Coco Pazzo
Coco Pazzo

Coco Pazzo

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cocopazzochicago.com/
  • Phone: 3128360900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Federico Comacchio
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Coco Pazzo can cater a wide range of events from small dinners to large gatherings.
  • Private Party Facilities: Coco Pazzo can serve large parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Jack Weiss, Christina Butyuk 3128360900x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin
  • Public Transit: CTA Brown Line Train - Merchandise Mart stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is $14.00 for lunch & dinner. Street parking & public lots are also available.
A word from Coco Pazzo
With wood beam ceilings, large bay windows, theatrical lighting & blue velvet drapes, Coco Pazzo is sophisticated dining in a modern, warm and inviting atmosphere. Located in the fashionable River North neighborhood, Coco Pazzo offers a Tuscan inspired seasonal menu and a Wine Spectator award-winning, all Italian wine list. A fifty-foot antique bar is available for dining and perfect for viewing the open kitchen & wood-burning oven.
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Coco Pazzo reviews from OpenTable diners
186 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (91)special occasion (85)romantic (82)notable wine list (71)neighborhood gem (61)good for groups (55)great for lunch (31)hot spot (13)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • A nice Anniversary Dinner
    ItalianFoodLover
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I went to Coco Pazzo for an Anniversay Dinner after watching a chilly soccer game in Lincoln Park. We found street parking adjacent to the restaurant on a Saturday night-nice start. Our table was ready at the 8:15P reservation. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and suggested an excellent wine. Overall the food and service was excellent, although a suggested veal chop was a bit too "fatty" for my lovely bride. This restaurant has stood the test of time and we will return again in the not too distant future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food, slow service.-------------------------------------------------------------------
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A continual pleasure
    askpegVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Coco Pazzo's twenty-one years is the testament to doing everything right. Charming "welcoming committee", gracious ambiance, friendly knowledgeable wait and wine-staff, and the crowning attribute, fantastic food. As during many prior visits, our party of five was in heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Shooch
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We happened upon Coco Pazzo when we were searching online and we are so glad that we tried it. We ended up eating at the bar where we received very attentive, friendly service. The wine was very nice and the food was perfect. The homemade pasta was really good and the sauces were delicious. The portions were perfect. We loved this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but the Maître D...
    GuidoVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful meal after a rough start at the restaurant. We had 7:15 reservations, got there 5 minutes early and was told our table wasn't ready. That's ok, but no explanation when there were plenty of tables open. We waited patiently at the bar until 7:30 seeing others being seated. I went up and discussed this with the two head waiters and told them how disappointing this was since we had a reservation. Again, no explanation. Low and behold, we were seated a few minutes later at a table that was open the entire time we sat at the bar. Luckily our waiter was top notch and the food was excellent. Not sure we will go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I would rank Coco Pazzo up there for one of the best, if not the best, Italian restaurants in the city. The service was impeccable. The food was absolutely delicious. We went for a special occasion and they did a great job to honor that.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meal and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great authentic Italian food. Wonderful service by real pros. Extensive wine list. Not cheap but it shouldn't be given the quality of the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for a business lunch
    lfrancis61
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Perfect for a business lunch. Impeccable service, right-sized portions, airy wood-beamed space. I think Coco Pazzo is a Chicago classic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Samuel
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Was very impressed with the food. Fresh, tasty, and very authentic. I have been lucky enough to spend over 6 months of my life in Italy, and it tasted like the real Italian. I would go back in a heart-beat. Received a free sample, was outstanding. Soup was great, the special pasta was even better. Service was almost better than the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner, slow service.
