Coco Pazzo Café

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Experience Tuscan & Roman 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 elegant bar which is available for dining. 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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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T
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Highly recommend the grilled Polpo (grilled octopus). Just melted in my mouth.n My husband had the Pappardelle and was also very pleased. Tibbs

g
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

great food, excellent service. Wine was a tad over priced.

g
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fish dishes were excellent. Tasty, served nice and warm. Wonderful seasonings!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Service was exceptional. This is a great restaurant that never disappoints.

W
Chicago
157 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Still one of my favorite places 20 years on. Just a fabulous spot with a great menu and affordable prices.

RL
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastico Italian restaurant with outstanding food and service.

DC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coco Pazzo Cafe has been one of those Chicago institutions for me. I love the food, the professional service and overall ambiance. It is a must if you like Italian.

DI
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as we remembered when they were located close to Northwestern Hospital.
The new location is lovely. We will definitely be back again!

RL
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was a bit slow for the time that we went (around 3:30pm) but overall the staff are very friendly. I was bummed that there is not a children's menu, but they were able to make us some cheese bread for her which was appreciated. The food was good and the portions for this time of day were spot on. I don't think I'd go back, but we did have a nice meal.

M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Coco Pazzo Cafe is a terrific experience. As soon as you walk in the door, you feel transported to Italy. The food is fantastically authentic and the service is just as good. And it has the added bonus of being able to converse with your tablemates without shouting at the top of your lungs. The restaurant has real personality in a neighborhood that is overly touristy. I can't recommend Coco Pazzo Cafe more highly.

OT
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Miss the zucchini noodle dish!

CL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great food, portion size of ravioli was a bit tiny.

P
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had late lunch. Our waiter was great of course the place was not
busy. Calamari was ok. Mixed with a veggie that could be left out. Both entrees were tasty and not overladen with sauce . Bread was fresh fresh . Wanted meatballs carry out for grandson and even thou not on lunch menu waiter obliged .
Four small meat balls well pkged.
$14 pricey per size.
Will return !

3
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, service was great. A neighborhood gem!

DL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite place to go before a Shakespeare Theater show. I especially love the decor. The food and wine was delicious. Service was great, too!

WH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It’s been around for quite a while. We were there for lunch. It’s no fault of the place but it looks out on a bunch of sandwich shops, a barber. Taco Bell.

The lighting is too bright, the din too loud.

The butternut squash soup. Exceptional. A huge $7 portion. Beet Salad? I hate beets. This was nice. Light.

Risotto? Spectacular. Pushed the limit of salt, but I loved it.

There is a bread issue. It is dry each time.

Service is attentive. Value is good.

I’ll be back

AK
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good restaurant. I just wish that we didn’t feel that the restaurant was closing early on Saturday night, as every member of their staff was acting as if they couldn’t wait to get out of there. For much friendlier service, go to Carmine’s.

MD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good choice near Northwestern Hospitals and Michigan Avenue. Portion size for the squash filled ravioli is small.

OT
New England
57 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Came here at the recommendation of two of our friends in Streeterville for an anniversary dinner. Put in system that it was a special occasion yet nothing was mentioned during our visit. Ordered two glasses of wine to start - the Barbera smelled like peanut butter and the Montepulciano was very tart. We were not offered bread during the meal at all. Additionally, we were not offered grated cheese over the pasta dishes we ordered. Seemed weird because all the other tables in the restaurant seemed to have both bread and cheese on their pasta. This will be our last time back to this restaurant. Would recommend Volare around the corner, Siena Tavern in River North or Monteverde in the West Loop for great Italian food and good service.

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food was tasteless and the presentation was awful. My pasta looked like it had been dumped from a can. The bread was stale. Three of us dined there and all were disappointed. Their menu was pedestrian and limited.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place, food, and service were phenomenal! Great ambiance and welcoming staff. Definitely will be coming back again with family and friends.

MD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always

PS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Manned into a table on top, of 6 others. Other conversations drowned out ours.

Servers rushed to take an order, obvious they were in a hurry to turn tables.

Server put bread on the table, was stale, and no olive oil or butter.

Entres were OK, not remarkable. Prices too high for quality of service and food.

Old CocoPazzo Cafe on St. Clair was much better.

Would not repeat........ever.

a
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great service and food was really good

L
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good, server’s are very attentive, and atmosphere is cozy. Its our place to go when we want a good italian meal.

FF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our experience was great. Haven’t been to this location before but it was convenient for us before going to a play. Couldn’t have worked out more perfectly and the food was quite good. We’llcbe back soon.

RB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Would love to give this restaurant 5 stars but the polenta dish was so salty it was inedible....the Milanese was also over salted....but our other dishes, squash ravioli, salad, were excellent.

A
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Coco Pazza was a good spot for a pasta dinner before the Chicago Marathon. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Service was ok - they seems a bit confused about food going to which table and if we've already received food. Also took a while to get our bill at the end.

AN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great menu. All the dishes were great except the polenta which was really salty

GW
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice people great food.

C
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service are outstanding. I am not from Chicago, but usually make a stop here when in town. There were three in our party and we all loved everything we ordered. One of the absolute best Italian restaurants in Chicago.

VP
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marco and his staff were amazing. The food was great and it was one of the best dinner experiences we have had in awhile.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Poor service.

JR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff was very attentive. Food was great. Enjoyed the caprese salad, It was done with yellow tomato and fresh mozzarella, excellent! Ambience was very boisterous. Will definitely come back again.

JP
New England
92 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, good service, good value

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seeing a friend who was visiting from out of town.

AI
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The serving size was very small and they didn’t bring out our dishes at the same time. Our son actually finished his meal (5 small raviolis) before my husband even received his dinner. The food is very good just to small of portions for the price.

A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best birthday and experience here! I've been coming here since it was Tre Soldi but the transition to Coco Pazzo Cafe was seamless!! The waiter was so attentive and answered all my questions about wine availability and changes I could make to my dish. He even brought out a cute little dessert at the end for me to celebrate! I absolutely adore this place and will of course be back!

MK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best if not the best Italian restaurant I’ve been to. The food is absolutely delicious. Will definitely come back when in Chicago.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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