Paradiso Ristorante

4.9
366 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Paradiso Ristorante is a family-friendly restaurant located across from the Swampscott train station. Small kitchen with big flavors.
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 “soon” newly renovated lounge and dining room. The casual atmosphere of our lounge offers 6 flat screen TVs, along with our dining room, outdoor heated patio and outdoor tent.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 366 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived on time for our reservation and were seated immediately in the quiet dining room, per request. Our server came by to introduce himself and take our drink order. We told him that we needed to catch a train in 1.25 hours (train station is across the street). Our salads came out right away, followed by our meals shortly after. Everything was hot and delicious. The eggplant parmigiana passed the strictest of tests (my Italian boyfriend), and the kitchen made my veal Romano completely gluten free. My daughter’s baked haddock was fresh and flaky, and her side of gnocchi marinara melted in her mouth. Finally, we had profiteroles for dessert. Fresh cream filling in flaky pastry, smothered in chocolate and topped with fresh whipped cream. I could have used less chocolate, but the bite I had was delicious.

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vipPeterC
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Really enjoyed our server, Michael.

I wish management would fix the cappuccino machine as it's been out of service for quite some time. Come on, if you are serving Vitello Ossobuco (very good), you are an Italian restaurant, you gotta have an espresso machine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service. Excellent specials (especially the seafood selections). Really nice outdoor dining setup for the fall weather.

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MegG
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The services was fabulous. Great attitudes and very accommodating.

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vipRamonaF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place we found for great Italian fare!!!

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Foodie
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Paradiso is a great local neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food was very good, nothing fancy. Good value for what you get and the service was really nice and friendly.
They offer outdoor seating in a heated tent which is definitely a plus in times of Covid.
Hope to be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, prepared from off the menu. Great that they would do that for us.

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gregp
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is cozy and very welcoming. The food is very delicious and they serve large portions. Try the eggplant in pesto sauce (appetizer)...extremely delicious. Very decent wine list, and the wait staff are very friendly and accommodating. This is now my third time back and plan to frequent when I can.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Lots of outdoor space. Excellent wine. A classic red sauce night out!

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vipCrone
New England
52 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a tough time for restaurants: staffing shortages, supply delays, morale. Nonetheless, Paradiso staff continue to offer good service & tasty food, in a lively neighborhood "go to." Michael, at the check-in desk, did his best to accommodate walk-in diners (we had a reservation, which I recommend.) It was nice to see that he was empowered to make decisions. Stephen, our server, moved lightning quick through the restaurant and was very attentive to his guests. As for the food, my husband had a salmon special that he scarfed down before stealing two pieces of my parma cotta pizzette. The pizza was one of the best dishes I've eaten there, and it's on the regular menu.

MR
MarkR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and we'd come back again soon

MJ
MaryJ
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally enjoyed ourselves and look forward to returning soon.

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PaulaD
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and Franca was
Attentive to every detail

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Eidel18
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere
Good food
Pleasant staff

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vipCookie
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine. Table, service, food were all fine

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Mickey
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Paradiso and it exceeded my expectations.

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Bos114
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we chose to eat outside in a huge cooled/heated tent. app was octupus salad served w cukes beets and fresh string beans / perfect for a summer nite. we each had the special which was sea bass grilled or livornese style w olives capers and tomatoes. nice portion w perfect flavorings. luv an ice cream and hazelnut was the choice for the night. enjoyed that as well. paradiso is definitely a north end restaurant worth going to outside the city.

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GailD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome service, we love it here!! Never feel pressured or rushed, just a wonderful, delicious and relaxing experience!

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PaulC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, the rolls were served with olive oil mixed with spices and a bit of red pepper flakes. I mentioned to my niece that I would love to have the recipe so that I could toss it with pasta for a meal of its own. Two of us got the veal piccata. The veal was tender, beautifully cooked, with a wonderful light lemon sauce with mushrooms and spinach. It did not come with pasta, but I could barely finish the meal, there was so much. There was a large wine list which the waiter seemed to know by heart. The waiter was attentive but not intrusive. It was a wonderful dining experience.

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AndreaW
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. Outdoor seating is spacious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Would recommend for any occasion for a wonderful meal and fantastic service!

TJ
TraciJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, relaxed atmosphere, pleasant staff, great food... and family friendly! First time here, we will definitely be back!

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SwampscottGator
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We always have a wonderful dining experience at Paradisco. Went with friends visiting from Florida. The food and drinks were outstanding. Sat outside and everyone had a great time.

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BillN
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place! The staff is SUPER friendly and the food is great! PLEASE make that lemon sorbet served in a lemon special an every day menu item!!

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vipSusanJ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, but we really have to comment on the outstanding service! From the host at the door, to the staff and servers on the floor, all were friendly, and very focused on the customers. We had a wonderful evening and will be back soon!!

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FrancisG
New England
26 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was good and the service was excellent. I will go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Paradiso! North End or Arthur Ave level food close to home!

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vipCrone
New England
52 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate on the patio, which is protected in foul weather, and kept comfortable with fans or heaters, whichever is needed. My husband and I ordered one of the specials, the spezzatino, a dish of veal, eggplant, tortellini, and tomatoes. Always delicious. Our server, Michael, was efficient and friendly. We each had a different specialty cocktail, mixed by one of Paradiso's experienced bartenders, Kim. Also delicious.

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vipBobNahant
New England
93 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good here and reliable. nice atmosphere. glad they are back with indoor seating

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Allstate
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The number of tables that had no one seated was surprising considering only a tall table was available when I made a reservation. However the service and food was very good.

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billS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the tent setting very much
Dinner was excellent!

LJ
vipLJKH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Waitress excellent.

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vipCrone
New England
52 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paradiso is our favorite local haunt, on the regular dinner out rotation. Service is spot on, and the bartenders know how to mix perfect cocktails. Food always reliable, a good value. The owners have been diligent in adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. I hope the large covered patio is a permanent fixture, they've made it an attractive space.

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vipbgourmand
New England
293 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A traditional Italian menu with a few specials, and very well prepared. I had halibut puttanesca and my husband had veal piccata - both delicious. We sat outside in a tent. Only negative was that the food came too fast - we hadn’t finished the first course before the second came. Perhaps with Covid precautions they are limiting time, but still this felt rushed.

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vipMariaP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at Paradiso. My friends have been their several times. It was excellent from start to finish. Our waitress Ashley was wonderful. We'll definitely be back again.
I had the Veal Piccata with homemade fusilli. It was delicious.

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LawrenceG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing. Our waitress Kim was absolutely amazing.

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Nunzio
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paradiso Ristorante is ALWAYS a fantastic choice for making dinner out fantastic! The food is always the best! The service is beyond beyond! Everything is always fulfilling! Don't miss out on the Steak Pizzaiola or Sea Bass specials!!!!!

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vipmeditatefood
New England
35 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food. Great service! Will go again soon!

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vipmattyhat23
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a phenomenal meal with great prices and perfect portions. Still the best Italian restaurant north of Boston.

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vipVicG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best at Paradiso!!!

FAQs

Paradiso Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 581-7552.

Paradiso Ristorante is rated 4.9 stars by 366 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.