Buonasera

4.2
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52 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Here at Buona Sera, we’re proud to have been a part of south London’s Battersea and Clapham communities for over a quarter century, meaning we now greet the children of some of our long-time regulars at our Northcote Road restaurant.

The Buona Sera story began back in 1989, when we opened a small restaurant here in
Battersea. Over the years, our customer base has grown, and our local regulars and fans of good Italian food from across London have watched us grow from a single shopfront to a bustling restaurant.


The key to our longevity and our success is, we believe, our authentic approach to Italian


cuisine and vibrant atmosphere – a combination that makes our guests feel very much like they’re at home.


Take a look at our menus and extensive wine selection, find out more about us, and make
your reservations. We look forward to seeing you at Buona Sera soon!
What 52 People Are Saying
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mivana
London
31 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. It’s like a home from home, for me; always a friendly, warm, personal welcome.
Swift, attentive service, extras on the house and tasty, satisfying food, which is reasonably priced.
I rarely book in advance, but they always find a way to accommodate me, if I show up with a friend.
I shall be coming back, again and again. Love having this place within walking distance from my home.

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KarenS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy eating at Buona Sera. We mostly go for lunch, and have never been disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hemos comido súper bien. Verdadera comida italiana. Casera y fresca. Agradable ambiente.

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OpenTable Diner
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Italian food!

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food, good service

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EmilyO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious main courses. Excellent service. Not a fan of the cannoli though I’ve never had one before. I was a little bit chilly by the window but overall the 4 of us enjoyed a lovely evening.

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vipRTFIG
London
12 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Perfect for a quick bite to eat or a catch up with friends. A lively, relaxed atmosphere with great tasting food. Friendly, helpful staff but sometimes it took a while to get their attention as they were very busy.

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JanetM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Always very good value for money. Great for a mid week treat

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Sus4Food
Berkshire
40 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I had thought we might be on our own, on a Monday lunchtime in January, but the restaurant was pleasantly busy. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was really good. Our only slight 'complaint' was that a half pint of draft lager was £4.80! Would definitely go again however!

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Wilbur
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a dinner table for xmas eve, and showing it would be available for xmas table in Opentable, I even received texting msg on 23rd December and asked me to confirm. but actually it didn't open on xmas eve! really annoying, almost ruined my xmas eve dinner.

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Mivana
London
31 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Buona Sera; the staff are always welcoming, always friendly, always accommodating....
The place is always buzzing and I have never been disappointed with any of my food.
Shall definitely come back, again.

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vipLauraD
London
27 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have known this place for 20 years, very close to my heart , lovely, perfect for parties , for families, a bit for everyone, you will always feel welcome herex

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AMLo
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not particularly friendly lady on the door who greeted us. Our waiter was nice.
Very mediocre food - mussels tasted frozen not fresh, bruschetta was insipid and disappointing. Pizza was ok, pasta with aubergine had very little aubergine or any other veg in it. Would not go again

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vipLeighAnnB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and reasonably priced wine. Just what we needed!

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IsabelD
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Service was incredibly slow and expensive for what you got. The chocolate pudding was stale and we had to repeatedly ask for our drinks.

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TonyR
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I can only describe Buona Sera as "ok". The food was adequate without being exceptional and the service was competent. The menu was unexceptional. Very little else to say, there are better restaurants in the area.

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vipWhiteRabbit
London
85 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined with 2 toddlers and they were so accommodating. High chairs and little portions, it was so welcoming. Which made it so relaxing and enjoyable for everyone. Spacious and relaxed, with tasty food

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SarahT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience1

On arrival it took me some time to attract anyone’s attention, despite having booked.
The restaurant is scruffy and in need of an update. In our section of the premises the acoustics were terrible and it was hard to hear each other speak.
Service was good and the food OK. £30 for a bowl of pasta and a couple of drinks

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JackieH
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Warm and friendly staff; excellent service and very good food.

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vipCarmina
London
27 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fun place nice food

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

What a disappointment! This has been one of our favorite restaurants. It was our 49th anniversary, so we decided that we would have our special dinner there. It was hardly special! Each of us thought our dinner was only so so, and the staff, which we’ve always found to be excellent, was, at best, inattentive. And, even though I had indicated on our reservation that it was a special occasion, they made no reference to our anniversary. Overall, the experience was a “C -.”

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and atmosphere.

Had a great time and staff were superb!

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RhysH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal- good quality food, great service and even better value for money. Already booked my next slot in the restaurant

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RogerB
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for a nice dinner with friends.
Food was very good and service excellent, the waitress let us taste the wine before we chose the one we wanted.

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SimonN
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab evening at a long standing favourite, from when it opened in 1989. Any restaurant lasting that lomng has to be good and Buonasera is. Always good fun and good value.

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nikkim
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great meal and always love the garlic bread starters .lovely staff.

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vipRoxy
London
22 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was very basic and not that tasty

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Mivana
London
31 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Buona Sera before, many times and always had a good experience.
The food is always of good quality, "clean", fresh, well presented and very tasty.
Lots of choices too.
We had an excellent bottle of Barolo with our meal; my diner companion's favourite.
On other occasions I have drunk the Montpulciano, which I love.
It is a buzzy, happy place and a favourite for locals as well as people from far, as it lives up to it's reputation of a very welcoming and good value restaurant.
My companion is Italian and had not been here before, so I was a little "nervous" as to his opinion, but he was very complimentary and really enjoyed his meal and the whole experience.
The service too is always extremely courteous, welcoming, friendly and accommodating.
I shall continue to eat here on many more occasions and certainly recommend it.

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Willtrynething
London
59 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Authentically styled food. Quick , friendly service. Airy atmosphere of fairly large restaurant but acoustics are such that screaming children particularly intrusive.

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Londongirl
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Very poor food, lacklustre service. Noisy and busy. Will not be back!

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LisaC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food and atmosphere. It is a good venue to meet up with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was quite delayed but all good apart from that. Good portions 😛

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OdeT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food. Everyone enjoyed their dishes. Very nice staff - just the right level of attentiveness. It was a Monday perhaps that's why it was so very quiet and a bit cold.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at Buonasera, staff are really friendly and make you feel at home immediately. There have something for everyone on the menu, the specials are always interesting and the wine list complements it perfectly. Great value, buzzy ambience and just need to go there more!

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YMCN
London
37 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This place was far too noisy and chaotic for me on a Friday night! It was so busy that service suffered.
The food was OK for the price. My salads lacked imagination and did not seem fresh. We did not have pizzas and perhaps that is what they are famous for.

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Louise
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always very friendly. Food is delicious and very well priced. Good for meeting up with friends or date or family. Suits everything really!

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Clog
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I regulary visit this place, and the pizza is always great. The service was a little iffy - we had to ask for our bottle of wine a few times and we had to ask three different people for some fresh basil - I am not sure if they forgot each time, or just were not listening.

However the ambience and quality of the food makes up for what the service lacks.

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silvia
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food for reasonable price, nice and friendly service. A bit noisy, but pleasant place.

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David
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We had a nice time at the restaurant, starting with a bottle of Tenuta Tremollito, which was their wine of the month.
We normally come here to eat pizza as they have really good pizzas, although their other plates are good too and I had Stinco D'Agnello which was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Staff were welcoming and friendly and the food was great. There was a delay between the first and second courses, but overall it was a good experience.

FAQs

Buonasera does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Buonasera also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7228 9925.

Buonasera is rated 4.2 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.