Buona Sera Ristorante
Buona Sera Ristorante
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Buona Sera Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.buonaseraristorante.com/
  • Phone: (310) 543-2277x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Only: 7days a week from 5:00pm to 10:00pm

    We open for lunch for private parties!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Issac Rivera
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer off side catering. Including full bar and full kitchen.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private or semi-private, per customer request.

    1 room up to 50 pers
    1 room up to 25 pers
    1 room up to 16 pers
  • Private Party Contact: Shirley or Issac (310) 543-2277x
  • Entertainment: Charles Hays
  • Special Events: Once a month we have special Events. Live acoustic music, wine dinners, and many more

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Catalina Avenue
  • Public Transit: 323 Merto Bus
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Metered parking during the day. Free after 6.00pm,and Holidays
A word from Buona Sera Ristorante
Buona Sera Ristorante is located in the Heart of Riviera Village in South Redondo Beach between Catalina Avenue and Palos Verdes Boulevard. Exquisite fine Italian cuisine and great service make a perfect combination at this new Italian restaurant. Our Chef Issac offers quality and sophisticated dining with emphasis on traditional regional Italian dishes. Our staff offers perfection in the service and dining experience. There is a full bar, private room, indoor/outdoor patio and an extensive wine cellar.
Zagat rated 'Excellent' 2004, 05, 07, 09, 10 in the South Bay area.
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Buona Sera Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
  • If you don't like Pasta the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    If you don't like Pasta the menu is limited. We Found it a bit pricey. The Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unnecessary wait while 6 tables
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Unnecessary wait while 6 tables are un -bussed. No barman waiters mixing drinks, the restaurant needs more staff and organization. There is potential but service was painfully slow.
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  • Anomaly
    SportivoVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I went for Valentine's Day dinner, and did not have the best experience. Hopefully, it was because of the fixed menu, and the crowd, because usually we find Buena Sera a very good place to eat. This time around, the service was rushed and the servers were not very knowledgeable (new hires, just for the night?). The food was uninspired; not their usual fare. We'll go again, but not on a "special" night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Specials
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Great food and service! Chef comes out and checks on your food! Nice touch! Had the Branzino special and it was perfect! Nice wine selection, very affordable! I've been quite a few times but this time was really good!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be
    LaFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    My wife and I have been going to Buona Sera for years and have come to appreciate some of their wonderful dishes, such as the mushroom soup, squid ink risotto, etc. You can imagine our surprise and disappointment when we arrived at the restaurant the other day to find that the chef has changed, and along with him, the menu. They no longer have our favorites. Instead of the delicious mushroom soup, we had an uninspired vegetable soup for $9. Instead of delicious entrees, we have average ones. This will no longer be our go-to spot for authentic Italian. I don't think we'll be returning. With so many Italian restaurants out there, I can confidently say there are better ones out there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the saxophone was WAY too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    the saxophone was WAY too noisy. The songs he played was good, but simply WAY TOO LOUD, whcih totally ruined our mood to enjoy the food and to talk to my friend. We barely could hear each other without raising our voices.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great as was the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Food was great as was the service. Atmosphere enjoyable and very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian in South Bay
    overpricedVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Been here several times. The food is always great and doesn't disappoint. The appetizers were pricey though. Reqeust to sit in the wine cave, it's more romantic and doesn't fill up as fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, but you might
    StanVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Excellent food, but you might get neglected if you sit in the back room. We waited a long time for the food and it was brought to the table luke warm.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely wonderful Italian
    LaFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Absolutely wonderful Italian food. Most of the food is made from scratch in house. Note that the main dining room can be quite loud when busy. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable. I am not sure if it was him or the kitchen, but our food came out very slowly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent and attentive service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Excellent and attentive service. We both had the pumpkin ravioli and it was fantastic. Nice atmosphere but tables are grouped pretty close so wouldn't call it a place for a romantic dinner especially if larger groups are there. There was a singer there and he was good but loud so hard to hold a conversation while he was playing a set.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall experience was disappointin
    TimSandy
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    Overall experience was disappointing. The restaurant was loud, the tables were too close so it seemed cramped, the risotto was terrible and the service was just ok.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My father-in-law thought the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    My father-in-law thought the steak risotto was the best he had ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood italiian
