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Buona Vita

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439 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3820
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Millersburg, Ohio, USA
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I were in the mood for Italian and this restaurant was close to our hotel and had good reviews on Trip Advisor. Those reviews were right on the mark. We were greeted and seated promptly. Our waiter was attentive and took good care of us. The food was outstanding. Any time we are in this area in... More 

Thank Melodymaker53
Redondo Beach, California
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102 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Good food, terrible service. Read below why it's "4 strikes and you're more than out" when it comes to service and this restaurant. I came here with my wife on a Saturday night to celebrate her birthday. It's a small, cozy restaurant a few blocks from the Hermosa Pier- far enough away to avoid the "scene", but close enough to... More 

Thank LAsnowboarder
Yorba Linda, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

Great food. Service is OK. And good wine on the wine list. The problem is that the wine is served warm. We had a good bottle of pinot noir at a reasonable price. The bottle wasn't presented or else I would have touched it and determined it was not close to the serving temperature (50-55F) and drank water. Hopefully these... More 

Thank RandallMay
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2016

Was not busy when we got there as it was early. Service was great. Took own wine which was nice. The pasta was really good, but wouldn't recommend the chicken. Next time would just order a pasta dish. A really nice place which allows you to bring your own wine. Nice atmosphere. Good service.

1 Thank Jonet A
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2015

Loved the atmosphere of this restaurant! Staff was very friendly, interesting menu and decent wine list. The scallops with artichoke hearts dinner was creative and fabulous. My husband and I will return on our next LA visit and highly recommend this restaurant.

1 Thank Harriet D
Long Beach, California
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2015

I had visited this restaurant many years ago, but had not returned in many years... and am so glad that I did! My husband and I were looking for a casual Sunday dinner out, and I remembered Buona Vita. The staff were warm and friendly, and seated us at a table by the open window next to the patio, which... More 

1 Thank courtney a
Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

My colleagues and I decided to visit Hermosa Beach one evening after a day of conferencing and were recommended to come to this restaurant by our taxi driver. We walked up and down the road and popped in to different places and discovered that Bueno Vita had extremely reasonable prices and a wicked corking policy for bringing your own wine!... More 

2 Thank MeganSense
Manhattan Beach, California
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111 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2015 via mobile

Very enjoyable dinner with a very friendly and attentive staff. The shrimp parmigiana was outstanding. Really enjoyed the no corkage fee.

1 Thank Alan661
Hermosa Beach, California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2014

Large portions are big enough to share. Very accommodating to special requests. Great service. We like the Mista salad and Chicken Paillard (without black olives), but don't think you could go wrong with any of the choices.

Thank Pam T
Redondo Beach, California
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2014

Located near the headwaters of the veritable river of shops and boutique restaurants that is Pier Avenue, "Buona Vita" seems to strike the right chord with local patrons. Invited to go with a group of friends who called it one of their favorites, it was my first visit. As I strolled around the restaurant I was drawn to the small... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 439 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3820
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Hermosa Beach
  • Phone Number: 310-379-7626

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