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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.

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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (41)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Special Occasion (34)
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Notable Wine List (33)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Romantic (32)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Authentic (23)
Business Meals (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Hot Spot (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Cozy (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Casual (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Healthy (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was amazing. Seating system was strange. We had to ask to move to an optimal seat. Besides that, the evening was perfect, the service is great.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food

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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Overall experience from being greeted to table very good
Waiter was not generally informative more gave a feeling of being obligated to answer questions as if too say you really dont understand that!
I asked for & received a non menu pasta dish which was excellent to which I went to kitchen area & personally acknowledged the chef for his preparation
I do not expect to be treated in a demeaning manner ....... I felt I was & therefore would not return there is choice!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food is delicious, but the pasta portions are incredibly small. Got three different cheeses with the garlic knots to start and then two pastas to split with my girlfriend. Had a couple of drinks each and still spent $190. Went home hungry.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

This is the best dining experience i have had hands down in my entire life. Food was amazing and tasty! The chefs here know exactly what they are doing. Service was amazing too! Went with my wife for our anniversary and will continue to go every year! Thank you Buca team for the amazing dining experience!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Hot Spot, Cozy, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We always have high expectations...never disappointed. On a cold February nite we fall into the warmth that is Buca. Our server Chelsea expertly guided us through the vast array of choices. I always try to find something that I might not get anywhere else. I had the pasta dish with lamb made with pasta hand made from Italy. Incredible!! My wife’s branzino was done to perfection. Why would we go anywhere else?

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Always be the favourite Italian Restaurant in Toronto. There are picky guests come and go. Wish the restaurant can deal with them with better skills, because we want the service, but the waiter was stacked with the other picky customer for a very long time. When one of the waitresses separate the pasta I told her that was enough for me, but she still keeping giving me that is really hilarious:)

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The food was amazing and so was the wine. Our server was quite pushy in trying to get us to order more food and not taking no for an answer, it got uncomfortable.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

We had the GNOCCHI RIPIENI, It was good but definitively not worth $55. We were quite disappointed.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food and service. The atmosphere was weird and mismatched. Very loud and too well lit for their plain painted walls. Could use some interior design improvements to match the space with the quality of food and booze.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Ok food, very cold absent service. Don’t believe the hype.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Waiter didn't know much about the wine list. Unfortunately the Sommelier was not working that night either.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Buca does not disappoint. I too often have been let down when eating Italian in this city. Buca is Italian done right. Every dish was impeccable. Even the bread knots and warmed olives to nosh on as a start were memorable. We shared throughout the night and I highly recommend this method. We had the most incredible truffle cheese stuffed gnocchi, it literally melted in your mouth. We also enjoyed very tasty scallops and dandelion side as our main. What blew me away was the a very different take on Tiramisu dessert that I might just have to go back for. Added touch was a take away box of fresh pasta delivered by a very attentive manager who noticed it was a birthday dinner. Even without bday dinner, packaged amaretti cookies are sweet gesture. Top points for service throughout: our server was genuinely pleasant and checked in at all the right moments. The food runners were smiling and engaged too which stood out. The only thing I would share is that this is a very vibrant, loud space...So if you are looking for a quiet dining experience you should be aware. Food however is very much worth having to speak loudly over to your fellow diner(s) in my opinion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Birthday Celebrations

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Love the pizza! Best in the city! And the tiramisu was delicious ...

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Absolutely great - service and food spectacular. A little pricey but worth every penny - have been to more expensive places but nowhere near the quality and great service

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Overpriced, cramped. We were in our neighboring tables’ conversations that’s how close we were

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Favourite restaurant in toronto. Food and service is great!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I have looked at this restaurant many times but have never been. Wow! What an amazing experience. The food was absolutely incredible and the service was perfect. We will 100% return. So impressed.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was not good for such an expensive, trendy restaurant. We left most of it behind

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

So good as usual!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Tapas
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Fabulous. Loved the food, the place, the service. Pleasantly surprised even with great expectations, wow, can't wait to go back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great date spot! Amazing service. Very accommodating to my dietary concerns.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and fabulous service. The scallops and branzino were perfect!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Err expensive. Food was mediocre. Pizza was excellent but the rest one star. Very overpriced.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent dining experience at Buca. It was our anniversary and they made it very special.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Love Buca. Has become one of my "go to" spots; for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Amazing. Great food.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The service was amazing. The tables were slightly too close for my liking, I felt like I was on a date with the table beside us but food was great, they didn't rush us and everyone was absolutely friendly. 100% will be going back

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Romantic, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Highly recommended date spot, very classy vibe and outstanding food and service!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Everything was amazing from the moment we walked in. Our server Zoey was fantastic, the food was to die for, and the dining room was pretty cool.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 21, 2017

food portion was way too small for price being paid

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Amazing, staff were great, food was unbelievable, amazing time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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