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Nice filet of sole special. Need a larger selection of pastas
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Romantic evening in the Village
    DiningWithDocVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2012
    We were supposed to dine at Buona Sera on Saturday for our anniversary, but we had to shift it to Sunday night. What an unexpected pleasure! It was a perfect, warm evening, so we decided to eat outside. Davide was our waiter. He was excellent. Our food was superb with two great salads. The veal parmegiana special was huge and delicious with a tasty beef ragu over capellini pasta. My wife's salmon special was perfectly prepared. The wine I selected (a barbera s'alba) was perfect with both dishes. To top it off, there was a wonderful crooner, Johnny Recine, who sang his heart out in the style of Frankie and Tony. He played us a special song and gave us a copy of his CD. A wonderful dinner and evening
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waiter Vincent was very nice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    Waiter Vincent was very nice. Service was great. Pasta dishes were good, not anything too special, but still good. I had the burrata appetizer and you could tell it wasn't that great in quality for burrata )= I wouldn't recommend the burrata.
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  • Best Italian restaurant in so bAY!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    what a lovely evening we had "dining" not just eating. The lasagna bolognese is just delicious, not too heavy with lots of other ingredients just the best ragu ever! it was my husband's birthday and the tiramusu topped off the night beautifully. We have eaten here many time and like wise our son and his wife and love the charm that a privately owned neighborhood restautant brings..thank you one and all, Sheila and Fred Fruhling
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the prosciutto pizza,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Loved the prosciutto pizza, the meatball appetizer special and the scampi! Will be back for night out with the girls!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very good and
    TMNoone
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    The food was very good and reasonably priced. However, I think the cocktails were overpriced and they didn't even carry the brand of scotch we wanted. I would go back for the food but would not go back for the cocktails unless it was just for Happy Hour (at the bar only).
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  • This place is always a great
    MisterM
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    This place is always a great treat. If you're thinking of a dinner party ask for one of the private rooms!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit or Miss Service
    Alio007
    Dined on 6/14/2012
    I have been to Buona Sera several times and love the food--I am an Italian food snob and it's my favorite Italian restaurant in the South Bay. Service is a question mark however, because it is a smaller, family owned, restaurant and occasionally they are understaffed. I was recently there for dinner and we seemed to get forgotten--it took over an hour for our dinners to come out. We tried to be patient and understanding, but it really put a damper on our evening. Our server was less than apologetic and didn't even offer to comp anything--he actually made some bogus excuses about everything being "freshly-made". The bartender tried to save the day with shots (which was a nice gesture) but really there is no excuse for forgetting a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Forr was very good. Overall,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    Forr was very good. Overall, a great time had by all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rush, rush, rush
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    We have visited this restaurant several times but never quite experienced it like this. We sat down and before we were even given the specials, our waiter wanted us to order and do it quickly. We hadn't even been there 5 minutes. The waiter came by again a few minutes later, mentioned how full the restaurant was getting and that he needed to take our order NOW. We have never felt so rushed, pushed, and generally unwelcomed in a restaurant. Other waiters were much more polite. I don't know if we will be returning after that experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could be great - hope they'll chang
    laney
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    Our first time; we were celebrating our daughter graduting from College with Grad degree. It was extremely lengthy waiting for anything, everything. Took a while to get wine, then to give orders for appetizers. We gave app order with dinner orders, because we were waiting soooooo long. I would go again, but would think twice about when and with whom. It was such a fun family event, that we had a good time. Most food was outstanding, my fish was 'fishy'; would not order it again. There were 7 of us, I tried most things. Many portions were quite small for the price. I think they know there aren't good Italian around, and they don't need to serve better, nor portion larger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The staff was lovely. Had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/26/2012
    The staff was lovely. Had a great time and a great dinner. Will definitely be back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food and service was great,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    food and service was great, wonderful suggestion for food. A loud mouth woman would not shut up and she was so loud she overshadow any other music/ambience in the room.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Osso Buco in the world
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    One of the finest meals we have ever experienced. Staff very attentive and friendly, the Osso Buco is to die for, we will be heading back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • We just returned from Italy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2012
    We just returned from Italy and it was like we never left. Great little restaurant! The food was very good, service was quite good as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vincenzo provided great service!
