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Type: Bar, Eatery

225 King St.
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703
United States

(608) 255-2626

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 02-27-2006

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4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I don't go here when I want to enjoy a brew, although their happy hour specials are decent, and they were serving Bell's Octoberfest last time I was there. This high-class restaurant features some great classic French cuisine, some inspired and unique experimental dishes that push the envelope and shine, and others that disappoint, but are still an adventure to try. I'd rate the best dishes I've had a high 5, but the truth is I've had a few less than stellar ones too. It is this element of risk that turns me on to this never know what you are going to get. It might be delicious, and exactly what you expected. Or maybe delectable, but not quite what you had envisioned. The worst-case scenario means a savory blend of flavors that don't quite marry up, but that open your horizons even if they are too filling or there's too much garlic. The beer selection is not broad or overly specialized, but it sports something to satisfy most discriminating palates, even if it's not exactly what you wanted. The soft-red walls create an ambiance of warmth and comfort, and there are several corners, nooks, and crannies where you can have an intimate evening--that's what Cocoliquot is best for: special occasions when you want to get dressed up and spend a little more for something a little better. The wine and food menus are constantly changing, so you may not be able to order the same thing twice if you're only there a few times each year. There is a master chocolatier who blends just about every imaginable ingredient under the sun with cocoa into tasty desserts; again, they're not for every palate. The opportunity to try something new that you can't find anywhere else is what might make this place appealing for the open-minded, adventurous beer lover. Getting lucky on a truly great dinner, or finding a cocoa-herb-fruit blend you could never imagine that arouses the taste buds and stirs the imagination surely comes close to measuring up with finding one of those unique, immeasurably tasty libations you never forget. The service is exceptional, yet unpretentious. The bartender, Zak, is very polite and knows his stuff. You can watch portions of the food preparation on the other side of the place, and at least once a month, there are special events such as themed beer tastings and dinners. One dinner featured a complete dinner menu where chocolate was an integral part of every course, and the owner and a local wine merchant attempted to match wines to each. All dishes and wines were excellent, but they did not always match. And you know what...that's okay. Each time I learn something. This place is one of may all time favorites, but it's about to become local history. If you want to try it,'s about to be sold and transformed into a sushi restaurant.
Note: They serve their french fries w/mayonnaise here.

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3.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Cocoliquot’s beer list is short and to the point consisting of three headings:

Belgians. This section lists about a dozen brews including: des Rocs’ Triple and Grand Cru, Nostradumus, Scaldis, and several beers I’ve never heard of (that alone impressed me since I thought I had tried or at least heard of every Belgian available in Madison).

Craft. This section lists about 10 absolutely top craft beers, mostly from Bells and Founders, and a few I‘m not familiar with.

Other. This section lists two beers I’ve never heard of.

That’s it. It’s a short but solid list and more than 25% of the beers on it are not available anywhere else in Madison as far as I know.

As to the other things…

Cocoliquot has a splendid atmosphere. It’s dark, very modern, much of it is lit in red. The walls, bars, and counters all flow curvaceously making the space feel much larger than it is and yet each area of the restaurant feels well separated from the rest, creating a very intimate mood. Waiters and chefs are dressed very professionally. This is a high class joint, but they don’t behave with any sort of pretensions or attitude that might normally turn me off to a place where the chefs wear white hats and serve your food. On the contrary, service is friendly and laid back, despite its well groomed and professional appearance.

Food seems hit and miss. Cocoliquot focuses on “small plate” cuisine. I’d call it French Tapas. I was very impressed with a generously portioned goat cheese appetizer, served with a light citrus vinaigrette, garlic toasts, and sprouts. I was less enthusiastic about an overpriced bowl of very sweet and over cooked French onion soup. My salad of mixed greens and herb (read dill) vinaigrette was also a big let down. Of the two larger entrées I sampled, the roasted chicken came in vastly ahead to the beef spare ribs, which were intolerantly rich due to the smoked barbeque sauce/potato puree they were served in. My stomach was out of sorts for the rest of the evening because of them, a rare feeling for my iron belly which I regularly subject to spicy Mexican for breakfast, Thai for lunch, and rich French cuisine for dinner. Something was way off in those spare ribs.

Prices are high but so are the selection, service, and atmosphere. Cocoliquot is a winner for the BA looking to take his significant other on a nice date where he can also score some new beers to sample.

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Cocoliquot in Madison, WI
Place rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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