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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

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for a Date (51)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
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Neighborhood Gem (44)
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Romantic (34)
Notable Wine List (29)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Comfort Food (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Casual (19)
Good for Groups (17)
Fun (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Local Ingredients (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Tasting Menu (6)
Business Meals (5)
Seasonal (4)
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food in the Italian traditions. knowledgeable owner and a wonderful wine list make this one of our favorite go to spots for Italian food in all of Mnpls. Yes, the north side has great eats too!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food! A little speedy, but for a special occasion, it was worth it!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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food4
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always good food and good service! See you again soon

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

As always my favorite! The best of everything!👨🏻‍🍳

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Nice fine dinning but the paper on table was a turn off. When table had a nice table cloth on it.

Tags: Authentic
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food5
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great service fantastic food warm cozy atmosphere online reservations seating on time. Great dining

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great service and the manicotti was terrific. The Penne Aribiata was very spicy.

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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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food4
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

This place is a hidden gem for sure.
The food is always top notch.
The service is great- you feel like family here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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food5
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service4
value5

 
·Dined on October 3, 2017

The decor could use sprucing up. Food was fantastic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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food5
ambience3
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Twice in one week. Loved the lasagna, and then the Parmesan Chicken was very good too.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

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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food3
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service2
value3

 
·Dined on September 24, 2017

We really enjoyed this place. The food was amazing and the waitress was wonderful!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Celebrated a birthday. Great food and service.

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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Group of 4 gals all had a great time. I think I'm coming back next week with different people.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The menu has a nice variety and staff all very friendly as well as efficient. The atmosphere is cozy and we liked the looks of the patio as we were on our way out. Looked like it would be a fun place to drink some wine with friends and family.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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value4

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food, had surf and turf and squash ravioli. Service is amazing! Favorite restaurant!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 15, 2017

This place never disappoints. Family visiting from out of state and they were very impressed. The staff is always very attentive and the food is amazing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Typically we order Italian and are very pleased with our delicious entrees. This visit however we were disappointed. We took our neighbors out to celebrate a birthday. Since he appreciates a good steak and our previous server highly recommended the steak, we both ordered the New York Strip. When the menu lists it at "Market Price", you have the expectation it will be exceptional. It wasn't. Mine was mediocre and his was full of gristle. I notified the server and upon her return, she said we could have one birthday dessert on the house. While I would readily recommend the Italian dishes, I cannot do so for the steak.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food3
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great meal. Reasonably priced as well. Our server Scott was fantastic and made the meal even more enjoyable. Highly recommend.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Buona Sera is one of the very best Italian Ristorante's around!!! The small cozy atmosphere is like you've been invited to someone's home for dinner. The wine selection is wonderful, the wait staff is genuinely friendly, the food is beyond words! My husband had the carbonara the other night and it, honest to God, was better than any I'd had in Italy!! I had the halibut and that was SO beyond words...absolutely delicious! Highly advisable to secure reservations for dinner. Kudos to Raffaele and staff!

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The food was wonderful and an abundance of selections.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere, both inside and outside seating and the food was wonderful!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Buona Sera always delivers a fantastic meal and great time !!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The service was awesome!! Tried two items I had never eaten before and both were fabulous.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

First time there. Everything was fantastic. From the food to the service and everything else. Will be returning often.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I have dined here many times when I come to Minnesota. The food has always been great and the service is very friendly. If you are coming for dinner on the weekends I would highly recommend making reservations. You can do that on Open Table. I would definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very good food! Service is always amazing! Never disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This was our first visit to this restaurant, but won't be our last. The four of us ordered a variety of menu items--the lobster ravioli, seafood chowder and pork medallions were especially great. This restaurant is a good value, with soup or salad, vegetables, and a pasta (or other choice) side is included in the price. Loved the Italian scenes painted on the walls, lovely ambiance. Tonya the waitress was great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We will be back. Very good Italian cuisine and I love the cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Excellent food and service.

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

We've been 100 times and it's always awesome!! We will be back 100 more!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great local restaurant in North Metro - will go back again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent on all fronts. Our pasta was awesome. We would go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Very slow service even though restaurant was half empty. Food was good..best part was ambiance

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Our evening was thoroughly enjoyable!
We can't wait to return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We are repeat customers and will continue to be. We love this place, everyone is so very friendly, accommodating and we get treated very well! Not to overlook though the excellent food and wine!!! Thank you Buona Sera and staff!!!💜

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Food was adequate, service was very friendly and knowledgeable but came across as very contrived

Tags: Great for Lunch
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