If you arrive at Bar Buca while the sun’s still out, you’ll likely walk past it. My eyes failed to spot the miniature signage…as did my dining partners. On the flip side, early arrivals score a better chance of snagging a table at this “no-reservations” restaurant.
With its high ceilings and industrial decor, Bar Buca oozes a trendy vibe, and I’m immediately in awe of the towering wine rack.
As one of only a handful of guests there, we order our drinks which comes accompanied by a plate of black olives, pickled dandelion leaves, focaccia, and cubes of mortadella and provolone cheese. It’s the daily 4-7pm aperitivo special, we’re told. And just one more reason to arrive early.
The beauty of a tapas-style Winterlicious menu is that everything is served to be shared. And at a price of $25 each, this presents a great opportunity to sample a range of apps, mains and desserts. Our orders included some delicious Guelph arctic char, some fairly uninteresting beets, some savory pig parts, some incredible porchetta sandwiches, some unimpressive cauliflower, and a sampling of Italian desserts.
Despite being moderately sized space, the restaurant filled up to capacity within no time. The no-reservation policy meant a lengthy wait for many of the walk-in guests. Or, if you were dining as a pair and seated at a 4-seater table, you could be asked to share your table with other patrons.
Speaking of tables, a word of advice: the dining furniture comprises only of high tables and high bar chairs. So if you’re vertically-challenged, be prepared to do a little hop off the chair when getting down!
Bar Buca has a great laid-back vibe housed in a trendy setting. The service was quick and attentive, and the menu offerings are fairly on point…making this a great pit stop for a pre-game night out with friends.
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