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Buona Beef

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7025 North Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302-1001
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have had the Buona beef piccolo sandwich a few times. I like the beef because it is not fatty (like it is at some places), and the bread on which it is served is quite good, too. I have also tried the chopped salad, which is pretty tasty.

Thank kzogger
Elmwood Park
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I love the beefs soaked with everything on them! The food is so fresh!!!!!! It's worth the walk where you can sit outside

Thank Patricia M
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016 via mobile

You really can't go wrong with this place for food. I got the combo beef which is ALWAYS a great choice but my service at the counter was extremely uncomfortable. The cashier, DIEGO, who is clearly homosexual, was very unprofessional. He was flirtatious while taking my order. He spoke is an "inviting tone" when he asked "what else do I... More 

Thank Quinton D
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

I'm not from Chicago but I've tried four or five different beef joints and this is my favorite. I often eat here two days in a row when I'm in oak park for work. Great service, great food.

Thank Jimmy O
Houston, Texas
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223 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Hands down the best Chicago beef in Chicago. I've tried all the top spots and this is it! Super tastey. I had the Original Beef Sandwich with Mozzarella and hot/sweet. Incredible, You won't be disappointed!

Thank Worldtravelguy
River Forest, Illinois
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228 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Their beef sandwich comes in three different sizes, regular, smaller and larger, but that is not what they call them. The 7" is the regular. You get plenty of beef on the sandwich, and can get hot or sweet peppers at an added cost. They have an extensive menu, so if you are looking for other meals, give them a... More 

Thank Bill B
Chicago, Illinois
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1,767 reviews
1,379 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 345 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Buona Beef may not be as good as some stand-alone Italian beef restaurants, but at this restaurant the staff is always friendly, the fries are good and the beef sandwiches are good. You can get them dipped, with the different peppers or giardinieri, and what I particularly like is that they have no problem serving an adult the kid's size... More 

Thank Allen21096
Oak Park, Illinois
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

What can I say, another favorite. We eat here a lot and can not get enough of their beefs. Their specialty sandwhiches are also great.

Thank Linda L
Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

I love buona! Their food is always fresh, which may be why it takes a little bit, but it is always worth the short wait. The fries are perfect, crispy outside but not overdone. I always get the chicken artichoke panini, which is great. Their speciality is the italian beef which my hubbie and kids get, which is also really... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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89 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

This is a place that does everything well. They use fresh ingredients. Chicago area has alot of competition as far as Italian Beef restaurants go. To begin Buona restaurants are always very very clean. Their staff people are well trained. Everything is fairly priced and delicious. They have excellent salads and tasty soup. This is a "go to" place

Thank Drocton

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7025 North Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302-1001
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Oak Park
  • Phone Number: 17083831800
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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