Coco Pazzo

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$31 to $50
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Italian
At this Tuscan-inspired long-time favorite you will find the wood-burning oven at the heart of the restaurant viewed through the open kitchen. As close to Italy as you can get, you will enjoy dining in this former warehouse. Theatrical lighting & blue velvet drapes surround the dining room. Located in the fashionable River North neighborhood. Feel the welcoming and warm hospitality of this Gambero Rosso Top Italian Restaurant and Best Italian Wine List recipient. Grab a seat at the bar for a bowl of pasta or plan your next special occasion.
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FD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lamb was out of this world delicious! Golden years service, upscale all details carefully arranged.

JC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always: Excllent food and service and quiet. A great dining experience)))

MC
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food, not so good dessert. We had antipati first wich was very good, then pasta and pizza wich was good but not exeptionel. The ”tiramisu” was not a tiramisu, more like a cake and didn’t taste much. the biscotti and tryffels was just some small, dry cookies, not bad but totalt overprized.
All in all a good restaurant but not VERY good. The service was good, no complaints.

JB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service ! Delicious food! Great Valet! Highly recommended

SS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in the Philly area, but selected this restaurant for a business dinner based on very favorable reviews. I’m so glad I went for it because the experience was outstanding and I will definitely go back! Due to travel delays with my client, I had to change my reservation twice the same day but the restaurant was very accommodating. Our waiter, Edgar, was friendly, fun and knowledgeable. The supporting staff were fantastic as well. We started with an antipasto board and buffalo mozzarella - both of which were amazing. For entrees, we had the Branzino and Risotto. Everyone loved their meals. We skipped dessert since we were all pretty full and it got late. Definitely book a reservation here!! You won’t regret it.

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

When I go for Italian food I want some basic stuff. The atmosphere should be relaxed and open. The music Italian and servers confident and tendetive. This is done to perfection here. Good pastas that are a dente as it should. Calamares were perfect and the only thing that could have been better was the Tiramisu that looked a bit to perfect and to little Amaretto. Great experience overall and recommends it if you like Italian

DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Waited 40 minutes for our table despite having a reservation. Derive was very slow

BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coco Pazzo has been a go to for us for many years. The Ambience, the service and most importantly, the food has consistently been very good. If you are looking for some really good Italian fare you should definitely come here.

OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and a fabulous atmosphere.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very busy so service a little mixed

WM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, really enjoyed the Fiorentina Steak. Smoked salmon was delicious, Brussels sprouts were just ok. The Barolo we ordered was delicious, but came at a hefty price of $100. Their wine list is a little over-priced. The Italian manager and the closing server were snobs. The Hispanic server that was with us for most of the night was great. Excellent server.

AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! Great service

JR
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious appropriately sized portions....a real treat to enjoy a meal there!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not what it used to be

AA
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome pasta. Great service

J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful place to take friends and business associates. Perfect!

SG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi,
I made a reservations for our Executive Management team and I heard nothing but amazing things about their time at Coco Pazzo. The food was great, the service was excellent as well as the environment. Everyone expressed they wouldn't think twice about recommending Coco Pazzo to a friend or even for another work outing.

Thank you for everything.

JF
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great. They honored every request we made. Food was very good all the way around and the wine selections were outstanding.

r
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal we had the 5 nights in Chicago. It was a great experience from the moment we walked in the door! I highly recommend Coco Pazzo for anyone wanting a great Italian meal!

AB
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, good service, great ambiance

AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and fantastic service for our party of 16.

JK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been to the restaurant for a couple of years. New chef is terrific. The whole evening was delightful and we will be back soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always make us feel like we are at home. Great service. Delicious food.

BP
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to this original location of Coco Pazzo. We had eaten many times at their restaurant on St. Claire until it closed because of building renovation. This original location surpassed our expectations in every way possible. The food was wonderful. The service was exceptional. And, the ambiance was warm and welcoming.

L
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid pasta dishes

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AV
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was not to the standard I am used to in Italy/Europe. It was very cold with blowing airconditioning... too cold to enjoy the evening. We had 6-7 waiters to our table. Each coming for something else (bread, water, wine, food, etc etc). It felt a bit like a 'factory'... quickly in and out, so the next guest can come and spend money. Not bad, but certainly not as high class as I expected it to be ( but... maybe I am a bit spoilt coming from Europe...)

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food and noise level is really minimal

CH
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed. Looked like a place for locals which we like. Everything was wonderful.

s
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

old college friends gathering

B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our very favorite restaurant for more than 25 years, but Sunday we had a new waiter and the service was erratic and not in a proper order. Great grilled octopus appetizer was placed in the center of the table without new plates and while we were still eating our salads. Waiter was pushing the 1st bottle of wine too fast. I was going to order a 2nd but didn't appreciate his haste.

Still the best!

D
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended this restaurant for my visit to Chicago and I was not disappointed. Wonderful space, excellent cocktails and superior food. I really liked the antipasti. We started with 4 different appetizers and split an entree which gave us a chance to try several items on the menu. Very relaxing and the tables are spaced a fair distance from each other so each table felt very private. Loved the old building this restaurant is in. The huge old wood beams and floor made this restaurant feel very elegant and inviting.

F
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived one hour earlier than our reservation and the maitre’d was able to accommodate us. We had a lovely evening with an awesome waiter who didn’t rush us. The food was delicious, each course was cooked to perfection! We’ve dined here for many years and it never disappoints!

FF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The antipasti platter was good, but seemed to be missing flavor. The veggies weren’t pickled enough for my liking. Balsamic drizzle did the trick, but I had to ask twice. Our server seemed to be a bit of a premadonna - the guy doing water service and another guy bussing tables were both talked down to by our server and that wasn’t appreciated. I ordered a half portion of ravioli and when I said I was thinking about adding a salad, our server took my menu out of my hands and said, “you won’t need the salad”... well, I wish I had gotten the salad. We’ve eaten here before and each time it’s just an “ok” experience. Convenient to the Mart.

AJ
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been going to Coco Pazzo since 1992 when it was a trendy new arrival in Chicago. As we have aged so has the clientele. The food remains consistently good. We enjoyed a guasetto of mussels in

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Awful. Good tasted dry and bland for being a higher end restaurant. My client even had oil splashed on him when the waiter dropped an ice cube in the oil dish. They did nothing to compensate us for that as well. All in all a truly awful experience and I won’t be going back

GN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been eating here for 25 years. It's the closest to eating in Italy of any US Italian restaurant we've been to.

J
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. Thank you!

M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time to Coco Pazzo was a party of 7 to celebrate 2 birthdays. Ambiance was lovely and curtains took the noise. We were waited on by the kindest team who served from the right and women first. The food was both beautifully plated and delicious. Each dish had an unexpected delightful element or ingredient to demand sharing. We made the night last 3 hours and it was splendid for everyone. One said it was the best meal he's had in this country!

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE this restaurant. We took my mom for the first time and she also loved it. We just can’t get enough of the exquisite cuisine and comfortable lux atmosphere.

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