Paradiso Ristorante
Paradiso Ristorante

Paradiso Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paradisoristorante.net/
  • Phone: (781) 581-7552
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Benedetto Carenza
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call 781-581-7552; We are eager to build a menu to match your desire and budget.
  • Private Party Facilities: Paradiso Ristorante is and will be the perfect setting for your private or corporate events on or off site.
  • Private Party Contact: Concetta Carenza 6174291167x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Burrill
  • Public Transit: Commuter rail station
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Paradiso Ristorante
Paradiso Ristorante is a family-friendly restaurant located across from the Swampscott train station. Executive Chef Benedetto Carenza from Avellino, Italy prepares Italian cuisine that will make you want to lick your plate. All menu items are cooked to order. Quality is our number one priority. Enjoy the ambiance of our newly renovated dining room. The casual atmosphere of our lounge offers four big flat screen TVs, aong with a lighter menu as well as our dinner menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Paradiso Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)vibrant bar scene (16)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (13)romantic (13)special occasion (11)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (5)Show More
  • Traditional Italian
    Reticentcritic
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    One passes through the bar en route to the main seating area for dining. The bar was beginning to fill in at 6 pm when we arrived, and by 7:30 or so, seemed to be packed with 30-somethings. It was quite a vibrant scene, but not so loud that we had to strain to hear in the adjacent dining room. The food was very good. This is classic neighborhood traditional Italian fare, competently prepared. Although it is not a "family" restaurant per se, our server went out of her way to make our kids feel welcome. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I frequent this place at least once or twice a month. The food is consistent, I always enjoy my meal. The tiramisu is fabulous, my husband is a huge fan of the dream bomba.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Judy
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Six of us dined before a show at the Lynn Auditorium. All 6 of us were delighted with our appetizers and meals. The seafood was fresh and prepared beautifully, the veal was so tender, it could be cut with a fork. We loved the red sauce! The wine list made us happy, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diners
    Mairsey
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    On the way home from the airport decided to stop by for a nice dinner and a nice dinner it was. The atmosphere was great, no wait for a table but we sat at the oversized bar. Service was friendly, prompt and very inviting. The food was delicious, we had the Chicken Picatta which was a special and Rolled Pork stuffed with mozzarella and prosciuitto. The portions were large, the Picatta was had a llight lemony flavor and a great red sauce on the pork with fettuccini. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The seafood in the pescatore was overcooked and very dry.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jonnie
    Gretter
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a wonderful meal and a very enjoyable evening with 8 friends. We didn't feel rushed at all and our service was very good. A few times someone mentioned how loud it was in the room and was hard to hear someone across the table but overall the ambiance was very pleasant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not allergy friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have a serious peanut allergy. I understand that I came to this restaurant on a busy weekend night, but I was told that the kitchen staff "did not have time" to "go downstairs" to check what kind of oil they use. When I seemed upset by this comment, the waitress assured me, "no they didn't mean it like that!". Although, I don't understand how else this could have been taken, other than they were unwilling to accommodate my allergy. I had to ask if they would just use olive oil for my food, and they assured me they would. I should have just walked out when they were unwilling to accommodate a severe food allergy. The food was only mediocre, and my health is more important. Won't be going back there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit since the new format
    theGardenGnomes
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Food was good. I asked for hand made pasta instead of bought, wanted to eat the way I would at my grandparent's table. Dinner should have had sides, though. Antipasiti was ok, a little small. Too few pieces of bread. Desert was nice. Decent wine. I usually don't go out for Italian. Might try the bar next time and have a few app's and wine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • That's Italian
    eyeluv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Local restaurant Paradisio, never fails to perform. Great Italian dishes, at reasonable prices. 'great drinks. Wine list ok but adequate. Good bet to not to any further.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, Great SErvice
    LocaltoBostonVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very happy eating here. I met my parents (I live in Boston), parking was easy, our reservation was exactly on time, the service and food very good. I'd would eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have had dinner there many times & have always had excellent meals. From Lobster pizza to all your go to Italian dishes like chicken parm the food tastes great. Always wonderful service too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    LUV2DINE
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This place is one of our favorites. The food is always good, however this last visit the service was terrible. I'm not sure why because they were not terribly busy when we arrived at 6:30. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NEVER DISAPPOINTS!!!
    MumNightOff
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We are lucky to live within walking distance of this restaurant and have never been disappointed with our dining experience. Courteous staff, lovely ambiance and delicious food. A favorite for our whole family.
    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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 46 reviews are from the Paradiso Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Great neighborhood find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Was looking for a place to eat Saturday night, went to paradiso and loved it! Everything we ordered was so tasty !!! Will go back for sure!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian Food Around
    mattyhat23VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    By far the best, fresh Italian food this side of the Atlantic. Great service. Fresh food. Amazing home made pasta. Fantastic red sauce. Love the Veal Affumicato but anything on the menu is great! Connie is the best!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice Italian
    zgalVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We enjoyed 2 Frutti di Mare entrees and 1 Halibut special. The seafood in the Frutti di Mare was very fresh and ample, and the sauce was very tasty, too. Service was prompt and pleasant; we will return. Kudos for offering a taste of a Chardonnay before ordering.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliantly Average
    BoysNight
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    A relatively quiet spot with a menu filled with Italian staples. The food is average and lacked spice. Homemade pasta is a nice treat but sauce needs basil
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My new favorite local spot
    LUV2DINE
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Love this place! Great food. Nice quiet dining room but also fun bar if that's what you are looking for, noise from the bar does not interfere with the dining room.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience.
