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Paradiso Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paradiso-sanleandro.com
  • Phone: (510) 430-9310
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday
    10am - 4pm

    Monday - Friday
    11am - 4pm

    Sunday - Thursday
    4pm - 9pm

    Friday, Saturday:
    4pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Italian, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Michael Wiesner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Valentine’s Day Menu

    Reservations now being excepted.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oakes Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is ample street parking available as well as an attached lot.
A word from Paradiso
Paradiso offers a contemporary atmosphere with an architectural
flair. The exhibition kitchen is a highlight.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "The service wasn't all that great. It seemed as if the waiter was ready to go home. He didn't come to check on us and when we asked for cheese on our pasta he never came back. However, the ambiance was nice. As a local, it's nice to have a more upscale restaurant in San Leandro, however, the party I was with all agreed that as first timers, we would not recommend."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "After 5 yrs as a devoted fan of Paradiso's fine fair, and countless special occasions, casual meals, and big family celebrations, we are at a loss for what has affected the decline at this "neighborhood gem". Gone was the delicate and familiar delight to all 5 senses: This meal missed every mark. My pre-meal cocktail, a mojito, was tasteless with not hint of muddled mint, rum, or lime flavor. The calamari appetizer was over breaded, and served with a bland aioli, the double pork chop was dry, and the "delicate" white wine and butter sauce served with the scallops, was an over-seasoned heavy gravy. Dessert was no better. Was this due to 2nd rate cook and wait staff on a Monday shift? Has there been a change in ownership or management?"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The food was great the evening wonderful enjoyed this place immensely....heard good things and was not disappointed...."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Enjoyed the evening but the food was not as good as the previous time. It was just a little off. The wine was not the normal good wente riva ranch tasted flat. So a little disappointing but will try again..."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was tasty when we finally got it. Granted we were a group of six, but we must of waited nearly 50 minutes from the time we ordered to the time we got our food. We were there at two in the afternoon, and the restaurant wasn't even half-full, making the long wait time even more confusing. The ambiance of the restaurant is lovely and the food is generally good. I had the green enchiladas; the two enchiladas themselves were very delicious, but the side of beans and eggs was nothing to write home about. I've enjoyed our trips to Paradiso in the past, but the slow service will make me think twice before returning."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The dining is always above par. This is a great family and local eatery that will accommodate most who enjoy a well tailored menu."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I was with 2 other middle age female friends. We were not to happy about our waiter who treated as like "second class" customers by not remembering our order and when the food was ready bringing it to the people next to us. When this happened the waiter extended his apologies not to us but to them (people next table) to whom we heard him saying: "...I am sorry, this shows that I think about you". We felt that if a male would have been with us we would probably got better service."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Was a great dinner, as usual! We sat in the extra room where you can see the wine inventory and it is quieter there then in the rest of the restaurant. I've never eaten anything I wouldn't recommend here. I really recommend the roasted veggies with the polenta as an appetizer!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Paradiso is really a foodie magnet. This place puts San Leandro on the map with the amazing dishes that come from their wood fired grill and oven."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "make sure to pay attention to what you order. ask waiter for help."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This is our local neighborhood restaurant and we dine here whenever possible. We are so fortunate to have such an outstanding establishment so close to our home."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We had such great service. And food was lovely too. Such a treat."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Hosted a party of 6 for our son's 27th birthday. We had an excellent time and the service was outstanding. All the entree's (salmon, flatiron steak, rib-eye steak, fish special (2), lamb tenderloin) were great. We brought our own wine and they had no issues with opening them for us. This was the 3rd time at the restaurant and it was the best yet. