Il Buco

4.7
946 reviews
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Il Buco is one of Barrie's best kept secrets. It is fine Italian cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Come and enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner while taking in the beautiful view of Kempenfelt Bay.
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EB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great as usual!!

V
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing time at Il Buco last weekend. It poured rain so we ended up coming into the restaurant after placing our order. Our server was very accommodating, polite, and friendly. I ordered the penne ala vodka and it was delicious and just the right amount. I will definitely go back again!

WD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ate on the outdoor patio ...it was lovely way to spend an evening with friends... terrific service and delicious food.

PS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Definitely get the garlic appetizer. Best thing I have tasted in a long time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service

SM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I would definitely go back. There were 4 of us and we all enjoyed our meal. The only suggestion I have is to add the choice of patio or inside when booking the reservation. We were hoping to sit outside but the patio was full.

SY
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My favorite place to dine in Barrie for over ten years, consistently great food, great value, and excellent staff

HK
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

found this restaurant 4 years when stopping in Barrie for a night. since then we try come back every year for a delicious meal. service, food and outdoor seating is great. you will not be disappointed.

AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Il Buco. Never disappointed. The view of the waterfront is fantastic. Service is always great. They are able to accomodate food allergies. Never had a bad experience.

EC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely dining experience for my birthday. We dined early (6 pm) thinking that a Saturday night might get very busy and perhaps noisy. We enjoyed an excellent meal and our server was wonderful. A big thank you to another waiter who sang the best rendition of "happy birthday" I have heard. He has an amazing voice. We were nearly ready to leave when a large party of young women arrived to celebrate a "bride to be". Of course they were excited for their friend and it was a very large table right near ours. But we'd enjoyed a special meal and were happy to see them having a good time. Unfortunately it was a windy night or it would have been marvelous out on the terrace! What a beautiful view of the many boats on Kempenfelt Bay.

l
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went with 3 girlfriends to celebrate our birthdays which all fall within a month of each other. Food was great, our server was so sweet to give us a dessert to share. I was just disappointed that we missed Barrielicious which ended in July.

RJ
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always great service and the food is easily the best Italian in Barrie!

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

The food was absolutely wonderful, we all enjoyed our entrees immensely (penne a la vodka, risotto and spaghetti with seafood) but the highlight was Enrico’s Famous Garlic! We are still taking about it! The service was superb and the patio space is the best in Barrie. The only negative was that the table next to us was so intoxicated they were swearing loudly and stumbling about when they went to the restroom, bumping into other guests tables and chairs. That took away just a bit of enjoyment but what an incredible experience otherwise!

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

Excellent Italian restaurant this coming from an Italian. Food was excellent, good prices excellent service and a wonderful lake view from the patio. If I lived in Barrie I would visit this restaurant once a week. Loved it and definitely recommend.

PS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience from start to finish from the service to the meal. Our favourite restaurant in town! 👍🏻

DB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, service was spectacular. Food was amazing, and the restaurant was clean and fantastic! Recommend to everyone!

BC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a very nice dinner. The candles might be better if they weren't so tall. They interfere with seeing your guests across the table. Lighting should be lower on the table. We had to move them several times and we all found them a tad blinding because they were at eye level. It's hard to see past them. Just a thought.
Other than that, another delicious meal. Thank you.
(I hope you lower the candles haha)

S
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I love I’ll Bucco but it was a busy Friday night and very loud and service slower then usual. We had to shout to talk.

DS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary here. The food was excellent! The service was the best! The serenade made the occasion so special. Loved our experience at Il Buco. It made our anniversary so memorable.

B
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Roasted garlic appetizer..not to be missed and not to be shared!

CA
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We dined at Il Buco at the recommendation of Trip Advisor and were pleased with the quality and quantity of our meals. Our server was attentive and engaging. The patio was quiet given the size and offered a lovely view of the bay. My son is gluten-intolerant so we had to wait an extra amount of time for his pasta, but warm fresh bread (for the rest of us) came in abundance to fill the wait. The Dunlop Street entrance is not attractive at all and it felt like we were entering from the kitchen, but it certainly isn't a deterrent from coming again.

EP
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best, most authentic Italian restaurant for miles. Love it more everytime I go. And the garlic bread is worth sacrificing your children for.

