It was a cold evening. No heater in the outside tent. Numerous diners had to leave. Very disappointing and inconsiderate.
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!!
Pasta specials were a bit pricey, but overall a good time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Always delicious and outdoor dining in an elegant setting
Food was fabulous!
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
Great night perfect
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.
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
Food was Excellent service was a little slow could have been better
One of our Shore Favorites. Especially Al Fresco Dining in 2020 Enjoyed the Bronzino Special. One of the best we have ever had.
Dinner and service were very nice. It was good to be outside of the house eating!
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 😉
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.
Very good date night. The gnocchi is SO GOOD! Love a good Italian BYOB!
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.
This is a true neighborhood gem.
Great service great food enjoyable evening . Felt safe in these trouble times
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!
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
Always a nice experience. This time ate on front porch, great for social distancing.
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.
Nice dinner on the back patio under the tent.
BYOB. Great food italian and fish selections.
Food exceeded expectations. Nice setting for outdoor dining. Would highly recommend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The entrees were delicious. The bronzino was outstanding as was the Veal Chop. BYOB is the way to go.
Food was super super great and so was the view!! Would definitely go back.
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
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.
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.
Great as always. Buona Vita has been consistent.
Buona Vita is rated 4.6 stars by 962 OpenTable diners.
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