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Co Co. Sala - 19 Reviews - 929 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, Washington, DC - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (202) 347-4265

Co Co. Sala

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929 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (at Between 9th Street and 10th Street)
Washington, DC 20004
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Best

This is definitely the best place I have ever eaten. It is close to fine dining and the menu is well crafted by the chef to tell a story. Every dish is a fusion of subtle but very...

Worst

Went last night for drinks dessert. Desserts were mostly a hit (a few misses), but the staff totally made the experience not worth it. The hostesses acted completely put out and c...

An experience you should NEVER miss 12/23/2010

This is definitely the best place I have ever eaten. It is close to fine dining and the menu is well crafted by the chef to tell a story. Every dish is a fusion of subtle but very well crafted flavors that leaves a mark well after it is completed over. You would like to go back to it again and again. The stories are bold. Let it be the drinks (CO COJITO, “MMM” MALTED MILK MARTINI), the teasers (CHARCUTERIE PLATE), the surf (CREOLE CRABCAKE), or the turf (beef and lamb trio, beef tenderloin), they were simply mind blowing. I have never tasted a lamb slider like this before. Its unique blend of lamb with potato and yogurt base was just amazing. The stage was set so high that probably the beef tenderloin was my least favorite. It did not offer the same unique experience. Now having said all the above, one would make a serious mistake not to try out the desert. Having complete faith on the chef, we decided to go with chef's 5 course. Trust me when I say he is the master of chocolate inspired deserts. One can just not go wrong with any of them. So have faith in him and go for the complete experience. You need to enjoy this with someone who loves such experiences. I hear from friends that it can get little crowded on normal weeknights and especially weekends. So be aware of the same. Enjoy the experience and definitely take time to say thank you to chef. He was kind enough to take the time out to spend few minutes with us and we could not thank him enough for the experience. Obviously not to forget, I would have never been here if not for my friend Reshma. So a big thanks to her and I plan to be back soon. more

What a way to beat the cold weather! 12/14/2010

I stopped into Co Co Sala for some hot chocolate in the afternoon- after walking from the Mall. Coming in from the cold to drink that wonderful dark hot chocolate- and having a mini raspberry parfait as a gift(?)- incredible. The staff was fine-welcoming coming in and wishing me well before I ventured back into the freezing weather. more

Horrible, insulting wait staff 10/31/2010

What a disaster ! We went to CoCo Sala after the Jon Stewart rally, and really just wanted to sit for a bit and unwind. But we were accosted with horrible, harrassing wait staff that were rude, impolite and downright insulting. It could've been so easy to lead us to a completely empty dining room at the back for us to have a snack in peace, if not offer a bowl of olives (they're a restaurant and even if their kitchen was closed, every restaurant has peanuts and olives handy ..or chocolates). There was a million ways in which they could have handled the situation, and instead they chose the rudest, most impolite, unpalatable, horrible manner. more

Very Nice 10/31/2010

I went to Co Co Sala for brunch on the same day as the John Stewart rally and was very late for my reservation. The hostess was understanding and very accommodating. The smore's french toast was great and the atmosphere was casual and relaxed. I will be back. more

Good Except for Staff 8/7/2010

Went last night for drinks dessert. Desserts were mostly a hit (a few misses), but the staff totally made the experience not worth it. The hostesses acted completely put out and condescending, all the while covering it with fake smiles, because we didn't have a reservation. Bar staff weren't much better and acted as though we were an inconvenience. We don't need attitude to have dessert. Never again. more

Loved it 8/5/2010

I had a brunch and dinner a couple of times at Co. Co. Sala during last few weeks and I just loved it. The food, the service and the atmosphere were great. It is a heaven for chocolate lovers. more

Chocolate Paradise 7/30/2010

CoCoSala offers a unique dining experience, and for anyone who likes chocolate it is paradise. The ambiance is great, and the outdoor dining provides a nice alternative if you find it too noisy indoors. A delight for the taste buds! more

Great sweets and awesome drinks 4/29/2010

I've been to Co Co. Sala a handful of times in the past and remember really enjoying some of their desserts. I don't remember exactly what was ordered, but I remember being pleased. But then again, it's pretty hard for desserts to go too wrong for me so I'm an easy sell in that arena. This week I attended an event here and my memory was jogged about the digs and this time I paid a little more attention. The restaurant and lounge is sexy: dim lighting, warm colors, visible chocolate plates on display, cozy seating areas and an illuminated bar. It's a nice place to mingle or maybe grab a drink on a first date. It's not too loud, not too quiet and not too intimate, but just enough that if things were going well, things might continue to. Pros: ambiance Cons: price more

Great sweets and awesome drinks 4/28/2010

Adam Renz Provided by Partner
I've been to Co Co. Sala a handful of times in the past and remember really enjoying some of their desserts. I don't remember exactly what was ordered, but I remember being pleased. But then again, it's pretty hard for desserts to go too wrong for me so I'm an easy sell in that arena. This week I attended an event here and my memory was jogged about the digs and this time I paid a little more attention. The restaurant and lounge is sexy: dim lighting, warm colors, visible chocolate plates on display, cozy seating areas and an illuminated bar. It's a nice place to mingle or maybe grab a drink on a first date. It's not too loud, not too quiet and not too intimate, but just enough that if things were going well, things might continue to. Pros: ambiance Cons: price more

menu change 3/18/2010

The menu has recently changed. The three course "experiences" are no more. You can still get a three course dessert, but the themes and the dishes that were the 1st and 3rd courses are gone. The servers are all perfectly polite, but service is always slow. more

Dishonest Liars 3/5/2010

I went to CoCo Sala for a drink, and opened a tab with the bar. A little while later, I wanted to close my tabe, only to find that my credit card had been given to someone else. I was blamed for this because there were many people of my ethnicity in the bar, and therefore, it's not the bartender's responsibility to make sure the right person gets back the right card. I was yelled at, and treated very rudely - and blamed for being of a different race than the bartender. I will NEVER go back to CoCo Sala and endure that kind of humiliation for a problem their bartender caused. more

A chocoholic's paradise 2/3/2010

CoCo Sala's forte is dessert, especially chocolate and all forms of it. They offer an extensive selection of desserts, including multi-course ones: 4 sets of themed ""Monde""s with an amuse, a main (which has several parts) and petit fours. One of these is big enough to serve as both dinner and dessert, but if your stomach is big enough you can order one of their tapas-style savory dishes. CoCo's takes on macaroni and cheese are worth making enough room for, especially their Bacon Mac & Cheese - creamy shells and pasta underneath a crunchy, baked top and garnished with a chocolate-covered piece of bacon. That last component will show you that bacon really does go with everything. CoCo Sala does drinks well too with it's selection of signature cocktails. They also offer a pre-fixe brunch on Sundays and a pre-theater menu, both of which are excellent deals. You will have to expect to pay quite a bit if you go to CoCo Sala at a time other than brunch or pre-theater. Their savory dishes run from $7 to $12, and dessert (which should not be optional if you come here) can run up to $22 (i.e. for a Monde). Personally, and maybe it's because I really love chocolate, I think it's worth it. Pros: Amazing desserts; tasty cocktails, unique menu Cons: pricey more

A chocoholic's paradise 2/2/2010

ellemariedc Provided by Partner
CoCo Sala's forte is dessert, especially chocolate and all forms of it. They offer an extensive selection of desserts, including multi-course ones: 4 sets of themed "Monde"s with an amuse, a main (which has several parts) and petit fours. One of these is big enough to serve as both dinner and dessert, but if your stomach is big enough you can order one of their tapas-style savory dishes. CoCo's takes on macaroni and cheese are worth making enough room for, especially their Bacon Mac & Cheese - creamy shells and pasta underneath a crunchy, baked top and garnished with a chocolate-covered piece of bacon. That last component will show you that bacon really does go with everything. CoCo Sala does drinks well too with it's selection of signature cocktails. They also offer a pre-fixe brunch on Sundays and a pre-theater menu, both of which are excellent deals. You will have to expect to pay quite a bit if you go to CoCo Sala at a time other than brunch or pre-theater. Their savory dishes run from $7 to $12, and dessert (which should not be optional if you come here) can run up to $22 (i.e. for a Monde). Personally, and maybe it's because I really love chocolate, I think it's worth it. Pros: Amazing desserts; tasty cocktails, unique menu Cons: pricey more

