Brando's

4.6
1275 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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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 1275 People Are Saying
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D
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!! Polenta and mushroom appetizer is my favorite appetizer anywhere. Everyone’s meal was delicious. Attentive staff and welcoming atmosphere.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu and environment. Becoming our favorite in Asbury

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TK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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!

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j
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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L
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding, highly recommend. Our waiter checked in us frequently to ensure everything was ok.

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Tokyo
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! Food is fresh and amazing and priced right. Service was perfect.

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great meal! The food, the wine, and the service are all top-notch. It’s the reason we keep coming back

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JB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

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!

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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DH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. The atmosphere was old world charm we had a great experience and will define going back.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

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!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable, food arrived timely and drinks were nicely sustained.

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c
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was "so so" better other restaurants in Asbury Park. Nothing special overrated overpriced located on
noisy main street.

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D
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere. Food was excellent and plentiful. Service was top notch.

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SV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

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SU
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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P
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times never disappointed, staff always friendly and professional, kitchen always putting out a great meal can’t wait to return

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HF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always. We thoroughly enjoyed our antipasti, branzino, and zabblione. Everything prepared and plated beautifully. Love this place.

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DG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food, drinks, & service!! We have dined at Brando’s numerous times and will continue to do so!!

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m
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Ordered a steak medium well, it came out very rare. Extremely loud, difficult to carry conversation

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JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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*

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great food and service!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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n
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food but a little loud in dining room

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DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistent food and service every time. A little high on cost or I would give it an excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak . Great Italian and an amazing staff . Love the scene too . It’s a must

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DF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way. Food, service, selection. Highly recommend!

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TJ
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and great service

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone at our table was delighted, even my difficult to please brother.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brando's never disappoints! Excellent menu and specials, great wine selection. Staff is professional and experienced- excellent!

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ML
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and service as usual! It's a go too restaurant when in town.

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