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Brando's

4.8
4.8
2583 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Brando's was founded on the premise of great food made from quality ingredients, excellent service, and a warm atmosphere which we believe are the three elements of any enjoyable dining experience.

The chef/owner, Steven Botta, grew up in Brooklyn and learned many of recipes used at Brando's from his mother. Raised in this welcoming tradition, he believes when you enter Brando's, whether its your first time or your one hundredth time, you should always feel like they are dining with family.

Soulful Italian is the best way to describe our menu. Our culinary team has been trained at the finest culinary schools, and has over fifty years of combined experience. From our fresh pasta, to our line-caught fish, to our thirty-five day dry-aged steaks, the difference is discernible

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 p.m.


Booked 53 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 774-2222

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Steven Botta

  • Catering

    We offer upscale private parties

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available upon request, subject to availability

  • Private party contact

    Susan: (732) 774-2222

  • Neighbourhood

    Asbury Park

  • Cross Street

    Cookman

  • Parking Details

    Metered street parking and metered lots at train station and on Lake Ave *Helpful hint: Free parking on Main Street, and pay-to-park municipal lot on Lake Ave, and parking garage on Bangs Ave

  • Public Transit

    NJ Transit train directly accross the street.<br />Asbury Park offers a seasonal "free ride" in a continuous loop from the boardwalk to the downtown- just flag it down...

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday: 20 select wines for $20/bottleWednesday: Burger Night!Thursday: Complimentary Select Dessert w/ purchase of dry-aged steakSunday: Grandma's Traditional Sunday Gravy $31/personMon-Fri: 4pm-6:30pm: Happy Hour (available at BAR Only)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 2,583 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Jersey - Central

    Italian

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  1. d

    drat

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a delicious meal. Started with the meatball salad which was out of this world, then moved onto pasta and finally for dessert we had the best selling pistachio ice cream cake. It was 12/10 delicious.
  2. JC

    JeffreyC

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A great to impress serous meat lovers. Sunday gravy worth the trip too- though.
  3. NY

    NYPETUNIA

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family dinner for Fourth of July. Everything was perfect and delicious and wonderful. Thank you
  4. J

    Jimmy

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat outside and it was very good. Guiseppe our waiter was fantastic. Personable, knowledgable , and very attentive. Great Night.
  5. BB

    BrodyBoo

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brando’s was great .. best meal in asbury park so far .. everyone was pleased with their meal in our group .. the restaurant was extremely loud .. but worth it
  6. SM

    SM1234

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food, huge portions. Always great
  7. I

    Italianfoody

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Was looking forward to our wedding anniversary dinner at Brandos. However, was very disappointed. Our reservation was for outdoor seating. When we arrived it had just rained. I saw that the tables were completely soaked and no one was seated there. So I asked that the host to accommodate us in door understanding we may have to wait. She was very snarking in her response reminding me that I booked outdoor. “Yeah, like I know that, thanks. But I’m not sitting on wet tables and chairs. “ all I got was a blank stair and shrugged shoulders………… First time….last time!
  8. CK

    CarolynK

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside until a thunderstorm arrived. We initially moved under the underhang. Then our waiter created a space for us inside and got us towels to dry off. Awesome meal, service and experience. We have dined here several times and will be back again
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food was amazing! excellence and quick service as well. we really enjoyed our experience we will definitely be back!
  10. M

    Maria

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always
  11. BN

    BobNPatti

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Don was on his game The food and service was excellent
  12. RB

    ReneeB

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We sat outside. We usually get apps. The crab and tuna apps were great!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place came highly recommended, and it lived up to its billing and then some. Tremendously expensive and eclectic menu and specials… Perhaps the best pork shop I’ve ever had in my life. Outstanding wine selection. White lace, brick wall, classy in every regard.
  14. SH

    StephenH

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and the food was spectacular!
  15. LR

    LanaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pricey but worth every penny! Beautiful restaurant inside and tables available outside as well. Service was excellent and food was delicious!! From appetizers to the main course and we even squeezed in dessert. The pistachio ice cream cake was phenomenal! Treat yourself and make a reservation at Brando’s. You will leave with a full tummy and a smile on your face. You will not be disappointed!!
  16. JM

    JosephineM

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed
  17. JB

    JB37

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff did a great job of making it a special occasion by decorating our table for our anniversary. The food was remarkable. Everything was very fresh and tasted amazing. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and very attentive.
  18. VH

    VeryHappyFoodie

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary celebration!! Food was superb. Crab &amp; avocado appetizer, Veal napoleon &amp; Sunday gravy especially exceeded expectations. We'll definitely be back. Thank you for making our celebration extra special!
  19. RB

