Buona Sera

4.7
1556 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
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PT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great prices and great service. We really enjoyed dinner.

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MF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food each and every time we've dined with them. The owner is so polite and friendly and is often found thanking his patrons for visiting. Will continue to dine with them.

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SV
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner with family very much. Food, atmosphere and service was excellent. We have eaten at Buona Sera many times and will be back again.

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RH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I would certainly recommend Buona Sera to a friend but, it would come with a warning. No kids menu? We had our daughter eat off the starters menu. The walleye cakes and shrimp were delicious as was the Halibut. Pasta was very bland looked and tasted like it came out of a freezer bag which i found surprising at a higher end Italian restaurant. The server was friendly and seamed to know the menu well but rattled off options and specials fast without any pricing. Most people have a budget or expectations and It makes you feel petty to have to ask prices. Market priced items you could get a real surprise!

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AN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great Host. I love it at Buona Sera everytime I go there.

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C
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I always enjoy dining here. A local, cozy restaurant with authentic Italian food. Servers seem to enjoy their job and it shows with their customer interactions. Owner and Chef Raffaele mingles with the customers and brings a taste of Italy to his customers.

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CL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is our favorite place to go for Italian food. The food was awesome and the service was excellent. Megan was very knowledgeable of the menu. We really enjoyed our dinner. Thank you!

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GB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have had great food here in previous visits. This time a bit disappointed. Food arrived not heated consistently - vegetable actually cold. Husband enjoyed steak but thought price was quite high for portions and quality of sides offered. Nothing special there.
Ambience was comfortable and like the size of the eating area. Wait staff very personable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Meagan our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable. The wines she recommended were lovely! Beautiful ambience, felt like we were in Italy 🇮🇹 loved it! Thank you Buona Sera! Oh and the background music was wonderful

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M
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall everything was amazing. Great server and food was delicious!

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MM
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always the service is fantastic. Tried the walleye cakes, love them. Everything we had was tasty and well prepared. I enjoy the wine selection.

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CE
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were told that they were out of baked potatoes. This was second time in a row. Then they asked us if we wanted a substitute, fettuccine Alfredo we got. It arrived almost after our main meal was done, :(

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KL
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service, and the food was absolutely amazing!! I had a baked salmon dish with vegetables that was perfection, and my date had a surf and turf special which he really enjoyed. He ordered his steak medium rare, and it was perfect! I had a bite of it, so I can attest it was wonderful. Our appetizer was an antipasto which was plated beautifully, and so delicious.
Definitely get a reservation to dine at this hidden gem! Our experience was positive from the time we pulled into the parking lot until we left. We will definitely be returning in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place with unique setting and fantastic food!

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PL
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome . Very pleasant dining experience
Thank you!

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B
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and had a great experience. Ginger was a fabulous host to us. Left there with a new favorite wine. We will most definitely be returning many times.

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OT
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A pleasant evening at Buona Sera. The restaurant wasn't crowded so the noise level allowed for conversation. Service was very good; appetizer arrived promptly and the pacing with the entrees was efficient. The menu offers many choices along with nightly specials. I and another diner had the scallop special - a generous portion and not overcooked, although they arrived in a large pool of oil. Our entire party had gelato for dessert; the amaretto gelato was exceptional. Given the dearth of good restaurants in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul, we are likely to return to Buona Sera.

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TS
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. We always forget about this place, but we plan to start going more.

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MP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice mom and pop style Italian restaurant. We liked the quaintness of the smaller building. Shrimp app was amazing and we liked our main dishes. We live close but this was our first visit. We will be going back.

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m
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I thought the food would be better for what we spent. It was good, but not great. The tables are very close together and the ceiling very low, so it feels a little closed in and it was noisy.

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SU
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Time and again Buona Sera never fails to serve up wonderful food, service and ambiance!

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JL
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Five stars! Used a groupon too!

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KM
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant! Delicious food and great service!! Will go again for sure

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D
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Fun date night!

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KL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We had very good service but very bad food. We have been in the past and had excellent food. We had Filletto and special butternut squash. The meat in the filletto was supposed to be filet. It was both fatty and tough. The squash ravioli was served in a bowl of oil but flavorful. The service was very good. We just had bad food.

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MA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I go out to dinner on Fridays. We have the same 6 or 8 places we go to. We decided to try someplace new.

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SS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good. The food is full of flavor. The staff is very knowledgeable.

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ME
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

This used to be such a wonderful restaurant! We're not sure if it changed hands or lost its chef or what, but all four of us were hugely disappointed with our meals. The salads were tasteless, the meats lackluster, the vegetables clearly from a frozen supply. Oh, and they were out of the wine we ordered. Our server was great (although overworked), and the tiramisu wasn't terrible, so our visit wasn't a total loss...but it was dismaying, since Buona Sera had for many years been a reliably sublime restaurant.

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s
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most amazing restaurant in a most unlikely place! This smallish, family-run operation has a delightful ambiance and some of the most authentic Italian food in the area. Great food, great wine list, excellent service and value. I can't imagine why anyone in Maple Grove would dine at the Italian chain restaurants when this little gem is right in your back yard. Looking forward to returning and enjoying the patio seating.

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B
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! No other words necessary. Amazing amazing amazing

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ML
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and excellent food

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MN
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd time at Bouna Sera. Loved it then, love it again! The Walleye Cakes were such a surprise, so good. Caprese lovely. I had Surf and Turf with New York Strip and shrimp scampi. The steak was perfectly cooked and seasoned but steak is not what they’re known for. The Scampi was excellent! I can’t wait to try more Italian dishes. Tried my friend’s Chicken Parm and loved it. Thank you , Ginger. You’re an awesome server!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we experienced excellent service and delicious food!!

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JL
New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us went there for the first time and loved it! Great food and really good service. Because the venue is small it was noisy at times, but it wasn't a deal breaker. We enjoyed it and will be going back!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Haven’t been in years. But will admit that this was the worst experience food wise ever. Nothing like when they originally opened. Not sure I will return

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GS
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to sit outside since it was our first 60+ day in MN this year!! They made it happen AND started a fire for us as the wind was definitely chilly! My friends and I LOVE Buona Sera and HIGHLY recommend it!!

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T
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice Italian restaurant in a quaint location. Good food and service. Our waiter seemed a little overwhelmed but did a nice job taking care of multiple tables. A bit pricey but this was a special occasion.

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was outstanding and did a great job of pairing wine with our entree's.

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g
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice selection of wines and food. We ordered one of the specials of the day, and it was excellent.

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was very much except parking was kind a difficult.
Is there extra parking in the street in the summer?

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