    ElyArtist
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We recently enjoyed an evening out and dinner at Coco Pazzo. The only thing that kept me from giving the restaurant more stars is that the service seemed to be incredibly slow. When we received each course, though, the food was excellent. There was a good crowd, especially on a holiday weekend, and perhaps the kitchen was understaffed. It's certainly worth another visit, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointing anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I have dined here a handful of times with pleasant experiences. We went on our first date here about 14 years ago and we were having dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. When I was confirming my reservation over the phone, I asked them to make note of our celebration. Dinner started off well but quickly went downhill with very slow service. It took what seemed like 30 mins to receive our entrees and an extremely long time to receive our dessert menu. Our waiter always seemed too busy to come by and check on us and on top of that our anniversary was never acknowledged. As for the food, it wasnt as good as we've had in the past. I hate to give a poor review but this was definitely a long and dissapointing dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT NIGHT OUT
    weenjoy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had an extremely nice dinner with family, a party of five. Everyone had a different appetizer and main coarse, and everyone truly enjoyed the wonderful meal. But as is often the case, the time we spent was made even more enjoyable by the skills of our waiter. He was perfect.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK for me
    ImoA
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I think I actually prefer the coco Pazzo cafe a lot better. Honestly, I didn't feel like it was particularly more intriguing than or Italian places I've been to. Food was delicious though but overall my experience there was just OK.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Milano2
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner here with great service. We ordered a whole baked Bronzino which was excellent . The 3 different sobettos were the best I have had outside of Italy. We were told they make sorbettos and gel ottos in house every day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    CabsterVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Solid Italian wine list, great food, attentive service. Recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We enjoyed everything at Coco Pazzo; from the ambiance, to the service, and let's not forget the food! My boyfriend and I shared the octopus appetizer, the tortelli pasta, and the tuna special that evening. We enjoyed the octopus, which was some of the best we've had. The tortelli pasta...AMAZING! If the tuna hadn't already been ordered, we would have just kept eating tortelli until the kitchen ran out. The tuna special, which the kitchen split in the back for us, was really good as well. Not being big dessert people, we were glad the manager stopped by and offered a suggestion, the torta. This little tart was the perfect ending to our wonderful meal. The service during dinner was absolutely wonderful and everything was coursed perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food wonderful....
    djcine
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    as usual the food at Coco Pazzo was fabulous. The waiter seemed a little distracted .....we told them it was three people...we sat down and the table was set for three...and we were waiting for our third person to get there. The waiter seemed miffed that we wern't ready to order and that we would wait for our third person. (who came 10 minutes later) he seemed like if he hurried us along ...he could go home...he never smiled....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Honest
    Luiz
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Good food and service. The 'antipasti' is soberb and the wine list is satisfactory.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food & Service
    Stephanie824
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Coco Pazzo is a fantastic restaurant. The service is outstanding, the staff is friendly and helpful, the wine list is extensive, and the food is to die for. I highly recommend getting the Antipasti as an appetizer (it's doled out according to how many people are in your party)--a wonderful assortment of olives, cheeses, roasted vegetables, and cured meats--it definitely won't disappoint. The Gnocchetti is made fresh and is so light, you won't feel weighed down afterward. It is served in a light tomato sauce, also made fresh. Dessert is worth getting, too, if you still have room after your meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A firm favourit
    BazTone
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Welcoming, good service, excellent food, extensive wine list (with knowledgable advice) - what more could you ask of a restaurant?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch Spot
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our food was absolutely delicious. Our waiter Michael was outstanding!! Will definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome Surprise
    CaynerVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food, service, ambiance... it was a great experience for our business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chuck & G
    gaylaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We love the atmosphere, energy, and food at Coco Pazzo. And as always it was very busy. Service was a bit spotty. We ordered several appetizers that came in good time but our dinner took an extraordinary amount of time. Also our waitress was working a few big tables and we sort of got a little "lost" in the hustle. Overall we'll return to Coco in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review
    Aceroni
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We arrived for our one year anniversary celebration. I have always wanted to try Coco Pazzo (River North) after having eaten at the Coco Pazzo Café in Streeterville and enjoying it. We ordered the Antipasto special appetizer to start along with some drinks. Very good, got to try a bit of everything. My girlfriend ordered the gluten free pasta and I ordered 2 portions of pasta. everything was very good. The waiter was very nice and attentive. Overall great experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    JBEats
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My first visit back in 8 years and a terrific experience! Now I know why they've been around for 22 yrs. service was excellent with a funny and knowledgable waitress. The food was very good and a unique prep of the sea bass. The ambience is gorgeous with wood and brick all around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food and nice ambiance
    NotARealFoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I booked for a fairly large group and the hostess was very nice and accommodating when I unsuspectingly had to increase it to 3 more folks. I felt a little rushed, but the food was okay. LOVED the pate. Calamari was OKAY. And the pizza was the best. Veal chop was cooked to perfection however somewhat boring. The performance for the deboning of the sea bass was interesting. My arugula salad with artichoke left a bit to be desired, but perhaps in the future I'll ask for pepper. My favorite side was the bussel sprouts. It's a must try with a little salt. If you're wanting down home Italian, maybe this isn't the place for you, but fine dining it's great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over enthusiastic bus boys
    Ireneviolin
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Dinner was delicious! However, we had not yet finished the bottle of wine we were drinking. Before we could blink, the bus boy came by and whisked away the bottle and removed two of our wine glasses that were empty. Instead of asking, this happened so quickly we were stunned. The waiter was friendly but clearly overworked because no one came by to refill wine glasses and we had to do that ourselves. Our wine bottle was whisked away with plenty of wine still left to drink. No one asked us if we were done and it happened so quickly that we were caught by surprise. The food was incredible, well-prepared and very tasty. Waiter friendly but could have been more attentive. My espresso cup taken way prematurely as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Coco Pazzo used to be one of my favorites. But both my guest and I found the food disappointing. My pork chop was bland. My guest's octopus was bland. And while the waiter was very professional and knowledgeable, we both had the feeling he was trying to up-sell us with our meal selections and always seemed disappointed when we didn't order more food or liquor or desert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marvelous restaurant
    trainscout
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Beautiful restaurant with wood beams and ceilings, romantic atmosphere, perfect service and delicious food. Could not ask for any better!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Greatly enjoyed our dinner--every meal was well liked.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy Sunday Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I went to dinner here with 2 girlfriends on a Sunday night. We were surprised how busy they were, and the service was a little slow. Not a big deal because we were talking and having fun, but surprising how busy they were and the long wait for the main course to be served (we all got pasta).
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  • Sumptuous dining
    MorrisHoward
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    From the first sip of wine to the last drop of coffee everything relished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Experience!
    PankoVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First visit to Coco Pazzo, and it was fabulous. Beautiful layout, and it feels warm and romantic once the sun sets. We came expecting to find the best Italian in Chicago and were not disappointed. We started with a "special" appetizer pizza (shrimp, pesto and arugula) and had various seafood pastas. It's an all-Italian wine list, and the two bottles we selected were outstanding. Dessert was very good. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Overall, this was one of our most enjoyable dining experiences in Chicago. I wouldn't hesitate to go back or to recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steven19VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Authentic Tuscan dining. Not your typical red sauce joint at all. This is fine Italian dining in a gorgeous room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    KimHoVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary here the other night. Had squash blossoms stuffed with mozzarella, served with a dab of tomato sauce. Very good, though I'm not a big fan of battered fried. It reminds me of tempura. Husband started with the Tuscan vegetable soup, which he enjoyed. Tasted very fresh. My entree was rigatoni with sausage & peas in a tomato cream sauce...excellent. Husband had the linguine with a light tomato sauce with asparagus added. Delicious. We enjoyed that it had no blaring music and the clientele was mostly adults over the age of 40. What a treat in a neighborhood over run with restaurants playing very loud thumping music and customers 25 and younger. A very refreshing change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Eddie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Thanks so much. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time and the food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hank
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had a party of 6, visiting with friends from out of town. Everyone commented that the noise level was just right. It was lively, how-ever we could visit and all could be heard. They sat us at a round by the windows. Everyone loved the great table. Of course the food was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Office Luncheon
    TMafddgdsfdgfvgvVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    It had been several years since I have visited this restaurant. I was very pleased to find that the quality of the food was as good as I had remembered. Everyone was impressed. Very nice place and will be back sooner rather than later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jeff
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    really enjoyed Coco Pazzo, they do a nice job, liked that you weren't right on top of other diners like you can be at other places, nothing worse than going to a nice place and being right on top of other diners, friendly staff on our visit, good wine list, good food, we will go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good, but not Outstanding
    thinkpost
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I took my wife and two teenage daughters here for dinner. I read a lot of comments beforehand. We avoided sitting by the bar. Atmosphere is really nice! I would have to say the wood, brick, and draperies were extremely well done! The food was very good. The Sea Bass was very notable. The flourless chocolate cake was exceptional. We brought our own wine. That was the primary service failure. It was a 13 year old bottle of Cabernet. It was apparent the waiter had no idea how to treat a bottle like this. He did uncork it for the $35 corking fee, but nothing else. We had to ask to decant. No offer to aerate or filter. Much less depth of service than I have received at other 4+ star restaurants. The service of the meal was fine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic