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Buona Vita, Somers Point, NJ

Buona Vita

4.5
4.5
1625 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Summer Season hours are everyday from 3pm to 10 pm
New to Somer's Point the Grand Opening of Buona Vita Restaurant is dedicated to preparing deliciously authentic and classic Italian foods served with only top-shelf ingredients, charm and smile, where guests are celebrated and welcomed. With beautiful high ceilings, warm ambiance, beautiful Tuscan décor, walking through the doors of Buona Vita takes you to an intimate and cozy Southern Italian villa right in the heart of Somers Point. We are also offering takeout orders! Please visit our website to place your order!

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2 people

20:30


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 788-0370

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

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What 1,625 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Atlantic City

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Atlantic City

    Italian

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  1. R

    Riggs

    Philadelphia

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We have been to Buona Vita several times and the food and service is always very good. Quiet Thursday night so noise level was very low. Prices have gone up somewhat but being a BYO helps. Definitely recommend.
  2. K

    Kathyp

    New York Area

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Delicious Italian food in a homey atmosphere. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. And love that it’s a BYOB.
  3. BA

    BlairA

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and food. Currently our favorite BYOB
  4. t

    traveler1

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exceptional as always! Accommodating to gluten free and waitress was excellent!
  5. BP

    BruceP

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time there. The food was great and the service was outstanding. Reasonably priced. We will definitely go back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Go there often Always good
  7. MV

    MichaelVC

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently excellent
  8. V

    Valerie080

    Washington DC

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dine. We recommend to all of our friends!
  9. M

    Margatian

    Philadelphia

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were seated right on time. We asked for a quiet table, but the place was full! They seated us upstairs, which was fine, and a bit more quiet. I felt that the specials, priced at around $41, were too expensive for what we got. The regular menu is priced fairly.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The veal chop was excellent ! We loved the beet salad. So happy to find shore restaurant that offers reservations. BYOB is a plus.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    With friends Very good all around Food excellent as usual
  12. VH

    VictoriaH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Branzino ever in the area. The BYOB is an appealing aspect.
  13. S

    Shelley563

    Philadelphia

    86 reviews

    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite restaurant at the shore when we’re in the mood for a nice dinner. The food is always exceptional and the service terrific. Branzino delicious as always. The veal fork tender.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was good, not outstanding. Waitress was extremely nice but had too many tables, didn’t get drink orders, didn’t refill water. Ambiance was nice.
  15. J

    Jrose70

    Philadelphia

    152 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The restaurant location is great and it's BYOB, which is always nice. Our server was knowledgeable, but did not introduce herself, just went right into specials. They do have a lot of specials. The ambiance was pretty dated and the walls upstairs were a bright red. For the price I felt it was an average experience. It looks like there is outdoor space, which would be nice during the summer.
  16. MJ

    MJBII

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite dining spots. The menu has great selections, but we decided to try two of the entree specials- lobster ravioli and branzino. Both dishes were excellent and well worth the trip.
  17. AM

    AMM2

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not to be missed…high quality food and outstanding service.
  18. CD

    CarlD

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous dinner. Our favorite dinner place when down the shore. Remi and team never disappoint.
  19. E

    Ellebelle

    Philadelphia

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night! Food delicious!
  20. a

    anthony

    Philadelphia

    268 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    268 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot. We have been here many times. The food and service are always very good. Authentic. Get the specials. The veal was great. Two of our party had the Bronzino which was great.
  21. t

    todg

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My wife and I love this place. Food is consistently excellent. This time service was slightly less perfect than our previous visits. Our waitress but just had too many tables. It will not stop us from going back again.
  22. NF

    NancyF

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Noisy. Not enough staff. But very pleasant staff
  23. SA

    SandyA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday & retirement
  24. RB

    RedBaron

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our time at Buona Vita, as always! Delicious food and great service.
  25. L

    Lindar

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2022

    overall1food3service4ambience2
    The noise level was deafening. We were squeezed in next to a large table of VERY loud women. It was a thoroughly unpleasant dinner. There is no room between tables. Wait staff has to squeeze by each table. They did a great job considering the poor setup. Less tables and smaller tables. There was another table behind us if 8 loud people. We couldn’t have a conversation at all. We’ll get takeout from there but never again eat there.
  26. C

    lynnC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. Had the veal parm. Sauce is on point. Hubby had veal chop cooked the way he asked. Waiter paid attention to details. He was great. Definitely recommend.
  27. NM

    NelsonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside on the front porch in a perfect Indian summer evening complete with a view of the bay. Relaxing atmosphere & delicious food. Italian wedding soup was a deli plus starter. Waiter extremely accommodating.
  28. FF

    FoodFan18

    Philadelphia

    256 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    256 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our second time with the same friends in two months. Ironically, we ended up at the same table with the same server-Remy. The dining room is really lovely and you feel like you are in someone's drawing room. The grilled calamari and bruschetta are great appetizers and perfect for a table to share. My chicken cacciatore was delicious and everyone else like their mail. Tartuffo was rich and easy to share. I'm only sorry they didn't have the tiramisu. Parking in the evening off-season is very easy and convenient.
  29. JT

    JohnT

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our second visit. My wife ordered Chicken Parm and I ordered the Lasagna. Both were delicious and had exceptionally large portions. I started with a Cesar salad that had an excellent dressing. Will keep going back.
  30. EA

    ExpatAdventurer

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great.
  31. A

    Angie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Food was very disappointing. Had the muscles as an appetizer they were very bland even though I asked them to make it spicy, just absolutely no flavor to the red sauce. Dinner was supposedly “homemade spinach fettuccine “, it seriously did not taste homemade. Little shredded bits of crab meat ?! and cherry tomatoes. There was absolutely no flavor I had to keep adding cheese and red pepper pepper flakes. The place itself was so loud that I could not hear my friend talking. Won’t be back also I do not like making a reservation and having to give my credit card number this is not a five-star restaurant to be doing that. I hope this helps any of you deciding to try this restaurant.
  32. VM

    ValerieM

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meals were excellent! I had lobster raviolis and the sauce was excellent. My husband had the veal chop and it was excellent. Love the little window table in the front!
  33. JP

    JackP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are never disappointed with the quality of the food at Buona Vita.
  34. MA

    MARTINIANYONE

    Philadelphia

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on 5 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A nice little place on Bay Street in Somers Point. They have their own parking lot which is huge down in that area. The food is deliciouse and the service was very good. The only downside is that it is very loud there and it is hard to hear the people you are with. We went in off season, I suspect this place has a line out the door during the season because it is that good. I will definetely go again. It is a bring your own alcohol.
  35. SH

    SheilaH

    Poconos

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food and the service was excellent! Definitely a plus that it is BYOB!!!! We had the salmon, lasagna, and chicken parmigiana! All were great but the salmon was the best!!!
  36. A

    Alexjoejaf

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time and couldn’t be more pleased with food and service Noise level a bit high and lightning could have been a little lower but food was excellent. Bronzino was outstanding. Looking forward to next season
  37. d

    dbdb

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food, been there many times! Remi and staff are very attentive. This time, however, the locale was plagued by many small gnats/flies. It was truly disruptive to an otherwise excellent experience.
  38. s

    shoredine

    New York Area

    123 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Formerly one of our favored restaurants. Food is good, not great. Service is excellent ( if you get Remi or Ola as your server). Unfortunately the chefs don’t understand the concept of gluten-free and adherence to procedures to protect patrons with food allergies. Last few times we went, my wife got very ill. It’s a good place for “regular people “. Unfortunately we will not be able to go back.
  39. DL

    DawnL

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat outside on the front porch. It was a cute setting with just one other table. The calamari is our favorite appetizer and very delicious. Our entrees were excellent and were served very quickly. Our waitress and servers were very pleasant. It’s our favorite place to eat when we visit Ocean City. We love that it’s a BYO!
  40. G

    Gpol

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and great staff! Food was terrific. BYOB but I called ahead - brought my own and they provided the glasses! Will definitely be back!

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Buona Vita is rated 4.5 stars by 1625 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

20:30


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Buona Vita

801 Bay Ave, Somers Point, NJ 08244

Additional information

  • Area

    Somers Point

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    4pm-12pm Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Indoor Fireplace

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