La Buena Vida

4.5
83 reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Authentic Spanish Restaurant now open! Make a reservation today! Specializing in seafood and chops.

Happy Hour Food & Drink specials Tuesday - Friday 4:00 - 7:00 PM.
Prix Fixe Menu Tues-Thurs 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Tapas Tuesdays!! Discounted Tapas items & $4 Margaritas
What 83 People Are Saying
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vipsethylaw
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

Alway a great meal!

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vipsethylaw
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Just as the majority of the reviews say… great Spanish food, owner comes around and greets everyone, nice atmosphere and great service.
Oh, and for those tequila enthusiasts out there, they have a premium colllection comparable to any NYC restaurant that’s on their “tequila game”.

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LuanneB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our 2nd time at this restaurant. The staff, service and the food was amazing!

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KPAPJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal, great service from the moment we arrived! We were greeted by a young gentleman who prepped our table by removing extra place settings, water was served immediately and we ordered a picture of sangria that arrived promptly with our lovely waitress, Juliisa. She made great suggestions , our appetizers and entrees where super! Chef stopped by twice to check in. Highly recommend ! We will be returning.

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DonnaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and the service is unbelievable. Tom the owner is always friendly and making sure the food comes out to your liking. I highly recommend going there and tasting for yourself

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vipMarie04
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A rare find in its being a Spanish restaurant this far out on eastern LI. Nice variety of tapas, especially notable is the octopus that appears in two different presentations. Other appetizers are as excellent - artichokes, croquettes of the day were both very good. Paella is offered in four variations, again well done. Service was prompt, friendly and knowledgeable. Overall, a worthwhile visit and a satisfying surprise.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

What a treat. Authentic Spanish food, just like Mom cooked. Owner and wait staff could not be nicer. Very accommodating and personable. Look forward to going back.

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DarleneR
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

First time dinning there and everything was delicious from appetizers to meals and also desserts! Paella was amazing and super authentic. Will definitely dine there again.

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MonicaL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love La Buena Vida, the food is consistently delicious and we enjoy going there. Sangria was well made and everyone at table enjoyed. Our server did a great job with my brother in laws dessert which was appreciated so much since we were celebrating his birthday 🎂

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was pretty good and service was great. Would recommend for some good Spanish food

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vipfrequentdiner
New York Area
472 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely back deck overlooking the river. Delicious paella and mariscada with green sauce, classic Spanish dishes. Great recommendations from Jyllissa for appetizers when it turned out they were out of some. (It was a Sunday night after all.) Hoping to go back soon and bring friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Good authentic Spanish food. Wait staff very pleasant. Pretty place. Look forward to going back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was fresh and delicious! Outdoor seating is nice too! Would go back again for sure.

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vipCandyman
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent and the service was great. Everything was a-la-carte, resulting in a meal that was expensive.

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LIMargaret
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

A wonderful evening. Delicious food and our server Juilissa was awesome. A great sever on her game with wonderful hospitality skills.

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vipEliseS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We're becoming regulars. The food is consistently good, no matter what we try and the service is excellent too.

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vipGR888
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, good drinks, good restaurant.

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vipEliseS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We've eaten at La Buena Vida several times now and it's always been a good meal. The portions are plentiful and the flavors are wonderful. The cuisine is Spanish, not Mexican, so you are like me and don't care for super spicy food packed with jalapenos, you'll really enjoy it. It's a very nice balance. Just about every time we've eaten there the chef has visited the table to ask if we enjoyed it. Once, he came out and saw that one of the steaks had be overcooked and took it away himself--we had the feeling whoever had cooked that steak got an earful. The staff is very friendly and we are so glad they seemed to have survived the pandemic.

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BridgetL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Don’t let the dilapidated exterior fool you. Inside awaits a waterfront table, tapas, sangria, friendly waitstaff, and authentic Spanish cuisine. A real gem!

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ChristiG
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent phenomenal food, fun atmosphere and friendly staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1Food3Service4Ambience1

Very loud, couldn’t hear my wife across the table

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dmj520
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I would definitely recommend...staff excellent; value and food excellent

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SharonK
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and white sangria. The service and staff was excellent!

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vipbarsnobs
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience1

We were a victim of a receipt machine breaking and being forgotten at the table. It happens. But I can't give a good review, it ruined our Cinco de mayo. Thank God for margaritas, they were great. Tacos were very good once ww got them an hour later. Everyone was nice.

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ALEXANDRAr
Poconos
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Paella was delicious!! Red, white & Rose sangria's all fantastic!! Amazing server!!

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MonicaL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great as usual. We were starving and knew it was a fixed menu and they were very accommodating and let us order an apetizer off the regular menu and a dessert from menu.

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lorif
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1Food2Service4Ambience3

I was so looking forward to dining here. My son and I went on Easter Sunday and the website did not state that it would be a only pre-fixed menu.. or I wouldn't have went. I asked for the regular menu but was told I no. Oddly, the tables next to us ordered items off the regular menu. My son, a teenager begged me not to say anything and so it being Easter I regretfully did not. We were given the "family style" appetizer platter which had 2 empanadas, 2 stuffed mushrooms , fried calmari, and 2 shrimp for the shrimp cocktail, yet the table next to us, which was a party of 4, had 4 shrimps .. paying the same prefixed menu prices? Again my son begged me not to say anything. My son's filet mignon was not very good.. dry and bland. My lamb chops were good. He is 17 and this prefixed menu was not enough food for him. $180 and I'll never go back. I was excited to order off the menu but this was not worth the pre-fix price at all. The dessert was good and our waitress was very nice. Overall I was disappointed and would have happily spent that or more from the regular menu. We were both disappointed and I felt that I spend a lot for not a great dining experience.

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CharlotteM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was great. Prices were good for the amount of food given. Everything we ordered was greater

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vipmike
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service excellent, John the Bartender is awesome 👍

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant with amazing workers.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was wonderful serve impeccable staff was so friendly . I’ve been there 4 times in two weeks since my first visit .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine’s Day. Was a pre fix menu. Absolutely delicious. Everything was beautiful.

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LeenieD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Everything was excellent

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Louie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was good, and the services was equally as good. Just wish they update the website and OpenTable when they do price fix meals only.

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RichardV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great.Service was great as well.Friendly atmosphere would definitely recommend this place.

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JayRod
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great authentic Spanish cuisine. Food served in timely manor, everything was clean

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Cassandra
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My mom and I went here for an early dinner and the food was AMAZING. Our waiter was over the top pleasant and the chef was so nice. We highly recommend La Buena Vida and plan to go back again soon!

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vipShellyH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all around. Tapas and surf and turf were amazing.

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PennyS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best meal we have had in a long time. Close to home food was hot , service was excellent wonderful atmosphere ..Our new favorite place to dine

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vipKimberlyS
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Gracious service, good food, fair pricing... could be cleaner, neater and more authentic.. bit definitely a go-backer!

FAQs

La Buena Vida offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (631) 909-1985.

La Buena Vida is rated 4.5 stars by 83 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.