Buona Sera

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(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.

Specials

Half Priced Bottles of Wine

We offer a wide selection of wines for half price with any purchase of a Lunch or Dinner entree. Holidays excluded.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 13, 2019

Ends: September 14, 2118

Availability: Mon-Tue 11:30AM-11:30PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We serve a Thanksgiving buffet for two seatings: 1pm and 4pm.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 763 People Are Saying
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DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit and we will be back. Service was very good and restaurant was very busy.

Food was very good also.

We look forward to coming back

AE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was fabulous. The staff was kind. The food was unbelievable and the atmosphere was lively! The wine was fantastic and the dessert was out of this world. I would totally recommend this to anyone!!

s
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was really great! love the ambiance. but, it does need s bit more lighting on the second level. we couldnt read menus

RR
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always at Buona Sera! Thank you Danielle and Chris for the hospitality, great service and delicious food. Always a treat when we visit.

y
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Place packed prior to a Count Basie show. Pizza was undercooked and “floppy”. Everything else quite good. Very cold by perimeter doors.

NJ
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant in Red Bank. Their food and atmosphere are equivalent to any restaurant in the city. We will be back and thank you to everyone for making our visit so memorable.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent. After delicious appetizers a h as of portion of an entree is appreciated

p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Although the food was good the rest of the experience was below par with other resturants in the area. We had a reservation but had to wait almost 40 minsutes to be seated. There was no where to sit or stand while waiting without being in the way. Three tables around us were seated after us and had their meals and done before we got served. Service was slow, waited 20 mins for a wine. One of three meals was wrong and had to be sent back (after waitiing almost an hour).

J
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, amazing food and terrific atmosphere.

DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual and always, great food and great service. I highly recommend to go again and again as I have. Buon Appetito.

JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I've been here several times over the last few years. It is well decorated and always clean but the food is always less than spectacular. My wife wanted to try it again, for her Bday. I ordered a basic chicken park (you can't screw that up, right ?) She ordered the lobster risotto. I received a .. block or wedge of chicken cutlet with barely melted parm ? cheese .. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't great. My wife had a similar experience with her dish .. Very expensive for very underwhelming ..
We live in Red Bank and are proud of our eateries but I cannot envision a scenario where we will be returning to Buona Sera or encouraging anyone else to either

LB
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful! The unique offerings on the menu really rocked! Lobster Francese, who knew, yum. Option to create our own seafood plateau with shrimp, lobster, king crab and lump crab was also appreciated by those of us who do not care for raw seafood. Dessert was off the charts, Italian cream cake and flourless chocolate cake.

SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely LOVE this place. The food is excellent!!!

A
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Just not the server we had. He didn’t know the menu.was trying to talk to us while setting up other tables, we did t get to put our order in till after our appetizer was done. He he had no ideal what it meant when my wife ordered no starch with he dinner. He said I don’t think it’s cook with starch. Then when her $45 dinner came out with the mashed potatoes. He grabbed her plate and tried to remove the main course which was a tuna steak and put it on another plate. In the process losing All of sauces and dressing off the dish. In stead of just removing the mashed potatoes on to another plate. In my opinion this guy has no business in the food service industry. It breaks my heart cause my wife and I had them cater our wedding a couple of years ago. We were actually there on our 2 year reunion. To get stuck with this service was very very disappointing. The food it self was fantastic. But our server doesn’t belong working in such a fine establishment as this

C
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food n good service

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food 👍

p
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lobster Francaise over Capellini was a mouthwatering delicious dinner. Highly recommend

L
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. My friends and I appreciated the ambient, food, music and services

VB
Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Service as always!! One of our favorite restaurants.....

EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The restaurant is very pretty inside, done in n old Italians ambience. That's where it ends. I ordered the stuffed veal chop for $48. I ordered it a little over medium and came out raw. I sent it back and waited about 15 minutes for it to come back. When it came back it was sitting in a pool of some sort of very loose liquid, it was gross ! I had to spill off the water into my bread plate. My friends steak was just as bad, also sitting in a pool of water. The biggest mistake we made was not sending it all back the second and ordering something else or just leaving. The waiter came back 15 to 20 minutes later and I told him to be happy that I don't write for zagat. Really simple to the point this restaurant cares more about the bar business downstairs than it's food. When in Red Bank going to a show at Count Basie, try Teak across the street for a really nice meal not some crappy food at Buona Sera.

NO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I ordered a salad that I felt was overpriced for what it was. My eggplant parmigiana dinner and creme brulee dessert were very good. The restaurant itself was way too loud and I did not feel comfortable there. I would not be going back there again for dinner.

LF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and large portions. Go for the half portions which was very large. Can’t imagine the full portions.

NY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From food to service, Buona Sera is top notch. This is our go to place for special occasions. Anniversaries, birthdays or promotions, Chris and his staff have ALWAYS accommodated our needs. Food as usual is outstanding. Only downside is I always order the same thing, a stuffed veal chop, because it's that good! We've been going there for over 15 years and will continue to do so.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was courteous and helpful. The food was great and well priced. Definitely going back soon.

VI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away. The staff was friendly and our waitress was amazing. The food was excellent as expected.

BG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The stuffed rigatoni was too hard. Everything else was good.

NO
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always wanted to try this restaurant. I was not disappointed. The atmosphere and service was outstanding. Our waiter made us feel like we were the only party in the room. Food was delicious and cooked to perfection. Will return.

g
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buona Sera has always been my now fiance (he proposed tonight) favorite place. The owner and waiter went above and beyond to make it the most memorable night for us. Thank you so much. Excellent quality as always! See you again soon.

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went there for our anniversary. Food was excellent, with large portions. The restaurant was a bit noisy. However it had its charm and friendly atmosphere. They honor your reservation and we were seated promptly with our choice of location.
Red Bank is notorious for finding a parking spot. The restaurant offers valet parking. Just pull up to the restaurant door.
Overall will not hesitate to recommend the restaurant and definitely will be going back.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Our table was ready at the time promised and the food was very good, service a bit slow but ok.

Ambiance was very nice as well, we will definately return!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

CT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

First time there before going to a Count Basie show. Food was great and our server Joe was superb. He made sure our food was served well in advance of the show and he couldn't have been nicer.

D
New York Area
172 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A little pricey but perfect if going to the show at Count Basie. The tuna special was superb as was the crab cake special. Both were $35/$33 so a little high but delicious.

SF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service awesome as usual!! Loved this place ever since I had the firstTomahawk steak ever served there!!

WS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Service was exceptional. Host/owner very friendly. We will definitely come back.

t
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner helped us choose a bottle of wine that was outstanding. The stuffed mozzarella appetizer and pasta dish were rich in flavor and extremely tasty. And to top it off, the Tomahawk steak was cooked to perfection. We definitely ordered more than we should, but it was worth loosening the belt. Even thought it is a little bit of a drive to get to, it is one of our favorite places.

BA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

I downgraded 1 star for the following: noisy, dark (thank God for flashlights on smartphones), waiter response a little slow. Otherwise 5-star. Yes, we were there before a Basie show--crowded.

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love the atmosphere! Food absolutely delicious. Generous portion. Half portion still too much!
Service impecable. Friendly. went with my sister after show at count basie theater. will go back with my husband for sure.

DP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. The restaurant is busy but the service is very attentive. We enjoyed our entire meal, never felt rushed. Every time we have come to the restaurant it has been a very good experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second time at Buona Sera and we absolutely love it! We find all staff hospitable and attentive and the food is delicious. We recommend it to all of our family and friends.