Buenavista Restaurant & Bar

4.7
170 reviews
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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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Sun - Wed 6:00PM - 11:00PM
Thu - Sat 12:00AM - 12:00AM 6:00PM - 11:45PM

What 170 People Are Saying
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CP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cordial service was very welcoming. Chicken empanadas and chipotle sauce were delicious!

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IB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has easily become one of my favorite places in NYC. I heard about this place from a family member and decided to try it. Although it’s small, the ambience was nice with good music. The best part was food and you won’t be disappointed with portion sizes. To start, we got a grilled octopus which was super tender and delicious. For entrees, we got the skirt steak, lobster ravioli, and a seafood special which was like a deconstructed paella. For dessert, we had a tres leche cake and flan. The presentation of the food was lovely, but the dessert presentation was a little dated. Overall, excellent experience with great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing every time I dine here !!

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Place! Great Service! My friend and I went for a birthday dinner.

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S
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We tried the recommended apps...octopus, chicken empanadas, and the amazing hanger cured pork tenderloin which is a flavorful mini stack from plantain base to quail egg on top, with truffle oil-absolutely delicious! Skirt steak arrived with smoking rosemary, which made for a nice presentation, and it was good with the chimichurri sauce. Osso buco was falling off the bone tender and very good, as was the oxtail stew(recommend a side of rice with that.). Cocktails were fantastic, as well. Would definitely come back!

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GC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Piccolo e nascosto e in vero gioiello.eccezionali l anatra ed i dolci al cioccolato. Cordiali e simpatici i camerieri

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NA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I frequent BV very often. Love the food and ambiance. The staff are extremely friendly and it feels like a family!

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OT
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our second meal here and it was nearly as good as the first. We took friends who live in the neighborhood and they loved it. The food and service, which was so good the first time, did not disappoint. In a space this intimate, the noise level can only be determined by who else is dining. On this evening, there was a rather loud crowd that was a bit intrusive, but luckily they were already on dessert. The table was then taken by two very loud talkers. Oh well, what can you do?

The server was VERY enthusiastic, eager to please and overly attentive, which, I suppose, is better than the alternative. The specialty cocktails were very tasty, we shared a first course of an octopus special (we'd had it before and it was divine), the calamari was a fresh spin on the expected, and the chicken empanade was very tasty, great dipping sauce. Two of us had Pork Osso Buco, excellent and tender, if a tad over-cooked, and two had fish: blackened sea bass and branzini - both were superb. We didn't save room for dessert. We will definitely be back again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely exceptional. Attentive service. Top quality food for moderate pricing. I almost cried when I had the nightly special- branzino fish. Will definitely be a regular.

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J
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Hidden gem!!

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LL
London
19 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little restaurant and bar on 9th Avenue very rich and satisfying. I suspect it would be noisy if full, but the noise level was fine on an early Sunday evening before the theater. Great photos of Latin American sights as well.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Latin American restaurant.

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CN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was interesting and delicious. Quinoa appetizer and guacamole were so tasty

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f
Detroit
163 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have had great food all over Latin America, but this sweet little spot in Hell’s Kitchen is amazing. The best octopus I have EVER had. The seafood tamale was incredible. The dishes were pieces of art. Lovely wines by the glass. I wish I could have tried everything on the menu but will have to return on next visit to Manhattan . You must try this restaurant.

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BM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the grilled octopus, amazing food and service.

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TD
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant!!! Wonderful drinks (the guava basil margarita is fantastic) and amazing food and welcoming and accommodating great service. Could not ask for more.

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LA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a gem! The restaurant is small and unassuming on a super busy street but inside it was perfect.
Was greeted at the door (by name!) by Richard. Very friendly to our group. Our waiter Ricky was also very nice. We asked for suggestions on the menu and opted to take his advice and all was delicious. The grilled octopus was outstanding. Ceviche, empanadas and guacamole as well. My group loved the skirt steak as I opted for paella and salmon.
A very nice atmosphere and the staff really was welcoming. Would recommend to those in the Times Square area.

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JH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! we had the grilled octopus special that was cooked PERFECTLY! even the drinks were delicious. We didn't feel rushed at all and I can't wait to go back.

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SH
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The octopus and ceviche appetizers were outstanding and the paella was good, although not overly traditional. The Numanthia Termes is a great wine at a decent price.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A small but cozy restaurant. Service was great. Really nice staff. Food was tasty, good portion sizes and great value for money. Not ideal for large groups over 6 (unless you reserve in advance). Certainly a place I’d return to. Nice neighborhood as well. Easy to get to.

