Cucina Paradiso

4.7
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309 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 it.

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4.6
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4.6
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vipanonymous
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love coming to Cucina Paradiso, just wish it was closer to where we live. Once the restaurants and opened again, go and ask for José! And then go back when the patio is open. The food even tasted better then!!!!

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vipJodiZ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and restaurant experience we have had in a long time. The marinara sauce was perfect! Our server Jose and the rest of the staff were accommodating, friendly and provided excellent service. We can’t wait to return

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Emitchboy
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was recommended to us by relatives, and how right they were! It is a lovely, relaxed space, with an easygoing vibe and helpful, friendly and attentive service. Our server, Jennifer, was flat out amazing. Best service we have experienced in I don’t know how long! And the food was outstanding. I hope it remains as lovely and low-key as it is. We’ll be back.

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EsterM
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great place for a group, delicious food and well sized portions.

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theatregoers
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful as always and my friends were so impressed not only by the food, but the service. We'll be back!

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HeidiM
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding and service was attentive. The option of two entree sizes is a helpful feature of the menu. Friday dinner service was very crowded and noisy so I would prefer to come back on an evening that wasn't quite so busy, but I would definitely dine here again.

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vipOnebravegirl
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambience, great hostess, great server. Food was awesome. The pear pizza with Gorgonzola was so worth it. The brussel sprouts amazing. Definitely a place worth checking out.

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vipPattyO
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent and the food was outstanding!

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FredB
Austin
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal and an enjoyable evening . We had the salmon and sea bass...both were fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent.

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vxtr
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best visit yet. Brock was excellent server. Bussers were attentive. Food was great. Bacon-wrapped dates -always a winner. Pork medallions and mushroom tortelacci were perfect. Dark chocolate panna cotta and complimentary doughnuts were spot on, too. Couldn't have been better.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food! We shared the a pasta dish and beef tenderloin. We shared a small dessert lemon blueberry custard so delicious!

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LexiN
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for my birthday dinner. The waitress was fabulous, so fun and attentive. I had the special orrichiette and it was delicious. My dad had the penne with sausage and it was okay. The wine list is great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was busy but staffed appropriately. They ran out of desserts but supplemented from regular menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience3

We were very unhappy with our experience. There were a lot of mess-ups with service. First, they were slow with our drinks and a table next to us that ordered after us got their drinks first. Then a waiter spilled food on my wife’s coat. Later in the evening they suddenly told us that they had run out of multiple desserts that we had ordered, they basically had run out of ALL desserts on the menu except for ice cream. Then they offered a random new dessert instead that hadn’t even been on the menu...which tasted like Jell-O pudding with fruit added rather than a gourmet mousse. Yes, the waitress felt bad and comped some desserts. But it was just unpleasant all around, which is particularly unfortunate because it was my wife’s birthday.

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JimR
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic. Everything on menu is great. Good ambiance and efficient service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was nice we sat down. Didn’t know it was restaurant week, but enjoyed it. Waitress was on point with all information. Minus the whiskey selection in what they had. I had the salmon with the Brussels sprout appetizers and tirmisu. My bestie had the salad wand the schnitzel with the lava cake. The lava cake was good, but wasn’t lava enough for me. It tasted delicious none the less. Great food as always. Always will go back.

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SheilaF
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu was very limited. More pasta dishes would be nice.
Husband had filet. It was good but potatoes were not hot.

Service just ok. Somewhat lackadaisical.

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vipLucyS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service

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ESRF
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect date night restaurant. The food was superb; the service unobtrusive but happy to provide excellent recommendations when asked.

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vipBobbi
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I am not in the habit of writing criticisms but in this case I feel that it might be helpful to the restaurant. I was at the restaurant at a table for 5. Every few minutes the man bussing the table came over to pick up plates often even before the diner had finished eating. And if that wasn’t annoying enough he then wiped the table, while we were actually eating with what appeared to be a dirty cloth. It was very uncomfortable.

Most of the diners enjoyed their meal but I didn’t. I ordered a salad with a side of grilled shrimp. The shrimp were very hard and dry. I was disappointed.

On a more positive note the restaurant gave my sister a really nice birthday dessert! Thank you for that!

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ChristineM
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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WilliamL
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from start to finish.
Comfortable
Great food
Good value

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vipMo1908
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great New Years Eve dinner
Fish dishes fantastic!
Cocktails are very good too

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vipPrairiequeen
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love Cucina but lately they just put a very big and heavy bottle of water on the table and just leave it. I am a senior and have bad wrists and every time before they walk away I have to ask to have the water glass filled. They used to pour from a pitcher so why can’t they pour it from a bottle??
Also the bus girl tried to take away my bread plate while I was still eating bread and there was still bread in the basket. Also tried to take my salad plate while I was still eating the salad.
Otherwise server was fabulous and food wonderful.

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vipTomcat2
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place & cozy. Phenomenal service & really good food. It was our first time & we will be back for sure Many times!!

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vipGreatWaiter
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One of the very best things about Cucina is a person - waiter, Jose. Jose has been our server a couple of times and he is by far one of the best reasons to come here.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Food was exquisite and brought on a promptly manner! Overall such a delightful experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Veracruz
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time! Lovely ambiance

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KennethM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food was good with reasonable prices. My wife were in to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The staff went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our anniversary. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.

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Alan
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We don't usually choose Italian when we go out to eat, but since we had a gift card for Cucina Paradiso, we decided to go. It was very good, and if somebody is looking for an Italian restaurant in the Oak Park area, it's one of the ones we'd recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
27 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out with friends. Good food, good service. Decent prices.

Dates in Bacon were delightful. Grilled octopus too. Special pasta was super tasty, all other pastas were very good.


Would go back.

JG
JeanG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice ambience. Went for a business dinner, food was just terrific and the environment was perfect.

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Tomoly
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is still so good here. Truly the best restaurant in Oak Park. We had the chocolate lava cake and the bread pudding for dessert. Two of the best desserts I've ever had.

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sharon
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderfully , delicious Sunday evening meal......Waiteer was top notch....nothing but the BEST service.......all 4 meals hot, beautifully presented, and scrumptious!
We WILL be back again....

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vipbigmcc
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently reliable — a very good spot in Oak Park.

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vip5senses
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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MegV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Scrumptious food AND an extra attentive waiter made the night Lovely—the pear pizza with Gorgonzola was a hit and had amazing flavor—I’d it would be enhanced with a thinner crust. the waiter managed to deliver on a specialty cocktail and extra mushrooms!

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vipGEGirl
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and other waitstaff were friendly and attentive. The calamari abruzzi appetizer, halibut and shells pasta dish were all delicious.

MT
vipMavenTom
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cucina. One of our few go-to places. Each night, Sunday - Thursday they have great specials. Congrats on their 24th anniversary!

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Cucina Paradiso offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 848-3434.

Cucina Paradiso is rated 4.7 stars by 309 OpenTable diners.

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