Buca

4.6
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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.
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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This is not the first time we have dined at Buca. We sorely miss the superb quality and service it once offered up.
Sadly, over the years , it seems they have completely lost their mojo.
Everything was “just okay “ but “but for those rising prices attached to each dish, the experience should exceed “just okay”.

M
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious. The pizza with fresh anchovies was the best I have ever eaten and the crust thin and crunchy. Osso Buco Milanese was divine.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, as always! Our favourite in the city, hands down.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Tiramisu in town. Always lovely and seasonal experience. Solid choice for food

MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here from Niagara, had an amazing experience!

KT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for dinner after several lunches over the years. The service was perfect, from being greeted at the door until leaving. Four of us shared and sampled salad, apps, pizza, pasta, all authentic and superb. Helpful sommelier, great wine selection. This is a well-oiled professional machine. Refreshingly... no attitude, unobtrusive service, well-balanced seasonal menu. Definitely will return.

JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very creative and extremely well prepared Italian dishes. Fantastic Italian wine list! Received spot-on advice from sommelier for our 2nd bottle of Chianti, and was that wine ever good! Service is magically attentive and discreet at the same time. Noise level was a little high, but overall a memorable experience!

CM
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

We love our Buca dining experiences as always, regardless of the location! The dishes far exceed any expectations you might have. The service is unparalleled, from the host, to the servers that bring our food. But on this particular night our waitress was mediocre at best. She would have fit right in at a Boston pizza, I could only assume. She wasn’t very knowledgeable(had zero recommendations for us) very rude, had and attitude, dishes were piled up, water glasses were empty, when we asked if we could order a pizza around 930 (close at 10) she made us feel like we were an inconvenience and made us feel guilty even though the kitchen was still making dishes for the countless other tables still in the restaurant. I don’t want to steer anyone away with this review but management needs to hear when a particular part of their team isn’t displaying proper server etiquette to their customers especially when they have set the bar so high on previous dining experiences we’ve had. You sure notice when things aren’t up to par. Buca is always our first choice, and without a doubt you will leave with a giant smile!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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DC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time there - for a retirement event. Food was great, front desk help was great- generally an enjoyable experience and I would go back.

N
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth every penny. This place is an absolute treat to to visit. Not a single thing short of excellence.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and very warm.
Will definitely come back again.

k
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal at Buca. If all they served was the salumi platter and sourdough bread, they'd be full every night! But they also served a delicious osso buco on Milanese risotto with unctuous, perfect bone marrow and a tiaramisu I couldn't stop eating. My wife had a good pasta but found it overly al dente and a bit of a miserly portion. Overall though, a lovely meal and we'll be back.

R
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our second time dining at Buca. The food was delicious, the server and sommelier were helpful. We will be back!

OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. We went for New Years Eve and had a great time. Deferred to the wait staff for food selections and each was better than the last. Great wine and service. Definitely coming back.

MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The hosts were warm and welcoming. We hung out by the bar for 5-10 min then got seated. The food was delicious but our waitress kinda ruined the experience. She lacked the basic etiquette of a waitress and was literally shoving the plates and table-wear in front of us. We waited for an hour and she never bothered to offer us a second drink and then she took my wife’s order and walked away without asking me if I even wanted water refill!!!
I looked at the other waiters/waitresses and they were all pleasant with a big smile despite the very busy night. I was so close to talk to the manager but did not want to ruin our night with more negative comments.
We’re not asking for much, just a pleasant service in an upscale restaurant.

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My girlfriend and I went to the Yorkville location first before trying King West. Our server was very informative and told us the difference between each location. We didn’t realize there was a difference and so, we were happy to find out that there were different dishes inspired by central Italy at King West. She also described each menu item in detail and made sure the dish didn’t have any ingredients my girlfriend is allergic to. At Buca, you can never go wrong with their pizza. It’s the best in the city. And their salumi de buca and gnocchi fritto complement each other so well. Great appetizer and very filling. We will definitely be back again.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food, beautiful space.

J
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we had a lovely time at buca. it is pricey and not great if you are a pescatarian but still a lovely evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was superb! I highly recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for a night out with delicious food, a lovely waitstaff, in a delightfully moody atmosphere.

L
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food prepared beautifully and served with style. A little noisy and not inexpensive. One of my favorite restaurants in Toronto

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was not well garnished and came out cold. Price did not accurately reflect quality of food.

CS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Apart from having to wait for our reserved table and not being offered a drink or having our coats taken, we had a lovely family style lunch.

JE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top tier food, service and hospitality. Highly recommend it 10/10

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance! Completely amplified your mood to treat yourself, enjoy the moment and be wined & dined! Loved the service and delicious food. Food came fast!

N
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to try Buca for a while. Loved it! Great food and great venue. I'll definitely go again :)

RS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always super super impressed whenever we eat at Buca. Amazing quality food, outstanding service and fantastic atmosphere always has us planning our next trip there. Can not recommend more highly.

K
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the goose filled pasta so much I ordered a second round!

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Italian meals and wine. Not your traditional italian meals, but absolutely delicious. Would definitely recommend and absolutely would return!

TG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

It was a lunch. Our waitress did not give very attentive service for the price of the meal. The food was excellent but the vibe at lunch was not there. Very dark, dingy room. Needed more Christmas decor to make it cosy. We waited along time for wine to be ordered and served. The wine list has no price range at a lower level below $60. I would not recommend this place for a typical fun Italian lunch.

OT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favourite spots. We allowed our waiter to choose the dishes which went well with our bottle of Nebbiolo

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pizza and pasta with truffles, great atmosphere

AN
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Chef Jorge and Brent were so nice with us.

MT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is amazing, and food has never disappointed.

BR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I think this restaurant is way over priced for the wine list, food entries were way over priced, for example a small single side piece of Branzino was 42.00 no other sides included. Okay location is part of it but I would not recommend this to anyone.

m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We were so rushed it was like they wanted us to eat and leave under 30 minutes. At this price, it would be really nice to give us some time to enjoy our food. Waiters were literally waiting behind us to take away our food. 3 times, we had to tell 3 different waiters to leave the plates in front of us as we were not finished!! The whole dinner was super rushed and it was not pleasant AT ALL. Constantly having people hover around us to rush us is not what I was expecting about this 5 star restaurant.
However, the food was outstanding.
It's too bad the overall experience was so disapointing.

LC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

There is no denying that Buca has some of the best, and most authentic Italian food in the whole city (plus impeccable service), but the atmosphere would make me take pause in recommending it to anyone over 25 ;) It's a King West vibe: really (really!!) loud, with a lot of really young customers. It's just not very sophisticated or intimate as a result. Loads of people eating while looking on their phones, loads of people getting drunk on a bunch of cocktails. It reads too young, which seems really counter-intuitive to the quality of the food and service (and price - it's expensive). If I were to give the proprietor's of this particular location some advice: move. I would go back for the food in a heartbeat, but not for the environment.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food & service in a great atmosphere. We will definitely be back.

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! repas aspect magnifique et délicieux!!! bravo

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food3service5ambience1

Hard to find because it’s in the basement down an unsigned alley off king street Incredibly loud it felt like a college pizza joint till we got the wine list You would think you could find a full bodied red for under $97 in a ten page book but not here Then the ridicules became the absurd when the food menu was presented So overpriced it made me angry This is pasta for God’s sake Had a bottle of sparkling water and a pizza (server was great) $50 with tip and then went down the street for a nice quite meal I don’t mind spending too dollar for a meal but this place brings zero value

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