112 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910739.949096 -75.154127
Neighborhoods: Center City, Center City East
Thanks for making our night! – My girlfriend and I went out on the town for our recent engagement. Our waitress was super friendly and mentioned to the Chef (named Brit) that we were celebrating. He then came out to our table to congratulate us and offered to make us a special tasting menu. I couldnt have asked for a better meal. Everything was mouthwatering and the service was more then prompt (thanks Mellissa).
We will definately be back soon.
Hooker Bar – There is a broad named Amanda Scogna who hangs out there and may even have picked up a bartending shift. She IS a hooker, literally. 200 used to be her rate but I think it's dropped.
People Problems – Let me just say I admittedly have an agenda. That being said, the following is all quite true. The little c*@+sucker Brit in the kitchen is an obnoxious trouble maker. But once he gets in over his head and scared to death he calls police to protect him. First, before I knew anything about him, he decided to stick his nose in my relationship. He thought it was a fun little game to answer my girl's phone while they were out one night and immediately set about talking serious smack to me. He claimed to be her new boyfriend but he's gay so that wasn't the case. Nonetheless he thought it appropriate to create the sort of potentially very serious situation any idiot knows would result. He didn't stop there though. He proceeded to take his telephone tough guy act to another level with threats. He was coming to see me accompanied by fictitious heavies to do his bidding. He created a whole big shot fantasy persona.Oh yeah! He went the extra mile to antagonize me. Fast forward to earlier tonight when he was so panicked by the mess he got in that he called the cops. Then the silly s#@t provided me with the location thinking I'd get locked up. I went directly over there eager to speak to the police myself. I did and all was fine and the cop obviously saw through his BS. I later called and spoke to the owner to enlighten him as to the origins of the drama his employee had brought to his establishment. I made sure to be polite and forthright. He was exactly as others here have described him. His demeanor was pompous and condescending and he spent the whole call trying to talk over me. Do yourself a favor and don't give them your hard earned money.
A Warm Welcome! – I've been out of town for a number of years and the first place I wanted to go was the Las Vegas Lounge to see Marcus, Mike, and Wayne. I was very disappointed to hear they were no longer employed by the LVL. But it is the restaurant business so give or take the length of anyone's employment. Luckily I found out that these gentleman are working at Coco's now, and the customers followed!. Even a few of the old gorgeous waitresses (and you're not old ladies, you're just familiar sweet faces!) are working there now. The menu at Coco's is exquisite, and I truly enjoy the ambiance. Mike best wishes with your restaurant, I know you will remain a success! Marcus it truly was a pleasure to sit at your bar again. VIsiting this place was the first time I felt home since I've been back in Philly. That is saying something, because it was the first time I ever paid a visit to this establishment!
Be aware while sitting at the bar – I haven't been here for a few years, so the bartenders may be different. But two female bartenders used to run a scam on guys at the bar. If they thought you were buzzed and you payed with a $20, they would short you $5 in your change pile. We caught on when we noticed a few guys would only keep just enough money for another beer on the bar, and we were shorted exactly $5 on two different occasions. We caught the bartender pulling the stunt the 2nd time. Two different bartenders making the same mistake, unlikely. We always tipped well, so they didn't have a reason to do this, other than greed.
Mouth-watering eats, imperial-sized pints (hooray!!)...and the real story about this vet thing... – As a local of the Jewelry District for over 20 years, I have gotten to know Coco's (est.'84) very well over the years. The place has truly evolved into a gem. What was once pub grub with cheap brews has become a culinary wonderland with imperial pints, fantastic drink specials, and amazingly attentive service. The ambience is a bit dark, but the cool shadows compliment the fast-paced world of the jewelry district just outside. While I cannot get over there as much as I would like any more, I would recommend this place in a heart beat to any one - local or tourist alike. I doubt you'll find a better value for a great meal in Center City.
