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
CLOSED: July 4, Christmas Day and New Years Day
Metered street parking and metered lots at train station and on Lake Ave
*Helpful hint: parking lot 1 block south on southbound side of Main Street -Bank is closed during dinner hours and spots are usually available
Asbury Park offers a seasonal "free ride" in a continuous loop from the boardwalk to the downtown- just flag it down...
Wednesday: Burger Night!
Thursday: Complimentary Select Dessert w/ purchase of dry-aged steak
Sunday: Grandma's Traditional Sunday Gravy $31/person
Mon-Fri: 4pm-6:30pm: Happy Hour (available at BAR Only)
Delicious!!! Polenta and mushroom appetizer is my favorite appetizer anywhere. Everyone’s meal was delicious. Attentive staff and welcoming atmosphere.
The stuffed veal chop was one of the best things I ever ate! Can’t wait to go back and try other dishes. I will definitely recommend this place to family and friends
Excellent menu and environment. Becoming our favorite in Asbury
I live Brando’s No matter what I order it is always outstanding. Our server Theresa was excellent. I have to say i have been to many restaurants and Brando’s never disappoints
As usual, we had a fabulous dinner at Brando's. The service, the food and ambiance were all superb. If I could change one thing...the portions are HUGE! It's a great place to share, but if you're into your own meal, be prepared to eat A LOT or take home a People Bag.
My husband and I went to Brando’s for our anniversary and the customer service was out of this world! When we made the reservation on Open Table, we simply selected that it was our anniversary - didn’t include any additional notes or anything. Something we have done for various occasions with numerous restaurants. When we arrived and gave our name, they greeted us with a “Happy Anniversary!” When they escorted us into the dining room, we quickly noticed that the table was set, already with menus, but also with rose petals and heart shaped confetti. We enjoyed a delicious meal and was then surprised with a compliment anniversary dessert. We were just blown away by how kind and attentive the experience was, I just had to write a review!
Restaurant was very loud which made it difficult to have a conversation even with the person sitting next to me. Service was ok but not great (i.e. drinks were removed from table without being refilled). Had to wait 15 min plus to order another. Food was just ok (boxed pasta, overcooked lobster, bland sauce). For the prices, I expected more.
Food was outstanding, highly recommend. Our waiter checked in us frequently to ensure everything was ok.
What a gem! Food is fresh and amazing and priced right. Service was perfect.
Love dining at Brando's for special occasions. The food is absolutely amazing and delicious. Highly recommend the octopus appetizer, and the chicken entrees. The pistachio ice cream dessert is to die for as well. The ambiance is very classy, and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
Always a great meal! The food, the wine, and the service are all top-notch. It’s the reason we keep coming back
Was in town for a special occasion and found this one. Great place with excellent menu selection. Not cheap, but the food was delicious! Each of us tried something different: Italian meal, steak, seafood and no one was disappointed! The dry aged steak was well seasoned and and excellent cut of meat; the meatballs were HUGE and flavorful; and the seafood dish was fresh. ENJOY!
The best steak I ever had. Made a mistake and ask for salt and pepper, didn't need it. Dining atmosphere was absolutely beautiful and cozy. Traveled from Mount Laurel, NJ to celebrate my mother's belated birthday. Will return for the food and service.
This night out for dinner was to celebrate a birthday. We have been celebrating birthdays here for the past 7 or 8 years. His nights was no exception. We were taken care of right away, stopping by the bar for a drink. The table we received was the exact table that we wanted and the exact table we’ve had for these celebrations. It was also so wonderfully decorated. What is special about Brando’s is that they make every occasion special. We were not the only birthday there but it felt like it. Wonderful food, staff and experience. We were lucky Brando’s had availability on that night.
The food and service were outstanding. The atmosphere was old world charm we had a great experience and will define going back.
Food was bad - drinks did not arrive until we reminded the waiter and after we had almost finished the appetizer and it was not even a busy evening!
Zucchini fritters were sort of burnt!
Had a pasta dish with slow cooked tomatoes and basil - well that is what the menu said - did not see the tomatoes or basil - tasted like spaghetti mixed in a tomato sauce from a bad cafeteria - could not have more than a few bites.
Gnocchi done 3 ways was edible but nothing to speak of for an Italian restaurant!
Overrated place that we would not go back to!
Service was impeccable, food arrived timely and drinks were nicely sustained.
Food was "so so" better other restaurants in Asbury Park. Nothing special overrated overpriced located on
noisy main street.
Beautiful atmosphere. Food was excellent and plentiful. Service was top notch.
The food is delicious and fresh. Large portions that can serve two. Amazing service and attention to detail. Ambiance is warm despite it being filled with lively conversations in the larger tables. They truly know how to run a restaurant that makes its customers feel welcomed and important. Great restaurant and definitely will be back when visiting Asbury Park, NJ!
GREAT AS ALWAYS THEY DO MEAT VERY WELL. GREAT SERVICE, AMBIANCE AND FOOD. WE HAVE BEEN HERE MANY TIMES. IT NEVER DISAPPOINTS AND IS ALWAYS CONSISTENT. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Been here many times never disappointed, staff always friendly and professional, kitchen always putting out a great meal can’t wait to return
Excellent food and service as always. We thoroughly enjoyed our antipasti, branzino, and zabblione. Everything prepared and plated beautifully. Love this place.
Consistently good food, drinks, & service!! We have dined at Brando’s numerous times and will continue to do so!!
All the positive reviews we have seen. And couldn’t get a good res. I’m sort of not sure why. Mussels were very fishy. Only one scallop in my wife’s entree. They did give us free dessert and coffee but that is not what you want. I’d prefer Stella Marina or moonstruck, even Pascal and Sabine.
Ordered a steak medium well, it came out very rare. Extremely loud, difficult to carry conversation
Service was great.Micheal our waiter was great.The food was outstanding.It was a fantastic dining night out.We can’t wait to return
This is a 5 star restaurant however I had to give it a 4. Our food was amazing from the polenta and mushrooms, to the aged filet and veal bolognese My only complaint was my pasta was way too al dente. Had to cut it with my fork to chew It required a lot of chewing. It was our anniversary and were given a beautiful cannoli. Cook the pasta a bit longer 4*
Great food. Go to Brando's every night when we stay at our annual jersey shore bed and breakfast visit. We also go a few times during the year. We would go every week if we lived near this great restaurant. Very accommodating, great staff.
Amazing! Great food and service!
Excellent food and service. Portions were dinosaur like. Waiter sang to my nice Happy Birthday in Italian. Only hitch was it was a bit more expensive than I expected. I would go back, but not too often because of the price tag.
Great food but a little loud in dining room
Consistent food and service every time. A little high on cost or I would give it an excellent.
My girlfriend and I celebrated her birthday here and it could not have been a better experience. There were flower petals on the table and champagne waiting for us when we arrived (even though we were late).
The actual service throughout the dinner was also incredible. They made us feel like we were part of their family and as soon as we finished dinner, had a personalized cake with a candle to top the night off.
If I could give 10/5 stars I would.
I will absolutely go back for normal dinners and future special occasions.
Great steak . Great Italian and an amazing staff . Love the scene too . It’s a must
Outstanding in every way. Food, service, selection. Highly recommend!
Excellent food and great service
Everyone at our table was delighted, even my difficult to please brother.
Brando's never disappoints! Excellent menu and specials, great wine selection. Staff is professional and experienced- excellent!
Outstanding meal and service as usual! It's a go too restaurant when in town.