Buca

4.5
1555 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Special Added Holiday Lunch Hours: December 3 - December 21
Monday - Friday 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner
Sunday - Wednesday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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Phone number
(416) 865-1600
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Rob Gentile
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Private party contact
Chris Loizou: (416) 865-1600
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
King St. West & Portland St.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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GM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I would call it Puca myself. From the not so warm greeting at the host station, then dropping our coats on the floor, they then wisked us to our table. It took quite a while to get “recognized “ before we even had a chance to order the very overpriced wine. The pizza was good and a good size but the pasta was tiny and not cooked well. In my opinion, it was not worth having to book so far in advance for a late night reservation. Also quite overpriced in my opinion.

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BB
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service - server was very knowledgable and helpful when making selections. Really loved the bread knots and pasta!

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CR
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend and I had dinner here the other night and all I can say is great Italian food and amazing service!

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b
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Buca was a recommendation from a friend. We were in Toronto for the weekend and looking to for great places to eat. Once we found the door (lots of construction making it hard to find when you are from out of town), we went down and was greeted immediately and checked our coats. We sat at the bar, which was a bit tight, but okay. Let me say that it is very dark at the bar. If you have difficulty reading in the dark, you will struggle as we did reading the menu. We had to rely on our server (who was working her first night here) to help us order. We started with a a meat tray which was very good and added the garlic knots. Then we had a new dish to the menu, it was thinly sliced bison (raw and cold) covered in fresh grated cheese. It was delicious. We shared the Bigoli which is always on the menu and the pasta was definitely fresh and homemade. Overall, the food was good, but not worth the price nor the fact that we basically had no idea what we were ordering due to the lighting and the menu being very Italian (not a complaint, but hard to read if you don't speak it). I would not come back for the price, but it price is not a concern - then by all means check it out. It was very good.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. We loved it!

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A definite must you have to go here! Cool atmosphere, amazing food & beyond helpful staff. Excellent doesn’t say enough.

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G
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing meal! One of best meals out in a while, will definitely recommend to friends and will look forward to going again very soon, especially as menu changes regularly.

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PA
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

A great dining experience with mediocre at best service and customer experience. The intro and welcome was great and made us feel good upon arrival and then it went down hill from there. By the time we left it felt know one cared and "don't let the door hit you on the way out". Unfortunate but true. They really need to invest in perfecting the customer experience consistently through the evening.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service

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M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

We've been to Buca several times and have always loved it, but this time our experience was a bit disappointing - we were sat in what seemed like a hallway, where it was pretty dark. It was hard to read our menus. The starter that our server recommended was outstanding, but the rest of our food was disappointing. Service was excellent, though - our server was very friendly and knowledgeable. Hoping this was just an off night, food-wise and ambience wise. It seems like things are a bit in flux in the building.

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JW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Polpo pizza was great, the pork stuffed deep fried olives appetizer is fantastic. It's a very unique menu and the chef really makes it happen.
We will have to go again, there is more to eat than one person can consume in 1 visit.

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

I was really disappointed with the food - I had high expectations based on reviews and what I had heard from friends. My pasta was overly firm and had an unpleasant texture, and the stuffing inside was bland. Portion size was very small, especially for the price. My friend ordered a pizza and also wasn't impressed with it - it wasn't bad, just nothing to write home about. My dessert tasted stale, but she enjoyed her gelato. The price for beer was crazy - they had Peroni for $8 and then everything else was $18 per 375ml. Service was fantastic (super attentive) and our waiter was very knowledgeable, but this wasn't enough to make up for the food. I hope this was just an off night, menu-wise.

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a
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Teddy, gave us exceptional service! Explained all the dishes with such great knowledge and detail and gave amazing recommendations. He went above and beyond to make the birthday girls feel very special.

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OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal at Buca! Never disappoints ! We always make sure to plan a dinner at Buca when in TO. Love it ! Special thank you to the sommelier for his suggestions !

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BC
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rachel was absolutely wonderful, so engaged, helpful and pleasant. Food is totally wonderful!

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LN
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was amazing. Absolutely recommend to anyone looking for authentic Italian food.

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K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal - never had truffles before and the dish they were served table side on was exquisite. My negroni was also prepared perfectly to my liking. Our server was absolutely phenomenal - very knowledgeable and sincerely cared that we had an amazing experience. We'll be back!

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J
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The atmosphere at Buca was initially great and the server was very knowledgeable. The Zucca pizza was a disappointment as it was very bland and wet but our other courses were excellent. Drinks were tasty and arrived quickly. The screaming children that arrived partway through our meal were very offputting. Generally when I opt for a more expensive restaurant I expect that poorly behaved children will not be present to impact my experience.

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CR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food and service overall was great! However we did have the "longest standing pasta on the menu" the Bigoli and the pasta was undercooked. This was a bit disappointing as you expect perfection at a well established place such as Buca.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Great service and food, prices went up

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JH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation but still had to wait 30 mins for the table but the staff was amazing

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JO
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Came here 4 years ago and it was outstanding. How a place can change. Strange menu, random service and nothing we particularly wanted to eat on the menu. Expensive for what it is-first course basically a plank of cheese and meats!

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c
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We celebrated my husband’s birthday, and it was okay. The food was very good, but definitely overpriced! It was very loud in the room we sat in, and the table was very uncomfortable as it was crammed. We felt very confined!!!

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HM
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful evening!! Buca never fails to impress. From the moment you make your reservation to the end of your meal, the staff are attentive, pleasant, knowledgeable and wonderful. An authentic experience-thank-you!!

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RL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service - our waitress was immensely knowledgeable and it made a huge impact

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Went to Buca for an anniversary dinner. Had heard good reviews, but was not overly impressed. There was a lot of parties around and was a little loud, understandable that this is not really under their control. There was no real greeting or introduction from the server, just asked if we wanted a drink. Had a mixture of meats and cheeses to start that were decent, the accompaniments were really good. The entrees were ok, but not really great. The dessert was very good though. Overall was just disappointed by the experience, it just wasn't worth it.

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j
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Having been to Buca in years past, they’re menu changes often. If you have the opportunity try the Su Filindeu, while it is still available but don’t be alarmed by the price. Considering it’s covered in delicious white truffle and the most delicate pasta strands made only by 3 people in the world...it’s quite possible that the only menu you will see it on in North America is at Buca.
It’s delicate and sumptuous and worth every penny.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Exceptionally good service. Very attention to details and services were done before you even raise your hands to ask for it. Food were good but on a salty side but overall very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buca was the best as always

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D
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The experience is getting a bit old now. I loved dining here a few times before, but I was non-plussed during this visit. Food is good, no longer great.

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NK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is just amazing. My best diner experience in Toronto so far. I was impressed by food and vine pairings, especially the one for a dessert - a waiter suggest a wine that was just created for my dessert.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, all around fantastic experience. Will definitely go back.

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely fantastic experience. From the impeccable service to the delicious food, my family and I had a phenomenal dinner at Buca. A truly memorable night.

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S
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A fabulous meal as always. It was the first time we brought our kids. My 14 year summed it up perfectly when he said “I don’t know how I am going to eat regular food again”.

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JP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and attention, atmosphere was superb

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Restaurant, fantastic food and people
Love the Burratta Pizza !

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JQ
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food ad service at Buca were amazing. It is a quite pricey restaurant but worth it considering how great the service and food is!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing and food was amazing!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Don’t get the hype. Just drive to Woodbridge for good Italian.

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Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was not friendly. Felt like the waitress was annoyed and not friendly.

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