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Buca King Street West, Toronto, ON
Buca King Street West, Toronto, ON
Buca King Street West, Toronto, ON
Buca King Street West, Toronto, ON
Buca King Street West, Toronto, ON
Award-winning

Buca King Street West

4.4
4.4
2027 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Buca King Street West brings Italy to Toronto’s dining hotbed on King Street West. Buca has been internationally celebrated for its 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 865-1600
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jorge Fiestas
  • Private party facilities
    Private dinning rooms and set menus available.
  • Private party contact
    Kristen Edmonds: (416) 865-1600
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    King West
  • Cross street
    King St W & Portland St Located in the alleyway of the King/Portland Ce
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

What 2,027 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

2,027 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was good but not great as was the food Eggplant Parmigiana was tasty enough but definitely nothing close to the real flavour of a real eggplant parmigiana

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  2. ZamirS

    Toronto

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place nerve disappoints. The service and food are some of the best in the city. Everything on the menu is worth coming back for.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went there for our little date and everything was just perfect. The food is also great. definitely will back to Buca again.

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  4. AnaH

    Mexico City

    37 reviews

    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The salumis and cheeses were excellent! We really enjoyed the selection. The pizza 'salumi de buca' was one of the best pizzas I've had in Toronto. We also had the corzetti al tartufo and it was ok, nothing great, we thought it wasn't worth it. Service was going ok, but in middle of the dinner our waiter disappeared and nobody took her place. We overheard the table next to us complain about the same thing, and seems like our waitress had finished her shift and left. I understand that happens, but it was weird that nobody took over. We ordered dessert and asked for the bill to random waiters. The manager came at the end and apologized; he mentioned our dessert would be on the house and offered us some complementary limoncello. So even though serviced missed a bit, it was nice they tried to make up for it. I would recommend and return.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    people aren’t exaggerating in the reviews — the service is soooooooo slow

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  6. ShamY

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot for authentic Italian food, super friendly staff and made our anniversary very special, thank you xo

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    My date and I ordered two pastas (the duck bigoli and the tartufo) and both came out cold, not even warm. The service was also exceptionally slow and not overly friendly. The tiramisu was the one saving grace. I have been to the Yorkville location and loved my experience, so was very much let down by this experience and probably would deter me from going back. It’s too bad because I feel like the food and venue had a lot of potential to be good, if the dishes were presented to the table hot (or even somewhat warm).

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  8. LauraW

    Toronto

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This Buca spot was a great choice even on a cold January night! Worth making the trip out. Staff were a cut above. So professional. Food was exactly the kind of rich but not too much so, good quality ingredients you want from an italien. Throughly recommend the sweetbreads. King West prices for what it is. But the little touches like the pasta dish to cook at home mean you don’t mind if it’s for a good occasion. Nice decor, but did feel a bit too big and echoey for a small party of two. Maybe better for bigger groups. So good you will need to stick to your 2 hour table slot though, as even in Jan it was busy. We weren’t rushed as the staff timed so well, but pretty sure the people taking our table after us arrived just as they got our coats, so don’t think you’ll be staying there all night!

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  9. LisaCM

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Dinner for 4. Friends arrived earlier and waited 10 minutes to be acknowledged by the server. No drinks offered. We arrived and again were not acknowledged. Was given water but no server acknowledgement. Was not asked whether we wanted still or sparkling water. Got water. Was almost 15 minutes from our arrival before we got attention and got a drink order in. We were stuck in the back room which lacks ambience with uncomfortable chairs. Very difficult to read the menu in the very low light. Server was very difficult to understand given her accent. We kept asking her to repeat. Choice of red wine by the glass was lacking. I tasted one wine and it was corked. Server seemed to think I just did not like Merlot blend. Charcuterie board was a bit shy or condiments and garnishes. Very tasty but meager for the price. Food arrived and staffers delivering did not offer pepper or parmesan cheese. No bread offered. we had to ask for charcuterie board. Spaghetti Limone with crab was delicious. Lamb ragu pasta good but a bit pastie. Flatbread was good. We dine out alot and have dined at this restaurant in the past. We spent $400 for 4 and by no means felt like it was a feast. Very disappointing.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Crab pasta lacked seasoning and staff was nice but seem to have forgotten about us by the time of the bill

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  11. EmilyJ

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food but the chairs are soooooo uncomfortable.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Eggplant Parmesan was good, their menu does not have any “crowd pleasers”. The pastas were flavourless, and the tiramisu had a very strong anise flavour. Happy to have tried the eggplant parm, but overall not impressed.

