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About Coco Pazzo Café

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

212 East Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Open All Day. Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
St. Clair

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 664-0212

Website:
http://www.cocopazzocafe.com/

Catering:
Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is $14.00 for lunch & dinner. Street parking & public lots are also available

Executive Chef:
Jose Ovalle

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Coco Pazzo Cafe offers private and semi-private dining experiences for groups of 10-120 guests. Along with Chef we will work with you to create a special menu for your event including wine pairings from our award winning Wine List. Personalized menus will be printed for each place setting.

Coco Pazzo Café Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (32)
Authentic (23)
Fit for Foodies (21)
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Casual (21)
Good for a Date (21)
Special Occasion (18)
Comfort Food (15)
Cozy (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Fun (10)
Business Meals (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Romantic (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Kid-friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Tapas (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Coco Pazzo is the best Italian restaurant in Chicago! The food is fantastic, and the service was great, too. We went there to celebrate my parents anniversary, and our server was attentive and very helpful. The pasta was perfectly done and we ordered a few and tasted all of them. We ended the meal with the flourless chocolate cake, and it was one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. I highly recommend Coco Pazzo!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Really enjoyed food and atmosphere. Servers were very attentive.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always wonderful!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

though the host was able to reseat us, the noise level was too loud for conversation.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

One of my favorite chicago restaurants. I dine at coco pazzo every t I me I visit the windy city. Love,love,love

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

A very traditional Italian restaurant. Good variety of menu items - well prepared. This venue is noisier than their prior location - so it is less conversation friendly. Wine seems pricey

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Perfect for catching up w/friend. Good food. Attentive but not intrusive service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

My dad liked it so much ... he asked my sister to take him back two nights later

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was amazing as always. Rigatoni Butera never disappoints. We live out of town and this restaurant is always a must for us. Prefer for lunch. It is a little bright and loud for a romantic evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We enjoyed the new place after Coco moved. The food was delicious, especially the octopus, mushroom risotto, pasta Carbonara . The service very attentive. Fun place.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a lovely reunion with friends over a delicious Thanksgiving meal. We were very much accommodated for and our expectations were exceeded.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Enjoyed Thanksgiving at Coco Pazzo! Great menu, many choices. The turkey dinner was fantastic. The entire staff were friendly and helpful. Will visit again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The original location changed and it was not the same! I used to come to coco pazzo with my kids for years in the past and we loved it so much because it was quaint and the service was so nice and charming. Now the admosphere was almost cold and was missing the Charme it once had. Very sad because to this day it was our favorite place to eat. Food was ok but not anything special.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great and friendly service. Genuinely appreciative of us choosing the restaurant. Fun atmosphere and mbiance. Above average menu and quality of food

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The salmon dish was excellent - one of the best in the Chicago area.
We had requested a round table when making the reservation, and Coco Pazzo accommodated the request.
We were not rushed through our meal or after-dinner conversation.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was excellent!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our first visit to the new location....Much of the old decor transferred, but now a more contemporary vibe. The food remains outstanding and the waiter was personable and helpful. We appreciated the broad choices of wine by the glass. The only negative was the bus staff , placing used appetizer silverware back on the table, and (uncharacteristic for a European style restaurant) clearing the table while I was still eating. I found myself finishing supper on an empty table where not only my companions's place had been wiped clean but the bread plate, oil, and even my shell bowl had been whisked away.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Happy to find the new location for a restaurant I used to think of as classic Italian, I booked a table for me and an old friend who was visiting. Nice choices of wines by the glass and great bread on the table. Kale salad was good (you could go easier on blue cheese). But the pastas were dreadful because their "al dente" was extreme. I have lived in Italy, so I know what al dente means. I ate just last week at Vinci, and their pappardelle were done perfectly. Many restaurants get it right. Not here. The squid ink pasta was so hard it was inedible. They offered to remake it, but we declined as we'd eaten all the seafood out of the dish. The pappardelle we had them remake a small portion and it was still quite toothsome. That is so sad. But alas there are many other Italian places in town. Please chefs, taste your food!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Been here many times over the last two years and always found the meals good. Disappointed in the quality of the food this time. The pasta seemed mushy and the ingredients of a lower quality than in the past. Will try again to see if this is just an off day.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This was dinner with a friend I had not seen for a long time. We were having a leisurely dinner when our waiter suddenly started asking us if we were through with our dinner (we weren't) multiple times. When we ordered dessert and beverages, they arrived in record time along with the check. 15 minutes later the owner informed us he needed our table for a large party. He said he had another table for us but in fact there was nothing available. We spent 90 minutes in the restaurant which is certainly not a long time for dinner. When we pointed out there was no table he said one would open up for us. They practically moved the table before we stood up. We will not be returning.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

