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Brando's

4.8
4.8
2657 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 774-2222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Steven Botta

  • Catering

    We offer upscale private parties

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available upon request, subject to availability

  • Private party contact

    Susan: (732) 774-2222

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Cross street

    Cookman

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking and metered lots at train station and on Lake Ave *Helpful hint: Free parking on Main Street, and pay-to-park municipal lot on Lake Ave, and parking garage on Bangs Ave

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit train directly accross the street.<br />Asbury Park offers a seasonal "free ride" in a continuous loop from the boardwalk to the downtown- just flag it down...

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday: 20 select wines for $20/bottleWednesday: Burger Night!Thursday: Complimentary Select Dessert w/ purchase of dry-aged steakSunday: Grandma's Traditional Sunday Gravy $31/personMon-Fri: 4pm-6:30pm: Happy Hour (available at BAR Only)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 2,657 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Romantic

  • New Jersey - Central

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service is excellent! Definitely recommend.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every thing from the food to the service was excellent. Very well affordable as well. My second time dining at Brandos and i believe this is my new favorite place.
  3. JZ

    JoeZ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistent excellence
  4. NJ

    NJDave

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We have been to Brando’s many, many times. I was disappointed in the service and the food. We ordered two glasses of wine when we were seated, but didn’t receive it until half way through our appetizer course. I love the veal chop parmigiana here. I have had it multiple times and it’s normally fantastic. I found this version to be have a thicker than usual bread coating. I do not enjoy it. It was also very noisy. I have noticed, but overlooked this in the past. Sorry. 3 stars.
  5. LL

    LynnL

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were four of us at dinner. All of us were very happy with our meals. I had the halibut and it was cooked perfectly. Anthony our waiter was great. He was very patient while answering all our questions He was professional but still was kidding around with us also. We really enjoyed our time at Brandos and I am sure you will see all of us again soon.
  6. RG

    RefGod

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding food, great ambiance and good service! Very much recommended!
  7. N

    Netty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great atmosphere. Service was great and attentive. Would definitely go back!
  8. JG

    JasonG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Service was exceptional! Staff went above and beyond for my daughters birthday.
  9. NA

    NancyA

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely dinner at Brando’s. Food was delicious and service was great.
  10. LC

    LaraineC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommend! Wish we would have gone sooner, but will absolutely be going back!!
  11. d

    downtheshore

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everyone’s meals were very good but definitely on the pricey side. The specials for the evening were priced so high that the only thing we ordered from it was an appetizer of stuffed zucchini blossoms. They were absolutely delicious. I had the veal parmigiana chop which was big enough to feed at least 2 people and the veal was very tender. The only real complaint is the special dessert for the evening was a coconut cake. The waitress highly recommend it. The cream was light and filled with sweet delicious coconut, BUT, the cake definitely seemed undercooked. It was so thick and dense that it made it almost inedible.
  12. FD

    FrederickD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Don was extremely attentive and made some great recommendations
  13. JD

    JoeD

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were above & beyond as far as their service , food & wine list.
  14. WC

    WalterC

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of 4 thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Brandos. 2 of our group had not dined here before and fell in love with Brandos. Food, service, ambiance all spot on! 5 Star restaurant!
  15. C

    Calabrese

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are repeat guests at Brando's because the food is consistently excellent, overall the experience was great though while service was very courteous and prompt it felt a bit rushed
  16. FT

    FrancineT

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an excellent meal! Appetizers, dinner and dessert! Awesome - would definitely come back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Brandos has a fine reputation which is why it’s important to write an honest review when an establishment is testing on its laurels. They were 30 min late for our reservation, not especially apologetic, and infrequently communicated with us while we waited at the bar. The waitress came to take our order when one of us was up to the restroom, in spite having sat at the table for 10-15 min with no attention. Our jumbo crab and shrimp salad tasted very fresh. It didn’t have much flavor but the quality of the seafood was excellent. We order a pasta to come after the salad and before the entree but it never arrived. WHAT?! An Italian restaurant forgot the pasta. That’s just lame. My chicken francaise was just fine - well breaded and flavorful but the lemon sauce was thin and watery. It made the chicken soggy. Maybe that’s just their style? But my partners chicken, the chicken savoy, I’m not kidding looked like a dirty toilet bowl. There was so much balsamic that whole plate turned black with islands of chicken just breaching the surface. He said the taste wasn’t as bad as it looked but neither of us finished our plates. And we can eat! Both of our entrees came with a dense risotto ball. After looking around the room carefully and considering our experience, I think these would have been better called Trump balls.
  18. MF

    MichaelF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One point off for no bread at lunch. Otherwise fantastic. Best halibut special I’ve had in a long time
  19. EF

