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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Great menu, great service, great staff. We look forward to Brando's every summer. NYC class of restaurant."
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "food quality only fair; appy special ravioli tough. overpriced"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Always outstanding , Regina is a great help as waitress , ambassador , and all things Brando's!!!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • " 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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Everything was excellent. Steaks were outstanding. Our server, Regina, was very attentive."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The meal we had at Brandos was absolutely one of the best meals we've ever had. The food is always excellent."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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!!!!!!!"
    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"
    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!"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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