Cooper Pub
Cooper Pub

Cooper Pub

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cooperpub.com/
  • Phone: (952) 698-2000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Daily till 1:00am
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm.
    Also Late Night Food Menu: 10:00pm - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Irish
  • Executive Chef: Nicholas Hess
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Paying homage to our geographical heritage, we have christened our secluded private dining / party space the “Cutting Room”, evoking the activity that ensures perfection and passionate attention to detail. (Just don’t end up on the cutting room floor…)

    The Cutting Room features slide-up windows that open onto our main bar, allowing you to control the privacy of your event. Cut your whiskey with ginger ale to enjoy our signature Big Ginger, or with orange juice, lemon and fresh ginger for our O’Ginger. If you prefer your whiskey uncensored, we feature a wide variety of premium and special reserve varieties that perform nicely either neat on the rocks.

    Book the Cutting Room for your meeting, cocktail party, special dinner, or the big game – a 50” flat-screen plasma television, slyly masked in the beautiful mill-work and laptop-compatible, will facilitate all your audiovisual needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Jesscia Stone 6122521618x
  • Special Events: Fine whiskey, fine fare and throwing unforgettable parties - that's what the Irish are known for. With space for 15 to 150, there are plenty of options to accommodate any manner of revelry. Contact our event coordinators at 612.252.1618 or jessicas@carairishpubs.com to plan your event!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Xenia Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Indoor parking can be found underneath Cooper or in the ramp behind the movie theatre.
A word from Cooper Pub
Cooper brings European style to a warm, friendly pub with food that is a destination in itself. The menu includes hearty pub classics with and without twists, vegetarian and ethnic specialties, lighter dishes to satisfy wee cravings, and homemade soups and sauces. Our happy hour highlights a round-the-clock sense of value, with a diverse appetizer menu and loads of drink options. Our Wee Lunch, which includes salad, fries and wee sandwich or burger, is perfect if you normally don’t split or share items. We haven’t limited ourselves to traditional Irish fare – healthy choices abound which will satisfy your hard-working appetite any day of the week.

The Pub Life is our heart. Relax with a newspaper and a 2 Gingers Whiskey, invite some friends for stimulating conversation over perfectly poured pints, or engage in some old-world-inspired friendly competition over a game of darts or billiards.

