Brando's

4.7
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1722 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Brando's was founded on the premise of great food made from quality ingredients, excellent service, and a warm atmosphere which we believe are the three elements of any enjoyable dining experience.

The chef/owner, Steven Botta, grew up in Brooklyn and learned many of recipes used at Brando's from his mother. Raised in this welcoming tradition, he believes when you enter Brando's, whether its your first time or your one hundredth time, you should always feel like they are dining with family.

Soulful Italian is the best way to describe our menu. Our culinary team has been trained at the finest culinary schools, and has over fifty years of combined experience. From our fresh pasta, to our line-caught fish, to our thirty-five day dry-aged steaks, the difference is discernible

























What 1722 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and the food was delicious. Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food and service as always. Great ambiance.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Service was unusually below and inattentive with a restaurant usually so good at service. Waited for every course and it didn’t even seem that busy.

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service!

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Good restaurant! Nice Atmosphere and good service.

NW
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Great ambiance. Always a pleasure here. Our server, Don, was extremely accommodating and made us feel at home.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, great food, always a perfect visit

AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing!! Our waiter was very knowledgeable and was a great help.

SD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service

AP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service exceptional,there was a mix up with the 2 dinners that the ladies ordered(both the same) and they were prepared absolutely to hot/spicy and the waited handled this very quickly and professioanaly

KW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had reservations for 8:45pm and were on time, but had to wait 30 minutes for our table. The staff was apologetic and tried to make amends. The food was delicious and service was great once we were seated.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We have been going to Brando's for years. Our server didn't even introduce himself. He came off pretty cocky. He did warm up to the table. The veal chop was drenched in burnt tomato sauce. We will def. still come to Brando's and will not get the Veal Chop.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never had a bad meal at Brando’s.
I don’t mind mind spending a little
extra for the best. Waiter and staff
we’re professional, polite and knowledgeable.

CB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food and service at Brando's was, as always, very good. If anything let's them down it's the noise levels, especially in the larger side room. With just a little sound baffling noise levels could be dropped significantly. You do end up hearing everyone's conversations and need to speak pretty loudly in order to hear and be heard by your dining partners.

KB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I had not been to brandos in a while
Very disappointed this time
I don’t mind paying a lot of money for a great steak but I have been to all the best steak restaurants in the US and most high-end steak restaurants even in Manhattan charge no more than $65 for an excellent piece of steak for one person
So I thought $70 for a steak was a bit pricey but was willing to spend it on the assumption that it would’ve been a really great piece of meat it which was only very average if at all
Also when the first exposure to the restaurant is reheated bread which did not seem fresh at all it’sort of spoiled things for me for the rest of the evening
It’s hard to imagine that this is the same place as the Marlboro sister restaurant osteria i’ve never had a bad meal there
Our waiter was superb however very attentive
Just very disappointed by the meal relative to the excessive cost

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent as well as the service from our waitress Theresa

M
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meal was delicious! Waiter,Don was great! Enjoyed our 31 yr anniversary dinner at Brando’s.

OT
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brando’s is truly a fabulous restaurant!
Excellent food, attentive service, great bar.
My favorite is the Sunday gravy (of course, only available on Sunday).

RE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

I usually love this restaurant and have never had a problem with service (or it was remedied quickly if I did). The food was excellent as always, but I am disappointed in the service.
Our reservation was for 9 pm. We walked in at 9:03 after handing the car over to valet. At 9:15 we were told our table wasn’t ready yet because people were celebrating. We were told the same thing at 9:30 and eventually were offered a table outside (even though we had a dining room reservation). We were hungry so we took it.
That was the beginning of inattention to us and a complete lack of disregard for us and our needs (no drinks from the bar, food being served late, etc). The manager was aware of everything that happened and never did anything to remedy it (or even apologize for any of it).
Honestly, this used to be my favorite restaurant and I always recommend it, but waiting 30 minutes after a reservation (and they were THAT busy by that time, I was embarrassed that I even brought my out of town guest there.
I don’t think I will be back so quickly or do my family celebrations there for a while but this is warning to be prepared for terrible service.

CC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This gem of a restaurant was AMAZING!! Food outstanding as well as the staff was incredible Our waiter think Dylan was more then helpful and knowledgeable! Katie and Michelle behind the bar, the best! Kind, knowledgeable, gracious, patient and helpful! We LOVED so much we went back the following after noon for “Sunday Gravy”! Will return as often as possible! They ALL made it a fun experience!!!

