Brando's

4.7
1223 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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

























Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Steak
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Hours of operation
Monday: Open 4pm-10pm Memorial Day through Labor Day. Closed Mondays thereafter.
Tues-Thurs: 4pm-10pm
Fri-Sat: 4pm-11pm
Sunday: 3pm-9pm
CLOSED: July 4, Christmas Day and New Years Day
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Phone number
(732) 774-2222
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Steven Botta
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Private party facilities
Private dining room available upon request, subject to availability
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Private party contact
Susan: (732) 774-2222
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Catering
We offer upscale private parties
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cookman
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking on Friday and Saturday
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
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Public transit
NJ Transit train directly accross the street.
Asbury Park offers a seasonal "free ride" in a continuous loop from the boardwalk to the downtown- just flag it down...
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Entertainment
Tuesday: 20 select wines for $20/bottle
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)
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
What 1223 People Are Saying
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food
4.7
service
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Just the best restaurant in the area.
We always have a wonderful evening and dining experience. The food is always fantastic, and service is wonderful. Meatballs are the best you'll ever eat . Best veal parmigiana of your life. Rigatoni Bolognese is amazing. Great Chicken Piccata. You can't go wrong (good cocktails too!). Our favorite; we always bring friends and family.

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3.0Dined a day ago

Very nice meal, but nothing exceptional. My veal chop was good, but dry even at medium rare. My wife loved her halibut.

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

The service was sub par and food was bland. Server has no insight into wine list.
Coffee and Desert were great.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Really nice to go to a local favorite that has maintained it's standard of high quality year after year.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This place is great. Excellent everything. The food and service were top notch. Shout out to our server Bruno, helped to make a great night out.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Our third time here. Never disappointed. None of us eat meat yet there is so much to choose from. Fish and vegetarian made delicious.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food and service. The only negative was a large table of extremely loud and annoying women in the same room. We could barely hear each other talk.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Not one thing to complain about everything was perfect. Many options to choose from on the menu and so many appetizers I wanted to try! The mozz and tomatoes were really fresh and they give ricotta cheese with the bread🤤

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Our server Theresa was amazing. Food amazing. Fun evening

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Great appetizers, both authentic Italian and modern dishes...Fun for sharing. We really enjoyed the quality of the food and the diverse entrees.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Been there several times and loved it in the past. Took my husband there for our annoand sas disappointed in the food and felt rushed.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Loved the atmosphere! Great for a date night and the service was top notch. The steak was fabulous as was the martini! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Brando’s never disappoints. We always recommend Brando’s

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Don’t get me wrong - We love Brando’s. It’s certainly one of the top restaurants at the shore and we have been multiple times.

However...Shame on me for not asking the price, I get that, but it would have been nice if we were told that the 32 oz dry aged bone in ribeye was $80. It was described to us devoid of price. I was slightly annoyed by that. I’m giving the service 3 stars for that reason. The server is a great guy and we tipped as we normally would have, but receiving the bill prompted some sticker shock.

Also the hostess ensures you’re getting ready to leave on time with a gentle “thanks for coming, have a nice night.” We hadn’t received our dessert menu yet - I’m happy to leave at the conclusion of the meal, when it is in fact, concluded.

I don’t appreciate being hustled along when I’m spending $350 for the two of us for dinner. I’d still go back but we’ll ask about steak prices next time. Asbury has lots of amazing restaurant choices.

I would be remiss if I did not update this review of Brando. After posting this, I immediately received a phone call from Susan the General Manager of the restaurant. She was incredibly professional and apologized for the misunderstanding. Susan also very graciously sent us a gift card towards Our next visit to the restaurant, which will be soon.

