Cucina Paradiso

4.6
212 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Cucina Paradiso is an energetic, lively spot serving delicious Italian and new American cuisine. Paradiso's kitchen is a popular culinary destination now, as ever, known for its wonderful thin-crust pizzas and creative entrees. Over the span of its 20+ year existence Cucina Paradiso has undergone sweeping interior space updates and currently welcomes its guests into a stylish, modern, yet warm dining room. An outdoor sidewalk Cafe compliments the diner's experience during the warmer months. Cucina's staff are dedicated to serving all customers in a prompt, approachable yet professional manner. Whether you are in the mood for juicy beef tenderloin, a baked goat cheese appetizer or a signature dish from the nightly specials, it'll only take one visit to see why this place is so treasured.Cucina Paradiso offers an ample selection of fine wine, spirits, choice beer & craft cocktails. For frequent diners, the Devozione points-based rewards card is well worth a look.
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J
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always consistent and a go to spot for every day dining or special occasion. Get the full size portion pasta and take half home for leftovers!

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M
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! I’ve lived near the area of this restaurant and had never tried it. I just recently heard good things what a pleasant surprise. The food is so delicious, spectacular wine list and great service.

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SM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places in the area. Good atmosphere, nice bar and very good food.

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OD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A well run operation.
Good food, good service, good wines.
Well established local above average Italian go to.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience, as always.

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D
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice. Food was very good. They could have been staffed a little more, and they were fairly busy. A nice evening (though we were seated right in front of the bus station - did not care for that). We will go back. An enjoyable eve. In the future I will ask if we could sit elsewhere. Why we had to wait for a table to be set (in front of the bus station) when there were open tables available is beyond me.

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MK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cucina is always in the mix for date night. Service was phenomenal and food the usual ... amazing

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Wonderful food, attentive staff.

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J
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistent and never disappointed

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P
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Oak Park! Elegant, casual, great food and friendly atmosphere. Superb coctails.
It can’t be beat for a date night or get together with friends.

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H
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply excellent!! Daniel our server was outstanding. We have never had poor service there, but he went above and beyond. Food was excellent.

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CN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a quaint restaurant w/ delicious food and wine and friendly servers!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great birthday celebration for my adult son. Great food, service and wine!

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IR
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb attentive unintrusive service. 4 gin cocktails. Very tasty food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

We were excited given the great reviews, but the food was all incredibly bland. Very disappointed :(

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v
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good as always. Pleasant serving staff. Brought our kids on this visit. They enjoyed the bacon-wrapped dates and their pasta dishes.

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GR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went with friends. Two of us ordered pasta, which is always good but over priced especially for the small order. Another friend ordered the beef medallions. The beef was tender but the sauce was cold. Had to have server bring replacement.
Tiramisu was good. Nothing to write home about.

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EJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I've been a big fan of Cucina for a long time. It is consistently above the fray in terms of food, service and atmosphere. I would not hesitate to recommend it!

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OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cucina Paradiso is always a gem. Food, drinks, ambience, and service are always impeccable. A great place to go in Oak Park for high-quality Italian food.

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C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and staff was terrific.

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it. There were five in our party and we all loved each dish. Fabulous service. Great prices

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T
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent. Service was stellar, food was fantastic (especially the pear pizza!) and atmosphere lovely. We need to come back more often.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow. Server seemed overwhelmed at times and inattentive at other times. Food was okay. All guests had feature meals. One tenderloin was supposed to be rare and came out medium. Drinks were good but slow. Didn’t get our bottle of wine until after starting our apps.

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JS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This has always been one of my favorite Italian restaurants in town. We hadn't been there in over a year. It's good to see if they've changed some of their menu for us to try new things. Everything was good as usual.

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z
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Salad; uninspiring. Entrée: wonderful. Wine: good but a tad expensive. Noise level: awful, I wife & I were shouting at each other.

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FZ
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent place and excellent experience ! A really nice and affordable place for foodies in Oak Park.

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N
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

The best part of our experience was our awesome Server. Hubby like his 15.00 single thin crust pizza. I ordered the Cod. It was rubbery and awful. They did ask if I wanted something else. I’m the interest of time since Hubby wouldn’t be long to eat, I got a pizza instead. It was ok. Someone cane out to ask about the horrible entree and assured me the pizza was in the works. Not that I ever expect a comp’d meal due to a bad experience, but they charged for everything but the nasty meal. That’s fine, unfortunately we still have money remaining in the gift card we had, so we will go back to use it.., we’ll figure out something. Their food is high priced for what you get and there isn’t all that much on the menu to choose from in the first place.

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JD
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed 20 min of conversation while having cocktails at the bar. Our table was ready when we were ready to be seated...about 15 minutes after our scheduled reservation. There were a few minor gaps in service, but acceptable and friendly overall.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic.
We had not been back for some time but glad we did.
Love the new updates and we’ve always love the food. So that along with the service made for a great experience.

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CJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a pleasant dinner with friends. Conversation occasionally difficult as the noise level was definitely not quiet but acceptable

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M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Even tho I noticed you no longer use tablecloths, the food is always great and that’s what we come for. Our server was terrific!

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SN
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our bartender Karina, was very energetic and friendly, drinks were amazing! Went to Cucina Paradiso to celebrate a birthday and was very please with the attention and services we received from our waiter and staff. Can’t wait to return!

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely, authentic Italian cuisine restaurant!! The servers/service was excellent, the food was delicious & the ambiance was terrific. I highly recommend!

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DG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Service was initially a bit slow. Then got better.

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C
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great first time experience. We received a gift card and were glad to have checked it out. We will definitely be back

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c
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a long-time favorite and well-known Oak Park treasure. The pasta and salmon were excellent as were appetizers and salads (burrata with pumpkin squash especially good as was beet salad). Very friendly and prompt service. Place was fairly loud (though was Saturday night) and hard to talk but otherwise a warm and friendly atmosphere. Only disappointment was the dessert - three small glasses with different pies - which were too sweet and not distinctive. But all in all a great neighborhood restaurant.

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DP
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have food allergies and they are very easy to work with and I was able to enjoy my dinner.

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MP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are many lovely Italian restaurants in the Oak Park area. This one is in Oak Park proper and is very special and unique in their own way. I have been there several times and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. They have numerous "different" options. They easily serve the timid or the adventurous eater. We went early and everything was very easy. We had no waiting, for a table, nor for our food. Again, I highly recommend it.

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JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance and delicious homemade food. Amazing wine list with wines you don’t normally see on a menu.

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m
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was attentive without being intrusive. The pistachio chicken was delicious as was the seasonal pumpkin cheesecake. Always dependable, well prepared food. Extra added bonus, they provided a reusable bag for leftovers instead of plastic!

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