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About Buona Vita

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.

801 Bay Ave
Somers Point, NJ 08244
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 788-0370

Website:
http://www.buonavitarestaurant.com/

Buona Vita Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Authentic (21)
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Casual (20)
Special Occasion (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Worth the Drive (9)
Cozy (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Waterfront (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Food is great and the service was outstanding. Much better on off nights.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food and wonderful service
The owner is very hands on and appreciates his diners

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent Italian food with cozy warm atmosphere. A wonderful neighborhood gem
And a BYOB

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food, great service! Highly recommmended to anyone.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always delicious, never disappointed

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This was our first time at Buona Vita and we all had a wonderful dinner. It was restaurant week so the prices were well below what we would have spent. There were two larger groups in the restaurant so the noise level was louder than we would have liked. All-in-all, a wonderful evening and a restaurant we will go to again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was Resturant Week in Somers Point NJ, all pre fix menu on the menu that we ordered from said $25.05 pp when we received the bill it was $27.22 pp I challenged it the waiter handed me a promo brochure indicating $27.22 pp and that the menue we ordered from was last years NOT GOOD BUSINESS

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service very average .. water glass empty, no offer of a wine bucket for white wine.. or a way to cool it.. won't rush to go back

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Restaurant week dinner was very good. We got the spaghetti entree, with Caesar salad. Service from Chris was excellent. A few things fgor future. No salt/peppers on table and had to ask for grated cheese for our entree. The cheese was served in what seemed to be a coffee cup. Lastly, the portion sizes seemed small in comparison to full menu entrees next to us, as well as the dessert. Other desserts were full size, tiramisu, ours was half the size. I may go back, but the noise level was very high as noted by many other reviews.

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was good service was good it was Restaurant Week prices were great

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Everything was excellent, anyone dinning experience perfectly prepared by Bruins Vita. Enzo our server is excellent at what he does, first class all the way.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent food and service. Have recommended this restaurant to numerous people. Our server is always polite and on top of everything.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Such a great spot! They sat us outside on the second patio with a fantastic view of the bay. The owner, Raphael sat at an open table next to us. Perfect night for it in October.
I thoroughly enjoyed my homemade pasta Bolognese and my girlfriend loved the lasagna! We shared a creme brulee dessert with cappuccinos! Awesome spot, we will be back

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our dining experience was absolutely OUTSTANDING!! From the service to the food to the ambience, I can't say enough fabulous things about Buona Vita!! My new favorite place to dine without a doubt!! I will never visit Ocean City, New Jersey againwithout making making reservations at Buona Vita!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Well decorated and very comfortable interior. A bit noisy on a crowded Saturday night. Service is friendly, professional and prompt. The grilled calamari was very good. The caprese salad was good, although unfortunately it's not the best season for stellar tomatoes and it showed. Both our entrees were spot on- osso bucco and Bronzino. BYOB is a real plus.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great food,service was excellent and we had a nice time

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food is consistently good as is service! NOISY!!! and fruit flies or gnats all around us!! Inside btw. Other diners got up & left shortly after being seated :(

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Quality food and good service. Downstairs only during the week off season. Even a small crowd in the downstairs can make it noisy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Crowded and no hostess in sight- wait staff did their best to make up for this, but it was tough with such a packed space.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Disappointing. There was no hostess to receive reservations. At least a dozen parties waiting for their reservation on a Saturday night. One waiter was unapologetic and rude another embarrassed and frustrated. The dinner was delicious although our hot appetizer was cold. Our waitress was not attentive enough to warrant a $75 pp meal. I might give it another chance on a weekday, but it won’t be anytime soon.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was very good but a little pricy very loud. acoustics not very good for intimate conversations. It's seems to be a hot spot and therefore it may take a little longer to get your meal. I've never been to an Italian restaurant where they don't have meatballs (not even as a side). I'm Italian so I'm very particular about the sauce/gravy. It was very good. We made reservations on open table and we were seated on time but a lot of people were disturbed because they double booked and couldn't accommodate

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This was a return visit - place is always busy. Although the noise level is high at times we still enjoyed our visit

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Italian done the old fashioned way, good!
Great dinner, great service and great place.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

My wife had a fish dish covered with crab meat and an unappealing yellow sauce. Wasn't sure what it was. Bland. My Bolognese pasta dish was average. Nothing special about except it was "slow simmered" which implies it was tastie. Gotta start with proper ingredients for that.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

3rd time I've eaten here. Great food! Service is good as well. Gnocchi and lobster ravioli are to die for! Gnocchi is so tender and light.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Dinner out with my Beautiful wife.
Was seated right away outside as it was a beautiful September night. Service was very fast and so was the food! Had Egg Plant as appetizer, My wife had the veal and I had the Osobuco. Best Osobuco I have ever had! The veal was huge, enough for two. If I had a message to send it would be to the kitchen, Food is great but presentation is lacking. Don't forget this is BYOB. Cheers!

