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Copper Fish
Copper Fish

Copper Fish Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://copperfishtampa.com
  • Phone: (813) 251-6789
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday through Wednesday 4:00 until 11:00
    Thursday through Saturday 4:00 until 11:00
    Bar and Lounge open late
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Mangone
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Copper Fish
COPPERFISH offers the finest and freshest regional seafood in America. COPPERFISH is an outdoor patio overlooking luxurious fountain pool and an interior boasting a warm, energetic full-service bar and inviting oyster bar. Our classic, yet comfortable ambiance inspires a relaxed dining experience. The winning combination of superior seafood, premium hand cut steaks, unparalleled atmosphere and first-rate service has garnered the restaurant a loyal following and a storied reputation for value and excellence.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Brought my girlfriends here from out of town on their last night in Tampa. Had very high expectations because I'm a huge fan of Boca, it's sister restaurant. Unfortunately, my high ended upon greeting with our waitress who acted like 3 young adults were a complete waist of her time although we all ordered multiple rounds of cocktails - which were just ok, 4 apps - all decent, and entrees - I had the grouper which was good. To make matters worse it took an hour to receive our dinner. Copperfish has a lot of potential but the overall service completely ruined our dining experience from the get-go. If you're looking for a place with an awesome ambience, great service and excellent food... Try Boca."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was good and the ambience was really nice but the bar service was extremely slow. Our server had a great personality. Only downside was the wait for drinks. Not sure why it took up to 20 minutes sometimes for a drink."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We had dinner at Copper Fish on a Thursday evening and the crowd was moderate. The atmosphere is nice but it was a little warm due to the wood fired grill. But, the smell was awesome due to the same grill. We had the grilled oyster app and it was very over cooked but the entree's were excellent. I had the Grouper and it was prepared perfect. Overall a good experience and i would go back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Our party truly enjoyed themselves. Great ambiance. Amazing food. Truly a neighborhood gem!!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Reservations for 7:15pm. At arrival we were told. Your table is outside. Are you kidding me. Outside in August? Why make reservations. But we waited for a table inside. It took 15 minutes to even get drinks. We placed our appetizer order (for their famous grilled oysters). We are not really sure why they are famous, not so special. Regardless they arrived long before our waitress ever came back to get our order. They were out of one of the items we were ordering but instead of giving us time to adjust the waitress just kept talking. So we just went with the fish and chips. Well I think Arthur Treacher's or Long John Silver's could have done better and they wouldn't have been $17.00. Also 4 hostess up front very confused!!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "food was very good, service was very slow, lots of apologies. Ran out of several items early on a saturday night VERY NOISY tile floors brick walls conversation difficult. $$$$"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had a reservation at 7:45 am and were not seated till 8:30pm. Could not hear each other speak at all. Not going back unless it changes. Food was good but not worth it. More restaurants to choose from that are available. Karen Speicher"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Our food was the best part of the meal. But we had some issues...not big ones but lots of little ones. Issues like we were quoted a $15 corkage fee and were charge $20, they do not have any decanters (are you kidding??), the server was rushed and weeded the entire evening, we ordered bottled water and kept getting topped off with tap water from the busser, food came out at different times, etc. Again not huge issues, but enough to be the main discussion of our evening."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I took some friends to Copper Fish for a celebration dinner. The food delicious, but my guests were uncomfortable due to the poor air conditioning. It's August in Tampa, and you know it's hot outside. I have been to the restaurant before, and I have noticed the lack of a/c. My one guest mentioned it to the hostess, and she said it was maxed out. My group seriously wanted to leave, but I convinced them to stay. I bring it up because I have noticed it on previous occasions. But the food was great, and I love the new wall of produce. Hope the A/C improves."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "2 of us dined on a Tuesday evening. Wait staff seemed understaffed. Polite but slow. Took a while to place an order. Plus there was no bread or anything to nosh on while we waited. Also the hostess asked if a table was ok for us even though she didn't have booths available. Then why do you ask? Service needs improvement for something likened to a steakhouse-style experience. Food was decent. Appetizers were mediocre but the fish entree (grouper) was quite good. Decor was very cool and the vibe was good. Had it not been so hot we would have considered dining outside."