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About Buca

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.

604 King St. West
Toronto, ON M5V 1M6
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Sunday - Wednesday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Special Added Holiday Lunch Hours
November 27 - December 23
Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 3:00p.m.

Cross Street:
King St. West & Portland St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 865-1600

Website:
http://www.buca.ca/

Executive Chef:
Rob Gentile

Private Party Contact:
Chris Loizou: (416) 865-1600

Additional:
Banquet, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Buca Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (46)
Good for a Date (40)
Fit for Foodies (37)
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Good for Anniversaries (32)
Romantic (32)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Authentic (29)
Notable Wine List (28)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Hot Spot (17)
Business Meals (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Cozy (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Casual (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Tapas (4)
Seasonal (4)
People Watching (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

It was way too dark where we were seated and it was not possible to have a candle at our table. We are in our 30s it’s not like we have bad eyesight or anything; it was just really dark.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Certainly the best Italian meal we have ever experienced. Right from the moment we were greeted at reception with polish and open friendliness to the moment our waiter asked us to wait because the Chef wished to speak to us before we left.
An astonishing experience really.

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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

The staff was attentive and personable. We even received an anniversary gift box of fresh pasta at the end of the evening!

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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

One of the best meals I've had in Toronto. Everything from the service, the food, the ambiance, and the wine recommendations were on point. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday. Extremely good food and service. The lighting made the menu a little difficult to see but overall everything was to be expected and then some. Would definitely dine here again AND recommend to any of my friends.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious. We met our server choose the menu & wines. Best decision ever!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always an incredible dining experience! From service to food and the small details, everything combines to create an incredible and authentic Italian restaurant. Thanks Chef Gentile and your wonderful team!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fun, Business Meals, Spicy, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Entirely inconceivable why this restaurant has a cult following. Awful ambience, ceiling has black soot on it, walls have hideous black panels, chairs and restaurant are as though one is in a barn. The highlight was after we had the cheers plate and asked for bread, crackers or something similar and they stated we could order something off the menu. I have dined at MIchelin star restaurants throughout the world for decades and never ONCE had a restaurant have the audacity to charge for bread or crackers with a cheese plate. One of the senior staff was pretending to care or listen to my friend regarding his suggestions for improvement.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We drove about 50km from Newmarket to have dinner at this outstanding Osteria. Needless to say, the traffic was extremely bad that day and it took us about two hours to get there. We were hungry and thought it was a bad idea to drive that long just to eat but when we had our salumi and gnoccho fritto arrive at the table, we thought it was well worth the drive. There is no other place in Toronto where you can order a thinly-sliced lardo di Colonnata that goes so well with the gnoccho fritto. Couple that with the best-in-town (maybe continent) burrata pizza with an order of lamb's brain wrapped in prosciutto, I was in heaven. That is if you're an adventurous Italian foodie. Definitely worth the drive in traffic!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excelente comida y servicio, muy recomendable

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 (London)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great interpretation of Italian classics and creative new dishes. Excellent selection of meats, cheeses, and wines. First rate service. We had a special evening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing service, felt like a celebrity. Everyone was so attentive and hospitable. Impressive! Food was flavourful and creative, loved every bite! Great job Buca!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great Italian food and an unreal ambiance. Staff are extremely friendly and make the dining experience even better.

Went for a special event and was blown away with the added touches to make the occasion even more memorable.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Nice place, good food but not great; nothing was over the top, I could have easily have a meal like this elsewhere. Noise level a bit too high for me, tables are very close one to another, no privacy, and felt a bit too tight.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Very authentic new Italian cuisine. Attention to quality was impressive.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great food, and friendly, relaxed friendly service. The chefs in the open kitchen have open and frequent communication with the front of house staff, making for a great dining experience.

