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Bar Buca in the heart of downtown Toronto is dedicated to the art of eating, whether that means a planned sit-down meal or a gourmand snack in between meetings. The inside space is charming, with... Read More
Bar Buca in the heart of downtown Toronto is dedicated to the art of eating, whether that means a planned sit-down meal or a gourmand snack in between meetings. The inside space is charming, with brick walls and patrons that wear glasses that questionably don't have a prescription. The courtyard patio is industrial, with orange chairs set around rectangular wooden tables that are decorated with wine glasses as if to say, "We know you are here to drink. Don't even pretend." The 50-person-capacity patio is not covered and not heated, so be sure that the weather is one of those scalding Toronto days where it feels like the seat is going to melt right off of those orange chairs. Bring sunscreen.
- Outdoor Dining: "There are no reservations and the tables are small. This is the best patio for small groups or one on one."
- Italian: "Fried zucchini blossoms and the cheese board are two stand-outs. Make room."
- Best Restaurants: "Go with a group to get the full experience. The extensive menu was meant for sharing."
- Best for Outdoor Dining Because: Worn bricks, covered windows and just enough narrow space for you to escape in the heart of the city.
- Best for Italian Because: Jamie Oliver declared in 2011 that a meal at Buca was his "favourite meal of the year." Some years have passed, but it still will stand out as memorable.
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Buca stands out in a city full of Italian restaurants. Their daily menu is outstanding.