Buona Vita

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
New to Somer's Point the Grand Opening of Buona Vita Restaurant is dedicated to preparing deliciously authentic and classic Italian foods served with only top-shelf ingredients, charm and smile, where guests are celebrated and welcomed. With beautiful high ceilings, warm ambiance, beautiful Tuscan décor, walking through the doors of Buona Vita takes you to an intimate and cozy Southern Italian villa right in the heart of Somers Point.
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vipKathyO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience1

It was a cold evening. No heater in the outside tent. Numerous diners had to leave. Very disappointing and inconsiderate.

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ReeRee
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Great selection of entrees.
The staff is great.
Don’t miss the Gorgonzola gnocchis. Not heavy at all!!
Highly recommend.

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vipbaxter
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pasta specials were a bit pricey, but overall a good time.

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vipShelley563
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time back to Buena p Vita this year - having avoided dining out in OC this summer due to the pandemic - and it was fabulous as ever. Start with the patio seating, a nice large space under a tent, with flowers and greenery and lights overhead making it a perfect outdoor dining spot. The service was friendly and attentive as always. The food - absolute perfection. We started with the fried calamari. It was hot, crispy, and fork tender. Then the entrees- I always tell myself I’ll try something new, but then the server announces that the special fish of the night is the branzino and I have to go with my all time favorite dish here. Served over fresh capellini with artichokes, spinach, and tomatoes in a white wine lemon caper sauce it is heavenly and literally melts in your mouth. I have had this several times and I can say it is always cooked to perfection. My husband fortunately ordered a veal dish (can’t remember which one) so I was able to sample a bit of that - tender and flavorful too. There are plenty of restaurants up and down the Jersey shore but I will pick Buena Vita over them all.

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vipJersey
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent. We had an early dinner and were seated on the porch overlooking the street and bay. Food was very good although my veal chop was a bit over sauced with sage and rosemary.
We eat here often when we are in town and will continue to do so.

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ChristopherG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Our go to restaurant when at the shore. The staff did their very best despite the constraints of the Covid-19 restrictions. I will not allow the restrictions to hider my evaluation. I would highly recommend Buona Vita to anyone looking for authentic Italian cuisine.

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vipRiggs
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience1

We have been to this restaurant several times and the food is always very good. One common theme every time we have been here is they seem to be disorganized at the hostess stand with reservations, availability of tables, and just general confusion. We sat in their tent and the noise level was high but when all the tables are full, that’s to be expected. Our server did a great job and all of our appetizers and meals were excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant but they need to work on being more efficient with greeting customers.

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vipKathyp
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A charming BYOB with awesome Italian food. Situated in a cute home we had a nice table on the front porch. I would recommend it.

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vipBevt
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and outdoor dining in an elegant setting

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous!

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vipBillJ
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely experience but with only one exception.
We were not aware the restaurant was BYOB and would have enjoyed a bottle of wine with our delicious
dinner 🍷

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FOROSISKYG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night perfect

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LIzzy
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good. Service was good, but the kitchen was backed up , so it was slow. We did mind, but enjoyed our time on the outside porch.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food was terrible , I never give a bad review but it was not fresh or cooked properly, no mineral water, no options, we left immediately after being served, paid and left

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vipchasnan
Philadelphia
210 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was Excellent service was a little slow could have been better

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our Shore Favorites. Especially Al Fresco Dining in 2020 Enjoyed the Bronzino Special. One of the best we have ever had.

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StephenD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner and service were very nice. It was good to be outside of the house eating!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

During this pandemic, we had to eat outside. We were very fortunate to be able to sit under the tent outside. Other tables had no umbrellas or tents. However, that aside (as this was our 1st time eating there), I’ve always heard nice things about this place and I was not disappointed at all. Good good & excellent service. Looking forward to going again, hopefully inside 😉

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Captain
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall our dinner was a pleasant experience and would recommend it - I will return here.
We enjoyed the grilled calamari although it was a bit more chewy than our like and is 4 star vs 5.
The eggplant parm was very good
And the Clams and spaghetti had an excellent sauce
If I had to complain it would be the seating. We were the 1st seated and additional diners were placed immediately next to us, rather than spread across the dining area - annoying under normal circumstances but doubly so in this Covid environment.