Only (slight) negatives : 1. dining chairs are REALLY uncomfortable (chair forces you into a slouch, and the back digs into you unless you sit ramrod straight) - would recommend the banquettes instead of a table; and 2. the lighting level was a bit too low, even for a romantic setting (there were three tables at one point reading the menu with smartphone flashlights).

Other than that, a great experience, and they gave us a lovely little make-your-own pasta kit at the end of the night.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Amazing Italian culinary adventure. Very passionate, friendly, and knowledgeable staff.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Not up to previous visits. This used to be our go to restaurant for fine food. Restaurant is showing its age. Lacklustre service and food that is good but doesn't say wow. Had ask several times for sparkling water and coffee before delivered. Menu is tired and uninspired. Host was too preoccupied with staff conversation to welcome. Not coming back for a while.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent pasta and heavenly ricotta fritters and sabayon for dessert.
More vegetable options would be appreciated.
wooden chair back uncomfortable.
Outstanding service.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food is very good, not extraordinary, and dishes are way overpriced. Not worth the fuss in the writing of the menu or the presentation by servers. The lighting of the dining room needs professional attention: very gloomy. My first time at Buca one year ago with a group was exciting, but after this experience, I will not go back or recommend the place. The restaurant now falls in a category of Toronto restaurants I call 'money machines' which put profit and fuss way over the pleasure of eating.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

I decided that this would be a great idea to take my wife for our anniversary and it was fabulous. I worked with the staff to help prepare for our arrival and left it to them to help make the meal memorable. The food was innovative yet comforting. There were several dishes that were reminiscent of my childhood vacations back home - everything we tried was as though Nonna was cooking it for us with love. The staff was very attentive yet not overbearing. The dessert, the Torta Di Sanguinaccio, simply AMAZING and brought back memories; my Zia would make this regularly and Buca did it up just right! Upon finishing up, one of the chefs came out to greet us and ask how everything went with our meal. He hmwished us a happy anniversary and handed us over a small care package filled with uncooked fresh pasta and a recipe for cooking it up - we eat out regularly and have on occasion have run into some great food however, never have we been treated to great food, great ambiance, caring staff and the thoughtfulness that went into this care package. We will return, next time with family and friends. Get up, get out and make the trip to this place, you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Not a great experience at Buca... Our Server seemed very judgemental and uninterested in serving us, and she didn't give us a last call for the kitchen closing. We were going to order a lot more food, so it was unfortunate that we didn't really have a full dining experience. Even though the food we did order was really good, I don't think it could have made up for the service we received. For a higher end restaurant on King street I was really surprised by this experience. It's unlikely we will be back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We read a lot of good reviews about Buca, so we decided to reserve for dinner.

Unfortunately, we made a mistake for our reservation time and came 1 hour late.
It was embarrassing, but the staff at Buca were very nice and helpful and found a
space for us, even if the restaurant was crowded. We really appreciated this!

The food was really amazing and atmosphere was also great. We’ll go again and make sure to check our time twice before going.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing food and attentive, helpful staff. You won't be disappointed enjoying a meal here although a bit pricey.
Seeing it was Friday night the rooms were packed and the restaurant was very loud and the dim lighting made the menu challenging to read. Could be my age and eye sight however it was an excellent experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Authentic Italian cuisine so you will find creative dishes that incorporate the “whole animal”.
The menu has limited choices so if you are not that adventurous with the sheep brain, horse clod and pork blood there is limited choice. Their salami du buca is made in house and MUST be tried, the pizzas are also great so I am sure everyone can find something that will please them.
Service is top notch! They also send you home with a boxed diy meal to enjoy when it is your birthday. How great is that!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent pizza (the only plus of the evening)
Appetizer didn't arrive prior to pizza (so was cancelled).
Wife's pasta dish was cold and the sauce on it was congealed (had to be sent back resulting in our eating separately)
Champagne never arrived (server realized she had forgotten but not even the meagerest of apology).
3 dishes meant for other tables arrived at our table.
We elected to skip dessert and coffee.
All in all - an excellent way to ruin an anniversary dinner.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great food. Bring your chequebook! Would definitely go back. Menu descriptions make it hard to understand what you're getting

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Must order fig salad! It was delicious. Full of different flavours!
Fungi pizza was great. Thin crust. Simple and healthy.
Duck pasta was ok. Sauce was yummy. Pasta was undercooked.

Don’t order fried fritta. Did not enjoy this. It was just a big hallow fried dough and had slivers of pork fat. Not at all tasty. It left a greasy slimy feeling in my throat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

One of my favourite spots in Toronto for amazing Italian food. Always great!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Expecting to be impressed, I was ready for an expensive evening but the big bill was the only item that blew me over... I didn't get it. Our appetizers was effectively a charcuterie without bread or crackers (we had to order tiny bread rolls separately), so we had to order the cheeses, breads and meats separately. As an entrée and the Carbonara which I have personally managed to prepare with more flavour (not good). My dinner companions were also not particularly impressed but it was my idea, so I picked up the tab which lessened the blow for them.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Enjoyed the cheese appetizer (tasty but slightly small portions?) , olive oil with bread knots, arrabiata pizza, and scallops, all good for sharing. Also, impressed by one of the higher range Brunellos from extensive list. Service very friendly and capable all around.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 3, 2017

One of the best kitchens in Toronto. Period.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 1, 2017

AMAZING. This is the second time I have been to Buca , and it was just as good as the first. We went this time for an anniversary dinner as my boyfriend and I fell in love with the food, service, and wine the first time we went. We are millennials just entering the working world so it is not a restaurant we can go to all the time - but you definitely get what you pay for and more! The food is authentic and my Italian friends say it's the closest thing/on par to Mom's cooking in Toronto. Every single staff member is professional and welcoming and go out of their way to make sure you having a great experience without being too pushy. At the end of the night we were brought a box of "make your own pasta" with the ingredients and instructions, and a couple of treats. The Gnocchi is the best pasta I have ever had and their cheese and meat selection is impeccable. Definitely my favourite fine dining restaurant in Toronto. If I had all the money in the world I would be there every other day. It would also be a good place to grab a drink with some friends for a night of catching up and conversation. Cheers!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was quite good, but pasta portions were small for the cost Also, while the rosemary knots were tasty I don't like to pay for bread. Service was very good

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food here is delicious, I love the pasta. The service is amazing. I would highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Lovely meal in a lovely setting! Tried pig ears for the first time and they were delicious! Service was second to none! All round a very good experience

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great Italian style chef restaurant. The service was excellent and focused on customer satisfaction.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Profoundly disappointing experience on this birthday/anniversary meal. My wife is a chef, and has worked in top 5 rated restaurants in both Toronto and London, UK. Buca's portions are very underwhelming for the price. Artichoke dish overcooked at the edges, so not completely edible. Wait service experience not enjoyable at all. Almost seemed indifferent after we ordered only 3 courses for two people. Had asked for wine recommendations that would suit across the 3 selected courses and got directed to various price points but little information on why the recommendations would work with the dishes - had to try to pull this out of him. Sommelier that presented the selected $90 wine and dealt with our wine temperature question/concerns was great. Waiter dodged/ignored my wife's question on "what came with the branzino dish" when eating it, simply twice repeated the menu description (olives, preserved lemon shards as a garnish and olive oil) and not picking up on the inference that something other than the fish should be on the plate for $39. Overall, poor value for the $250 spent for 2 drinks, a bottle of wine and the 3 courses that left me hungry. Departed without having coffee or dessert. Overall, a very poor experience for the price and will not return.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Everything great. Zoe wAs fantastic with his recommendations. Will return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was yummy and waitstaff was so well informed but timing was really bad. We were there over 90 minutes to get pasta and pizza. Really slow-bar slow,kitchen slow, really too long.Tables around us done way before us seated after us. Food delicious but everything really prolonged

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