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  13. KaceyM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and being able to see the kitchen is such a great addition! The host and majority of staff were so kind and helpful, as I went to celebrate my birthday they even gave a birthday gift! The only slight downside was my particular server seemed a little cold but overall the experience was great.

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  14. KellyG

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing experience! Our server was so knowledgeable and provided exceptional service and advice. The food was extraordinary with complex flavour profiles. We enjoyed the warm marinated olives, warm Kale salad (perfect for a cold winter night) and enjoyed unique homemade pasta with unique accompaniments. The Tiramisu was divine and traditional. A Michelin Star experience. Wow!

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  15. BillS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I am from Windsor, which is known to have the best pizza in Canada (probably North America), yet the Tartufo pizza at Buca is second to none. Our server was beyond knowledgeable and made suggestions to compliment each dish! 3 stars for atmosphere only because we were seated in what seemed like a back room. which felt like it was set up to accommodate for New Year's Eve.

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  16. LanaR

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and service. Nice staff! The restaurant is a very nice place

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress didn’t check up on us as much as she should have. Waited a long time for her to come around and had to call her every single time. The eggplant parm (appetizer) was impeccable. We also got the salad (chicory) which was good. The bread and eggplant purée was nice. We asked for balsamic and olive oil for the bread and noticed we were charged almost $10 for them without prior knowledge. Would have been nice to let us know. We ordered ribeye and asked for medium but got medium rare. We didn’t make a fuss about it but definitely noticed it. The steak was very tender, but could have used more flavours. We did not like the tiramisu at all. It’s not the typical taste you would want. Although we don’t mind trying different things, this was just not a good innovation.

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  18. LindsayW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good enough, though for the price point I'd choose to dine somewhere else. Our server brought us the bill and was downright hostile and inpatient with my dad as he was paying (he was having trouble with the machine). Spend your money elsewhere - server's attitude ruined the night.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    My overall experience was soso, the atmosphere was pretty good, The service was not good, our waitress does not look happy at all during the full service her service wasnt good, our water was empty during dinner and we waiting 15 min and had to call her to refill it, during the 1.5 dining experience we were not asked if everything tasted alright or if we needed anything else which we wanted to but got tired of waiting. we had the same pasta as the table across us and they were asked if they liked parmesan or peppers on it while we were not asked. Crab pasta had no crabs meat in it only flavouring. The kitchen staff that served and described the food was very nice tho, even saw the note we made on the reservation and congratulated us which made this dining experience much much better , our server totally missed it. the food was good but menu choice was a bit restricted and 1/3 of it was cheese and salami, we came for the lobster pasta as it was highly recommended by a friend but it was not available at this location which we found out after that every location has different menu. we wanted a normal salad but its not available, they dont have a normal steak only large ones 26oz or more. Bronzino was really good tho, tender and flavourful which i recommend.

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  20. OlgaA

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Rude and unprofessional manger who told us to leave because they needed to give the table to someone else. We were never informed about time limit and had 3 course meal.

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  21. BipC

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve been many times to this Buca as it is a family favourite but this time it was a bit disappointing. Little things make a difference for us and this time when we asked for the sommelier to make a wine suggestion our waitress said that she knew the wines … but she did not!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pasta were very disappointing. The truffle pasta was a miss and both pastas we had were not warm enough. Also too may things on the menu were not available.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant. Great atmosphere. Service is pretty good. Had a great experience.

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  24. MickL

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Buca on King St. in Toronto is an absolute culinary gem! From the moment you step in, the ambiance sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience. The staff's impeccable service and warm hospitality create a welcoming atmosphere that enhances the overall enjoyment. Now, onto the star of the show – the food. Every dish is a masterpiece, meticulously crafted with top-notch ingredients and an expert touch. The menu boasts a delightful array of options, ensuring there's something for every palate. The presentation is as impressive as the flavors, adding an artistic flair to each plate. The wine selection is curated to perfection, complementing the dishes seamlessly. The knowledge and passion of the staff shine through in their thoughtful recommendations. Buca on King St. is not merely a restaurant; it's a culinary journey that captivates the senses. Whether you're a food enthusiast or simply looking for an exceptional dining experience, Buca on King is a must-visit. Kudos to the entire team for consistently delivering excellence in every aspect!

