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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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Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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87 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very small dining room but it did not lead to a very private experience as it was quite loud. Food was very delicious but had very small portion size. Little disappointed with the carbonara but loved the veal. The staff was helpful and friendly. With it's prices I would just prefer a more compete dining experience. May give it another... More 

Thank Magnus R
North Saanich, British Columbia
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I am hesitant to post a review of La Buca. My wife and I have been eating here for several years. It is our favourite restaurant in Vancouver! It is small cozy spot in a strip mall in Arbutus Ridge. Reservations essential. My fear is that it will be overrun. Italian food using local fresh ingredients. Several specials each night... More 

Thank galianotom
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 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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154 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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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172 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 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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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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80 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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

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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
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
A Vancouver favorite for years, La Buca provides a consistently satisfying dining experience for locals and visitors alike. As a neighborhood restaurant, La Buca welcomes walk in diners, however as "the neighborhood restaurant that everyone wishes was in their neighborhood", it can fill up quickly, and reservations are recommended and appreciated.

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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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