Phenomenal Service and FoodGreat service. Great food. Great desserts. I was thoroughly impressed with Hot Chocolate and would happily recommend it to any friend looking for a casual, relaxed dinner (and desserts!)5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMMay menu gemsThere's a different menu every month and not all of them appealed to us. This time we enjoyed a good, if a bit salty, clam soup (soup of the day), a caesar salad with tasty grilled chicken thighs (and soft pumpernickel croutons that were a bit of a surprise, but not bad), and a braised suckling pig app that could double as a light entree. The non-fatty pig is served with ramps, greens, and some pickled yellow veggie (mild radishes?). The banana alaska dessert was incredible, a great contrast of textures and temperatures, innovative and one of the best desserts we've had in ages. The chocolate souffle tart wasn't too shabby either.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food, overpricedFood was good, but overpriced- Dessert was excellent (of course). The service was great as well. I would come back for appetizers and dessert.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAn Outstanding EveningI have never had food that was so tasty and enjoyable before in my life! There were 3 of us at dinner, we each ordered an appetizer and tasted the others - all SO wonderful!! We had Cheddar Biscuits, Homemade Pickles, and the Artichokes. Our choices for dinner were the crabcake sandwich, crepes, and the barramundi - again all were marvelous! The cocktails were superb, the service was stupendous, and we topped the evening off with scrumptious, wonderful, hot chocolate (Mexican and Half & Half). We're already planning our schedules as to when we may return!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food and great service!Amazing food and great service! I'm never let down by Hot Chocolate!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGo for the dessert, the foodGo for the dessert, the food is ok but overpriced for what it is compared to other places. The dessert was fantastic, truly wonderful.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMLearn to Sell ItReally good food. Great desserts! Waitress seemed uncomfortable talking about the food, specifically when asked to recommend something.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMSecond time dining here, itSecond time dining here, it will remain a destination for us when visiting Chicago. The Mac and cheese is great, the fried chicken the best we've ever had, and the sugar pie in particular is a dessert to die for!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing desserts. Hot chocolateAmazing desserts. Hot chocolate not to be missed. PB and J mousse is amazing. PB shake could use a little more PB.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything we had was good.Everything we had was good. The crab cake was excellent . . . and the desserts are some of the best we've had in Chicago4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it! The sardines wereLoved it! The sardines were no-funny-business delicious and the suckling pig appetizer melted in my mouth4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMI'm from out of town and wasI'm from out of town and was told I had to go here while I was in Chicago. It was everything I hoped it would be! Everything was amazing! Definitely would go back!4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMDinner was ok but the dessertDinner was ok but the dessert was amazing! We will definitely return for dessert and have heard their brunch is great as well.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service was great. OurThe service was great. Our server Dan was so knowledgeable about the food and drink available that we all felt very comfortable relying on him to provide exactly what we wanted! The food was fabulous and, of course, the desserts were out of this world. Would highly recommend to anyone and plan on going back soon myself!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great time. The foodWe had a great time. The food was great and Sonny provided excellent service!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMService was great. AttentiveService was great. Attentive without being intrusive. Everything we ordered was delicious.....cauliflower au gratin, soup of the day, beet salad, pork belly salad, and of course, dessert.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMSkip the real food and headSkip the real food and head straight to the desserts... Real food for good, but the desserts make this place worth the visit.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWe split a delicious saladWe split a delicious salad with perfectly seasoned grilled shrimp, egg and avacado so that we had room for Mindy's desserts and hot chocolate. I had the citrus cheesecake which was worth every calorie and my husband had a deconstructed pecan pie that he loved. The hot chocolate was RICH and SWEET, too much with dessert. I would recommend splitting one.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMMy companion's steak was veryMy companion's steak was very good. Cheese plate was excellent. Only a handful of entrees. Did they change chefs?3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMI was very impressed. TheI was very impressed. The atmosphere was outstanding. The waitress was very attentive but didn't over do it. Will come again.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWe came early for dinner withWe came early for dinner with 3 teens. Our waiter was EXCELLENT! His recommendations were spot on and he was very accommodating. Even their 'comfort foods' like mac and cheese and their burger had special savory twists. Everyone left full and happy.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat beer list, really enjoyedGreat beer list, really enjoyed every aspect of the meal.
The Sugar pie was absolutely to die for!3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMDisappointment turns to delight!We came for chef's week but the offering was hardly appetizing. It was very disappointing. Fortunately we brought along an "a la card" card and ordered off the menu. It was delicious! Especially the hot chocolate (we ordered the "black and tan". But without some sort of a deal we couldn't afford to go. We've had lunch there 3 times in 3 years with the cards and we look forward to going there again next year. Maybe brunch?3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food!The chef at Hot Chocolate is quite good at putting together wonderful flavors. We very much enjoyed our Chef week fixed price dinner. We had the drink pairing which was also well-done. When the place gets busy though, it's quite loud and a bit over-crowded. Go early or late.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMI had the greatest experienceI had the greatest experience I have ever had with restaurant. My girlfriend and I went there to have a dinner because it was my girlfriend's birthday. And my server (I do not remember his name but he was a white male with mustache and beard) served us a dessert with a candle! It was the greatest experience. I would never forget my experience with Hot Chocolate.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMMade our 5th Anniversary specialMy wife and I met a little over 6 years ago and we had our first date at Hot Chocolate. So when our 5 year anniversary came up we decided to have dinner there. They made the occasion so special and the service and food was great. I will always go back to a place like this that so consistent with their quality of food and service.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMHot Chocolate is always aHot Chocolate is always a great experience, no matter what time of day you're there- brunch, dinner or just dessert. We will definitely keep coming back.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMSo glad I finally got there!!!So glad I finally got there. Great decor and food. A young crowd added to the fun vibe on a Friday night. Loved my trout entree and of course the desserts. So much better than the exact entree I had the night before at Balena.3/8/2013 12:00:00 AMHot Chocolate beverages great!Good entrees, so-so sandwiches
Hot Chocolate, especially the half and half (half coffee or decaf and half hot dark chocolate) is fantastic.
The honey and chocolate souffle tart is the best of the desserts.
Expensive for the portion size.
Reservations are a necessity, the restaurant fills quickly.
Date night type place rather than a group or family restaurant2/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding special occasion date nVery good dinner menu
No wonder she won the James BeardvOutstanding Pastry Chef award.
Our server, Gregory P, gave great service and is a very knowledgeable menu guide.12/20/2012 12:00:00 AM