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We ate calamari fritter, margherita pizza, mushroom ravioli, cioppino, and the apple crisp. Also had the basil martini. Food came out pretty quick, the starters, and they were lukewarm, as if they had been sitting out or too many prepared in advance. Chewy calamari. The best was the entrees. Cioppino was tasty, with a lot of seasoning and flavors. Also a good amount of seafood. Ravioli was also good but not spectacular for having been made from scratch. Came here because we saw it on check please and read yelp reviews. But too bad that our experience was that of the negative yelp reviewers. For the price and quality of atmosphere, we expected much more. Service was attentive but again, not great. Just not bad. Had to ask for water."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Always great food and service! Great menu selection with so many great choices!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Although my birthday was last Saturday, a dinner party with friends and family was my idea for an awesome conclusion. I had been to Paradiso several times prior but only for apps and cocktails. Host was friendly and my party of 10 including myself were accommodated with a spacious table in the dining area towards the rear of the restaurant. All who dined raved about their individual food selections. The crab and avocado was a popular choice as well as the baby kale Caesar salad. Cocktails were yummy. The wait staff was very attentive. The night ended with a complimentary birthday tiramisu and my loved ones singing their rendition of Happy Birthday. I will most definitely return to Paradiso in the future. My dining experience was great!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Wonderful experience. The food was exceptional. Very fresh flavorful ingredients. Preparation and presentation was beautiful. Well thought out wine list with a wide range of vineyards and price points. Service was fine - very attentive and the waiter was well informed on the menu. I visited with three of my close friends and we all had a great time."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We loved the meal: fresh pear gorgonzola salad, great potato-leek soup, fried oysters, ravioli with truffles and mushroom, and the Chicken Paradiso was to die for. The drink menu was terrific, too."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My group of 5 was originally seated right by the door and when we asked if we could have a quieter table we were graciously offered a table in lovely room at the rear of the restaurant. The service was excellent and our waiter was extremely helpful in recommending an excellent wine. We all shared tastes and mostly were in agreement. The pear gorgonzola salad was a stand out. The rigatoni bolognese was also good although one person said there was an herb in it that she didn't care for. The food came out of the kitchen pretty slowly. Minor notes- the lamb shank was very rare so be forwarned. One person thought the cabernet sauce on the braised short ribs lacked depth. Desserts were great especially the apple crisp which was a work of art."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food is always good here. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars, was because I had requested a table by the window. They seated us in the bar (by the window), on a high table. It was noisy and we were not comfortable with the high table. Otherwise, it was great as usual."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "A gem for many years. We hadn't been in a long time. We had asked for a special table and they did not disappoint Would highly recommend'! Thankyou"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Everything is good at Paradiso. Just be alert. Service included with party of 6 or more. But make certain the tip is based on the sub total before tax is computed. Also, make sure they don't tax the tip. Our tip was added to the sub total, than tax was added to the sum of both, for the balance due. Since we were very distracted, it wasn't noticed until we were already at home."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband and I had dinner at Paradiso this past weekend. He order the double pork chops and I ordered the pancetta and mozzarella baked tortellini. He had the portabello mushroom appetizer and I had the calamari. I LOVED the calamari breading - I think it was polenta-based. It was golden brown and cruncy, and the calamari was cooked perfectly with just the right amount of chew. The accompanying lemon aioli is very good and paired perfectly. My tortellini was fantastic - pancetta and melted cheesy goodness in every bite. My husband ate 1 1/2 of his chops and took the remainder home for a late night snack. Paradiso has a decent wine and drink list, and I had a Paradiso Cosmo which was very tasty. Overall two thumbs up! A great spot!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Not normally a fish eater, but had the Halibut which was a special for the evening. Large "slab" done perfectly, moist and flakey."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Was able to get a reservation at the last minute and had a great dinner and good conversation with staff!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "When I arrive my reservation, the host acted as if my reservation was lost. But he manage to find a table available."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food is quite good and very generous portions. Whenever your in san Leandro try Paradiso you will be pleasantly surprised at how good it is."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I enjoy this restaurant very much. I've been there a few times and although it's not in my general driving route, I'll go out of my way to visit it periodically. The food is excellent and I've had good service. I was there on Monday, June 16 for dinner and it was delicious. We also had a fabulous server--really good and knew how to keep track of little things we might need. We were also seated in a corner, which was perfect as we could converse comfortably."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I definitely would return, the calamari had so much flavor, my Halibet was very good."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This is a great find in a neighborhood that has no good places to eat. I was thrilled to find this place and plan on making it a regular stop."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Normally we love Paradiso- it's within walking distance, good food, we often drop in at the last minute or order take out. Father's Day was an exception. I ordered a shrimp omelet- the shrimp inside were cold and some of the egg was undercooked and running out the side. Had someone come back to check on the order, I would have told them immediately but we couldn't even see our waiter- he was all over the restaurant. I wasn't offered a second cup of coffee until they came over with the bill. The toaster wasn't working but nobody told us until we finally asked the host. This was unusual for Paradiso. I did ask the person clearing the table to show my dripping egg to the chef- hopefully others did not share this experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Why the heck should I bother since i NEVER RECEIVE POINTS FOR ANYWHERE I GO..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "All four dishes we ordered were excellent. Space around tables a little tight, and very noisy. But definitely would return!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This time out we had brunch and the food remains average. The chocolate chip mini muffins were dry. The French toast was almost good (one slice was clearly burned on one side), and the scrambled eggs were cooked too hard when I asked for wet, runny eggs. My companion had the frittata and thought it had too much cheese and very little of the vegetables. The blackberry cabernet sorbet remains an excellent choice, and the apple crisp would be great if it ever reaches the table hot. Much better service on this visit by the primary wait-person (who's name I didn't get - apologies) - she was attentive, friendly, and provided overall good service during the meal."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I once again had a great meal here. I had the roast chicken and it was fabulous. My friend had the filet and it was largecookperfectly"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Celebrated a friend's birthday with 3 others. Saw this restaurant reviewed on "Check please" on TV. Great food, wine, dessert. Enjoyed lamb chops, lamb shank, pasta, and pizza. Easy to complex menu. Delicious, memorable dinner. Great service."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "As we anticipated, the food was excellent and we were treated very well. It was a Girl's Night and we were celebrating a birthday by sharing each dish family style. Our waiter offered fine suggestions and all of our dishes were superb (Mussels App., Mushroom Soup, Sausage Pizza, Duck Risotto, Smoked Salmon Fettuccine, and Seared Scallops). We finished with Affogato, Creme Brulee and the birthday Tiramisu. We enjoyed the modern decor in the open dining room, however if I had to pick one negative thing it would be the resulting noise level. Of course, the noise won't keep us away...the food is just too good! Thanks Paradiso for showing us a great time!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Another wonderful family dinner..... service as always was excellent!!!!! Prime Rib was on the specials list and it was SUPER.... the food was superb and yummy. We love having dinner at our local favorite spot."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My wife and I have visited this place numerous times. Being a meat lover, this restaurant has prime rib later than most restaurants (and it is seasoned excellently). It's definitely a 5 star restaurant far from the busy tourist spaces. A really great place in an area short on 5 star restaurants....making it a really great place to head to with friends who don't want to pay for parking! Not sure what else to say, because I don't normally write these reviews, but this is a great, vibrant restaurant where you would not expect one. Probably 6-7 meals, even with my hard-to-please folks, and we've loved every one of them. Give it a try. If you don't like it, save up three times the cash and go back to Morton's:-)."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Paradiso had mix reviews given to us by our family of adult children. First off, cheering greeting by front house, second waitress was excellent...she could not have been better. Patient, knowledgeable, smart and with good taste humor thrown in. Salmon are friend ordered was cooked perfect. Her comment on the salad "where are the almonds" ? Our kale salad was good but dressing could have used just a little more kick. Unfortunately our pizza was set on a damp plate and therefore was a little bit soggy...all the components were very good. The salted caramel ice cream is a winner."
    Dined on 6/7/2014