Brando's

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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

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
7 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.

OT
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

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.

KB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I had not been to brandos in a while
Very disappointed this time
I don’t mind paying a lot of money for a great steak but I have been to all the best steak restaurants in the US and most high-end steak restaurants even in Manhattan charge no more than $65 for an excellent piece of steak for one person
So I thought $70 for a steak was a bit pricey but was willing to spend it on the assumption that it would’ve been a really great piece of meat it which was only very average if at all
Also when the first exposure to the restaurant is reheated bread which did not seem fresh at all it’sort of spoiled things for me for the rest of the evening
It’s hard to imagine that this is the same place as the Marlboro sister restaurant osteria i’ve never had a bad meal there
Our waiter was superb however very attentive
Just very disappointed by the meal relative to the excessive cost

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as well as the service from our waitress Theresa

M
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious! Waiter,Don was great! Enjoyed our 31 yr anniversary dinner at Brando’s.

OT
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brando’s is truly a fabulous restaurant!
Excellent food, attentive service, great bar.
My favorite is the Sunday gravy (of course, only available on Sunday).

RE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I usually love this restaurant and have never had a problem with service (or it was remedied quickly if I did). The food was excellent as always, but I am disappointed in the service.
Our reservation was for 9 pm. We walked in at 9:03 after handing the car over to valet. At 9:15 we were told our table wasn’t ready yet because people were celebrating. We were told the same thing at 9:30 and eventually were offered a table outside (even though we had a dining room reservation). We were hungry so we took it.
That was the beginning of inattention to us and a complete lack of disregard for us and our needs (no drinks from the bar, food being served late, etc). The manager was aware of everything that happened and never did anything to remedy it (or even apologize for any of it).
Honestly, this used to be my favorite restaurant and I always recommend it, but waiting 30 minutes after a reservation (and they were THAT busy by that time, I was embarrassed that I even brought my out of town guest there.
I don’t think I will be back so quickly or do my family celebrations there for a while but this is warning to be prepared for terrible service.

CC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This gem of a restaurant was AMAZING!! Food outstanding as well as the staff was incredible Our waiter think Dylan was more then helpful and knowledgeable! Katie and Michelle behind the bar, the best! Kind, knowledgeable, gracious, patient and helpful! We LOVED so much we went back the following after noon for “Sunday Gravy”! Will return as often as possible! They ALL made it a fun experience!!!

TJ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was very good, highly attentive and engaged. Food was not great (steak was tasteless which was odd as I had the same one 2 weeks before and it was spectacular). Drinks were horrible and not prepared correctly (which was odd as it was their signature drink from their menu, perhaps new bartender). Atmosphere is nice and again, server was great but need some consistency in the quality of the food.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was delicious with a beautiful presentation. My branzino with black lentils was good but not as flavorful as all of the other dishes everyone at our table ordered.

SG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So I had heard great things about Brando's and decided to check it out for my birthday. And I'm glad I did. From the moment we walked in we knew it was going to be good, it just had that vibe. Our waiter, Bruno, was excellent - knowledgeable, patient and a good sense of humor. The stuffed Branzino was cooked perfectly and my wife loved the Brodetto. I can't wait to get back.

BG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perhaps one of the best restaurants in NJ incredible dining experience and the food was"off the hook "

RK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another outstanding evening at Brando’s. Food and service top notch.