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BK
Grand Rapids
61 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, it can get bit noisy because it’s a small place, but if you love extraordinary food and great service, run to this place at your first opportunity. The staff was cheerful, friendly, and attentive. Staff who were not even our Server stopped to make sure everything was to our liking. I had the skirt steak and it may have been the best steak I’ve ever had. My husband has the osso buco. Again, perfect. We’re marking this one of our favorites and will beeline here next time we’re in town.

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KR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is awesome. The food was so delicious. The staff was amazing. The overall experience was fantastic. Loved it and will definitely go back.

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OT
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food. Most friendly staff in the city. A truly great place

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AF
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for kids. Different / unique / interesting menu. No TVs (good!) so no distractions.

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g
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! Absolutely loved the place. The menu had so many nice options, lots of selections. They have a huge list of hot and cold appetizers. Drink menu is pretty good as well.
I ordered linguini with sea food and it was a very good portion and very tasty. Appetizers tuna with plantains was very unique and octopus special was very nice.
Tres leches cake was very tasty and generous portion, good for sharing.
Service was great! Waiter was so friendly and so pleasant. Place is small but very comfortable and inviting. I would 100% recommend it. Amazing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Argentinian skirt steak was unreal. Cooked to perfectly and unbelievably tender. Would highly recommend.

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SB
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting and delicious food that is plated beautifully and reasonably priced, particularly given the quality. Main courses are good, but the appetizers are the stars. This is an excellent pre-theater choice when attending performances between 8th and 10th on and along 42nd street.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Very nice and friendly staff!

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DJ
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I Had a delicious pre theatre dinner at Buenavista. All our dishes (I had a garlic shrimp appetizer and salmon for my main course) were excellently prepared and presented nicely. Our waiter was polite and helpful, but we did have to ask for a check as soon as we were done due to somewhat slow service. The restaurant is on 9th Ave. near Port Authority, so not the loveliest location, but very convenient. Inside the space is basic, but comfortable with the often Manhattan cramped coziness. I did not mention nor was I asked if I was seeing a show. Based on the locale that may be a good idea. Knowing that I look forward to returning to Buenavista in the future to enjoy their fine cuisine and friendly service.

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

I was extremely dissappointed this time around, 1st of all the restaurant was very short staffed with only one waiter for the evening. My husband and I ordered pasta that evening ,he ordered lobster ravioli and I ordered the shrimp scampi with ink alfredo sauce. My dish looked nothing how it was described on the menu, it was a mish mosh of spaghetti noodles with some pcs of shrimp lukewarm and it looked as if it was just thrown on the plate and did I also mention the sauce was black and very salty. A far cry from our last experience when everything we ordered was so beautifully presented.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Star was awesome!

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JS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server Starlin is amazing and has excellent knowledge of the menu and you should pick his brain while ordering. Manager Richard is just a real fun guy and made our experience very entertaining. Cocktails were excellent, apps were so good I may just order a bunch of those next time!

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OT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance and good service. The appetizers (Guacamole and Octopus) were very good but the entrees were a little uneven. The Lobster Ravioli was excellent, Paella was good (but not great) and the squid ink pasta wasn’t great. To their credit, they noticed that my friend didn’t like his pasta and took it off the check.

The food was good enough, and the service was very good, that I’ll be back to give them another chance.

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F
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little restaurant...Food is worth taking a picture of before eating...great creative menu....I am a foodservice executive who dines out all over the country every week and this is as good as it gets...
Home made bread, awesome creativity, Hot foods Hot and cold foods cold...one of the best salads ever...Citrus Foam vinaigrette...and Pork Osso Bucco...amazing

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f
New York Area
355 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great asset to the area. Wonderful options on the menu deliciously prepared. Friendly staff, great sangria. Can't wait to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent food, fair price and Ryan, the best waiter in NYC.

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MH
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time at Buena Vista. Food is excellent and a great value. Cocktails are good too! A great neighborhood place!

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UW
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was terrific - nice variety with a Latin flair. Everything was delicious. The service was professional. Great for ore-theater.

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K
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we were greeted at the door, we were treated like royalty. The service, food, and atmosphere were superb.

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JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the Ossobuco, very large, tender and tasty. Duck entree was fine. Oxtail potato ball appetizer great. Cured pork on plantain appetizer amazing and surprisingly big.

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