Worth it, will return.
Brando's is one of those great restaurants that you go to for a special evening. Reservations are a must. The people who work here are real, eye contact, smiles and if they don't know the answer to a question they'll ask. We had two appitizers on special, I had the figs wrapped in prosciutto, blue cheese and truffle oil, delicious! My babe had lobster ravioli in a light broth with micro greens (baby basil leaves) WOW, a great start. The cocktails are well made and a nice choice of wines. Dinner we had lobster and porterhouse steak off the menu, the lobster was very good a little spicy, exactly what the server said. We saved room for dessert, we split the pistachio ice cream with a cream and graham cracker was awesome too. Well worth it!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Good Service
Food was very good and waiter was very attentive. Only negative was table for two was too small for me. Would have preferred a larger table away from the bar in the main dining room.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Son picked Brando's to
My Son picked Brando's to celebrate his 24th birthday. We have been there before and enjoyed the food immensely.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
soon to return
The food was excellent. However, being the hot Jersey Shore summer of 2013, the restaurant needed to turn off the pizza ovens or dramatically increase the air conditioning. It was extremely hot in the restaurant. We would have stayed longer but could not because of the heat. Please fix this as the food and ambience is great.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't wait to go back.
We ate in the dining area so I can't comment on the bar area but it looked very nice. The food was excellent. They had no problem with sharing a meal and bringing an extra dish which was nice. Not to many places you pay $25 for an appetizer and $55 for a meal (they do have lower priced meals on the menu) that you say it was well worth it. Also the bread with the dips were very good. Glad to have found this place not to far from home.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
This Italian restaurant has the best food and atmosphere. Our meals were delicious and promptly delivered. The owner welcomed each guest and thanked us for coming. Great place!
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant and relaxing
After experiencing outstanding samples during Taste of Asbury we vowed to go back. Started with happy hour in the bar. Bartender, Chris, was friendly and welcoming. Then on to the dining room for crisp wedge salad and homemade Bolognese. my friend had the rack of lamb and filet mignon ravioli which she said was excellent. Fresh bread and dippings on the table were very fine. Others in my party had the beet salad (we thought sliced a tad thin but yummy) and home made mozzarella app special. Zabaglione finish was fantastic!! Wait staff attentive and extremely professional. Highly recommend.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed Brando's tremendously.
We enjoyed Brando's tremendously. It was a fabulous restaurant with great food. A little pricey but worth it. Would definitely go back.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time, the bartender,
Had a great time, the bartender, Frank, was outstanding. The service was great, food great, ans well within a price range.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant
One of the best restaurants in Asbury Park. Reservations are a must. The rib-eye steak still on the bone is the best - great for sharing.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
very pleasant experience but noisy
Brando's offers fine food, generous drinks, and reasonable service but all diminished by ambient noise that, when the room is nearly full, precludes normal conversation. Tile floor, high hard ceilings, and little sound dampening do little to ameliorate the noise level. But that aside, the restaurant offers a pleasant dining experience for a reasonable price.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice Restaurant
Food and service was outstanding. A little pricey but worth it. Nice wine list
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best in Asbury
This place is great. The food is fantastic, we've ordered many different dishes and not one has disappointed yet. The dishes are right sized and moderately priced. They have a great bar too, solid scotch variety. The owner has come by our table on two occasions to see if everything was satisfactory, something you don't see as much anymore. You can tell they are proud of their establishment and want you to enjoy your meal. Most importantly though, the food is just so good - everything they make...from the bread to the ricotta, veal ragu, pastas, steaks, even their wings are hard to replicate. The day it becomes hard to make a reservation here, I'll be sorry I wrote this review.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not inexpensive, but some of the best food at the Jersey Shore
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first time here and we
Our first time here and we all loved it. The homemade pasta was outstanding and properly cooked. They accomdated our requests for 'not too spicy" and for "bring on the heat"!! Sitting in the bar area watching Then Godfather and The Bronx Tale was great, but I really enjoyed watching the lady making the homemade pasta. We will definitely be back....