Whichever you choose, come in. Make yourself at home. Stay a while.
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Cooper Pub reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)good for groups (37)great for lunch (36)vibrant bar scene (27)hot spot (26)fit for foodies (21)great for outdoor dining (19)special occasion (17)great for brunch (15)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (12)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)romantic (2)Show More
  • Sub-par Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Dined at the Cooper Pub on a Saturday night at 7:00pm. having made reservations my family of four was seated in the annexed dining room at two very small tables that had been pushed together. A room that lacked atmosphere and attentive service, likely due to the fact that we were outside of the main dining room. The food was mediocre at best. Was expecting better quality food and dining experience considering both my wife and I have enjoyed other restaurants by the same ownership.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too Much
    Fish
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We, as a family, were very excited to try Cooper. Sad to say, but we were very disappointed. The staff was great! The food was mediocre, the restaurant was so loud that we had to shout to hear one another (including our waitress) and the prices were expensive for food that was not even very good. My dish was $14.00 for corn beef, veggies and a plate full of mostly potatoes. It was so salty that I couldn't even eat it. My parents, husband and children all said that there food was just, ok, with the exception of my one son who ordered the buffalo burger. He liked his burger. It was a lot of money for only one person who really liked their meal. Will not be going again there any time soon.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Everything was great except the noise level is so high that you can't hear who you are sitting with. Good only for lunch where it isn't that crowded
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always decent, but never great
    muffulettaVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Cold beer, limited selected. Decent food. Service is always hit or miss.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cibas
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Very good food and service. The bar/ restaurant has such a vibrant environment, but at the same time is romantic and classy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun, energetic crowd
    FrostyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our server was busy with her section, but still stopped by often enough. No happy hour prices on wine, which was disappointing. Appetizers were good, especially the mushroom flatbread.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite local restaurant
    KKuhn
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Food is amazing and the Happy Hour specials are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Happy Hour spot
    KKuhn
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Always a fantastic place to hang out with friends or co-workers for happy hour. Great specials, food and staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Excellent experience. Everyone in our party enjoyed the dinning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I was able to reserve a table for brunch for a larger group. Staff (server and others) were friendly, made excellent recommendations r/t menu and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great atmosphere and service - the entire group was very pleased and we have Coopers Irish Pub on our list to visit again. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buffalo juice Lucy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Buffalo Lucy juicy was as dry as a hockey puck. It had no cheese in the middle. The bun was very on inspiring
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was my first visit to Cooper Pub and I was pleasantly surprised. The good was really good from the salads to a signature dish. Even dessert was fantastic. Prices were affordable for a west end resturant. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place. Great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We went here with a group of six. It was wonderful. Our waitress was excellent. The food was delicious. I loved the fish and chips. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We were a group of 10. Able to make reservations online, but not big enough for a private room. The open area we were in was so noisy, you could hardly talk to each other, much less hear from the other end of the table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner for two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The staff were friendly and the food was delicious. They had great drinks too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Good food, good service. We asked for a bread basket but were told they didn't offer bread baskets. A short time later, a basket of ciabattas arrived.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Half and Half
    yumzoom
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I came with great expectations, but left underwhelmed. We had great service, and maybe what I ordered wasn't that great. It looked great, looked like it would be delicious...hot Reuben. but the taste was blah...no taste at all to the sauerkraut and no zing at all to the dressing. So that left me kind of meh about the sandwich. Our waitress was helpful, quick to do refills and any requests we had. The others at the table (4 of us) seemed to like their food. My spouse would probably say his fish & chips were delicious and the size of his fish was generous. So there you have if, half and half!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad Decline
    JoeStoutenburgh
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    When Cooper first opened, it was the first fine dining venue at West End and a hopping, fun place. Along came the 2009 recession. Cooper changed to a limited menu with a lower price point. In 2014 people are spending on nights out again and Cooper has lot's of West End competitors. Cooper's menu and food quality desperately need an upgrade (e.g. bring back the braised lamb shank). We ate at Cooper about 9 months ago and were disappointed. Recently (8.23.14) we decided on a movie at the ICON in West End and decided to give Cooper another try. Mushy meatloaf on a bed of flavorless mashed potatoes. Horrific pasta dish - the cheese sauce overpowered the shrimp. Go for the friendly service and good cocktails. But, dine elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For the young
    diner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were in Minneapolis and read reviews of restaurants nearby. The food at Cooper Pub sounded good and was very good. We were 2 of very few grey-haired patrons. It was a bit loud for us and we felt a bit out of place but the food and service were very good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Sunday with the grandkids
    Sureshot
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Irish Pub? nah, not if you've been to one in Ireland. But a great alternative to good Chinese food on a Sunday with your wife, son, daughter in law and granddaughters aged 14 and 12. Lots of brews for the adults and good bar food in huge portions. We have been here when it was mobbed and you couldn't hear across the table but as of late Sundays have been far less crowded and the noise level quite pleasant. Ersatz Irish, you betcha, but nonetheless a good time and a great value.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • better than expected
    synergyscott
