The food was delicious. The desserts, as usual, were divine. We took friends out for dinner and they agreed that it was a fun, delicious meal! We all thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. Our waiter provided attentive and knowledgeable service.
Owner Mindy Segal definitely deserves the positive reviews she garners.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was there on a "fancy date." We had an appetizer of rillons, then fish and chicken for dinner. All of the meat was cooked perfectly to the point where it just fell apart when cut with a fork. The ambiance was great - we could talk at a comfortable volume, and yet there was enough background noise that I couldn't make out anyone else's conversations at other tables and our voices didn't seem to carry
The entrees were uniquely flavored and well-portioned. Not American portioned, but ideal for an actual meal without leftovers. We ordered an appetizer, an entree each and a desert each, and we were comfortably full without ever stuffing ourselves. The desert was, of course, amazing. Always save room for desert. Always.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful, as always
My boyfriend's parents were visiting so we took them to a few of our favorite places, of course Hot Chocolate was high on the list! They loved it and we all had a great time. Thanks again!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spectacular food: unpleasant din
With its high ceilings and exposed brick walls, this attractive restaurant is a fine showcase for its extraordinary food. It also makes for a noise level so loud ordinary conversation was nearly impossible. (I was here with a friend.) Some sort of machine at the bar only added to the din. Perfectly cooked Arctic char, with a tangle of ramps and greens was our entree, preceded by cubes of focaccia served with a spread of whipped ricotta and green garlic. The strawberry shortcake was the best I've ever had. Nonetheless, I won't bring my husband, who would love the food, because of the noise....and I may not be back, either.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
An excellent find!
I truly enjoyed my experience. We ended up dining at the bar and the night couldn't have been better.
I look forward to the next time I can dine there.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place to Eat!
Hot Chocolate is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Mindy Segal is brilliant and accessible chef! Of course the desserts are out of this world, but the burger is to die for! My only complaint is that it is only open for lunch Weds.-Sun.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
They served the best hot chocolate and chocolate desserts I'd ever had. The plates were presented beautifully and the desssert was to die for. Our server was a bit overbearing, but friendy. The entrees were expensive; a bit too expensive for the quality of the food, but the gems were the dessert. I'd say it's definitely worth a try and I'm definitely going back.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Service
Wow...when the server explained that the quality local ingredients really show through in the presentation and taste of the food he was not kidding. I had the roasted chicken and it must have been a very happy chicken...it was prepared perfect, not overseasoned, different without being accessible. My elderly mother was with us and the waiter was sooooo patient with my mom that he made me look bad. Children were there also,,,,everyone was welcomed. Dessert was fantasic of course. Great area to shop before dinner also...I would go back again.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service. Really wanted to try the desserts but we were so full after apps and dinner that we did not have a chance. Will return again soon!
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great time at Hot Chocolate. The front wall opens to the street; even though we didn't sit at the front, it was a nice touch. The server was fast and helpful. He was knowledgable about the menue and made it a pleasant experience. The hamburger, by far the least fancy sounding dish, was still an amazing meal that I would go back for. Make sure you get a dessert. Amazing! We had the homemade sugar donuts dipped in chocolate and carmel corn. And of course the hot chocolate is like nothing you have ever had. Highly recommended!!!
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome Food and Terrific Service
The food is always great here. The sandwiches (especially the burger) are exceptional. In addition, they have the best dessert in Chicago. Our server was great, and was able to give us real recommendations on food and drink, and not the typical "oh, everything is good" response.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I want to go back to try more
A cool little place that I definitely would like to return to. I had the pretzel appetizer and it was good, but I wanted more cheese! I had the crab cake sandwich, which was good, but not great. Dessert was very delicious! I would like to try one of their entrees next time as well as some hot chocolate!!!! I went during the summer, so their fall dessert menu is VERY enticing right now!!!!!
7/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Every aspect of our dinning
Every aspect of our dinning experience was perfect. Great, fresh and local ingredience expertly prepared. What more could you ask for?
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Eat a light dinner
Dinner was good but the wow were the desserts!!!! We got a few to share and nothing disappointed. Portions are good. Flavors are interesting and everyone was satisfied! Service was really friendly. Great find. We can't wait to go and try their yummy brunches!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem of a place!
Took my daughter here The food and the atmosphere was great. we enjoyed ourselves immensely and would not hesitate to call again.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very interesting desserts
Dinner was good, but the dessert was really good! I would definitely go back.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Seasonal Dishes
I love Hot Chocolate but not just because the dessert, which is good, but honestly, the dinner options are even more stunning. I had fresh carrots, scallops and they were beautifully prepared. We also shared some fun dishes such as the Mac and Cheese and well know burgers, and yes, we got dessert, but it wasn't the highlight of our meal. But you have to save room and experience it, but don't shy away from all the great, fresh and local dishes that they prepare. They are one of the many reasons we love Hot Chocolate and why you will too!