2008 Fall Dining Guide 10/11/2008

2008 Dining Guide 2008 Fall Dining Guide By Tom Sietsema Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 Sound Check: 84 decibels (extremely loud) I finally have the perfect response to the oft-asked question: "Where can we go for dessert?" Fans of chocolate and coffee got their wish fulfilled this year when this dazzling dessert boutique in Penn Quarter opened its doors and began offering elegant, multi-course "experiences" in a world of (sweet) flavors. One of my current passions here is the "Italian Voyage." It starts with a thimble-size serving of vanilla panna cotta in a tiny moat of chocolate, rouses jaded palates with a trio of tiramisus in strawberry, chocolate and classic coffee accents -- each elegantly displayed in a flute -- and concludes with fetching petits fours, including chocolate-edged amaretti. (And this comes from a guy who is agnostic about chocolate.) While the kitchen, under the watch of pastry chef Santosh Tiptur, is best known for its artful sugar work, savories shouldn't be ignored. Balancing the menu are sophisticated twists on homey classics. Mac and cheese can be ordered with orecchiette and bacon; sliders come in such exotic combinations as an Indian-spiced chicken patty with a cilantro-flecked bun. The crowd, a rainbow coalition of loungers, skews young and fun. And the eye candy extends to the dining areas, rich with faux leather, real spun sugar sculptures, shimmering tiles and faux "waves" of chocolate flowing from the ceiling. more

Rude, rude service 10/1/2008

I was very excited to try Co Co Sala, but I was disappointed from the moment I entered. I was waiting for a... more

Rude, rude service 10/1/2008

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I was very excited to try Co Co Sala, but I was disappointed from the moment I entered. I was waiting for a group of three friends to join me. I w... more

Rude, rude service 10/1/2008

policyblue Provided by Partner
I was very excited to try Co Co Sala, but I was disappointed from the moment I entered. I was waiting for a group of three friends to join me. I w... more

