About Buona Sera
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.
Champlin, MN 55316
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Closed Monday
$30 and under
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Buona Sera Ratings and Reviews
You will never walk away from here unsatisfied. Authentic Italian cuisine and some other favorites, plus a full bar and wine list, this is, hands down, the best Italian fine dining in the North Metro and arguably in the city. Small and intimate, you must get a reservation. Service is excellent, and the food is truly great.
Always excellent. Reliable. This place is our go-to place for having great food and great service at a great price. We go there 8 to 10 times per year.
Recommendations: Go with an empty stomach. Be prepared to take some home.
Service is always outstanding. Whether your server is Scott or Erin or someone else you'll be treated well.
Very quiet place tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. Parking is limited, but because it's such a small place, they really don't need that much parking. The food was very good and the service was outstanding. The menu has something for everyone. My only minor complaint is that the building could use a bit of maintenance. For example, the men's room had some repair done on the ceiling and it was never repainted. Minor, but it takes away from the charm a bit.
My wife and I never get tired of eating at Buona Sera, and this visit was just another confirmation. We have both spent a lot of time in Italy, so we have a very good idea of what quality, authentic Italian food should taste like. Buona Sera delivers every time. You will find high quality meats and fish dishes accented with deliciously spiced sauces and a wide variety of pastas that will make you wish your meal would never end. We're not wine drinkers, so I can't comment on that except to say that the wine list is pretty extensive. Perhaps the best item on the menu is Buona Sera's tiramisu. We have struggled to fini"?:
d authentic Italian tiramisu in the U.S. It's either too "soupy," too much Marsala, too much coffee, or all of the above. The Buona Sera tiramisu is a perfect balance of texture and flavors, so each bite is truly a unique food experience.
We also love the quaint, homey feeling of the restaurant and was just commenting to my wife how quiet it is in spite of its size. This is a great place to eat, and you will not be sorry!
The food was good, but the service speed is very, very slow. We waited over 20 minutes for our appetizer, then another 30 minutes AFTER we finished our appetizer for our entrees. From the time we arrived, it's over an hour before we received our entrees which was incredibly disappointing.
The food was good, but by the time it arrived we were very frustrated.
To add to this, we also ordered the "Chocolate Lava Cake" for dessert, but there was no "Lava" We called our waitress over and mentioned it to her and her response was, "That's weird. I'll let them know."
She was not apologetic or offer an alternative and we were left to eat a dry chocolate cake. Needless to say, we did not eat it and left the restaurant right away (after being there almost two hours on our date night with no kids)
Love this place! The food is delicious, the ambiance is cozy and romantic. Our server, Kim, was friendly and attentive. Spouse enjoyed an entrée of veal marsala while I selected a delicious rendition of pork medallions (one of the evening's five specials). Both were accompanied by bread with flavored butter, a cup of excellent seafood chowder, and a side of pasta in their scrumptious house tomato sauce. Portions were generous. We had to pass on dessert, but lingered while finishing our glasses of very mellow Chianti and Pinot Grigio.
We went to celebrate my husband's birthday. We were greeted and seated promptly in a nice booth. Our server, Scott, was excellent! He made both wine and food suggestions for us and they were perfect. We had Conundrum red blend wine. It was very good. We tried the walleye cakes for an appetizer. They were delicious. We had the veal chop and the steak cacciatore. Both were very tasty. The presentations were beautiful! Finally, we shared a tiramisu. It was the perfect ending for the meal!
This place is quaint but vibrant. The food is always amazing, service is always great. You can come here and have an affordable meal or splurge and still enjoy the great ambience. Even if you splurge it doesn't have to be terribly over priced. Great value for the price you pay.
The food was ok this time, not great. Way too much parmesan in the fett Alfredo, tough strip steak and the bruschetta wasn't very flavorful. Waitress wasn't on her game (couldn't remember which salad had which dressing, added pepper without asking, forgot to bring more water). Asked if it was a special occasion when we came in, it was, but they don't do anything special at all. For the price I would really have to think hard before going there again.
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