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About Brando's

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

























164 Main Street
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Monday: Closed
Tues-Thurs: 4pm-10pm
Fri-Sat: 4pm-11pm
Sunday: 3pm-9pm

Cross Street:
Cookman

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 774-2222

Website:
http://www.brandosnj.com/

Entertainment:
Tuesday: 20 select wines for $20/bottle
Wednesday: Burger Night!
Thursday: 1/2 price select bottle of wine w/ purchase of dry aged steak
Tues-Thurs 4pm-5:30pm: $35 3 course pre-fix
Sunday:Grandma's Traditional Sunday Gravy $31/person
Tues-Fri 4pm-6:30pm: Happy Hour (available at BAR and PATIO ONLY)

Catering:
We offer upscale private parties

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking on Friday and Saturday
Metered street parking and metered lots at train station and on Lake Ave
*Helpful hint: parking lot 1 block south on southbound side of Main Street -Bank is closed during dinner hours and spots are usually available

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...

Executive Chef:
Timothy Spielman

Private Party Facilities:
Private dining room available upon request, subject to availability

Private Party Contact:
Susan: (732) 774-2222

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

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Tue - Fri 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Brando's Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (51)
Good for a Date (39)
Romantic (38)
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Good for Anniversaries (37)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Authentic (23)
Bar Seating (21)
Good for Groups (21)
Cozy (21)
Notable Wine List (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Fun (17)
Hot Spot (15)
Business Meals (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Casual (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Seasonal (11)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Tasting Menu (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We were very pleased on our first visit to Brando's. Food, service, ambiance were spot-on. Definitely would recommend it and look forward to returning soon.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 6 days ago

This is what eating out is supposed be like.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We drove an hour for this delicious meal!! We are big fans of this restaurant!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Birthday dinner was so good! Wonderful food and excellent service - valet parking helps in this weather. A very warm and memorable dining experience. My date had the steak and said it lives up to the hype. Definitely recommend. It’s a splurge for us but well worth it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

An absolutely outstanding place. The food and service are beyond reproach.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Dinner was excellent. We’ve been to Brando’s many times and always enjoy the experience. The food was excellent. Our waiter Bobby went above and beyond to make our special occasion memorable. It’s our favorite restaurant in Asbury Park.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Outstanding service, fabulous food! A definite place to enjoy a good evening out.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I have enjoyed dining at Brando’s numerous times. However, this was the first time that I thought to scrutinize the bill. To my surprise, my wife’s usual eggplant parmigiana, was charged as “chicken parmigiana. I was told that this is how it has always been done. I understand that this is not a standard menu item but, in my experience, that doesn’t justify charging for eggplant as you would chicken. The dollar difference when compared to Michael’s of Brooklyn (I dine there at least every other month- just ask Enzo or John), Chef Vola in AC or any other fine Italian restaurant. It’s the principle and charge for the “accommodation” not the $4 or $5 that I find disturbing. Guaranteed this would not be the policy at Michael’s.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Have been here numerous times, and food and service always excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

First time here. Great room. Great service. And great food! We’ll be back!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

First time at Brandos and my husband and I will definitely come back. Food was delicious, from the appetizers to dessert.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was by far the best restaurant my wife and I have been to in years . We’ve been to japan Italy Mexico Canada and the Caribbean. And this was our favorite. We wouldn’t change a thing about brando’s We couldn’t have asked for a better place to end and start the new year thank you very much . We’re looking forward to going back

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always an excellent meals

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We love going to Brando’s. Food is delicious, well prepared & presented. We missed the short rib ravioli, as it was a Thursday, but our choices did not disappoint. We will be back and recommend to others.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Celebrated a friends birthday. Disappointed our first wine choices weren’t available. Food and service were very good. Desert and coffee finished off a very good experience. Need to go for happy hour and check out the bar scene.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

As always it starts at the front door. Reservations for 8PM on Christmas Eve. Sat on time in the area requested. Hostess is a delight, friendly, courteous, frequents the dining rooms visiting each table. She looked marvelous in her holiday dress! Drinks ordered and served quickly, bread arrived quickly. Appetizers and dinner ordered. All meals were quite good, service was quite good. For a Christmas Eve and a very busy room all went well. If you like spicy the Brando Pork chop was quite good. All in all another wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at Brando's with my family!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants! Great menu , professional and experienced staff, excellent food and drink, great atmosphere, and really
Good food

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD AND THEIR WAS PLENTY OF IT. I BROUGHT MY VEAL PARM HOME AND MADE 2 MORE MEALS OUT OF IT. THE AMBIANCE WAS GOOD ALSO. THE SERVER WAS GOOD ALSO BUT HE COULD HAVE TALKED ALITTLE LOUDER, I HAD TROUBLE HEARING EVERYTHING HE SAID. I WOULD DEFINATELY COME BACK HERE AGAIN. IT'S A LITTLE PRICEY BUT IT'S WORTH IT.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Mixed review. The service was excellent and our waiter, Ben was on top of things with a very professional demeanor.
The apps of calimari, artichokes and beggars purses were ok, not memorable. Entrees were decent with the exemption of my chicken scarpariello. Other reviews have mentioned how uncomfortably hot this dish was. It had too much heat with jalapeño peppers or something similar. The chicken was three tiny pieces. One leg, thigh and wing. No breast. Potatoes were almost non existent. I’ve had this dish at their other restaurant in Marlboro and there was no similarity. Marlboro was superb. This was horrible.
Deserts were great. We will try again in the future and try some different dishes. Its a nice atmosphere with good people.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Overall, excellent food and ambiance, however our waiter was arrogant and lacked basic social skills.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Lovely place, soft lighting, great food and drinks, a bit pricey but worth it. Always an exceptional meal, never a disappointment ; good happy hour a tad noisy when we were there but it WAS a Saturday nite..

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Dinner was delicious. Theresa is an excellent waitress! Thank you

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

When you're in the mood for a very special meal, consider Brando's. This was my second time there, and once again, it exceeded my expectations. The food is cooked and prepared to perfection, the wine chilled perfectly and the service exceptional. This time I sat in the bar dining room which was a bit noisy, but for a quieter ambiance, ask to sit dine in the other room. I'm looking forward to my next visit!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We came here during the summer with another couple and had a wonderful meal. Always wanted to come back but schedules wouldn't allow until now. We braved the snow and thoroughly enjoyed our dinners. Whether it's dinner with friends, or a family meal on Sunday, Brando's never disappoints.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Brando's has not disappointed us yet!!!! Each dining experience has been wonderful. Food is excellent, with lots of options to choose from. Service is always top notch. Just a wee bit noisy.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our dinner was amazing. Beautifully decorated for Christmas. Very cozy. We will definitely be back !!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Theresa was outstanding!!!!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Love this restaurant. Really good food and very consistent

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food, beautiful ambiance, impeccable service!

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The atmosphere was lovely. Food was tasty. My only complaint is I felt the server kept over pouring the wine to quickly finish the bottle for another sale.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Brando’s is a true dining experience! Very pleasant atmosphere, the staff is very accommodating and appreciative for your business. Most importantly, the food is excellent! From the appetizers all the way to desserts, everything was prepared very nicely!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Casual
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Although AP has many culinary offerings, we find ourselves going to Brando's again and again for two reasons: the spectacular food and outstanding service. The wait staff is impeccable - this evening we had Theresa who knows how to make her customers feel special. She recalled us from other times we've dined with her, remembered our favorite wine and appetizer, and helped us pick out some extraordinary specials, making recommendations that were spot on, and later helped us pick out a delicious dessert. She was attentive but not obtrusive. The cuisine never disappoints. The angilotti appetizer is tender with a sauce that is the right blend of creaminess with a hint of sweetness. Veal chop with bolognaise sauce was decadent and generous enough for two meals. And the monkfish wrapped with prosciutto was one of the best meals my friend has ever had. The ambiance and atmosphere melds well with the cuisine - you almost feel like you're dining in Italy. If you have never tried this restaurant, don't hesitate - you will not be disappointed!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I have been to Brando's many times and always enjoy it. My family loves the fish and the scallops are (almost) always delicious (more later). I love the steaks as well as veal chop. Salads are good and a nice wine list. The Super Tuscan's although pricey are great. We did go one night a month or so ago and everyone who had the scallops said they were not good. It was very unusual and I believe a quality issue that night only. They were excellent when we went again and my wife gave it another try. So we will be back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I noted on open table that it was a big birthday and an anniversary. When I arrived the table was set with Birthday and Anniversary decorations. It was perfect.
The owner came over to send best wishes and to make sure all was ok.
"I shall return"!

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

First time. Recommended by a friend. Quite pleased with service, setting, and selections.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was our first time there. We were celebrating my husband's BD. Food was very good, but my chop & my son's veal was a little too spicy. The rest of the meals & apps were perfect. Our waiter was great, very attentive. I would definite go back & recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went there on a Saturday with 6 people. The meals were excellent. Service was perfect. Atmosphere ideal. Highly recommend. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Awesome restaurant. Fantastic food!!! Love it here. We sat at the last table near the bar and bathroom/back door so the light was bright and the traffic was a bit more than another table. Overall will always go back!!!!

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our meals were average at best. The chicken scarpiello was most wings and bone. The larger pieces of meat were over done. The garlic Shrimp was flavorful but the shrimp was way overcooked. Its wasn't like the place was packed as we had a 6pm reservation and only a few tables were seated at that time. After many good meals we were completely disappointed.

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