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Went there for Brunch with my wife and had a great meal. The table buffet display was perfectly done you could tell that nothing was a afterthought and presented nicely. The Eggs Benedict was a bit different then a tradional one but was so good with the housemate biscuit and shaved ham. I've never had any fresher sliced fruit before I was told the purchase most of there fruit and vegetables from the farmers market in Plant City and by the taste you can tell. Service was good and really want to go back for dinner! Good job Copperfish"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This was the worst dinner I have ever spent over $100 on. My husband and I were celebrating our 28th Wedding Anniversary. We both ordered the Black Grouper entree with grits and truffle oil. It sounded great! It was one of the most expensive items on the menu. Unfortunately, it was very bland. The fish had no taste at all, in fact, I wonder if it was truly grouper. We will NEVER go back. Tampa has many restaurants with better food for a much better price. This is no place for Foodies!! I wish we had gone to The Refinery instead. We have never been disappointed there!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I have been a regular customer since day one. I brought my family who was in town for my baby shower. Our reservation was not accommodated, lobster was overdone, and crab cakes inedible. Everything else was great. Nothing was done to compensate. C-"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I've heard great thing about Copper fish and was looking forward to trying it out. Went with a group of 6. Everyone who worked there was very nice and accommodating. It took a little while for our food to come, but in the end it was well worth it. The food was fantastic. Everyone in my party was highly impressed with the food. And because we had to wait so long for our food, the manager comped a round of drinks for the table, even without us complaining about the wait. I will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Couldn't be happier with the food and service. Everything and more than we expected. Outstanding drinks and appetizers before a wonderful dinner. The grilled oysters are to die for. The black grouper entree was superb. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "So many restaurants in this location, reputation was mixed. Seafood was great and prepared/presented like a fine dining restaurant. I would call it a surprise find as one of Tampa's best seafood houses.. Bar was,unique preparation of drinks....all,with fresh garnish. Neat."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We went for a special occasion and were treated like royalty. The food was amazing, especially the roasted oysters!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Third visit here; 1st was great, second was ok. We made reservations through OpenTable, and when we approached the hosting stand we were informed that we were going to be sitting outside. We did not request to sit outside, and frankly, didn't want to because it was nearly 90 degrees. We were told that if we chose to not take the outside table, that we would probably NOT EVEN GET IN TO EAT, and it was because we made our reservations through OpenTable. "You should have just called us directly and then you'd have been sat inside." We sat outside to avoid upsetting our friends, and the food was really only so-so, so this pretty much cinches it - we won't be returning to CopperFish."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "They were clearly having issues with their electricity. It was incredibly hot and the bar was slow. All would have been ok if the server would have hustled and apologized. Instead it seemed like an excise to be lazy."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Poor quality in such a great area & neighborhood. Lacks flavor. Bad spend. Maybe good for drinks on bar side."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We had a lovely waitress (blond hair with an accent). A little busy/crowded at outside high-top tables, so she moved us to a cozy outside booth. Lovely! The musician was excellent. The only complaint that ALL three of us had about the fish and chips was that is should NOT be put into a creamy sauce at the bottom of the plate!! Strongly suggest putting that on the side. We didn't like that. Overall it was a great night. Thanks!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our first time trying Copper Fish as a spot for meeting clients for dinner, it came with lots of recommendations overall it was a good experience but I would not say that it left me with a need to visit soon."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Everything was good, just nothing was good enough to make me want to eat here again. For the price, there are many better restaurants.The salad would have been better if it wasn't way over dressed. The snapper was decent, but not any better than I could make at home, and I am not that good of a cook. The dessert, creme brulee, had a weird texture and was too sweet. The service was ok."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Ambiance was very nice. The music was overbearing and we couldn't hear the person across the table. The shrimp ceviche tasted fishy without a good shrimp flavor. The smoked fish spread was good although they only gave you a few crackers for a mound of spread. Our server did bring more. Our drink orders were the biggest disappointment. It took about 25 minutes each time to receive our drinks. Most of the diners was having a glass of wine so it didn't appear the bar was backed up. The fish and chips were bland. No flavor whatsoever and not a hint of a beer taste in the batter. The salmon dish was very good. I like to give a restaurant a second chance but overall this was such a disappointment that I'm not sure I want to waste my money."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I usually don't submit reviews, but to be short and to the point: good location, good atmosphere, average service, over-priced food, and most importantly bad quality food. So much potential, but don't see how this place can make it."