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Buenavista Restaurant & Bar, New York, NY

Buenavista Restaurant & Bar

4.5
4.5
405 Reviews
$30 and under
Global, International
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BuenaVista Restaurant & Bar is a gourmet Latin American eatery located in Hell’s Kitchen NYC. The restaurant’s ambience, décor and cuisine will leave you feeling that you’ve been on a Latin American tour.

Our aim is to provide first class hospitality along with a memorable culinary experience. From start to finish, you will receive exceptional customer service, mouth-watering food, exotic cocktails and an extensive wine list. Your dining experience will encompass some of the amazing flavors from the Caribbean islands of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and even some of the undiscovered regions of Mexico & South America.
At BuenaVista you can try "yucca” (or cassava) from Cuba, “barbacoa" (or pozole) from Mexico and Patagonian cuisine from southernmost South America. You'll be able to experience how the regional Caribbean and South American climates influence certain dishes.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, South American, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 388-5040

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rene Hernandez Hernandez

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown West

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 405 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. E

    Eros11372

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Good food but bad service. A small place but only one waiter. Then we were being rushed because of a large group being booked with limited space. Restaurant wanted to relocate our table after finishing entree. Very unprofessional.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food!
  4. S

    Sunny

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! We really enjoyed the calamari and Argentinian skirt steak. The desserts were delightful!
  5. p

    patbx

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Second visit and just as please with the service and the food
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and came with excellent service. The presentation of the roasted artichoke with asparagus and cheese was very pretty. My daughter had the lamb and I had the pork chop. Both had a sprig of rosemary that they lit on fire at the table. We thought that was fancy. I would love the recipes to both!
  7. EP

    EmmaP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    This was a memorable meal, but for the wrong reasons. Despite reserving over 2 weeks in advance, we turned up to be told the restaurant had overbooked so we had been bumped to the outdoor area. Fortunately it was unseasonably warm for December, but even with the heat lamps and our coats on it was a little nippy. Two other tables were also seated outside with us, despite also having reservations. After one table threatened to leave because they were so cold, room was made for all of us to sit inside. We thought the food would make up for this rather odd welcome. Sadly not. My partner was told his first choice of starter was not available, and then halfway through eating his second choice (tuna brosquette) was told there’d been a mix-up and his first choice was available after all. Unfortunately the starter he did eat was not great, with overdone tuna. My starter (cuban tamal) was tasty, but my main course was not – the pork chop was very dry. My partner’s skirt steak entree was good, but not outstanding. The highlight of the meal was when the server set our herbs on fire with a blowtorch to ‘release the aromatics’, which created some impressively large flames (and quite a lot of smoke). The wine was very good, and the servers and host were lovely. But this was the worst meal we had during our 5 days in New York. If you want a good story to tell your friends, come here – if you want good food and a good atmosphere, go somewhere else.
  8. c

    christopherb

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    It is painful to write a review for this restaurant. For, whilst the food was very well presented and quite good, that was completely negated by the terrible service and underwhelming ambiance and unkempt surroundings. I was there to celebrate a special birthday, which was completely ruined by the unsightly “back street, corner-shop-like” experience and environment. To his eternal credit, the host went out of his way to instill a sense of positivity and frivolity, but even if he had powers to move Mount Everest, those powers would still have been woefully insufficient to compensate for the disgusting atmosphere. Yet, that was mild in comparison to the incessant and near comical declarations by our server of: “…oh, sir, we do not have ginger ale… Sir, I will have to ask the chef to see if we have coffee creamer…Sir, we do not have a dessert menu, so why don’t you just let me tell you what we have…” I have never been more disappointed, and my guest was equally and completely “floored” by this infamous restaurant experience. We left after paying our tab, with a canopy of embarrassing and disappointing dining experience hovering above us like nightmares we never envisioned, but work very hard to avoid. Just imagine being served gourmet food in a rundown toilet facility!! That was how it felt. Obviously, the place is tiny and that they had 83 reservations did not help because we were directed to sit outside. Well, the outdoor seating area was terribly cold, uncomfortable chairs, inoperable door, and with trash strewn all over the floor. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend BuenaVista to anyone; to do so would be an injustice, but a greater insult to their expectations of what a gourmet restaurant is or ought to be. The owner(s) of this restaurant should listen to the voices of his employees and fix up the damn place.
  9. RW

    RhondaW

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my second time eating here and the food and service was just as wonderful as the first time. Dishes are creatively designed with both visuals and taste at the forefront. BuenaVista is a great choice if you’re making your way to or from Penn and the theater district.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely intimate restaurant with very interesting Latin American influenced menu choices. Duck magnet entree was outstanding.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have mixed emotions about giving my rave review for this restaurant - haha. It’s soooo good but I also like it as it is - a bit off the main drag and never crowded. I’m hoping all the foodies in Manhattan appreciate it for the gem that it is. At the same time I’d hate for BuenaVista to be discovered and then I’d have to wait in line for my favorite dishes.
  12. A

    Abby

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great time at Buenovista. This is a true hidden treasure. The food was very tasty and the service was warm and friendly. Can’t wait to come back to try more of the menu. It will not disappoint.
  13. OD

    OlivierD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a very Nice dinner ! Argentina steak was amazing
  14. L