Chocoholic Heaven 8/16/2008

Sietsema Review Chocoholic Heaven A new dessert boutique offers diners some surprising treats By Tom Sietsema Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008 Co Co. Sala gives diners some answers. If you're in the market for a dressy place to go for dessert, with an emphasis on chocolate, this place is it. If you're looking for a colorful swirl of swells, Co Co. Sala, which also functions as a lounge, pulsates with the young and the pretty. Ladies, does your date practice good hygiene? To find out, all you need to do is walk to the rear of the hot spot, opposite the kitchen, where an unexpected window offers a view of the guys' restroom sink. The new Penn Quarter watering hole and dessert boutique also poses as many questions as it addresses. Such as, Co Co. Sala? The quirky name combines the restaurant's dual inspirations, coffee and chocolate, and tacks on the Italian word for lounge. If you don't care for chocolate (believe it or not, such people exist), can you still enjoy yourself? Nearly everything on the menu has at least a hint of the flavoring, somewhere. Then there's this: Given the background of co-owner Nisha Sidhu, a trained chocolatier, and executive chef Santosh Tiptur, the former pastry chef of the Ritz-Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is it possible to get a balanced meal from the kitchen? The owners, who include Bharet Malhotra, the vice president of an online event planning company in McLean, sank a couple of million into the interior, and it shows. Iridescent gold mosaic tiles shimmer from the walls of the front bar. Nubby faux emu leather pads the banquette that runs the length of the room. Behind the onyx-decorated host stand awaits another bar and more seats, including low red velvet ottomans at low wood tables (a problem if you're tall or like to linger, since there's no back support). Off the glass-enclosed chocolate-making room, fronted with five bar stools, is yet a third space, for private events. Looking around, it's impossible to not get hungry; what looks like a giant curl of chocolate (actually painted drywall) swoops from the ceiling, and niches in the walls hold Sidhu's delicate blown-sugar sculptures. No matter the time of day, Co Co. Sala, moody and romantic, feels like late at night. The menu, which is explained by young servers in lengthy detail for first-timers, opens with a small collection of savory items ("coco bites"), but the focus is clearly on what follows, a larger selection of $30 chocolate-based "experiences." These include "A Passage to India," "Italian Voyage," "Aztec Experience" and "Childhood Favorites," each theme broken down into an amuse bouche, a main dessert, intermezzo, a cheese course and petit fours. Too much "experience" for you? Diners have the option of ordering just a main dessert for $12 or three courses for $20. I wasn't in the mood for an all-dessert onslaught on my initial visit, early on a weeknight. A friend and I simply wanted dinner and the chance to check out the scene. So we assembled a meal from among those coco bites, which comprise three takes on four dishes: macaroni and cheese, crab cakes, sliders and salads, each priced at $7. Spot another theme? The chefs have a Martha Stewart-like devotion to organizing and arranging; each "experience" on the menu also includes the option of a cocktail, wine or beer to pair with it. Psst: On a hot day, Grey Goose citron vodka with a dash of sour mix and muddled cucumbers proves as refreshing as a dip in a pool. An appetite any bigger than Barbie's necessitates getting at least three of these small plates, which are easily consumed in about four bites. Given the club vibe at Co Co. Sala, they come as a surprise: Most of the minis are delicious, and if you're anything like me, you'll keep ordering these shrunken treasures. Macaroni and cheese might look out of place in such chic environs, but the kitchen serves its variations in pretty little dishes with fun accents: for example, miniature penne pasta swirled with cheddar cheese, shrimp and jalapenos soothed with the dish's texture even as it snarled with heat. Salads are not the kitchen's strong suit, however; they tend to be overdressed. The most impressive savories are the sliders, each of which is presented with a different flavored bun. The ground beef sandwich with sauteed spinach is tiny, but its sesame seed bun holds in a lot of pleasure. The swordfish slider, served with a fennel salad swabbed with a hazelnut-coffee dressing, is an intriguing trip to the Mediterranean. I'm saving the best for last: chef Tiptur's spicy tandoori chicken patties, zippy with herbs and ginger and cooled with a dab of raita. That slider, sprinkled with cilantro and sweet with a bit of carrot slaw, brings to mind Rasika, the city's most innovative Indian restaurant. Which reminds me to remind you to investigate the novel cheese course with "A Passage to India," paneer three ways: pan-seared, minted, and shredded and breaded in spices. Maybe you just want dessert. Co Co. Sala delivers, big time, in terms of finesse. Each themed experience has its charms, but some treats are sweeter than others. The "Aztec Experience," for instance, begins with a terrific amuse bouche of warm, pencil-thin churros, dusted with sugar and served with a pot of thick dulce de leche, and continues with a small hot chocolate souffle that pops off like a firecracker when you taste it. (Its ganache is spiked with chipotle.) "Childhood Favorites" takes its recipients on a stroll down memory lane with, among other confections, a malted milk shooter, a tiny cupcake and a chocolate-draped square of dreamy peanut butter-milk chocolate gelato with an underlay of almond cake. Bringing up the rear of the menu are flights of hot chocolate in three shades, flights of house-made candy bars and "Additional Temptations," including petit fours, gelati and chocolate tastings. Just reading the possibilities makes the teeth itch -- and whets the appetite for future visits. If you want to relax, show up early, when there's plenty of seating and you can actually hear the words to (can it be?) "Close to You" by the Carpenters. As the evening wears on, Co Co. Sala, which adds a DJ to the mix on Friday and Saturday, gets so full and so loud, it's difficult to hear what the person across from you is saying. The roar of a Friday night crowd didn't prevent me from listening to a little lecture from the manager, however, when I sought to return a bottle of red wine that was 1) warm as bath water and 2) off-tasting to boot. "Everyone really likes this wine," he told me. "It's very popular." Have you tried my particular bottle, I asked? He hadn't, but when he did, his reaction was similar to mine. "Worst wine I ever tried," he admitted -- then opened another bottle for us. In contrast, I'm happy to report, his underlings couldn't have been sweeter or more proficient. Outside the entrance on weekends, there's a velvet rope and a doorman checking IDs. Experience suggests that such details translate into evenings where fun is emphasized over food. My "experiences" at Co Co. Sala suggest you don't have to choose between the two. more

Co Co Sala Plants its Reviews? 5/27/2008

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Co Co Sala Plants its Reviews? 5/27/2008

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Editorial

  • Sumptuous desserts dominate the menu at this chocolate-themed boutique restaurant and lounge. Each featured dessert has three courses that fit a theme, like the Aztec Experience--watch out for the...

  • 1/15/2010 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-1:30am Fri 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-2:30am Sat 5pm-2:30am Sun 11am-3pm
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, Northwest, Northwest Washington
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