Brando's

4.7
1337 reviews
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$30 and under
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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

























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 1337 People Are Saying
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TB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have ben to Brando's 3 times, 2 of them Sundays, the first time was by chance driving north on 71 and goggled restaurants in the area, when my wife mentioned the name I said I heard of it but never went. It was Sunday and I had the Sunday Gravy...which I will have every time I go on a Sunday! The other time I shared the Porterhouse with my son-in-law because I knew he wouldn't eat as much as me, it was fantastic. Everyone in my party's of 8,4 and 2 has loved their meal, and also their desert...no matter how full you get order the Pistachio cake and watch it disappear. Can't wait to go back.

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RK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding dining experience at Brando’s. Had the pork chop Stefano and it was delicious. Service as usual was impeccable. Can’t wait to come back again.

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DP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner was awesome and our server Theresa is the best

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TT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really an excellent experience, from our late arrival forward; (they held our reservation). The server Theresa was attentive, knowledge and helpful. The cuisine was excellent and our drinks were generously poured. I'd return again with a larger party to show off this find.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellently prepared and the service was top notch. It was well worth what we paid for the meal. We had the following things to eat:
Pasta fagioli soup
Shrimp, crab and avocado medley for appetizer
Filet mignon with bone in
Branzino
Pistachio ice cream cake
Grand tortino
👏👍🏻👏👍🏻👍🏻

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M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant

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A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cocktails, food, and wine selection were superb. Above all, the service made the meal. Chris, our table captain was on the mark at every turn and made a meal into an experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome menu, food was delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service! We’ll be back.

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JC
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the place but its noisy.
Last two times we were seated between two large parties of men. Very loud.
Next time we might try the bar area. Maybe it will be quieter.....

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OD
Naples
41 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit to Brando’s. It was a busy Friday evening and we arrived early to grab a drink at the bar. Service at the bar and at our table were both excellent. Food was great. Recommend the appetizer filet stuffed ravioli/tortellini. All of my party ordered steak which was well seasoned and cooked perfectly. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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t
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyable and reliable.

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c
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good, prices were elevated, room was cold. Huge menu, everyone was happy with their meal. Plates were very large, no skimping here. Service was very good as well.

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AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brando's is always an exceptional eating experience. The food is amazing, the ambiance is good and the service outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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CV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Three of us ate there this past Sunday evening and we were all quite impressed with the service and food quality. The beet salad and calamari appetizer were flavorful and attractively presented. We had the Pasta Bolognese, Pork Chop and Sunday Gravy and took home as much as we ate. The preparation and flavors were exceptional. We will definitely return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good and Chris our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful with the menu and very attentive but not intrusive- warm & welcoming atmosphere. We always enjoy going there.

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DC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s 50 th birthday we had an amazing time. Our waitress was fantastic. And food was incredible. 7 of us and everyone loved it.

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ML
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect as usual. The food here is always delicious. Bobby is a perfect waiter every time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!! The best meatballs and even better desserts!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

1st Time was a charm...well done from check in through check please! We’ll be back!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall excellent!

Great atmosphere as long as you are not sitting on the bar side. Way too noisy.

Service has been great both times that I have been there.
Food is delicious!

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brando's made our Thanksgiving one to remember! Outstanding food and wine and the service was impeccable. A perfect evening!

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CD
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant for a special occasion or just a comforting Italian meal. Good service and lots of ambiance.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving was wonderful !!!

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k
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we had thanksgiving dinner here and it was outstanding. old school lasagna to start - yum - then a huge traditional turkey plate with all the fixins. done just right. great folks thT run this establishment. make u feel like family.

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our daughter’s 25th birthday tonight - the service was impeccable and the food delicious! Brando’s always goes above and beyond! Definitely one of our favorites.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for all occasion we did a The last two Birthday dinners there

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BN
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All six of us enjoyed our meals. We had a lot of fun and will be back again!

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J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience...!!!!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Brandos' on a Friday night for a birthday celebration. Party of 6 and when we arrived our table was ready. Food, as well as some specials, was terrific and on point. Our server, Theresa, was attentive, courteous and extremely helpful; including her input and suggestions. We spent three and a half hours at this establishment and never felt like we were being rushed in any manner. Considering that 4 out of our party of 6 traveled more than 45 miles to celebrate at this restaurant is a testament to the quality and care that they take in providing a truly great experience. Brandos' is a destination well worth the drive for a special occasion or just for dinner in general. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. The service food ambiance were excellent. Our first time trying Brando’s. We are fans & will be back often ❤️

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table was ready for us, set exactly as requested with 2 highchairs. Waiter, Abrahim, was excellent. Lovely, relaxed, delicious dinner.

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F
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter was a decent guy...he, of course, always made sure we had drinks coming...never missed a beat with that but somehow never found the time to come over and ask how our dinner was. A $65 dry aged Filet mignon was overcooked terribly and three halibut entrees were small portioned, dry and obviously, expensive. Waiter did make it back for the dessert order...he was courteous and offered coffee and desserts for the overcooked Filet...which a few people in our party got a coffee and two desserts but after appetizers, pasta, a couple salads and entrees everyone was full. If waiter would have come back to check on the dinners in the first place, like he did to assure a few more drinks to the bill, the overcooked $65 Filet could have been replaced ...being that never happened, the steak was half eaten and disappointing. Brando’s is a very nice place but for the money spent you would expect the dining experience to be at a much higher level with the food and the service...we left the restaurant somewhat disappointed this time...we were a party of eight, dinner was $1000 w tip

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent just as the meal! The ambience was wonderful

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JF
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is simply amazing... service is exceptional... specials are always creative

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great experience

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outrageously delicious. Our waiter was wonderful. All in all a wonderful night out with friends. I highly recommend.

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E
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated right away and the service was friendly and attentive. Our waiter seemed very knowledgeable about the specials which made choosing from so many great sounding dishes a bit easier. I loved the atmosphere and will certainly be going back.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful...food and service was fantastic!
Going back soon

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