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food. A bit on the pricey side for the specials but they were awesome. The specials we had were very creative and delicious. We came here the second night in a row. We were there on Friday night and it was a lot less crowded and therefore more attentive by the staff. Saturday night was a long wait for our meal. It seemed they overbooked. We had to wait about 10 minutes past our reservation time. We sat outside on Saturday night and the weather was beautiful and the patio atmosphere was relaxing. We opted for outside because inside was a bit noisy and crowded. They had the same specials on Saturday night that they did on Friday night but that just gave my husband and me a chance to have the opposite special.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was good. They were out of some of the things we wanted to try. Had to wait for our table with a reservation. The hostess seemed like she really didn't know what was going on. All in all, food was tasty and our server was very nice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We have dined at Buona Vita 3 or 4 times in the past year, and every time has been very enjoyable. The restaurant is BYO and in a former house, with dining on the first and second floors, a few tables for 2 on the porches, and tables on a covered patio. The furnishings are elegant and simple; the waitstaff is pleasant and knowledgeable. On previous occasions we've eaten inside, but this last time it was a pleasant late September evening and we chose the outdoor patio. Onto the food, the most important part. Every meal we've had here has been delicious, with the food cooked to perfection and served steaming hot - it clearly is never sitting under a heat lamp waiting to be served. In the past we've had the branzino special, the lobster ravioli and a couple of veal dishes, all delicious. This time we shared the fried calamari, tender, crispy with a spicy marinara sauce. One entree was the Fettucini Buona Vita, spinach fettucini served with jumbo lump crab and a light and tasty white wine sauce. Normally I don't like fettuccini because it tends to be heavy, but this was light as a feather and the lumps of crab were truly jumbo. The other entree was Veal Carciofi with artichokes, mushrooms and a white wine lemon caper sauce. The veal was fork tender and delicious. For dessert we shared the tiramisu which was heavenly. Needless to say, I highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Service was awful ! Food had no taste and portions were small and very pricey! Four of us would never returnI,

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was outstanding nice place garden was best part get there early on weekends

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wonderful experience. We sat in the back courtyard and it was very nice. Service was great, we were seated right away, and our waitress was very attentive. We had the eggplant appetizer, my husband had the veal parm, I had bronzino, and we shared the cannoli. Everything was very good and nice size portions. We had a great experience and will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 22, 2017

This restaurant was described as a quiet upscale Italian restaurant in Somers Point. What a disappointment. It was undoubtedly one of the loudest restaurants I have ever frequented. We were actually in and out of the restaurant in 30 minutes, not quite what one would expect while dining out. The food was adequate but far from good Italian food. We live 50 miles from the Italian sector of Philadelphia and yet we drive there for dinner because the food is so good in many of the restaurants. The chef needs to visit some of these Italian restaurants in South Phila. to learn what classic, tasty and light, good Italian food is.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 22, 2017

First off, the hostess greeted us and was very accommodating as we asked for outside seating and went out of her way to please us. Secondly our server was very k knowledgeable and friendly and lastly, the food was outstanding! Look forward to another visit soon. One note, it seemed very loud inside, not sure if they have an acoustical ceiling or walls; probably wouldn't hurt!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Perfect as always ... food and service top notch .. anisa is a gem

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food. The only very disappointing thing is the noise level--waaaaay to noisy to hear even the person next to you. So everyone has to yell to be heard. But the selection, price, decor & service were all great

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

GREAT SPOT A LITTLE NOISY BUT THE FOOD MAKES UP FOR THE NOISE

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Immediately upon arriving we were greeted and offered to sit downstairs upstairs or on the upper porch. We chose the upper porch which had a wonderful view of the bay in Somers point in the street below. Chris was our waiter, who is very attentive and we would highly recommend. Pasta dishes were clearly homemade and absolutely delicious. We enjoyed the lobster ravioli special as well as the fettuccine Alfredo. Highly recommend the experience and we will definitely return. BYOB

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Anisa is positively fantastic ... food is always spot on ... couldn't ask for a better dining experience

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Enjoyed another nice expierience here.
Food is consistently good, as is the service. Enjoy being on the patio vs. inside due to the loud acoustics.

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