Buona Vita

4.6
1203 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
New to Somer's Point the Grand Opening of Buona Vita Restaurant is dedicated to preparing deliciously authentic and classic Italian foods served with only top-shelf ingredients, charm and smile, where guests are celebrated and welcomed. With beautiful high ceilings, warm ambiance, beautiful Tuscan décor, walking through the doors of Buona Vita takes you to an intimate and cozy Southern Italian villa right in the heart of Somers Point. We are also offering takeout orders! Please visit our website to place your order!
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BevJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Went for dinner at 5pm before a show in OC. Initially only two tables were occupied but it took 25 min to get waited on. Waitress was pleasant but overwhelmed. Owner brought bread without a word to anyone, even when we said hello. He saw how long we were waiting but never helped. One person was just playing with her hair in a mirror while we waited..strange. Dinner for 2 was $83 no drinks or apps. 1 dinner penne vodka (meh), 2 dinner lobster ravioli (ok) ($40) no salad included, one dessert. Price on outside menu was $4 when you got your bill. Won’t be back.

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FredR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was awesome. Was here last year and had to visit again when we were in the area. Mozzarella Caprese was outstanding. Not sure where they got the tomato's from but they were incredible

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vipWicket
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Their touted "waterfront view" consisted of 3 tables on what appeared to be an upper porch. I really don't know what that view was like, because we were lead to a patio out back. I have attached a pic of my view: filthy stairs, and a dirty back door. The waitress was unfriendly at best, and appeared quite put out when we inquired about the price of the specials ($41 for the branzino, $39 for the seafood ravioli). We stuck with their signature dish, a chicken that was supposed to have a demi glaze. The chicken was tough, came in a sauce that tasted like mushroom gravy (not anything like a demi glaze), and was heavy on the salt. My $10 mushroom soup was lukewarm when served (with a dirty spoon; I had to ask for a new spoon as my soup got even colder). Not to worry, though, because I only was able to finish half of it since the taste was so bad.
Expensive place for less-than-mediocre food. Yuk all around.

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DCNJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was great. Will definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
130 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All very good. Server was very good, but think she should have asked us if we wanted her to pour the wine. Also, why not bring a wine bucket?

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vipLoveBYOs
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great experience! We sat outside on front patio and were able to listen to the Friday night concert in Somer's Point. The best part of our experience was the amazing servers. Our waitress, Ola, and her sister, Alba, were incredible! We enjoyed talking to them and their customer care was incredible. It is my second time to this restaurant and it now is my FAVORITE restaurant in the area.

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PaulS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food is great. Service needed work. Not attentive and and did not follow up as she should have. I think she could be good with additional training. She was very pleasant.
The entrees are very high price. Need to add a side dish with those prices, either a salad of vegetable.

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vipBlond
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit. But, it will not be the last. The food was superb. So happy we tried Buona Vita.

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vipGregC
Atlantic City
28 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Little hiccup in seating us for requested outdoor seating but was resolved within half hour of reservation time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

Service was horrible. Had reservations at 7:45 and did not get seated until 8:45. Servers rushed our meal along and took our plates off the table without asking us if we were finished- we were still eating. Very disappointing experience. We will not be coming back.

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Denise
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service were excellent. The four of us chose four different entrees and loved them. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly. We were not rushed and our food was delivered in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, there were four loud middle aged men who were loud and obnoxious. The wait staff knew it was rude and apologized but couldn't really do anything about it. I wish I had a recommendation of how to get those kinds of people out of a beautiful, lovely restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a beautiful night out in the balcony. The food and service was great. We had the Arugula and Caesar salads, Bolognese with pappardelli pasta and the chicken parmigiana, absolutely delicious. Great new find. Had great conversations with the staff and met new friends. Definitely will be going back.

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pattit
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Good food and great service.

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vippepper
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Dining outdoors in the tent without the volume of noise usually hears indoors, was special. A delightful restaurant run by people that know the restaurant business and provide quality food at fair prices.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Our service was terrible. We left after our appetizers

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Abby
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

This is a great find at the Jersey Shore.
It is such a pleasure to find a restaurant that still believes in providing table linens. The food was excellent and will definitely return and pass the word on.

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vipbandpsadventures
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fresh food with attentive service. It's a BYOB which I wish I knew before we arrived.

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Asbury
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating, delicious food, and great service!

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WKaren
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a really nice dinner outside. The wait staff is warm and efficient which often isn’t the case. Food was high quality! Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

We arrived early at 4pm, sign outside says opened at 3pm...we were advised they were not finished setting up but we could sit outside on porch. We said we prefer inside,they sat us in an enclosed like closet with a window. The server seemed upset we ordered a platter to share after she told us of all the specials. So the food was very good however definitely not worth the $29 we paid, we got 2 fork- full of pasta and 1 chicken cutlet.

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JanisS
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was delicious!

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MauriceC
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service was excellent, table ready right on time. Owner out front making sure all is well. Parking a little scarce on weekend. We will definitely be back!

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AmandaM
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gnocchi and lobster ravioli to die for!

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Timothy
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Portions not worth the price, staff was excellent with our child food was good

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MRST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant is so quaint and the food and service were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Cute, quiet and quaint little restaurant. Definitely recommend.

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DouglasK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The ambiance was very warming and service was excellent. The menu had a nice variety with some meals of excellent value and some were a little overpriced. The quality of the food was excellent. Overall an extremely pleasant dinner. This was our first time at this restaurant and we will be going back. Knowing what to order next time I think will take the experience to an even higher level.

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vipjro2209
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently delicious, always courteous and friendly. Even at its busiest, you are treated like you are the most important table in the room! Love the food and the atmosphere.

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vipOCDeb
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Anniversary. Nothing special. But enjoyable

DK
vipDavidK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

One of my favorite Italian restaurants at the Jersey shore!

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ZenaC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was very good. The host was not helpful at all needed to call manager and waited 30 minutes for him about table . The manager was very helpful and pleasant.

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vipmoish
Philadelphia
151 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food service slow but good much too noisy

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vipExpatAdventurer
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great

Almy (?) was a superior waitress

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Definitely loud in there as many of the other posts mention. Little pricey for what you get taste wise with the entrees. Desserts were great.

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vipvino
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Vignole was awesome, veal chop cooked perfectly.
We can’t wait to return!!

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MichelleR
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

I have enjoyed this restaurant in the past. However, this year I found my entree of Spaghetti a la Vongole tasteless. It was really disappointing . My husband got the special veal chop, which sounded delicious, however, the chop was very fatty and stringy. The sauce that was served again was not very flavorful - certainly not worthy of a special entree. The appetizers were mediocre . I ordered the Brushetta which was advertised with homemade focaccia . However, it was served on the same bread that was on the table. Certainly, not homemade focaccia . It was disappointing and I hesitate to return.

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Rosanna
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very special thank you to Remi who always goes above and beyond to make our dining experience amazing. The entire staff do an excellent job even under “crazy” circumstances likely trying to fit everyone inside last night under the tropical storm threat. We may have had to wait a little longer, but it was well worth it. Thank you all. Keep up the great work!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food, service great. Way too loud to enjoy.

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vipJulie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

After acknowledging the reservation via text, I received 2 phone calls 45 minutes prior to the reservation to confirm. The last message informed me of a strict hour and 15 minute table time allowance. The first floor of the restaurant looked fairly nice. We were seated on the second floor which looked to be an afterthought. Service was lack luster. We were seated for 15 minutes before our server came to the table. The food we had was unimpressive and lacked flavor. I was hoping that this could be a go to spot, but would not return.

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Buona Vita is rated 4.6 stars by 1203 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.