Buca
Buca

Buca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.buca.ca/
  • Phone: (416) 865-1600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Dinner
    Sunday - Wednesday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Thursday - Saturday 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Rob Gentile
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Loizou (416) 865-1600x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: King St. West & Portland Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Buca
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 or al fresco on the sleek outdoor patio. 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Buca reviews from OpenTable diners
190 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (138)special occasion (102)notable wine list (94)hot spot (75)romantic (67)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (43)great for outdoor dining (27)great for lunch (24)late-night find (21)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Really exceptional food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    i first went to Buca not long after it opened and found it packed and noisy, It was also rather meat opriented. But on returning for lunch this week, it was quieter and the food was outstanding. A pizza with wild mushrooms and gorgonzola made a toothsome app and what followed was equally good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Guitou
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food was absolutely amazing! the best restaurant we went with my wife for years! We will return to Toronto, just to come eat in your restaurant! Thank you for the excellent service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poppy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had a wonderful Saturday night dinner at Buca. For three of our party of four, this was the first Buca experience. We all had a terrific evening. The food highlight was the shared charcuterie appetizer. We all had a little taste of everything, which was so very tasty! The beet appetizer was okay, but surprisingly, the beets themselves were the downfall. They were just not very flavourful. There were so many interesting mains to choose from. We played it safe - by that I mean we avoided anything with offal. Three of us enjoyed our mains - two pastas and a fish. The fourth dish, the veal, was not very well described by our server, so what arrived at the table was not what was expected. The veal was VERY RARE. Our two shared desserts - a zuccotto and a pear dish - were okay, somewhat ho hum. We all loved, loved, loved the nodini, so much so that we were eying the table next to us, wondering if we could grab a couple of the nodini left untouched by our neighbours. I would definitely return to Buca. The tasting menu would be fun to try. And we almost left our seats to follow the suckling pig heading to another table ( saw this after we had ordered, otherwise we might have chosen differently). And you can't beat the space. So beautiful! Enjoy your meal at Buca. But reserve well in advance. This is a popular spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charlie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Wonderful! The food was imaginative. And the server was most attentive without being intrusive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor service.
    DM17
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Management were very welcoming when we walked in and both the atmosphere and food were great. We were very disapointed in our server who was not attentive as the evening proceeded and we had to fill our own wine glasses. Not impressive for a restaurant of that caliber.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VERY GOOD ITALIAN FOOD
    cusinehunter
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    VERY WELL PREPARED AND GOOD MENU SERVICE GOOD VERY NOISY
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem...
    Kkeats
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We're from Philadelphia, but every time we're in Toronto we are sure to make reservations at Buca! The food is outstanding! We love that the menu is filled with unique flavors that we've never had before. Also, the wine list is extensive and the cocktails are amazing. Service is excellent- the waiters are great at helping you navigate the menus if you don't speak Italian. All around, a very fun, unique place to dine! Would definitely recommend giving it a try!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The food was very tasty, portions were quite small but it's that kind of restaurant, the focus is flavour and unusual combinations etc. service was excellent, I would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Meal
    Aristotle
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Our server was very helpful in making selections. And what a selection we had! My husband, son and I consider ourselves serious cooks, and we were overwhelmed by the quality and unusual selection. This is not your average Italian eatery. We had shared our meal of two salads, ravioli, suckling pig and green beans. Be prepared for the unexpected. There was nothing left on any of of the plates
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dining experience for food lovers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Buca was a great dining experience. The emphasis was definitely on the taste and presentation of the food. Everything was delicious. Service was great. Staff was very helpful with decoding the menu. Definitely looking forward to a repeat. performance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't see anything.
    RetiredChef
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Yes, that's right, Buca will deprive you of one of your five senses, that's 20% of your sensorial enjoyment of its otherwise good food. I thought it was me, getting old perhaps, but then I looked around and everyone was pulling out their cell phone flash lights to read the menu and to see what was being served. Seems it's not a unique complaint, as I spoke to many people who have gone and who agree that the little things like this can easily ruin your dining experience. The service staff had no candles to offer, they laugh it off in fact. Management needs to take note that this is a major irritant and quite contrary to my understanding of what hospitality is. It wish I could remember the food, not this incident.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Lunch
    PjrichardsoVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    An amazing venue! Unique items with great tastes. Loved everything I ordered. Very different ideas on classic items. Would suggest to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Contemporary Italian
    FEtzandfriend
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The walk down the cobbles tone path, down the stairs amidst brick, wood, - perfect Italian ambiance., Except - very vibrant - hip scene. Service was impeccable - I love it when the wait staff is willing to recommend their favorites, be it wine or food. and that perfect combination of attentive but not so attentive that you feel like they've mistaken you for someone so rich you feel like a poser. food was delicious of course. We did the 6 course - 'you bring it - we eat it' which felt so adventurous and 'easy' - we didn't even have to decide on what to choose. thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    gimmesomedimsum
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We booked a table last minute (4:45 I called for 5:30) head over after work, great staff, friendly and very knowledgeable about their menu. we got a three type Cheese plae with their daily compotes...pear, cranberry and fig...followed but lamb and pasta....great food all around. enjoyed every last bit of it! Thanks Buca!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too much pork and noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food is well prepared and imaginative. There is so much pork and offal that in the end for those of us who prefer lower fat and/or vegetarian options, there is little to choose from. The acoustics in the dining room are terrible.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wine list
    yyatbuca
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    the wine list should have a wider choice of affordable and superior wine. Also suggest to have non-alcoholic drink for non-wine drinker.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JeanieMontreal
    jeaniemontreal
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Buca is a go to for me when I am in Toronto. The food is carefully prepared with quality ingredients. Service comes with fantastic narratives.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never dissapoints
    Nix77
