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Brando's
Brando's

Brando's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.brandosnj.com
  • Phone: (732) 774-2222
  • 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 (732) 774-2222
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The Spedini appetizer was very good. Dining in the bar is very noisy, ask for the back room if you want something quieter."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This is without a doubt one of the best restaurants at the New Jersey Shore."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Menu is very interesting, a very welcome change from the usual. Dishes are beautifully presented and perfectly executed. Service is five star."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was just ok the chicken was oversauced and the meatballs were dry"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I think very hard about where to celebrate my birthday each year. I picked Brandos after asking around. It didn't hit the mark for me. Appetizers, service, and ambience were good. It was a quiet Wednesday night. My $42 Veal chop had the thickest layer of bread crumbs, which was tasteless. My Husbands $45 Lobster was not very good and swimming in a pool of oil. Don't know that I will be back or recommend it."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Looking fit good steak and sea food cooked in Italian style. I ordered fillet mennion, my wife ordered chilian seabas. Steak was over cooked though asked for medium, fish was so so, fishy. Overall we did like our appetizers."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent. We were a group of 8 and were seated at a round table which to me is wonderful to be able to talk to your entire party. One of us was gluten free and they were wonderful about options. Portion size is very generous. Our only complaint was the dinning room next to the kitchen was extremely warm which made things very uncomfortable. We also had a reservation and we were seated 45 minutes late."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "From the beginning to the end,dining at Brando was a amazing. Our server was accommodating and very knowledgable about the menu. The food was delicious and presentation was excellent. Overall a wonderful experience and highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Best rigatoni Bolognese I have had in years and the rib eye special could feed a family! Will be back soon."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was amazing. Linguini Sinatra dish had great flavor; tomatoe sauce outstanding, fish was fresh. Everyone (6) loved their food. Appetizers were very good. Deserts were outstanding - especially the pistachio ice cream cake ! Can't wait to go back ! Mom's 92nd birthday is coming up...great excuse to go back."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal at Brandos and that was in no small part due to our outstanding server. He was funny, informed, energetic and most importantly went out of his way to make sure we had the best time. A high school reunion of sorts he paced our meal so that we could have the most time together. His food recommendations were spot on too. The food is amazing!!! Fresh and designed with a nice creative twist. Crab, shrimp and avocado over greens - so yummy. Polenta with mushroom ... I'm going back just for this!!! OMGosh this was comfort food that was so delicious, I've never had polenta like it. Dinners were each deliciously fresh and bursting with flavor. Leave room for dessert too - nothing about this meal will disappoint you. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Portions are huge. I love the meatball salad. The veal chop parm is huge!! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had never eaten at Brando's. Food and service were superb. Everything from start to finish from the fresh bread served with oil, oliver spread, and ricotta spread to the finishing touches of dessert. A true gem!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My husband and I have dined at Brando's 5 times this month, and are scheduled to return on Thursday!! All of our meals have been absolutely lovely. Portions are generous, so skip the appetizers, or plan on leftovers. I am looking forward to returning on Thursday, and hoping to leave some room to finally try one of their desserts!! "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Four of us went for an early dinner on Sunday, so the restaurant was not crowded at all. Elegant setting, but friendly. There was a group at the bar having a great time, but the acoustics handled it well, so we had no trouble having a conversation. The portions were large, so we were lucky enough to take some home for dinner the next day!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My wife and I have been regular diners at Brando's since it has opened. We brought family along for the ride this time for a birthday celebration. Brando's did not disappoint, as all of our family members left completely satisfied and stuffed. The quality of food and service should put this Asbury Park gem at the top of anyone's "must dine" list."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We had been wanting to go here for a while. We came with my teenage children after a day in NYC. From our waitress who was just filled with tips and great recommendations, to the most delicious Italian food...served hot and with great flavor...we were wowed by this last minute choice! This is great place for a romantic dinner or a special occasion. Just awesome!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The ribeye steak was prepared as ordered and service was very good. I have dined at Brando's many times and have always been pleased with the food quality and service. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We decided to look for a restaurant in the Asbury Park area. We found Brando's, and we are glad we did. The wait staff were very attentive (without being over-bearing), and our server was knowledgeable and friendly, making suggestions based on her own experience with the food. The homemade breads and toppings were a great beginning, and the trend continued with begger's purses and eggplant tower appetizers. I then had a Chicken Capriccio, which was tender and had a marsala mushroom sauce that was rich and flavorful. My wife had the Chilian Sea Bass with an eggplant side that was delicate and tasty. We topped it off with a chocolate tart with fresh strawberries. It was a wonderful experience all around, and we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This is the most traditional Italian of the ones we have tried since buying in AP a year ago. Still, some very inventive and good food there. We prefer smaller menu, more casual spots like Porta, but we had a fine, if expensive, meal there and will be back at some point. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The restaurant is lovely inside, wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable . The food presentation was truely a work of art. The food was delicious with generous servings . We never made it to dessert/ maybe next time. There were several vegetarian options on the menu . The wine list covered many regions and selected a Malbec from Argentina , which did not disappoint us."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Ordinarily I do not enjoy a holiday dinner in a restaurant, but since there were only 4 of us we tried Brando's for the first time. No limited menu, and that was a plus! Ambience is lovely, service was very good (though Bernadette was busy), wine list was limited but well balanced, and the food was exceptional. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Dined on a Sat night at 9:30, the restaurant was packed. The veal chop was excellent & the NY cheesecake was also very good. The service was great. Overall Brando's was a pleasant surprise. We will return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our group held a business meeting in your establishment, and was very happy they set up our table in a corner of a large dining room where we could discuss confidential business in a very quiet, private atmosphere. Your wait staff was excellent, tending to our needs, recommending wine choices, and adjusting lighting when needed to view documents. We will definitely use this restaurant again."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Beet salad "appetizer" Shrimp peasant "dinner" Pistachio ice cream cake "dessert" The best meal I've had out in a long time!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A favorite restaurant over the years always having a great dining experience. From appetizers to dessert each course is better than the last, from dry aged steaks and meats to Italian seafood dishes. The menu choices are vast as well as night;y specials. The service is good and not rushed, reservations during summer month are necessary."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "What an amazing restaurant! The food was all very delicious from appetizer to desert, sangria was amazing, and our waiter Guiseppe was a friendly and entertaining server who made our night. Thank you for a great Valentines Day!! My fiancé and I will definitely be back and have already recommended the restaurant to others. :-)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere, great food, great service! A little pricey...portions average. I had the rack of lamb. It was very tasty, but the portion was small for the price. Drinks are expensive."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "we love it there! service and food are always great!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was absolutely delicious and service is excellent! Giuseppe is the man! Definitely ask for him when you go if you want an unforgettable meal!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was plentiful and delicious.Hungry Lobster the best! Wait staff was attentive and invisible! Wine portion was large! They have Malbec by the glass! Will definitely come back! Celelbrated my 58th birthday and would do it again!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had a great meal at Brandos the food was great and the service excellent."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Food was excellent, service was great. We will be back."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We requested private seating and the restaurant accommodated us with a table in the dining room. Unfortunately, it was too cold there so we sat in the bar area. Three televisions behind the bar played Italian oriented movies. Music was playing at the same time. Conversation was not possible over this background din and other diners raised their voices to be heard, resulting in too much interference with conversation. This is a classy restaurant with great potential to be top of the line. The decor is great, the food is excellent but the noise is unacceptable if you plan to converse. Try the meatball insalata. It is enough to eat as a main course and tastes like my mother's meatballs and salad."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Service was slow... Portions were small on the appetizers... Very skimpy.. Ravioli were flavorless . Gnocchi were great ! Not worth the money.."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "excellent food, service and ambiance. only thing missing is the owner's presence. He has been spending alot of time at his second restaurant. i do detect a difference when he isn't there. pay attention to brando's too! lol"
    Dined on 12/31/2013