Buca

4.5
1485 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Please note Buca will be closed from August 13 - September 5 for renovations. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back.

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

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, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 1485 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Had an amazing experience here. Everything looked and tasted to be of the highest quality. Will be returning again soon!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

BUCA. ONE OF THE BEST. MENU WAS PHENOMENAL, SERVICE STAFF ARE AMAZING! A++ WORTH EVERY PENNY.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Caprese salad was disappointing - the cheese was so small and flat . It should look like this https://whatscookingamerica.net/Salad/InsalataCaprese.htm

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Always exceptional! Best Italian food in the city!

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Food was excellent. My daughter and I ordered the sea bass and a pasta dish and shared it. The sea bass was cooked to perfection and the pasta dish sensational. The tiramisu was rich and a large portion.
It was very noisy so could hardly hear my daughter across the table - had to speak very loudly.
They were out of most wines under $100/bottle. Went with the wine by glass - it was okay.
Meal was expensive but definitely would recommend this place.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Went after work with a few co-workers and was very impressed with the service and ability to accommodate specific requests. Not to mention the food was amazing!

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Was ok, but not really impressed in any way. Food was flavourless, tables were too close and service was impersonal

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Buca is a unique and well thought out space, with an ever changing menu full of incredible dishes. Their house made salumi is phenomenal and their main courses are equally worthy of praise. Their extensive wine list, delicious menu and incredible ambiance were only overshadowed by the thoughtful, attentive and friendly service; Teddy was truly one of the highlights of our evening.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great atmosphere and sophisticated food. The wait staff is knowledgeable, helpful and attentive. A very positive and delicious experience!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I haven't been to Buca on King in years but it is exactly how I remember it to be...Awesome!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Inventive menu, super friendly staff. Tried the pork blood pasta, a bit skeptical, but it was an unexpected treat. Same for the zuccini flowers. Finished with tiramisu, which was the best we've had.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Amazing service, amazing food, overall amazing. We have been going for almost 7 years and the place is still top notch

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Came to Toronto for a weekend before a business trip and came to Bucca for dinner with my husband. Cute place, phenomenal homemade pasta, outstanding waiter that knew everything about the menu and wine! Would recommend to friends and would come back again.

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2.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We came from Montreal to do some r&d and honestly buca was the most disappointing half the stuff on the menu they ran out of and the food was just ok !

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Was excited to try out Buca since it’s known for its amazing Italian food. We ordered a variety of items to share, all of which were good but nothing special. I’ve definitely had better tasting pizza and steak tartar. The tiramisu was the highlight of the meal.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

It was great!!! And the birthday gift was really unique!

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Portion size way too small for the price. Service and ambience were very good

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

great food! great service!!! everything we ordered was great..

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2018

They’ve not came very offer to your table , and dinning atmosphere is way behind .

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Buca always delivers amazing service and food. Big thumbs up!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Buca has time and time again exceeded my expectations. The staff are so knowledgeable and friendly and the food is absolutely amazing. I would recommend this place a million times over. So so good!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Such a neat old building and very creative repurposing in the decor. Food was delicious, cookies to take home were a nice touch and tasty.
Perhaps a bit noisy in the restaurant. Wait staff are knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. A fabulous night out.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Lovely time!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

This dinner was the best date I have ever been on! As a person who used to work in a restaurant, I am prone to notice issues that occur in a restaurant. Me and my boyfriend usually go to restaurants and spot the problems, but this was the first restaurant, in a very long time, that I didn't see any issues. The staff was all on the completely same page. Every member of staff greeted us and spoke to us about how great the food was and overall were extremely friendly, un-obnoxiously knowledgeable about their cuisine and were prompt when serving us. The restaurant's atmosphere was lovely. The lighting was dim, but comfortable and it was definitely a romantic setting. The food was so delicious I could not even believe it. The pigs ears were so incredible and my Bigoli pasta dish was so tasty I scraped the bowl clean. The pricing was on the higher end for me and my boyfriend, but definitely worth it for a special occasion. When I made my reservation and told them it was our anniversary, they truly went above and beyond. Most of the staff knew and congratulated us and we got a special box of fresh pasta to go as a gift from the restaurant. The experience was 5 stars across the board. I would definitely recommend this place and I will definitely be returning! Thank you Buca for an absolutely fantastic experience.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Satisfactory food. Had better at Buca before. Service was not the best today

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Food was amazing

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

All in all I had a positive experience with this restaurant, staff was really friendly and our server was really knowledgeable with their menu, even recommended great food pairings which we followed. My only feedback is that their in-house cold meats are on the salty side, so when we got the pizza that included it was a bit too salty for my liking but net net the food was good, portions are on the smaller side.