    Lag52

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, friendly and patient service. Lovely place. Definitely will return.
  15. J

    Joanna

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Disappointed that we went based on the lunch menu listed on the website and when we got there, we were told they no longer offer it. No lunch menu. They need to remove it from their website.
  16. DT

    DTDD

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delish octopus appetizer, lobster ravioli and skirt steak. The service was amazing! He was attentive, caring and professional. Will definitely return
  17. M

    Mich

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a pre-theater meal. The food and service were outstanding!
  18. S

    Steve

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Modest setting and ambiance, although wall photos are very nice. One goes there for the great chef. Service was very attentive. All dishes were inventive and unique. Same with the cocktails.
  19. CJ

    ChefJim51

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a find! Food is to die for, friendly staff and decent prices…who could ask for more? I’m in NYC for a trade show at the Javits and have been back every day for dinner to try something different.
  20. AA

    AndreaA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Lovely surprise! Tasty, well-priced food at a hole-in-the-wall on Ninth south of Port Authority. I'll be back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and the staff were amazing. It's small and perfect for a great meal within walking distance to Broadway for a show.
  22. OM

    OMack

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an excellent dining experience. The restaurant staff was welcoming and the atmosphere was great. This was only outdone by how delicious the food was. There weren't any long waiting times for the food, which is a plus. I highly recommend Buenavista to anyone looking for a great intimate dining experience.
  23. G

    Gaily

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    That wouldn’t honor the opentable reservation because they said they don’t serve after 915om.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Very small restaurant with fantastic food.
  25. SM

    SamM

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really good food and great staff
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere - great team
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lifelong New Yorker here, took a chance on a random restaurant on OpenTable to eat dinner somewhere before a Broadway show and it did not disappoint. This is probably the best food I’ve ever eaten in my life. The service, the eclectic menu - it was a home run in every category. Can’t wait to come here again!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden Gem. Brave the location. It’s amazing food!
  29. D

    Dejj

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great space and amazing food. Highly recommend! The staff was friendly, the drinks were strong, and the location was close to Penn.
  30. JK

    JayeKaye

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you walk too fast, you'll miss the doorway to this fabulous restaurant on 9th Ave. We arrived early and were the only diners for a while. The waiter was friendly and helpful and made us feel very welcome. Happy hour drinks were great and the bread that they served us with the tapenade was warm, crusty and delicious. Food came out quickly, nice and hot, and so nicely arranged on the plate. It was delicious and there was plenty to eat. I highly recommend Buenavista and will definitely be dining there again.
  31. PB

    PaulB

    Aberdeen

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent meal in a tiny little off street eatery. Both of us very happy with our meals. Great service and recommendations.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a hidden gem! First time diner but i will surely visit again. Loved the flavorful sea bass ceviche, grilled octopus, and squid ink linguini. Three milk cake was rich, delicious yet not sweet. Waiting staff are extremely courteous and friendly. Highly recommend it!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This food was amazing! Great place for pre-theatre dinner and drinks
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    We enjoyed this small restaurant very much! It might be a small venue, but the food pack a punch. Really creative Latin fare for the value. Good food, good value and great service. We will be back. Thank you for a memorable meal experience. <3!
  35. JL

    JulieL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a nice small restaurant, good variety of food choices. We ordered five hot and cold appetizers as our lunch, plus two sided dishes, which were the rice and sauté spinach. The appetizers were enough without the side dishes, we took the left over home.
  36. g

    gaga

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OUSTANDING WONDERFUL INCREDIBLE DELICIOUS WITH ARTISTIC PRESENTATION-amongst the top 5 restaurants I have eaten at in my life and I am 62
  37. SD

    SeanDougherty

    Las Vegas

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun innovative menu with great specials. A true fine dining experience
  38. J

    Josue

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious food & great service. We had the duck & pork ossobuco. The flavors of the duck dish were spectacular, sweet & savory & just very unique. The pork was amazingly tender, with a more muted flavor profile than the duck but still delicious. The pork dish was a hearty meal, like an elevated stew almost. We would get both dishes again. In fact, we discussed our plans to return for another meal while enjoying our dinner. We had some delicious churros for dessert. They were filled with dulce de leche, & came with a delicious passion fruit dip along with the more traditional chocolate dip. It seemed all the food we had combined flavors in a way that was surprising & extremely enjoyable. Our server was a really nice & entertaining guy who made us feel welcomed, made good recommendations, & was on top of our refills but also gave us space to enjoy our meal & conversation. Lastly, the timing of the food was perfect. We didn't wait too long for anything & weren't rushed thru any parts of the meal either. This is probably the best restaurant experience I've had in a very long time.
  39. CL

    CaryL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    The food was excellent. Our appetizers were unusual and delicious. Good sangria. We had great service. Very friendly place. To my surprise, the restaurant wasn't busy. It was a great find, and I will definitely return in the near future.
  40. LM

    LuciaM

    Poconos

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Starlin is the reason !

FAQs

Buenavista Restaurant & Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Buenavista Restaurant & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 388-5040.

Buenavista Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 405 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Buenavista Restaurant & Bar

536 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018-1309

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown West

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, South American, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rene Hernandez Hernandez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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