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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.
Toronto, ON M5V 1M6
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Wednesday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
King St. West & Portland St.
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Contact:
Chris Loizou: (416) 865-1600
Banquet, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Buca Ratings and Reviews
Absolutely impressed by the food, we tried the
Gnocco Frito - surprisingly delightful
Bigoli - delicious as expected
Tagliatelle - packed with complimenting flavours
Tiramisú - INCREDIBLE, this was the perfect tiramisú in every way.
*Impeccable service, they were on top of everything and had very thorough descriptions of all items on the menu, including little tastes of Italy, like where you would likely find the dish, and how it might be served there.
I had my 30th birthday dinner with my boyfriend here. It was a great choice. The service was fantastic from the moment we entered the restaurant to when we left. The food was amazing!! We ordered the salumi platter, parmigiana melenzane, nodini, branzino cicoria. Our attentive waitress suggested a very rare pasta dish called "Su Filindeu" and we were so happy we got it. At the end of our dinner, I was given a gift of fresh pasta with cheese and olive oil which my boyfriend and I used the following day. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion or for those who just enjoy great cuisine!
Our Waiter was awful food was pretty good but they wouldn’t honor a gift card from bar Buca when the person who sold it guaranteed it was good for all three locations. The waiter was very rude when declining the gift card and I quote “sorry I don’t make the rules not our problem” Now bar Buca will not refund the gift card even with a receipt so we are forced to go to bar Buca (or give $100 away) even though my wife and I both can’t find anything appetizing on the menu...If you go I hope you have a much more pleasant experience than we did!
This was probably the best meal i had, im Italian and have been to many Italian restaurants in Toronto this was by far the most distinct and authentic, you wont find this kind of cuisine anywhere else, it is a materpiece. I had the Cervello to start and spaghetti al nero di maiale, which i recommend for anyone who goes here!!
As usual Buca knocks it out of the park. Here for our anniversary this time - and each and every dish was wonderful, from the cheese selection to the tartara and nodini, the tagliatelle and the su filendeu, to the wonderful desserts and perfect wine reco. Thanks to Tamara and Emanuele and the whole team. Service was impeccable. We’ll remember this night fondly!
We went for my daughters birthday and had a great time. Seated quickly, then attentive service. The appetizers were excellent (my wife and daughter get an eggplant side for an appetizer). Then the mains, all were again great. The basic dish I ordered had a fine pasta but they still managed to deliver it al dente. One tip- the usual entrance is now off Portland while work is done next door on King street. Also, parked on Portland, so no problem with the silly driving restrictions
An absolute disaster. Arrived at 8:35 for an 8:30 reservation because we arrived at the listed address on King Street and there was no indication anywhere that the entrance was half a block up the side street. Told that our table was just being prepared and asked to wait at a stand up bar so that we could be hustled for drinks, and of course we were positioned 10 feet away from our already ready and waiting table. When my wife sat on here chair it was extremely wobbly and it took 3 waiter visits till we finally told them to just exchange it with another. Noise level was excruciating.
No question that the quality of ingredients is extremely high, and when we had prepared dishes they were well prepared. We had a good plate of salumi with a few cheeses added, then a $50 plate of a very good gnocchi with truffles, then waited another 40 minutes for the other pasta dish that we had ordered which was the disaster of the night. It was described on the menu as special pasta made in Sardegna in a lamb broth with lamb neck, cheese and a special olive oil. It was assembled in front of us and turned out to be basically an Italian Ramen soup bowl. They placed the large bowl of soup in the middle of the table, and gave us serving utensils and two plates! to eat it off of. Ridiculous and a $48 bowl of soup. Overly pretentious and they think they are lot mor about hip and hype that a great dining experience. We high tailed it straight out after that, foregoing coffee and dessert, 2 1/2 hours was more than we could stand
This was my first time at Buca and let me just say I cannot wait to go back!! I have been to Buca bar, which was amazing, but this was outstanding! I enjoy trying new things so the lambs brains and the pig ears were actually extremely delicious. Their menu changes regularly so I am excited to return and try some new delicacies they have added. Bounissimo!
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.
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.
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!
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