Buona Sera

4.7
967 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
(Online reservations for 5 or more, please call us)** 2 hour min required for Pre Count Basie show reservations. The classy and elegant Buona Sera is located in Red Bank area of New Jersey. The dining room is gorgeous with carefully planned details and decorations that add a sense of refinement to the restaurant. You can also host an event or party in the Wine Cellar or Tuscan Room. Catering services can be ordered for in-house reservations as well as for outside events.

Buona Sera is a full service bar and restaurant, and our menu is quite extensive, giving you a lot of lunch and dinner options to choose from. Start off with one of the large and flavorful appetizers, then continue to the main course. Entrées at Buona Sera include pasta, veal, choice steaks, chicken, pork chops, various types of ravioli and seafood. Veal chops from this restaurant are some of the most popular dishes on the menu and are worth trying.
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vipMichaelT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I discovered Buona Sera on Instagram and have been following for quite awhile. I met some friends that live in south jersey and had a fantastic meal. The food tastes as good as it looks on insta! Our waitress Erin was awesome and very attentive. My guests made some adjustments to their orders and it wasn’t an issue at all, very accommodating. Looking forward to going back sometime soon.

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vipMars
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurant to go to. Very tasty and delicious. Ambience was very nice with Tuscan feel to it. Angel, our waiter was very attentive and pleasant. Looking forward to dining again.

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DavidD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always the best. Service is friendly and prompt

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FranciR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant never fails, it always comes thru, Tuesday night after work, Saturday night date, it doesn't matter it is a top notch establishment! Food was great , ambiance is beautiful , the staff courteous and attentive !

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AnelyG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Saturday night was awesome, the best service. Delicious food and quantity, nice music

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EileenG
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Huge portions! Waitress was great! First time and we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, didnt rush us! Fabulous!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience5

One of the best restaurants in monmouth county

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vipJulieM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Erin, our server, was wonderful, attentive, and professional.
Our dinner was outstanding.
We shared the eggplant Rollatini for appetizer. It was a very generous portion and it was out of this world.
I had the chicken cacciatore and my boyfriend had the shrimp and scallops over spaghetti in a pink cream sauce. Both were amazing.
Been coming here for years. Great food, great vibe, and to have their own parking lot in Red Bank makes BS a win win all around.

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vipMichaelM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal ,alway amazing....

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vipDeniseD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was Dec. 18, 2021. Our table over looked the kitchen. The staff literally was dumping trays of discarded food onto the floor, dumping water on top of it & shoveling it into the drain all while still cooking. Not one person had gloves or a mask on! No one person washed their hands ever! Not even after shoveling this slop. I saw them drop a rag they were using to “ clean” on the floor, picked it right back up & continued to use it. This all happened after our dessert came out. We already had appetizers & entrees. Most disgusting, vile thing you could imagine for a $400 meal. The managers excuse was “we have 600 people here tonight”. Offered to take a piece of cake off the bill, never did. Think twice before ever going here friends! We certainly won’t be back….EVER!!!

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Sutah
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server is the best. Really enjoyed our time together. Got to try new wines bc they were discounted. Loved the salmon, calamari and desserts.

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VincentD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A friendly atmosphere with good food and service.

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BaronessSabineBahktson98
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service, busy, family atmosphere.

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RobertO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful italian restaurant with great food and in an excellent location. Great place to eat before seeing a show at Count Basie

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Ken52
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere, service and food was GREAT. Generous portions served and when they arrived at the table they were steaming!

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vipJoeD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoy Buona Sera, we have been here several times and will return. We enjoyed everything. Pitcher of sangria was great as was the appetizer mozzarella, tomato and prosciutto.
Had the shrimp and scallops over pasta in a pink sauce and it was perfect. My wife had chicken Milanese and really enjoyed it.
Overall great ambiance and food.

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MichaelD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience when we dine at Buona Sera

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JosephB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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BrianC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food with oversized servings. The staff is attentive and professional. The chef will make special orders no charge for sharing. Whenever we go we are truly treated like family. Highly recommend

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AshleyC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! I loved my pasta!

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RICH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Waiter very nice bartender very helpful highly recommend the braciole appt And half portions on the pasta were huge! Lobster bisque very hot sand tasty I would definitely go again!!!!!!

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SergioC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Food was delicious, great service and they give you very generous amounts of food.

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EricF
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. My husband and I go all the time. We’ve never experienced a bad meal yet. EVERYTHING is good!

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GraceM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff was fantastic!they really know what they're doing there

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Blondie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and atmosphere tremendously. Look forward to going back!

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vipRobM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a good time and great service! Tortellini Carbonara is next level and always a go-to for me!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Show at count basie

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frankl
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best been going for 30 years I will always go back

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vipDenny
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner at Buona Sera on October 19, prior to the monkeys concert at Count Basie theater. Service was impeccable, food came out exactly as requested, and reasonably priced. Will return

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Familyof5
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

First, I never got my Open Table points for this reservation even though I checked in.
Second, it took more than 30 minutes to get our drinks and appetizers served. The entrees were a bit more timely thankfully. The food was good, nothing outstanding. I've had better meals there before. Good size portions as always. Really enjoy the ambience.

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vipAZJB
Phoenix
40 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very consistent for so many years now. Food is always good, generous portions and the best service around…. Cheers!

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karenh
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This visit was our first time there... we will definitely be going back. Food was excellent!

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vipMidnight
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine list. Very good service.

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vipLuv2dineout
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was sooo noisy there it was impossible to talk.

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MichaelP
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and a great meal overall. Fluke dish could have been better....

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KevinF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good service.

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LisaK
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benny was a fantastic waiter. He was attentive, pleasant and made or first time at the restaurant a memorable one.

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vipTheNiniD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond expectations as always. From the start with our cocktails to the bottle of Gaia....everything was outstanding. We both ordered veal entrees which were cooked to perfection with zucchini fries.The service is always excellent. We had a seat next to the windows which was a secluded private area, it made it special. I highly recommend Buona Sera!

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Mike
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very plentiful. Well located to the Count Basie Theater.

FAQs

Buona Sera does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Buona Sera also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 530-5858.

Buona Sera is rated 4.7 stars by 967 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.