Coco Pazzo Café
Coco Pazzo Café

Coco Pazzo Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cocopazzocafe.com/
  • Phone: 3126642777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open All Day. Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Eric Hammond
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ontario
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is $12.00 for lunch & dinner. Street parking & public lots are also available
A word from Coco Pazzo Café
Experience Tuscan cuisine at vibrant and lively Coco Pazzo Café, sister restaurant of the more formal Coco Pazzo. Just steps away from Magnificent Mile shopping, Northwestern Hospital, Prentice Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute, the Café offers a casual atmosphere with a sophisticated menu and multiple wines by the glass. Enjoy the warmth of the Modigliani inspired murals, theatrical flower arrangements and the copper topped bar which is available for dining. And, when the weather allows, choose a seat on the comfortable patio. Coco Pazzo Café has been voted by Chicago Zagat readers as one of the finest alfresco restaurants in town
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Coco Pazzo Café reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (84)neighborhood gem (83)fit for foodies (47)great for lunch (47)romantic (33)special occasion (19)notable wine list (19)good for groups (17)great for brunch (10)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • One of our favorites
    luvchicago
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I visit Chicago once a year and we always put Coco Pazzo's on our "must do" list. The service is impeccable. The food is consistently delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable and good
    cityplaceVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We hadn't been there in awhile but it hasn't changed. Love to sit outside but couldn't due to the rain. Bread and olive oil very good. Love that you can get an appetizer portion of pasta which is a very good size. The pasta Bolognese was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    Kathens
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have eaten here 4 or 5 times spanning a couple of years. Service and food always excellent. Relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mkgalbyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I've had excellent meals in the past at Coco Pazzo Cafe, but my recent visit was disappointing. My daughter loved her gnocchi, but the bottom layer of my lasagna was completely burned. We shared caprese to start, and the mozzarella was delicious, but the red tomatoes didn't quite seem in season. This was our one dinner out in the city, and I found myself wishing we had tried someplace else.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous and fast!
    AAKelso
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Were expecting this to be touristy, slow with bad food but it completely blew us away! Service was great food was fast fresh and delicious. Great ambiance- very romantic. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Coco Pazzo is a good Italian Choice
    PeterR
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The restaurant offers good quality Italian food at a reasonable price. It is conveniently located just off Michigan and Erie near many of the hotels in that area.. Very friendly service and it appears to have local customers who return frequently.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go there quite often
    Ladydiual
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wish they had kept the half order option Like sitting by open windows or nice tables outside. Pleas put white table cloths on tables :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wondeful!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Surely not disappointed here! Everything was fantastic from start to finish!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    NorthfieldVicVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had lunch here with two fellow professionals. The quiet allowed a chance to exchange ideas - and the food! I can't remember the last time I was served a better meal. Light salad with thin slices of radish followed by appetizer portion of pasta made for a perfect lunch. I can't wait to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Twice in One Day
    heidikins
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My husband has been at Northwestern hospital for the past five days, and I have been staying with him. During this time, I have been interested in finding a culinary respite nearby. This particular day I was looking for something expedient, affordable, enjoyable, and delicious. I found that in Coco Pazzo, as I sat on the patio under an umbrella, enjoying a delicious ham and cheese panini and a glass of chardonnay for lunch. Friends wanted to meet for dinner and because of the situation at the hospital, I was looking for something with the same criteria. I suggested that we go there for dinner. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the friendly service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, outstanding service
    rhubarblover
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This place is high on my list of dinner choices when I am in Chicago on business. Comfortable spot for woman dining alone and with nice murals to peruse. The food (I've usually had a seafood special or a pasta with seafood entrée and salad) is always extremely fresh and tasty. And the service is professional but friendly and attentive and hits just the right note. It is also relatively less expensive than other Chicago restaurants of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An empty room & yet the worst table
    US41
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Met a family member there (she was in from the suburbs) and had early reservations. Although the dining room was empty at that time, they gave us a table squeezed next to a cashier station and the antipasto buffet. Designed to maximize foot traffic past us. Didn't object (that's on me) but it tells a lot about a restaurant when its default setting is to give two women the worst in the house when they had so many other choices to offer. Yuck.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian Food!
    PalmspringsTerri1VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This Chicago neighborhood gem has wonderful Tuscan food. The patio is outstanding. Great for both lunch and dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious as always!
