Cucina Paradiso

4.7
231 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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L
Chicago
11 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!

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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.

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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!).

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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.

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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!!

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M
Chicago
105 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.

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c
Chicago
13 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.

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CJ
Chicago
5 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!

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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.

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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.

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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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G
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good , although the timing of when the apps and entrees arrived were on top of each other. We had a 6:30 reservation- done eating by 7:20. Too rushed- as if they needed to turn the table. Would suggest later reservation so that you do not feel rushed

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CG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Other than taking our drink and food order then leaving the check, waitress never came by after food was brought to ask if anything else needed. Had to ask for more water.

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n
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining here for 20+ years — food and service are awesome.

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and food. Had grilled octopus appetizer and three different pastas. A modern take on traditional Italian with very good service

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SB
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty and it is great that the menu offers small/large options for food and drinks. The service was very friendly and promptly. It is great that Cucina Paradiso supports local non-for profit organizations, the night that we were there part of their sales were donated to Oak Leyden Development Services. Kuddos for supporting the Oak Park community.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old fashioned and manhattan drinks were great. Whitefish special was especially delicious. Nice family evening.

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P
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a winner. Never had a bad meal there. There were so many delicious specials to choose from tonight. And a nice surprise at the end, a delicious puffy donut for each of us.

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K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliable great food and atmosphere

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J
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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
105 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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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KL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience, as always.

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VV
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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
4 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
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 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
11 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 25, 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 15, 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
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 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 December 31, 2018
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
31 reviews
Dined on December 30, 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
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 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
2 reviews
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
26 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
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and staff was terrific.

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 10, 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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