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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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (52)
Good for a Date (39)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
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Good for Birthdays (36)
Romantic (36)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Good for Groups (29)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Bar Seating (27)
Worth the Drive (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Authentic (26)
Cozy (22)
Business Meals (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Hot Spot (17)
Fun (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Happy Hour (14)
Casual (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Seasonal (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Spicy (3)
Tapas (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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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·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fantastic all around.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food. Top notch service. Always a pleasure. The best lobster Mac and cheese in the tri-state area. Steaks cooked to perfection.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Could only eat half of a burnt pizza...the server, later, gave one of us a complimentary slice of pumpkin pie but the pizza should have been taken off the bill or he should have given us the option to bring us another one. .....disappointed to say the least.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Dinning Room is darkly Lite, could not read the menu

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The service was great our server ABRAHAM was polite and knowledgeable about the menu. The atmosphere cozy and kid friendly. I will definitely be a repeat patron.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Live Music, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food and great service. Love the menu and the specials were awesome. One of Asbury's better spots.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is the third time that we’ve been to Brando’s and once again it did not disappoint! The food was amazing and the service, as always, was beyond great. Couldn’t have asked for a better evening and meal!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our meal was great. From the shrimp and scallop appetizer to the pork chop over garlic potatoes to the brownie dessert with ice cream- excellent! A lovely touch was the happy birthday glitter on the table to the candle on the brownie for my husband. Thank you! Service was also excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

As always, Brando’s did not disappoint. Outstanding service and food, not to mention a cozy spot to sit with our party of five.

A favorite for a special meal, tasty drink and a delicious night out.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Fabulous food and service, was seated by a back door so a bit chilly

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

First class service! Incredible food. New favorite in New Jersey.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Spicy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food, environment and service was outstanding! Delicious italian food!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Delicious meal, wonderful presentation, attentive service. Highly recommend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Brando’s is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is incredible (you have to try the meatballs appetizer), drinks are well crafted and service is on par. A bit on the pricey side but completely worth it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great place. Great food. We love taking the train from Manasquan to make it feel even more special.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

my one comment is that we were given an undesirable table next to the kitchen, when there were other tables available.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Good for a Date, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food is what I call Old School Italian. Our menu choices were so fresh and delicious!! Yummy Blood Orange Martinis, too!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Not quite what I expected but okay..

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very happy with the food, service and ambiance. Everyone in our party enjoyed their appetizers, salad, and main course. The portions were large. Our server was attentive. We will definitely return. You need to budget about $125.00 to 150.00 for two.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing Italian, fantastic service. This place just keeps on getting better and better!

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved it! Can't wait to go back. Service was great, food authentic and fantastic.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is exceptional and the wait staff are very attentive and professional. I love the atmosphere as well! (PS my husband completely agrees with me on everything :-)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

One of the best restaurants we've Been to in a long time . Impeccable service, every meal was perfect and delicious. Great atmosphere, friendly staff. A+ all the way, would recommend to all my friends and family

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have been to Brandos numerous times and its always a hit with whomever we bring along. My husbands favorite dish is the Pork Chop milanese with the bolognese sauce. I have tried numerous dishes and they have all been delicious. The beet salad with the whipped ricotta is a must and this time I had the stuffed veal chop which was stuffed with fresh figs and cheese and paired with a wine sauce, superb. The portions are large and can be shared, or enjoy a great lunch the next day.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our first visit to Brando's and it knocked our socks off. From the attention given all customers through all servings having the plate at the right temp. Ample amounts. This is a classy place to bring someone to impress. Wine varieties are ample with pricing per glass or bottle a bit high.
Overall, not a dinner breaker...... One of the top 5 down the shore ! Too bad it's not a BYOB !

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent service and the food was phenomenal. The bone-in filet was the best I’ve ever had.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The atmosphere was very nice, had authentic Italian feel. Staff was accommodating, we made a reservation and were seated right away. I ordered the gnocchi and it was very good. My husband ordered one of the specials, a top sirloin, which ended up being $85 to our surprise. My husband liked the steak, but thought it wasn't good enough for the price. Also, they brought him the wrong side dish, and only brought the correct one out when we were already done eating. overall, decent food, but not worth the price.

Tags: Cozy
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