    Leslie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We love Coco Pazzo Cafe. The food is fabulous and the service is always outstanding as well. Sometimes we bring our school-age kids and they love to come here too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great summer evening in Chicago
    MariaRDHVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    On Friday my friend from Toromto and me, from San Francisco Bay Area, had dinner at Coco Pazzo. We were able to sit outside as the night was beautiful. We had good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fabulous
    Andy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It is our favorite Italian restaurant using truly fresh ingredients and proper Italian cooking (not the fake southing Italian stuff you find everywhere else)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was my fourth visit, in the past my experience was very positive. This time the service was very slow and food was just okay, meaning the flavor was off, food temperature was cool.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uncooperative waiter
    BabsVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love this place, and service is usually great, but for this escapade: My friend wanted chopped chicken added to her salad....you'd have thought this required brain surgery? Waiter told her she'd have to order the grilled chicken entree SEPARATELY and combine them herself?! Finally got him to agree to do it our way (shades of "Five Easy Pieces"). He only charged an extra $7 for the added chicken but it was very difficult to get his cooperation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    SamChapmanVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is what a restaurant is supposed to be. Excellent, authentic food at a reasonable price. The service is friendly and professional. The setting is perfect! Indoor and outdoor space. The yellow canopy creates a mystical effect inside the restaurant that is bright and elegant. The chef is one of the best fish chefs in the country. The fish is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, never dry! The Rigatoni is legendary and their spaghetti AOP is the tastiest vegetarian dish I have ever had. The bechamel sauce creates lasagna that rich with some zing. The wait staff are all Italian, well trained and friendly, but never lose their purpose. When the bill comes, it is a nice surprise especially at lunch and brunch. Open all afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Pasta
    ejdm
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    You will not find pasta that is prepared as well as the pasta at Coco Pazzo. A great old world feel, that leaves you feeling you are enjoying an outdoor cafe in the middle of Rome.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice!
    lovechitown
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We picked this restaurant as it was near our hotel, sight unseen. We were seated promptly, the service was fantastic (we had one picky eater), and the pasta outstanding. Would absolutely try again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    service has deteriorated in this restaurant in last several years
    • Food
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  • Amazing service
    tomd
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    And my wife loved her prosciutto & Melon app, and the duck entree. My octopus appetizer was great- broiled and glazed w/ an interesting finish. The swordfish was a little bit of disappointment- pretty bland, although the sauce was excellent. I asked about their seafood source--North Carolina--and suggested they may want to get more robust fish from colder waters. Big points- although all the tables were full, & yet it was quiet. They put a lot of effort (and it looks like money) into sound dampening materials. You could have conversations with your dining partner without being disturbed or disturbing others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good outdoor lunch location
    Sue59
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Good menu selections & great people watching from the outdoor seating area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Food was excellent--fresh and delicious. Service was attentive and good. Can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoy a late lunch here!
    geoffhVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    food and service are always outstanding. For a late lunch, there is a real treasure!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine for quick dinner
    silverspringerVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is not fine dining but served our needs and service was quick
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    nice atmosphere and outdoor seating area, except for occasional loud ambulances driving by. most of the food was excellent including the rainbow trout special and the squid ink pasta, but the seven vegetable salad was underwhelming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SuzfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    great antipasto, delicious pasta. So nice to sit outside on a beautiful evening and enjoy delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent! Great service and wonderful ambiance. My mom and I had dinners here last Friday and were able to sit outside. We has pasta dishes which were homemade, from scratch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Italian
    Michluvs2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Reasonable prices and nice outdoor spot for a summer get together. The ambulances and traffic kind of dull the experience but its a great neighborhood spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for lunch or dinner
    Erasmus69VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Had a long, leisurely lunch with old friends. Perfect spot, great food and unrushed service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Neighborhood Favorite
    ChiTownGirlVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Coco Pazzo Cafe always delivers - great food with warm service. The food is always very fresh and delicious...cannot recall ever having a disappointing meal here. If you are fortunate to be there in the summer time, sit near an open patio door or outside...there is a wonderful breeze coming off Lake Michigan that makes for a lovely dining experience (note: the indoor dining in the summertime can be uncomfortably warm). I have taken numerous visitors here and everyone loves it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Pasta!
    aya670
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I ordered Linguini Vongole and it was the most delicious Vongole I've ever had....!! Highly recommend their Pasta menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Bdine
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food and service - loved that the doors were open to give a patio feel!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place for visiting professors
    Professor
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This somewhat small restaurant has very good Italian food, it is generally easy to find seats, and prices are reasonable. During the summer there are outdoor seats - -perhaps not such a good idea because of the ambulances that go by every 30 minutes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Partially italian.
    HenryVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Advertised as an italian restaurant. Service is good. The personnel were all mexican and latins. The food is more a fusion of italian with mexican flavors. It remainded me of the mexican restaurants, in Mexico, with "italian" food. I had the duck which was bland and half way cooked. It was just OK but the mustard salad does not go with it. However, it's a good place to sit 'al fresco' and enjoy watching people having a drink.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect and delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We wanted a nice spot to enjoy a some great pasta and a bottle of wine without over spending. This completely surpassed our expectations!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    Pegbeg
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had not been to this restaurant in a while. The food was ok, but the service was quite slow. With a location close to a lot of competition they are probably loosing customers a little. We were also jammed into a corner & felt really crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • willco
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Very nice place and authentic. Problem was that the tomatoes for caprese salad were as hard as rocks with no flavor. They shouldn't have even served them. The duch was excellent though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.