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Cocoa Bean

11 South 7th Street, Geneva, IL
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Ranked #6 of 123 Restaurants in Geneva
Cuisines: Bakery, Dessert
Most recent review
- Jul 31, 2014
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I can't over-state how gorgeous, colorful and decadent the tarts and mini cakes are! If you stop by and look at the display case, you will know what I mean; beautiful! So, my husband surprised me on my birthday with a sampling of each tart and a few mini cakes. Each one was fantastic, fresh and wonderful. I just can't... More

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Chicago, IL
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've been to the Cocoa Bean twice and both times indulged in their croissants. So in all honesty, I can't speak for how their other beautiful pastries taste. At the Cocoa Bean, I've found the best croissant outside of Switzerland where I savored THE croissant against which all others will forever be compared. The Cocoa Bean croissant is comparable to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

My husband and I decided to check out the Coco Bean in Geneva for our daughter's 1st birthday cake. We stopped in and bought a few of their mini cakes (delicious) to help us decide. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly and walked through their cakes with me. We decided on a small "smash cake" for our daughter (white/... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

I'm proud to say I was there when Cocoa Bean opened their doors,and I've walked into their shop MANY times since. This is my go-to place if I want to impress. I bring their mini cakes to parties, almond croissant to office for breakfast, cookies and French macaroons as hostess gifts and I always get the same reply...Where did you... More

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Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Nowadays, it's not too hard to find French style baked goods such as croissants, pain au chocolat, macarons, fruit tarts and creme brulee here in the U.S. You can even find croissants in American grocery stores. But, in most cases, what's styled French pastries here are pale imitations of the real thing. Cocoa Bean is about the best place I've... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Stopped in here for a lite breakfast and we were not disappointed. The pastry chef is a real artist and knows his or her craft well. Each piece in the pastry case was perfect in appearance. Tiny little Rembrants waiting to be enjoyed. Could not sample it all...but what we did was quite tasty.

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Carol Stream, Illinois, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

My son is getting married but lives in Utah so is coming back to the chicago area for another reception. My husband and I are getting our cake from the Cocoa Bean because it comes with the package from Cantigny. We went for the tasting and OMG SOOOO GOOD! Honestly THE BEST wedding cake I have ever had, hands down.... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

This place makes stunning desserts - not your normal cookie-brownie fare like grandma makes. These are decadent and a work of art. Go here to buy a stunning array of goodies for your next women's tea. Coffee is good. They have a few tables for sitting and enjoying a cup of coffee and something to eat, but it is nothing... More

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Geneva, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Cocoa Bean has extraordinary desserts and the BEST pastries you will find...anywhere! For 30 years I have travelled to Paris and always looked forward to the Pain Au Chocolat...but they are BETTER by far at Cocoa Bean. I was just in Paris 2 weeks ago...and I looked forward to Cocoa Bean's lighter, crisper croissants with better chocolate inside! The quality... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

It was so hard to choose among the beautiful pastries. I was craving chocolate and the chocolate croissant was sublime! While the majority of square feet is devoted to pastry-making -- clearly the business-end of the house -- the mocha didn't disappoint. The friendly staff -- including the cheerful chef that waved and said "thank you!" when I peeked into... More

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