    RandiB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservations for our anniversary dinner....and Brando's was amazing! Our table was covered with hearts and rose petals and our dessert dish had Happy Anniversary written in the blackberry sauce.....just heartwarming! Each server that passed by wished us a happy anniversary.... And the food? SPECTACULAR, as always.... especially the pistachio dessert!
  20. d

    diane

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had outside seating which was very pleasant. Chris was our server who was very good and attentive. The food was delicious!! I asked Chris for his opinion on my dinner choices and he recommended the short ribs, special of the day. It was so delicious!! My husband had a veal dinner. Just as delicious!! The cocktails were perfect as well!
  21. LG

    LauraG

    New Orleans

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was wonderful…pasta, appetizers, cocktails. Pasta Al Forno and lobster Mac and cheese , spedini and the octopus were standouts. Coconut cake was to die for . Service charming attentive and polished. It’s a little loud making it hard to hear fellow diners; my only complaint . (Maybe soundproofing tiles for ceiling?)
  22. AS

    AnthonyS

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great steak as always!
  23. c

    cromanxx

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    World class restaurant. You won't be disappointed.
  24. M

    Mike

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent
  25. ME

    MichaelE

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! The food, wine selection and most importantly, the service! Theresa our server was THE best! Only negative thing was the folks at the host station could be more friendly. Other than that, A+
  26. J

    Janfome

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Brando's to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our table was beautifully decorated with rose petals and little hearts - and silly me, didn'y take a photo! Brian was our waiter - he's just amazing. Knowledgeable, personable, and he made our experience very special. The food? Amazing! My husband had the pork chop (huge!) and I had the pasta special with scallops. Totally delish! We will definitely be back to Brando's!
  27. CB

    ChristinaB

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dylan our server was amazing- lots of helpful tips and recommendations
  28. F

    Familyof5

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First time here, it was very good. Pork and Veal dishes were excellent and the size of each was enormous, almost enough for two leftover meals. Pasta was good but nothing outstanding. Angry lobster was also a huge portion and was generally good but lacked some flavor. Filet mignon was cooked perfectly and very tender but it had too much demi-glace on it and it overpowered the natural taste of the filet. Cocktails and wine were all good as well. The best part of our meal was our server Giuseppe, who was extremely personable and attentive, he really made our night. Very pricey bill at the end of the night.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent!
  30. S

    Susan

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Lively but not too noisy. Delicious food that does not break the bank!
  31. ES

    EllenS

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Giussepe my waiter was on point. Hostess walked me to a table that was so dark, couldn't read my menu. Accommodated to another table. Food was lackluster.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A truly great dining experience.
  33. D

    Daymondawg

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again Brando's out did itself. From the wait staff to the chef to busboys.....top quality. The food was amazing...we were out for a graduation dinner....so freaking good....can't wait to go back. Gary
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good drinks and good atmosphere- service was phenomenal. Mike was the best waiter - great recommendations and attitude - and the bartender (forget his name) was also attentive. Brando’s never disappoints and this experience was no exception. During a time when other restaurants cut corners, Brando’s is over delivering.
  35. JD

    JDRobinson

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was an incredible experience, as always. We’re frequent goers, and have never been disappointed by a Brando’s meal! The prices went up, but that’s like anywhere else at this time so we were prepared for it. Nevertheless, the quality of food and price are right on pace for each other. 10/10 experience
  36. KJ

    KJM86

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was amazing, service was superior and the chocolate martinis were my fave!!
  37. MK

    MaryannK

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Reviews are great, The staff is on point, place looks great very appealing but the food quality could have been better and shutting off the air conditioning, turning off the music and turning up the lights when we haven’t even gotten dessert isn’t so nice. Looks like they were ready to clean up and wanted everyone out. Too bad, I like the location and would have been a regular stop for me. After that experience I will not be returning.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don was our waiter he was awesome !! Food was delicious. Atmosphere was perfect.
  40. SB

    StephanieB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Though the notification on the table about your time limit was tacky.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Brando's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 774-2222.

Brando's is rated 4.8 stars by 2583 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 p.m.


Booked 53 times today
Google Map for Brando's

164 Main Street Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Cookman

  • Neighbourhood

    Asbury Park

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Metered street parking and metered lots at train station and on Lake Ave *Helpful hint: Free parking on Main Street, and pay-to-park municipal lot on Lake Ave, and parking garage on Bangs Ave

  • Public Transit

    NJ Transit train directly accross the street.Asbury Park offers a seasonal "free ride" in a continuous loop from the boardwalk to the downtown- just flag it down...

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Steven Botta

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday: 20 select wines for $20/bottleWednesday: Burger Night!Thursday: Complimentary Select Dessert w/ purchase of dry-aged steakSunday: Grandma's Traditional Sunday Gravy $31/personMon-Fri: 4pm-6:30pm: Happy Hour (available at BAR Only)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 774-2222

  • Catering

    We offer upscale private parties

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available upon request, subject to availability

  • Private party contact

    Susan: (732) 774-2222

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