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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
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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100 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Recently visited Buona Sera in Kailua for dinner with friends. Street parking was readily available on Hekili Street. Food was delicious, the atmosphere was cozy, relaxed and charming, service was fast and attentive, and the tiramisu was wonderful. Pricing is good and competitive relative to other Italian restaurants on Oahu. Would definitely return in the future! They also have a... More 

Thank Curt H
Honolulu, Hawaii
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328 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time and we really enjoyed the food. The calamari was tasty to start. We had the chicken parm and veal. Both dishes were really good. Had so much to take hone but had to try the tiramisu. Delicious! Place is a bit dated but don't let that stop you. Staff was super friendly.

1 Thank Marc_and_Kim_Z
Kailua, Hawaii
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Great, polite service. Affordable! A wonderful place for a quiet, peaceful dinner. Linguine with clams perfect. Warm bread and Chianti. Highly recommend.

Thank Christian H
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91 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This is a great place to go to enjoy an Italian meal in Kailua. The restaurant is small, so it is nice and quiet. The food is delicious and the service is very good. We've been coming here for over 15 years and have never had a bad meal or bad service.

Thank windfair
Kailua, Hawaii
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204 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

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
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 17 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
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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276 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 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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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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
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

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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
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
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?