Brando's

4.7
1422 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

























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LS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good but nothing special and very large portions. It was extremely loud and very hard to have a conversation. Don’t think we will return.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentine's Day dinner.

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always wonderful

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RB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Could only get early reservation because it was Valentine's day. Bar was full but restaurant was not even half full when we were to be seated. First they wanted to put us in the window by the hostess station we said no. Then they put us in the side room by the wait station and kitchen door. Mind you that room only had a few tables taken at the time. We then asked to get moved again. We shared the special shrimp and scallop scampi appetizer which was good but not great. For dinner I had the Veal with long hots from the menu which was delicious. Perfectly cooked and flavorful. The potato tart side was either too smokey or burnt for me. My friend had the filet and lobster special. The filet was good but the lobster had a funny taste like it was frozen and defrosted too many times. They didn't even eat it which was a sin for the price. The homemade sorbet was on point. Overall 1 out of 2 diners satisfied. Will try again.

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S
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We there with my husband for Valentines Day and had a wonderful meal. We have dined there a number of times and have never been disappointed

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent in all facets

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MR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time and excellent food with very attentive staff.

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d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday and they put confetti on the table and decorated my dessert.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best you'll ever eat.....incredible service...go early parking is difficult

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AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is always top shelf and choice of dishes is broader than any other Italian restaurant in Monmouth County.
Only negative - we sat near front door on a very cold night and got a draft every time door opened.
Would never sit there again.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Overpriced for the quality of food you receive.

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food & service nice variety of appetizers.
A little noisy on a Saturday night, pricy but, overall a good restaurant. Definitely will be back.

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was our first time. That said I'm not sure we did it right. Service was excellent and apps were amazing, but the main course failed us. For apps we had Spudini (not the best but in the running) and beef agnolotti. Let me tell you... The agnolotti was the best thing we ate all night. Double the order and do it as your meal. For entrees I had scallops with zucchini 3 ways. Very good, although for being known for their scallops, I was not blown away and have had better. Husband had lobster arribiata and was very disappointed. For a MP dish at $55 we've had way fresher (not rubbery) lobster elsewhere. Overall we'll be back to grab a drink at the bar and will only be sampling other apps and specials.

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service! Always a special restaurant and a special night.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My choice of entree was not very tasty and it was immediately and gracefully replaced. My server was awesone

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R
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place Great food and service This is a good place for special occasions

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DD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food. Our favorite restaurant in Asbury Park!

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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another amazing meal at Brando’s . It’s a little pricy , but the meals are amazing and so worth it. We love the peasant shrimp, hanger steak and filet, but also had the wild boar special which was so delicious!

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N
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly a long description isn’t even needed here. If you want to have one of the best meals you’ve ever had on your life then you must go....

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KG
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I belive that Brando's has stepped up their game from a year ago. Lately the food has been not just good, but excellent. This time I ordered a pork chop special w/bolognese sauce. The chop was served on the bone, was juicy and tender. The sauce and cheese were delicious. My partner ordered the Veal and it was served on the bone as well. Very tender and yummy. Desserts are amazing as well. Love it! ps through Open Table I mentioned that it was a birthday. The table was presented to us with happy birthday glitter on the tablecloth and they added a candle to dessert...really nice touch :)

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband’s 75th Birthday

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! Can’t wait to go back and try more things!

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t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great menu with plenty of choices. food is top notch, service is always on point. a NY city quality restaurant right here in Asbury Park.

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BB
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent. I brought our friends and the loved the food and the portion size

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VH
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is fabulous, staff is attentive and well versed. Highly recommend.

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience.

Great staff and delicious food!!

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LE
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful night at Brando’s. Celebrated an early anniversary dinner. Loved that we were placed in the “quieter” dining room. Food and service were both outstanding!! This was our first time, but definitely won’t be our last.

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w
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brandos is a beautiful restaurant, they should "spruce up" the front as the inside is so much more elegant and beautiful compared to it's dark and dirty store front. The service is great, the tables are spread out for conversation, and it's menu is good for both steaks and Italian. A nice wine list with all types and price points. We will go again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dylan & Michael were absolutely delightful. We appreciate the VIP service and look forward to dining with them soon!

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. We had the pork bolognese special and it did not disappoint. Service was great too!

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l
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brando is always a local favorite with a dark bar and a varied menu. We were especially happy with our meal and our service - particularly this past Friday night!! We were a large group that was generously accommodated as our guest list continued to fluctuate. We so appreciated the flexibility and the generous welcome.
Many thanks

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CG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Awesome service! We Also were not rushed.

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E
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food with a fantastic waiter. Definitely will be back and will recommend.

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D
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brando’s was excellent!, food was great, and large portions. Menu had lots of options.
Dessert was great too. Zeppoles were like airy little pillows.

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal and experience as always. We’ve been here several times and have never been disappointed. There are always many terrific options on the menu and their specials are always sure to please! From the bread to drinks to dessert and everything in between Brandos is perfection!

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a doctoral degree.

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d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was able to book last minute via Open Table on a Sunday evening. Had a great table in the main dining room...tried for the bar room to watch the NFL playoff game but already taken. Service was fantastic...Bruno...even was able to order off the menu and they accommodated. More then I wanted to spend on a casual Sunday eve with the family but so worth it. Exceeded expectations. Can’t wait to return.

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FM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benjamin our server was knowledgeable and professional appetizers fantastic overall an exceptional dining experience definitely would refer to friends and will be returning

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