Paradiso - Philadelphia
Paradiso - Philadelphia

Paradiso - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paradisophilly.com/
  • Phone: 2152712066x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00 - 9:00pm Closed Mondays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Lynn Marie Rinaldi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private dining space that can accommodate up 100 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Paradiso offers a beautifully appointed second-floor private dining room to accommodate groups up to 100 guests for a seated dinner as well as menus to suit your event and to fit your budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Lynn Marie Rinaldi 8775672398
  • Entertainment: BYOB On Sunday evenings.
  • Special Events: Happy Hour - 5-7 Tuesday through Saturday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cross street between Tasker & Morris Streets
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available Friday and Saturday nights at Passyunk and Morris Bring ticket to validate for discount. $8 with validation, $18 without.
A word from Paradiso - Philadelphia
Located on East Passyunk Avenue near Tasker Street, the oldest Italian-American business district in the country, Paradiso is an exciting new addition to "South Philly's Restaurant Row". The spacious property has been renovated into a casually-elegant restaurant that features a open-air kitchen with a fresh approach to regional Italian & Mediterranean cooking. The private dining room provides the perfect setting for any occasion with seating capacity for parties up to 100 guests.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Paradiso - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (32)special occasion (22)romantic (17)notable wine list (16)good for groups (11)great for outdoor dining (7)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • consistently very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We love this restaurant especially during the week when the area is not as busy. food is imaginative and delicious. great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just so so.
    peaches
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We were given what appeared to be a short menu compared to my other visits. The server was courteous but not very polished. Could barely hear her when she gave us the menu additions. Didn't know how to pur wine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FANTASTIC!
    Marsha
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Truly enjoyed dinner at Paradiso on Saturday, October 25, 2014, part of 4. The food is fantastic! The quality of the ingredients was superb. Everything was fresh and cooked to perfection. Wait staff very attentive too. Well worth the money. Will definitely go back the next time that we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great South Philly Staple
    MJLM
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    While all the new no reservation spots are cluttering the East Passyunk Avenue scene Paradiso remains consistently an excellent choice for a delicious meal in comfortable surroundings. Food is always prepared innovatively and service is impeccable. Wish they would serve their breadsticks at the table and not just at the bar. This is a restaurant where you can relax in conversation. You can actually hear your table guests even in a crowded room. Bring the family or a first date. A pleasing choice on the Avenue!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paradiso pretty good
    DissapointingDishVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    South Philly, hard to get a bad meal.. many places to go for Italian food Had a reservation at high noon. Was there til 1 15. We were the only ones in the entire restaurant..other than the cook & waitress, who was also he cashier. Was ready to invite her to have lunch w/us. She was at our table constantly, think she was happy for the company Wine list pretty slim, but she understood what we liked & gave us a few samples. Selecting one for me, that she knew I'd like. And she was right. We each had a delicious steak sandwich that was very good quality beef on a soft roll, required hardly any chewing Onions & cheese barely visible but you knew they were there Had green tea from a French co. that was different but good..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything Good
    Bruce
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Everything was perfect for our birthday celebration. We parked close to the front door. Charming ambiance and quiet. We could have sat outside but chose inside. I chose the evening's special - wild boar ragout and wide paste. Check out their amaro list for after dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1st visit, won't be our last
    FoodCritic007VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Dined here on the recommendation of a friend. We wanted a great South Philly restaurant that isn't the run-of-the mill spaghetti kitchen-grandma's gravy place. This was definitely that place. Great looking dining room, open kitchen and bar. Had an Octopus appetizer, so delicious my partner barely shared it. Rolled stuffed veal breast was the best we've ever had. Coffee very dark and strong, desserts are just so-so, but the Budino was delicious.Hard to park, but there is valet parking on the block. Higher than the $8 listed on Open Table site (we paid $12 and were told regular rate is $21) The hostess is a little goth and not too outgoing, she seems bored, maybe she can fill water glasses or refresh bread baskets to occupy her time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paradiso
    Craig
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    had a great meal with friends.. great food, service and evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Passyunk Favorite
    Oursine
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Paradiso is a pivotal part of the Passyunk restaurant scene. We go often and always appreciate the gracious atmosphere and excellent food - Lynn, the chef-owner, always makes her diners feel very welcome.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time does not disappoint!
