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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

DG
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Don’t order the overpriced steak. They don’t know how to cook it.

RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent from the appetizers, to the main course to the dessert. My wife, a vegetarian, had the eggplant tower as an appetizer. She really liked it and it was big enough to be an entree. I had the Brodetto, which was outstanding. The dessert favorites were the zabaglione and the bite-sized zeppole filled with Nutella (this may have been a special.) The server was a little gruff, but overall fine, and the hostess stopped by a number of times to make sure everything was ok.

In all, a great dining experience.

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

This is our go-to place. We love the food, the service, Sue the manager, and one of our our favorite members of the human species, Theresa- the BEST server anywhere! After our very first time there, Theresa remembered exactly what we like to eat and drink. She is friendly, knowledgeable, and treats us like we are guests in her house. All of the servers are outstanding, the food is ready, the ambiance is lovely, although it can get a bit noisy at peak hours. Just go there!- you will love it

f
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

While the overall lighting was too low to read the menu the decor was tasteful and the food was delicious and plentiful. The service was somewhat condescending, but efficient.

JI
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brando’s is fantastic. We enjoyed every part of the meal. Appetizers were both specials, grilled octopus and figs with prosciutto. My wife and I shared a porterhouse for 2, which was perfectly prepared. Ended with coffee and zeppoles stuffed with cannoli cream and Nutella. Service was great. Valet parking was very convenient. I strongly recommend Brando’s.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Parents in town. Family dinner

j
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner here. However our shrimp/scallop appetizer was not worth the $25 price tag. It was good but not worth the money. The service was top notch, our waiter excellent. We would definitely come back.

The only complaint I had about our dinner was with the AC vent which was blowing directly down on me making dinner very uncomfortable. The hostess did raise the thermostat once which helped until it kicked back on then it blew the rest of the evening.

MO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brando’s was amazing! The food was excellent and very large portions. The service was excellent, our waitress was amazing, she remembered all 8 of our orders without writing it done! I wish I remembered her name. I highly recommended eating here if your in Asbury! I will definitely be returning.

RH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Didnt quite meet the mark when so many have given great reviews. Salad came late and was mediocre for a Caesar. Veal was good but dish was drowning in sauce when described in menu as "lightly" drizzled. Bolognese pasta entree was enjoyed by friend, but two others ordered entree with shrimp, rice ball ,etc. and it was fair. Appetizers (Zuccini, Polenta with mushrooms, and long hot peppers) were good. All in all I would not go back anytime soon

DG
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My entree--stuffed branzino--was excellent; however, the vegetable dish--potatoes and carrots--were not warm. Also, dessert came after we had finished our coffee.

Our waiter, Abraham, was pleasant and informative.

I will return, even though I believe the dinner was a bit pricey, in hopes that the above issues do not occur next time.

CF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

BK
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and attentive service. Really enjoyed the meal. Will dine here again!!

p
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brando's has a great Vibe, very friendly! The complimentary bread and tri-dips (olive oil w/creamy garlic cloves, amazing ricotta and tapenade) was excellent. We ordered the Scallops and Shrimp Appy special. The taste was amazing! The size of shrimp and the 2 scallops was disappointing. Caesar Salad was very good and big enough to split. The main entrees were Meatballs and spaghetti, delicious and did not disappoint. The meatballs were melt in your mouth and huge! The other entree was Pasta Al Fornia, it was delicious and greatly enjoyed. I would absolutely recommend and go back to try the seafood.

SH
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. They made our birthday celebration special

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food ever!
Stuffed veal chop is phenomenal!
Gigantic delicious meatballs!

ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was wonderful except the service. Let me put it this way. We had cocktails at out table. 2 of the 3 glasses were still on the table when we were asked if we wanted dessert.

A
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother in law’s birthday

PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! I’ve been here several times and have never been disappointed. The service and food are always amazing.

OT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried Brando’s based on a recommendation. Needless to say...it was awesome!! Friendly staff, impressive menu!! Parpadelle bolognese was incredible!! Chicken Parmigiana.. one of the BEST! Can’t wait to come back!

