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“Family Style” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Paradiso

Cafe Paradiso
Ranked #2 of 39 Restaurants in Urbana
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: It is a great Italian bistro
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Family Style”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

My family and I came in to celebrate a birthday and a graduation. We did family style as we were a bigger group. The food was awesome, service was great and the staff very friendly. I will definitely come back again!!!!

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1 Thank Amanda M
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  • English first
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level Contributor
38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Urbana's Best Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

Although it's smallish, Cafe Paradiso is the best place to eat in Urbana. The servers are polite and it is reasonable priced.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BearcatFan43078
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Urbana, Ohio
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice little cafe.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Cafe Paradiso is a quaint little cafe with an Italian menu. The food is good and the restaurant sits on the scenic square of Urbana. The wait staff is friendly and service is good. The menu is somewhat limited so loving Italian food should be a reason to visit. The restaurant is very small and does get noisy late in the evening as there is a small bar. There are two small tables outside. Overall, it is very good and we will visit again.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rebecca H
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Centerville, Ohio
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2,482 reviews
1,621 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,790 helpful votes
“I inquire, “Is the fettuccine prepared “al dente?” She responds what does that mean?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

Café Paradiso is a small “Italian style restaurant” in a small “antique” Ohio town; i.e., a classic “anywhere,” Ohio town.

Café Paradiso is centrally located in the town square with nice parking. I recall the old Paradise Café at the same location years ago. Café Paradiso is now seven years old, and is a nice stop following a day of skiing at Mad River Mountain.

Café Paradiso offers lunch and dinner; there are three rows of tables and thankfully, no high tops. There is a full bar (limited), beer, and wine. I am careful NOT to indulge while skiing, and I am very serious about not drinking and driving.

Café Paradiso offers pizzas, sandwiches, soups, pasta, seafood, chicken, Flatiron steak, and meatloaf.

The young server sings out, “be seated anywhere.” I have time to grasp the quaintness of Café Paradiso. As the young server approaches, I inquire, “Is the fettuccine prepared “al dente?” She responds what does that mean? She has not a clue, but responds: “our pastas are all very done, and we keep them in a kettle of warm water.” This is not going well.

It seems that Café Paradiso cooks several pastas (not al dente,) but to “mix and match." The pasta dinner is billed as “create your own,” which really means choose pre-cooked pasta, and someone pours a ladle of prepared sauces, and one might add sausage, meatball, or chicken. Kinda like a pasta bar. When the fettuccine is served, it resembles a dish served in Italy. The Italians take very little sauce; Italian-Americans take a lot more sauce. I request additional sauce.

I have to wonder about the Ciopinni and Shrimp Scampi. Well, my Irish mother made pasta something like Café Paradiso’s pasta; however, my Italian wife prepares the “real deal.”

Nevertheless, following an excellent day of skiing and sunshine, Café Paradiso is fine. We have visited previously, and we shall return. Besides little Urbana does not offer many choices.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SavantIII_11
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St. Paris, Ohio
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Charming, warm, inviting with really good food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

What a great great little restaurant in the truly adorable little city of Urbana, Ohio. Urbana was nominated a couple years ago as being one of the best little cities in Ohio. Café Paradiso follows this theme. It is the best restaurant in town. The owners Pat and Patsy Thackery are wonderful hosts, providing a very tasty array of authentic Italian food, with delicious weekend specials, a great beer and wine list and wonderful home made bread with really tasty dipping oil. On weekend and sometimes during the week music is provided by some really good musicians who are just loud enough to enjoy your meals. This small little restaurant huge with ambiance and character. Once you go there you will definitely want to return!!!!!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Linda W
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