Coco Pazzo Café

4.6
1912 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
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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JG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The food was average and the ambiance and menu were dated. The service was extremely slow for dinner. For the quality it was relatively overpriced.

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S
Houston
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The new site for Coco Pazzo Cafe is not as intimate and quiet as the old site. Looking out the window you see fast food restaurants. It’s now a tourist stop when before many local area residents ate at the old location. I was disappointed but perhaps they had to move.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is an absolutely fabulous restaurant!

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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was good except for the pasta-specifically the Pepe pasta and the carbonara. Just ok at best

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VS
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It's been five years since I've been able to visit Coco Pazzo Cafe... Which means I'd not visited the new location just yet.
The food was awesome, just as I remember. The new location isn't quite as cozy. But it was a blast to return to a little spot where I have such great family memories (my daughters remember the bread).

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r
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience here. An intimate neighborhood place that is always a wonderful, welcoming lunch or dinner.

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JJ
Sacramento
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Hard to tell what type of food is provided at this restaurant. Mostly Italian in origin, but no particular style. Popular, lots of room, a bit noisey, casual dining. $50 salad, entre, tax, tip, one drink.

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M
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Go there every time in Chicago!

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SF
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was great. Highly recommended

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Solid food options, impressive ambience /service, and overall great Streeterville Italian. You won’t be disappointed

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R
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was not only delicious but was served quickly and by waitstaff who were determined to make our meal as pleasant as possible. Coco Pazzo Cafe is a high quality and reasonable restaurant that I would recommend to anyone coming to Chicago.

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CH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Good Italian food and attentive service. Vibrant ambience, though a little loud. We will go back.

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DG
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was awesome. We were greeted and seated by the owner. Guessing we had a new waiter. Service was slow. Never did get a refill on our ice tea. Had an appetizer of meatballs and they were delicious. May have been packed a little too tight. Enjoyed the margarita pizza and it was just the way I like it. Thin crust, yummy sauce and crust cooked through. Will definitely go back next time I am in town.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful food and service! Looking forward to going back.

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b
San Diego
143 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service. A very charming place we go every time we are in Chicago. Ambience is fun and relaxed. Wine list is extensive. Food is very interesting and not over the top but well prepared.

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E
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good. We always enjoy dining here.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Outstanding flavors- authentic and simple with high quality ingredients just like in Italy. 7 vegetali salad (chopped salad w 7 vegetables including string beans raddicio and cannelloni beans topped w pecorino ), the octopus appetizer and the ricotta gnocci w tomatoes and basil were mouth watering.

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W
Chicago
149 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Old location was better but otherwise all the positives remain.

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m
Central Coast
145 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Never disappoints! Great service, excellent food! Very authentic Italian food!

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DR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

We were very disappointed. We have been there before and very happy that is why we decided to go there when seeing family who were in town that we had not seen in a long time. Our server was abrupt and absent. When he came to the table he was always in a rush and then absent for 30 minutes at a time. Food was mediocre at best was cold when we received it. Then waited 35 minutes for dessert to arrive. We won’t go back and apologized to our guest for the poor choice

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AK
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Professional staff, delicious food, fun casual atmosphere

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BP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Something has changed or maybe an off night. Service was horrible. Couldn’t get waited on and then entrees came out during salad course. Just a mess!

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MA
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service. Good food - very flavorful. Good wine list as well

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m
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved Coco Pazzo Cafe for all of the reasons people enjoy a lovely evening. Food was good (especially the octopus appetizer) the vibe was lively. The service excellent. Ambiance enough to feel like we went out for a special evening. Enjoyed!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great evening. Did get a little loud

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MM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good. Would like a little more variety on the menu

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CW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I was here twice during a stay at a professional meeting in Chicago as I stay close by, and I come with one colleague every year. The ambiance is great, bustly but not overwhelming. There are signature Modigliani! like murals on the wall. Service is excellent most of the time, good pasta and veal scallopini. I’ve always been able to get a table even when Chicago is mobbed. Prices are quite reasonable. One of my favorites!

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PZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly enjoyed every moment from when we walked in and how we were greeted to our starters and throughout our exceptional dinner and evening!! Thank you!

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CC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I have always loved the food at CPC and the servers are always respectful and pleasant!
But ever since the move to the new space, the noise is a lot more intense and interferes with my experience.
This time I sat right behind the hostess stand throughout the meal I could the noises from the kitchen--very distracting, as I was trying to catch up with my friend of over 20 years. In the old space the kitchen was removed and the ambiance was much less jarring to the senses.
When I got home I noticed my voice hoarse and my throat sore from straining to speak.
Maybe add some sound absorbing wall coverings? Or put a wall in front of the kitchen area?
I think next time I will request to sit farther from the table.
Thank you!

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BL
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We were seated right away even though we showed up early. Food was very good. Service was lacking. We asked for limes twice and ended up going to the bar to retrieve our own. Waiter was nowhere in site. Half the meals came out and the other followed ten minutes later. Asked for a wine list, which we received, but waiter never returned for us to order wine. Service should be better.

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LK
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Carpaccio was truly excellent! Service was very good. Would have preferred table by window, back room felt a bit confined.

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H
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

My wife and I had pre-theater reservations for 5:00 pm. We arrived 10 minutes early and asked to be seated outside. The food was excellent, the service mixed. We had two cocktails, 2 beers, two appetizers and soup, and two pasta entrees. The bill was $145. We were there 2 hours. A relaxing dinner.

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SM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful setting with great service and fantastic good. Very enjoyable!

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EE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had an overall nice dinner at CP Cafe when we arrived in town Friday night. The eggplant Parmesan and Caprese salad were excellent. Squid ink with seafood was good and the spaghetti bologna was very good. Missed having the antipasto bar like the original location. Definitely would go back. Service was good however one meal was served later than the other 3.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I ordered the ravioli with asparagus and it was absolutely DELICIOUS! Esp. the sauce!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A lot of gluten free choices and everything was delicious !!

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really felt like we had gone somewhere different. Food is Great! Unique fresh flavors.

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AW
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Marco (manager) and our server (Louis) could not have been better. We ended up with 14 people at two tables and everyone went out of their way. Three in our group were children - very well behaved - but most were in their 50's to 70's. Our server (Louis) FABULOUS. We ordered way to many appetizers then had lovely wine and yummy main courses and some of us indulged in desserts. It was busy - quite busy on a Thursday eve, so I'm glad we had reservations. I had called the restaurant and worked out the particulars with them because we had one person in our party in a wheelchair and we needed to use the side elevator to enter the restaurant. A really lovely evening. There is a reason we like this restaurant. Very accommodating.

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MI
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We had not been to Coco Pazzo since they relocated. They did a great job of updating and retaining the atmosphere and design. The food was nicely presented. We had the Salad Vegetale which was quite good. I had a pasta dish which was also very good. My husband had the trout special which although a nice piece of fish was lacking in flavor-needed some seasoning. From past experience I would say this was an anomaly and would definitely return.

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