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This in my 3rd time at Buca, and it exceeds my expectations every single time. I am in love with the pizza. Cannot wait for another special occasion so I have an excuse to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uneven
    Alex
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was my first time at Buca. The service was very friendly and accommodating, but the quality of food was uneven. The menu is eclectic and has many ethnic dishes not found in most restaurants in Toronto. I didn't like pig's ears even though I like chewing cartilage. The ears had very little flavor. Brains wrapped in cheese would have been divine if there was more brains, less cheese, and if the cheese were not so salty. The beet salad was excellent, but lacked any salt. Yet when it came to the ravioli, they were the best I've ever had. I don't drink or eat desserts, so I can't comment on those. The cost was quite moderate -- about $140 for a dinner for 2 with 2 glasses of wine.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overrated
    Maisy
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The tasting menu just wasn't sublime. The wine pairings didn't really go with the food in any way. Can't really point to anything wrong, it just wasn't great in any way.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    James
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    There was a notable Food Network celebrity chef dining next to us. It's that kind of place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Lunching
    SalesRep
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great spot for a business lunch. Plates are shareable, but not messy. We always go for the pigs' ears, bread knots, and the dumplings as appies. The only complaint is that the pizzas are so good that I keep forgetting to branch out to other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buca Dtwn&Buca Yorkville
    Goodeatz
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Tried both locations preferred buca on king much more relaxed. To much fabulousness at buca Yorkville ( to much staff standing around yet food arrived before wine annoying at that level of restaurant )
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch at Buca yet again
    SeanS
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I have enjoyed lunch at Buca a number of times over the past few years and I have never been disappointed. Great food, great service, I am hard pressed to say what I would improve upon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night indeed
    Yammer
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Celebrated a birthday dinner. Food, drinks, service & ambiance were all exceptional. Definitely will recommend and return to try the tasters menu soon. 👍👍
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pasta was just ok
    craigarVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The pizzas looked fantastic, but I didn’t order that. Service was great.
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  • Spectacular Dinner at Buca
    FoodDivaLicious
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Foodies and lovers of good food and wine, this is the place! We enjoyed a spectacular dinner recently at Buca on King St. W. Our server was an excellent guide as we considered the menu, with both exotic (ie: crisp pigs ears) to traditional dishes you'd expect to see on an Italian menu. We weren't adventuresome to try anything exotic, but our dinner was truly exceptional. We shared a delicious salad, enjoyed a pasta dish that was inventive and incredible, and savored a phenomenal veal dish. The wine recommended by the server was delicious and perfect across all courses. The service was unhurried. We had arrived with high expectations, given Buca's reputation. We weren't disappointed. We loved the entire experience. Really, really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian at its best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Amazingly delicious. Great service and beautiful interior. We’ll be back without a doubt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • qualityseekerVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    food is very inventive and well prepared. Our server helped us through the menu and provided excellent suggestions. However, it all adds up to a pretty pricey night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best in TO
    DonSVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    What a fantastic restaurant, my son had the Prix Fix more meat menu and I had the Vegetarian. A server came to our table to tell us about it. The food was wonderful. Can't wait to go to the new Buca.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular dining experience.
    tastetreats
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    From the greeting at the door to the send off everything was perfect. The staff were kind, knowledgeable and engaged in conversation without getting in the way of our dining experience. We had the tasting menu with wine pairings and what a memorable experience that was! Every course and the extras treats were just right. They also accommodated a food allergy very graciously making substitutions in that they even called ahead of our reservation to discuss the allergy and let us know how they would approach this. I would absolutely recommend to friends. A night to remember. One of the best dinners I have every had.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buca or Grotto?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We ate in the 'wine cave' and it was suited to cave living - it was freezing cold!! Had I known we would have been seated in that area, I would have brought my sabre tooth fur to keep me warm. Despite a cold experience, the food was delicious and the service impeccable. I would return but would request to be seated in the front of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    meaty pizza was not the greateast - tirimasu was amazing - small dishes for what you are paying. pizza is the way to go to get bank for your buck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated buca
    Giselle
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Expensive wine!$38 for a 5 oz Brunello dI montalcuno. Pasta nothing special, service and decor great , too much rock salt on everything, stuffed olives were deep fried and deep fry was not mentioned on the menu. Disappointed given that joanne Kates rated it first of the 100 best
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  • Always spectacular!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My only complaint is that I always eat too much! Menu is always fresh, with the favourites always represented. Best Nodini ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buca is for Italian Foodies
    kitchenterror60
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Very interesting and unusual menu i.e. nose to tail items. I really liked the home made cured meats. A bit overpriced for what you get but the quality of the food was very good. They could do a better job on their Puttanesca. I would definitely go back for more sampling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, Great food
    Jane0690
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Service here was absolutely amazing. Staff was really friendly and went out of their way to make sure we were having a great experience. Really reasonable prices here as well and the food was amazing especially the almond flourless cake we got for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Service
    Dick
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Friendly, attentive service. Interesting room with dishes that have a fascinating twist on flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing...but expensive wine
    jcanuck
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Buca continues to produce fantastic food with great service and atmosphere. The cured meats and bread knots are must-have staples there, and my wife's Branzino was cooked to perfection. Portion size is nice and small, which I like...lots of flavour, but you don't have to roll out of the restaurant after dinner. My only complaint is the wine list. Not the wines (I love Italian wine), not the sommelier (he picked out a gem for us), but the pricing. There are not nearly enough bottles under $100, and very few in the $60 to $80 sweet spot (for non-expense account diners). The markup is just too high. From the wines I recognized, it seemed to be ~300%, even for wines retailing for $80. That kind of markup is just too much IMO.
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    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little Tuscany in TO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Nicely done. Only issue the portions are small for the prices charged - wouldn't fly in Italy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic