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

Brando's Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (55)
Good for a Date (43)
Romantic (40)
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Good for Anniversaries (40)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Authentic (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Good for Groups (20)
Cozy (19)
Business Meals (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Fun (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Casual (11)
Seasonal (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Always an outstanding experience. Food is superb, service is flawless, and the atmosphere is warm, welcoming, and relaxing. Truly a classy establishment.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great happy hour, dinner menu even better! Terrific service, as always.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

As Shore residents always searching for upscale dining, we truly enjoyed our experience at Brando's. We would recommend it to others and look forward to getting a spot at the bar for an evening meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

One of the best Italian restaurants around. A little on the pricer side, but worth every penny.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

We went for Valentine's Day when you typically can not adjust from the menu. We were able to substitute veal instead of chicken without any problem.
Abraham was a terrific waiter. Can't wait to go back

Tags: Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We Love Brando's, the Food is out of this World Delicious, the Prices are reasonable, the service is always Wonderful, it just keeps getting better each and every time we visit the Restaurant.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Rigatoni Bolognese was outstanding

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Delicious from start to finish ! Thoroughly enjoyed grilled octopus appetizer . Husband had pork chop and said it was the best he ever had. I had the seafood stew , plentiful and tasty. Can’t wait for return visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great experience all around. Highly recommend, Veal chop was on point.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great experience!! This is the 2nd time i have been here for a special occasion and by far i am impressed. We ordered the sunday pasta special, the white truffle brick oven pizza and the veal. All great!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food here is delicious!! The only thing that stinks is parking although on Saturday nights there is valet parking. Great place!

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The waiter was very pleasant and helpful when my date couldn’t figure out what to get for dinner. The meal came quickly and was delicious. The noise level was a little high .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We love Brando’s for atmosphere and ambience. Beet salad and Ceasar salad were delicious. Broccoli rabe and sausage pasta was incredible! gnocchi three ways, flavorless, gloppy and boring.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food and atmosphere was incredible! We got the porterhouse for two and it was fantastic! Highly highly recommend!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Staff & Service are outstanding!! Truly the best night out for dinner & Cocktails.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Our first time here. Very nice place, service was excellent. Not impressed with food, my pasta very salty and sausage pocket appetizer was over done and boring.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Michael, our server, is wonderful! Food and drinks are always fabulous! Highly recommend

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

As always a wonderful experience. Truly one of my favorite restaurants!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Entirely excellent experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Organic, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

It’s my only place like I like to eat best food around

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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 12, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 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 6, 2018

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

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vip
·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 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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vip
 (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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 (Atlantic City)·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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vip
 (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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