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best by far
Dined at Brando's this past Sunday. Always a great menu with varied specials to try. Marni waited our table and was an excellent server who was very helpful and bubbly. We do have one request for Brando's baker........we miss the awesome breadsticks! Bring them back. Haven't seen them the last two times we where there. Otherwise I rate thislace an A+.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian at the Jersey shore
We decided to try Brandos based on menu and other reviews. We were not disappointed. From the great bread with different toppings to the martini and wine list. We hada large group and there was so much to choose from. The appetizers were large portion to share. Our meals were all great from pastas to veal chop. We wish we had room for dessert because it looked great!! Our waitress was helpful and had a great personality. We normally eat elsewhere for Italian but not anymore when we are here to visit. Only downside is that there is no childrens menu.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good Italian food decorated
Very good Italian food decorated as a Brooklyn Italian restaurant. Brought a lot of good memories back for me and my wife.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the bread bowl to the coffee, all first class. Classic Italian decor. We sat across from the bar and could see the three flat screen TVs playing great old mob movies - Godfather I & II, Gotti, and Bronx Tale. No sound, but we knew the dialog. Large portions and well paced attentive service. Two hours went by for dinner without it seeming slow. Everything was fresh and delicious, clams oreganato appetizer was large enough to share and the sauce needed extra bread to soak it up. Had tile fish and duck entrees, both generous potions and full of flavor. Too full for any consideration of desert. We'll be back.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Food
We really enjoyed our food here. The salads were very well prepared, and the pasta dishes we had were perfectly done. This was house made pasta and it was expertly prepared. We didn't realize they specialized in steaks though until the waiter told us so we were prepared to order classic Italian. We may come back for the steaks because they sound good. A nice night.
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
New York Quality Steak
If you feel like a Luger/Wolfgang's steak but don't want the drive, look no further. Brando's, labeled an Italian restaurant, not only buys from the same supplier but serves up their 30-35 day, dry-aged steaks in the same melt in your mouth fashion.There is a two inch square block on the bottom of their extensive menu the reads"Ask about our dry-aged steaks". Make sure you do and leave room for dessert.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have dined at Brando's on a number of occasions. My expectations of great food and good service are always met. Absolutely one of the best restaurants on the Jersey Shore.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I live about an hour and a half away in PA and would drive to Asbury Park just to eat here! YOU CANNOT go wrong!!!!
I had Sunday Gravy this past Sunday for the first time and OH MY - words cannot describe. I generally do not wright reviews, because food is such a personal thing, but I can't say enough about Brando's. The only thing I'm dying to try and have not yet is the aged steak - that's next time and my mouth is watering already.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the roman artichoke
I had the roman artichoke appetizer which was very good. The special shrimp and broccoli rabe spring rolls were also delicious.
Would definitely come back soon.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
GREAT FIND. I had not been
GREAT FIND. I had not been to Asbury Park in some time and was a little concerned. The food and service were excellent. The atmosphere was very nice. Would definitely go again.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fantastic Food, Ambience!
We had heard great things about Brando's through a family friend. Our first opportunity arrived with a special occasion, and we were not disappointed. Matter of fact, we were thoroughly impressed. The ambiance was flattering for a rather large restaurant in Asbury. The bar looked welcoming. The food, however, was the best part of the experience. We each (4 of us) had something different. The Angry Lobster, Sunday Gravy, Veal Milanese and Duck were all absolutely amazing. We were all blown away by the food! We're already looking forward to dining here again!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always like going to Brando,s. the food is great and friendly service. The steaks are a mouthful.
8/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is consistently good
The food is consistently good and the service as well.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time at Brando's and I assure you it won't be my last. There wasn't one complaint at my table and we all had something different. The service was friendly and professional. My only disappoint was that something I wanted on the app. menu was not ready when we sat for dinner. (beet salad) I'm sure it would have been just as tasty as the rest of our food.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience! Food outstanding, service from Justin very professional yet friendly. The slab bacon side is a MUST!! Very nice atmsphere/decor and bar area. Will be back again soon!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I have been here twice now. The first time we dined outside as we didn't have a reservation, Guiseppe was our waiter. Guisseppe could not have been nicer, he did not rush us, he just let us enjoy our dinner and evening. great old Italian guy right out of a movie. Our second trip me made reservations and dined in the main dining room. The place is just great looking inside, lighting is just right. We had the "Sunday macaronis and gravy" special and frankly you don't get much macaroni but you do get a variety of meats. Sadly it was a little disapointing. Stick to the main menu. Overall very nice place or as my wife says "Awesome place with awesome food.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always delicious food! Have never had a bad meal at brandos. A fav place to go!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had dinner at Brando's for our five year wedding Anniversary. Everything was fantastic, from the service to the food! Our waiter Bob was very helpful with suggestions on the menu. My wine glass was never empty!! I had the incredible sea bass special with clams & artichokes in a light tomato broth. Great low carb dinner, very flavorful. My husband had the dry aged t-bone. I've never seen a steak of that size!!!! It was crazy!! Cooked to perfection!! If you've never been to Brando's I highly recommend it! One of our best dinners in AP!!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A night to remember
We celebrated a birthday dinner at Brando's last Saturday night and had a very enjoyable dining experience. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I will have to say we ate an early dinner because we had tickets for a show, so it was cozy and quiet. I have been there when it was crowded and both times were a good experience. The polenta with the the mushrooms was to die for. I would recommend this restaurant to my family and friends.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been here before. This
I've been here before. This time took a friend here for his birthday dinner. Still very pleased with the food and attentive service. Tried different menu items again this time. Fried calamari was awesome, as was the Orecchiette Siciliano and my friend's filet mignon... Save room for dessert--lots to choose from, this time the "milk & cookies"...delicious! Look forward to returning again soon.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
40th birthday celebration dinner
Dinner was fantastic, compliments to the chefs! Service was really good, it was nice that we were there on a tuesday, they were very flexible about us hanging out at bar before going to table 1/2 hr after our reservation. Everything was great!!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining once again
All was outstanding. Staff always friendly. A great evening.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
twice was very nice
This was our second dining experience at Brando's. Once again, the food was amazing. We also strategically skipped appetizers in favor of desserts. Definitely a worthwhile choice. The Gnocchi 3-Ways was delicious. I dined on the Pasta al Forno. It was amazing. We couldn't decide on desserts, so we split Fried Tortoni, Zeppoles and Zabaglione. I haven't eaten that much in a long long time. Everything was simply delicious, without being overbearing. None of the dishes were over-the-top. Each had flavors that accented each other perfectly. Delish!!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Neighborhood Gem - Back on Track
Dinner was outstanding - recently there have been a few 'misses' but this last time - everything was as good, if not better, than it's always been .... BTW - what happened to the focaccia and pizza type bread? I hope it's still on the menu.
