Buona Sera

4.7
954 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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BaronessSabineBahktson98
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service, busy, family atmosphere.

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RobertO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
18 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
17 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.

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CherylL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in the back room that was very crowded. Glad he is busy and making money lol
But, it was really hard having a conversation. And then the music started which I wasn’t aware of. I would rather have sat in front.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, Brandan, was exceptional! He was attentive and very charming! Made a point to let the hostess know just how good he is.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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vipwifesabrucefan
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was crazy good. Service was efficient and quick. Nice wine specials to compliment the meal.

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LynnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buona Sera never disappoints! Food was great, service was swift, and we even had a 1/2 hour remaining before our show.

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vipDinner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always great food! Service was a little slow compared to other tables. Also recommend spacing tables apart; felt a bit uncomfortable when table needed to mine was seated and I was literally back to back with person sitting at table next to me & had to change my seat.

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PattyD
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience4

Had similar experience as another customer with the bald owner. Were there for dinner before a Basie show. Basie was requiring masks while attending the show. We needed one mask. Asked the bald owner if he had a mask he could provide. He walked away then returned and said he did not have a mask. We then asked our waitress. She immediately walked over to where the owner was standing, took a mask out of the box right there and brought it back to our table. So, waitress and her service was great, food was good, bartender at back bar was very social, owner not so much. Overall a good experience, owner needs some training with his customer service skills or maybe recognize it's time to stop interacting with customers.

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vipdssjss
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this restaurant. Absolutely loved it! Large portions, great food, great ambience. Will be back for sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really nice time here and the food was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place!!!! Never ever disappoints!!!!

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vipMaurmurph
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently delicious. We’ve been going for years and never even the slightest disappointment

Great place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect night! Our food and service was wonderful.

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steveno
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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 954 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.