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

-Service was the strongest point.
-Food was good, but quite salty.
-Restaurant is a bit overpriced

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

A wonderful restaurant with outstanding food and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Buca provided a very authentic Italian menu which we thoroughly enjoyed. Everything was fresh and dishes were innovative. Service was terrific! They surprised us at the end of the dinner with a takeaway pasta dinner for two which we cooked and enjoyed at home the following night. We found that to be a very thoughtful gesture and truly appreciated the special treatment we received for our anniversary.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Amazing service. Portions were extremely small for some pasta dishes. Overall, I feel it was an over priced dinner.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Trendy Toronto hot spot. We were a party of 3 people. Found the menu a little too creative (pastas) for our taste. Got there late and ended up ordering their strawberry fruited green salad and mozzarella salad. Neither was memorable. Too late in the evening for the filet for us (our friend told us people go there for their meat dishes) so we settled on sharing 3 of their pizzas. The Salumi di Buca was fairly tasteless, the Asparagi was good, but not great BUT THE FUNGHI!! That was an amazing pizza. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Two nice glasses of wine that were really over priced. (Was that 3 oz's of wine? It didn't feel like a glass of wine really.) We all shared a Mille-feuille for dessert that was very good. My friend had a mint tea and I a decaf cup of coffee. My husband had a Coca-Cola. Our bill was over $200 US! $68 a person for pizza, salad, two glasses of wine, a coke and a tea and coffee and one small mille-feuille! Of course that did include tax and tip but...really. Over priced and the room was so loud, it was hard to have a conversation. Still, we were with a friend my husband and I both adore and we were on vacation in Toronto - a really great city - so... we did have a good time in spite of it. I will say that the wait staff was truly wonderful but, I really can't recommend this restaurant and would not run back.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Went here with my wife before going to the theatre. Excellent food and service. Unique options on the menu and all food we had was freshly made and very tasty. Casual, industrial decor. Service was very good. Each dish was described went it was delivered to the table. Bring your wallet as this quality in not inexpensive.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Outstanding food and service...worthy of its reputation.

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Very unsatisfied with experience. Left a more detailed review on google, however summarising... Service was slow, food far from the standard expected. I did not eat most of the dishes and left hungry and upset. Server was polite, but failed to miss that I just wasn't touching the food and only quality checked once my husband had eaten everything.

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2.0Dined on June 27, 2018

For the price the food just wasn't on the level you would expect. Service was good but atmosphere felt cold like you had to be somebody to dine here. You can find much better Italian food in the city that's more authentic for way less. The image in which they present Italian dining is all wrong.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Delicious as always!!!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We were visiting Toronto and many months ago I had somewhere seen Buca recommended for its great food. We certainly were not disappointed. The food was well prepared, flavorful and nicely presented; and the service was great. The wine list is extensive and our server was knowledgeable about pairing wine for the different dishes my wife and I were having. The wine list struck me as a bit overpriced, but not excessively so. The bread knots were wonderful and my branzino was wonderfully prepared. Portions are a bit on the small side, but that was part of our decision to eat at Buca after several heavy "touristy" meals.

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Visited Buca to take my boyfriend out for his birthday. We were both looking forward to it after hearing rave reviews from a few friends.
The service was great! The servers and food runners really know their dishes and are detail-oriented and attentive. The restaurant itself is rustic, beautiful and very cozy. Unfortunately, the food did not match the level of service. We ordered three appetizers, two pasta dishes, a pizza, a bottle of wine and some cocktails. Food lacked much flavour and was unimpressive. The pizza was especially disappointing. It was so crispy and thin that it was basically like eating a chip, and it was overly salty. After everything we ordered we were still contemplating on going somewhere else for an additional bite. We decided to skip dessert since we were so unimpressed with everything else we ordered. The cocktails were enjoyable.

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