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Buona Beef

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7025 North Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302-1001
10:30 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Delicious food, and great service!!! The pumpkin pie shake is seasonal, but try it if it's available...it's delicious!

Thank Mercedes P
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
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Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?