    PickyEater
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Just a solid place to go for drinks and dinner or even just drinks in their modern bar. If your craving Italian style food this is worth a try. It's a real neighborhood gem in Swampscott with easy parking during the evening. If you want a quiet, more romantic dining experience try the dining room in the rear. They also have a relatively inexpensive wine list. $$
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration
    Friend
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were celebrating Mom's 81st birthday and there were 10 of us. This is a family big into fish and being MA. we know good fish. Four of us had fish, different dishes, two had veal, one steak and I'm not sure about the granddaughters. Everyone enjoyed their meal and we had several take homes. We had several kinds of wine, white before our meal, white with our meal and the steak guy had red. We sampled the whites before ordering a bottle (several bottles) and enjoyed them. We had brought a birthday cake which the staff brought singing happy birthday. We were in a corner but not at all unpleasant. It was a very relaxed dinner and fun night. We were in the dining room but we noticed that the bar area was full.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food,
    VealParm
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    When you find a Place like Paradiso Ristorante your not sure if you want to tell anyone, or keep it all to your self, but I just have not stopped bragging about the whole experience. Thank you Jon Foss
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mdbd
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We loved the veal chop. The service was outstanding. The waitress was charming and extremely helpful with the men items. Looking forward to returning to this restaurant very shortly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    Swampscottsman
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    My wife got the Risotto Di Mare and I had the Vitello Tartufo. Both meals were excellent. The place is nice and quiet in the back dining room or much more lively when sitting at the bar depending on what you are looking for. Highly recommend Paradiso!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy Bar Area
    DanielleB
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We made a last minute reservation Saturday evening. We arrived about 15 minutes early and the table wasn't ready but they had a table in the bar area that was available so we took it. Dinner was good with decent portions. We both had chicken mine with spinach, mushrooms and proscuito and my husband had his with mozzarella. We both had ziti instead of salad. We parked at the commuter rail station as all on-street parking was taken. The bar was packed! Definately a locals hangout. I am pregnant so I didn't get to have a cocktail or wine but the drink specials and wine list looked good. Hubby had a beer from a pretty small beer list. We both would go back to Paradiso.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    DStacey
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Great meal at Paradiso. It was very quiet the night we dined as it was a Tuesday during school vacation week. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. Chicken Parmesan is the best I have had. Chicken was tender and Nad a nice light breading. Sauce was tasty and light. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Food and service were just ok. Nothing special. Won't be in a rush to go back, but notable neighborhood restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    LUV2DINE
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Fantastic food. Tender veal, homemade pasta is delicious and the only restaurant meatballs I will eat! Tiramisu yummy. My only wish is more italian white wines by the glass. But overall this has become one of my favorite go to restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very considerate.
    Redcac
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We running very late due to traffic on Route 95. We called the restaurant and explained our situation. We also had an engagement at 8:00 at Lynn Auditorium. We arrived at the restaurant and saw it was very busy. I went to reception and gave our name. I was greeted warmly and told "right this way". They held our table for us for 45 minutes! Very accommodating. We also told the waitress we were in a bit of a rush and she did everything to push our meal along. The service was great and the food was very good. We wish we had more time to enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    ChefJan
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Can't believe that I have lived in the neighborhood for quite a while and not been here before -- what a find! Everything was absolutely wonderful. Had dinner with a friend that I hadn't seen in quite a long while so we had a very enjoyable and leisurely dinner. Never got any pressure to speed things up. Lovely server was so gracious. Can't wait to go back!! We ate in the dining room and when we left we walked through the bar. Seems like everyone in there knew eachother! Very fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Improvement
    Kringle
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Regular salads should be served with each entree at no extra cost, otherwise the cost of the entree is on the high side.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THis is a really excellent
    Foodie
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    THis is a really excellent restaurant. At our last visit, it turned out to be their last day before closing for a couple of weeks for renovations, so it was packed, and they ran out of their (excellent!) broccoli rabe, which I'd been craving. But in several visits, I've never been disappointed in the food or the service. It's not super fancy (you don't have to dress up) but the menu is definitely elegant, varied and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant is a great
    KMO25
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    This restaurant is a great place to go and relax. Went with our kids (in their twenties) and our oldest's girlfriend. Five of us. Food was adequate but inexpensive and we felt it is fairly priced. Service is attentive and it's just really a cozy neighborhood bar/eating establishment and a nice alternative when you want to just hang with friends/family. We go three or four times a year - and have had the same waitress (Emily H.) for the last five visits (completely by coincidence) but glad we get her.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite of ours.
    StaceyM
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We always feel at home at Paradiso. The food, service and experience never disappoints. Once you try Paradiso, it'll be your new favorite restaurant too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Surprising Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    This was our first time dining at Paradiso Ristorante. We were surprised that a local restaurant had such a European feel. The food and service were excellent. The owner sent over an appetizer because it was our first time eating at their restaurant; That was certainly a gracious touch. We will definitely make another reservation in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    CCrispo
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Food was delicious. Service was good. We had a great time. It was my birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tasting food with pleasant
    Joshua
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Great tasting food with pleasant service in a lovely dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Indy
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We were there on a Saturday so the review is based on a very busy evening. There were six of us. Food is fabulous. Noisy but perfect for a group there to enjoy the evening. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    mare
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We were a party of six, sat right at reservation time, excellent waitress and the food was delicious. I would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food good, dining room bad
    Mangia
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Second time there, food was exceptional. Waitress also very doting and knew menu well. Lighting too dark, would have been nice to have bread sticks in addition to rolls.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friends nite out, great.
    suzyq
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We were treated very well and they let us sit down even though our friends were not there yet. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.