7/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Notable food and service
Our waiter was fantastic and extremely knowledgable. He even sold me on the day's special (which is something I never do). The food (gnocchi and fried chicken special) were out of this world on the flavor scale. We finished dinner off with 2 hot chocolates: the Black and Tan and medium with caramel. Hands down best hot chocolate and dessert I could have asked for. It's their namesake for a reason, folks!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best find in town
Had the Mac and Cheese and a salad as entrees. Frankly the salad was way too small to be considered a meal but the server had warned of it's small size. Hot chocolate and dessert is a must here!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
In a word, Terrific! We had a welcoming, professional, friendly, and delicious experience - easy going but professional staff, a warm welcome, efficient delivery, and delicious food! Can't wait to be able to get there again!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Wicker Park's Finest
Took my Wife here for her birthday and it was outstanding. It was not our first time at Mindy's Hot Chocolate, and our first experience was great but this most recent trip was even better. Our server. Dan, was everything you would want from a server. He was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and a great ambassador for the restaurant. The food was outstanding, per usual. For starters, we had the scallops and rye bread with chicken liver paste (both were awesome). My wife had the sea bass, which was fresh and seasoned perfectly. I had the Roman style Gnocchi and enjoyed it very much. The dessert was out of this world. We already knew how great dessert at Mindy's Hot Chocolate is, but there are so many options you can satisfy any craving
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was everything from the service to the food especially the MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE and CHERRIES dessert just amazing!!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice change of pace
We had been here once years ago and were motivated to return because of a gift certificate we received. Loved the farm-fresh appetizers (carrot salad & corn soup). Liked the entrees but felt they had a few flaws that detracted from the dishes. I wasn't blown away by the desserts, but they were good. I look forward to going back in the winter for an actual Hot Chocolate.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful experience. Hands
Wonderful experience. Hands down best dessert I have ever had. I really appreciated the character of the place and the fabulous food. Just a great experience
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a winner!
Delicious desserts, good food and friendly waitstaff. Seriously: go for dessert!!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The seasonal dishes were great! The waiter, Dan, was extremely knowledge and spot on about the food and wine recommendations. The wait staff was very attentive. It was a delightful evening.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been going to Hot Chocolate for years. It is my favorite spot when I have a taste for mac and cheese, or chocolate. Hot Chocolate is a great place for a date night with a significant other, or just grabbing delicious food and enjoying a nice ambiance with a friend. I now live in California but I make sure I eat there whenever I'm in Chicago!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved it!!!
Went with 6 girls, and we were all treated like Queens. They didn't mind we wanted to share everything and when splitting the bill which is always a pain he didn't care at all. Easy, Fun, Friendly and the Food was AMAZING! Thank you!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything from the drinks to the dessert and everything in between was phenomenal. One of the best burgers and malted milkshakes I have ever had. Highly recommended and it's located in what i believe to be one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Entire experience from the staff to the food was wonderful!!!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, drinks & dessert!
You can be an adult with a cocktail yet end the night when you were young with a nice cup of Amazing hot chocolate!!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have to try one of the Hot Chocolates! Best you'll find.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Savory as well as sweet
We don't live in Bucktown, or we'd find ourselves at Hot Chocolate all the time. As it stands, we try to fit a meal in there any time we're expecting to be even relatively nearby (e.g., Wicker Park).
There are far more hits than misses. From the dinner menu, the salad options are almost always creative and delicious. At this meal we particularly enjoyed a panzanella salad (awesome heirloom tomatoes) and also enjoyed the beet salad, but we were underwhelmed by the accompanying potato pancake, which was lacking in texture and flavor. The cod entree was both unusual and delicious.
As you'd expect from a place called "Hot Chocolate," the desserts are uniformly excellent. Our favorite this time was the chocolate souffle tart.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun night out with friends
Hot Chocolate was a great after-dinner dessert choice. Thank goodness we made a reservation on opentable because the wait, even at 9:00 pm, was very long. Great food and service. A good time was had by all.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not so hidden gem
Tour groups coming by for hot chocolate to go may change the congenial feel a bit, but still a go to brunch place whenever my sister comes to town. The noise level remains above comfortable conversation, but likely camouflaged any sounds from our small children.
