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is amazing, and food has never disappointed.

BR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

I think this restaurant is way over priced for the wine list, food entries were way over priced, for example a small single side piece of Branzino was 42.00 no other sides included. Okay location is part of it but I would not recommend this to anyone.

m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

We were so rushed it was like they wanted us to eat and leave under 30 minutes. At this price, it would be really nice to give us some time to enjoy our food. Waiters were literally waiting behind us to take away our food. 3 times, we had to tell 3 different waiters to leave the plates in front of us as we were not finished!! The whole dinner was super rushed and it was not pleasant AT ALL. Constantly having people hover around us to rush us is not what I was expecting about this 5 star restaurant.
However, the food was outstanding.
It's too bad the overall experience was so disapointing.

LC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

There is no denying that Buca has some of the best, and most authentic Italian food in the whole city (plus impeccable service), but the atmosphere would make me take pause in recommending it to anyone over 25 ;) It's a King West vibe: really (really!!) loud, with a lot of really young customers. It's just not very sophisticated or intimate as a result. Loads of people eating while looking on their phones, loads of people getting drunk on a bunch of cocktails. It reads too young, which seems really counter-intuitive to the quality of the food and service (and price - it's expensive). If I were to give the proprietor's of this particular location some advice: move. I would go back for the food in a heartbeat, but not for the environment.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food & service in a great atmosphere. We will definitely be back.

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent! repas aspect magnifique et délicieux!!! bravo

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1Food3Service5Ambience1

Hard to find because it’s in the basement down an unsigned alley off king street Incredibly loud it felt like a college pizza joint till we got the wine list You would think you could find a full bodied red for under $97 in a ten page book but not here Then the ridicules became the absurd when the food menu was presented So overpriced it made me angry This is pasta for God’s sake Had a bottle of sparkling water and a pizza (server was great) $50 with tip and then went down the street for a nice quite meal I don’t mind spending too dollar for a meal but this place brings zero value

NB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a lovely evening with delicious food! If you’re willing to spend a bit extra than normal you will definitely have a pleasurable dining experience! Our server was also wonderful!

OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Every bite was full of flavour. Tuna appetizer was melt in your month and the Tiramisu was without contest the best dessert we’ve ever eaten. Service was impeccable but not pretentious.

SS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy our visit here! See you again soon!

h
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious food and attentive service
Rear bar is not at all good for dinner seating

MR
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for Italian and sharing plates. Very casual but still feels like an intimate experience. Highly recommend.

J
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

This is my first at King Buca usually go to Yorkville. I got carbonara was way too salty

BA
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went to Buca with a coworker who can't have dairy, and as we were discussing options with our server she recommended spaghetti al pomodoro (which isn't on the menu but they offer as an option), and I swear it was the best spaghetti I've had in my life. The Nodini have ruined garlic knots anywhere else for me for life and I am not mad about it. Wish I lived in Toronto so I could eat here again and again!

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific evening! Staff were very knowledgeable about wine and menu. Seamless experience of fantastic food

g
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, Buca didn’t fail to impress. Great food. Great service.

P
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

It's a great location for a meal and lunch meeting. The exposed brick and simple design lend to an elegant yet casual and very Toronto feel. The servings were generous and we all enjoyed our selections from the menu.

d
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

By far one of the best Italian restaurants in Toronto - arguably the Americas. Brilliant every time.

LC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was wonderful, attention paid to every detail. All the extra touches left an impression on us. We certainly can't wait to go back.

CM
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Italian Dinner! Super Keen Server who knows her stuff! Best Tiramisu Ever❤️

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Waited 15 mins for reserved table

JA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Had a reservation but still waited 15mins or so to be seated and that brought down the service . Food was delicious.

CS
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Buca. 10 years is a testament to the level of food and service. We had charcuterie and I had the simple tomato pasta. When simple is done right it’s sublime. Wine list rocks. I am a repeat customer. Love the little bread knots and the olives. Meat cured in house. Check it out.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

I don’t understand what the hype is. The good was mediocre at best

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server went above and beyond. The food was incredible. The entire experience was spectacular. We went back 3 times in a week!

DV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Had the truffle pasta Su Filindeu before, so we ordered two truffle pasta plates this time. But unfortunately the pasta didn’t taste the same. It was dry and the white truffles didn’t melt like it did before. It wasn’t hot enough. Also the chef came to the table and did the truffle shavings for us last time. We felt special but this time the truffle was shaved in the kitchen then brought to us.
My wife didn’t touch her truffle pasta so we got it to go. But they ended up giving it to someone else.
Probably won’t buy it again. Very disappointing for the high price.

JB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

OUTSTANDING! A truly great dining experience. My wife and I travel to Toronto several time a year. My wife loves to shop, and I love to dine at different restuarants. I have dined at many restuarants over the years and have to rank BUCA in my top (3). I will be sure to make a dining at BUCA a must.

DM
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and great service

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was lovely

JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great dinner. Would definitely recommend to others . Can’t wait to return!

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The waitress seemed to be a little annoyed with us because we didn’t know what we wanted immediately. Also it was strange that the menu had no starter salads. The food was good, but I much prefer the Yorkville location’s menu better.

V
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a great evening at Buca. The ambiance is industrial and modern, the drinks were good and the food was delicious. The portions were a little skimpy and a couple in our group left hungry. For that reason I may hesitate to return. The service was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Good service, decent food. Overall good experience

L
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can’t say enough. As always the food and service are unparalleled.

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