Buona Sera

4.6
703 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 York City. 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 lavish Palazzo room. Catering services can be ordered for in-house reservations as well as for outside events.

Buona Sera's 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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Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife for her birthday dinner, no kids! Bruschetta and eggplant rollatini for appetizers. Steak and eggplant parmesan for dinner. Sangria and a nice red wine. Meal was completed with creme brulee. EVERYTHING was phenomenal.

SJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food with generous portions regardless of what you get. Splendid service & attention to detail.

BF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my wife’s birthday. Food and service was excellent as always.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always excellent service and food. Never a disappointment. Highly recommended.

DL
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about this place! We will definitely be back

CW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed in the service or the food. Top notch waiter was there to check on us but not overdo the service. Love that 5 lb lobster!!!

KD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We both had the 5lb lobster special. The crack open the shell so it’s about 75% out of the shell and very easy to get in to the meat. You would think it would be tuff but it was tender and delicious. The Calamari was tender and large portions. The Prince Edward mussels were wonderful. The service was the best I ever had there, he did a great job. The desserts were excellent. The drawback is the cost. It’s a bit expensive but very good. They have a bar and parking by valet for $7.00. I hope they keep the lobster special beyond the summer months because we will definitely return for more of the same.

ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had a fantastic dinner at Buona Sera. The lobster special is not to be missed. Can't wait to go back!

MB
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Clams casino was great. The lobster in the Zuppa di Pesce was way too overcooked that it wasn't even enjoyable. The scallops though were cooked perfectly. Our waiter was not very attentive and we had to hunt him down multiple times to order dessert, pay the check etc.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I ordered the Zuppa de Pesci. For $37 there were three shrimp a few mussels and clams and two scallops. The piece of lobster was all dried out. But the thing that bothered me most was that it was 90% calamari which was like rubber. The waiter was nice enough to bring me out some more clams. We have been there many times before and if we ever come back I will know to order something else

R
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing & the service was great. The place is beautiful & clean. Will be back again

RR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great people. Buona Sera never disappoints. Christine had the lamb chops special and loved it. I had the 20 oz sirloin, cooked a perfect medium rare. Well done Chris and Danielle, as usual.

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here several times the food is delicious, the service is always good

SA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always delicious here. The meatball appetizer is my favorite. Highly recommend.

LH
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, as always! Consistently great... .

JB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The menu was a little small and we were there for lunch so that could account for this. Nice bar area and close to the small theater. Service was a little slow. The waiter explained that they were understaffed for the day due to the summer lunch.


Some nice selections with a few interesting pasta's as well as a few meat dishes. The place was quiet but we were there for lunch and there were only a few tables and not sure how this would affect the noise at dinner. However, would plan to try dinner and see if the selections improve.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and great service. We were seated right away and approached by our waiter to begin our eating experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent as I remembered from when I went years ago. The meatball with burrata was new and soooo good.

OT
Savannah
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great

MM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it!!! Great food, great atmosphere, great staff all around!

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was perfect as always. The staff here are always so great. But our dinner - specifically our steaks - were just badly overcooked. Ordered medium rare, but they came out medium well to well done. This is the second time in a row I've had this happen at Buona Sera. I'll be taking a break.

CD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so delicious and generous portions! You can tell the management really cares about their customers full experience.

JT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere with great service and food! Owners are sweet and friendly!

L
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have eaten here over the many years they have been open.. Food has always been delicious. This last time, though, the food was OUTSTANDING! Large, generous portions and top notch Filet Mignon, U8 size scallop entrée and stuffed swordfish with crab meat. We all took a taste of each others entrees and we were WOWED by the taste and quality of the food. Thank you, Buona Sera for a wonderful evening with my husband and mom! We loved it!

CB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fun time, loved the ambience!! The food was excellent and service was great, will definitely go back!!

JW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Met friends early on a Saturday evening. We had visited this restaurant before and returned because we were so impressed. Again, the service was both excellent and friendly. Cocktails were delicious. We ordered their 5 lb. summer lobster special. Excellent!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot to grab awesome food at a great price!

LM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I didn’t care for the food. It was tasteless . I ordered mussels in a white sauce n I had to add salt for taste, lots of it and I usually don’t salt food. The calamari was chewy n the linguini with white clam sauce was also tasteless.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

From the moment we entered Buona Sera, the service was exellent: a fine balance between attentive and providing us time to talk, consider beverages, visit, consider the menu. They responded clearly to our questions and requests. The wait staff did not miss a beat.

The drinks before dinner were satisfying - doing what a cocktail is supposed to do. The appetizers were simply delicious: A fine tomato based sauce dressed tender Mussels. A Sweet Flavor. The Crabmeat appetizer was a fresh, Jersey blue claw crab. Just the right amount.

The entres were for the most part effectively presented: The short ribs with papperdelle pasta were cooked to perfection. The scallops and shrimp prepared to perfection - the right temps. The Red Clam sauce (fresh clams) over penne was delicious, though the gluten free penne was overcooked. a GF pasta requires attention for al dente perfection. Nonetheless, the dish was tasty.

Dessert: The cakes were wonderful. Colorful presentation, Fresh, moist. The Tartufo was sweet and more than enough, and a specially order fruit plate was magnificent. That drew rave reviews from the table.

Buona Sera created a good evening indeed for our company.

MG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wedding Anniversary

MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food are outstanding !

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Buona Sera always great.

JR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It is the most fun restaurant and the food was superb! We live about 1 Mile away but don’t eat there often because the portions are huge! BUT as good as the food is the people watching. It is just a hoot. As for value. Where else can you get a 5 lb lobster cooked to perfection with all of the trimmings for $55. The creme brûlée was gorgeous. Gotta say it is probably the best Italian gourmet anywhere around.

BM
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service!!

RO
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was a little slow- I think they probably were busier than expected. Seemed like the waiters had too many tables

I
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Not bad overall, little pricey for what the food is, nice decor. Monday night was fairly busy and wine bottles were 1/2 price so that was good, but the waiter was a little unwilling to listen to the customers needs and didn't explain the dishes. Appetizers were good. Our party was less than enamored with the waiter. Experience was okay there are so may good places to eat in Red Bank.

DL
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

extensive menu,excellent quality of food, large portions, makes for a fantastic dining experience! From appetizers to dessert, the options are mouthwatering and delicious. The filet Mignon is one of my favorite main courses, cooked to perfection and accompanied by flavorful mashed potatoes and fresh string beans. The salads are huge and bursting with flavor! Salads featuring items like poached pears and gorgonzola cheese bring surprising flavor to the greens. Dessert is the end to the perfect meal and large portions guarantee you can share. Been coming here for many years and will continue to support this great restaurant.

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Do not get the steak. $40 mealy and over cooked. The pasta was just ok. Definitely would not go back. My sons hamburger was very good but the bacon was completely chard to the point that it was disintegrating when you bit into it.

b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always. Loud - but wonderful place!

KD
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had quite possibly the best lobster I have ever had. It was tender, sweet and presented mostly out of the shell. I’m impressed and will be back for more. The crab cakes were fantastic and the filet mignonette was perfect.

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