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Il Buco
Il Buco

Il Buco Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilbucoristorante.com
  • Phone: (705) 735-9595
  • Hours of Operation:


    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm


    Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us to enquire about private dining options.
  • Private Party Contact: Sue (705) 735-9595

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bayfield
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on Dunlop Street or around back in the municipal lot. Free after 5pm and on weekends. There is an entrance on either side.
A word from Il Buco
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Disappointing. Calamari and shrimp putanesca was not available so ordered the famous roasted garlic appetizer, which was too large, visually unappealing, bread was soggy. Tomato bocconcini salad was bland. Tomatoes were woody. I had the Veal Contadina, and my husband the Veal Mare e Monti. These were essentially the same dish, same veggies, with minor variations with shrimp and cream in the Mare e Monti. Totally uninspired creations. Flavours were okay, but wore thin after a few bites. Portions were large, veal very tender, but boring food. There was a definite disconnect with our server. He seemed distracted and quite bored with the whole service; so were we. Outdoor evening setting was nice. We made the best of it, but won't go back again"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "The app's were great and arrived promptly. The mains, while good, were lukewarm and we waited for an hour......not worth the wait."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The service we had was pretty dreadful. Our appetizers came out in a timely manner and were great. HOwever after finishing our appetizers our main meal took about 35 minutes to come out. Our server just avoided us like a plague until he brought our dinners which he said sorry after WE ASKED what took so long he explained it usually only takes 8 minutes however they forgot your order. Then my friends pasta was suppose to be pesto rose sauce there was one scoop of pesto under one piece of ravioli. My meal was good and the other servers looked quite attentive to their tables however ours again was terrible, and then he didn't even offer to take anything off the bill for the long wait."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Despite the small street front presence, the restaurant is surprisingly large, well-decorated, and most importantly, adept at serving up great flavours in correct proportions. Service is quite attentive, and quality is consistent."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "nice to finally see an Italian restaurant in Barrie that the food is authentic. yet with a modern touch.and the wine actually compliments the food. Well done !!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere. Food was very good. Would be happy to return."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Il Buco provides a wonderful summer experience on their outdoor patio, overlooking Lake Simcoe. The food and service are excellent."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My wife and I dined out on the patio on a last minute reservation and we're easily accommodated. Servers are very knowledgeable and pleasant. The food is exceptional. Highly recommend the roasted garlic appetzer."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant four or five times this year and have never had a bad experience. It is without a doubt my favourite."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Il Buco on Friday, August 1st. This was our first time experiencing fine dining in Barrie and it was nice surprise. We enjoyed a nice view of the lake during dinner, and both the service and food were wonderful. Our server was very helpful and friendly (made good food and wine recommendations), and the menu was reasonably priced for a nice meal."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We have been to Il Buco several times, the food and service is always outstanding, the only thing that put a damper on the night, my husband got quite ill after eating his dinner."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great food! Friendly service!! (and the cutest waiter I have ever seen!!)"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I heard so many good things about Il Buco, I knew I had to try it. I went during the Barrilicious Festival, and was not disappointed! 5 stars across the board."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food is always exquisite, delicious and presented well. The service is above and beyond. On one of our visits the chef catered to a special order for our large group without blinking an eye, they could not do enough for us"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised that the food portions for Barrieliscious were very generous and the food, service and outdoor patio were great. I would definitely refer this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a great place to enjoy a day or evening. Thanks"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Good service, very good food, great patio view, but the interior is just as nice."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Baked garlic is an extremely rich and tasty appetizer highly worthy of sharing. $14.95 3-part lunch menu is a worthy deal. Add in umbrella request if you want shade with your deck lunch."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Once again we had a fantastic dinner from the Barrielicious menu. Special thanks to our server Jon Carlo and the chef George. The food and service was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Been a favourite of ours for a number of years. Even hosted our son & daughter-in-law's rehearsal dinner so is a sentimental spot for us. Friendly and professional and food is delicious."