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Thu, 2/22
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Chocolate the Restaurant

117 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
At Chocolate the Restaurant, we provide an attractive dining environment for couples on dates, friendly meetings, family meals, and for groups up to 20. Dine outside on our covered, heated patio. Celebrate special occasions with up to 25 guests in our private street-side party room. Slow-roasted meats, fresh baked pasta, delicious seasonal salads are all a prelude to our many chocolaty desserts. Our wine list focuses on local and on Italian wines. We are at your service from 11:30am straight through dinner until late every night! We are open every holiday except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, Mediterranean, Dessert
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Daily 11:00 am-5:00 pm

Dinner: Sunday Thru Thursday 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm-11:00 pm
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Phone number
(831) 427-9900
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Jackman
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Private party facilities
Rehearsal Dinners, Graduation Parties, Birthday Parties, Anniversary Parties are our specialty
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Private party contact
our Private Event Coordinator : (877) 709-7275
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Offsite catering for up to 150 guests. Weddings, or any other kind of occasion. Wedding cakes, or other special desserts. Chocolate mousse truffles. We can work with you to design a custom menu, based on your comfortable budget parameters.
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Cross street
Cooper Street
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Parking details
Large multi-level public lot one half block away. Also, several parking spaces in front of restaurant on the street.
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Public transit
Metro bus station with links to San Jose, three blocks away.
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Special events & promotions
Weddings, birthdays, graduation, rehearsal dinners and intimate anniversary dinners.
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine


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Daily 4:30PM - 6:00PM

What 117 People Are Saying
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2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Went there for Valentine’s Day and were completely ignored for the first 20 minutes. We ordered the Valentine’s Day special which included appetizer, dinner and dessert and champagne with each. While still enjoying our appetizer and champagne, which were both good, the waitress brought the main course and set it on the side because we were only half done with our appetizer and told me to “drink up” my champagne because she needed to bring the champagne that went with my dinner. Dinner was already kind of cold so we started eating it even though we weren’t ready. We got duck that was completely over cooked and charred. Our friend got pork that was also over cooked and tasted a bit like chewing on rope. We have eaten at Chocolate a handful of times and the food and service has been good. For whatever reason for this dinner special it was really terrible and definitely not worth the price.

Gitana91 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I love chocolate. It has been a go to for my fiance and I. The food is always amazing and we love the wine selection. So of course we decided to dine there for Valentine's day. Everything was great with the exception of the service. It wasn't necessarily horrible but it wasn't great either. I felt very much rushed through my dinner which I didn't appreciate. I get that Valentine's day gets busy but I made this reservation a month in advance. My fiance and i dont get to do this very often, it is very much a treat for us. I hope next time our server will be more gracious and allow us to enjoy our meal instead of rushing us through it.

Alissa14 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a lot of fun! The only thing we found disappointing is that our server kept telling us that our table was reserved at 8 even though our reservation was at 6:45, even though there was nothing we could do about the speed of service. I feel like we were rushed out of the restaurant even though the service was rather slow.

RichardD (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very nice made me feel so contactable. First time for my wife and i. Yes would love to go again. Both food and service was very good.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day special: $95 per couple, including glasses of 3 kinds of bubbly. Fine antipasto, half a roast duck a la orange, fine roast brussels sprouts, and wild rice. One might think Chocolat is a dessert place. It didn't disappoint - with a selection of brown treats.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Outstanding meal and presentation. We came for a special Valentines Day serving and had one of the best dinners we have eaten in Santa Cruz. Thanks Chocolates! Well done!

viplunch1016 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Great server.....amazed me by giving me a first timer at this restaurants -- thanks to Open Table -- a delicious chocolate bonbon!!

FrogLegJones (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

* When you make your reservation thru OpenTable for a Saturday night, it's for the small outdoor seating area only, not inside. Fortunately, the hostess was able to get us a table inside.
This is more of cafe style food, not fine dining. The salmon was cooked perfectly, but drowned in a thick sweet sauce that was difficult to escape. The Chicken Pot Pie was dry (they advise you of this on the menu). Our bottle of pinot grigio was below average quality.
The chocolate desserts and gelato were fantastic. Would go back for dessert.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was slow and food was average. Not my best experience. We ate in the bar area and it was cluttered. The best dish was the sausage but presentation was poor.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

My husband and I came here for the first time on 1/13/18; we really enjoyed our experience and the meal - especially the dessert! I love the dessert menu, I had the Lena hot chocolate and we shared 2 different gelatos. The occasion was really just to have a special weekend for ourselves, in anticipation of our first baby, due to arrive in a few months!

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Service was good, food was awesome. We started with the warm Roasted Garlic & Cheese Pot. Delicious! Then we moved on to the Chicken Mole & the Spicy Chocolate Bbq Roast Pork. Flavors were rich and bold. Only regret, we were too full for desert. We'll be back.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

The food at Chocolate is always good - it's a relatively short bistro-style menu for lunch or dinner, and everything on it is good. They also have daily specials.
Where they really shine is, as you might expect from the name, their hot chocolates (7 or 8 varieties) and their desserts - all excellent and delectable, with something for every taste. Fun décor. And if the weather is nice, their outdoor dining area is great for al fresco eating and people watching, with radiant heaters to stretch the outdoor dining season a bit.
It's not the cheapest restaurant in town, but the quality is excellent. We've never been disappointed.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Chocolate is a unique local restaurant with excellent food and service. My wife chose it for her birthday dinner this year and it is one of our favorite spots for special occasions. Be sure to try a hot chocolate drink.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

This is a good place to go for date night. I went before a movie that started at 8:30, arrived at Chocolate at 7:15 and I was seated right away. Appetizer arrived around 7:30 and our meal around 7:45. All the food was good, ambience was nice.

Dhchaotic (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Everything about the restaurant is great. We were six people and each had a different main course. A few appetizers were shared. Our meals ran the gamut from salads to salmon, chicken pot pie and pasta. Every dish was delicious and tastes were passed around. The desserts, which not all of us were able to eat after the generous portions of food, were outstanding. And to top it off, we took home some of the outstanding truffles.