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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (47)
Good for a Date (42)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
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Worth the Drive (36)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Romantic (33)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Bar Seating (29)
Good for Groups (29)
Authentic (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Business Meals (21)
Cozy (21)
Casual (19)
Hot Spot (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Fun (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Seasonal (7)
People Watching (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tapas (4)
Great Beer (3)
Spicy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious meal, wonderful presentation, attentive service. Highly recommend

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

We've been coming to Brandos often on the weekends when we are down the Shore. It was recommended by a very picky friend. I love the upbeat vibe and the food is different. I love Michael the waiter however the last 2 times I asked for him I received someone else. This weekend I was very disappointed. I wasn't able to get Michael again BC he had a larger table and although they gave us of nice waiter who we had before, service was off. I dont blame him I blame mgmt. He obviously was in the other room and so was over inundated so service was really slow and spotty. They should have mentioned that and we would have just gone with someone in the room we were in. I had to wait 10 minutes before he came back when I asked the bus boy to add a salad. The food also was disappointing. I would think with the change in season there would be more seasonal dishes. They had only 2 with one being venison. Sorry I font eat Bambi. I also asked I I could get the dis made with a different meat and they said they only had enough of the sides for the special. It seems the pork chop parmiagiano is always a special so to me that's not. We had the wedge salad and although large enough to split, the blue cheese dressing had no bite, Marie's is better put of the jar and they were miniscule crumbles of bacon. I real wedge has hot chunks of bacon slab. My fish dish of lentils and supposedly sea bass was thin and really greasy. At $36 it should be more then 2 thin slices of fish with the skin on them and a few tablespoons of lentils. should be light and airy. Paying $9 for a bowl of broccoli rabe was also a shocker when we got the bill. Also the stuffed veal chop, although huge claims ita in a cognac brandy sauce. Cognac brandy is typically a creamy brown sauce. This was like a balsamic red wine sauce and the supposed fig stuffing was missing.I counted 2 thin slivers. Overall I love Brandos but it was not on the mark this weekend.

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

Absolutely loved everything about this restaurant - the service was great from the moment we walked in the door through us paying for our meal and departing. The outdoor seating was a huge plus and the food exceeded our expectations. Would definitely recommend this place, especially for date nights or special occasions.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Outstanding food, ambience.
From appetizers to deserts, a very special Italian experience

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Attention to detail !!!! Celebrating a birthday and the service staff acknowledged immediately!! Great touch!! Attentive without overbearing, food was on point.. well done !!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Our experience for our anniversary was excellent. Our meals were spot on as the server descrived. And our service was excellent. Highly recommend Brando's if you're a foodie.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Just Love this place, this is a favorite. You will need reservations, so plan ahead. It will be well worth it. Great Food, Wine, and Service. Enjoy

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food & service is always excellent! The only thing I do not like about going here is that I don't like any of their cocktails, which makes me not want to go. The drinks just aren't good. Especially, if you just left the WaterMark on the boardwalk with top notch drinks.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service Just too noisy. Can't hear yourself think

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Went for a birthday dinner, everything was so beautiful. We will definitely be back for more dinners there. My first experience was perfect.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Never fails to impress ! Our waitress was Awesome ! It was our 32nd Wedding Anniversary and my wife and I had a awesome meal, her recommendations were spot on and what a night !

From soup to nuts, this is where to go for a great night out, food to die for, and an all around great dinning experience !

The specials are always SPECIAL and you can't miss with any selection !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great service, food, and wine! Highly recommend Brando's for a great night out. We celebrated my in-laws anniversary. They decorated the table with rose petals and gave us complimentary cannolis!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fun
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great place on Main St in Asbury Park NJ.

Good food, friendly atmosphere, nice efficient Waite staff

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was fabulous! The steaks are off the charts. A little pricy, but worth it!
Wait Staff was friendly and helpful. Would definitely go back and recommend to friends!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing food and ambiance. I would highly recommend. My friends and I all loved it!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Took the family here on the last night of our vacation. Had a fantastic meal from start to finish. The meatballs were to die for as was the veal parmesan. And don’t even get me going about the NY cheesecake for two. Delicious!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Went to Brando's with another couple celebrating a birthday. Our meal was beautifully presented, and everyone loved what they had. The Chicken Francaise, the Bolognese, and the homemade Gnocci were amazing! Our server, Dillon, was professional, personable and enjoyable! Very knowledgeable about the menu!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

What a find. Great room good location. Service top notch. Menu had so many choices i can't wait to go back. The food was delicious. Good cocktail and wine list. Yeah, Asbury Park.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent food, service and atmosphere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Brando's is consistent. Nothing special. Just get a decent meal.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Waitress pushed overpriced menu items without saying prices.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was Great , Friendly staff will be going back

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

The atmosphere of Brando's is very warm and inviting. The food is delish. Our server was very kind and outstanding with the service. I would definitely recommend this place!

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Wow. We come to Brando’s for our special occasions and in this instance it was to celebrate his birthday. The experience was phenomenal and the table was decorated wonderfully. He really felt special and I was super pleased. We walked in and attention was paid to him which only made the day and his experience more special. I really can’t say enough the food is always top notch and I have only the best things to say about their staff. We sat in the main dining room on this occasion which was lovely as there were others there at the surrounding tables. For my birthday we sat in the room with the bar which was equally as nice because were were the only ones there. Ultimately, Brando’s is a favorite of ours in Asbury Park. Countless birthdays and Christmases have been spent there.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

First time there and we were happy with our dinning experience. We started with the meatball appetizer, 2 HUGE soft ball size meatballs and a mixed salad. Enough for a meal. My boyfriend had the polenta and mushrooms, again enough for a meal. Entree's were again HUGE. I had the chicken savoy. The sauce was a syrupy thick mess instead of what I've had in the past. The other entree was chicken franchise, delicious but again HUGE portions. I'd much rather see lower prices with smaller portions. No wonder we Americans have weight problems.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great and well prepared meal, paired with s great Chianti Reserve. It was simply marvelous , darling.

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