The way Brando responded to us and went out of their way to rectify the situation is just another indication of why this is the best restaurant in Asbury Park. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The food was excellent. Our server Dillan was fantastic. Answered all questions thoroughly about the food and was able to accommodate our food request above and beyond the menu. Also made recommendations for our appetizers, and he was spot on. Look forward to going back for the excellent food and outstanding service.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

We have never had anything but the best meals and service. When we use Open Table, we always request Theresa as our server. She is the best. Great personality, bubbly and spirited and calls it like it is.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Too dark for our taste. Quality of bread mediocre. Pricey and noisy.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Great food and service. Our waiter was very attentive, engaged us in conversation and didn't rush us. Once our orders were placed, the food arrived hot and within a very reasonable time. This was our second visit to Brando. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The service was very good. He made recommendations that were informative. The polenta and mushroom was the best I had. The courses were spaced very well and I never felt rushed. The ambiance and atmosphere was very well done.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

I was one of 6 diners at my table the food tasted delicious, I had the seafood fra diablo also delish dessert also delish. Here’s the negative I had to stop at a rest stop on the pkwy, (emergency) apparently something was not right with something I ate. Maybe a bad piece of seafood. Hard to recommend when that happens! I would go back and will go back obviously a freaky 1 time situation. Our server was terrific the bartenders were terrific we enjoyed until that moment on the parkway. Lol

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Our waiter was very attentive. The employees filling our water were in top of their game. The food was delicious. I have zero complaints.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Absolutely wonderful night! Food was outstanding! Our waiter, so sorry I can’t remember his name, but had a DEEP voice like Wolfman Jack (for us slightly older people) apps=clams oreganata - Delish. Calamari -really good. spedini (sp) - outstanding!! We had veal chop parm, chicken francaise, chicken parm, the seafood special, and the 3 different pasta dishes offered as an entree. I must say every dish was really perfect!! Def go!!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

The food and service was excellent. The place was beautiful. I would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Had my family Christmas dinner here a couple of years ago. Returned with family who were in town. The food was excellent, but our waiter, Abraham was the star of the show. His knowledge of the menu and recommendations were spot on and his attentiveness to our every need was over the top. It is the waiter/waitress who makes excellent food even better!

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Just ok wanted to love my dad said the scallop shrimp special was tasteless we couldn’t read the menu without the light from my I phone clams oregonato mushy

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We had guests visiting from out of state and wanted to dine with them at a restaurant we knew they would enjoy. Brando's always fits the bill for exceptional dining.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Brandos was lovely, as always and food was delicious.
My husband and I shared the polenta and wild mushrooms appetizer which was out of this world, and then we had the rigatoni bolognese - delicious, and a huge portion.
The noise level was also out of this world, but it's a great people-watching place.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The service was as good as the food . Hands down the best restaurant in Asbury Park and I have been to them all.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Professional service, authentic, creative food, great drinks and fabulous desserts! Well done!!!!
Wait staff exceptional!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Great place! Love The Godfather movie on at the Bar!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

First time at Brando’s and we were all so impressed. Beautiful restaurant, exceptional menu, and outstanding waiter (Abraham). He knew that menu so well that he was able to make excellent recommendations. Our choices of appetizers & entrees truly made for a top notch dinner.
All these were a 10+:
Meatball appetizer
Eggplant tower
Antipasto
Stuffed Veal Chop
Veal parm
Spicy shrimp
Only eh, was the Key lime pie.
Definitely a new favorite place!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Good food in a delightful ambiance.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

The food was outstanding. Our waiter was not. Definitely get the linguini sinatra. And the appetizers we had were excellent- beggers purses and the eggplant tower.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Fantastic food, great cocktails, wonderful service!! Always a great evening at Brando’s!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Food and service was outstanding. The only negative was the noise level in the dining room, which improved after the party behind us left.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Very good meal
Great service
Chicken francaise exceptional

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1.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Had a bad experience. Waiter presented specials that turned out to be untrue and then we were upcharged for what he included in the entre descriptions that were not included. Additionally, the waiter never informed us of the exorbitant prices of the specials! He then lied about the charges. On top of that, when I emailed the owner, I received four or five emails where I was berated and called nasty names to the point of harassment! I will never go back!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Very thing was just perfect. Thank you for a memorable Birthday celebration

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Everything about this restaurant was amazing. The service was above and beyond the normal as we had several employees coming throughout our dinner to make sure we had everything we needed...every request was satisfied. Will definitely be back!!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Great food and service

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