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Buona Sera Ristorante & Bar

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50 Maple Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701-1618
732-530-5858
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Today
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 61
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Never again!

We were recently at the Count Basie Theatre, down the street from this restaurant. Italian food and crowded on a Friday night - must be good! Boy, were we wrong! We were seated immediately in the upstairs area. There was a large pipe above us with aluminum foil cover the opening - it looked... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Nancy M
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Belleville, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Belleville, New Jersey
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We were recently at the Count Basie Theatre, down the street from this restaurant. Italian food and crowded on a Friday night - must be good! Boy, were we wrong! We were seated immediately in the upstairs area. There was a large pipe above us with aluminum foil cover the opening - it looked like Jiffy Pop after it's made.... More 

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Red Bank
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Brooklyn Guido's abound! It serves a purpose here for all the transplants. Food is super, no doubt, but you have to be willing to deal with the vibe, attitude, etc. Cougars are all around, fun to watch as well, but has a pathetic quality to it all.

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Red Bank, New Jersey
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My husband and I were invited to a surprise birthday dinner on February 14th, being it was Valentines Day I could excuse a few things, however what transpired was really inexcusable. We arrived at 7:45, the dinner reservation was for 10 people at 8:00 with the quest of honor arriving at 8:15. We were greated by a very frienzied owner... More 

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Red Bank, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Went two times this year before shows at Count Basie. One time good one time not so good. Too many things on menu, should concentrate on less items made better in my opinion.

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Red Bank, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The restaurant is noisy and often crowded. Food is satisfactory and plentiful. If you are really hungry, this is your place.

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NJ
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This visit the food quality was not there. Caesar salad ok- have had better though. Spouse had soup which was deemed fair. Linguini and white clam sauce - dry and clams were very rubbery- not very flavorful. Spouse had chicken scarpiello- was ok. Service was good and attentive and restaurant looks pretty. Was here last ~ 2 years ago and... More 

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Colts Neck, New Jersey
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74 reviews 74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

If you are looking for great Italian food in central Jersey, don’t pass up Buona Sera. Everything about our meal was perfect – food, atmosphere and service. Each of our meals was excellent, so, order anything. Don’t pass on the desserts – these were delicious as well. Red Bank is a nice NJ town and parking is easy – diagonally... More 

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Hazlet, New Jersey
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I have been visiting Buona Sera for as long as I remember. I'm not rating one specific visit, I'm rating my overall experience with Buona Sera over the years. Living locally, this restaurant is my go to for any special occasion, whether it be a birthday, anniversary, or girls night out. I even had my bachelorette party there before my... More 

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Saturday evening 12 of us went to Buona Sera for the first time. If I had written this review then it would have been much more complimentary. It wasn't until I actually spoke to everyone a few days later that I got a clearer picture. Since we were at a long table, it was difficult to get feedback from anyone... More 

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Monmouth County
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My wife and friends celebrated the New Years at Buona Sera Party. The restaurant as expected was full. We had the VIP package upstairs. The function started at 9PM , from the antipasto to filet mignon and lobster tails the food was fantastic. If you wanted more or something else you would tell the Host Chris( the owner) or your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 50 Maple Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701-1618
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Red Bank
  • Phone Number: 732-530-5858

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?