Champlin >Food & Dining > Buona Sera Italian Ristorante
11949 W River Rd, Champlin, MN | Directions 5531645.169528 -93.360276
Born in Southern Italy, Chef Raffaele began spending time in the kitchen with his Mama at a very young age, where he learned that the only thing that makes food so special is the amount of affection you cook into it. In Italy, they use only the freshest ingredients to prepare food for the people they love.
Since moving to the United States in the early 1970s, Raffaele has earned a great reputation in the Twin Cities restaurant scene for wonderful food with a pleasant dining experience. Buona Sera is the latest of Raffaele's creations, a cozy neighborhood restaurant and wine bar featuring the wonderful and authentic Italian recipes. When you walk in the door, you're treated like family. Enjoy good food, good wine, good company and of course, a "good night".
Good food!! – I really liked this place. I went with my boyfriend last night after seeing it on here. I thought the food was good, usually I am not one to eat my whole plate before I get full, but I HAD to keep eating beyond full because it was so good. It was also a nice place for romance, with the lighting and the small resteraunt. I really like this place and I will go back. The only thing that I did not like was the waitress seemed a little rushed toward us because we got there at about 8:15pm and they close at 9:00pm. But she was not too bad I still tipped her the same as I would have without her seeming to be rushed.
Great Date Place! – If you like good wine, great atmosphere, and excellent Italian, this is the place. An unassuming exterior welcomes diners into a cozy, almost cramped setting, where the bread is fabulous and free, the wine is excellent, and the waitresses always ready to recommend their favorite dish. A great value for the price, and some of the best food I have eaten! DO MAKE RESERVATIONS! They are always busy!
Great Veal/Great Value – What a great meal and value (appetizer, entree, dessert, coffee, wine, tip for $100).
While the calamari was not the best Ive had, it certainly was above average.
The veal on the other hand was just out of this world. It was the best and largest portion I have had in a long time. Certainly the best so far in the Twin Cities.
The tiramisu was great and was served as a very light cake, not stuffed into glass.
The wine list is an excellent value. Most wines are under $30 a bottle. They did not have any of my first 3 choices, but we were told this is because they are revamping their selections. As an apology, the owner sent over complimentary Amaretto to go with our dessert and coffee.
The ambiance is average, but youre not paying for that in the price of your entrees.
Well be back.
A great hidden spot in the 'burbs – Always a treat at Buona Sera. It's a regular stop on our list of restaurants we visit. It's close and the food is excellent. Given time (when they are not super busy...) the kitchen seems to welcome requests that are not on the menu. The wait staff is very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and wines. A wonderful value in the middle of the suburbs! Keep up the great work!
Group of Ten – 10 of us went there for a 50th bday party. Seated immediately, great table, Fabulous server. Had appetizers, entrees, drinks and dessert. Our group was never rushed. I recommend for a group the corner table and later seating. Everyone enjoyed their food-not a complaint. We had the antipasto appetizer-NOT TO BE MISSED! Tirimusu was fabulous. Can't say enough good things about this "Diamond in the Rough".
I'm Not Sure Why It's Not A Top 10 – You need to know this restaurant is there or you would miss it in the middle of the residential houses it's surrounded by. The atmosphere is comfortable, warm and inviting and the food is wonderful. We always have a great time as the service is friendly and prompt. If you don't live in Champlin, it's worth the drive.
Saves the cost of airfare to Italy!! – The restaurant is in an old rambler style house, if you aren't looking for it you may drive right past it.
Inside is a small one-room dining area with a small bar and kitchen in the back. The wait-staff is professional and very knowledgeable. Great atmosphere and great food make this one of my favorite restaurants to visit. A great place to go on a date.
Finally I've found one... – Finally an Italian restaurant thats not Minnesota "I"talian. Reminds me of the little places in Chicago that I grew up with.
Italian food is more than pasta and Buona Sera knows that and does it right. Veal, beef and seafood all get the right respect here, and the pasta dishes on the menu are inventive and very tasty. A great wine list and excellent dessert make for an great meal.
Bravo to Buona Sera...
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