Brando's
Brando's

Brando's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.brandosnj.com/
  • Phone: 7327742222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John Panebianco
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine
  • Catering: We offer upscale private parties
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining room available upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: Maria 7327742222
  • Entertainment: Friday night entertainment. Friday night ladies. Prime steak night on Thursdays.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cookman
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking along with parking lot across the street.
A word from Brando's
Brando's was founded on the premise of great food made from quality ingredients, excellent service, and a warm atmosphere which we believe are the three elements of any enjoyable dining experience.

The chef/owner, Steven Botta, grew up in Brooklyn and learned many of recipes used at Brando's from his mother. Raised in this welcoming tradition, he believes when you enter Brando's, whether its your first time or your one hundredth time, you should always feel like they are dining with family.

Soulful Italian is the best way to describe our menu. Our culinary team has been trained at the finest culinary schools, and has over fifty years of combined experience. From our fresh pasta, to our line-caught fish, to our thirty-five day dry-aged steaks, the difference is discernible

























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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Brando's reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (56)fit for foodies (47)neighborhood gem (45)romantic (32)good for groups (30)notable wine list (21)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (13)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Excellence
    BigBrust
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I always say the same thing when reviewing my expereince at Brando's- EXCELLENT! Chris the bartender, Dylan the waiter, everything there is top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Diner with friends
    marianne
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We were 3 couples. Everyone was pleased with what they ordered. Linguini with clams, scallops, grilled octopus and others. Service is excellent. Had a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just lovely
    beachy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Surprised by the great ambiance, quality food,etc. For a first visit we were committed to return before we even got our food. A bit noisy but a happy noisy coming from satisfied guests. We went because of the advertised 1000 points but received 100! That spoiled an otherwise delightful night out. We're still waiting for resolution on that account. Truly worth a visit. Be prepared though..it's much pricier than expected. The icon should read 3$ not 2.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    noelle
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    3 couples went to Brando's Saturday night. We were a bit disappointed in the food. Some of it was great, Brando's Wedge and the meatball Insalata. Some was really bad, Chicken Savoy. This dish was covered with so much balsamic sauce it was almost inedible. My hubby had the filet mignon, it was good and the Branzino was excellent. The other 2 diners are vegan and vegetarian. The one ordered the scallops and shrimp pasta. He asked to eliminate the shimp, however, he only got 4 scallops at the same price. The vegan dish was good. I had the Chicken Scarpariello, that was good. I could not finish mine, nor could the gentleman with the scallops. We had them wrapped but when I got home they switched the leftovers. I don't eat fish, nor he meat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistency
    Huckster
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Both the service and food are very good. A bit noisy but doesn't take away from the fine overall dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place
    Chris
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Took the wife on a date. The waiter helped out with portions and recommendations. He was spot on and helped make our night. Often the wait staff helps make your dining experience better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Asbury Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great menu, great service, great staff. We look forward to Brando's every summer. NYC class of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved having dinner at Brandos
    alidav65
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dinner at Brandos on Saturday August 23rd was excellent. We both had salads: my husband had the wedge and I had the beet salad. Both were wonderful. My husband had one of the steaks and I had halibut (off the specials menu). The presentation was exceptional and our dinners were delicious. We shared the white asparagus which was wonderful, too. We had cocktails before dinner and a glass of wine with dinner. The dinner was outstanding and we both had leftovers to take home. The server recommended a special dessert that was like smores. It did not have enough flavor so I would not recommend that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, excellent service, loud
    DavidBBackpacker
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were a family gathering from around the USA for a weekend together at the shore. Our reservations were for 7 PM and we were seated promptly. The wait staff was attentive and courteous. The wine list was extensive. The food was good, but not as good as I had hoped for after reading the reviews. I had the linguine Frank Sinatra (shrimp, scallops, and clams). My wife had the rigatoni bolognese, and my vegetarian daughter the gnocchi. I tried all the dishes, and the fresh made rigatoni was best. Dinner conversation was made difficult by the loud conversation all around, and poor acoustical dampening. The dinner lasted 2.5 hours and was a dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night
    Suzanne
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Brando is a great place, great food, their specials were extensive and inviting. We had the fig wrapped in Italian bacon stuffed with blue cheese on top of watermelon and some drizzle, really good. The meatballs were delicioso! Canniolli so fresh, all the desserts are worth saving room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservationsmygame
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    A diamond in the rough. A rare find. If you go the extra mile for a great dining experience, go it here! A fabulous menu awaits you in a lovely room with a wait staff that is attentive yet not overbearing or dine in the bar area if you rather a more lively ambiance. Truly a gem.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the Veal Chop.