TJ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Service was very good, highly attentive and engaged. Food was not great (steak was tasteless which was odd as I had the same one 2 weeks before and it was spectacular). Drinks were horrible and not prepared correctly (which was odd as it was their signature drink from their menu, perhaps new bartender). Atmosphere is nice and again, server was great but need some consistency in the quality of the food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious with a beautiful presentation. My branzino with black lentils was good but not as flavorful as all of the other dishes everyone at our table ordered.

SG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So I had heard great things about Brando's and decided to check it out for my birthday. And I'm glad I did. From the moment we walked in we knew it was going to be good, it just had that vibe. Our waiter, Bruno, was excellent - knowledgeable, patient and a good sense of humor. The stuffed Branzino was cooked perfectly and my wife loved the Brodetto. I can't wait to get back.

BG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perhaps one of the best restaurants in NJ incredible dining experience and the food was"off the hook "

RK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Another outstanding evening at Brando’s. Food and service top notch.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to celebrate my daughters birthday and had a fabulous time! Everyone was soo accommodating & the food was absolutely delicious!! The sunday gravy with your choice of pasta was amazing!!
Highly recommend 🤗

DG
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Don’t order the overpriced steak. They don’t know how to cook it.

RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was excellent from the appetizers, to the main course to the dessert. My wife, a vegetarian, had the eggplant tower as an appetizer. She really liked it and it was big enough to be an entree. I had the Brodetto, which was outstanding. The dessert favorites were the zabaglione and the bite-sized zeppole filled with Nutella (this may have been a special.) The server was a little gruff, but overall fine, and the hostess stopped by a number of times to make sure everything was ok.

In all, a great dining experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our go-to place. We love the food, the service, Sue the manager, and one of our our favorite members of the human species, Theresa- the BEST server anywhere! After our very first time there, Theresa remembered exactly what we like to eat and drink. She is friendly, knowledgeable, and treats us like we are guests in her house. All of the servers are outstanding, the food is ready, the ambiance is lovely, although it can get a bit noisy at peak hours. Just go there!- you will love it

f
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

While the overall lighting was too low to read the menu the decor was tasteful and the food was delicious and plentiful. The service was somewhat condescending, but efficient.

JI
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brando’s is fantastic. We enjoyed every part of the meal. Appetizers were both specials, grilled octopus and figs with prosciutto. My wife and I shared a porterhouse for 2, which was perfectly prepared. Ended with coffee and zeppoles stuffed with cannoli cream and Nutella. Service was great. Valet parking was very convenient. I strongly recommend Brando’s.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Parents in town. Family dinner

j
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner here. However our shrimp/scallop appetizer was not worth the $25 price tag. It was good but not worth the money. The service was top notch, our waiter excellent. We would definitely come back.

The only complaint I had about our dinner was with the AC vent which was blowing directly down on me making dinner very uncomfortable. The hostess did raise the thermostat once which helped until it kicked back on then it blew the rest of the evening.

MO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brando’s was amazing! The food was excellent and very large portions. The service was excellent, our waitress was amazing, she remembered all 8 of our orders without writing it done! I wish I remembered her name. I highly recommended eating here if your in Asbury! I will definitely be returning.

RH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Didnt quite meet the mark when so many have given great reviews. Salad came late and was mediocre for a Caesar. Veal was good but dish was drowning in sauce when described in menu as "lightly" drizzled. Bolognese pasta entree was enjoyed by friend, but two others ordered entree with shrimp, rice ball ,etc. and it was fair. Appetizers (Zuccini, Polenta with mushrooms, and long hot peppers) were good. All in all I would not go back anytime soon

DG
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

My entree--stuffed branzino--was excellent; however, the vegetable dish--potatoes and carrots--were not warm. Also, dessert came after we had finished our coffee.

Our waiter, Abraham, was pleasant and informative.

I will return, even though I believe the dinner was a bit pricey, in hopes that the above issues do not occur next time.

CF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service!

BK
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and attentive service. Really enjoyed the meal. Will dine here again!!

p
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Brando's has a great Vibe, very friendly! The complimentary bread and tri-dips (olive oil w/creamy garlic cloves, amazing ricotta and tapenade) was excellent. We ordered the Scallops and Shrimp Appy special. The taste was amazing! The size of shrimp and the 2 scallops was disappointing. Caesar Salad was very good and big enough to split. The main entrees were Meatballs and spaghetti, delicious and did not disappoint. The meatballs were melt in your mouth and huge! The other entree was Pasta Al Fornia, it was delicious and greatly enjoyed. I would absolutely recommend and go back to try the seafood.

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