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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

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (45)
Good for a Date (44)
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Notable Wine List (29)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Comfort Food (24)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Casual (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Business Meals (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 7 days ago

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

such great food and fantastic service! It is difficult to choose from their menu. So many delicious options!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Amazing evening at Buona Sera as always!! Great food. Great wine. Scallops were to die for!! Raffaele suggested a new wine...

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

What a lovely, authentic Italian, cozy neighborhood restaurant. Food was excellent and our server was awesome. I will defiantly go back again..... was my first time there!!!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

One of our favorites Italian places! Love the food!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Incredible hospitality and amazing food. Definitely going back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Service and food were good. Noise level was so high we could not carry on a conversation however we were able to listen to every word spoken at the adjacent table. It was not a relaxing evening.

Tags: Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It was recommended to us from our neighbors and it did not disappoint us the food was great and all the people there were friendly even all the other customers. We will be going back in the future.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We have been here many times and yet to have a bad meal or experience. It remains one of our go to restaurants.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We have been to Buona Sera many times and the food is amazing. Our service, however, this time wasn't great. It won't deter us from returning, but if it happens again, and for the price you pay for food, our expectation is excellent service. If it happens again, we may not return.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Overall a very good dining experience despite the lady showing her friend a loud video on her phone.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I had heard so many good things about the restaurant. Service was excellent. I found the food to be OK - not as good as what I had been told. I am not a food snob, but considering price and value, a bit of a let down. Went to a different restaurant the following evening and got better Italian food at half the price (my wife agreed), which probably skewed my perspective a little regarding my Buona Sara experience. I will probably give it another try in the future hoping that I caught them on an off night.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This is a quiet, intimate place. Small enough to feel cozy but there are 2 dining rooms so it seats more than it first appears. I had the shrimp scampi with a side of pasta that it offers as a choice. It also came with fresh vegetables, unusual nowadays. The shrimp were large and swimming in a garlic butter sauce. My husband had Spaghetti del Pescatori which was good but the “complemented with a light touch of tomato sauce” turned out to be more like a soup than a sauce. We had the Molten Lava Cake with vanilla ice cream for desert which would be plenty for one person but was just right for us to share. We would definitely return.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We dine here often and always enjoy the food and ambiance.
Thank you for having parking for seniors.
This time the food was just OK, walleye had bones and under cooked.
Noise level was too loud. Large group next to us. Will request a booth next time

Tags: Disabled Access, Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was delicious, Atmosphere was quiet and cozy, price was what I expected to pay for the food and service. The staff were pleasant and knowledgeable about the food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner with some good friends. Our server. Scott, was fabulous! We will be back soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Buona Sera is always top notch. This time we celebrated my birthday with a spinach dip appetizer (absolutely fantastic!) and sumptuous entrees. Topped off with the hot lava chocolate cake.
The Southern Comfort Manhattan before dinner was magnificent! We come as often as we can.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

One of the best Italian restaurants outside Italy!!! Quaint interior, friendly and helpful staff, excellent food and excellent wines. It's so enjoyable to go out for a nice dinner with your spouse and be able to enjoy quiet conversation at the table without screaming sports on tv screens and noisy bar. In fact, the only tv screen will be the one showing tours of Italy...so cool!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great meal! The food was awesom. The back dining room was a bit cold but loved the meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great place, great service, and great food. When we are back in that area we will go out of our way to come here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This has been a favorite restaurant of ours for years! Great food, great service, nice atmosphere!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Love the food and service. Best restaurant in north metro.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Nice atmosphere. Surprised that house wine was only wine available per glass and was $10.00/glass. Different info on the website. Pasta carbonara recommended by server and was a good choice. My boyfriend disappointed in his meal.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellant food. Very compact space and the table seem very cramped. Loud and you feel like you are part of your neighbors' conversations. The pours are small for the price. Call ahead and ask what their corkage fee is. Saw a lot of groups bringing their own wine.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was great like it usually is

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I'm giving 4.5 out of 5. Two things were not excellent. The Butternut Squash was mediocre in taste while also overpriced. Our other 3 entrees were outstanding and priced fairly. Also, service was okay and nothing more. I had superb service on my previous 2 visits.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a great time with friends on New Year's Eve!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Made reservations to treat the family to a New Year's dinner and was so disappointed. The food was just ok, nothing special and over priced. It is too tight and you could hear everyone's conversations. Even though you are in our neighborhood, we just can't see going back to support you.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

There was a breeze coming from the hallway, we were a little chilled.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 26, 2017

You will not find a better authentic Italian restaurant in Minnesota. Absolutely amazing food where the chef puts his passion into each dish.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 15, 2017

BD celebration

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our server Scott was exceptional! We will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Late-night Find
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Every meal we've had at Buona Sera has been good, and they always have a good selection of wines that complement the food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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