Brando's
Brando's

Brando's

  • 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 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
77 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (47)fit for foodies (45)neighborhood gem (36)romantic (33)good for groups (31)notable wine list (22)vibrant bar scene (19)hot spot (16)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent Gem
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Wonderful meal at my favorite restaurant! They are always so kind to my kids. Our server was so friendly and really "took care of us" in an old school server kind of way. Amazing food as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pdeini
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Very good overall. Had the procuitto wrapped monkfish. It was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A quiet evening
    Chrissy
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Had a nice time at Brandos on a Tuesday night -- Early Bird choices abundant. They restaurant also offers several wines at $20 a bottle on Tuesday. Staff is very friendly and welcoming. They bar is also a great place to have dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place!
    JerseyFoodGreats
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Everything about Brando's is awesome. Great bar and happy hour specials, great menu, great food, great desserts. The cesar salad is very chinsy for $12, but other than that, it's perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic first visit will be back!
    Nancy
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My work colleagues and I went to Brando's for the first time on 11/6/14. Thursday's are a great day to go! If you order a steak special there are half price bottles of wine! Our waiter Giuseppe was a gem....very attentive and helpful. We shared a tasting of multiple appetizers ( the scallops were my favorite). Most of the table ordered steak specials, I had the stuffed veal chop! My veal was rich and very tender! My colleagues all raved about their steaks. We will definitely return for another meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • doesn't quite hit the high note
    richie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was our second visit, and my impression is good , not great. Maybe my problem is that the portions tend to be enormous and I don't love restaurants that want to feed me lunch and dinner the next day. But I am sure others feel differently and for the size the pricing is not unreasonable. Service was very professional, wine list good, and aside from pastas that were on the gummy side ( and could each feed a family of 4), the food was fine. There's just something about it that I can't quite put my finger on that holds it back for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing
    CJJLMD
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Pasta was under cooked, veal was tough and chewy, and veal cucina was swimming in grease
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  • Excellent
    TandT
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Our dinner at Brandos was excellent. It was quite pricey and I don't feel the dinner warranted those high prices! My husband had a special. It was a veal chop parmigiana that was too chewy for his likings. However, it was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was excellent as always
    Hate2cook
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First, you must use their valet parking! It beats driving around for a parking space and the attendants are helpful and friendly. We always enjoy a drink or two at the bar before being seated. The home made bread sticks were available to munch on. They aren't always available because they run out of them so fast....... Popular snack. The variety of appetizers and main courses we all had we're excellent as well. Desserts were equally outstanding. My only disappointment was that the hostess asked us if we were celebrated a special occasion, we said yes, two separate anniversaries. There was no acknowledgement at our table. It certainly didn't ruin our evening however.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Jersey1
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We live a little bit north of Asbury Park and have welcomed its resurgence, particularly with respect to restaurants. We had driven by Brandos's many times and thought it looked interesting. The Brando's website implies a creative, food forward approach to cuisine. What we found was basically North Jersey Italian moved to the seaside. Long on pasta, heavy sauces, lots of bread. Could have gone to Belleville or Nutley for half the price. That being said, reception and service were excellent. Our waiter, Guiseppe, was a real pro. Not sure I would go back, because there are so many restaurants nearby that are more original and creative. Price was fair: $130 for two with two cocktails, a glass of wine, two appetizers and two entrees.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great find
    Oceanlvr
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We ate here after the zombie walk. The food was amazing! I was with friends who are both "foodies"; they were in love with everything we ate. The service was great. I can't say one bad thing about the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    RUalumni
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Awesome meats for my husband and delicious homemade pasta for me. A little pricey, but if you know your food, it's well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We waited several weeks for a reservation. When we arrived, we were seated in the back corner - nearest the bathrooms. Sad to say the mini ravioli appetizer was simply not edible. The octapus was certainly not the best - it was "rubbery". The cod special was ok, but bland. The veal milinese was very good. The dessert was also very good. The place is way over priced for the quality of food. Sorry to say it was a disappointment. We probably will not be back.
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  • An upscale gem in Asbury Park
    Alan
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was great. Terrific menu with diverse selections possible. Service terrific. Only issue was Happy Hour menu only available at bar unlike other restaurants. Should have told us this when we made reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    beachyVIP
    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
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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
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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
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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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    • 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
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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
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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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    • 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
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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
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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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • only fair
    kudzu3
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    food quality only fair; appy special ravioli tough. overpriced
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    romantic
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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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 286 reviews are from the Brando's reviews archive.
  • 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
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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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