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We’ve have the opportunity to eat at Brandos twice - both times the food has been okay - but the attitude of the hostesses and some of the wait staff made the experience disappointing for us. I understand they are busy - but part of...a great experience is how people are treated. We sat at the bar; spent $275 for two people and felt as if they were more interested in talking to their fellow colleagues then being attentive to the clients. We felt that we were inconveniencing them when we needed something. The indifference was palpable. We were also shocked that if you use a credit card they add an additional charge. Really??? Isn’t that the cost of doing business. We really wanted to love Brandos - but wound up being disappointedMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 3 December 2021 via mobile

Met a friend in AP. We were going to go to Taka but then decided on Brando’s. Dang. It wasn’t good. We ordered appetizers and then left. We didn’t want to risk more mediocre food. The burrata was meh. Same with the prosciutto. The beggars...purses were ok but barely warm. Same with the eggplant tower. Seemed like it had been sitting out. My $15 patron and club soda was meh. Maybe the club was flat? Everything was just off. It was a Thursday night at 5. Not all that busy. It isn’t what it used to be.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 31 August 2021 via mobile

It has taken over 2 years to try this much talked about restaurant - and it was worth the wait. The atmosphere is welcoming, the staff professional and attentive and the food was incredibly delicious. My husband and I shared an appetizer of prosciutto wrapped...stuffed figs on a round of watermelon. This warm appetizer was simple yet creative and delicious. My husband had the Veal ala Casa and I had the pork chop special. It was pounded thin and cooked to perfection with a Bolognese sauce. So many wonderful sounding desserts, hubby wanted the double chocolate brownie. We well be going going back.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 5 August 2021 via mobile

As an Italian, from Italy, I can assure you this is not “real” Italian flavors. I can understand reviews that say the food is “good” but please let’s not confuse this to mean authentic Italian cuisine. Beginning with the detailed description written on the menu...of the meaning of an osteria. The style, vibe and prices are not anything to what the meaning of an osteria is BUT that bothered me less than flavors of the food. It just was too regular, bland to be considered quality authentic Italian food. Hey, you can eat there all you want and enjoy yourselves but please don’t call this great Italian food. To know the difference maybe you should research places where the chef is actually from Italy, then write your review!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 31 July 2021

This was our first trip to Asbury Park in years, and we visited close friends who had an apartment for a few summer weeks. After a beautiful day, we chose Brando's based on its reputation for excellent food, and an early dinner at 4:30 because...we had to get back home on the early side this past Wednesday evening. We chose to eat outside to be on the safe side during the COVID pandemic, and it was still very sunny and hot at the time. When we arrived, we mentioned to the hostess that most of the outdoor tables were not shaded by the abundant umbrellas, and asked if there was anything that could be done (i.e move an umbrella to cover a table better, or move a table under an umbrella to block the sun). The hostess (older of the two) basically said "it is what it is, and take it or leave it." This was the most insensitive, unwelcoming, haughty comment, and we were all taken aback by this women. If the restaurant did not have a cancellation policy of $25 per person, we would have called this person a B**** on the spot and walked out. Fortunately we stayed and moved the table ourselves to better position it under an umbrella (btw there were no other patrons outside at the time, so we were inconveniencing no one by doing this), because the food and service by the wait staff (our waiter Vladimir in particular) was exceptional. As the owner of a successful small business, I would not stand for this treatment by an employee for a second, and would have shown this person the door on the spot. This treatment left a terrible memory of the restaurant in our mouths, although the food and wait staff went a long way to improving this experience. We hope the owner reads and responds to this review...More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 29 July 2021

I give Brando’s 4 stars for food and our waiter, Vladimir. But I give it 1 star for the hostess who greeted us with a rude attitude. If we hadn’t made a reservation that required a $25 per person guarantee, our party of 4 would...have walked out of the restaurant. I know everyone can have a bad day but when you’re in the service business at a pricey restaurant you have to check your attitude at the door. Our party was respectful and didn’t respond to the hostess’s rudeness—it really is easier to be nice to people then mean and nasty. Fortunately our waiter was a joy and went out of his way to make sure we had a great meal. The food was very good. Fresh pasta and seafood prepared just right.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 17 July 2021

if you want elegant dining this is not the place. It s so noisy that you have difficulty having a conversation. The food is just ok, but the desserts are delicious.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 11 July 2021 via mobile

This place was reccomended by a friend and he was spot on. Six of us had dinner here early in the week and enjoyed it so much we decided to book again for Friday night to be sure we ended the week with an excellent...meal. Great atmosphere, food and service. We shared everything since none of us could decide on one thing. Appetizers like the Spedini, Crab and Avocado, outstanding Polenta & Mushrooms and Beggars Purses were all amazing. Entrees Riggatoni Bolognese, Stuffed Porkchop and Pappardelle Tuscana are delicious. We typically do not make it to desert but we shared Pistachio Ice-cream cake and Stuffed Zeppoli were the perfect end with Expresso. Our waiter Michael was exceptional. Friday was another perfect meal served by Michael.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 22 June 2021

We had dinner after our daughter’s graduation for 11 people. To say everything was delicious is an understatement…From the drinks all the way to the dessert and coffee it was an exceptional night. Thank you Brandos for such an wonderful experience!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 26 April 2021 via mobile

This was always one of my favorite places in Asbury but what the heck happened? The place was packed which was great too see. But let’s dive into the review. Drinks were so so to say the least. The old fashion was pitiful. The Prosecco...overpowered the Bellini. The calamari was delicious with the caper berries. The chicken wings were ok - no crunch at all. The beggars purses were crispy and flavorful. The spedini was disappointing- loose the red sauce. The pork chop special with bolognese sauce was great. The side pasta should come with bolognese sauce as well. Not compete against it. The stuffed pork chop with figs wasn’t appealing to the eye but had great flavor. The pork cucina was just so so.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Expensive. I recently had a pork chop special. Very, very delicious, but it was a large chop with no sides, not even past, for $44! That was very offputting, especially after tourist season.
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Brando's Citi Cucina is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5