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Buona Beef

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498 E Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL 60148
16307921133
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a stop! The cheesy beef is the best but if you are looking for spicy get the peppers. The spicy won't disappoint if you are looking for heat.

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

I grew-up in Berwyn and Mr. Novi's Beef at the corner Ogden & Oak Park Avenues was THE place for great Italian Beef sandwiches. But I've been gone from Berwyn decades and Buona is even better than the Novi's that I remember. The beef is high quality, sliced thin, and bathed in the most flavorful au jus imaginable (which is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016 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
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016

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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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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Chicago, Illinois
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 498 E Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL 60148
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DuPage County  >  Lombard
  • Phone Number: 16307921133
Description
Buona is a quick casual restaurant chain that features Original Italian Beef, Pizza, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches and Salads. The first Buona restaurant was established in Berwyn, IL in 1981, by Buonavolanto Patriarch Joe Buonavolanto, Sr. He was among the group of Italian Americans who perfected Chicago's original Italian beef. The menu is a blend of old-school Chicago classics and next-generation menu choices - made from scratch with fresh ingredients. While the menu has expanded, the original beef recipe has not been compromised - for the three generations of Buonavolantos who are active in the company, compromise and quality are never uttered in the same breath.

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