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About Hot Chocolate

Welcome to Mindy’s HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar. While we know that you have many dining choices, we wholly commit ourselves to exceed your expectations in all areas of your dining experience.



From the moment you walk through the front door, it is our goal to provide you with an atmosphere that is comfortable and relaxed with exemplary service and an evolving array of high-quality, seasonal and locally-sourced food, drink and pastry.



We constantly search for new and exciting purveyors, ingredients and presentations. Through our network of artisan farmers and friends, we are able to connect the producer to the consumer and provide a uniquely enjoyable dining adventure.



Whether it is a casual lunch, a leisurely weekend brunch, a delightful dinner or a late night dessert rendezvous, HotChocolate continues to be one of Chicago’s most unique dining destinations.

1747 N Damen
Chicago, IL 60647
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
CLOSED MONDAYS

Cross Street:
Willow St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 489-1747

Website:
http://www.hotchocolatechicago.com/

Public Transit:
Damen Blue Line

Executive Chef:
Aaron Arnett

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Hot Chocolate Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (23)
Good for a Date (22)
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Special Occasion (17)
Casual (16)
Fun (15)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Afternoon Coffee (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Cozy (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Comfort Food (8)
People Watching (8)
Romantic (8)
Seasonal (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Healthy (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (3)
Great Beer (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Business Meals (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was very good as always but we had some service issues -- not receiving our kids' meals or drinks until long after we had received ours, and waiting 5-10 minutes for our check; the wait staff was working hard but perhaps they were understaffed or paying closer attention to other parties. A disappointment for us with afternoon plans.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

When planning my trip to Chicago this restaurant popped up as "must try" place. My friend and I were NOT disappointed. It is intimate seating so you are close to your dining neighbor but we didn't find this intrusive. In fact, we had a nice chat with the couple sitting next to us about our hot chocolate and they ended up ordering the same thing. The food was fresh, superb quality and I am very appreciative to restaurants that utilize local, seasonal fare. We loved the hot chocolate so much we ended up going to Revival Food Hall near our hotel just to have another cup before leaving the city. Definitely would go back during another trip to the Windy City!

Tags: Seasonal, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Had high hopes for this restaurant and even though the taste of the food and the ambiance were great, the service was terrible. Not to mention I found a piece of hair in my entree and other than swapping it out for another dish, nothing else was done. Usually a Manager would come and apologize but that didn't happen

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Brunch spot

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Dessert!!!!!!! Also the chicken and burrata were great. I love that there were kiddos there.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

It was okay. The chocolate is very very very dense And rich. I had chocolate squared desert and immediately felt like I was going to be sick. Super thick and basically just a jar of thick chocolate. The actual food was just ok. Leaves a lot to be desired but the raspberries and peaches dessert was good. The hot cocoa is also pretty thick. If I ever go back it'll just be for the hot cocoa. It's a beautiful place for a date but not even worth the money.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Best brunch in the city

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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Everything about Hot Chocolate is special. Friendly staff, delicious food, then there is the hot chocolate.
No question it is the best. Period. If I am lucky I get to visit once a year. I live in Ky. I brought two others that had heard me sing their praises for years. They admitted that they were sure I had oversold how
Great it was. They both agreed with me. A delicious treat.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Pros: the cheeseburger, chocolate malted, and the coffee ice cream
Cons: the host not seating us when we had a reservation and we were only missing one person. also, the place wasn't full on a weeknight and they still put us by the bathroom. service was spotty throughout the meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Everything - and I mean everything - is made fresh here. Yum!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food and the best Hot Chocolate in the world!!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great time!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Please let me have more stars so I can give them to Hot Chocolate. We had the Chai hot chocolate and the classic, and they were both unreal. The Chai was possible perfection. I was mildly hungover, and the only thing that cures me is potatoes. I know potatoes. The breakfast potatoes were the best potatoes I've ever had in my entire life. Ever. All the hangovers, all the potatoes, have been leading me to these potatoes. Wild.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, People Watching, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Every time we go here we do everything. Drinks, Dinner and desserts. Everything is always wonderful. If we didn't live so far North we would stop in for coffee and desserts in the evening more often.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Totally enjoyed Saturday brunch at Hot Chocolate! The restaurant was full and there was a great vibe. Food was delish and service excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Everything we ordered was fantastic. We returned for a five-year anniversary dinner, having visited Mindy’s twice during our honeymoon. Everything was perfectly prepared and timed well. The drinks were great, and were fairly unique.

