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Sun, 5/27
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Coco Pazzo Café

4.6
1744 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(312) 664-0212
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Ovalle
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Catering
Please call for details.
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Cross street
St. Clair
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Parking details
Valet parking is $14.00 for lunch & dinner. Street parking & public lots are also available
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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

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.

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What 1744 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

One of our favorite restaurants and one of the best Italian restaurants in the city.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

My husband and I went to Coco Pazzo for Sunday dinner and was very happy with the service and the delicious food. We are definitely going back and bringing friends with us.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Nice Italian find, good setting, service, and ambiance. I took a couple clients out for dinner while in town for a tradeshow and this was right near their hotel. Would recommend it to anyone wanting to sit down and enjoy a good meal with friends in a no-rush relaxing environment.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We've been eating at Coco Pazzo Cafe for years and all had excellent meals there. Everything was wonderful. Can't recommend it enough.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

They were very accommodating and the food was delicious. The staff was also quite attentive. Very pleased.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Very good food, very good value. Located just off N Michigan Avenue a lively bistro type space that delivers some excellent choices.
Do try this place

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Appetizers were great, entres were so-so, service was lacking. I was looking for our server and saw him outside smoking with the Manager.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

This is one of our regular go-to restaurants. Always delicious Italian food, friendly staff and pleasant surroundings.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Possibly the best piece of grilled salmon that I’ve ever eaten. Prepared to perfection and deliciously garnished with lightly fried potatoes and asparagus, and pesto sauce

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2.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Coco Pazzo used to be one of my favorite places, but that was before it moved and became a large restaurant. I also have never dined there at the height of lunch hour. It is very noisy, and if you have important business to discuss, CP is not the place to do it. Our waiter was a bit slow, but in the end got us out on time. I noticed that another table, seated after us, got their pizza before us. Not a HUGE problem, but our pizza was cold, and therefore it was not very good.... THAT'S a problem. Being on a time crunch, there was no time to send it back.

Finally, when I got home, I received a notice from Open Table, that CP claimed that I had not kept my reservation. Shame on them. I specifically told them that I had an Open Table reservation when I came. People can look at you and act like they are listening, but that is not a promise that they really are.

If you want to eat out in the vicinity of CP after the lunch hour, I would give it a try but no guarantee.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The squid ink pasta was tough but the service was quick and good.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Great place to grab a quick, tasty lunch with a friend in the Streeterville area

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We came in for a quick bite for lunch, let the server know we didn’t have a lot of time and our food came out quickly. Everything was quite tasty and service was great.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I took my wife for our 2 year anniversary. This was the best dinning experience I've had in all of Chicago. The ambience, the drinks, the service, and the food were all great. We sat next to a very nice man who said he had been there over 1700 times. I will deffinatley be a repeat customer.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food great service great value

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Fantastic food! Very authentic Italian scratch kitchen. Really surprised me

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

New location on E. Ohio is perfect. Food is excellent and staff very friendly and attentive. The grilled octopus was perfectly prepared. The meatballs in sauce were delicious and the lasagna is probably the best in Chicago. Be sure to finish with their in house made Tartuffo, pistachio Gelato in a dark chocolate shell. Nothing like it in the city. We have been dining at Coco Pazzo Cafe for over 20 years and have never been disappointed.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The new location of this Streeterville favorite is just off Michigan Ave. and still worth a visit. There seemed to have been a problem with our Open Table reservation, but the manager was extremely polite and accommodated us nonetheless. We had the Roman style artichokes--very tasty and more flavorful than what we'd had in Rome. The mixed house salad was generous and could be a main dish for some guests. My spouse thought the pizza was very good, with a thin crust that had some body rather than a crunch (paper thin pizza crust) plus lots of ingredients. My seafood pasta was a welcome surprise. It was true Mediterranean style with al dente ink pasta. The sauce was delicate, buttery, and bread soaked up the last bits in the bowl. I was especially pleased that the server brought a second plate with a seafood fork and a spoon for the mussel shells. Wine and beer were reasonably priced. Although there were a few group tables nearby, we never felt ignored. Service was attentive without hovering. All in all, Coco Pazzo continues to provide a comfortable setting and good food.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