J
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed! I ordered thee chicken franchise and my dinner was so salty that I couldn't eat it.

c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very impressed with the service & food. It was my son in law & daughter'sanniversary and they made it very special. Our table was sprinkled with Rose Pedals and they gave a special dessert.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. One of our favorite places to go.

J
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was perfect they had a private little table waiting for us with birthday confetti

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pasta al forno is delicious but it’s made with cream so it’s very rich so we could not eat it all
We also had the calamari and clams casino which were very good
Our server Abraham was wonderful and very attentive
Treat yourself to Brando’s

T
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. A little elegance in Asbury Park.

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, and atmosphere!

LC
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant. Nice menu. No waiting with a reservation on a busy Saturday evening. The menu had so many great sounding items that I finally settled on the Beggars Purses. Delicious and bursting with flavor and maybe a bit rich. Split them with someone so they are not so overwhelming. My partner had the Veal something with fresh greens covering soft and tender breaded veal. Really good. I ordered the fusilli in a cream sauce with Pacific shrimp (forgot formal name). OMG; it was served in a huge piece of aluminum foil. The person who delivered my dinner just open the foil up part way and I was supposed to eat it out of this big piece of foil. I should have sent it back. First the fussilli was not twisted or even curved; it was straight (???) pasta with a heavy cream sauce so rich and deep I didn't finish. When our waiter did come to the table he touched my arm or shoulder every time. Every time. We joined friends who were dining outside for coffee. It was obvious their was not happy we joined. We didn't even ask him for anything. I felt relief after we left. I was so self conscious. I will try this place again sometime because it was good, I just made poor choices. I must also say that they so sweetly had our table decorated for our anniversary. Thank you for that Brando. I'll be sure to order food served on china next time. Can you imagine a" Fusilli Jerry" made by Dr. Van Nostrum from straight fusilli???

KG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We enjoy Brandos and have many nicely prepared meals there. However, Saturday lacked its usual high level of food, flavor and service we are accustomed to when we dine there. I will say the hostess was very kind and seemed interested in our dissatisfaction but offered compensation.

I got the seafood special that was a pasta with crab and a lobster tail, I think. It was two Half lobster tails with some white asparagus and herbs in a butter sauce. At best it was an OK cup maybe cup and a half of pasta that was 45.00, which in my opinion was very over priced for both the portion, presentation and flavor. I felt like I could have made it at home. For that price I expect an incredible meal not a broth pasta with two half tails on top.
I do not support the “market price” argument as I do not think the tails were fresh or large enough to factor into the price. 29.00 would have been fare but overpriced for the “special”

With that said the VEAL CHOP was and is amazing as is the steaks we had last visit. Stay away from the pasta specials they are up charged. 45.00 come on!
We will return but will never choose the 45.00 pasta specials again. Disappointed and they should hurry up and remove them from the special list. They do so much right but this was not one of them.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service seemed to be rushed, and gave more attention to the larger table next to us. Waited for our drink order. Reminded the server several times, and when the drink arrived it was watered down.

The special needed to be sent back since it was missing the crab meat. When it came back the crab was cold.

Had to ask for a fork and knife.

Had to wait 25 minutes for our car to come from their valet service.

Disappointed because we know we had better service and food in the past.

DT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here was superb. The service, quality of food, ambiance, and overall experience was above par. Would highly recommend. A bit pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for.

AA
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brando's is hands down my favorite restaurant. I am very picky when it comes to meals and even pickier when it comes to dessert. Brando's never lets me down and the service is always amazing!!!

z
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

our waiter Bruno was great and the food was outstanding. Second time in a week I have taken collogues and both parties were very happy with the choice and experience.

D
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and wonderful service! Waiters went above and beyond to make a great experience.

DF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect! My favorite restaurant. Frequent often! Highly recommend .

PJ
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining in Asbury Park. Food is great. Staff and bar tender friendly and makes a great manhattan.

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