The food remains top shelf and the cookies never disappoint at the end of the meal. And yes, the hot chocolate can only be under-rated.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a wonderful evening. The food, drink and service were exceptional. The soup of the day was perfect for the slightly rainy evening. The rest of the food did not disappoint either. We varied between full entrees, just salads, and the hamburger. Sonny, our waiter, was fantastic. He made some great recommendations and was very attentive. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The desserts were as advertised - decadent and delicious. Highly recommend this place. Will return.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wish I could have eaten more
Me,my husband,my sister and niece wanted to try someplace we hadn't been. Saw a review on Pow. The three dishes that put us on the "this is great" list were the pretzels , the mac and cheese and the apple soup...I would put them as excellent....I wish we weren't so stuffed so that we could have tried the deserts but next time we will start with desert.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great dining experience. Attentive, courteous, professional, friendly service. Our waiter offered suggestions, provided insights to the menu and anticipated our needs. Food was terrific. Good portions, excellent flavors, great combinations. Scallops were perfect! Save room for dessert or a mug of hot chocolate.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was quite impressed by the
I was quite impressed by the food here. We did bottles of wine, ordered half of the menu including three desserts and hot chocolate and our bill came to about 60 a person! Awesome. Dinner menu was better than I had expected from a restaurant called hot chocolate. The SCALLOPS ARE INSANE. Best deserts I've had in a long time. Great spot.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I went here after dinner for some hot chocolate and dessert. It was awesome!! Our server, Sunny, was extremely friendly and excellent at making recommendations. The ambiance is romantic, the hot chocolate was amazing, and the dessert was perfect! I highly recommend this to anyone with a sweet tooth looking to try something unique.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Friends + Good Food, a perfect combination to celebrate a milestone birthday! We landed at Hot Chocolate at the honoree's request and she was not disappointed by her birthday selection of the BLET (Bacon, Lettuce, Egg, & Tomato) sandwich main course. The rest of us enjoyed delicious Eggplan Parmesean & the Shrimp Salad. Dessert was the Medium Hot Chocolate----the birthday girl's FAVORITE treat. From Louisville, KY, we all declared our annual Chicago trip a complete success!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
fantastic yet again
Went here on date last year, loved it, went this time with group of friends and had a wonderful time again. Service was attentive. The food is so consistently great. I hope they never ever take that mac and cheese off the menu.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Your chocolate drinks, homemade marshmallows, desserts, entrees . . . everything I've had the pleasure to experience eating has been a real taste sensation. I'm from Lincoln, Nebraska and I've eaten at Hot Chocolate several times and it has always been outstanding. Keep up the good work! I wish I could order a package of your marshmallows online? I'll check out your website. All the best . . . Cynthia
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service
This is one of my favorite spots in Chicago. This time we had the cheese board appetizer, pork belly salad, and lamb sausage sandwich and they were all excellent (and enough food to split for 2 people). Their milkshakes are the best you'll find anywhere!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful attentive service.
Wonderful attentive service. Went for lunch and meal was delicious - would visit again next time we're back in Chicago. We were celebrating our birthdays and they gave us a wonderful box of cookies to take with us - so thoughtful.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome food, should've gone later
First and foremost, the food here was incredible. Everything my girlfriend and I had was fantastic, from the drinks to the entrees to the desserts. 100% top notch. Portions were generous and everything was just absolutely delicious!
We had reservations for about 6pm, since we had plans to go to a place for drinks afterwards. When we got there, there were a handful of families and loud children around, which was a little unexpected and offputting. On our way back later that evening we did see that the atmosphere looked a little more intimate, and the place seemed to have calmed down a bit, so our experience was definitely just caused by the early reservation.
It was awesome and delicious, we'll just get a later reservation next time!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great end to a day
We had dinner earlier and stopped into have dessert our server was helpful and guided us in the right direction. We want to go back for dinner and dessert next time.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Time @ Hot Chocolate
Everything about our evening was enjoyable. Part of our party was delayed due to traffic, and the hostess couldn't have been more patient and held our table while we waited at the bar. Our waiter was fantastic! He was incredibly knowledgeable about the entire cocktail/wine list and the menu. His sense of humor made the evening so fun. The food was wonderful. We'll be back soon.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The hot chocolate should not be missed and is an entirely different category than any you have had before. Homemade marshmellows and 7 choices of hot chocolates. Medium is the best, but all should be tried. The main courses are also inventive and tasty. Not cheap, but very reasonable.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place!
I've been here for lunch many times. I always get the same thing. Mac and cheese and a Mexican hot chocolate. I'm stuffed after this and I'm a big eater. Never room for desert. I've heard the hamburger with egg and the lamb are good choices too.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM