Buono College

4.4
103 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Located at College & Ossington, this one-of-a-kind restaurant features an oasis-like dining room, a gorgeous bar area perfect for après work get togethers and a stunning private patio nestled at the back of the restaurant. Whether you're looking for the perfect spot for date night, a casual eatery for a gathering with friends and family, or a hidden gem where you can simply revel in the mouthwatering cuisine, sample the most thirst quenching indigenous wines and just sit back and enjoy the serene atmosphere, we have something for every mood.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 103 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.5
ambience
4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JasonT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was so so. Pasta typical. Nothing here would wow anyone. Service was attentive

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AustinS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Great value. Quality service. Cool back door patio. Through no fault of the restaurant there was a bed near our table that bothered us for 10 minutes during the appetizer, but we were able to move and it became a non issue! Would highly recommend, and would go back!

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ClaudioG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anna and Andrea got it right! Great Italian dishes that are authentic and delicious. Prezzo/Qualita ratio is right on. Reminds me of some of my favourite trattorias around Italy. About time Toronto got this vibe going.

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JamesK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back patio is a great setting for virtually any occasion.

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NadC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our experience here... Lovely patio, delicious food and attentive staff.
Will definitely recommend and will definitely be back!

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Voip
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

They have a nice patio at the back and the service was good. I liked it but the food is a bit of a different story. We had Insalata Caprese where it says it has 'salt & black pepper'. These two ingredients were not present there. I do know that I can add it myself but why a chef wouldn't do it? It had no taste at all. The tomatoes were super thick as if they were to be used for a tomato soup. It's not the quantity but the quality that counts. I didn't see any effort spent on this item at all.
I don't like the pizza there because it has a thick crust but this is a personal choice and I'm not holding it against them. Instead, I ordered pasta. This was good but.........the parmesan cheese that was "delivered" was so tacky that took away all the pleasant experience I could have. I was asked if I'd like parmesan and they gave me a little plastic container (the take out style). Is that the Covid thing????? It looked like the cheese inside was not freshly placed there because I had to shake it really hard to be able to sprinkle it over pasta. Otherwise I would end up with one big block on top of the rigatoni.
Not much needed to improve the experience and I hope it will be done.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the staff in super nice!

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Raymond
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was amazing! We had the caprese salad, piadina with sausage, cured meats platter, meatballs and roasted vegetables platter and everything was so delicious! The servers were amazing and super kind. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipQueensshopper18
Toronto
70 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great patio. Food was tasty but service was quite slow.

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Sophia
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first time there to celebrate my friend's birthday. As we were waiting for our reservation, Italy won the Euro cup, so you can imagine there was a bit of a delay getting our 5:45 reservation and the patio was packed.

The food was great! I asked the table next to us what they ordered and she raved about the truffle pasta and had dreams about it. My friend got that (as she is vegetarian) and thought it was delicious.

Server forgetting balsamic dressing on salad, having to flag them down for another drink but I chalk it up to restaurants just re-opening, the Euro-cup, drizzle rain etc. Everyone was very pleasant with great cocktail and wine recommendations. We definitely will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simple but delicious! The back patio is super cozy!

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ChrisW
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. The truffle pasta was phenomenal.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service and atmosphere were great! The food was a little salty tho (carbonara)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service. Highly recommend!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I went to buono to get a nice meal with my mom. It’s a cute tucked away patio with top quality food. We loved its casual atmosphere with above quality food! It’s a perfect spot for relaxing get together with friends or family!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very friendly staff, i really enjoyed being there i felt welcomed and felt like i was visiting a close friends restaurant. The food was delicious and the beer was fairly priced, wine was quite pricy although. Overall was a great place for get together, and would recommend. Thank you Buono College.

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jc05
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved to food - considering the price it is so worth it. The servers were absolutely amazing!! Such a cute and cozy backyard patio.

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vipInko
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Staff were just great!! The patio is nice - it would be even nicer at night time with the lights on, we went during the day. Next time though!!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the lasagna

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RobertR
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food and service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Strong smell of garbage though on back patio.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great pasta and portion. The drinks were great. The playlist was a nice touch too.

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PaulinaI
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this spot!
Very authentic, a hidden gem for sure!

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EstherFL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The tables were a little bit closer to each other. The food was delicious and the attendant was really polite.

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MargaretD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the server was so knowledgeable and friendly. We didn't feel rushed and she made lovely recommendations. Oh and the truffle pasta.....I still dream about it

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a fair price. Cozy atmosphere with fantastic service

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LauraJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience at Buono on College ST last night. Service is excellent and the food was incredible. Great back patio. Had the best time and can't wait to eat there again!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The food was amazing and everyone was so nice.

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vipALLI
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Pastas were delicious and the service was good too. However we found the restaurant staff quite rude.

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VictoriaC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely spot! Great vibe and cute back patio. Would definitely come back

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pollidolli
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Ambiance was nice, they have a very cute back patio, with a good amount of people. The food was good as well, my friend and I both ordered the pesto with spaghetti. Service could definitely use some work. Food runner brought over pesto with rigatoni instead of spaghetti , but I didn't mind waiting for the spaghetti and for me wasn't the BIGGEST deal. Then our server came up to me and asked if I had ordered the rigatoni, had to remind him that I hadn't at which point he followed by saying, "but did you order with me ? " in a fairly confrontational manner, which was really not appreciated.
Unfortunate cuz I had read the mixed reviews prior and a consistent issue I saw was the service, but I still wanted to give it a chance as it was close by and I love Italian food. Fair to say I probably won't be returning to this location.

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Mel7
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cozy courtyard ambiance and great food. I would dine there again.

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TDDD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great little spot - hidden gem. I loved the service and food.

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vipAshc
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My fiancé and I made same day resos. We normally wouldn’t have went to this restaurant but due to covid it there were few restaurants that we knew to choose from.
I did my research quickly for ambiance and it passed the vibe check. Back patio was closed in with wood making it feel earthy and was really cute. I went on their IG and checked out the tagged in photos to be sure this place would be ok.
We arrived 5 min early and were seated right away. Staff were nice and courteous.
We ordered wine and a beer for drinks. A salad and a slice of pizza for apps. Then we got two different pastas.
We thought it was neat you could choose your own pasta. And the pastas is made fresh there.
We go out often for dinners to high end and low end and thought this place was good!
I would recommend.
Prices were normal for food and booze. It’s not a cheap place, but not overly expensive.
Oh and the place felt like a young crowd 20s at first. But the a few older folks joined after.
Happy we found this gem, our date night was a success!

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NicholasZ
Dubai
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience4

Terrible service, waited seated for over 20 minutes to be served. Our waiter pretended to be busy but seemed not interested in helping us. At the end acted upset when asked to split. The pizza I got was dry and overcooked. I would not recommend this place to anyone, the only thing good was the patio but if you want good food and service, better off going somewhere else.

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MahalekshmiC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Pasta was really bad it tasted old and the chef really doesn’t know how to make good Italian pasta. Such small portion the high price. So oily and blant. Absolutely won’t recommend to a friend

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hikate
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Poor poor service, waiter forgot to bring my drink, had to ask for the bill twice

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ErinC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was simple but full of flavour, staff were super accommodating and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Honesty the weather ruined the vibe 🤷🏽‍♀️

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Cute patio. Terrible food. Overpriced drinks. Had the pesto pasta and it was not good at all. Also ordered a 15 dollar margarita that was purely lime juice. I was surprised to get a table here the day before considering the city just opened. Now I know why lol

FAQs

Buono College does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Buono College also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 340-7729.

Buono College is rated 4.4 stars by 103 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.