Buona Sera

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$30 and under
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Italian
Buona Sera is a cozy neighborhood restaurant and wine bar featuring the wonderful and authentic Italian recipes of renowned chef, Raffaele Virgillo. When you walk in the door you're treated like family. Enjoy good food, good wine, good company and of course, a Good Night.
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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! Its a perfect place to celebrate us! The staff is fabulous and I could go on and on about the fabulous food!

MJ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Made a reservation through open table and were not seated until an hour later.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Dirty silverware. I was served bottledbeer that expired eight months ago my wife was served a beer that expired six months ago.

T
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Generally very good. The wait staff was a bit rushed....perhaps a bit of a slower less rushed pace would have made for a more relaxed meal but overall quite good.

BC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our Anniversary as we have many times here. Great place for special occasions.

TG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Reservation for 7:15. Didn’t get our food until 8:30. Sorry, only one baked potato left. “Fries Ok?” With pork Marsala?
Waiter was obsequious. Dial it down dude!
That’s when he actually stopped at the table.
Food was great as always. Service has always been 5 star. Bad night? I’ll be back for the food and ambience. If the service is the same next time, I’m calling the owner.

p
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Love Buona Sera -- excellent food. The service was slow but I think it's because the place has become so popular on weekends that they can't keep up with all the people/orders. This time I felt the pressure to leave so that our table could be merged with another to seat a larger group. I guess that's what happens when a small restaurant becomes so popular. Wine by the class is very limited -- for example, on liine a couple of Chianti options were listed and I planned on ordering the Chianti Classico but on the menu - i the only options are generic Chianti, Chardonnay, Cabernet, etc. -- all for $10 per glass. The Chianti wasn't good and the waitress couldn't tell me what it was other than the brand (which she had to go ask the bartender). Not really a wine bar.

PH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual, best steaks in town, on top off their Italian menu

PS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buona Sera looks like a large stucco house in a well-kept neighborhood on the corner of Douglas Drive and West River Road in Champlin, but it’s anything but average or ordinary!

Buona Sera serves authentic Italian food, created and often personally prepared by the owner/chef, Raffaele Virgillo, a first-generation Italian. The authentic savory flavors are a combination of obviously genuine, fresh food—not pre-prepared elsewhere. The menu is simple and yet extensive—serving veal, pork, and pollo, with a variety of the most flavorful sauces I’ve ever eaten. From the Grill, perfectly aged New York strips, filet mignon, fresh salmon, and delectable lamb are served. Seafood is also on the menu, and often featured in the house specialties. Last night, I enjoyed a creamy fettuccini alfredo with a combination of scallops and shrimp at the personal recommendation of the owner/chef himself—a portion large enough for two meals. The butter, cream and parmesan were mouthwatering with delicious, fresh seafood! Crusty bread with flavored butters preceded our meal. The night was a special occasion, and the desserts—a Crème Brule and Tiramisu did not disappoint. The service matched the food...perfection and personable.

Buona Sera is exceptional—and my favorite restaurant. Even though I live nearby, this restaurant is worth driving across town for some of the most authentic, delectable food you will ever eat. Hard to believe that I only found it a couple years ago, when it’s been there for decades. Do make reservations—it’s only open for dinner Tuesday’s—Sunday’s—a true family business.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food. Mediocre at best service though, however it was probably just an off night, other servers have always been fantastic. This time we had more than one request forgotten about.

NB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Staff is extremely friendly, food is amazing and it gives a great welcoming feeling.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was good but the desert was lacking. The service was excellent and the setting was both lovely and intimate.

The cheesecake was terrible and appeared to be store bought. Store bought is not bad on its own, but at least get something good or not at all.

S
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service. We celebrate special occasions here and we all commented as we were eating that we can always count on delicious food, a warm atmosphere and excellent service when we visit. It’s definitely our favorite restaurant.

JO
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely perfect. Food was served hot and steaks were done just as we ordered. The
Waitress was very efficient.

TK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always so pleased with Buona Sera. The staff is wonderful and the food is amazing!

MM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent! Definitely going to go back again.

RH
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the evening. It was my birthday and although they do not do anything extra for birthdays, it was a nice place to celebrate it.

