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Cafe Paradiso

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801 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61801
+1 217-384-6066
07:00 - 23:00
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been coming to this coffee shop for years for good coffee, interesting music, and unique mismatched furniture. Recently, however, I've noticed that the space is not as tidy as it used to be. You will see hair and gunk here and there.

Thank CentralIllinoisMom
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

For me, it's diffcult to find delicious cake in Urbana-Champaign but cakes here make me keep coming back. My favourites are tiramitsu, potato cake and strawberry cheese cake.

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Urbana, Illinois
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61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

I like this coffee shop because it's unique and not Starbucks. However, parking is extremely limited (by space and time, there's a time limit). And it's usually crowded with students. They have limited eats -- pastries but not much else. Coffee is fine and the staff is friendly.

Thank KatrinaOlson
Cincinnati, Ohio
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84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2015

I liked the bold flavor of the coffee. Nice atmosphere - large spaces, concrete floor, mismatched furniture, music. While the scone I got did not taste as if right out of the oven, it was decent. This is a great place for coffee.

Thank crosscourtforehand
Summit, Mississippi
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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2015

Super chill atmosphere, lots of seating and cute sweets that always look so tasty. It can get loud when there are students who are talking too loud or don't understand how to use headphones... but most of the time there is a comfortable amount of noise for one to study to.

Thank Katherine Q
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90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2015

I ordered a half a lentil cous cous salad and 2 drinks and it came to over $12! Plus the salad was awful-- it was not seasoned at all-- carrots were old-- lentils undercooked.

Thank MadridGalapagos
Danville, California
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78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014 via mobile

This is by far the best place in town - Fresh juice and the tiramisu is awesome !!!! We were in town for 5 days and came here everyday -

Thank AOK12
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013 via mobile

The turn of the century music along with the natural lights provide a comfortable place to get some work done or catch up with some friends. The food and drinks are a little pricy, but the taste of the unique dishes makes up for the extra splurge.

Thank Akeith13
Urbana, Illinois, United States
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47 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

This coffee shop is on the edge of campus and is much loved by students, faculty and local residents. It's in an old-ish building with high ceilings and an uneven tiled floor, which gives it a really nice atmosphere. We go there often to meet students or friends and it's very relaxed and unhurried---buy a drink of some sort and... More 

Thank Vivienne M
Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

We were visiting family in Urbana in July, 2012. For our last evening's meal we chose Cafe Paradiso, within walking distance from where we were staying. It's a small, cozy place and very comfortable. The server took our drink orders, and brought them promptly. We ordered the baked mussels for an appetizer, and they were delivered in a light tomato... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 801 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61801
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Urbana
  • Phone Number: +1 217-384-6066

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?