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Brando's

4.8
4.8
2565 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 50 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 774-2222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Steven Botta

  • Catering

    We offer upscale private parties

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available upon request, subject to availability

  • Private party contact

    Susan: (732) 774-2222

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Cross street

    Cookman

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking and metered lots at train station and on Lake Ave *Helpful hint: Free parking on Main Street, and pay-to-park municipal lot on Lake Ave, and parking garage on Bangs Ave

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit train directly accross the street.<br />Asbury Park offers a seasonal "free ride" in a continuous loop from the boardwalk to the downtown- just flag it down...

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday: 20 select wines for $20/bottleWednesday: Burger Night!Thursday: Complimentary Select Dessert w/ purchase of dry-aged steakSunday: Grandma's Traditional Sunday Gravy $31/personMon-Fri: 4pm-6:30pm: Happy Hour (available at BAR Only)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 2,565 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Jersey - Central

    Italian

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  1. RB

    RandiB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservations for our anniversary dinner....and Brando's was amazing! Our table was covered with hearts and rose petals and our dessert dish had Happy Anniversary written in the blackberry sauce.....just heartwarming! Each server that passed by wished us a happy anniversary.... And the food? SPECTACULAR, as always.... especially the pistachio dessert!
  2. d

    diane

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had outside seating which was very pleasant. Chris was our server who was very good and attentive. The food was delicious!! I asked Chris for his opinion on my dinner choices and he recommended the short ribs, special of the day. It was so delicious!! My husband had a veal dinner. Just as delicious!! The cocktails were perfect as well!
  3. LG

    LauraG

    New Orleans

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was wonderful…pasta, appetizers, cocktails. Pasta Al Forno and lobster Mac and cheese , spedini and the octopus were standouts. Coconut cake was to die for . Service charming attentive and polished. It’s a little loud making it hard to hear fellow diners; my only complaint . (Maybe soundproofing tiles for ceiling?)
  4. AS

    AnthonyS

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great steak as always!
  5. c

    cromanxx

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    World class restaurant. You won't be disappointed.
  6. M

    Mike

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent
  7. ME

    MichaelE

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! The food, wine selection and most importantly, the service! Theresa our server was THE best! Only negative thing was the folks at the host station could be more friendly. Other than that, A+
  8. J

    Janfome

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Brando's to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our table was beautifully decorated with rose petals and little hearts - and silly me, didn'y take a photo! Brian was our waiter - he's just amazing. Knowledgeable, personable, and he made our experience very special. The food? Amazing! My husband had the pork chop (huge!) and I had the pasta special with scallops. Totally delish! We will definitely be back to Brando's!
  9. CB

    ChristinaB

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dylan our server was amazing- lots of helpful tips and recommendations
  10. F

    Familyof5

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First time here, it was very good. Pork and Veal dishes were excellent and the size of each was enormous, almost enough for two leftover meals. Pasta was good but nothing outstanding. Angry lobster was also a huge portion and was generally good but lacked some flavor. Filet mignon was cooked perfectly and very tender but it had too much demi-glace on it and it overpowered the natural taste of the filet. Cocktails and wine were all good as well. The best part of our meal was our server Giuseppe, who was extremely personable and attentive, he really made our night. Very pricey bill at the end of the night.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent!
  12. S

    Susan

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Lively but not too noisy. Delicious food that does not break the bank!
  13. ES

    EllenS

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Giussepe my waiter was on point. Hostess walked me to a table that was so dark, couldn't read my menu. Accommodated to another table. Food was lackluster.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A truly great dining experience.
  15. D

    Daymondawg

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again Brando's out did itself. From the wait staff to the chef to busboys.....top quality. The food was amazing...we were out for a graduation dinner....so freaking good....can't wait to go back. Gary
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good drinks and good atmosphere- service was phenomenal. Mike was the best waiter - great recommendations and attitude - and the bartender (forget his name) was also attentive. Brando’s never disappoints and this experience was no exception. During a time when other restaurants cut corners, Brando’s is over delivering.
  17. JD

    JDRobinson

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was an incredible experience, as always. We’re frequent goers, and have never been disappointed by a Brando’s meal! The prices went up, but that’s like anywhere else at this time so we were prepared for it. Nevertheless, the quality of food and price are right on pace for each other. 10/10 experience
  18. KJ

    KJM86

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was amazing, service was superior and the chocolate martinis were my fave!!
  19. MK

    MaryannK

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Reviews are great, The staff is on point, place looks great very appealing but the food quality could have been better and shutting off the air conditioning, turning off the music and turning up the lights when we haven’t even gotten dessert isn’t so nice. Looks like they were ready to clean up and wanted everyone out. Too bad, I like the location and would have been a regular stop for me. After that experience I will not be returning.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don was our waiter he was awesome !! Food was delicious. Atmosphere was perfect.
  22. SB

    StephanieB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Though the notification on the table about your time limit was tacky.
  23. C

    Chewy1979

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was OUTSTANDING! AP go to when entertaining out of town guests.
  24. JS

    JeremyS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were outstanding. I had the bone-in filet and my wife had the chicken special. The wine list is also excellent--particularly the Italian red selection.
  25. GV

    GVH3RD

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Old school Italian steakhouse. The food is excellent and the portions are large. Our waiter was awesome - I wanted to take him home with me. Definitely worth the money, highly recommended.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at the restaurant and my wife and I enjoyed everything . They decorated the table with hearts and rose petals, which I thought was a very nice touch since we were celebrating our anniversary. Our server vlad was a pleasure to deal with. Knew the menu very well and answered all the questions we had. He was a Great server! The food was delicious. From the apps to the desert we enjoyed it all!
  27. JE

    JERRYD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Superior service from waiter who knows what to recommend. Ask for Brian!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Terrific food great service from Brian on a laid back Monday night. Lovely evening, thanks Brando!
  29. RP

    RayP

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in NJ. The food was amazing, and our server Vlad was fantastic . A must try!
  30. MK

    MaryannK

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our anniversary and our table was decorated with hearts and rose petals. The food is always outstanding and so is the service from the front to the service staff. Always a great time and great food
  31. DM

    DianeM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. Able to sit outside in nice weather. A bit pricey but portion sizes were worth it. Definitely will be returning!
  32. WD

    WilliamD

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great as usual. The drinks were great.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  34. Z

    Zara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious, will definitely come back again!
  35. SR

    SusanR

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered a heap of appetizers and they were all awesome. Wonderful meal. Great service. Outside dining was really pleasant.
  36. L

    Lloyd

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Did get awfully loud to point of having to yell to be heard across a small table. Which leads me to the table which was really too small for four people with appetizers plates etc. Would definitely recommend to everyone and will definitely return.
  37. K

    Karen4215

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brando’s never disappoints. We started with the beet salad which was very fresh. We had the octopus, shrimp with risotto, and the veal. All entrees were delicious. The service is always spot on...always attentive. We ate outside since it was a beautiful night. It’s always a delightful dining experience!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food as usual
  39. RO

    RobertO

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Giuseppe was a fantastic waiter. Food was awesome!
  40. C

    Chenko

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Giuseppe was like hanging out with family. The recommendations he gave and the warmth he radiated made us feel at home. Homemade pastas, bright and brilliant sauces, incredibly fresh ingredients, all plated to perfection. The charming outside environment was an absolute pleasure.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Brando's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 774-2222.

Brando's is rated 4.8 stars by 2565 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 50 times today
Google Map for Brando's

164 Main Street Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cookman

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking and metered lots at train station and on Lake Ave *Helpful hint: Free parking on Main Street, and pay-to-park municipal lot on Lake Ave, and parking garage on Bangs Ave

  • 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...

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Steven Botta

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday: 20 select wines for $20/bottleWednesday: Burger Night!Thursday: Complimentary Select Dessert w/ purchase of dry-aged steakSunday: Grandma's Traditional Sunday Gravy $31/personMon-Fri: 4pm-6:30pm: Happy Hour (available at BAR Only)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 774-2222

  • Catering

    We offer upscale private parties

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available upon request, subject to availability

  • Private party contact

    Susan: (732) 774-2222

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