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  25. CF2019

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a special meal celebrating our anniversary with Buca giving us a lovely homemade DIY kit to cook a pasta dinner at home

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  26. CamelliaE

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Their wine knowledge was exceptional, they did an excellent job recommending wine pairings with different aspects of the meal. Their service was very attentive and en pointe. Excellent food with exquisite tastes and portions were spot on! Would highly recommend.

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  27. willym

    Montreal

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Not clear information on the menu regarding charges for the salemi. As a result, I paid more than $41

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  28. Tacos

    Melbourne

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our second time at Buca did not disappoint. Once again the food was delicious and the staff couldn’t be better. It was our last night out in Toronto having lived here for a year, so we wanted something special and Buca was it! Thank you

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  29. Eatgoodfood

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were attentive knowledgable and friendly Food was superb

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  30. ChadM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Not bad, but underwhelming relative to price and hype.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was cold. Sent it back. Manager’s attitude was not great

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  32. DavidI

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Menu was confusing, food was good, plates could have been more balanced in terms of flavours. Overall, it was good but wouldn't go out of my way to come back. They did go above and beyond providing a to-go dish that was not ordered.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Sever was inattentive, food was mediocre at best. Wouldn’t go bask

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had my birthday here and it was so lovely. Our server was awesome and attentive. The food was so delicious, honestly very fresh, tasty, hot, everything I expected from reading the reviews. When the night ended the manager came over and gave me this lovely little box of uncooked fresh pasta with directions on how to make it - a mini bday gift. I loved that touch and I loved a free delicious lunch the next day too. Will definitely be back!

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  35. RemH

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Good was decent, but the service was one of the worst experiences I’ve had. Server hardly checked in with us to see if everything was good. Long waits for anything that we wanted to ask him. Waiting over 30 minutes just to get the bill. I’d understand if the restaurant was busy, but it was towards the end of the night and we were one of the last tables. Server was just minding his own business chatting with other co-workers and pretending like we didn’t even exist.

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  36. sbrd4

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We felt transported to Italy and loved everything we tried. The staff were warm and friendly and made amazing recommendations about food and wine. Also, we were celebrating a birthday and they really made it special for my friend, including giving her some extra delicious food to take home. We felt fortunate to have found this great place and would love to visit again.

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  37. AndreaW

    Toronto

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner with friends in town from another province. We all loved the family-style dinner and tried many things we otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to try. We all enjoyed our meal and the service and atmosphere was lovely. We will be back again soon. Thank you!

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  38. SteveP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nearly impossible to find front door due to minimal signage.

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  39. MaryG

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious appetizers and pasta. Amazing service. Wonderful ambiance

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  40. PetiteGourmande

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, I very much enjoyed my first experience at BUCA. But I'm gonna keep it real here tho- this is one of Toronto's best restaurants and Italian spots in the city and full disclosure- it didn't live up to the hype for me. I've had better Italian food in the city at less expensive and boogie establishments with more of an ambiance than this place. A couple of the dishes were real standouts, like the eggplant dish and the tiramisu with apple and celery sorbet for dessert. The pizza was good but pedestrian at best and the anchovy spaghetti was truly one of the most nightmare inducing things I've ever eaten. Our waitress insisted it was not too "anchovy forward" but after one taste it's the only thing I could taste in my mouth for the rest of the night. I had two bites and honestly the dish was making me straight up gag. I'm surprised this is on the menu. I was surprised at how little this place blew my mind, but still had a good time.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Buca King Street West is rated 4.4 stars by 2027 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Buca King Street West

604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    King St W & Portland St Located in the alleyway of the King/Portland Ce
  • Neighborhood
    King West
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jorge Fiestas
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 865-1600
  • Private party facilities
    Private dinning rooms and set menus available.
  • Private party contact
    Kristen Edmonds: (416) 865-1600
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