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Brando's

4.7
4.7
2749 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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 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 2,749 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Jersey - Central

    Italian

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  1. JP

    JosephP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The filet is cooked to perfection. The wine was great. We love coming here and will continue to come back. It's an hour drive for us, but absolutely worth it. Servers are always great and elegant with us.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for making our Anniversary even more special!! Every part of our dinner at Brando’s was perfection ! We found our new frequent spot !!
  3. PK

    PennyK587

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The waiter could have been a bit more friendly and it was extremely loud in the dining room but I enjoyed the food. It was my daughter’s birthday which I mentioned when I booked on Open Table so they had confetti on the table when we got there. Also at the end of the meal, the waiter brought out cannoli with a candle in it, which was a nice touch.
  4. MP

    MichaelP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great night out. Very attentive service. No rush to turn tables. Food was awesome
  5. JJ

    JenniferJ

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my birthday. The table was decorated. The service was incredible and so was the food!
  6. PK

    PatrickK

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is superb, service is first class. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Brando’s AGAIN. Brando’s never disappoints.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The stuffed veal was exquisite! Veal chop parm was unbelievable. Meatballs were the best ever. Our waiter Dillon was very knowledgeable, charming and engaging.
  8. e

    erical

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Start off my saying our server Giuseppe was FANTASTIC!!!!! When we come back we will request him again. The only issue I had was my shrimp was way over cooked. They were huge beautiful shrimp but unfortunately over cooked. I ate them because I hate complaining and the service made up for it. Will definitely be back because that’s the first time out of numerous visits that I ever had a problem.
  9. PG

    PaulaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed everything about our dinner last night. We had a nice table, totally enjoyed our waiter. He was very personable and helpful. Everyone that was with us enjoyed our dinner. Appetizers were phenomenal. You made our 40th anniversary dinner a wonderful experience!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have dined here before and loved it so I took my husband for the first time for our anniversary. Our table was decorated with rose petals which was such a sweet touch. We waited over 20 minutes before we were asked if someone had taken our drink order, but thanks to Michael, who stopped over even though we were not in his rotation, we were in good hands. The rest of the night was flawless and we had a wonderful time. Thanks again, Michael!
  11. m

    maurab

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. We sat outside. Beautiful night. Everyone was wonderful. The Hostess, our waiter was the Best!! All the staff!! Our drinks were wonderful!! Brando’s are worth the price. The food is excellent!!
  12. LK

    LaurenK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great Italian food!
  13. S

    Shellyt

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything about Brandos is fantastic, except the noise level. And that's only a problem because my parents are Hearing Impaired so it makes hearing the wait staff very difficult.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner. Excellent
  15. AM

    AlexM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great vibe, nice large portions. Excellent!!!
  16. F

    Foodies6364

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, fantastic food and excellent service!! Had the Sunday Sauce and it never disappoints. Shared coconut cake special dessert and it was to die for!
  17. JH

    JohnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great from cocktails to food our waiter Vlad was very attentive and informative will definitely be returning in the future
  18. MC

    MCLite

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very loud. Hard to have discussion at table.
  19. EO

    EileenO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were excellent. I look forward to going back.
  20. K

    Kurt

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent selection, food, service, setting. Challenge is Asbury Park public street parking.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing from start to finish. Food, ambiance and service were all top notch. Pachieri Bolognese and Brando pork chop were outstanding. Can’t wait to go back.
  22. AC

    AnthonyC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Food was excellent as usual. Service was surprisingly poor, waited 20 mins after main course finished to be acknowledged by waiter and asked if I wanted dessert. Another 15 mins passed and I had to flag the waiter down to ask for the check. I have eaten here multiple times and service is usually very good to excellent. I hope this is an anomaly.
  23. TH

    TheresaH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Disappointed with my chicken franchise. I do not like it smothered in butter and lemon. My waiter assured me that it would be made to my liking. Unfortunately it arrived sitting in butter. When I said something about this, the waiter rolled his eyes and said that it was wine and butter.
  24. R

    Ricardo

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seating: Bar side: good for business &friends with tables and bar seating. Dining Room: Great for a date, Families siting at round tables.
  25. SF

    StephenF

    Caribbean

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Ambience service great. Food not so good by classic Italian restaurant standings.
  26. SB

    ShannonB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. The food was absolutely delicious.
  27. KJ

    KJM86

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious delicious delicious …!!! Guiseppe our waiter was just the absolute best!! Friendly, knowledgeable, warm, just a sweetheart, we love him!!! 12 stars
  28. DT

    DawnT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent service great food nice atmosphere a must go
  29. DF

    DanielleF

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    My only compliant it was freezing in the room near kitchen. The AC was blowing on my back. I couldn’t wait to leave. I was unable to enjoy my meal took it to go.
  30. D

    Dave9

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our fourth year coming here for our anniversary and it was delicious as usual!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Have been to many restaurants including 3 stars. Brandos is worthy of 1 for its cool mixed drinks, specialty food such as zuccini flowers for pallets of discerning taste. A Veal and pork dish that didn't make you feel like you were operating. We had a 4pm outdoor seating that ended up being inside due to the heat. They actually seated us at the owners High top for 2, which we are very grateful as it was our 39th anniversary. Thank you!!!
  32. GT

    GregoryT

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience at Brando’s. The house salads were fresh, the pasta faglioli soup, neopolitan pizza, and stuffed veal chop with figs were all delicious! Service also amazing!
  33. CG

    ChristinaG

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was really great. Made my birthday super special and Vlad was also a yummy dish. Exceptional service and good cuisine!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST veal chops
  35. D

    Dineallthetime

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just perfect—great food great service priced correctly for its quality.
  36. DL

    DanL

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good vibe, efficient service, excellent meal - Octopus , Pork Chop Brando, Pork chop parmigian, pistacchio ice cream. Decent choice of wines.
  37. j

    jvrusso

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual was a great meal all around. Service was excellent…
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We went for an anniversary and wanted to try something new, however left disappointed. I ordered the halibut off the servers recommendation and it was not good. If I ever went back I would probably stick to a pasta dish. Three way gnocchi was tasty. The service was very slow nor attentive. I can understand if every table was occupied but that wasn’t the case. Overall just not a good experience.
  39. JS

    JoeS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was just okay. The woman who seated us was nasty and abrupt. My shrimp was like rubber... for $35 it should have been exceptional!
  40. SL

    SusanL

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing!! Service took awhile but it was worth the wait. Best meal we’ve had in a long time!

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 4.7 stars by 2749 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 30 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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