Three of us attended Coopers Hawk last night for the first time. We had planned to arrive early and do wine tasting, and then eat dinner.
I was unable to make reservations at the time we preferred, as they were booked, so the lady I called suggested showing up and putting our names on the waiting list right away. We got there at 6:30 and put our names on the list, and were given a pager. We were told the wait was running 60-90 minutes.
We enjoyed our wine tasting and lingered over it – it’s 7.50 for 8 tastes, or you can have 3 tastes for free. Having still not been paged an hour later we decided to have a drink and appetizer at the bar. Another hour went by and we thought we better see what happened to our table.
Turns out our pager was broken and all attempts to page us had not made it go off. The host was mortified, and sat us immediately. Two of us stated we had tipped the barman but hadn’t paid for our items there yet. The host said he would move the tab over to our table, and he brought our remaining food and beverages.
Our waiter, Robert, was excellent – perfectly attentive without hovering. Our meals were very good, and we were able to substitute rice for potatoes, for example, without any fuss. They encourage you to try different wines and will bring you a little taste to make sure you like it before you order a full glass. Portions are generous for food and wine.
When the bill came it was much lower than it should have been. I think the host felt bad and must have comped our bar tab.
Bottom line: Despite the snafu with the pager I felt very welcomed and treated as an honored guest. I appreciate their efforts to provide what we want how we like it, both with food and wine. (They have a full bar as well.) This attitude sets Coopers Hawk apart from most other establishments.
I would definitely go back. I gave them a 4 this time instead of a 5 only because we told the hostess we would be tasting wine, so when our pager failed she should have been able to physically see us standing there 20 feet away. That aside, everything else was quite pleasant.
Tips: Try the almond sparkling! Even if you’re not generally a bubbly drinker, I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
If you want to buy wine by the bottle, make sure to do so in the tasting room. It’s about 10 bucks cheaper than in the restaurant. You can even buy in the tasting room and they’ll cork it for you in the restaurant.