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
142 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (85)great for outdoor dining (75)fit for foodies (46)great for lunch (45)romantic (27)notable wine list (17)good for groups (17)special occasion (16)late-night find (8)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (5)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Somewhat disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I've heard and read nothing but good things about Coco restaurants. I was super excited to take my boyfriend here for a date night. I was not overly impressed with the food, the pastas were a little bland and the fish special was waaaaayyy too salty. We spent $160 total and for that kind of money I feel like there's a lot better food in Chicago. Also, our waiter was somewhat unable to recommend dishes for us and was pretty awkward. Overall, probably won't return -- at least not to the cafe, might try the main restaurant some time but it's no longer high on the priority list.
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  • consistently good
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We eat at Coco Pazzo Cafe quite often when we are in town, and the food and service are consistently good. Never had a bad meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great recommendation!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    A friend from Chicago recommended Coco Pazzo and they were 'spot on'! The food was delicious, service was good, and the atmosphere was Sunday dinner mellow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jack
    JackVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We eat at Coco Pazzo Cafe almost every time we come to Chicago. The food is always excellent. It is an Italian bistro gem. Have always been very pleased. Took friends this time and they said they will definitely be back. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good but not great
    Jeffr
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    this restaurant always delivers. good food at decent prices. Not too fancy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snoopy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The pork chop was too thin, not like a chop ...pounded. Needs seasoning. The veal meal was just Ok. The salmon was fine, risotto was good and the best meal was the grilled vegetables.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food
    Debis03VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We ordered the sea bass special and the chopped veggies salad both were amazing and one of the best we badge had. My complaint which has nothing to do with the food is the ladies room has peeling paint and looks is falling apart. It appears it is has never been refurbished and was a turn off because of the condition it was it. It made me wonder what else was like that!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coco Pazzo-tive!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have dined at Coco Pazzo Cafe numerous times and it is one of our favorite restaurants. We love to sit outside in nice weather too. The food and service are always top notch, the specials are always great and the desserts are different than other restaurants offer. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • business dinner
    bwalVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Asinde of the fabulous food, the staff understood we needed time. The tortelli was the best i had ever eaten! thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yshkstk
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Good service, friendly stuff, great food. Vongole pasta was the best I have ever had. I would like to be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    kathyj
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was even better. Our waiter was outstanding and very helpful in recommending dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Each time I visit Chicago I come here. The first time I had the Tiaramisu I was addicted! The other night I had the roasted beet salad with gorgonzola and was in seventh heaven along with the clam linguine. The folks next to me had ordered the seven veggie salad and calamari!The loved them also.. Hope to make many more trips to Coco's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good Italian ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Having lived with Italians for most of my life, Coco Pazzo serves very good Italian dishes and hasn't disappointed me yet.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coco Pazzo is my go-to lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    When I meet a friend in Chicago, I drive in from Rockford, and like arranging to meet at Coco Pazzo. Just enough "happening" atmosphere, very good food, and I appreciate the reasonable valet service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but Too Warm Inside
    JandM
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I'm glad it was a nice night so we could sit outside. I didn't want to sit inside because it was quite warm inside. Otherwise I enjoyed everything about the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    What a lovely experience! A delicious meal, innovative menu items, attentive but not intrusive service, and the best of indoor/outdoor seating. They are able to open the front of the completely to the fresh air. As it was a bit chilly to sit outside in the shade, we sat just inside and got the best of being inside and outside. What a wonderful leisurely late Friday afternoon lunch!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner experience
    UptownFoodie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My guest was from out of town and I could have chosen many restaurants near her hotel. I like Coco Pazzo for the atmosphere and being low key. A true neighbourhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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
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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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    • 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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    • 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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  • 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet