Buca

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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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Daisy
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal customer service, wonderful atmosphere

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NaivedT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was absolutely fantastic. I booked the evening as a anniversary with my girlfriend and we were greeted at the door with a friendly "happy anniversary" as soon as I gave the gentleman my booking info. We were given complimentary prosecco and again wished happy anniversary. The desert tiramisu was exceptional and hands down the best tiramisu I've had in Toronto. The manager greeted us after our meal and we had a pleasant conversation during which he also wished us happy anniversary and gave us a small box of pasta and raw ingredients that we could use to make lunch the next day. Overall the service was outstanding. I will be coming back and recommending this restaurant to others.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great, vibe was awesome, most our food was delicious eggplant zucchini cake our ice cold! Pasta was popping hot! Overall greasy places would still come again

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Ulyana
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable foods and service. A five star experience from booking to dining to coat check. We felt like the most important people there.

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Naomi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, wow. Just wow. Although the location is a little hard to find, this restaurant was amazing from start to finish. The host and manager greeted me and offered to take my coat and were extremely friendly. The staff is all very helpful and professional. The ambiance is very nice! My dinner portion was a little smaller than I would have liked, but Jesus Christ that was one of the best dishes I've ever had. Order the Brigoli!!! Dessert: fantastic. I had the Tiramisu Buca and it was like four desserts in one. I would 100% come back to Toronto just to visit Buca again. Thank you!!!!

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eatyourveggies
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

hands down, best pizza in TO

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vipTimothyS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a fantastic dining experience. Chef and the entire team were on point. Roberto remembered the bottle of wine I ordered back in DECEMBER

The bigoli is one of my all-time favourite pasta dishes. Ingredients, preparation and presentation are always on point

Will keep coming back

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vipLoisS
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great birthday celebration for our son with family and friends attending (7). Our server was attentive, confident in his food recommendations and the pace of service was perfect.
I was very pleased that Buca was able to increase the reservation from 4 people to 7 same day. The request was handled professionally and seamlessly.
We will be back!
LPS

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DebF
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! We each had cocktails; appetizers (we asked to be surprised by a cheese and charcuterie tray and it was possibly the best one we had ever had); mains and desserts.

There were 4 of us and for everything we had, we each “raved” about our choices!

Our server Ruben, was spot on with all his recommendations and helped to make it a perfect night. His level of service (and those supporting him with our table) was also impeccable.

The manager brought over a home made pasta “kit” for the birthday person to prepare and enjoy the next night at home. A very nice touch for a table of foodies!

The whole Buca team is to be commended for a night that we all gave 10/10!

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vipRyanB
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great cocktails, great food and great atmosphere. Would definitely return

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kevind
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dinner experience. Very attentive staff

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andrewP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Food was nothing special and the service was slow. Seemed overpriced for the value, we were expecting more

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MegM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I wasn't prepared for how incredibly delicious this meal at Buca wasn't going to be. The tuna crudo was light and fresh and the house bread with eggplant spread was nothing short of a revelation (I would have liked to take home a jar of it!) The duck yolk pasta with duck offal ragout was creamy, savoury and perfectly al dente. Flavours I won't soon forget! I would be remiss to not mention the outstanding Tiramisu, complete with a perfect brulee'd layer before the whip on top adding texture and a delicious burnt, sweet note. Highly recommend - will be back for sure!

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Nancy
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Way too expensive for the quality of food received

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Thomas
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food and service was disappointing. Don’t think I’ll ever return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son got into grad school

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BrentF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Server was very knowledgeable about the menu. All cooked well and hot! First time coming and we'll definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Don’t skip the burrata pizza, it’s a must have! Every time we are in Toronto we visit here! Well done.

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vipValentinaA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, we went early to hope to get an earlier seating and they made us wait a bit even though there were empty tables.

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SandraD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Front door staff were friendly and courteous. When we were seated we were approached by multiple servers. No one introduced themselves and no one identified who would be our primary server. It then became obvious who our primary server was. Unfortunately she was more concerned with checking in with her friends at another table. We were clearly an afterthought. We were there celebrating a friend’s Milestone birthday which I had indicated on the reso. There was no effort to even acknowledge the birthday. I had previously been to Buca for a birthday which is why I had chosen to return. Unfortunately the service this time around was so disappointing and I’m not sure I’ll return or can suggest this restaurant is worth it. I got better service at the MOCA (at the cafe) and Terroni this past weekend.

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Stuart
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time to BUCA which came highly recommended. My date and I sat at the bar. Food, atmosphere, service and wine was all terrific. You also had Gluten free pasta option which was a deciding factor on making a reservation. BUCA should offer a gluten free pizza crust to expand the menu for people that can not eat gluten.

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JLJL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Mentioned it was for special occasion in the open table, but no question was asked. Thats the only complaint. Also, its super hard to find the restaurant as it is hidden in the alley. Other than that, we enjoyed the food and the service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an al around amazing experience!

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DanielaT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was exceptional and the wait staff very attentive. Only drawback is it’s very noisy and difficult to have a conversation unless you raise your voice and then run the risk of having your conversation overheard by your neighbours.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. Varied menu. Excellent service. Perfect guidance on wine selection and pairing. Interesting location but seemed a little too loud for me personally.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Their pizza is out of this world. Order the pomodoro e tartufo. You will not be disappointed. Our server, Amrita, was top notch. We took her lead and let her choose our meals. Fantastic.

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AdamR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Valentines

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SOlivia
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Buca has great ambiance, with warm flattering lighting that offsets the industrial look of the building. Drinks were a bit expensive, but certainly very good. We split the Parmigiana Di Melanzane to start and it was absolutely incredible, the perfect balance of flavours. The Proscuitto pizza was also delicious, with airy melt-in-your-mouth crust and a generous portion of Proscuitto. Service was spot-on, with the servers recognizing our needs before they were even vocalized, without being over-bearing. Perfect for a date night or a fun evening with friends. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely AMAZING. If you’re looking for a legit Italian spot, this is the right place.

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JeanV
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superior food and service , not your ordinary Italian restaurant. I’ve gone with Italian friends and they say it’s very authentic.

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HeatherL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The only real complaint was the print is so small and the restaurant so dark - I couldn't read the menu at all - which would have been nice. The waitress though explained things.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience1

Their food and desserts used to be very very good. I was driving all the way from Newmakert to Downtown toronto only to go to Buca but I have been there last weekend and I realized their foods get so salty and their tiramisu uses to be awesome but this time their tiramisu was awful. I would not go back there any more.👎

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was great, drinks too. All around great experience.

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vipCharlesP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We add some friends over for the weekend and we wanted to have a great Italien experience. We went before a d we loved our experience. Unfortunately this time the service was awful and we were feeling a lot of pressure to get out at the end of our diner. Rushing us to finish the second expensive bottle of wines we ordered because we were one of the last clients in the restaurant. I wasn’t impress by the food either. The overall vibe was good but our waitress was the worse and kind a give us a bad mood from the start...

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VanessaB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great overall - really enjoyed the burrata appetizer!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner

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Cmarshall
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here specifically on my trip into Toronto, one of my favourite restaurants. I asked the chef if he could make pasta carbonara for me as it wasnt on the menu for the day, he did and it was perfect. I love this restaurant and recommend it to every one. Appreciate the great service I received from all the waiters.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Buca’s thin crust pizza! Absolutely the most flavour with the freshest ingredients.

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Buca is rated 4.6 stars by 1938 OpenTable diners.