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“Good neighborhood restaurant”

Paradiso Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 276 Restaurants in San Leandro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 30 - US$ 30
Cuisines: European, Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Oakes Street
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Since moving to San Leandro, we've eaten at Paradiso several times. This is a busy restaurant in a nice room offering very good traditional Italian dishes, typically to a local crowd. There's a reason why it's rated the best in town.

It's a good idea to make reservations, although it's often possible to get seated at one of the two bars and order from the regular menu. There's a large wine list and a nice assortment of decent wines by the glass. Generally speaking, the food is high quality and well prepared and presented, but not in a gourmet or food academy style (another good thing, IMO).

The other night, we had fillet mignonette appetizers (very good, but I might have grilled the fillet separately and then sauced it instead of cooking the meat in the mushroom sauce), a very good daily-special ravioli, linguine with clams (a dozen and a half medium-size clams in a deep bowl with a bit of linguine and an intense broth; again, I would have liked more herbs and linguine and less salt, but that didn't stop me from finishing it). With cocktails, wine and tip, we got out of there for $120 US and consider it a good value for the money.

On another visit, the mushroom risotto was outstanding, both the short ribs and lamb shank were well executed, and the tiramisu was well above average.

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Reviewed 6 August 2017

We didn't know what to expect when we booked at Paradiso Restaurant. In the end, we were very pleased. The space is attractive, the service is friendly and, most importantly, the food is very well done -- plenty of good options to choose from, tastes very fresh, bold flavors. It's probably the best place in San Leandro for a nice dinner out.

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

I have dined at Paradiso more times than I can remember! It is 1) the only decent upscale restaurant in San Leandro and 2) always reliable quality and presentation of food! Cocktails are always spot on too. The only thing that is sometimes remiss is service and/or attitude of front desk person. At our last dinner at Paradiso two weeks ago, we had an excellent server. Front desk reception was meh.

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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

This is a neighborhood place, and the food is diverse and really well prepared. Their food is always good and the staff is great. A lot of them have worked here for a long time and know a lot about the drink menu and food sources.

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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

For those who are foodies and are into haute cousin, have food allergies and are vegan ????? eat in SF. For all the rest who like good regular homey food, this is a great spot. We had very good and attentive service, food ordered was cooked well and tasty. Busy spot on a weekend evening so make a reservation. Wine list ok. Only downside was the noise decibel level in the room too loud. Our server Nancy was outstanding. Would return in a minute.

Thank Vahan K
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