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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.

11949 West River Road
Champlin, MN 55316
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Closed Monday

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(763) 421-1814

Website:
http://www.buonaserawinebar.com/

Buona Sera Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for a Date (51)
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Neighborhood Gem (44)
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Notable Wine List (29)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Casual (18)
Good for Groups (16)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Fun (13)
Local Ingredients (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Tasting Menu (6)
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Seasonal (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
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Bar Seating (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 29, 2013

Our party of three ordered three different dishes and we were all happy with our choices. My brother ordered the veal saltimbocca and ate every bit of it. My husband had the penne pasta carbonara the pasta was cooked al dente and the sauce was very flavorful, as was the sauce on my filetto gorgonzola. The portions were very generous and the service was friendly and helpful. The city of Champlin is lucky to have such a great original restaurant, not a chain, in their midst.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 23, 2013

Service was a little slow, but, it was a Saturday night & they were very busy. The parking is not good. The food was excellent!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 23, 2013

We've dined here several times before and have never been disappointed. Food is always fabulous and tasty. Everyone from the hostess to our waitress were exceptionally friendly and smiling!! The owner ever was taking the time to personally visit tables to ask about the food!! Ambience is romantic and cozy!! By far, one of our favorite italian restaurants and most definitely one of the reasons you'll need a reservation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 22, 2013

Good food, friendly staff, fun restarant to visit

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 16, 2013

Good food and service. Although the restaurant is a bit small inside (it's in a house), it's nicely decorated and has that neighborhood feel to it. Restaurant is also a sister to Luna Rossa in Stillwater. Prices are slightly on the high side for Italian restaurants, but the portion sizes are big - half of my spaghetti came home with me.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 15, 2013

Our fourth time there - will definitely go again. It is a great neighborhood restaurant. The ambiance gives the feel of a neighborhood place in an Italian village. Menu variety very good. Great place for special occasions. Not much room in entry/bar area, but is not an issue when nice outside.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 15, 2013

This place is fantastic. One of the best meals my wife and I have ever had. Tilapia was done perfectly. Tortellini sauce was something very special. I wish I could have had a gallon of the seafood chowder. And if you like appetizers, make sure you order the walleye cakes. You get 2 large cakes per order but will want 6 more. If you haven't been there you are missing a very special place. The wine we ordered was very cold and really good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 15, 2013

Food was very good and original. We had to remind the waitress to tell us the specials, other than that service was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 9, 2013

Parking is bad. No spots open at 8:15 on a Saturday night, when asked for suggestions they suggested the street, which is not possible because of traffic laws. It is loud. I knew this was the case but seriously, don't go here if you want to have a nice quiet conversation with your dinner date. Ordered the stuffed mushrooms (a past favorite of mine there) and it came out looking like a plate of lasagna. The recipe had clearly changed and wasn't nearly as good as it used to be. Plus the marinara sauce and all that cheese really took away from the flavor of the mushrooms and seasoning. The Salmon Al Catticore (?) was mediocre. Small for the price and not very good at all. Left me wanting to order something else. I won't be going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 9, 2013

Excellent, attentive service and very good food, all-around great night out.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 9, 2013

Our waitress was spot on with the recommendation of wine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 8, 2013

The server was wonderful but the food was just ok. My dish was horrible, a very soupy like red sauce with no flavor. The seafood tasted very fishy and other items seems to be "packaged", like you could go to the store and buy a frozen version of it. We will not be back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 8, 2013

Husbands meal was good (veal marsala) Mine was open for much improvement (surf & turf) The wait staff were very good and attentive.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 1, 2013

Our Friends & I looked at your menu online and 2 of us had decided to order Fettuccine Seafood which was not on the menu and our waitress and the cooks could not figure out what dish it was. I do not see the dish our friend ended up ordering instead but it had said a light red sauce which it was not. The bruschetta in the past the bread was more toasted it was a little soggy. Our food was good but not what we had anticipated. Our friends ordered a bottle of wine and were satisfied. My husband ordered a beer and noticed it was non-alcoholic which he was not informed and not marked on the beer menu. I in the past have brought many of my friends to you but I was very disappointed and so were my friends. Each of our bills was over $80.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 1, 2013

The food, as always, was excellent. The servers are really friendly. We are, however, torn between amusement and annoyance that, once again, the bottle of wine we ordered from the wine list was not available. I can name eight times we've eaten here in the last nine years; of those, once was a wine dinner, and one time we didn't order a bottle, but for sure out of the other six times, on four of those occasions they've brought us a different bottle than what we asked for. I'm leaning towards amusement just because everything else is always so delicious. :}

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 28, 2013

The staff was atentive and knowledgeable. Ssmall but very nice

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 23, 2013

We celebrated our 28th Wedding Anniversary and it was very nice. Excellent food, great wine and the staff was superb. Thank you for a nice dining experience. It is very small with a very limited bar area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 23, 2013

It was my first time to this restaurant and I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere is quaint and did remind me of being back in an Italian kitchen in Florence. Service was great. Wine tasted good, they had good recommendations for a white and a red. It was a tough decision on the menu. My husband got the lobster ravioli which he had one other time. He didn't quite remember it being so soupy. Way too much cream sauce. Just wasteful if you ask me. But he said the flavor was good. He didn't think it was as good as the last time he had it months ago. I had the tortellini with peas and ham. Mine also had way too much sauce, the flavor was good, but it could have used more ham. I had 2 small pieces in my dish.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 23, 2013

Food and service were excellent. We will be back!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 22, 2013

We dine here for special occasions and always leave saying "it was just perfect".

