Buona Sera

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$50 and over
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Italian

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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.

Special Offers

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.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 13 September 2019

Ends: 14 September 2118

Availability: Mon-Tue 11:30-23:30

What 832 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

SA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

AV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 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...

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food & exceptional service. Always a great time!

RP
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 11 January 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 .

HG
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

The last time we dined here the Fin and Fish place was on the corner so,for those that know... it’s been many years.. The outside of the resturant is very impressive and elegant..
We are in mid January, plenty of street parking and there were spots in the resturant parking lot, Valet parking is $7... We parked the car without a valet.
We were seated immediately upon arrival
The table offered olives in oil and butter.. I remember the olives in oil from years ago, The tradition carry’s on... Bread was be brought to the table, I think it was rye bread, not what you would expect in an Italian resturant.
2 appetizers - Grilled vegetables and Calamari. Vegetables were lightly grilled and tasty. Maybe it was served with a steak knife because there was a small portobello mushroom cap included, not sure. We put the knife aside. The calamari was a large portion and cooked well, no tentacles, which was great...I think the sauce was crushed tomatoes. The calamari tasted better without the sauce.
4 entries - Grilled horseradish Salmon/Grilled Lamb chops/ calamari marinara/ broccoli rabe and penne.
Grilled Salmon - coated with too much horseradish sour cream. Diner spooned it off to the side and told me without it the salmon was tasteless. The vegetables on the plate seemed commercially prepared but, cant be sure..Entree was nothing special.
Grilled Lamb chops - This was a special and there was nothing special here. The chops were on equal par with Costco chops. The dirty mashed potatoes were lumpy and the vegetables were the same as with the salmon dish.
Calamari Marinara - The diner said she had much better elsewhere. While eating I noticed they were poking through the dish trying to find what they like... I assume calamari.
Broccoli Rabe and penne - Half size was ordered. It was huge. A ton of broccoli rabe, little penne. Drenched in oil, more like rabe oil soup

I need to add that it was a birthday celebration (mine). Not a single Happy Birthday. Disappointed

KM
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Pre-show dinner at the Basie. Very accommodating. My husband had the special sea bass ravioli which was delicious! I had the pasta Bolognese which was good but way too much food even for the smaller portion size. We shared Caesar salad which was PLENTY for 2. Always a good meal. Great cocktails and wine selections.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there. Will definitely go back

R
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food - good portions - good service - good location

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience! Everything from the atmosphere to the service was top notch.

L
Miami
102 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service. Portions enormous

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NR
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

New Year's day is tough, especially after the night before. The service was ok, but the food was a bit too cold for my liking. also, they never gave us bread until we asked for it at the end of the meal.

overall, the Italian food is excellent, but I would suggest they pay a bit more attention to customers, as to the temp of the food, and the amenities.

P
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

It was New Year's Eve. So, of course, it was somewhat noisy, the servers were challenged because it was so crowded; but it was still good. Good food and plenty of it. Nice looking facility. Looking forward to the next time - at a more relaxed pace.

JC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The New Year's Eve vibe was great! We received party hats on the way in. Considering how busy the restaurant was, the service was top notch. We love that you can order half portions of pasta especially after the massive appetizer pizza we shared. Pasta was fresh and delicious. Margaritas tasty! All in all a lovely dining experience! We'll be back in March for Bobby Bandiera! :)

VD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place never disappoints!!!

TB
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Overall very good

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The dinner was very good but the noise level was awful

PD
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Delicious dinner! Very pretty atmosphere , very pleasant staff! Great night

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was amazing.

AJ
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent wait service and food was delicious!! We enjoyed everything from the appetizers and soup to the entree. Our waiter was friendly and always smiling.

TI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

A frequent customer to this place, but tonight not so great! We had reservations for 7p, and were seated by the door when other tables were available! When we asked to move to a warmer table, the manager(I think he was) rolled us into a distant table in room 2! I can sit anywhere but we came for some holiday ambiance not at this table!

The waiter was cheerful and rather attentive but lacked the crisp details of an impeccable waiter! Appetizers were spilt on my dinner guest, and he chuckled! I was dumbfounded!

Save the best for last, we always raved about this place. Not tonight! Shorty ribs, not so hot! Thank god the girls meals were ok!!!

Poor seating location, somewhat indignant host, and a less than stellar meal was a holiday bummer! Hope they work to make it the RB gem I remember!

M
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Needed more wait staff but the staff they had did an excellent job for the size of the crowd

H
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chris and Mike offer one of the best Italian meals in the area. Buona Tale boys, thanks for all the great food and drinks

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

ALWAYS outstanding and even more so at the Holidays. Food, service, ambience ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing from the minute
You walk in you feel like family, Amazing service and food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome night

GG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Bartender, waiter service excellent. Food as well. However maitre d and and especially person seating us were indifferent, almost rude. Busy night agreed. Show next door. But not a welcome you would expect at the holidays. Or any other time of the year. Plenty of other restaurants in area that appreciate your business.

k
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas gathering of family.. great annual tradition, this year was very busy but food always consistent and tremendous waiter to help us with our toddler in tow ...

SE
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant, great food a selection great waiter but noisy

L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

When count Basie has an event the restaurant squeeze in extra tables and the noise level is very high. Wait staff could hardly deliver food. The short ribs were superb

M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We had asked for a quiet table. They put us at a table next to kids and between screaming and slamming into us, it made it difficult to enjoy. I know it is holiday season and the adults were apologizing, but they never said a word to the kids. That aside, the food is always very good and so is the service. We have been going their for 25 to 30 years and it's one of the best Italian restaurants in the Red Bank area.

JQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great choice before a Count Basie Theater show. Food and service were excellent.

F
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Restaurant was beautifully decorated for the Holidays & food was fabulous! Can’t wait to return.

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience5

It was the most confusing greeting ever from host. They asked for my name three times and said they couldn’t find my reservation for a while. Then they finally found it and took us to the bar to see if a friend was waiting there and she wasn’t. They seat us and it takes a really long time to get the apps and then another really long time to get the food. Since we were catching a show we had less than 30 mins to try and eat even though we got there 2 hours before the show. Then the waitress charges the whole bill on my card when she was only supposed to do a third of the bill. It was a really frustrating dinner experience and I probably won’t be going back or at least anytime soon.

G
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and hospitality provided by the staff or Buona Sera! The food was absolutely amazing and the portions were more than generous!

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been there a number of times. First time using OpenTable to make reservations. Very Good system. Pre Celtic Woman at the Count Basie. All was as expected. Food - Outstanding. (Take home, gave us dinner a second night!) Service - Outstanding, Decorated for Christmas - Outstanding.

c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Perfect for a night out at The Count Basie Theatre, before and or after.
Actually perfect for any night

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and even better service , really enjoyed the atmosphere . The party I was with was amazed

MD
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Best service we have had in awhile.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Festive atmosphere, prompt service, large portions, the menu is your typical Italian dishes, the bar is rather large and a good place to stop either before or after a show at the Count Basie theatre which is conveniently located next door to this establishment.