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Buona Vita, Somers Point, NJ

Buona Vita

4.6
4.6
1541 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

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times 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

  • Neighborhood

    Somers Point

  • Parking details

    4pm-12pm Private Lot

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

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What 1,541 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic City

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Atlantic City

    Outdoor Dining

  • Atlantic City

    Italian

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  1. s

    shoredine

    New York Area

    117 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    117 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Way under - staffed. Felt sorry for wait staff. Ola was great. She Saved the night. The management should be ashamed. Very poor management. Need to consider coming back.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall experience was good. Food tasted great. One dinner seemed to be drowning in the sauce a bit but other than that one dish it was great. Service was excellent. Outside seating was great but would recommend getting rid of hanging plants or have something set up to avoid some of the flies. I know you can only help that but so much but little things like that might help
  3. LS

    LeoS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was good. Not great. But good. Portions were somewhat small. Not sure I will go back
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to go back!!
  5. V

    Valerie080

    Washington DC

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service. We really love to dine there.
  6. J

    Jersey

    Atlantic City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The dinner was delicious and the service was very good. They do not rush you at all. The menu is quite extensive although there are no beef or pork dishes. Mostly seafood, pasta , chicken and veal dishes. It is one of our favorite places to go to when we are at the shore.
  7. LK

    LorettaK

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & great service. Best food in Somers Point!
  8. SM

    SMmmm

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They've got a 14 year old and 15 year old running the front. We waited 40 minutes for our reserved table for 4 and were seated at a table for 2 or maybe 3 on the front porch. Asked to be moved to another table. The 15 yo pointed to a table and said we're setting that one for you. The 14 year old said we could not have that table despite the fact that the party they were sitting there had told us earlier that they had 730 reservations, and ours were for 7. I was at Buono Vita because the first time we were there we had a good meal. I basically told the child that if I wasn't seated there would be a negative review AND we would be leaving, and basically his response was "crowd in at that uncomfortable table, or leave." We drove over to La Pizzatega, where the food and the service are always great, and had a very enjoyable meal. Such arrogance in an industry where survival is built on customer service. Some people use the wrong definition of service. When Farmer Brown wants his cow inseminated, he has Farmer Green bring his bull over to Service his Cow. In that regard, we were truly serviced!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The building/house dining rooms are charming. The Decor is lovely and sits across the street from the marina. We did not dine outside as requested. Our waitress was very good except another waitress at the next tables was very loud and her voice was annoying.! The food was very good could use a little attention to presentation but fresh and tasty.We had lobster ravioli which was excellent. But a little too saucy. We had also had Bronzino Special with crab meat which was also very good.The Caprese salad was generous and The beet salad was a little light on beats, cheese etc. needed a little more attention to details. We enjoyed our meal but did not have room for dessert. Perhaps on a return visit. And it is a BYOB!
  10. CW

    CarlW

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The food is very good but the reservation and check- in system was chaotic at best. An Open Table reservation was meaningless. We had a 7:15 reservation and got seated at 8. Customers got seated randomly without any regard to reservations. Once we got seated, the food was good and the service was decent but they were clearly short staffed.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice. A little delay in getting seated. Busy. We ate outside which was much quieter. Food was very good. Extensive menu. Courses came at a nice pace.
  12. D

    Dee1dee

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Return there when we can. So far two weeks in a row!
  13. LC

    LisaC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant!!! Food Amazing! Going back before the end of the summer!
  14. JC

    JCdiner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outside dining in the back courtyard was a bonus. Gnocchi were so tender and delicious.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
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    josephD

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Leak from ceiling vent. We mentioned to our server. Dripping on our clothes. Service poor!
  17. GN

    GrandmaNancy

    Philadelphia

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful meal at Bueno Vita! Service was excellent! Three of us had the branzino special over angel hair and it melted in our mouths! Desserts were very good… Tiramisu was excellent! Third time eating here in 2 months!
  18. KL

    KenL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal on the outdoor deck overlooking the bay. Great service with interesting takes on classics (chicken marsala, chicken cacciatore). Branzino special with crabmeat was well prepared. Very good value in Somers Point. Would prefer pasta to veggies with entree's but that is minor quibbling.
  19. s

    sphillysam

    Philadelphia

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Best Italian restaurant on the Jersey Shore. The food was fresh and delicious I recommend the Pollo Buena Vita if you like a great chicken entree. My wife's branzino was cooked perfectly. Our server, ALBA was outstanding. She explained the menu in detail and was very attentive to all of our needs.
  20. EJ

    ElizabethJ

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our favorite Italian dining in the OCNJ area. Authentic Italian. We come back year after year on our summer beach trip and it never disappoints. Olla has been our server the past two years , she is excellent and already had our favorites memorized. Request the outdoor front balcony if you can.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place!
  22. n

    nancyd

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is spectacular and delicious
  23. JT

    JohnT

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a great meal! We ordered two specials. And Osso Bucco and Bronzino special. Both were absolutely delicious.
  24. D

    Dee1dee

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner! Nice and friendly atmosphere. Dinner was delicious
  25. JM

    JMike

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic experience at this family owned dining place.
  26. KC

    KarenC

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a delicious meal! Service was delightful and appropriately attentive! Thanks for another lovely evening.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and staff We’re amazing. Love it here!
  28. s

    shoredine

    New York Area

    117 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent food and service
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food & service are always very good. One of our favorite places to eat.
  30. CF

    CFred

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual. We love this place and the fact that we can make reservations and eat outside. The food, no matter what we get, is delicious. We had the Bronzino. We brought friends and they raved over the Chicken Anastasia. Another great visit to Buona Vita!
  31. JD

    JohnD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and service was exceptional, staff was very attentive and took very good care of us and value was good
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Prices were very reasonable.
  33. T

    Triman1

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our second dinner here. Service was excellent both times as was the food. Outstanding eggplant, veal and fish. The risotto dish, however, was tasteless. It won’t keep us from returning. Parking off-street is a plus!
  34. CS

    CathyS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food. Always a summer favorite for many repeat visits.
  35. BC

    BrianC

    New York Area

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This super cute historic home converted to a restaurant is a neighborhood treasure!! That plus our favorite server, Ola, and the great food from the excellent italian recipes. It is a very affordable BYOB. Get the specials. They are always great!! Thank you!!
  36. RS

    RomaS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, as was the service
  37. AS

    AngelaS

    New England

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    While the food was good the service was awful. We brought a bottle of wine which the server did open but did not pour. She never asked our daughters if they wanted anything to drink and only came to our table once. I’m sure there are other Italian restaurants with good food and good service.
  38. C

    Coll

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! We would definitely return.
  39. RJ

    RobbyJim

    Atlantic City

    18 reviews

    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    We both had their pasta & clams in white wine sauce. The clams were chewy and the sauce was tasteless and watery. Their EVOO was plain without any seasonings; the bread basket wasn't warm. My guest had to ask for a spoon for her pasta. The best part of the meal was the dessert - tartuflo . We did not know it was a BYOB.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always great. Servers make it known they appreciate you being there it was beautiful night to sit outside

FAQs

Buona Vita is rated 4.6 stars by 1541 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Buona Vita

801 Bay Ave, Somers Point, NJ 08244

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    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

    BYO Wine, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

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