Buona Sera

4.6
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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JohnP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have enjoyed the food here several times. We have left saying oly good things about it to each other. This visit was extremely quiet due to Covid-19 warnings. The restaurant was nearly empty. Usually the atmosphere is energetic, yet as a dating couple we have been able to have a personal dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was dying to try this place as I stumbled across it one day on a back road. I looked it up and was excited to plan a date night with my husband- which is rare with having two girls under 3. Well we were delighted to say the least! Small, quaint, romantic feel. Good was everything I hoped it would be- I did a seafood special and my husband ordered a pasta dish off the main menu. The chef came out to the table and greeted us. Very nice! Oh and the cannolis- man oh man- they were the real deal! Great service! Will definitely go back again!!!

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MikeR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A big party was in the room and was loud at times, but the food was delicious and the service was outstanding!!

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EdB2019
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Authentic Italian ambience. Friendly, personal attention. A favorite place since the day it opened.

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GregO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

Great dinner

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sj15
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Tremendous food and service.

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StellaAnn14
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our first experience dining at this lovely little find and it will not be our last visit!

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LauraS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. A great place to go to celebrate or just because.

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Troy
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Never disappointed - a good place to go for special occasions. The food is very good but not great. Excellent service. Not cheap, so be prepared for a large bill. My only complaint is the noise level is too high for my liking, but its tolerable.

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. A small, intimate dining experience with incredible food. Welcoming and knowledgeable staff, great atmosphere and above all else, an amazing meal every time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Not enough parking especially handicap parking! Had to wait for car that didn’t have handicap parking permit to leave designated parking spot so I could park my car with my permit! Need a larger parking lot or specific designated on street parking in front of restaurant!
Had scallops scampi special but it only came with 4 scallops- tasty but expensive for the price!

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BL1963
Minneapolis
31 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The table next to the kitchen was a bit high traffic but we changed our reservation to add people late and appreciate being accommodated.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent local favorite!!!! Hidden gem!!!

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DanS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our third dinner at Buona Sera spread out over quite a few years. Every dinner was outstanding.

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MikeK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great vibe and a packed restaurant on a Sunday night! Loved the Lobster Ravioli. We will be back!

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dulac1993
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I'm biased. I LOVE this place. I could go here over and over without getting bored of the food. It is truly amazing.
One of the dishes I get regularly is the zuppa di pesce (fish soup). It is arguably the best I've ever had in a restaurant. However, one piece of fish I can't eat is salmon, and a small salmon fillet is in the soup. Each and every time, I simply ask that the kitchen leave the salmon out of my soup. And each and every time, I enjoy my dinner without the piece of salmon.
As usual, I ordered without the salmon. However, when the soup arrived, it had the salmon in it. The waitress explained (apologized?) that the chef refused to leave it out, as it would "compromise the dish."
I'm paying for this. If it was a steak, and I ordered it well done, would the chef refuse if he believed that the steak should be served medium?
Unfortunately, two of the people I invited were first-timers at Buona Sera. Both commented that they have never seen that refusal in any restaurant. They were less than impressed.
While I will certainly return, and order the soup without the salmon, I'll now check and make sure the kitchen will serve it as asked. Otherwise, there are plenty of other items on the menu to choose from that won't make me sick.
So very disappointed in this one single visit. Very unlike every experience I've had there.

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JoshP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is delicious every time my wife and I go. We are foodies so we always get something new and it never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Quaint and intimate.

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BL1963
Minneapolis
32 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience for valentines night. We will be back soon to celebrate our next important event!

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PaulaP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Valentine's dinner! Food and service were outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Entrees were really good and we will definitely be back.

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MariaG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. It was our first time there after driving by for years. The carbonara was the best ever and walleye cakes were unmatched. The owner came around to the tables and asked how everything was. Very nice atmosphere as well.

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Jeff
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The server was really not attentive. She could not recommend a wine and did not check on us and was chatting about nothing while ignoring our table.
The food was not as good as it used to be. The tiramisu was delicious.

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as was the service. Love this place

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WmBook
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Disappointing. We had Sunday reservation for 6:30 and arrived on time but no table was available. Had to wait but not terribly long. After seating our waiter didn't show up for a while then took drink orders which were relatively promptly delivered. Then he disappeared for about half an hour. When he finally came to take our food order he informed us that they were out of the veal so several of their specialties were not available. We ordered and he disappeared again. We had to ask for our salad & bread plates. He apologized saying the kitchen was short staffed. We finally got our entrees at 8:00.
Over all not an unpleasant experience but disappointing and pricey.

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TeresaS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bueno Sera for special occasions. They treat you well and the food is fantastic !

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ErikT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

I've wanted to try the place for some time now, but was disappointed by the experience. We waited for over an hour and a half for our meal and it wasn't even close to par. I ordered the salmon and not only it was nuke warm, but the veggies were underdone and tasted like they were bought at Cub. My wife did like the Cesar salad and risotto, so I wish I got that. For the prices, I expected a lot more. Thankfully enough, I was comped for my dinner. Sadly enough, we will not be going there again. Sorry

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Buona Sera! The staff is always so kind and knowledgeable and the food is always amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and Excellent.service!

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BethL
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time. This was a great place to meet up, take our time and have great food. Service was amazing! Food spectacular. I must do!

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Natalie
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We really enjoyed this cozy little restaurant's ambiance. Unfortunately, the food was sub-par. I added shrimp to my caesar salad for dinner and was given three small sauteed shrimp. They were seasoned nicely, but chain restaurants give you more shrimp. If they were large shrimp; that would be different. Our friends ordered a couple of the specials and were underwelmed with their flavor. It just wasn't anything special. The nicest part was the wine and atmosphere. Maybe it would make a special dessert date night for couples. The wine was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

our 4th visit to Buona Sera and we will come again

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dennisA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Buona Sera is a nice little resturant. There aren't many decent places to pick from up here in the northern burbs unless you head over to Maple Grove.

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Brooke
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

I used to love this restaurant. My recent experience has changed my opinion. The first thing I noticed was they removed my favorite pasta from the menu. I was optimistic and ordered something else. The restaurant was crowded and noisy. We weren’t told until after eating our salads that our food was delayed because only the owner was cooking by himself for the evening. We waited over an hour for 4 entrees. Our server was excellent and did her best. It was disappointing to have to wait and I understand staffing was the issue, however it really dappened our whole experience. I hope they can resolve their staff issues so other diners have a better experience. Please bring back pasta del vallagio!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We will definitely go back!
We were there on a snowy Thursday evening and it was busy. That's always a good sign. Our server was very good as she managed maybe a couple more tables than she should have.
The food was good.

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Kimmer
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Buona Sera is a top favorite of mine we've been going there several years and the food is always spectacular and we love the cozy ambience of the restaurant

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RClub
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful establishment! Great service. Great food. It is a quaint little restaurant so the only thing I would say is you are able to hear others around you quite well, which can be a negative for some people

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LoriZ
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. We loved the lighting and decor. We felt like we were in a cafe in Italy Outstanding service. We had a very personable server who was knowledgeable and attentive. She contributed to the memorable experience we took away with us. The food presentation was very pleasing to the eye. The flavor of the food was amazingly delicious from the Walleye Cake Appetizer, the Halibut in Crema Sauce to the Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Spumoni Ala Mode Ice Cream. We definitely will be recommending the restaurant to others and will be returning soon for another like experience.

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Jenny
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Everyone was so attentive and appreciative. Made us celebrating our anniversary even better. Would recommend everything!! The food, the service, the place!! Absolutely amazing!!

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RochelleK
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and the service is amazing! It is my hidden secret to share with people not familiar with the area.

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