    RABA
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Second time to the restaurant and was even more impressed. Meat plater for the table, great wine, incredible food and very nice competent servers. A great night out with family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Philly find
    MustangDaveVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This was a great local find. Anthony was great and took care of suggesting a truly tasteful meal from start to finish. Philly is a tough town for Italian, as there are so many, it's hard to decided where to go, but this should be on your list. Forget the cheese steaks, go here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Had a great lunch with my mom, aunt and uncle. The waitress put us by the open window, which was very enjoyable. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time - anniversary dinner
    NMor9
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I wasn't sure what to expect, but my wife and I really enjoyed our dinner. We started with drinks and appetizers. I would highly recommend the grilled octopus and the melon salad. Even if you don't think you'd like octopus you should try it. My wife had a veal dish and I had the mushroom fettuccine - both excellent. Service was great as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Very Good at Paradiso !
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Always very good food - Not too noisy - the servers are knowledgeable and helpful !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Family Celebration!
    Luckylisa
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We were delighted to celebrate my Aunt's 87th birthday at Paradiso. The food was really delicious! The service excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    BobbyE
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Beautiful charcuterie to start. Spinach gnocchi was light, flavorful and buttery. Pork blade was very tender and cooked to perfection. Generous portions at reasonable prices. Wonderful service, too! Convenient parking lot right across the street: only $3 to park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find for sure.
    EyesOnTheMenu
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My first dining experience in the E. Passyunk neighborhood was Paradiso Philadellphia. These folks know what hospitality is all about. The perfect lighting and well done decor was inviting, making me feel at home as soon as I was greeted at the door. Our server, Anthony, could not have been nicer nor more attentive. The menu selections were wonderful. It will take me several visits to get through all the tempting dishes listed. I had the crispy chicken liver with caramelized onions for my appetizer and the stuffed breast of veal entree. Both were delicious. Next visit -- dessert, for sure! After dinner, we spent a few minutes complimenting and chatting with the chef / owner from the open kitchen - a pleasant ending to a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    FresserVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We liked everything about this place. Food was wonderfully prepared -- notably exquisite gnocchi, melon salad, dorade. Server discreet, recommended outstanding wine. Desserts were scrumptious. A fine place for a civilized and tasty dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliably great
    AlbertRichlegs
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We're lucky to have a restaurant like Paradiso just a short walk from our home. We sat by the open front window and enjoyed the evening breeze while watching the parade of characters along Passyunk Avenue. Food, wine and service were all top notch. Especially enjoyed an appetizer of burrata, a soft cheese, with beets. My wife's entree was chicken over a wonderful salad of chunks of summer vegetables. Ambience is elegant but not stuffy, a great spot to dress up for. Our visit felt like a lovely treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    mary
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went with out-of-town guests for our first visit here. It was a very pleasant evening and we'll definitely be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    Hapoel
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great food augmented by wonderful service by Sam. Excellent menu with gnocchi to die for. One of my go to places in South Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Passyunk Ave's Giada!
    BigguyVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Looking for light, refreshing & delightful Italian cuisine,you must go to Paradiso's on Passyunk Avenue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative food; nice presentation
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Solid member of the new S. Philly restaurant scene. Interesting menu, nice presentation -- but a bit pricy and portions were small.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • menu very small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was excellent - problem was finding something to order! The menu was very limited. Service was wonderful. Q little over-priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 442 reviews are from the Paradiso - Philadelphia reviews archive.
