We love this little neighborhood gem and make it a top pick for our special occasions! We went this time for my birthday and as always it was a superb evening! Excellent service, food was outstanding and the ambience just right for a romantic and quiet dinner for two!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Keeping it local...
We try to use and enjoy local, non chain places, but they must be good... This one is particularly good!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was there with a girl frd, got lots of points and other stuff. ;-?
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our experience was great! Food was amazing! Appetizers came slowly and the entre was quickly followed up so we didn't get to enjoy our appetizers much. Staff was extremely friendly but at some point a little slow. Overall I loved the place though. Will definitely recommend.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
love this place
Great restaurant. Perfect neighborhood place with incredible food. Our favorite place to celebrate our anniversary.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time here, and to celebrate our anniversary...loved it!! Entire staff was very warm and personable. Initially sat us by the kitchen, and were not offended when we asked to be moved. Food was divine..very quaint and romantic with reasonable prices. Will definitely return!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
First but definitely not last visit
This was our first visit to this restaurant. What a pleasant surprise! The menu had a good variety. Lots of daily specials! The food was very flavorful. The Walleye cakes were delicious and I generally don't eat fish. Good selection of wine. Bottled beer. Service was excellent. Prices were maybe a little high ($18 - 22 for most entrees) for a more casual setting but overall it was worth it.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great experience
Always a great experience at a quiet neighborhood setting with most friendly people. Highly recommend it for any occasion or non- occasion. The food is consistently excellent---the salmon is a true treat.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I think they forgot we were
I think they forgot we were out on the patio as we were not waited on for 35-40 minutes. We were OK with that since we had not seen each other for a long time. They were apologetic when the error was discovered and after that the service was great. Total overall rating would be a 4 1/2. Love the quaint ambiance and tasty food.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well done Buona Sera!
Very nice place. The appetizer was the Capresee which I very much enjoyed. It was so fresh. I also had the Spinach Artichoke Ravioli and the presentation was wonderful and was a new take on regular ol Ravioli with a different structure and it tasted wonderfully to boot. The grounds were beautiful with lots of flowers and produce plants the employees were going out to harvest parts of, the mint in my sisters Mojito was picked right from that garden. I even got to see a hummingbird come drink from a flower. This truly is a gem of a place and I will be going back soon.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and great service
Great food and great service for a night out. You are never rushed through your meal. You can order one course at a time.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambience, great food
This was our 3rd time to Buona Sera. We really enjoy this restaurant. I love that it's in an old house (at least it appears that way!), the decoration, and the fact that it's in a suburb so it's not hard to park. The food is excellent and the wait staff is very friendly.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was the second time I was there and the food was just as good ad the first time I was there. Great food and great staff!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
In the neighborhood
I was thinking strip mall and here it is in a residential area with lots of greenery & garden surrounding the patio. Very nice.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Italian restaurant.
Both my wife and I greatly enjoyed everything about Buona Sera when we had our anniversary dinner there. Excellent food, most pleasant and helpful waitress, excellent ambiance--a real touch of Italy. We are next going to take our closest friends there for their anniversary dinner.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is always excellent!
The kind of dishes one looks forward to and is not disappointed. Tortellini in a pink sauce, and steak, and seafood chowder...
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great wine, great service! Everything was superb, appetizer, main course, everything
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gorgeous, romantic restaurant
An absolutely outstanding restaurant! My boyfriend & I went to celebrate our two year anniversary, & the wait staff was fantastic, the food was delicious, & the wine was devine!! I would recommend going right when they open, we arrived at 5pm (open) & had the entire restaurant to ourselves until almost 6! It was fabulous! VERY romantic! Our waitress was fun, energetic, & very helpful. She recommended the wine (which was superb) as well as my entree (which was delicious). They were on top of everything, without being over-bearing. We experienced a perfectly romantic evening, topped off with amaretto shots-on the house-to celebrate our anniversary! We will absolutely be visiting them again soon!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were referred by a friend to check out. GREAT service, very present. The outside decor is very authentic. Good place for a date
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always exceptional food and
Always exceptional food and service. as soon as we leave we start talking about our next visit.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Make the trip to Champlin.
Make the trip to Champlin. You will not be disapointed!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been enjoying the food, service and attention to detail at Buona Sera for quite a few years now. This occasion was to celebrate our anniversary. We enjoyed a delicious lightly breaded and sauced halibut filet with perfect veggies (fresh green beans & carrots), and pork tenderloin tips with a sauce of mushrooms, onions & kalamata olives (also served with the veggies). We had the homemade gelato (pear/cheese) for dessert. The gelato is made at the Stillwater location and was absolutely delicious!
