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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Buca has amazing food it was so good! However, I felt like our server was a bit weird.. I felt rushed and judged (she gave a vibe that we weren’t ordering enough food) at one point we were taking pictures and she was about to ask us how our food was and she had this annoyed look. Otherwise, everything else was ok.

SS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Way too dark in there, tight seating, table behind us was way too loud, the gnocchi had zero flavour just an overpowering truffle taste and the service was at best adequate. For the ridiculous price you pay here for a simple pizza or pasta, the experience is so not worth it. Do yourself a favour and just go to gusto101 across the street.

ES
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Went there this past Sat night for a friend's birthday, it was a party of four. I made my reservation through open table, but I also called to let them know that we have a gift certificate for this restaurant. The minute we got there we let the host know that we have a gift card for this place and they said that no one has told them about it and they won't honor our gift card as their corporate head office hasn't notified them. This was the strangest thing I've ever heard in my life! The ambiance is business-casual which was nice. The only thing that I thought was slightly creepy about the environment was that there’s meat displayed as part of their showcase: mind you, I’m not a vegetarian but I still believe that animals should be respected and that their legs shouldn’t be displayed as part of a restaurant’s showcase. The waitress (can’t remember her name) was really nice however I was quite disappointed that they were out of burrata and on top of that the warm olives we ordered never arrived. We ordered quite a bit of dishes but my favourite was the fungi pizza and angel haired pasta. The prices are as expected for a high-end Italian restaurant. The portions are reasonable as well. I also liked that at the end of the night one of the hosts came by and gave the birthday girl a pasta dish for her to take home, that was very thoughtful and nice of them. Overall, the experience was decent, I’m just irritated that we didn’t get to use our $300 gift certificate and didn’t get to enjoy the food I’d normally enjoy at most Italian restaurants.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have to say this was my first time at Buca and I will definitely be back. My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary and the staff went above and beyond to make it something special. From the moment we walked in they made us feel amazing. Not to mention, the service was unbelievable! We were given complimentary Prosecco and a pasta kit to go. What a special experience that we will never forget!

The meal was absolutely delicious as well! The pizza is fantastic.

11/10 rating from us.

LZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and thought the food was absolutely delicious. We were seated immediately and while I waited for my daughter o was served with the outpost respect and kindness. I am sure we will return soon.

M
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always perfect
The pizza is awesome and the tiramisù is excellent!

JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was my first time at Buca and it will not be the my last!

From the moment my wife and I walked in the staff was friendly and helpful. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. She recommended a meat and cheese board that blew us away.

I sheepishly mentioned it was my wife's birthday earlier in the evening. Lo and behold; they gave us a make your own fresh, pasta dish to take home as a gift (it was delicious too).

Do yourself a favour and go to Buca if you haven't already!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The wine list is really pricey, it would be nice to have a few options around $60. Better choices in TO for such a steep Bill for food and drinks.

w
Toronto
79 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lunch in a very beautiful place with great service. Pizza and salads all great. No wonder this place is so highly recommended!

KP
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gem in Toronto, great for all occasions and party room in the back.

PG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Excellent serving staff from start to end. Addressed the issue with delayed sides and compensated by comping the items. Our only negative is that the food, all food was warm to cool.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Amazing pizza, delicious pasta . I’ll definitely come back

P
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
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
8 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!

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