Buca

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CAN$51 and over
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience , food and service was perfect !!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 September 11, 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 September 10, 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 September 10, 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 September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super fresh and delicious, beautiful space as well

AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 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 September 8, 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 September 6, 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 September 6, 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 September 4, 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 August 31, 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 August 31, 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 August 30, 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 August 30, 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 August 30, 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 August 30, 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!

M
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Not what we were expecting. The food wasn’t anything special & some items were not even acceptable. The service was super cold and robotic. Disappointed.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food

g
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was entertaining friends from Washington so wanted a first class experience and we got it in every way--Andrea our server was exceptional and all the dishes were terrific--our friends were exceptionally complimentary--and they paid haha--a wonderful evening--many thanks to everyone

WS
Detroit
161 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and food. Waitress was very good!

LH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Some of the best cocktails we've ever had. The restaurant was beautiful and unique. Will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service, great atmosphere and it lived up to its reputation as one of the best restaurants in Canada. Solid 9.5 out of 10.

P
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 1

Recommended by all, but at the end of the day, really disapointed. 40$ for "truffle pasta" that tasted like pastas with a simple butter & white whine sauce. The quantity was so low that I ate again when I went out from that "fancy" restaurant. The chef needed to be told when I just wanted to remove pork from my plate because it's "his creation" and I needed his approval. Whatever, as a Parisian, I'm disapointed, and will not come back there. Oh and by the way, this is really hard to find, and prepare yourself to eat in a cave. Service was good.

TO
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE IN THE CITY. PERIOD. We were welcomed at Buca for our anniversary with a glass of champagne each. Salumi and antipasto were BOMB. Duck pasta was absolutely fantastic as was the lemon ricotta ravioli. The staff were just incredible. To top of off, we were even given a complementary take-home cacio e pepe to make at home. Honestly, on a street full of good restaurants, this place stands above the others. We will definitely be back.

PD
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was amazing as always. Great service.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was an amazing experience. The service, food, wine, and extra attention to detail. Can’t wait to go back. One, if not, the best restaurant in Toronto.

VC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

One of the best meals I have had in Toronto ever. Food and service top notch !

MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious, service was wonderful but the portions were smaller than expected. Very rustic fare, that was very fine quality Italian food.

JP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were in town to celebrate our sons 17th birthday. We chose Buca because we have traveled to Italy often and we were looking for authentic Italian food. We were very happy!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great.

OL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

it was perfect. the food was extremely delicious, the service excellent. An amazing gastronomic experience.

MR
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and outstanding service

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Didn't like this location. Food was good but service was horrible. Our server forgot half the items we ordered and wasn't very helpful with simple questions about the menu (like whether something was spicy or not). She asked if we wanted our bill but we hadn't received our entrees yet. She told us she forgot about them and asked if we could wait another 20-30 minutes for them to be prepared after we had already been there over an hour. That wasn't an option since we were there with two small children that were growing tired of the very slow service and lack of food. She didn't even bring the bread with our burrata. We asked for the bill and waited an additional 15 minutes. We left hungry and annoyed.

r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Northern Italian cuisine. The cicoria flavored beautifully. The outdoor setting quiet with comfortable seating. The wait staff very friendly knowledgeable and will go the extra mile to please you.

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