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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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4.6

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 (54)
Good for a Date (51)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
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Neighborhood Gem (43)
Authentic (42)
Worth the Drive (36)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Romantic (34)
Cozy (33)
Notable Wine List (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Comfort Food (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Casual (19)
Good for Groups (16)
Fun (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Local Ingredients (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Tasting Menu (6)
Business Meals (5)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

Small cozy restaurant with top notch food and service. Excellent wine selection. We had pecan crusted salmon, lasagna and pork medallions. All were absolutely delicious. And the tiramisu, salted caramel gelato, tiramisu gelato and cheesecake topped off the night. We'll be back!

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·Dined 3 days ago

As good as the first time we were there! Always a great time.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent dood and wine! Our server, Lindsey, was fantastic

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 5 days ago

Service was not great. Owner made up for the night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The friendliest, coziest little place I've ever been to in the Twin Cities. I've lived here for 20 years and somehow never stopped here. Maybe because I normally don't like Italian food, but this place could change that. I owed my little girl a special night out, so we decided to give this place a try. Amazing food, and a staff that acted like they were all family (which I think they are). Happy customers who were treated like special houseguests. What a gem of a place.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Probably the best meal and service we have ever had anywhere! Thanks for the special evening

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We go to Bueno Sera every couple of years. We’ve always been wowed by the food. Several years ago I had the Salmone Al Cartoccio and it was wonderful. This past week I had it for the 3rd time and, either my tastes have changed over the years or the preparation has changed. It was like salmon and vegetable soup. My guest had the squash ravioli and she thought it tasted like frozen ravioli. I took a bite of the ravioli and also was underwhelmed. My other guest had the pork medallions and said it was good.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 1, 2017

When you live in the suburbs and want to go to a restaurant, your choices are limited to mostly "chain" operations. Many are pretty good, but it's rare to find GREAT. It's even more rare to find an independent privately owned nice GREAT restaurant, but that's what Buona Sera is.

Great food, lots of choices, unique specials, diverse Italian wines, great service...what's not to like?

I've taken New York Italians here, and they GUSH over it every time! You will too!

Reservations necessary, especially Friday through Sunday.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Buona Serra is a true Italian restaurant. The food is as good as one would find in Chicago or New York @ half the price. I had a veal Porterhouse that tasted like I was back in Florence. The appetizer was muscles in a tomato broth that I sopped up with fresh baked bread. This is a must eat at place. Be sure to have a reservation; it was filled on a Wednesday.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Groups, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The only complaint I have is that we had spumoni ice cream for dessert and ordered one iced cream to go. The one to go was much less than the one we had in house and it cost the same. I was disappointed .

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Organic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Nice quiet night out. Good food and attentive service.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Have been here several times over the past couple of years. It gets busy on weekends even with a reservation, but if you are OK with a little wait and noise you will not be disappointed by the food. They have a number of specials every night and they all have been excellent. We love not going to chains as local places are just a better dining experience. This is one of those places.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I’m never disappointed when I go! Always great food and service!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, but VERY loud and difficult to find parking.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our server was Lindsay. She provided excellent service, she came by our table often and always insured we were satisfied with our meals. , had drinks , bread and kept our drinks full. Thanks Lindsay we will be back!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

The grilled Salmon with Maple Pecan glaze was superb. The ambiance was warm and relaxing. The Trentino Pinot Noir wine was fabulous and dissapeared quickly.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner. We had one of the later reservations and everyone was fabulous. The food was delicious and we all are to much as usual. Our server, Brent was attentive and very friendly. We hope to have him as a server again.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was fantastic in an adorable setting and romantic atmosphere!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Requested a booth and was seated at a table. Had to ask to move. Said we were celebrating a bday and no acknowledgement of a birthday. Veggies were ice cold and server was not very attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food is excellent. Pasta with meatballs our favorite. Very attentive service. We will be back.
Parking for seniors by the door is perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful all around! Hidden gem in the Northern Metro.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 9, 2017

As usual, food was amazing. Service great as well!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Once again, great food service and atmosphere. I always enjoy dining here.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of our favorites! Scott is the best server they have and he never disappoints! Everything is wonderful but the food is amazing!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Service was the best and the food was fantastic. Overall was a perfect evening.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fabulous food and lots of it. Amazing waitstaff. Really good wine.
Parking pretty awful.
Would go back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great meal! Scott was our server whom we have had on several occasions. He is great and very knowledgeable about the menu! We will be back!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

AMAZING food and friendly servers. I recommend this cozy little restaurant to everyone I know!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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)

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

As always, dinner was amazing. Scott our waiter was friendly, funny, attentive and knowledgeable. Stuffed mushrooms recommendation was new to me an worth the splurge!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Really friendly staff and very good food! Their balsamic drizzle on the antipasto plate is the best I've ever had. Their marinara is nice and tangy, just the way I like it. Be aware that it can get a little loud in there when the restaurant's full.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great restaurant with great food and ambience. Would recommend for anyone looking for authentic Italian food in the north suburbs.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This a a great little hidden gem. I was there probably 10 years ago and have been meaning to go back. I wasn't disappointed then or this time. Quaint and quiet. The service is always friendly and memorable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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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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·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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always good food and good service! See you again soon

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