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Buona Sera

4.5
1310 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Closed Monday
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Phone number
(763) 421-1814
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Birthday. They didn’t do much to make the the Birthday experience exciting. Oh well. All else was great.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Another great evening for dinner at Buona Sera. John was impeccable as always and appreciate his service, attention and timely delivery of our menu platters. Great to be back!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food and service were excellent. Steak was cooked perfectly, and the salmon was seasoned great, and the veggies with the meal were crisp and tasty. Waiter explained all the specials and was helpful in choosing a bottle of wine. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Excellent food! Our server, Scott, was exceptional. He took amazing care of us and those at other tables. Great wines.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

AMAZING FOOD AND SERVICE!
Thank you for making this neighborhood gem a great hidden treasure.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Always delicious with a great variety of meals to choose from.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Best pork medallions I have had in a long time. Melt in your mouth. Mushrooms, olives, and very tender pork. Will order again. Bruschetta, tomato basil soup all delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

My kids and I love Buona Sera. Service is always genuinely friendly and welcoming. Great cozy ambience and the food is beyond outstanding. We have enjoyed the walleye cakes as an appetizer on a couple occasions , when they were on special. The cakes are exceptional,but, the accompanying topping and sauce set them apart from others. This week I enjoyed the veal porterhouse steak, which was a beautiful thick cut that was prepared perfectly with a house blend of seasonings that was out of this world. It topped my favorite Montana steakhouses for preparation and flavor. My pasta accompaniment was fettuccini Alfredo which was by far the best I've had anywhere. My son says the chicken Marsala here, is the only chicken Marsala he's had which is as good or better than mine and I certainly agree. This is one of the few special places that I know, when eating out, I'll get a meal better than what I can prepare at home. If you're looking for a special,unique place for a special occasion......this is a great choice. If you're looking for a place to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine....this is it. If you're looking for a place to enjoy a meal prepared with skill and a passion for perfection.....this is it. And I didn't touch on the desserts. I'll just say wow, take your pick, you can't go wrong. And you won't leave hungry, my leftovers covered another meal at home. This is a special gem tucked away in a Champlin neighborhood. I can't recommend it highly enough . Buon Appetito!!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

It was a fabulous evening. Food was exceptional. Wait staff made us feel like we were the only table in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Wonderful experience!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent food, service and ambiance. The only negative is that only one person can use the bathroom.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I had great hopes for this restaurant, especially given Mr.Virgillo's experience with Bellisios in Duluth. Unfortunately, these restaurants are not at all compatible.

There are no real selections for wine by the glass beyond house wines, and no exceptional selections by the bottle. They were completely out of Tanqueray for a pre-dinner cocktail at an early Friday night seating (must have been a wild Thursday!).

The starter bread was tough, as if it had been frozen and microwaved to serving temp. The sauces for the Tortellini al Boscaiola and Penne Arrabiata were unremarkable, as were the soup and salad. Both pastas we're served considerably past al dente. The appetizer dip was about chain restaurant quality.

Service staff were the high point - very attentive and friendly. But at over $100 with tip for two, there are simply too many better options. I'm sorry to say it because I really hoped for a home run here, but I probably won't return.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The wait staff was excellent. We love the guy waiter too when we come in but we had a nice younger waitress who knew a lot.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The service and food were impeccable. My kids are still talking about it 3 days later. We will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Love coming to Buona Sera. We go a few times a year.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Food was very good as usual, Love the lobster ravioli, to die for. They had a mussel special for appetizer and I love mussels so we ordered it and it was nasty, I thought it tasted muddy and my date said he thought it taste like a minnow bucket, our waiter took them back and removed them from our bill. Only problem we had was we paid with cash and our waitress took our payment, she never asked if we wanted change back but of course we did as we had not intended on giving her a 30% tip, but I guess we did as we waited for 15 minutes for our change and she never returned. So other then that we love this place.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Food and Service was fantastic however they didn’t read the notes regarding my Aunt’s 87th Birthday which was a little disappointing.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Awesome as usual!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Awesome place!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food, service and atmosphere! Never had a bad experience. Can’t wait to go back

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We've been meaning to try this place for a long time. I am glad we finally did. Brent was an awesome waiter we would ask fro him again. if you've been meaning to try a nice quiet place with a good atmosphere for dinner, this is the place. A true hidden gem in the northern suburbs;

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fantastic food with great ambiance and the waitress is totally knowledgeable of specials including wine. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Had an excellent birthday meal. Great staff, great food!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great food and top notch service. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Great service with a smile, a bit of conversation and humor. Owner even followed up with asking what we had, how was it, and some background on our food choices.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The manicotti was great. Calamari was good. Dessert was good the cookie. The veal marsala was like a piece of charcoal. You supposed to pound the veal down. Unfortunately this feel was as thick as filet mignon. Tough like a beef jerky. That's why they only get a three

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I enjoy the ambiance and friendly service most of all. I find the special menu items to be fresh and always a good selection of appetizers and entrees. Most of their pasta dishes I find very good. I have often found the menu items mediocre so I pretty much stick to the "specials". I do like the basic red sauce and pasta which I usually get as a side dish with my entree at no charge!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Not so good. Spaghetti and meatballs were bland. Veal T Bone was small and over done. Was a loud group next to us again. Not a good value, bland food and noisy.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food is always great here, been here 2 dozen times in the past 5 years. SERVICE is where it had been lacking in the past couple years. Last week we got seated and must have been wearing our invisible clothing. We sat there for 15 minutes without anyone coming to our table. Then we ordered our meal, and AFTER I had ordered my meal, just before food was brought out, they said they were out of baked potatoes, which I had ordered. French fries or pasta was offered instead. I had ordered the fillet mignon, I like a baked potato with it.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Love it!! Always awesome!! Rafael and the team never disappoint! And we found a new favorite wine!!

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Food was ok, service was very good. Vegetables with dinner seemed like they were frozen from the grocery store. Had the surf and turf, would not recommend the steak. Shrimp was excellent.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We have been to this great place before and so enjoy everything especially the food. We had a mishap this time and there was a big plastic thing in my husbands pasta. We were stunned, and didn't finish our meals. The server Scott was very kind and so apologized. The owner came over and he apologized too. They were so sweet and did not charge us for our Meals. We so appreciated that they were so kind. When the time is right we will make a date and try out this fantastic place again.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Always fun to dine here. Great food at a great value. Hidden gem

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1.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Not impressed with quality for the price. Table was next to drafty door that would not shut. Will not be back

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was mediocre they use way too much sauce the crowd can be loud and noisy and disruptive if you're trying to be on a date I showed up for my reservation five minutes early and didn't get set at my table for another half hour was extremely disappointed with the service wine list is not accurate

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

As always, the food and service were beyond compare. We were there this time for Valentine's Day and still received the same great food and service. We have had our server, Brent, several times before. He is amazing!

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

I made our Valentine's Day reservation 3 weeks in advance with very high expectations based on our last experience there. However, the Riesling we were hoping for was no longer available, nor was the dish I wanted for dinner---out for the evening. The unfortunate thing was that the server did not mention that when I placed my order. So I finally decided upon another dish, which was to have included a salad or soup. Again, our server did not mention a "Caesar" salad would be an additional charge, not much, but was not expecting to pay additionally for them, (just saw the charges on the tab) as my SO and I both ordered one with our entrée. May seem like minor things---but all tolled--not the dining experience we were hoping for.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Tried the walleye and lasagna this time. Both were very good. Scott was our waiter and was fantastic as last time. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Our server Lindsay was awesome! Food never disappoints! We will be back.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

As usual we had a great meal and really enjoyed the quiet.

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