Now about this owner thing...and possible veteran 'slighting'...I am very sorry to hear a vet was offended. I have the utmost respect for servicemen and servicewomen. There are 2 owners of Coco's. The one has been there since the opening day over 20 years ago. He is a very magnanimous individual - caring, and compassionate with a great sense of humor. The other owner came aboard a few years back. He too is a great guy with a warm heart and an honest soul. It pains me to hear that there are people who believe either of these guys is 'anti american' or 'anti veteran'. Both have servicemen in their families (past and present). I recently asked the one owner (and some other regular patrons who were present) about the incident spoken of in a previous posting and learned the full story. Needless to say, the veteran 'toasters' were not on good behavior that day - and certainly not in a position to judge one's love of country (or drive a motor vehicle). I hope when making a decision about whether to go to Coco's, future patrons will consider that perhaps the incident spoken of in a past posting may have been misconstrued or taken out of context.
Bottom line: Coco's will satify the deepest of hungers. Want proof? Ask yourself: how many Center City restaurants can you name that have been feeding the happy multitudes for over 24 yrs?
Move to Baghdad – Stopped in this bar several times over the years but since finding out the owner is against raising a glass to an American Hero (Sgt Matt Maupin, who fought for this horse's rear right to own his own bar) who was cowardly assassinated by iraqi insurgents, I would never degrade myself by entering this establishment again. Maybe the owners should seriously think about closing shop and reopening in the Northwest region of Baghdad. For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know. Have either owners served? I doubt it. I raise a glass to Matt Maupin .....you too Chris.
Food overshadowed by arrogance of owner – The food at this restaurant is surprisingly good however, that does not make up for the arrogance of the owner.
Last night, as I was enjoying a good meal there, a veteran stood up in the middle of the bar and asked that all patrons raise their glasses in a toast to Matt Maupin, the Iraq War POW/MIA whose remains were recently recovered. Several people raised their glasses to honor his memory. The owner immediately confronted the guy and asked him not to yell in "his bar".
The contradiction inherent in the action was striking. There were at least 8 televisions showing sporting events throughout the establishment. It is inconceivable that on a typical night with a big game showing there are not many people yelling simultaneously at each other, the other patrons, the televisions, the bartenders, the wait staff, and themselves. During the incident with the veteran, it was clear that the owner was put out by the noise (it seemed he was entertaining friends at the bar). He felt the need to show he was in charge and chose to micromanage the situation to his benefit.
It is unfortunate that the owner is so self-centered as to have done what he did and clearly think it was appropriate. It was arrogant and inconsiderate, especially considering the reason for the "noise". This is not the type of place that deserves the business of veterans, or anyone who supports the U.S. military. Coco's may be "his bar", but the owner seems to have forgotten that he needs customers to stay in business. Mine is the fourth review here that discusses a problem with him. That does not bode well for business at Coco's and, unless you want to feel like you are back in kindergarten, I would recommend that you stay away.
Owner Disparages Soldier‎ – I was in Coco's enjoying a better than average meal when an email reached me that the remains of a POW/MIA from Iraq, Sgt Matt Maupin, had been found. He has been missing for four years. I politely raised my voice to get the attention of the 12-15 people in the bar, and asked them to raise a glass in his memory. As I went to sit down the owner raced over and told me that my actions were not allowed. "You cannot yell in here," he said. He continued with a passive aggressive monologue about me making noise. This in a place that has multiple tvs tuned to every sports event, where yelling at the tv is routine. Apparently, this wonderful human being thinks the death of a soldier, fighting for this man's right to run a bar, is not worthy of 20 seconds of noise, but a three pointer by UNC can raise the roof. Whatever a person's position on the war, an American who dies in the fight deserves better. I will never step foot in the place again and would suggest that no one who has ever worn the uniform do so either.
Okay – Coco's is a nice place to visit now and then. There are two owners, one which is very nice and friendly. The other owner is a bit overpowering. He is friendly but seens to manipulates all conversation. There seemed to be regulars at the bar that the owner converses with, but seems to be one sided only. I was there with my boyfriend and he was very loud. Seems to need alot of attention. The food was very good..very surprising for a place like that. Service was excellent. If you want returning customers...the owners need to step back a bit and let the customers enjoy themselves.
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