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I love their food so we thought we would try brunch there. Brunch wasn't anywhere near as good as dinner. It was an overpriced buffet with very few options. It left us totally underwhelmed. We will definitely go back for dinner but won't do brunch again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Ordered the seafood plateau special and not only was there no lobster, this wasn't communicated to me until the dish arrived. The oysters were a joke, one of five were bad and two of five were butchered and so tiny I wouldn't even call them oysters. I have been here before and loved it however this meal will unfortunately cost them a customer. They made an adjustment on my bill for he lack of lobster but unfortunately never asked how meal was even when I didn't finish half of it, so I decided not to share my thoughts."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We arrived in time for happy hour which meant $5.00 grilled oysters in the bar (along with other $5 light food options) The oysters were so outstanding, we considered placing another order. We then moved into the dining room and were seated at a comfortable, cozy booth with a large picture window overlooking Howard Avenue. Our server was great. Our food was great ( fish & chips and grouper ). The atmosphere was great, well lit and lively, but not loud. Request a booth when you make your reservation."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food cannot be missed and the service was very good in this busy restaurant, but call ahead even if you make a reservation on Open Table. They have allotted some not-so-good tables for OT patrons and unless you want to sit outside in the setting sun on a blistering Tampa evening, call them to say that you want inside. All in all, however, the food is enough to come back for and the service was exceptional."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "lost reservation, choice of seating in 95 deg heat outside or noisy bar, watered down drinks & had to go out to eat afterwards because of small overpriced portions."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "After seeing the reviews of Copper Fish, I finally had a chance to go. The restaurant lived up to expectations. Great meal and very friendly service."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My dad and I went for dinner. We had the wall salad and the dressing was fabulous. I had the 'shrimp stuffed flounder.' This is where I felt iffy. It was recommended and it was suppose to have a scallop and shrimp stuffing and a creamy sauce. When it came out turns out the chef made it with salmon and shrimp inside with more of a soy based sauce. It was a little dry but actually tasty and would have liked more sauce. It was good but I wasn't blown away. We had the spinach too which was good. I'd like to try one of their cocktails some time and I want to try the seafood pasta."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Don't remember his name, but I hope he will remember us. We got there late on a Sunday night. Restaurant was ready to close but they made us feel very welcomed. The food was outstanding!!! And the conversation with our server superb. We spend the night at Tampa just to do a tour to USF for my son and we went here for dinner. I recommend this place 100%. Won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We came on a Sunday afternoon for the 1st time there was a very limited menu for brunch/Sunday the food was below average & overpriced for what it was. We might come back to try again but doubtful as there are so many other choices nearby."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Went to Copperfish with a girls' group to celebrate a birthday. From the bar to the dining room, we enjoyed the setting. The food was fresh and awesome. The service from Sarah, our waitress, was special."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The wine list has good choices by the glass, and more by the bottle. The crab-stuffed lobster was expensive, but excellent and was a larger portion than we expected. I created by own entre by combining the dozen grilled oysters appetizer with a side of Forbidden black rice. Both were delicious, although I got only 11 oysters. The goat cheese cake was amazing, and the creme brule was very good. The included candles, because we were both celebrating birthdays. The server was very attentive. The kitchen went out of their way to take the lobster out of its shell for my elderly father, who has a hard time doing that due to health issues."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "For all the hype, I was underwhelmed. Service was excellent. Food portions were small for the price. Oyster seemed old and took way to long to get out to the table."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We just loved the feel of Copper Fish. It's quiet and quaint on a weeknight. Just the right atmosphere for winding down a Monday! The food is excellent, service efficient and warm. Our only complaint would be the booth type seating was a bit uncomfortable for anyone under 6 foot tall. The seats sink in when you sit, leaving a bar hitting the back of the legs - not very comfortable, even with the lovely pillows provided for behind the back. We'll be back - maybe next time we'll sit on the patio."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Copper Fish! The food was magnificent - made even better by the level of service. We will definitely be back and will tell our friends about it!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Manager hopping around with anxiety when we first arrived. Reservation - Kelly. "Oh, we don't have you." Really, Kelly? "Oh, here it is." Slow service (she blamed the kitchen), and poor follow-up. Apparently a table of 2 people do not need attention, but at table of 6 can have all they want. Hope they tipped well. She never came back for our bill, so had to leave cash. Noisy room, average food. Bathroom floor (women) was "sticky and wet." Yes, it's a special day, but the staff/management knew it ahead of time, and obviously did not prepare for it. Only conclusion is this place does not care. We won't be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014