Buenavista Restaurant & Bar

4.6
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271 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
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 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 6:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon 6:00PM - 11:00PM
Tue - Wed 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 6:00PM - 11:00PM
Thu - Fri 12:00AM - 12:00AM 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 6:00PM - 11:45PM
Sat 12:00AM - 12:00AM 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 6:00PM - 11:45PM

What 271 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful meal we had. The service was excellent. The waiter and staff were informative, enthusiastic and funny. The food was perfect. We all enjoyed it very much. Thank you to everyone there.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and drinks were unique and very tasty. Service was great. Only wish there were vegetarian options on the menu and that the front space had more heat or that the doors were kept closed more often because it was very cold.

TN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a wonderful surprise! They easily accommodated our larger party, our waiter was FANTASTIC, and the food was fabulous!

EB
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My wife and I really enjoyed dining at Buenavista. Food and service was excellent. Very tight quarters but we'll definitely be returning.

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waiter provided excellent service.
He knew exactly what was needed without me asking.

CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Absolutely! Food is fabulous and you wouldn't believe the presentation. Such a little place with such amazing food, kudos to the chef. A must try their octopus. I have never had it so soft.

VH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always enjoyable and a good value.

LL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here several times prior to heading to a show. The food is always good and the service is attentive without being overbearing.

SD
Las Vegas
80 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly exceptional restaurant. So many creative and delightful dishes in the menu.

r
London
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Buenavista Restaurant has a very nice and balanced menu. All served dishes tasted great. They may do however improve their service, as during our visit we had to refill wine ourselves.

w
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Small and intimate place. Can be a bit noisy, but we had no trouble having an extended business conversation.
Limited but VERY interesting menu. Great food served with very appropriate and attentive service; and they readily accommodated my special dietary needs. I would love to try more of their menu offerings, but my travels rarely take me anywhere near the neighborhood.

d
New England
44 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good meal. Good portions. We enjoyed our dinner.

DP
Philadelphia
142 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing meal. Had ossobuco that was great. Octopus was fantastic, Lobster soup delicious, and clam appetizer that was out of this world. Highly recommended

BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buena Vista never disappoints- it is superb on every level- ambience, service, food & beverage selection and presentation, taste- overall a wonderful experience each and every visit!!!❤️

l
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, warm people and great food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It was my 1st year anniversary dinner last minute celebration with the family and the staff were very attentive and friendly. Overall good experience.

D
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and value. Went for lunch and will DEFINITELY be back. This is elevated Latin cuisine beautifully executed.

P
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely great casual place. Food is OUTSTANDING and the people are charming and delightful.

A
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent, fresh food. Small restaurant, but very clean & good service. Awesome Cuban sandwich

M
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My (adult) godson & I came here for lunch, based on its well-deserved, high customer ratings (and proximity to Penn Station). They have an excellent, unique menu. We enjoyed the tuna plate & the chicken plate which were seasoned, prepared & cooked perfectly & quickly! The staff were all warm & attentive. We’ll definitely dine here again. Highly recommend!

P
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great.casual neighborhood place.

VH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is excellent and the service very good, but the place is crowded. Nonetheless, it is definitely a worthwhile dining experience. Highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food is delicious, with surprising combinations of flavors and cuisines. It’s also affordable, as is the wine. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Be sure to make a reservation.

JC
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and service was too. Food was fresh and creative. I tried two apps (guacamole and empanadas) which were both very good. The calamari ink pasta with shrimp and scallops was terrific and the portion was a good size. Definitely would recommend.

k
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent food, well prepared. Tasty craft cocktails, wine list is a bit limited, not many choices within the price range but interesting wines from less known countries. Friendly staff and attentive service. Fair prices and a good value for high quality eats. A small, intimate gem. Highly recommended.

c
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lové thé staff and the food was amazing ! Like a real chef food! Presentation and taste!

LC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!
Food and service are consistently good.
It was a little too noisy last week, the people at the table next to our table were VERY loud. That is not usually the case at Buenavista.
I look forward to returning.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a little odd to be seated right into the kitchen but the food was delicious...

JU
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Enjoyed the food but our party of 6 were charged a 25% gratuity. My friend paid and only told us the next day. Had I known while at the restaurant, I would have questioned the gratuity. What happened to 15%? 25% is ridiculous. Would not go back for that reason.

Buenavista Restaurant & Bar
Responded on November 29, 2019

Good Afternoon JulieL, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us. I would like to apologize if there was any confusion with your bill at the conclusion of your dinner. Upon further review we noticed that the bill included only a 18% gratuity, as is customary here with any table with 6 or more guests. If you'd like a copy of the receipt we can gladly provide one for you. We hope to see you again and once again apologize for any confusion. - Management

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f
Detroit
185 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This octopus is perfectly tender seasoned and presented beautifully. The tamal stuffed with seafood is delicious. The duck entree was some of the best duck I have ever had. Lovely wines by the glass. Enjoy

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Probably the best seafood paella I've had in NYC. Watch out though - the servings are pretty big. The server said appetizers were made for 1 person, definitely not. Totally shareable. The restaurant is a bit of a tight squeeze. A great little spot in a not so great neighborhood

KS
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is a gem. Great food and service. Typically small, narrow 9th Avenue place, but this is a terrific restaurant. Octopus app, Osso bucco, Argentine skirt steak was A+. We had a Bway show to make, and our excellent waiter made sure we were done in enough time. Definitely will be back.

LL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second experience at Buena Vista and, as with the first, the food was delicious and interesting, the service attentive, and the cost reasonable. My only concern with Buena Vista is that, while the sound level was fine while we were there, I'm guessing it could be a little loud when full. Excellent location if going to the theater. And good cocktails as well.

IB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been back several times and it's always delicious.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

Z
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A small restaurant, tucked among many on 9th Ave, this is a delightful place with an upbeat vibe. We dined on a Friday night, prior to a show, and despite the fact that we arrived late, they got us in and out, including dessert.
We had a chicken empanada appetizer, which was very good, but not as interesting as some of their other appetizers. I had the pork osso buco, which was amazing. Tender and flavorful. My husband had the fish special, which was also very good. Service was friendly and fast. The place was just getting going when we arrived, before 6:30, but was full when we left just before 8pm.
The restaurant is decorated with artwork and photos and is a cheerful environment. The staff, however, is what makes this place stand out. For a small restaurant, they couldn't be nicer, and the food was delicious. Not our first time there, and not our last!

m
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing! this was my second time here and the food and service was as good, if not better, than the first! we started off with hanger cured pork on plantain. amazing! we then moved on to our entrees. pork ossobuco and seafood casserole... um. wow! the pork was "fall off the bone" tender and my partner loved the seafood casserole. if the 3rd time is a charm, i can't wait!

SK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buena Vista is simply my very favorite restaurant. I travel a fair amount, love good food, but this place in my home town is just the best. We've been here 5 times - and it never fails to delight. The lobster stew is to die for, and the steak might just be the best I've ever had. I want to try everything on the menu!
The staff is warm and welcoming, and the restaurant small and intimate. The only criticism is that the drinks are on the small side. Other than that, it is just perfect.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, cocktails and customer service was great! Perfect ambiance for an intimate dinner.

l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host is amazing. He knows you’re coming before you even walk in the door-I’m not joking. Staff was amazing and knowledgeable of the menu. Ossobucco is a must to have and enjoy.