Buenavista Restaurant & Bar

4.6
305 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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDrron36
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love this place. When you first walk in it's not particularly impressive. Long and narrow, with a nice bar area on the left, a relatively small seating area beyond with a few 2-tops o the left and , and a banquette that runs along the right wall, with comfortable cushions, with a few table of various sizes in front of it. There are many colorful framed photos on the walls of sites in Central and South American countries

The beauty in in the food, service and overall vibe, which is helped by catchy Latin American music, not too loud for good conversation. The servers are warm, seem clearly proud of the food and are eager to accommodate you. And the food is amazingly good, not what you would expect on first impression when you walk in. The Mexican Guacamole with chilaquiles and green plantain confit, served in molcajete (stone) shell is delicious and visually beautiful--homemade, with long, rectangular tortilla chips. I had the squid ink linguine with seafood. My main was Calamari Ink linguini sauteed with scallop, shrimp, and spinach in a lemongrass creamy Alfredo, sprinkled with picorino and micro purple basil. It was outstanding! A bottle of delicious Albarino rounded out the meal. I give 5 stars relative to expectations. Fine dining in a mid-range setting!

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JaimeW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there, small but very clean and cozy great service, the food tasty they got a very good chef. good drinks also.

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CesarJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food portions were very small , service was ok because they were short staff .
They could be more generous with the food considering the price.

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ChicagoFoodie123
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Everything was fresh, and you can tell the chef takes pride in his work. Great cocktails as well. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing !!! I don’t know the waiter’s name but he was AWESOME ! His vibe and energy literally made us have the best night

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great food and very good service. The staff was amazing, and they fully bilingual (Eng/Spa). I had the rib-eye and was delicious!
Absolutely recommend it! Two thumbs up! 👍🏻👍🏻

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MylesG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find! Food was delicious and portioned just right.

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vipElsaR
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant in NY. The food and drinks were creative, beautiful and delicioussssss. Chef Alex Alvarado makes espectacular combinations of flavors. We loved everything from appetizers to desserts. Also great service and ambiance. 100% reccomended.

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patriciab
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Restaurant is cute and cozy, staff was nice, dinner was okay. Appetizers were good better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and outstanding service! Fabulous birthday dinner

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CHRISTINAG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing. From appetizers, main course, and sides. Delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Oh my goodness. If you haven’t been, you need to go today! The food is incredible and so fresh and the cocktails are amazing. Their happy hour is great and well worth its value. We were seated right away and the server was very attentive despite having many tables to care for. The outdoor seating is very cute. Overall, highly recommend!

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AlvinF
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is some of the best food I've EVER eaten. It was absolutely AMAZING.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food! You must try it!

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MarkF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible spanish restaurant, one of the best in the entire city I would recommend to a friend or visitor.

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Yokarina
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

First time visiting this restaurant and I love it!

The music was not loud, the food was very tasty and the service was excellent. I simply love this restaurant and I will definitely comeback.

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lisettejt
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious & the waiter was very pleasant!

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vipJosePD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding European/Iberian Peninsula/Latin American fusion cuisine at moderate prices. Excellent service. Very strong recommendation.

JP
vipJosePD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very tasting food, great presentation, very good and cheerful service, good wine choices, and overall excellent value.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner and waitstaff are fantastic, food is even better!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING NIGHT FOOD SUPERB STAFF AMAZING

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vipGiulianna
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice experience!

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LuisM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
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
5 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
5 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
35 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
7 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
3 reviews
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.

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 4.6 stars by 305 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.