Coopers Hawk Winery and Restaurant is a smaller chain of ‘upscale’ restaurants based out of Illinois. While they really showcase their wine, we found the Tampa location really delivers on excellent service and some reasonably priced food that is executed quite well.
Located in the Westshore District means that parking can be challenging, but valet is offered and there is additional self-parking in an adjacent parking garage. We made reservations, since we have heard that weekends usually are quite busy. Happy hour was in full swing and the front wine bar / retail shop was packed. The wine barrels add to the feeling of being in a winery and they will offer a sample to try before you commit to a glass.
We checked in at the front host stand and since we had the reservations, were shown to our table almost immediately. We walked through the main dining room that was large and open and were shown to a quieter area off to the side. At first, we were a bit disappointed not being in the main area, but realized this room was just as nice and was more relaxing.
Our server Austin immediately greeted us and took some time going over the huge wine selections and food menu. Both Jeff and I decided to order ‘wine flights’, which are wine tastings of four selections, grouped by type. Jeff ordered the Lux ($15.99) – Lux Chardonnay, Lix Pinot Noir, Lux Cabernet Sauvignon, Lux Meritage. I ordered the Red ($14.99) – Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon.
We were impressed that all eight glasses were brought out together and thought the glass holders the servers use looked really cool. The wine was the perfect portions and combinations and lasted us though the full meal.
The pretzel bread brought with the wine was so addictive and like a large soft pretzel. Jeff thought it needed salt on the top, but I thought the butter solved that quickly.
Chopped Wedge Salad ($6.99) – Applewood smoked bacon, bleu cheese, red onion, sweet grape tomatoes, Italian Vinaigrette, bleu cheese dressing. Wow! That was our first reaction when we saw this salad. It was HUGE and fresh looking. We both liked the small wedge in the middle and the chopped lettuce fanning around the plate. The dressing was amazing and the bleu cheese was high quality. This was the winner of the two salads and I know I will order it on my next visit.
Caesar Pesto Salad ($6.99) – Romaine, croutons, creamy Caesar pesto dressing, shaved Asiago, Parmesan lavish. We both liked the pesto twist on the traditional Caesar dressing and the freshness of the romaine. While it was enjoyed, I was really jealous of Jeff’s Chopped Wedge Salad.
Churrasco Grilled Steak ($24.99) – Chimichurri rubbed skirt steak, cilantro-lime aioli, Parmesan fries, roasted vegetables. The seasoning on the steak was amazing and it was cooked perfectly.
It was one of the most tender skirt streaks we’ve had and Jeff was definitely happy with his choice. The fries were fresh and packed with flavor and the roasted vegetables were still crisp, yet slightly cartelized.
Maple, Mustard & Pretzel-Crusted Boneless Pork Chop ($21.99) – served with Mary’s potatoes and roasted vegetables. This was the thickest pork chop we’ve seen in a restaurant, which was quite impressive. The pork was so tender, it cut like butter.
We also were amazed on how moist and packed with flavor this was, given that many boneless chops are quite the opposite. In fact, we think it didn’t even need the maple, mustard & pretzel topping. Sure, it was tasty as well, but the chop shined on its own too. Mary’s potatoes were smooth and fresh and I’m guessing the butter and cream helped with that.
Our first visit to Coppers Hawk Winery & Restaurant was excellent. The service was on point and the food was just as much of a star as the wine. We liked the variety of menu items and even found sandwiches and burgers were very reasonably priced at $10-$15. We will definitely be back.
Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant is located at 4110 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607