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La Buca

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4025 Macdonald St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6L 2N8, Canada
+1 604-730-6988
17:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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24 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Saturday evening to celebrate my wife's birthday. We had the family style eating. Food was excellent especially the homemade pasta however we were disappointed by the low level of engagement by the waiting staff. Not sure if we would return.

Thank Colin P
Vancouver, Canada
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153 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed an excellent dinner at this Italian bistro. Dinner with friends. We ordered four different dishes and we all enjoyed every bite. There was nothing left on our plates. Nice wine list with price point options. Service was excellent. Busy place so you definitely need reservations.

Thank Skye757
Vancouver, Canada
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168 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

This tiny little place has a cozy atmosphere and excellent food. You must have a reservation as it is very small and very popular. We went with friends and booked about 2 weeks in advance. We had an excellent meal in a place steeped in ambiance. Great for a special night!

Thank Sandy C
Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

There were eleven of us that came together to celebrate the Christmas season and the year that's about to pass. We ate our meal family style. 2 appetizers, 3 pastas, a fish and a neat dish followed by two desserts. La buca is a small place but a great place for big appetites in search of great flavor. We all... More 

Thank Panos A
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

This is one of the best Italian restaurants I have been to anywhere in North America (including San Francisco and New York). Excellent food, good service, and a cozy atmosphere. But for its out of the way location, I'm guessing this would be rated much higher (top 20) in Vancouver.

Thank Bill H
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85 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We have been here many times in part as we live a few blocks away. But also because we have had so many good meals here. Love the food and the great service

Thank LarryGVancouver
Rotorua, New Zealand
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66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We had the 5 course chef's menu here last night and it was wonderful. Every course was really tasty and the waitress very helpful when we wanted help in choosing a wine. The restaurant is quite small so quite noisy when it was full but as there were only 2 of us we could hear ok.Nice cosy atmosphere.

Thank Jan M
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Good food with seasonal changes. Heavy on the meats so not that great for vegetarians. But the vegetables they do have are always good. Can get a bit loud. Acoustics are not perfect.

Thank Monica M
Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

They have daily special and the food is great. It is worth to try it. The restaurant is very small so make sure you make reservation.

Thank Wendy L
Merstham, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were in Vancouver for work, having lived there for 15 years previously. We had a superb meal with another couple - great selection of tasty and beautifully-presented Italian-inspired, BC-informed food and an excellent wine list. The service is charming but not intrusive. This remains a favourite in Vancouver and one we recommend.

Thank Peter v

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4025 Macdonald St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6L 2N8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Kitsilano
  • Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Phone Number: +1 604-730-6988

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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