Cucina Paradiso

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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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First there 20 years ago. Excellent meal and won't disappoint.

TL
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was yummy, the wine was too, and our waiter, Jose, was top notch.

NB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Food was great. Service impeccable. Baked Brie was my favorite.

SM
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Brussels sprouts are delicious. The pistachio encrusted chicken was a generous serving and moist not dry. Excellent selection of wines

CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We’ve been eating here for years. We were celebrating my husbands birthday and it was perfect. A great experience as always.

RO
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We live in Chicago, and every time me m

JA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food; good service; enjoyable dinner from a reliable establishment.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and service. Only odd thing was that there was only one other table with customers in the entire place at 9:30 on Saturday night. Very odd.

MS
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a couple salads to start. The fig salad was awesome but was way overpriced! The beet salad had zero flavor. Couldn’t find the server to return so we we didn’t eat it and then our pastas appeared. They offer 2 sizes and by the description they were going to be HUGE...they were half portions at nearly any other restaurant! Price was fair and flavors were good. The drink menu was outrageous and my bill was way too much for this “local” place.

RS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. Happy to recommend!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious. Best pasta ever. This is my favorite spot to go when I come come to visit my family in oak park. Yummy cocktails too.

SE
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We sat outside on a Monday night and had the most magical time!

y
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice restaurant - food was great! a bit expensive, but definitely worth it

DT
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a delightful dinner with friends at Cucina Paradiso this week. A varied menu gave us many options to choose from and we all enjoyed our selection. We will return soon.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The outdoor space was quite and had such a nice relaxing feel. We had a great experience!

RE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brock our server was awesome. He was very congenial and consistent.

SD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, yet again! Food was totally on point, bacon wrapped dates! Crab cakes hit the mark, salad was wonderfully refreshing. Entree of the beef tenderloin could not have been better! Brock J, took great care of my wife, 6 year old daughter and myself. Well done sir, you made the difference!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

MK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We really love coming here for a nice date night! The food is always great. 😊

a
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. My daughter has been there multiple times and wanted us to experience your restaurant. It was a great night for sitting outside and it was a great way to celebrate she was starting a new job! See you soon!

L
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baked goat cheese was outstanding but the beet salad was unremarkable. The Shells were very flavorful and yet seemed light. The Bread Pudding was outstanding though not at all traditional.

OF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only reason I do not give a full 5 stars is because one of the fish dishes was a tad overcooked. Otherwise, it was spectacular from appetizers through dessert. Also, the bread pudding was previously presented in a much nicer plate.
It is definitely a place to go.

A
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was great. Server was great. Bartender not very friendly. Maybe she was having a bad night?!?? Either way, don’t enjoy being made to feel like a big burden when I go out. A smile and/or a hello goes a long way and is possible even when you are busy.

NC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Cucina Paradiso, but it seems to improve with each visit. It is a very special place for an ordinary night out or for celebrating a special event. But I wouldn't want it to get too popular--it might alienate the regulars who have already discovered the secret.

DG
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service. The ambiance is very chic with an industrial flavor.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Our service was fair. Our waiter reeked with the smell of marijuana. He almost spilled the wine as he sort of tossed it onto the table. Not the best service. Disappointed.

RB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As usual the pizzas at Cucina Paradiso are very nice. Somewhere between Neapolitan thin crust and Chicago thick crust. Flavors and freshness excellent.

Also as usual, the acoustics are pretty bad. A very noisy dining room, where we had to shout in order to have a conversation. That’s unpleasant because of course we are not the only ones shouting. Everybody is shouting at the same time.

Our server started out on the wrong foot. He seemed to be in a frantic hurry, doing several things at once and seeming to rush through the order taking. However after I “shouted” at him to go away for a while, he was much better from that point on.

D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delightful dining experience!

Craft cocktails superb! (try the corpse reviver #2---will become your fav!) Go "little plates "for apps. Bacon wrapped dates and the brussel sprouts were on point! Any entree will send you to flavortown. Server was top notch. Go early, it gets busy and for good reason.

CM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An Oak Park standby. Always great food and great service

L
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. The food was so yummy! It didn't take very long at all to come to our table. We got a bottle of wine and they let us taste it before ordering so that was nice as well. The waitress was very nice and attentive. Definitely would recommend especially for folks that take the train because it's right off of the oak park stop!

DK
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We appreciated that the food was delivered to the table faster than we anticipated. Each of us enjoyed our dishes. Getting free pasta portions to take home with us was an added bonus. Our server was attentive without being intrusive. A good balance.

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I lived in OP/RF for many, many years....when I'd learned about the fire at Cucina, even though I'd long since moved to the West Coast, I was deeply saddened. The place was a great spot to go either on a date with my wife, or more often with one or two other couples. Well, I am happy to report that it's back and better than ever. Wonderful spot that near Westsiders are lucky to have (back!).

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was very good and staff were very accommodating to the many dietary needs of my wife. However it was really hard to hear in there, and our waiter seemed...preoccupied. Otherwise we would give five stars.

JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always look forward to the creative specials as well as favorite menu items!! Ambiance and service are fantastic!!

M
Chicago
111 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Staff is so attentive and their recommendations are fabulous. Food and wine is delicious.

c
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never had a bad meal here. The food is consistently delicious and the service is great.

CJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always good, especiallly enjoyed the calamari. Waiter was so helpful and nice!
We shared a plate of pasta with burrata, was super good!

R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Fabio was Attentive, and had a great smile. Came by just enough to check if we needed anything. Food is excellent and the free pasta on Sunday is a good promotion.

AZ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I liked service, food & place. Good location, big parking space. Delicious food, nice personal and other.

BM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cucina... everything about it. A great restaurant in the heart of Oak Park!

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