This is a very small restaurant with very low ceilings. We choose to make early reservations when there are typically fewer customers because background noise is an issue for my husband.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A dinner to remember and an experience to look forward to in the near future. I can't give enough praise for the wonderful experience my husband and I shared at Buona Sera. The food was some of the best I've ever eaten. The service was friendly, prompt and unobtrusive. We'll return again and again.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tough to beat the food here if you are looking for authentic Italian.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
a little lack of knowledge
a little lack of knowledge on the wine list by the waitress
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Two thumbs up
We have gone to dinner twice now and both time the experience and food were fantastic! I would definitely refer this to my friends or anyone looking for a good Italian resteraunt.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great little restaurant with fabulous Italian food and an enjoyable atmosphere. Highly recommend this little gem in Champlin. Ample servings to say the least and who can resist the bread!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will return
Very enjoyable evening, food was delicious, service was great. They went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and welcome.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Neighborhood Dining
My favorite restaurant for ambience. Warm and intimate very low noise level. There were a good variety of specials from pork to beef to salmon and of course, pasta. These never disappoint. I had the pork medallions and they were tender with a very flavorful sauce. My husband sticks to pasta dishes and found his favorite in the pasta Arrabbiata. Good amount of spice with tasty Italian sausage. The server was friendly and attentive without hovering or making us feel rushed. Always a great experience. We will definitely be back!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The chef created a lobster ravioli special the day that we were there...it was simply AMAZING!!!! Everything we had was top notch and I look forward to our return visits in the future. The only thing that I am disappointed at was that I didn't save any room for a desert! :)
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to make memories
Excellent food in the right setting. Take people that mean the most to you for a wonderful time.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is always great,
The food is always great, same with the service. The gelato was spectacular!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice place for a special meal
My wife and I dine at Buona Sera once or twice a year. Both the food and the service are consistently very good. Always near the top of our list when we are looking for a place for a "special event" meal.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have visited this restaraunt
We have visited this restaraunt several times, as a group and just the two of us. The food and service are always outstanding.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic night, Great food!
We were looking for a place to spend a romantic evening. The staff at Buona Sera granted our request for a cozy corner table. Although the place was busy, we were treated as if we were the only ones there. The food was amazing as was the waitress. We highly recommend!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Little Italian Gem!
Great service, ambience and the Food was Very Good!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I enjoyed the outing to Buona Sera with my girlfriend. The walleye was superb as was the wine.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took my family here when they came to visit, everyone loved it. The only complaint we had was that the sides that came with the entrees were late and didn't come out until a few minutes after the food, but wasn't a huge deal. The food was amazing and not super pricey, wait staff was fun and energetic. Seems like a family run joint that rewards regulars. Will def be going again.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Yummy food!! The wine was good, too! They did a wonderful job accommodating my 6 and 8 year old! Our server, Scott, was wonderful!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Taste of Italy
The chef/owner is from Italy. You can taste the freshness of the sauces. The nightly special was Pecan-crusted salmon! Truly delightful!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
My girlfriends and I wanted to meet to see a play at the Anoka Lyric Arts Theater and have dinner after. This was the perfect place for us to gather.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Right in my backyard!!
We celebrated our 9th anniversary at Buona Sera this week and I was reminded that right in our neighborhood sits this GEM of a restaurant. The chef even came to our table to ask how we liked our meal. The basket of bread was freshly made and the server recommended a perfect Cabernet to go with our meal. We each ordered a special that night, Salmon and Halibut. Mouth watering to say the least. The ambience was perfectly suited to a romantic dinner. They offered a free shot of Amaretto to celebrate our anniversary! Everything about our dining experience was superb and I made a mental note to go there more often especially since it is so close to home!!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful date night spot!
This is a true neighborhood gem with wonderful authentic italian, a great wine list, and a delightful, ambiance. The service was friendly and attentive. The lobster ravioli was the best my husband and I have ever had. The sauce was deliciously creamy.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place!
Great little spot to celebrate. Don't have to go all the way into the city for wonderful food.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved this place
We went here for our anniversary, we felt special, great wine, great food, great service by Lori and the owner came and talked to us a few times, loved that....We will definitely be back....A little gem....
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We live in Maple Grove and are always looking for somewhere a little different to enjoy a nice, quiet meal. Buona Sera sure stood up to it fine reputation. The atmosphere was very relaxing and the staff was well versed in spacing the meal to make it an enjoyable and unrushed experience. We will return soon to try another dish!
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just a comment on my fair
Just a comment on my fair rating of ambience. It was a very cold night and apparently, one of your furnaces went out as my wife had to wear a coat in the restaurant and I was just getting by. Not anyone's fault as furnaces do go out, but I would guess it was less than 60 degrees in there as I could even feel the chill with a sweater on. Otherwise, very impressed with the meals.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We live in the neighborhood and have driven by this restaurant many times. I'm glad that we finally decided to try it out. Atmosphere, food, and service were outstanding. Because this place is such a gem, it fills up fast. So be sure to have reservations before you go.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been to Buona Sera twice in the last two months. The food and wine are excellent, but the real delight here are the servers. They are outgoing and friendly, and help you make choices in choosing menu selections. We were served by both Lindsey and Lindsay during our two visits, and they were both great. It's also a nice neighborhood place, and I like to give them my business over the big downtown establishments.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great , service
The food was great , service was good and will be coming back!
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM