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Brando's

4.7
1105 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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

























Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Steak
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Hours of operation
Monday: Open 4pm-10pm Memorial Day through Labor Day. Closed Mondays thereafter.
Tues-Thurs: 4pm-10pm
Fri-Sat: 4pm-11pm
Sunday: 3pm-9pm
CLOSED: July 4, Christmas Day and New Years Day
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Phone number
(732) 774-2222
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Timothy Spielman
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Private party facilities
Private dining room available upon request, subject to availability
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Private party contact
Susan: (732) 774-2222
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Catering
We offer upscale private parties
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cookman
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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
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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...
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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)
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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What 1105 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.8
service
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Normally live the place. The waiter tonight was awful. Slow in attentive. Over 2 hrs for a Tuesday night my kids were exhausted

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great atmosphere... classy yet casual with an old world style. The food was delicious, and the portions are very generous. Our server was incredibly nice and efficient.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

What a wonderful dining experience, the staff was friendly and courteous, the food was amazing, this is my new go-to Italian restaurant in Asbury Park. I highly recommend this establishment.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

While the food was excellent, we were also very impressed by the service. Our waiter was knowledgeable, gracious and well backed-up by support staff. The experience felt like fine dining.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service and food. Would go again and would recommend to a friend:)

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic food and service! Thank you!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely fabulous food and genuinely great service. Lovely cocktails and wine list. So many delicious menu items so hard to chooses. Will definitely be making Brando’s a staple in our repertoire. Recommended highly and exceeded our expectations.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Definitely a great dining experience. Looking forward to next time. Food is delicious.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The meal was delicious. Our server, Nicholas, did a great job of recommending appetizers, entrees and wine. The beef was excellent but pricey. Next time I will try the pasta dishes which are 30% of the price of the ribeye and fillet mignon entreeso. The zeppoli dessert brought back good memories of the Jersey Boardwalk. Pricey but a nice option for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Excellent meal and service! Veal chop Parmesan was a winner!!!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

One of our favorites in AP. Only drawback is since it is so popular , difficult to get a reservation on the weekend.
Service is always excellent

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

On the expensive side but one of the best Jersey Shore Italian restaurants

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The servers at Brando’s are simply amazing and just friendly. Bobby is always on point and willing to accommodate us anytime we are there. The food is always delicious especially their pork special!!!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We frequent Brando's often and always have had exceptional service. Teresa is the Best! She always recommends the best dinners ! And we happily oblige. Anytime we dine with friends we make reservations at Brando's . Happy Hour is not to miss! Any seafood dish is tasty and filling. And their chocolate mouse is delicious. It's family friendly too. We bring the kids on occasion and the staff is inviting to them as well. I love the dining room with all the chandeliers, it's warm - cozy and romantic. It's our go-to restaurant in Asbury Park !

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

First time at Brando's, great menu selection, loved the food! Prefer outside seating during the summer months. Interior and bar area very nice, just a little too dark in the main dining area. Happy Hour menu also had a variety of selections . Plan to return to Brandos and recommend to our friends.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Ok, so tonight I just finished my ribeye steak. Even 4 days later its still one of the best pieces of steak I have ever had. I am a real foodie, I cooked my way through college and have a passion for grilling, smoking, BBQ of all kinds and oh yes STEAK! Since I know how to source good meat myself and have a great grill (charcoal of course) I am VERY CRITICAL of a restaurants steak. I have visited Brandos on a number of occasions but for whatever reason I didn't order the steak. That's my bad. So on a date night I decided I would go for the cowboy! Suffice it to say it was absolutely one of the best, not only in the general area (Think CHAR or COPPER CANYON) but it was one of the best I have had anywhere. I even had char grilled ribeye in Florence, Italy that I was sure was the best I have had all over the world but I kid you not this was so close it was scary.
So do you really care that the white asparagus was great or that our tartufo was delish? Nah!!
If you are into steak, I mean really into it and are willing to pony up the $85 you will get a phenomenal meal. Now you may ask who would pay $85 for a steak? The reason I did was the steak was not ON the menu and the waiter DID NOT discuss price. Hmmm, the question is would I have ordered it if I knew how much it was going to be? Being 100% honest, probably not. So in some way I am glad I didn't know because I would've missed out on one of the best steaks ever. Now you may ask, knowing the price would I order it again? YESSSS!!
Worth every penny!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We have enjoyed Brandos every time we have dined there. The food quality is top draw, the staff friendly and do everything they can to make the experience wonderful. From Business dinners to celebrations we have not been disappointed. Great place.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Spectacular menu, Gorgeous food, super attentive wait staff, ideal ambience. Don't miss this ideal dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Brandos is always a wonderful experience. From the food to the service it’s top notch and a must visit.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Anniversary dinner it was amazing! Anniversary confetti sprinkled on the table was such a great touch thank you for a Delicious dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Was here once before for a work gathering and was very happy to still see octopus on the menu as a special, that octopus is ridiculously good. All the food and drink were excellent and for the prices id expect nothing less. A little loud for intimate dining but great feel to the place and great food and great service.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Fan freakin tastic. Just one of the best meals i have ever had.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent food
Great waitress - Teresa
Rude hostess - I respect reservations and timeline of seatings but the hostess was rude, condescending and demeaning because I was 20 minutes late - even AFTER I called and someone else kindly said “no problem - see you when you get here”

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Can't believe it was rated #1 in a recent article about Asbury Park restaurants. We'll never go again. Although my scallops were great, risotto was gummy. Calamari & shrimp were both overcooked. For the prices, I'd only recommend for a business purpose.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Excellent
Always a memorable meal
Best place for steak and more

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

This is the second time I have been here and the food is phenomenal!
Highly recommended.
I had the veal Milanese and it was just as delicious as it was huge!.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

This was my first time at this restaurant but I had heard good things from others. Well, it did not disappoint. The food was excellent, the service was top notch and the drinks were just as good. I highly recommend this spot to all.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Everything we had was amazing! I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the menu.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Food and service are consistently very good. This was our fourth time at Brando’s. My only suggestion would be to include a vegetable or side of pasta with the veal chop dishes. I ordered veal parmigiana which was excellent. The piece of meat was huge. However, when one is paying $45 for an entree, one expects some sort of side to be served.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Dillion was an excellent server! Food was great! Beyond expectations!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a 5:30 reservation, i ordered the special and they were out of it already. At 5:30? I thought why even bother to have it as a special, i can see if it was later in the evening. Also, we ordered and received our appetizers, were just about finished with them when our waiter told us they were out of my meal. At that point i didn't want to hold up everyone else's dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

As always a most delicious meal. I went there for Mother's Day with my daughter, and I had the Chicken Capriccio, and my daughter had the gnocchi. Both excellent meals. I have been there a good amount of times and never am disappointed. They serve you bread with fresh olive oil with garlic, along with some some olive paste, and a ricotta cheese mixture to top the bread. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Waiter recommended the pistachio ice cream cake for desert, and it was the best recommendation I had ever received. So delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Since our 2 children have grown and moved out of state I’ve been taking my wife out the Saturday before Mother’s Day to celebrate I had another restaurant in mind but my daughter’s friend recommended Brando’s, said it was her favorite. It’s now one of mine.
I can not say anything negative about this place.
I have had meals at some of the best restaurants across America. I have eaten at restaurants owned by almost all of the chefs on the Food Network, Brando’s is right up there with them.
Everything and I mean everything was EXCELLENT, looking forward to going back.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Have been to Brando's many times and rarely disappointed. Had the Veal Chop Fouco and it was out of this world. Cooked perfect, w/ tasty long hot peppers. Wife loves the scallops. Daughter likes the gnocchi made 3-ways. Service has been great and our regular waiter remembered the wine I like. Super Tuscan. Always a good meal and a good time at Brando's and never rushed.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

First time we ve been there in a couple of years, made reservations and noted as an anniversary dinner. When we arrived we were seated at a quiet table decorated with rose petals. Our server, Theresa, was outstanding++. She gave recommendations on dishes, great service, and friendly conversation. Additionally, she worked with the chef to accomodate my wifes gluten allergy. The appetizers were excellent, and entrees very good. All in all, while a little pricey, a very nice dinner

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Our Waiter was great, enjoyed the whole evening. This was my second time. The only problem is your parking. Next visit will take pictures.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We were seated in the dining room at a table meant for four, across from each other. It was in a dark corner, and situated next to a large family party. We asked to move to the table by a window, with seats next to one another so we could talk, and not shout. Two months ago we ate in the more intimate bar area with less noise, it turned out to be more comfortable for the two of us.

This was my husband's birthday which was acknowledged by the confetti on the table. However, when the waiter asked if we wanted dessert, my husband commented, "no", "he had a cake waiting for him at home". Still, I figured the surprise little cannoli would soon arrive.

After the woman at the next table was presented with a birthday cannoli and candle, I assumed he would get the special treatment too. I was wrong. I should not have assumed all guests are treated equally. When we departed the restaurant, I must admit, I felt a little sad because my husband wasn't given the same courtesy on his birthday.

As for the food, my pasta dish was served at the right temperature but the flavor profile very bland with common ingredients; my husband enjoyed the chicken francaise with arancini side very much. The portions are generous, the bread and dip starter thoughtful, beverages good.

We will return to this restaurant for a mid-week, non-celebratory meal. We were impressed with the Hostess who stopped by our table to greet us, that our request to move to another table was granted without hesitation, the lovely restaurant decor and the good food. Please note there is also convenient free valet parking, although it would be nice if this area was cleaned-up.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Dinner for 2 on a Saturday 5 pm reservation. Very good menu. Too many choices and a lot of specials in a good way! I had heard to avoid the seafood but the shrimp/scallop appetizer sounded really good. The shrimp was small and sauce very watery. And it was $25! So I would say to avoid seafood dishes. Main meal was very good. Excellent wine list! Server pleasant but did get the feeling after dessert they were looking for the table so we left and finished up with drinks at another bar. Great atmosphere and decore. Friendly people and a very welcoming vibe. Kinda on the expensive side though. I would recommend it but I’m not dying to go back just yet.

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