FN
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience1

The food was spectacular as always. Our server Rachel couldn't have been nicer or more efficient, as was the entire staff. Only bummer was where our reservation got us placed. I recognize Buona Sera is a smaller place which is normally part of the overall ambiance but our table, right by the front door across from the little bar, was atrocious. While I know they were packed, we were bringing friends who ironically live about 5 minutes away that had never been there before. I have eaten an Buona Sera literally dozens and dozens of times. Although it's always tight, I have never had such a horrible table and that was WITH an Open Table reservation.

Not sure when I'll be going back, but I don't expect my guests will be back anytime soon. 😡

RR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My first meal here was better, but this one was pretty good. Their seafood options are awesome. Service is great.

S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food was good just not what I was expecting.
Since it is such a small restaurant and people are sitting close to each other you can’t always hear the conversation.
The thing that made my night bad was someone had put on an excessive amount of perfume which gave me an instant headache, so we couldn’t really enjoy.

PS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten in a lot of fine dining places throughout the United States, but Buona Sera is by far the very best. We are so lucky to have this fine family establishment, truly a hidden gem for decades, in Champlin.

l
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent as always. My sister from out of town enjoyed everything about her first visit to this restaurant, and loved the homemade Italian salad dressing, bread and Chicken Parmesan.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

See note to restaurant below.

SJ
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never would have imagined you could find a fabulous Italian restaurant in Champlin of all places. The ambiance was so quaint, wonderful wine list and excellent service. The menu will please everyone and the specials are above and beyond. Can't wait to go back!!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Relaxing, good food, nice size portions, the owner / chef took the time to talk with us and a great server

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was good. Waitress told us the owner was cooking and liked to take his time cooking. She was NOT kidding, took forever.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Awesome! Fantastic food. Will return.

CD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

On this occasion, it seems that both the kitchen and dining room were slightly understaffed. The wait times were a little longer than normal, but certainly worth the wait. Our meals were perfect and the service was just as friendly and personal as always. It is rare that we notice any sort of delays at Buona Sera and perhaps most people wouldn't have noticed, but we are semi-regulars and always enjoy dinner here whether we are celebrating a personal event or dining with friends.

TT
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been to Buona Sera 5 times and food was very good. Small and quiet atmosphere is awesome for our Thursday date nights. Will definitely return

WK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had purchased a groupon and never had been here before. It is a quaint place. While parking can be a challenge, it is worth it. I had surf and turf and the filet was amazing. One of the best steaks I have had in years. Whatever they marinate it with it is delicious. My friend had a pasta dish and it was out of this world with flavor. Neither one of us remember tasting something so good for pasta! The service was outstanding and they were always checking in with our table. I went with a friend so there was only two of us. We had conversations with guests at other tables -- very welcoming atmosphere. While the prices are expensive, it is what I would expect for such a great meal. Plan on spending some money but worth it for an occasional special night with friends or family. I plan on going back in a few months and it will be a new place to have an enjoyable night.

N
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service is always wonderful at Buona Sera. The atmosphere is enjoyable and a great idea to have a restaurant setting in a big old house, however, the noise level is terrible. If we aren't at a table along the window in the main dining room, it is almost impossible to have a conversation at the table while dining.

GS
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great wine. Great friends!!

d
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Buona Sera for years now and each time its a great experience. The food is amazing and its hard to decide on a course, its all good! Nice atmosphere in a quiet neighbor hood.

RO
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our evening and meal at Buona Sera. Everything was exceptional and perfect!!! We are most anxious for our next visit and have made several recommendations to relatives and friends to enjoy the experience.

MM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I had a delightful time celebrating our anniversary at Buona Sera. Kim was friendly and fun and all the staff were attentive. Food was delicious and prompt. The atmosphere was Italian and inviting. We will be back.

d
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance! Great service as well! Friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive staff! Love this place!

i
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food is not what it used to be. Not sure we will be going back. Too bad; was a nice, neighborhood gem.

r
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say. Excellent Food, service and value. Location is awesome and very quaint

RN
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was relaxing not rushed. We will go again. Enjoyed the food was high quality food.