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Buona Sera

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131 Hekili St, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-2866
+1 808-263-7696
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
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Tue - Sun 17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
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Kailua, Hawaii
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180 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We read up on this an went for dinner tonight. It was very good. The salads were excellent and the special was very good. Service was great. Would definitely recommend. Small venue, more romantic than the other Italian places around.

1 Thank lgatz
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We always have attractive and tasty menu choices at Buona Sera! The service is prompt and frequent without being overbearing. We enjoy the interior of the small and intimate location (the walls are covered almost entirely with the fiber wrapped Chianti bottles emptied by hundreds of previous diners). It is a favorite of ours, particularly for special occasions and anniversaries.

Thank N154AJrobertb
New York City
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 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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272 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 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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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 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 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 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 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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130 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 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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237 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 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 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 Hekili St, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-2866
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Kailua
  • Phone Number: +1 808-263-7696

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