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 22, 2013

Very quanit neighborhood place with good food and great service!
A little noisy but that shows that patrons are having a good time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 17, 2013

We have been going to Buona Sera for years, thankfully a friend let us in on the secret to this little gem! Fantastic food and wine list. Great service, and the atmosphere is very warm and welcoming. Raffaele and his staff are fantastic as always... See you again soon, thanks! :)

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 16, 2013

This is our special occasion place to go and the food is always excellent. If the place is full it can be a bit on the loud side though.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 16, 2013

Went here for post VDay dinner on a Saturday night. Had reservations at 6:30, found parking lot to be PACKED. Drove around trying to find street parking but there is none in this area. Hostess was great, very acommodating about the parking challenge although there wasn't anything she could do. A large party finally left so my husband could park. They held our reservation and once sat, it was cozy and food was amazing! Great portions, wonderful flavors, great menu selection. Beer list and whisky list were lacking/disappointing to hubby. Liked my wine. Would like to come back and sit on patio during nice weather.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 15, 2013

Overall it was a great place to eat. Some of the tables are a little close together which is the only thing that I could complain about. Food is excellent along with the wine selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 14, 2013

We went for Valentine's Day and it was excellent!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 14, 2013

I ordered the Salmon from the menu and it was extremely salty and not done.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 13, 2013

The dining experience was a pleasure since the staff was warm and professional. They were very knowledgeable about the fine cuisine served. The steak I ordered was prepared with a fantastic wine sauce with vegetables and mushrooms to die for. The decor was that of an old world charm that makes you forget about the outside world for awhile. Definitely a place to visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 13, 2013

My wife and I went to Buona Sera for Valentines Day because we love the sister restaurant, Luna Rosa in Stillwater, and expected similar quality and service at Buona Sera. My wife ordered the signature fillet, as always, and felt it was nowhere near as good as what she always gets at Luna Rosa. I asked for recommendation on fish choices and indicated I wanted something very light. The tilapia was recommended so I ordered it. What I got was a very small fillet that was literally floating in a highly garlicy broth. I love garlic, but this was completely overwhelming and having my fish submersed in this "soup" which was a runny as water, just really didn't work for me. The server knew I was really unhappy, but simply said, "I'm sorry".

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 12, 2013

this was the first time the food was less than perfect. No stuffed mushrooms available so we took Bruschetta. Bruschetta needed more seasoning and bread was soggy. It tasted like chopped tomatoes on soggy bread. Soup was over salted. Chicken breast was very small but creme brulea was perfect.
Service was 5 stars.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2013

I took my daughter and her husband to dinner to celebrate their birthdays and a graduation. We had a wonderful time! And we all enjoyed the food and service a lot. I especially liked that the hot food was steaming hot. The bar tender was very friendly. We arrived a half hour before our reservation and had drinks at the bar before dinner.
I would definately recomend Buona Sera for dinner. And I already have done so several times.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2013

Great service and dinner - Special occasion as we were celebrating a milestone anniversary - we weren't disappointed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2013

This is a great date night restaurant. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is romantic. I would recommend making a reservation because it is a popular restaurant and the seating is limited.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 25, 2013

My wife and I had been there a number of times and we brought to couples that had not before. They both said that they would definetly go again as the food and service was excellent!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 17, 2013

Laurie provided excellent service. Portions were reasonable, not the excess many places force on you. Nice wine list was good, the menu Italian with flair.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 17, 2013

It was the best meal in a long time. I had the pecan crusted salmon special, best salmon I ever had. My wife had the lobster stuffed ravioli special. She said it was fantastic.
This place should be a must go to spot.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2013

We went early to avoid the crowd. Food was excellent, service was fabulous. Enjoyed every bit of our dinner, great local restaurant.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 10, 2013

We have been to Buona Sera but I have to say this was the best ever. There were 9 of us and all had a great meal and great time. The executive chief came out and talked to all of us and was very hospitable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 2, 2013

Love this place. It's very romantic. Great food. Great service. We go here for special occasions, but you can dress up or casual. The chef and owner typically comes around and asks how your food is which is nice. The wait staff knows the wine, the food, what is really great for specials, etc. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2012

Fantastic food and best filet around! Great price for the upscale feel.

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