Brando's

4.7
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1748 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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JF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food were both very good. Brando’s has been consistent since we’ve been going there the last several years.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Charged $40 for what should have been a complimentary birthday dessert. If you are going to charge we should have been given the choice to order what we wanted!!!

Waiter didn’t disclose dessert charge in advance and told us our friends wanted to treat us to an after dinner drink. So we ordered think IoT was taken care of... only to get bill with drink charges. When asked the waiter was like oh... they offered but then left. ... shouldn’t he have told us that before we ordered?!!!

NM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The tables for two are very tight and dark.

KM
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful meal at Brando's. Old school red sauce is delicious. Glad they sized down on the meatball size, smaller but you get three in the meatball salad, Ambience is great. We like to eat at the bar, bartenders very attentive.

n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For a special occasion . On the pricey side but good. Service was excellent.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner as usual. Ambiance is lovely and the service is always great. Food was fresh and delicious. Love this restaurant!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food! Abraham made our dining experience perfect!

J
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent...... Great food

JF
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! I had the pork chop and it was
so tender, and my friend had the filet mignon on the bone. What an outstanding meal! Our server was excellent! This is a very special place indeed!

L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time you walk in the door to the end of the meal you will not be disappointed. Our server was a lovely polite and knowledgeable on the specials and the regular menu. Or bus people were equally pleasant. Our dinners were delicious, perfectly prepared —the pork chop special was unreal. I cannot wait to return, this is what ding should be and so seldom is. 5 stars for Brando’s, bravo!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I chose to go there for our 15th Anniversary. From the moment we walked in the door to the time we left, we were treated like the most important diners in the entire restaurant. The waiter and busboys were so professional but kept the environment so warm and inviting. The cocktails were prepared to perfection. We recommend the polenta and mushroom appetizer. It reminded us of our many trips to our special restaurant in Bermuda. The chicken francese and halibut tasted so good followed by the ricotta cheesecake that was light and flavorful. The hostess/manager came over to make sure we were enjoying our experience. We could tell that she loves what she does. Overall, a great experience. We look forward to coming back with friends and letting others know Brando's is a top choice for a dining experience.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this restaurant. Everything I ever order is sooooo yummy ! Anytime I order something it never disappoints.

S
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale with food to match. Wine list follows that theme. A special place. Took 3 weeks to get a resevation and we will repeat as soon as we can. Service is particularly top notch!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Porterhouse for two. Best steak in the country!!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrible experience at this restaurant. Four of us came to this place anticipating a nice birthday dinner. We were met with an overly aggressive manager who upon sitting down at the table told my husband to take his baseball cap off. He said the owner of the restaurant has a policy that men cannot wear hats. We made the reservation on open table and no where on Open Table does it state that men cannot wear hats. Nowhere! This manager threatened my husband saying he would not be served unless he took his hat off! Arrogant, Condescending and completely inappropriate. My husband has been in professional baseball his entire career and always wears a baseball cap. Had we known this was Brando’s policy we could have chosen a different restaurant for our celebration. My husband takes off his hat so we can have a peaceful dinner. We spent $350.00 dollars for our dinner. After dinner this arrogant, overly aggressive manager comes back to our table and continues his bullying and says we are not welcome at this restaurant. Are you kidding me! We spent $350.00 dollars to be treated like this! We’ve dined all over the world and have never been treated in this way. This is not a country club or a 5 star restaurant. This is a local Italian bistro in Asbury Park, NJ. Get a grip Brandos, you’re arrogance will be your demise.... and this manager should be fired immediately for bullying customers and destroying the reputation of Brando’s.

Brando's
Responded on November 15, 2019

Our hat policy is posted at the door. I keep this policy not with arrogance, but with respect for my mother, the way she raised me and to maintain the level of decorum our guests expect from fine dining restaurants. Gentlemen don't wear hats at the table. It's sad that my policy ruined your experience, and I respect your prerogative to choose bistros with no dress code. My manager does not bully guests. He remains polite even when enduring verbal abuse and profanity from belligerent people.

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VG
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing anniversary dinner

ML
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere Outstanding service , seated on time , portions were large . Highly recommend .

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Abraham was fantastic! Of course the food is always delicious!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is beyond attentive and the food is simply amazing. Highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing!!! Went above and beyond!

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, and ambiance was perfect . Great date night out! Would recommend to everyone.

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were great. We were sitting next to a table of eight and they were very loud. That’s not anyone’s fault. It just was very noisy for us.

I
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good, consistent food.

MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and wonderful service. A must for any occasion.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

GS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and the food was delicious. Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service as always. Great ambiance.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Service was unusually below and inattentive with a restaurant usually so good at service. Waited for every course and it didn’t even seem that busy.

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service!

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Good restaurant! Nice Atmosphere and good service.

NW
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Great ambiance. Always a pleasure here. Our server, Don, was extremely accommodating and made us feel at home.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, always a perfect visit

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don is great!

AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! Our waiter was very knowledgeable and was a great help.

SD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

AP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service exceptional,there was a mix up with the 2 dinners that the ladies ordered(both the same) and they were prepared absolutely to hot/spicy and the waited handled this very quickly and professioanaly

KW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had reservations for 8:45pm and were on time, but had to wait 30 minutes for our table. The staff was apologetic and tried to make amends. The food was delicious and service was great once we were seated.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We have been going to Brando's for years. Our server didn't even introduce himself. He came off pretty cocky. He did warm up to the table. The veal chop was drenched in burnt tomato sauce. We will def. still come to Brando's and will not get the Veal Chop.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal at Brando’s.
I don’t mind mind spending a little
extra for the best. Waiter and staff
we’re professional, polite and knowledgeable.

CB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food and service at Brando's was, as always, very good. If anything let's them down it's the noise levels, especially in the larger side room. With just a little sound baffling noise levels could be dropped significantly. You do end up hearing everyone's conversations and need to speak pretty loudly in order to hear and be heard by your dining partners.