excellent pasta cooked perfectly al dente and with so much flavor! i'm still thinking about that first bite of ravioli, carbonara, and spaghetti. can't wait to go back again soon!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Wait staff knowledgeable and delightful. Management attentive.
Always a delicious, good time.
At prime dinner hours, kinda noisy (energetic as you put it!).
Our rez was early, so not too bad. A prior dinner the week before
very noisy due to large festive group. All good though!
Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Good food, sadly the wonderful flavors disappear when all the chili flakes are added and it becomes just another spicy hot dish.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our only comment is that for every day dining they should have a nice carafe wine option at a lower price point . Like $25-30.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We always dine at Coco Pazzo Cafe when in Chicago. Great appetizers and pasta dishes. The service is professional, timely and attentive. Excellent choice for a casual dinner!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This was my third time trying Coco Pazzo Café and each time it felt new and different, yet the same high quality food was there each time. The service is attentive and quite willing to explain the ingredients and the way the food is being cooked. The food is wonderfully authentic Italian, elegant and simple, full of amazing flavor. Coco Pazzo Cafe is now on my list as a must visit whenever I am in the Michigan Avenue/Ohio Street area. Great people, great food!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This is a very nice restaurant. We happened to come on a night that they had a very large party of extremely loud people. The restaurant chose not to put up any kind of screen and sat us in the same room. It wasn’t good. They also gave us a very small table in the draft from the door even though there were empty tables a bit larger and not by the draft. I hate that! Despite these issues the server was terrific and corrected the table size by adding another small table. The food is very good. Maybe it was an off night. We usually enjoy this place.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

As always, the service and the food were both great. Even to the point of the staff attempting to teach Italian to our 8 and 6 year old.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Having eaten here previously, we knew we loved the food. 6 guests plus a baby so everyone had a variety of food selections. Sauces were amazing and ended with couple desserts that also did not disappoint.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was good. Service was ok. Atmosphere was nice

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent and attentive service. The food was also excellent.

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Pretty disappointed in our evening at Coco Pazzo Cafe. We arrived a little early and appreciated that they sat us right away, but cold air from a ceiling vent meant a few of us ate with our coats on. Service was pretty average and a little grudging at times, and small things like being given one drink menu for a table of 5 just seemed silly. We would have flagged the waiter's attention to ask for more but didn't want to interrupt a good conversation or draw attention to the one indecisive member of our party, but then we weren't ready when he asked so perhaps that just got us off on the wrong foot. General consensus was the food was good but not great. I put special occasion on the reservation but that wasn't acknowledged, and as a bit of a splurge dinner for us it was not the level I had hoped for.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

They are super accommodating. Nice place without being stuffy. Second time there and will for sure be back again.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This is our go to neighborhood restaurant! Quality and consistency are the 2 main reasons we keep going back. Even though it’s an authentic Italian restaurant, one can easily find low carb options such as fresh fish and salad.
Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was very good. we had a couple of apps to start out, the artichokes and an arrancini dish- both really good. We all had pasta which was amazing, fresh homemade pasta, definitely will come back next time we’re in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great food and atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Nice staff. Decent food. Wine list just ok.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We randomly came across this gem while searching for a place to eat on yelp. Reservations were available and we booked it. Great find! Spaghetti AOP is one of the best pasta dishes ever! Great service. Good wine selection. Cute little establishment. Will return when back in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

I've been to this restaurant almost every time I visit Chicago and it never fails to please. The wait staff is attentive, the cuisine always perfect. The antipasto appetizer was perfect for two, nicely sliced and plated. I had the ravioli for the entrée and ate every bit of it-delicious! The by-the-glass wine pours are substantial so overall the dinner was terrific!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I still miss the old place on St. Clair. Bright lights at large glass windows, a stone wall and limited number of murals make this place less cozy. Food was good--Rigatoni--but I detected fewer "goodies" (meat) in the mix. It's probably a welcome addition to Streeterville, but, sorry to say, I won't be returning as frequently.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Coco Pazzo Cafe has been a favorite of mine for a few years. Prices are reasonable, and the food is always fantastic. I had the beet salad and pork this trip, and both were quite tasty. The best part of the meal is the thinly sliced and grilled bread in the bread basket. I could eat a whole basket of them, but then I wouldn't have any room for the rest of the meal. If you like beets, the beet salad is always tasty too.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Very nice ambiance and setting. Sat at the bar for my meal as I was eating alone. Bartender fixed me an excellent Manhattan. The carbonara waa fantastic and had just the right mix of bacon and cheese, at least for my taste. An after dinner drink and a quick chat with the bartender left me with a fantastic appreciation for this restaurant.

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