For casual, yet excellent, Italian dining, Coco Pazzo Cafe can’t be beat. Whether you want pizza or pasta or a full meal, there are several, all delicious, choices in a laid-back atmosphere. One of our Chicago favorites.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Fun, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a great all around meal. Luis was our server, service was collaborative. The team ensured all was great and timely. Honey Ricotta Bruschetta was the perfect pre meal bite for 4. Beet salad unique and one the top I've ever had. Rigatoni Buttera was so very yummy! Portions are nice sized.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very high quality pasta dishes, and even the bread they brought us was also outstanding. My kids also really liked it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. Food is always wonderful. Atmosphere is chic and casual. Perfect pace to meet and have a lovely dinner or lunch.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is not the Coco Pazzo we know and love. Quiet possibly the worst service I've had in years. Food beyond mediocre. Save yourself the trip!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We always enjoy coming here. The food is always great, our servers are very attentive, and the cost is very reasonable.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always visit when we are in Chicago - the kitchen always impresses us. Great Italian dining!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I had pasta with seafood. The dish was much too salty, so salty that it was unpleasant to eat. I am not on a salt-restricted diet but many diners are. The restaurant should put less salt in their food and have salt available on tables for diners who would like more.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Enjoyed meal very much. The servers were very attentive and the food was tasty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great spot for dinner with my parents when they're in town.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Whitefish presentation needs some work, but fish was tasty, just a bit dry. And Caesar salad was tasteless, the cheese cracker being the only scrumptious bit of the entire meal.

An off day, as I've had wonderful means since they opened at this location. Disappointing tho.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Reliably good very at reasonable prices, plus a nice wine list.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was good but could be improved. The calamari fritti was tasty but a bit chewy and the spaghetti carbonara had a bit of a bitter taste. The service was very attentive. I have had better meals at this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always consistently great food, service and ambiance!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Traffic was terrible so we were late. They seated us and rushed our order to save the evening so we could make our daughters film premiere event! Thank you so much. It was wonderful.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 10, 2017

From beginning to end, our dinner was delicious and our waiter outstanding. The Roman style artichoke was perfectly prepared and I loved the hint of mint oil-an unexpectedly imaginative compliment to the artichoke. We loved our pasta dishes: papparadella with boar and rigatoni with a perfect tomato cream sauce. Our waiter's wine recommendation was a perfect compliment to our dinner. We were visiting from out of town, but if we lived in the neighborhood we'd be regulars.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Awesome meal from beginning to end. We will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 6, 2017

La comida, excelente!! Volvería sin pensarlo.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Eventhough we had a lil mix up on which Coco Pazzo we were meeting, the menu and delicious food and cocktails swiftly melted any time spent on wondering where the other party was located. I had the soup of the day which was absolutely scrumptious white bean soup. My entree was the equally mouth watering mushroom stuffed ravioli. My dinner mates had the veal and white fish of the day. All I can say is that everyone's plate was clean by the end of the meal. I had two ravioli's I just couldn't devour because of the wonderful bread crisps I ate before the entree arrived. I totally enjoyed the remains for my lunch the following day. If you are looking for a GREAT meal for a decent price...this is the spot. It will be a staple in your dining rotation for any occasion.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The new dining room seems noisier than the previous location on St.Clair and the outdoor seating is not as appealing. The menu includes many familiar favorites but they are presented differently. The waiters are professional and the service is attentive but freshly ground pepper was not offered as it had been in the past. Maybe we're over that theatrical flourish?
The bread basket is delicious, particularly the thin, crisp wisps of toasted bread that have been brushed with just a hint of oil and cheese.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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