    Tablemanners
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    BEST EVER and we eat out ALOT and ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. This place is one of our favorites. Most of the entrees are large enough to share. Pass on the ceasar salad, the dressing isn't that great...but anything else you have you will LOVE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time
    Pd077
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was excellent ,waiter Guiseppi.true professional Each dish was incredible. Can't wait to go back This was my 4 th visit and just keeps getting better
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unbelievable food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We chose this restaurant at random online for a romantic dinner and we could not have been more pleased. The service was outstanding and the food was amazing. We began with appetizers of panko crusted fried zucchini which and two types of meatballs which were out of this world. Our meals, a filet and a shrimp dish were also fantastic. Everything was in gigantic proportions too though so I would definitely recommend sharing an appetizer! We shared dessert which was a trio of sorbet to include lemon, mojito, and coconut - again - splendid. Our drinks were made to perfection as well and overall this was a great night. The ambiance was great with the low lighting, exposed brick wall, and brick oven burning in the corner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    foodie2
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My first impression.. not happy with the location! I would have loved to eat outside on a beautiful night. That street is like a highway!!The restaurant inside was very dark & I could barely read the menu if it hadn't been for my husband asking for us to be moved my the window. The service was very slow and they really weren't even busy at this point. I will say the food was delicious!!! My husband ordered the Tuscan wings as an app and the portion was huge and they were to die for! Both of our meals were very, very good. Sorry to say but I don't think we'll be going back because of all the negative points I mentioned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • only fair
    kudzu3
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    food quality only fair; appy special ravioli tough. overpriced
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ladyliz
    ladylizVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Restaurant decor was warm and inviting with a dark bar. We ate in the bar area and loved the atmosphere. Food was fantastic. Service superb!! Excellent restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced, under whelmed
    Kenton
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Looking for a steak we decided to try Brando's instead of going to Char. The Server talked me into the over rib eye special telling me how incredible it was, and at 32oz there would be leftovers. So I went for it. Can't begin to tell you how disappointed I was, no seasoning, no flavor, and more then have the weight was the bone. I suspect the server know cause he never asked my opinion. My party of four will not be back.
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  • Brando's review
    LocalGal86
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Brando's is my "go-to" restaurant for all family celebrations and for just a really nice dinner out. The staff is very accommodating, service is great, and the food is simply delicious! I'm craving their Sunday Gravy just writing this right now and the steak is over the top amazing. I'm already looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Obviously caught a bad night
    ValreVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I don't think I will give them another chance. The shame is that we live in this town and hate to think that others of had this experience too. This doesn't hold well for repeat customers.
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  • JeffVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Always outstanding , Regina is a great help as waitress , ambassador , and all things Brando's!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best filet mignon
    Foodgirlie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I have eaten at Brandos many times and the filet mignon never disappoints. Trie the eggplant tower for the first time and will definitely be having that again. The beer salad I could have done without, not much flavor. Also tried soft shell crabs but the dish was very salty. Overall I love brandos, one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find
    janjomiVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We discovered Brando's through Open Table. It was a wonderful discovery! A beautiful place in the heart of Asbury Park was unexpected, the ambiance is delightful, the food is to die for and the service impeccable. It was an experience well worth having.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An evening at Brandos
    deejay19
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Everything was excellent. Steaks were outstanding. Our server, Regina, was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian food!