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We like Irish pubs, and while we've been here before, I don't recall such an enjoyable experience. Our waitress was cool - attentive without overbearing. The food was amazing too - my Canadian Walleye fish and chips melted in my mouth, and my fiancé's lamb burger was fantastic. I would have preferred better descriptions of the beers. Unfortunately there were two families with kids that were loud but overall it was fine. I'm surprised it wasn't as crowded as the mexican place down the block but that suited us just fine since we don't like loud or crowded. We'll be back to Cooper!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and atmosphere!
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The decor in the place is definitely more upscale, yet I felt relaxed and at home. Service was great, as was the turkey sandwich/fries. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Breakfast Gem!
    JudyInAZ
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    When you go to the Cooper at the West End Shops, in St. Louis Park, you are greeted by at least one friendly host. Even if not all of your party has arrived, if your reserved table is ready, they will seat you. I had the Cooper Breakfast, which consisted of Irish Ham (thinner than Canadian Bacon, but made a touch crispy), their version of hashbrowns (tasty and creamy, perhaps with some type of cheese in them), two eggs, and whole grain toast. The toast was a treat in itself. The food arrived fairly quickly for a Sunday mid-day. Our servers (shift change during our visit) were friendly, helpful, and ready with refills. I'd eaten here before, but only for appetizers. But I shall certainly return the next time I am in the state!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Irish charm in Minnesota
    zgore
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    While not a 'real' Irish pub, the effort is credible and straight forward. Decor is warm and inviting with the food being very good. I would recommend whole heartily. Great for just a drink or lunch/dinner. Two thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girls Night
    Jennifer
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was awesome. The server wasn't very friendly. I didn't like being seated next to the window with someone right on the other side. It was a great night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coopers to the Rescue!
    luv2dineout
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Initially was disappointed to discover my Open Table reservation was not outside as I had requested (apparently Cooper cannot guarantee outside seating) but they worked with my group and were able to accommodate us on the patio - yeah! Our waitress was very attentive -- and friendly, and food was good (primarily appetizers ordered). Later that evening we had a scary incident with one of our party choking on an item and gasping to breath. The waitress quickly got the attention of one of Cooper's bartenders currently enrolled in nursing school, who calmly handled the situation - to the relief of our party! A big thank you to both waitress and bartender!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good menu
    Minnie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was very good and service excellent. I would hesitate going again since the noise level is so high it is almost impossible to visit with others.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 66 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 640 reviews are from the Cooper Pub reviews archive.
  • Great outdoor "happenin" restaurant
    Shelly
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This restaurant has great food and a great happy hour. My group of 5 gals enjoyed sitting outdoors this past Tuesday evening. If you are looking for a good venue with reasonably priced food - I suggest you visit Coopers Pub! I loved it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come again and again
    trishy2u2
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Cooper is the kind of place you can return to over and over, and always have good service and great food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Mommer
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Wow...what a great selection for brunch. Really enjoyed the variety and tasted wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In the bar?
    JLRPJD
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We ate at 4:00 so maybe that's the reason, we were seated in the bar under the TV and next to groups watching the World Cup. We had asked for patio because we thought it would be colorful but quiet; however there was torrential rain. We had also asked for a quieter area. The bar was not it. I wanted to impress my partner with the great beauty and ambience of the restaurant and stated so in my reservation. The bar isn't that impressive. We will return but be more specific in the reservation request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Movie and Date
    Healthydiner
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Outdoor dining for our group of 5, could have seated up to 8, but only at two spots on corner of busy intersection. Side spots for 2-4. Good umbrella coverage for those who want some shade. Service was excellent, very attentive. We loved the fish tacos, chicken potstickers(?), humus with veggies, and fries, also delicious cucumber- infused vodka gimlet cocktails, all at happy hour prices (can order up to 6:30.) Would recommend as good spot for meeting after work or before/after movies at Showplace Icon 14. Free and easy parking and access underground with elevator or nearby ramp parking. Shop a little too in convenient stores of the West End (Anthropologie, Hot Mama, Lululemon etc.) Open Table excellent for reservations!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well pleased with the experience.
    Kurt
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Wait staff was very attentive and pleasant. The location is on a very busy street, which created periodic challenges with road noise while dining on the patio, but we we knew that going in. Wine selection was affordable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long Wait for food
    daBoyzVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went to Cooper's Pub for brunch on Father's Day, it did not sem that busy but we had a long wait for our food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not go back
    Sandy
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Waited and hour and 15 minutes for our entrees while others around us were being served, and we had ordered quite a while before them. My husband's meal was cold. They offered to correct that but at this time we had other things that we needed to do and to wait another hour was not in our schedule. The restaurant did not appear to be that busy for such a wait. The wait staff apologized several times before our food was served and did not charge him for his plate. The calamari appetizer was good but the rest of the food was really not worth the wait. We will not visit this restaurant again. Very disappointed!
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  • never again
    brunchfan
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The waitress was very nice, and warned us that the kitchen was slow. But then more than an hour passed before we got our brunch, which is way too long. I won't be going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nutman
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I had a very enjoyable experience. I brought my there for her birthday. We were very happy with our time there. we plan on coming back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Had a great time! Server Chris was outstanding! Great appetizers and beer!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a true neighborhood pub
    JayelmVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Cooper is what you want in a place to just show up and have a great time. The staff is friendly and helpful, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is really fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.