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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
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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)
We offer upscale private parties
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
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...
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining room available upon request, subject to availability
Private Party Contact:
Susan: (732) 774-2222
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
Brando's Ratings and Reviews
Since the moment we walked into Brando’s we were greeted with a warm welcome by the hostess. We mentioned we had a reservation and they immediately seated us. The helpers immediately poured us water and brought us bread. The waiter then introduced himself and mentioned all the specials and took out drink orders. My wife had the Chicken Francaise that had such a wonderful taste especially with an amazing risotto ball to pair with it. I had the Seafood Fra Diavolo that had an amazing taste and the seafood that it contained was absolutely amazing. The whole dish had a great flavor to it that even though I got full I still wanted more. After our entrees we decided to look at the dessert menu and the Italian Cheesecake for two is what caught our eyes. It’s not your usual cheesecake that’s typically made with cream cheese this one had a ricotta filling that was too die for. Overall I would recommend Brando’s to anyone that wants a special place for that special occasion. My wife and I will definitely be coming back. Keep up the great work!
Walking into Brando's was very much entering a different world from that of Main Street, Asbury Park. Brando's has the look and feel of a New York Italian steakhouse. Warm and inviting. Appetizers through dessert the food was prepared with skill and professional presentation. The entire experience made a return visit a priority.
Took my husband here for his birthday. I’d indicated it was a special occasion/birthday when I reserved. We were seated on time. Enjoyed a fabulous cocktail each. Our appetizers were specials, grilled octopus and lobster salad with bursts. Amazing! My husband had the veal chop Milanese which he loved. I had the pappardelle Toscana, with shrimp and scallops which were super spicy. We shared the pistachio ice cream cream cake and zabaglione desserts. Both special. Love the service and the atmosphere too.
We were greeting immediately and seated without having to wait for our whole party which was a plus. Our waiter started off good but as the night when on he kind of forgot about us. He would come by the table and take away an empty drink glass and never ask if we would like another drink. The food was mediocre at best. We had an order of the baked clams casino which were so tiny they barely fit on half the plate. They tasted ok but weren’t hot.
For the entree, I ordered the veal chop parmigiana which was tasty but also not hot just warm. My sister ordered the Sunday gravy over pasta but the pasta was undercooked by at least 3 minuets to even be called al dente. My husband ordered a pasta dish with fresh seafood that was so loaded with garlic that he couldn’t even finish it.
For the price I think we should have walked away more satisfied. Overall it was just OK.
My new favorite restaurant! Amazing appetizers and main course menu. The food is prepared perfectly. We ordered the grilled octopus in a red wine reduction sauce that was out of this world. The meats are amazing. I had the 35 day dry aged Porterhouse; it was phenomenal! The service was amazing. We had a party of 5 and every single person was thrilled with their meal, even the 7 year old! If you are looking for upscale Italian cuisine that is, in my opinion, very reasonably priced, then this is it.
The experience was an unexpected surprise. Made last minute reservations and we got in for 4:30pm on a Saturday. It was quiet and we really got quality treatment from our waiter Mike. The food was absolutely delicious and the portions were perfect. We were served Very quickly which was our only disappointment... the food was so excellent we wanted to savor it a bit longer!! From our cocktails to our dessert we thoroughly enjoyed our date night!!
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.
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.
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
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