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food was amazing! Will def be coming back again soon :)"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed the ambiance, the view and the food! The service was exceptional from greetings to goodbyes. Definitely a great meal from starters to dessert. Will return and recommend!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "the menu was limited and you had to choose from Barrielicious menu, which was not really what we wanted, but the food was good."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My first dinner at Il Buco coincided with Barrielicious. It was a great meal. Portion sizes were more than adequate for a Barrielicious price. Owner very amiable. Was impressed. Will return for sure. Very good service."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "was there for anniversary. Service was not great. It was Barrielicious and limited menu. Wanted to order from normal menu but couldn't."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner for our anniversary. The choices we made from the menu were spectacular and we will be back again sometime soon."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Made a reservation weeks in advance to watch fire crackers on the back patio for Canada Day...Awesome! experience. Was told no guarantees for the table, but the owner went out of his way to make sure we had our patio table. Thank you so much, you made our night there very magical. Plan to make it an annual visit."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "salad and entree were delicious--entre portions a bit small---very disappointed in cappucino,it was too much froth and not much coffee-again btoo small"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My husband and I were impressed with the ambiance, service, and food at this restaurant. Every mouthful was perfect and they serve the best Tiramisu I have ever eaten!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend – this was our first visit. And what a great first visit. We shall be recommending it to all our friends as well! As newcomers to this city, we've been looking for "THAT" restaurant for special occasions. We tried another recommendation first, and while it was good, we weren't thrilled. But Il Buco was welcoming, food and service were fabulous, and the quality for the price far surpassed the other place folks had recommended. We will definitely be back, and will definitely spread the word! Thanks so much for making our anniversary so fabulous."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A favourite of mine to join with friends and family for a special meal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "we enjoyed our meal. the service was excellent. would highly recommend the experience."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "As always" EXCELLENT!!!! Service very attentive. Food is varied and superb quality."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Decided to go out for dinner. Loved that you could make a reservation over the internet. Was asked if we wanted to eat outside, chose not to. Ate inside at a nice secluded table. Our waitress was very attentive, but not hovering. We were told the specials & had an even harder time deciding what to eat! I had one of the specials (pickerel) & my husband had another one (chicken parmigiana). We really enjoyed our meals & will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very few dining there - don't know how they stay open. Total of 3 tables in use while we were there. Great food - waiter was phenominal and attentive but not intrusive."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We went based on a recommendation from a friend and it was excellent. The food was fantastic, service was friendly and attentive and the restaurant offered loads of space to relax. Definitely want to go back to try other items."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Varied menu items all well executed from appetizers to dessert. Must try is the roasted garlic and goat cheese appetizer. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our first visit, portions were large, staff was great. One knock was the wine list, unless buying the bottle the by glass selection was quite slim. But that being said it wont stop me from coming back, We really enjoyed the experience! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Came to celebrate my husbands birthday, and thought to try something new in Barrie. Il Buco was exactly what I was looking for. The food was delicious! My husband was in food heaven, as was myself. The service was great, the restaurant was clean and the view of the lake was nice. We are both looking forward to going again to sit on the awesome patio they have over looking the lake. As my husband said, it's his new fav restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I took my mom and two daughters to Il Buco in downtown Barrie for Mother's Day dinner. They had a full house, and the service was slower than usual. Water, wine, bread and appetizers arrived without delay, but the main course and deserts were slow. The wait staff were aware and apologetic of the delay, but since we weren't in a rush, it did not hamper our enjoyment of the evening. Desserts were particularly good (tiramisu and tartufo), although the coffee was overly strong and we were given milk rather than cream. We will certainly return to Il Buco for delicious Italian cuisine again. Seafood lovers should definitely try the Spaghetti Mare, it's fantastic. Enjoy the view of the bay from a window or patio table if you can :)"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had the pleasure of dining at Il Buco on our 27th Anniversary. We can both honestly say that there was absolutely nothing we could find to complain about. This was a dining experience 1st. Thank you."
    Dined on 5/9/2014