HelpiOS AppAndroid AppWindows Phone AppWindows 8 App

Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 27 times today
Special offers available. See details

Brando's

4.7
1002 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian, Steak
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Monday: Closed
Tues-Thurs: 4pm-10pm
Fri-Sat: 4pm-11pm
Sunday: 3pm-9pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(732) 774-2222
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Timothy Spielman
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private party facilities
Private dining room available upon request, subject to availability
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
Susan: (732) 774-2222
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
We offer upscale private parties
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Cookman
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
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...
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
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

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

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

What 1002 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 11 hours ago

Delicious food, wonderful service!!

Report
Helpful
vipclinediner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Brandos is always top notch food. Great for a date night or a group birthday celebration. The food is phenomenal the service is upscale but very helpful and they have great wine and cocktails.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

i had checked there menu on the Website. Tuesday was suppossed to have a $20 wines. I was told by the waiter that the Website is an error. A holdover from previous owner. This is quite deceptive and the new owner needs to bring it down. The food however was wonderful

Report
Helpful
JimM 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and great overall dining experience.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Brando's is by far my favorite restaurant. It may be a bit pricey but it is worth every penny! You won't find better food anywhere. Exceptional service and the best atmosphere!

Report
Helpful
vipNYCfoodreview (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Overall this was very good. We were out with a couple and had an enjoyable time. Food was good, except for one issue, and we also had drinks from the bar which were good. My wife’s dish did not come out good at all. She had he pasta al for no in the foil wrapper and it came out completely mushy. We did notify the waiter and he was polite and asked if he could bring anything else but I much time had passed so my wife just let it go. We were a bit surprised that we were charged for the dish as well (after speaking to what seemed to be the manager who was going from table to table to check in). We also had a really good dessert which we shared. We would come back even after what we felt was a missed opportunity on the service side. Overall this seems like a solid place that we would certainly become regulars at.

Report
Helpful
vipLuccabrazzie1 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We were celebrating my wife’s birthday. They did a great job in preparing our table for this celebration! Our Server, Dylan, did a great job. Best of all is he had a excellent sense of humor. The evening was first class from start to finish. I enjoyed the Berkshire Pork Chop. My wife loved the Halibit. Our guest a pasta dish and a chicken dish and both were very good. Desserts were first rate. My last comment is that the pork chop was cooked perfectly. One of the best chops I ever consumed. This is a fun and romatic restaurant. Nice combination.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
KeithR (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
Boomer (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
Cory (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

Report
Helpful
Herbie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
VincentV (New York Area)
5.0  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.

Report
Helpful
vipTimoReview555 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Awesome...great place! Chicken Parm not on the menu but you can ask...Excellent!

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Rigatoni Bolognese was outstanding

Report
Helpful
WilliamG 
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I have mixed feelings about Brando's. We waited 22 minutes before a water came to our table. When he came he apologized for the wait. They really aren't that busy either. My wife and I ate the dinner, which was delicious by the way, and each had a glass of wine. We paid the bill and as we were leaving the manager apologized for our wait again. I got a phone call the next day from the manager we saw at dinner. She left me a message apologizing again for the long wait we had and wanted my address to send us a voucher for a free drink. She stated that she and our waiter were talking about buying our drinks while we were eating but we had already paid the bill. This is where I have a problem. I didn't yell at them, give them a hard time about the wait, or any thing else. We were there for about 2 hours in all. I think if she wanted to buy us a drink she should have done it while we were there, and not call me the next day. I just feel this was too little too late. I just want to reiterate we did enjoy the food. After all it's hard not to enjoy an $85.00 steak.

Report
Helpful
Megan (New York Area)
5.0  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.

Report
Helpful
Great (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!!

Report
Helpful
Michele (New York Area)
5.0  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!

Report
Helpful
EvaB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 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 .

Report
Helpful
vipPaulaF (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 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.

Report
Helpful
vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

Report
Helpful
JenniferM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
TomT (New York Area)
3.0  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.

Report
Helpful
downtheshore (New York Area)
3.0  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.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
34