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    Vincenzo provided great service! We both ordered specials which were great! And had a great Nero di Avela!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • after 40 minutes of wait we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    after 40 minutes of wait we did not even get appetizer... customers who got after us got their food. we left without eating.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Night, food mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    Great atmosphere and location, service was great, food came short and very mediocre, hope they will fix it
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Let me first say, we love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Let me first say, we love Buona Sera. However, on New Year's Eve, we were not prepared to pay $80 a plate for our, so called, five course meal. For two of us, our total bill came to $221.00 not including tip. That's just too expensive on any night.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice neighborhood bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    Overall, Buona Sera is a terrific little Italian bistro in the Riviera Village area of Redondo Beach. I have gone there several times and usually enjoyed it. I was a bit disappointed on my last visit, as there were repeated errors made by our server (wrong cocktail brought, wrong appetizer brought). However, our server promptly corrected the errors and apologized sincerely at the end of the evening. One thing I have realized - don't come here when a big game is on - it is a small restaurant with the bar right there, and the noise from those at the bar cheering on the big college football game last Saturday night meant that our nice romantic dinner for two ended up rather noisy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was amazing. A little
    sherbear33VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2011
    Food was amazing. A little disappointed to have a long-standing reservation and be seated at a high top in the bar area. (Tables there are really too small for dinner.) Bar tender was also waiting on us, which wasn't the best scenario. Was also offered grated cheese for my entree after I had already finished it. Everyone is nice there ... just not very timely on the service side. I'll say again: EXCELLENT FOOD!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The quality of food does not
    mmmm
    Dined on 10/17/2011
    The quality of food does not make up for the poor service, noisiness, and small, cramped seating.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food,not so great service...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/8/2011
    Great food!,,but the staff seemed a bit in a hurry to get us to eat as 3 different waiters asked us if we were ready to order..a bit annoying...the table had to be leveled with a match book..the waiter brought the wrong wine as he did not listen to what I asked for..kind of trying to be cool and look like he knew what I said...but caught it before he opened it..!! The food was really good though..lasagna probably the best I've had...but at the end..call me old fashioned but in a high end resturant I want the bill when I ask for it, not when they want us to leave. Made us feel hurried..good food though!!!! Great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food although it took
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/8/2011
    good food although it took almost an hour to get served. We had our toddler with us and deliberately came early but ended up having to wait quite a while for our food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shell game with the bill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/1/2011
    Despite a 7:15pm reservation, a table wasn't provided until 8:05pm. Like Seinfeld says "Anybody can TAKE a reservation, it's KEEPING the reservation that's the important part". Food was quite good, but it took forever to receive it. Our main courses didn't arrive until 9:15pm. Most could be overlooked, but there were unethical issues with how the restaurant handled our bill. Our waiter had very kindly stated that by way of apology for being so late, they were waiving the cost of our wine, and this was accurately reflected on the bill. We sent it back with the credit card to be charged, but when the bill came back for credit card signature, the owner had slipped some charges BACK onto the bill with no explanation.
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  • Loved the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2011
    Food was excellent. Piedmont region, verde lasagna, squid ink risotto and the drinks were nice.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/1/2011
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place! The waiter gave some great recommendations for us and we weren't disappointed. Definitely will be back - can't wait. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate