Buona Sera

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$50 and over
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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.

Complimentary 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Alot of food for the price of the meal. Great food everything was excellent the swordfish was great

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vipNJGolfer
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! All staff and the owner are extremely friendly and attentive to the guests. The food is outstanding and the innovative specials will keep you coming back.

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vipHrima
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal never disappoints

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WendiH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is always excellent at Buona Sera. The only thing I found on this trip is that the tables were extremely close together. I'm sure one can request other tables though. Still a good visit.

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viplisaxo64
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. We have not been in a while and Michael treated us to an amazing pesto and arugula pizza! Delish! We did mention it was for a birthday and was a little disappointed that it wasn’t acknowledged at dessert

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LaVe
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always a wonderful experience. It's a little pricey but overall its outstanding.

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CynthiaS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always love the food at Buona Sera. Wait staff is usually aces, with this visit no exception. Noise level was very loud. Sitting upstairs, right on the railing, overlooking the first flies made it extremely Loud.

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LouiseB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My husband had the veal parmesan, said it was the best he ever had. I had the chicken rossini, thought it was delicious. We also got the cannolis. It came with berries, loved it. Service was good.

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vipThomasB
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome as always.
Great deals on wine on Mondays

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KATIELYNN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great romantic restaurant! Great food, the plates can feed two people. Highly recommended!

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vipMaryAnneD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The “meatball” was amazing!! The broccoli rabe cakes were so good I could eat it for dinner! The Veal Milanese was outstanding. The place is a little over the top with their decor (a little too dark and dramatic for me) but that will not stop me from going back. They have a parking lot across the street which is a big plus in Red Bank.
The Martini’s were really good, we loved the Lemon Lush!
Our waiter said they move the tables after dinner on Friday and Sat night and have a DJ and dancing after 10:00 pm. I think he said mostly old school and disco, which I love so that would have been fun if we weren’t going to the show next store. Great find, food was really good and I will definitely go back!

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vipPaul
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good.Always enjoy the place.

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GregP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waiter was wonderful, knowledgeable and extremely accommodating. Steak was outstanding, but a little too rare and somewhat fattier than expected. However, nearly perfect! Wine menu is top notch and atmosphere is always lovely.

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eddie930
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going there before shows for 15 years..never disappointed. The portions are large for the money and you will bring it home. The staff is friendly and professional. We just like it there.

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Abad
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as expected

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious, with great quality and excellent service! Highly recommended!

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vipTSkinnz
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family celebrated my 39th birthday. We were a little disappointed that we did not get the table we requested months in advance, nor did the waiter acknowledge my birthday, but the food and service was excellent like always.

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vipStephenA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love the food here. This time had the chicken parm and it was the best I've ever had.

JD
JD92
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

We went for Valentine’s Day recently - the restaurant was extremely busy. We made a reservation which we had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. Not a big deal we got a drink at the bar located by the checkin. We were finally brought to our table where it took another 15 minutes to get a basket of bread. Our waiter was very nice. He seemed a little overwhelmed with how busy it was and it seemed like the other waiters as well. We placed our app and dinner dishes together. They brought out our dinner after 30 minutes of waiting. We did not receive our appetizer yet. Our waiter was very apologetic about what had happened. He comped the appetizer and got us a free round of drinks. The food was not exactly what we were expecting since we saw a lot of amazing dishes on their Instagram. My dish was not good nor was the appetizer we got it tasted like oil soaked bread. My husband loved his meal. Dessert was great! I’m not sure if we will be returning to the restaurant. It could have been because it was Valentine’s Day. We might try it out again on a not as busy evening.

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MichelleGrace
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went here for Valentine’s Day and we loved it. It was my first time here and I thought everything was perfect! We were seated earlier then our scheduled reservation which was great and our food came out super fast. Also our waiter was super friendly!

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vipBobp
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre-theater dinner. Arrived and seated upon entering the restaurant, service was great. We shared the stuffed artichoke and Meat and Cheese board appetizers .... Outstanding. For entrees two of us had veal chops, one Milinaise and one Parmigiana both were cooked perfectly and were delicious. The other diner wanted a shrimp parmigiana, not on the menu and told "no problem" and the last a chicken special. Large portions of quality food is the reason this restaurant has been around for a long time.

Can't wait to return

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely lunch in a classy and inviting establishment

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wasn’t first time and won’t be last time food is alway good service was a little slow but it was Valentine’s Day so a little understandable 👍

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Anthony
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from the moment we arrived. Greeted warmly and immediately seated. The place is huge and warm. Terry & the entire Wait staff was super attentive. Food was excellent and plates were large. We will be back.

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isellexus
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Valentines Day Dinner but could do with the posers at the main bar

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RickIrace
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day dinner. Great meal. Took us in on our reservation time which I live. Great service and great meal.

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NJSHOREGUY
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A lovely place for a pre- theatre dinner. Large portions of food served professionally and promptly. My issue is with the food. The pasta had an off-putting taste. Perhaps it was too much basil in their sauce but the sauce need to be revamped as it is not classic Italian. The pork osso bucco featured a shank that was on the fatty side. Plus, the supposed risotto was nothing more than cooked rice. The veal parm was generous in style and done properly. Portions were large. The strawberry cheesecake was yummy. Service was professional and not rushed.

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vipMatt122
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and attention. Clams oreganata were tasty, not at all gritty..well prepared. Had the halibut special, big portions and enjoyable. Great pre show location. Third time there, never disappointed

MB
MartyB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, as was the service. A bit noisy, but not too bad.

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viplb362
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Been here for a few holiday parties and loved it. Tonight, not so good. The specials aren't special. They are additions to the menu. The braised short rib was served over orzo. Yuck. What were they thinking? And the lobster ravioli only comes with One shrimp and One scallop. Not good and won't come back. The plus, great wine and service.

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vipsusanr
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special place to spend my birthday
Exquisite Food, great service
Thank you for the special Birthday desert along with a Happy Birthday serenade

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Michael
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was tremendous as always, server Tony was a pleasure, and we never felt rushed on a busy night. Been coming here for 12 years, a staple in me and my wife’s date night rotation.

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conniepo
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant was very nice, as usual. Service was a bit slow but it was pretty busy that day.

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vipChrisB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place never disappoints. Food is amazing.

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WilliamH
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service . A don't miss experience .

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FrankC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time there. Good meal good service, bartenders after dinner were great.

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SASHA
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was mediocre at best. Waiter has an attitude from the minute he approached our table. I took a very important client there and was very embarrassed by the food and service. I would not recommend or would I go back.

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AngelaV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Oysters and lobster were great. The pesto pasta had so much sauce it felt more like a soup. I absolutely hated it!! The waiter tried so hard to make it right. He honestly was the best & went above & beyond. I might give it another try, just because of Ryan. Usually, I’d give it a hard no...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & exceptional service. Always a great time!

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vipRonaldP
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I booked on Open Table and I have done this many times as you can see my profile . I checked in 10 minutes prior to my reservation time and was told it will be 15-20 minutes at least to be seated .
I was then directed to one of the 2 bars within the first floor , I ordered a few drinks and the checked back in approx 15 mins later , I was told “ How many drinks have you had “ I said a few drinks and then I was asked to retrieve the rest of my party to be seated .
I heard the same comment to two other parties while waiting for my remaining party . I do not mind spending money when I arrive early for a pre-Booked reservation but to tell me to go have some drinks and we will come get you when your table is ready in my mind is extremely unprofessional and rude .
Will not be back just based on our first experience unless you want to be treated like this if you think it is normal .

FAQs

Buona Sera offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 530-5858.

Buona Sera is rated 4.6 stars by 867 OpenTable diners.

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