There were some new fall additions to the menu that were excellent.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Verging on excellent
After my second time at Brando's, I come away with mixed feelings. On my first visit, one of the specials, a wild boar gnocci appetizer, was superb. The entrees of all four of us were, likewise, excellent, but the gnoccis were a standout. This time, my salad was hohum, a dish that was piled high with arugula and little else. I left most of it. However, my entree, a veal bolognese which I chose to put over buccatini was quite good. The other diners at my table appeared happy as well. Service both times was attentive without being overbearing. I will return to Brando's, if only to see if the appetizer specials can equal that first experience.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was delicious and portions
Food was delicious and portions are huge.
Our first time as this restaurant is over an hour from home. Would not hesitate to go back. Menu is very diversified so lots of items from which to choose.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
food, staff restaurant 5 star!! will recommend to everyone.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best in Asbury
Had an exceptional dinner. One of the best steaks I've had in a long time. My husband had the braciole appetizer & it was delicious in a balsamic reduction......very creative! Our only disappointment would be the pasta dish that we shared as an appetizer. Firstly, the meatballs are far too big. You could fit 4 normal meatballs into their one! I think this doesn't allow the meatball to absorb any of the sauce. Also, the sauce itself was pretty non-descript. I'm an Italian housewife and I'm still amazed at how many restaurants can't put together a simple and delicious red sauce. I think too many of them want to use an overabundance of herbs, and a lot of times they're dried herbs.......yuck! All in all our meal was very enjoyable.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
comfort and style
A great combination of comfort and style. The service and food were outstanding!!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and menu were outstanding, ample portions and great quality. The menu was only topped by the service. Our waiter Giuseppe was engaging and phenomenal, great conversation, good recommendations. He truly made us feel as if we were dining at his home. We will be back.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always (even though we have only been there twice) enjoy the fabulous food at Brando's, cooked and presented perfectly! We will be back!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Aged cowboy rib-eye steaks rocked. Meatball Insalata for appi could have sufficed for dinner, great meatballs, great "gravy". Busy Friday evening but we were not rushed with our courses which is GREAT. Super atmosphere, felt like we were in NYC.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Very Pleasant Surprise
We had avoided Brando's since it opened because we were never fans of any of the previous incarnations at that location, but the building doesn't have bad karma after all. The food was excellent, the service very professional, the pricing far-- particularly the well-chosen wine list with a wide price range and reasonable mark-ups. The zuppa di clams was exceptional, the large berkshire pork chop excellent, and the meatball duo appetizer excellent as well. Although large enough to be a main course, in truth. We will definitely be back, to make up for a couple of years of neglect.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Old school Italian
The way it should be. I've been to Brando's twice so far and the experience has been terrific. The food brought back childhood memories of Sunday dinner at Grandma's. The Sunday Sauce with meat balls is stellar. Respectable wine list, especially the red's from Tuscany. Service was well above average for comparable establishments. Everyone in my party loved their meal choices. Officially my go-to spot for Italian on the Jersey Shore. There is something for everyone at Brando's, whether its steaks (too many choices/ways to describe here), pasta dishes, or salads. We shared calamari and creamy polenta with mushrooms (excellent) and for my entrée I had homemade rigatoni (al dente) with meatballs. Loved it all.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service
The waiter had very good timing, degree of thoughtfulness, helpful. We had a group of twelve and all enjoyed their dinner.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM