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Buona Beef

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Italian, Fast Food
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498 E Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL 60148-4630
630-792-1133
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Takeout

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  • 9
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    Very good
  • 1
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  • 2
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
True Chicago Style Italian Beef

There are many places in the Chicago area to get real Italian beef sandwiches. Buona Beef is one of the best. Meat is generous, rolls are soft and thick to soak up the juice. Juice is heavenly with just the right combo of herbs and spices. I like the hot peppers that give a good zip but not to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
J D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gotta try the (Italian) Beef. It's authentic, they have burgers, hot dogs, and sausage sandwiches too. But people come here for the beef. There's about 15 of them all around Chicago (in the burbs). Fries are good and come with the meal for about $10, well worth it. Very filling and delicious. Got mine dipped & sweet - awesome. I'll... More 

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Thank Ed V
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are many places in the Chicago area to get real Italian beef sandwiches. Buona Beef is one of the best. Meat is generous, rolls are soft and thick to soak up the juice. Juice is heavenly with just the right combo of herbs and spices. I like the hot peppers that give a good zip but not to the... More 

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Thank J D
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Mini-chain that tries to do to much: they lost their core competency of hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Confusing and unreadable menu, salty beef, parking lot too small, drive thru a torture. Can't seem to wrap a carry- out order so it doesn't leak. Very slow service everyday all the time. Overall too way too expensive.

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Thank C S
Dunedin, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Prefer this beef over Portillos as it is consistent in flavor and size. $1.95 fries always hot and ample. And remember to ask for your drink free if you're 55 and over-that makes everything taste better.

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Thank Donna H
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This is better and more flavor that a Portillo's beef. This location the service always seems to be a step above other locations. The staff is always pleasant and the food is always perfect. This is a Chicago original and one of my favorites. Two thumbs up.

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Thank Greg G
Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

My family and I often go to Buona Beef. A few times I have gone to the restaurant to get the "Game Day" pack to take home. Over the past 6 months the prices jumped from $19.95, then to $21.95. No big deal. When they last raised the price they also cut back on providing pasta with the package. Again,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 via mobile

We were born and raised in the Windy City and make sure we have something that says "Chicago" whenever we come back for a visit...ain't nothing like this where we live now. The beef sandwich is about as good as they come; perfect blend of herbs and spices and just the right amount of juice. I get the hot peppers... More 

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Thank J D
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Hi, First time here and heard the beef is good. On the day we went it was so-so. Beef was not all that and I thought they were small. Not a great first inpresion and do not think I will be back.

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Thank ZARDOZ88
Lombard, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Went their for lunch with the family and ordered their beef/sausage combo, meatball sandwich and grilled chicken sandwich combos. Everything came out fresh and tasty delivered to our table. There was enough food to take some home. Only improvement would be to get the parmesan chips hot.

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Thank 1BigFamilyTraveler
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014 via mobile

Buona Beef has the best beef sandwich I have had in the Chicago area so far. The number 1 with fries is all I need to be satisfied. The beef is so flavorful it doesnt seem like this place would have a drive-thru. Ive been to 2 different locations one in Lombard and one in Oak Brook. Both locations do... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 498 E Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL 60148-4630
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DuPage County  >  Lombard
  • Phone Number: 630-792-1133

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Fast Food
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?