D
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Not sure what the hype is?! The food was good but FAR below expectations. You can eat just as well or even better for a third of the price MANY places in Barrie or Toronto/GTA.

From the moment we walked in the door. Like your supposed to we stood next to the sign at the entrance that says, “Please wait to be seated”. Only to be greeted by a waiter with, “This is a high traffic area, move aside, I wouldn’t want to spill anything on you”.

For the prices they charge the restaurant could be a lot cleaner and have a lot more accessible washrooms (with plumbing that works properly). They actually paid someone to make a sign that warns that the urinal will overflow if you hold the lever too long! How about calling a plumber?

My youngest son had the seafood Pasta, one of the mussels and a clam were not even open (therefore bad). An “award winning” chef would have never let that plate out of the kitchen! My other son’s lasagna was going cold. Our Calamari and Shrimp appetizers had 2-3 miniature shrimp and the calamari from both plates put together would not cover the palm of my hand. The texture of the Calamari was perfect, but they spiced the hell out of it so my taste buds were numb and I couldn’t taste it. Good thing the service was slow, otherwise my mouth wouldn’t have recovered enough to taste the Red Snapper (which was good but not great). Both my wife and younger son ordered the roasted garlic, this definitely should have been sent back.

The other reviews commented about large portions?! Yes the portions of pasta and bread were huge, but the quality ingredients were very carefully measured to the bare minimum. If all I wanted to do was fill up on carbs I could have bought a couple loaves of bread and saved a fortune.

Very disappointed, never going back.

If this were not my Wife’s birthday, I would’ve called out the “Chef” and made a scene. So hopefully others will find this review helpful.

j
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Patio and service were lovely. Food was good, but nothing to write home about. Hubby had steak and asked for med-rare and it was cooked medium. It wasn't the end of the world, but just wasn't all that tender, and for $36, it should be. I had the Chicken scalloppini; tender and flavorful, but not quite as I thought/as advertised, it was in a tomato and basil SAUCE, but it is described differently. My margarita drink was bland, not much tang. All in all it was a lovely evening and I give the food a 7/10.

KG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would highly recommend Il Buco! Our server was excellent. The service was overall excellent. The wait for the food was not long, however, we were not rushed. There was a great selection of food and wine, depending on how much a person wanted to spend. The serving sizes were large. I was very pleased!

ET
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always consistent all our expectations were met.. And we all left satisfied

BN
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location!

PA
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Food and Service made this a great evening for our party. The menu is loaded with great ideas and the ingredients are fresh and food well prepared!

MR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service! A must try 😊
We will definitely be back.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was my first time at Il Buco and I'm already looking forward to going back!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The waiter got my entire order wrong. He didn’t mention the specials. And as he was holding our plates he was shaking so much I was afraid that it was going to fall.

DE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My family’s experience at I’ll Bucco was marvellous. We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Everyone there made our celebration a wonderful thing. From the family photo to the candle on the dessert. We have always been seated on the patio. (Spectacular views) Tremendous work by all. The food was delicious.

DJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience with engaged and friendly staff. Brought my Colleagues here twice for Holiday celebrations and attend at least once a year for family and friends. Better experience than the Keg as the staff actually slow you down, make you take the time to enjoy your overall experience

MS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurant. I definitely recommend to my friends .

PA
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific Barrielicious Menu Offering, great food quality and excellent service! It made for a great night for our Party! Excellent value for money.

JT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, nice atmosphere - one of the waiters I believe sung opera birthday song in Italian, so fun.
Should have called and asked for accessibility - front entrance has 8 steps up bu they have an elevator (would have been 8 steps down), entrance at the back parking lot is lower level where you take elevator up to restaurant!

d
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Had great table with a view of the lake from inside, but noise level was nasty given the large tables around it.
Food tasted wonderful as always but had a serious issue with 'the runs' next day but normally constipated
so can usually tolerate ANYTHING!!!
Server was terrific and handled the crowd with aplomb...

LB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always incredible food - so glad to have this place in Barrie! Fine dining but without the stereotypical tiny portions!

AD
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants in Barrie! Always great food and great setting

LS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food and service, as usual. Worth the drive from Port Carling. Fabulous wine list.

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