    ElizabethF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Brando’s delicious food, friendly, professional staff, and overall environment. The bolognese sauce is amazing, the desserts are incredible, appetizers, drinks, and selection are all fabulous!
  20. c

    choosydiner

    Atlanta

    125 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best veal chop I’ve ever eaten. All the food was fabulous. The waitress was great - friendly, knowledgeable, and entertaining. Definitely will be back
  21. c

    cathyb

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice overall experience. Pricey (but what isn’t these days), but portions are generous and food is tasty. The service is exceptional across the board.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server Natalie
  23. RJ

    RockinJersey

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Value for money was a little low considering $55 for a veal chop. A little disappointed by the presentation but the overall experience was positive.
  24. RE

    REGB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food excellent! Just excellent! Waitress knowledgeable! Mixed drinks ok.. but worth it!
  25. NW

    NicoleW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Brandos to celebrate my husbands birthday. The food was outstanding we all tried something different and everyone was beyond pleased. The service was amazing. They even decorated the table for his birthday. Top notch! We will be back!!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing all around experience. The food is incredible and the service is excellent. Highly recommend
  27. EJ

    EasyJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Went there with a date Monday evening. The ambience, the service and the food were all excellent. It was a great setting for a romantic evening. Our waiter was attentive to our every needs. We couldn't ask for anything more. Highly recommended.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time at Brandos. I was very impressed. Food was outstanding. Service was excellent. We were celebrating our anniversary and the added touches,rose petals and hearts in table and Happy Anniversary on dessert place made it a little more special. Thanks so much!
  29. LD

    LisaD

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and cocktails. Celebrated our 23 year anniversary and they had the table decorated with hearts and rose petals. Beautiful touch
  30. J

    Jkatz20740

    Atlantic City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing! Shared the porterhouse for two. Perfect. Wife had pasta dish. Loved it. Can’t wait to go back again.
  31. Q

    Quinnty

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Have been before and I rated it a 5. I gave it 3 this time for several reasons. The lobster and shrimp in my dish were overcooked and chewy. The appetizer portions were smaller then the exact thing we ordered last time we were there. It was extremely noisy. The fish and chicken were also overcooked and a bit dry. We expected much better for the prices. Best thing was the tiramisu.
  32. DK

    DianaK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food was very good. Expensive. Worst part was our waiter. He was rude and tasted our drinks that we were not happy about… told us they were fine. Still charged us for them. We did not drink them.
  33. DB

    DouglasB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brando’s never disappoints! We went for my daughters last dinner before she goes back to college. It is our favorite restaurant at the Jersey Shore. We always have a fantastic experience at Brando’s. We started with the Angialotti and calamari for appetizer. Both were fantastic. My daughter always gets the rigatoni bolognese- so good! My wife got the Berkshire pork chop with mozzarella and bolognese sauce- it was fantastic! I got the filet Mignon with smashed potatoes and root veggies. I will say, this time, the filet was kind of tasteless. Not sure what it was this time, but I needed to add salt, and I never have to do that. I got the lobster Mac and cheese for a side and it was good. For dessert we got chocolate mousse, tiramisu, and the brownie a la mode- all were great. Service was fantastic- I didn’t get the servers name as I took an extra 10 minutes to find a parking spot after I dropped my wife and daughter off. Chris, the bartender, is the man! Sit at the bar sometime and eat- Chris is awesome!
  34. MP

    MeredithP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic food and always top-notch service. Perfect place to celebrate our anniversary which they noted with flower petals and a chocolate message on our dessert plate. Fantastic restaurant
  35. TS

    TomS

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anthony was attentive to our table. The food was delicious. We enjoyed our meal.
  36. H

    Heather

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for a birthday dinner and they made it very special for us. Always great food.
  37. CE

    CEDFR

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thought that dinner was outstanding. Service was great. Drinks were interesting. We shall return!
  38. PC

    PeerCo

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Superb restaurant overall. From service to food and wine. One critique: the Branzino was cooked to perfection but the color and flavoring needs a bit of punch. A bit of green or orange to brighten up a sudued near black and grey plate. Moreover, the lentils added little flavor with a fish lacking its own punch as the “star of the plate.” A subtlely flavored and seasoned vegetable sauce could bring out the fish and lentils.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Dinner was delicious but the restaurant was loud
  40. BD

    BDeg

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Excellent meal but wine list is unnecessarily very expensive.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Brando's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 774-2222.

Brando's is rated 4.8 stars by 2657 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today
Google Map for Brando's

164 Main Street, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cookman

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking and metered lots at train station and on Lake Ave *Helpful hint: Free parking on Main Street, and pay-to-park municipal lot on Lake Ave, and parking garage on Bangs Ave

  • 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...

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Steven Botta

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday: 20 select wines for $20/bottleWednesday: Burger Night!Thursday: Complimentary Select Dessert w/ purchase of dry-aged steakSunday: Grandma's Traditional Sunday Gravy $31/personMon-Fri: 4pm-6:30pm: Happy Hour (available at BAR Only)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 774-2222

  • Catering

    We offer upscale private parties

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available upon request, subject to availability

  • Private party contact

    Susan: (732) 774-2222

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