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vipJenniferB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good date night. The gnocchi is SO GOOD! Love a good Italian BYOB!

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vipmaggi
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our last two dinners at Buona Vita,both on the small downstairs porch were outstanding in every way
The langostine were perfectly prepared;the service was delightful and the evening overall was truly a pleasure.

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vipOCDeb
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a true neighborhood gem.

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vipSharonR
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food enjoyable evening . Felt safe in these trouble times

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BobW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eggplant appetizer light and delicious. Branzino perfectly cooked with just the right amount of spaghetti, artichoke heart, capers, asparagus, AND lump crab meat! Chocolate mouse cake truly decadent. NEVER disappointed at Buona Vita! Respectful friendly service always!

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vipBillS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Only issue we had was that we felt a little rushed.
Salad was served and before we could get 2 bites appetizers came out. Otherwise a nice night

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vipBobK
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a nice experience. This time ate on front porch, great for social distancing.

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vipFoodieMike
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so happy we finally tried this restaurant. Always wanted to. WOW!!!! This is in the Top Three Italian restaurants in South Jersey and darn close to#1!!

Everything was excellent and we had a nice relaxed evening with friends.

Can’t wait to go back.

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TimW1968
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice dinner on the back patio under the tent.

BYOB. Great food italian and fish selections.

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food exceeded expectations. Nice setting for outdoor dining. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

It was better than expected. However the service for the table was a bit less frequent. I have to say that my girlfriend and I enjoyed how small am private it was. It was very low key and romantic.

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vipLport
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We sat at our reserved time. Unfortunately, do to COVID, we sat outside in the back patio against some greenery. It was a warm evening as it had rained all day - however, was a nice night.

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vipwendy
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Just as we entered, the hostess aggressively informed us that they couldn't accommodate 6 of us at the same table at our specific reservation time and that we'd have to wait anywhere from 30-40 minutes if we wanted to sit together. They had even called to make sure that we were still coming due to the weather and could have informed us at that time that a table for 6 wasn't available. The hostess was extremely rude and nasty and didn't care whether we stayed or left. There wasn't a manager on site to speak with. She could have explained the seating situation much more pleasantly and made it comfortable for us. We ended up staying and sitting at 2 separate tables because it was a Saturday night and not easy to find somewhere to go last minute. Our waiter was very apologetic and the food was very good but we will never dine there again and won't encourage any other friends to go there as well.

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CarlK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had a great time - food was excellent and staff was attentive. They did a nice job of accommodating us even though there was a pretty bad storm.

Only criticism is the close proximity of the tables and the associated higher level of noise.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating some family achievements. We were seated on time on the back patio under the tent. Our server came over to tell us about the specials. She gave us time to decide what we were choosing to have for dinner. The clouds were getting darker and darker by the minute. The wind picked up and big crashes of thunder rumbled through. The rain came down in buckets. We had no choice but to package up our dinner and take it home.Our server was so understanding and courteous. She quickly got our dinners ready to take home. We will definitely come back to enjoy the alfresco meal we were looking forward to. All 4 of us had such delicious meals!!! The Lobster ravioli is to die for! The portions are very hearty, so you’ll have some for leftovers.

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JohnC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The entrees were delicious. The bronzino was outstanding as was the Veal Chop. BYOB is the way to go.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was super super great and so was the view!! Would definitely go back.

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SuzyQ
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat. We bring family and guests because we know it’s always great. You are our favorite go to restaurant. I love the garlic bread. The mozzarella cheese peppers and jersey tomatoes. I love the veal With artichokes lemon and the best pasta ever

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joiz2
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The chicken dishes at Buona Vita are amazing! I ate there 3 times in the last 2 weeks. On the last visit, I ordered the Salmon, and was very disappointed. I should have ordered one of the chicken (marsala or fontina). overall, I love this restaurant and will continue to go back. They also have a wonderful beet salad. It's not an expensive meal, since it's BYOB.

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rj01
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The restaurant needs to update their pricing on open table. Menu pricing was consistently higher than on open table $3 to $4 dollars higher. Food was very good, service was okay. Overall experience was nice.

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JimC
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Buona Vita has been consistent.

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