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Buona Sera

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131 Hekili St, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-2866
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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New York City
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Stopped in last night and ordered a variety of small plates as well as rigatoni bolognese. The atmosphere is cute, with wine jugs hanging all over the walls. The service was great, although they weren't very busy when we went, but they were friendly and helpful. Our food: rigatoni bolognese. This was my daughters dinner and she liked it except... More 

Thank DaniNYC
Kennebunk, Maine
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251 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

It's been 4 years since we've written a review of Buona Sera on TA and like most of us, we look at most recent reviews - so decided to review Buona Sera again. Bottom line - it's still Excellent and not to be missed if in Kailua. We've vacationed on Lanikai for 15 years and always make it to Buona... More 

Thank AlohaTravelerOahu
Kailua, Hawaii
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Always busy... I used to go at opening time to avoid waiting. Love the Chianti♡ Probably should call to ask for a table for a bigger group since inside is not very spacious. Price is average, portions are not very big but they will accommodate your request if asked. Not recommended for families with children that like to move around... More 

Thank kailuababy
Honolulu, Hawaii
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

We had a great meal here! We did have to wait about 20 minutes for a table to open up and it is pretty limited on space here, so you may want to arrive a little before the usual eating times to secure a spot. The staff was pleasant and answered questions about the menu. I would definitely go back... More 

Thank jen131
Kailua, Hawaii
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

We've been dining at Buona Sera for 20 years or so. Consistently good. We enjoy the cozy ambiance and the wait staff is always pleasant. Chicken Buona Sera is one of our all time favorites, but we also enjoy the carbonara, eggplant parmesan, linguine with clam sauce, pasta with calamari and anchovies and several other dishes. It's nice to have... More 

Thank Valerie96734
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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106 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We had the lasagna for dinner recently, and it was excellent at $15. The selection of wines was fine also. The waiter allowed us to split a meal at no charge, by bringing us an extra plate, rather than asking the kitchen to do it, which was OK by me. The lighting is low, providing some ambience, the room is... More 

1 Thank BobandJan66
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202 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

A nice Kailua establishment. Dressing on house salad delicious, linguine cooked perfectly al dente, and the lasagne rich and meaty. Lest we forget, the warm and yeasty bread. Great friendly service (accommodated special request to meld 2 mains) and the homemade gelato was the perfect end to a great evening.

2 Thank wwglobetrotr
Kailua, Hawaii
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

It was just not good at all. My kids didn't even like it and they will eat pasta in any form, usually. The waiter had no idea what espresso was... the food was just ... BAD!

Thank kgbdog
Wilmington, Delaware
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99 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

What A Find on a island in the South Pacific. I would have thought I was back home in South Philadelphia. Pa. This place ranks up there with Most of the Italian restaurants in Philadelphia. 2 people. bottle of vino and desert with entree and Apps plus 20% tip all under a $100. Any time.

Thank LouPerti81662
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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598 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This Italian restorant is a very pleasing place . As you enter the entire spaces on the walls attracts you with the displayed Chainti bottles in pretty baskets . The service is quick and friendly . Food excellent . Prices are comparable to a good eatery in this area offering nice table linen and fine glasses . The linguini ,... More 

Thank kamakshi2015

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 Hekili St, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-2866
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Kailua
  • Phone Number: 808-263-7696

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