    PMB3
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The meal we had at Brandos was absolutely one of the best meals we've ever had. The food is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heading in the wrong direction
    FoodFolks
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    As Brando's pricing continue to rise toward absurd, the quality of food and service continues to decline. When we first started dining here a few year ago everything was top notch. The last three times this year... not so much. I tried to explain our latest experience but could not edit it enough to do it justice with the space allowed for this post. I'll just say we will explorer other options.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We did not know what to expect and the 4 of us were very surprised at how delicious everything was. From appitizers to coffee and everything inbetween. Really great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Birthday Celebration
    Stelair
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wonderful dinner for 9 visiting relatives. After traveling 2 hours, our guestsfrom Brooklyn and Pennsylvania were thrilled by the drink and appetizer selections we all shared. The service was great and we were not rushed as we savored the numerous entrees. The stuffed veal chop was outstanding as were the scallops, fish dishes and spicy shrimp. The portions were large and we left with 6 take home bags. Italian cheesecake and zambolis were enjoyed by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!!
    DiningOut
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My family and I ate here for the first time this past weekend and I am so glad that we did! The food was delicious and our server was extremely friendly and accommodating. He was especially sweet to my two children. We loved Brando's so much that we already made another reservation for tomorrow night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazng service and dining!
    aldente
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    First of all our server-- she was terrific!!--hovered enough to take great care of us, but not too much to be annoying---and her suggestions proved outstanding!--and her table-side manner terrific!!!--The food was outstanding - the homemade ravioli appetizer- OUT OF THIS WORLS---and the stuffed veal chop amazing.--The Italian pastry dessert so light as air but sweetly satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ALWAYS EXCELLENT
    NicoleT
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Dined here numerous times and for various occasions and always enjoyed it. Great seafood and also aged steaks. Service is excellent and always a pleasurable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable evening
    Shmooby
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Upon entering Brandos one immediately feels they have entered a very special restaurant. Your senses are filled with beautifully decorated rooms, delicious smells and a quiet hum of eaters enjoying their dining experience. The host and wait staff was well trained and helpful. Our food was a foodies heaven. Everyone ordered something different and each meal was delicious and beautifully plated. The highlight of our entrees was our dry aged rib steak that was big enough to share for two. The rib of the steak was the largest rib i have ever seen. An eighteen inch bone eaters delight. A restauarant not to be missed!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining out
    Dayo
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Been there several times food was just ok not as good as usual steak was not tender and seafood was fishy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Desid3
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We came on a Tuesday at 5pm. It wasn't crowded (because of the early reservation I chose) and the ambience was nice. The food was delicious and the portions huge! The polenta appetizer was AMAZING! I will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appetizing
    bricajo
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The Spedini appetizer was very good. Dining in the bar is very noisy, ask for the back room if you want something quieter.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Here Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is without a doubt one of the best restaurants at the New Jersey Shore.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brando's is Amazing!
    bestplacetoeat
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My family has been to Brando's many times. We always order something we've never had before. We've loved every appetizer, meal and dessert ordered. If Angelloti is on the appetizer list, do not miss it. It's fabulous. You also can't go wrong with Sunday Gravy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Italian.....
    TreborGT
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Started with the Polenta and Mushrooms, a real treat. I do not even like polenta, this was a game changer for me. I had the hanger steak, it was stellar and cooked perfectly. On previous visits I had the meatballs and Sunday sauce - a real throw back to Sunday dinner at my Grandmother's when I was a child, blew my mind. Great wine selection as well. Slightly upscale atmosphere with just the right amount of rumble. The service was top notch as we were there for nearly three hours (by choice), our server was with us the whole way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still going strong.
    wifesabrucefanVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Have been to Brandos at least twice a year since it opened. The prices of the steaks are insanely high but if you go on a Thursday at least you can get certain wines at half price. The service is always excellent. The Italian food is above average. Wish it was a little closer to home and we would go more often.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!
    Allpurposechef
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Menu is very interesting, a very welcome change from the usual. Dishes are beautifully presented and perfectly executed. Service is five star.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.