  • Always perfect
    CentercityiteVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Went there for the third time this week. My wife and I took my son and his fiancé. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their dinner. They never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PARADISO
    Joyce
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Chef Lynn does a wonderful job keeping the menu fresh and delicious. Wait staff (Cameron) was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and competent.. It is one of our favorite places on Passyunk Avenue. Always wonderful. We will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent
    TerryTVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I love that the menu changes with each season. My new spring menu favorite is the spaghetti alla chitarra with asparagras and English peas. It is so fresh -- the perfect embodiment of spring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Northern Italian Gem
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Amazing pastas and risottos. Everything was cooked to perfection. I wish they had a few additional items to choose from, not a fan of whole fish so another fish entree would be nice, but very good overall. All pastas can be done as half portions which is a great way to get a taste!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Grandmother's Raviolis
    BigguyVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Paradiso is amazing, and you will truly enjoy every moment of your dining pleasure from the staff and the chef, Lynn Rinaldi. Lynn has creative Nouveau Italian cuisine. It is not your type of place to get Grandmother's Raviolis. This menu is fresh and light and delicious always. Her salumi and cheese boards are fabulous along with our favorite Fritti Misto appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BYOB
    Asianfoodie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I Love All Restaurants That let you BYOB. Apps Were Great. Really hard to have a conversation though noise Level through the roof. But everything else good. I am from out of town and would recommend this place to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing dinner
    diner
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Based on previous reviews, we made a reservation here for a Friday night. The restaurant was empty. We ordered appetizers, which were bland. We had to ask for sauce for the calamari. The main entrees were lacking flavor. The gravy on the veal tasted like it came out of a jar. The gnocchi was over salted. To cap it off, the expresso tasted "burnt". The only saving grace was the service, which was excellent. The bottom line, not worth the money.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will Return
    DanBVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great overall experience. The chef was very accommodating especially when one of our party totally changed how he wanted his fish prepared. Nice wine by the glass selection. Bread basket with spreads was a pleasing addition. The beet salad was very good and they offered a green salad by request. Our party of four all had the dorado and kampachi, each prepared with personal preferences. Our waitress was very helpful with our selections. All of our dishes were wonderful. Another appreciated addition was the $8 ($18-$24 in center city) valet parking on bustling Passyunk Ave. We will return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    diner
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We went to celebrate our anniversary. Had a quiet drink at the bar, great wine list. before we sat for our reservation. Table was ready, service was great, always someone checking on you. Had the crude foe app small but tasty. Seafood stew was full of seafood and spicy. Stuffed veal was tender and flavorful. Dessert we had the apple with gelato, excellent. Coffee and cappuccino to top it off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was Okay
    LSPhilly
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I got the spinach and ricotta gnocchi, it was pretty good. There wasn't much selection to choose from and the portions were small in comparison to the price...that is why I gave Paradiso an overall rating of 2 stars.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So Good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Amazing restaurant--food was delicious, atmosphere was romantic but also fun, large wine selection, and most of all really nice energy. Chef Lynn really cares about her customers and it is reflective in her food and the restaurant's atmosphere. I totally recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food and Good Drink
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I had some of the best steak of my life and my girlfriend ordered an amazing gnocchi. I look forward to coming back with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Nouveau Italian Cuisine
    BigguyVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    If you are looking for incredible food you do not have to go further. Lynn Rinaldi and her staff will perform magic for your evening's meal. This is the best of the best, Passyunk Avenue is alive with extremely talented chefs and Lynn is at the top of the list. Enjoy her magnificient meals in a very softly light dining area. Her staff is above average and always very helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paradiso
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Came here for the restaurant week. The foie gras mousse was amazing! It was the main reason why I went here. The place was nice and more for small groups or couples to go to.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I went to Paradiso with my
    alrlova
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I went to Paradiso with my gf and our two friends for E. Passyunk Restaurant week. The menu for restaurant week was excellent. I enjoyed the pork belly for appetizer. The duck breast, in my opinion, could have been juicier. I also sampled the chicken liver/foie gras spread and enjoyed that as well. My only gripe was the time waiting between appetizers and our main entree. The wait felt like over 30 minutes to 45 minutes. I actually got a ticket from the PPA because my 2.5 hours in the meter wasn't sufficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The atmospere is very nice,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    The atmospere is very nice, the staff were great and the food was fantastic! What more could you want?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.