Jessica was a spectacular server, and elevated an already incredible meal. I’d hire her in a heartbeat for any hospitality job—one of the top five servers I’ve ever had.

—M

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Overall, I would go back to Hot Chocolate and recommend it. They gave us a great table and seated us right away. Unfortunately, I didn't like my meal very much, but everyone else in my group enjoyed their food. The hot chocolate was delicious, but a bit over priced I thought. I was also disappointed that despite me stating in the reservation on the app and over the phone that this was for a birthday they didn't say anything or bring anything to our table for the occasion. Perhaps places don't do that anymore? Anyways, I plan to go back for desserts since I hear that's what they are known for!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Service a little spotty. Wine a bit limited by the bottle, starting at $50

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Every time we go back to Hot Chocolate, we're a little surprised that not only is it still really, really good, it might have actually gotten even better. For a restaurant that's been around for awhile, that's not always the case. Service was terrific, the food was delicious (possibly the best mac and cheese we've ever had, delicious focaccia with ricotta, faro risotto, seasonal bread pudding, and of course, hot chocolate. We can't wait to go back. It is on the noisy side (even on a Wednesday night) but that's part of its appeal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Brunch was great and moderately priced. Dinner was decent and overpriced. I'll stick to brunch moving forward.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Will definitely go back. We were too full for dessert, but will save room next time.

Tags: Tapas, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My friend and I went there for desssert and a drink. The original dessert we wanted the seasonal cake was no longer available so I ordered the blueberries and my friend ordered the bananas - I was not fond of the blueberries it was a little too tart and there were still stems on some of the blueberries. We both asked for spoons and that never happened and the server never came by and asked how things were just dropped off the check. I was very disappointed in the service.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Friday Dinner for à chicago weekend!!!

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Excellent food. Service was good but a little slow to get the check.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2017

I love this place. I have lunch here a couple times a month and I am never disappointed. Fantastic food, spotless service and of course delicious desserts. It's not every restaurant that makes me break out the alliterative accolades but this one does!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Casual, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Don't look at this place as dessert only! They have a fantastic, sophisticated dinner menu. The dessert is just the cherry on top!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Dinner was good, the mac and cheese and burger were very good. Dessert was wonderful. The atmosphere was nice.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The desert was well worth the drive. I found the salmon appetizer to be WAY too salty and wouldn't recommend it. The stars here are the deserts. Amazing milkshake and amazing pot de creme. Best of the best and worth the trip for dessert.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, People Watching, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Over priced food, place was nice but the seating was tight

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Memorable, exquisite, romantic, and lovely. Words cannot adequately describe my experience at Hot Chocolate. I had to indulge in the positive rumors; I found the Macaroni & Cheese to be delicious, but I suggest that the red potatoes is a must order, truly exquisite.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I highly recommend the banana dessert...absolutely delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Every dish was flavorful and delectable. Dessert, naturally, was a phenomenon of its own.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Service was slow and pretty unfriendly. Quinoa bowl was great, avocado toast was meh, lavender latte though was stellar. Overall, it was fine, but after two visits, I struggle to see what all the hype is about.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Everything was delicious as always!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Hands down the best hot chocolate I have ever had. Food was inventive and fun.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent Cheese Burger and adult hot cocoa!! My new fav!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Impeccably executed fried chicken.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Good. But menu more limited than in the past. Service is always great

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Food is overpriced. Best thing in the menu is their signature hotchoclate.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Went there for our two year anniversary as a fun spot for food and dessert as recommended to us by a friend. Good was good as well as the service!

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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