Buca

4.5
1601 reviews
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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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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was phenomenal. The food, the service! My party was late- they were very accommodating! Major shout out to the hosts who accommodating our every need as well as our rockstar servers Andrea and Aline.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Valentines Dinner - excellent food and paired wines.
Communal tables take a bit of getting used to.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I’ve tried in Toronto. Everything is on point- the service, ambiance, and interior design. Food is great.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

Too many carbs

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and absolutely delicious dishes!! Will be back!

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E
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the food at Buca. My husband enjoyed his pasta so much that he ordered another full portion of the same dish. The staff is very friendly and attentive. I celebrated my birthday late, and when leaving was surprised with a take away pasta. My husband cooked it the next day and it was delicious. We both thought that was a nice touch.

The kitchen was very loud. The stools were extremely uncomfortable. We eat out a lot and really feel that the prices are too high. At least add some veggies to the Branzino. Then I might feel like it's worth the price.

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DS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Evening on weekdays too many business men and women. Food is good but service was okay. Felt we were kind of forgotten about because of the larger groups but recommendations and timing was on point.

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M
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food, atmosphere and service were excellent! Thanks!

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PA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been coming here for years and always come in for a meal when I’m in town. Highly recommended and always a fresh menu.

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HT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I heard many good things about this restaurant but I was a bit disappointed. The service was excellent which is rarely find in the city. And I may go back for another try because fo that.
We ordered a few plates which is the cheese as a starter, sea-bass, pasta and pizza for main, tiramisu as dessert.
The Cheese were great as it is very hard to go wrong on cheese. But for the main, we have waited for so long even the staff realised that and serve us some snack and apologise which is very nice touch. The sea-bass was overcook and also under seasoned. The pasta was ok. But the pizza came so late and there was so issue with the pizza and they need to make a new one for us. So wee decided to cancel it. Thee tiramisu was great since i love sweet. Strongly recommend for this dish if you go there.

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CC
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is outstanding - truly inspired Italian dishes, perfectly cooked and spiced. Service is very good, knowledgeable and attentive with only minor hiccups (we had to remind the waiter to bring our salad before the mains were done). Lovely room on a cold winter night. We'll be back for sure.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service. We went with our 5 year old and they offered 2 dishes that would be child-friendly. Fortunately my daughter eats what we eat but the offer shows the top level service available at Buca

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service

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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buca is just one of the best in Toronto!

The ingredients, attention to detail, and great service!

We had the sea bass, radicchio salad and the Cicoria and finished it off with tiramisu.

Nothing but perfect!

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was fine, I feel you can get better high-end Italian for a lower cost many places in Toronto. Service was great. Lighting placement does not make sense. Too dim to read and low yellow light creates a foggy fee to the space.

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AZ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have pasta. Friendly staffs.
Food is perfect. Got very nice recommendation too.

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm absolutely in love with this place. Our server offered the best service I've ever had, and the food itself was delectable. The cocktails were some of the best I've had in the city, especially the Odi et Amo. Couldn't recommend this spot enough.

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NB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food!

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TF
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Was unimpressed by the food. Stuffed olives were very salty and the tortellini soup dish was lacking flavour. Ambiance was great. Servers were very knowledgeable, but there were long gaps of time where we were ignored.

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. The food and wine selection are outstanding. And also and more important great service and for a very reasonable price

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our meal was phenomenal!
Every flavour every taste… From appetizer of cured meats pasta to steak Florentine !
Wow so many incredible rich flavours. Amazing service !

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JI
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was suburb from the atmosphere, customer service, servers, food and drinks. I can't wait to come back to Canada to visit again.

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RT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Overall salty and oily, the Yorkville has better standard when comes to food. I am not a big fan of this location.

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Our server refused to answer my question about portion size after he said it was a tasting menu. I gestured with my hands, "will this dish be small like this, or big like this?" He mockingly said he hadn't weighed it. He was rude and acted shocked anytime we asked a question. We only asked 3 and they were standard, like the above. For the money we paid, it was unacceptable.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great - fresh ingredients and great cooking techniques shown. Freshly out of oven almond cookies for customers to take him was a sweet touch. The waiter served us he pretty good knowledge of the wine pairing but seemed a bit impatient. Overall a good dining experience.

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! Thank you!

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AN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and customer service!

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JN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience. This restaurant has very mixed reviews depending on the person visiting. I thought it was incredible, going in under the impression that it would be an expensive meal. 2 apps, 1 alcoholic beverage and a shared pizza, with 2 desserts, and we came out just over $100 with a tip! Going to the keg can be more expensive! Of course if you're going to order the most expensive of each category, and have $100-500 bottles of wine it's a different story. But there is definitely an option for everyone at this restaurant no matter how bougie or cost conscious you are!

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The wait staff was knowledgeable and provided great recommendations. The food was incredible! It was my wife's birthday and as we were about to leave the Chef came out and asked us how our meal was. He then proceeded to give my wife a take out container with an uncooked meal for 2 that included the recipe and all the ingredients. Definitely worth the visit!

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V
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very Good meals, but small portions for what you pay

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F
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buca King Street continues to be a favorite spot for us in Toronto. The staff is always terrific - warm, welcoming and spot on with recommendations across the board. The charcuterie is always excellent. The Duck Ragu with Venetian spices is always excellent. We are never disappointed at Buca!

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I
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a perfect evening! The menu is astounding, unique ingredients and pairings.
The decor and ambiance are comforting and warm.
The service...above and beyond. We ordered some dishes to 'get outside our comfort zone' and expand our palates. I would recommend going for the dishes that you normally wouldn't as you will be pleasantly surprised. We ordered one dish that we didn't enjoy (personal preference), nothing to do with the food or preparation and the server kindly removed it from the bill.
All in all - 10/10 - seems perfect for a date or anniversary.

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SP
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Buca and it was amazing. Our server Daniel was amazing, provided recommendation and information about the whole menu, everything he recommended was amazing. If this is your first time to this restaurant, you should ask for Daniel.

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YW
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service is really good and we love the prizza and pasta! Definitely try its pizza with wine. However the appetizers(fried pig ears,fried olives) are salty and hard to chew.

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NC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our anniversary dinner very much
The attention was excellent and the food was delicious!

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JS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is creative and authentic Italian. Not your traditional Italian restaurant. The scialatiegli pasta and pizza were delicious. Love the underground ambiance. Drinks are pricey.

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time back since the renovation and was thrilled to see the place hadn’t lost that sexy look and feel of the exposed and distressed brick and iron.

The food and service was incredible as always... and while I knew what to expect, I loved watching my three guests discover and fall in love with Buca, much like I did all those years ago, bite by bite.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Phenomenal food but mediocre service

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TO
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently high quality food prepared and served expertly. That has been and happily continues to be my experience at Buca.

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MP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Bigoli was cold and not as good as it usually is - server took it off the bill

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