Buenavista Restaurant & Bar

4.7
282 Reviews
$30 and under
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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LuisM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Churrascos I have ever tried and the fried yuca was also amazing. Will definitely return with my wife.

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vipPokey292
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you are looking a slightly upscale Latin American cuisine that has a touch of old Spanish tapas vibe, then I highly recommend Buenavista. Their special grilled octopus appetizer was something to savor over and you can't go wrong with any of their main dishes be a seafood plate or steak frites. I still have yet to try their Spanish paellas.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The bathroom’s needed some TLC. New mop or something for cleaning. Bathroom was the only downside.

Waiter was hilarious and awesome. Never got his name.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Awesome service and the food was out of this world! Our waiter was great! I will definitely go back again

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vipFoodoflife
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great. Had the octopus special, the potatoes stuffed with oxtail, the sea bass and the churros for dessert. Loved all of it! There are so many restaurants in New York City that have good, but not memorable food. This place is a gem and we’ll definitely be back soon.

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Ingrid
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing and everyone was nice.

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CandyF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dinner experience!
Ryan was attentive and also the manager and the busser !

Thank you very much

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vipPaco
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The perfect neighborhood spot. The shrimp appetizer is great and so is the seared ahi tuna. Also had the charrasco steak and it was excellent.

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vipSteveE
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding meal! The food was phenomenal. I had the Chilean seabass, and my son had the skirt steak with chimichurri. Both delicious!

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vipMadreMom
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This is a nicely decorated with exposed brick wall small restaurant near the Port Authority. Although the place is small it was easy to have a quiet conversation without people over hearing it. We had the fish and the chicken breast stuffed with shrimp and for an appetizer we had the octopus Which was perfectly cooked.All of the dishes were delicious and their presentation and plating of the dishes was quite elegant.They have a nice selection of cocktails. Only downside was when I returned a wine that was too warm or tasted off, the waiter almost seem bothered by my request and he was just a bit too casual with the service. Other than that I would certainly recommend this place if you are in the area of Port Authority and need a nice place to wait for a bus or to chill out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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TraceyN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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ErnestB
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.

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leonme
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.

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CarolS
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.

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vipLLMinNJ
New York Area
29 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.

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vipVincentH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always enjoyable and a good value.

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

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

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random
London
3 reviews
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.

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waynes
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.

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vipdwn713
New England
49 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good meal. Good portions. We enjoyed our dinner.

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vipDPhilly
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

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BarbaraR
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!!!❤️

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vipdisappointed
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, warm people and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipDray0831
New York Area
35 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.

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vipPaco
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipAngelus
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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

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vipManhattanite
New York Area
114 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!

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vipPaco
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great.casual neighborhood place.

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vipVincentH
New York Area
12 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipJCfromNJ
New York Area
28 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.

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vipkurt
New York Area
50 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.

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carolinez
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLynnC
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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...

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JULIEL
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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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 4.7 stars by 282 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.