Life is like a box of chocolates: it ends quickly when it tumbles into lava. Enjoy the transient experience of sweet pleasure while you can with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of chocolate dishes and sweet-tinted savories at COCO Chocolate Lounge & Bistro.
Decked in vibrant rouge and milk-chocolate décor, the Moulin Rouge-inspired bistro sprinkles diamonds of light on diners from handsome chandeliers above and serves up delicate meals more striking and palatable than gilded diamond dust. Start off a romantic night with the bite-sized seared salmon, featuring fresh salmon, with a spicy sesame-chocolate glaze over sushi rice and sugar snap peas ($9), or the warm fresh herb goat cheese dip, with toasted baguette and spiced sun-dried cranberries ($9). Larger starters include decadent brie holed up in a flaky pastry shell with cranberries and hazelnuts ($9), cheese plates ($9–$11), and assiette of charcuterie with prosciutto, dry sausages, Spanish chorizo, and house-made pate ($12). Indulgent entrees include a scallop poached in vanilla cocoa butter and chili flakes, served with jasmine black forbidden rice ($22) and New Caledonia blue shrimp with capers, shallots, and garlic served with Milanese risotto ($22). Late-night dinners (the kitchen stays open until 11 p.m. during the week and until midnight on weekends) tend to post-twilight tummy rumbles. All desserts are made from scratch in-house by a master pastry chef; stand-out selections include the signature cake, a chocolate-mousse dome exploding with crème brûlée and a spiked cherry center ($9), and the upside-down pear tart with Ecuadorian 72%-dark-chocolate ice cream ($8).
Kick back in the regal décor, unwind with live entertainment on weekends, or forsake standards of decorum and just get your cocoa fix.
This Groupon is not valid for alcohol.
My San Antonio readers voted COCO Chocolate Lounge & Bistro Best New Restaurant in 2009 and gave the bistro the Silver Award in both the French and Romantic-Dining categories. COCO was reviewed in the San Antonio Current on two separate occasions and was rated "very good to excellent" by Zagat. Seventy-five percent of Urbanspooners recommend it, and Yelpers give it four stars:
- First the cozy red booths and sparkling chandeliers create a lush, romantic setting. You savor French-inspired dishes that use chocolate in subtle, smooth and even decadent ways. – Terry Scott Bertling, San Antonio Express-News
- …nothing short of sensational… – Ron Bechtol, Current
- COCO is very original and they blend flavors in an unusual way that makes things interesting. I had mussels that were fantastic, and my beef filet was like butter, served with a rich & deep sauce. Desserts were simply phenomenal. – PascaleG7424, Zagat
Coco Chocolate Lounge
Coco Chocolate Lounge has more to offer than just chocolate. That's why readers of the San Antonio Express-News voted the spot Best Neighborhood Restaurant and Best Nightclub in North Central San Antonio in 2011. Though there are plentiful cacao-based desserts served, including single-origin chocolate mousse and chocolate fondue with housemade marshmallows, Chef Hector Villarreal also experiments with savory dishes. Among his creations are stone-baked pizzas topped with house-smoked brisket and venison steaks with fried okra and béarnaise sauce.
The cuisine complements decor the San Antonio Express-News called “scrumptious with plenty of chandeliers, candlelight, and plush ruby-red velvet booths and bar seating.” As the sky darkens and everybody throws away sundials that seemed cool during the day, Coco Chocolate Lounge transitions into a nightclub, and chocolate martinis, wine, and champagne flow more freely. DJs on a dance floor and an outdoor patio spin Latin music, hip-hop, and club hits until 2:30 a.m.