The space has a small indoor seating area beside the bar, complete with a smart looking fish tank (find Nemo and you may get a free drink!), as well as limited outdoor seating overlooking West 1st. We had the whole space to ourselves on a late Sunday evening two weeks after opening, but we were told that business picks up quite a bit more during happy hour (5-7pm, Thursday-Sunday).
The patio has a limited menu of small sharing dishes or "snacks" in contrast to the more elaborate tasting menu in the downstairs space, as well as a nice collection of house-made cocktails. All cocktails have a nice description accompanying the name to help you find what you are looking for (ex. sweet, bitter, sour, etc). Some of the dishes were familiar from our downstairs experience, but are adapted to share. The Cacao menu is usually changed up every month or so, and expect the upstairs to follow suit.
Here is a look at what we enjoyed:
For those looking for a quieter, more "grown up" patio after a day at the back, Cacao Upstairs is for you. Cacao has already proven itself to be a great spot for lunch and dinner, so I have every reason to believe that they will be just as successful in this new venture!