We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Reliable” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buona Beef

Buona Beef
Ranked #76 of 185 Restaurants in Lombard
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Traverse City, Michigan
Level Contributor
75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Reliable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

We visit this chain during Lent on Fridays because they offer a better than average pepper and egg sandwich on a sub roll. This menu item is definitely worth stopping for if you are in the neighborhood. Our other choice was a harvest type salad with lots of fresh greens, gorgonzola cheese, raspberry vinagrette dressing, apples, and so on. Also very good and competitively priced. We chose to dine in, and it's never crowded, doing most of its business as carry out.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank tluna491
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

25 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    10
    10
    1
    3
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Lombard, Illinois
Level Contributor
17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Another "Ma & POP" restaurant success!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

Incredible fresh and perfectly seasoned beef sandwiches, soups, burgers, pizza and assorted salads are the result of this hardworking family values type of restaurant thriving with happy employees (a good indication of the care that is essential to quality, by the way) at fair prices! their only rival would be Portillo's but we need friendly competion and I would actually toss a coin to decide which venue I'd go to! Great food!!!

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank Jan R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Chicago, IL
Level Contributor
37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good fast food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

Buona has already provided good burgers and Italian beefs. The menu has extended to other sandwiches and salads while the price remains lower than most casual restaurants. A great place for good fast food.

Helpful?
Thank Scurvy00
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
554 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Had to have a Buona Beef while in Chicago and it was well worth it. Definitely try this one or the Beef & Sausage Combo. There's no need to order anything else.

Visited October 2012
Helpful?
Thank BayAreaTraveler6338
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Monument, Colorado, United States
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not sure what all the fuss”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

I had the Italian beef sandwich and a Caesar salad.

OK, but nothing to write home about.

Restaurant was nearly empty on a Tuesday evening.

Staff was not very friendly.

Visited October 2012
Helpful?
Thank Mike O
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Buona Beef also viewed

 
Lombard, DuPage County
Lombard, DuPage County
 

Been to Buona Beef? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing