32 Lafayette Circle
Lafayette, CA 94549Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://thecooperagelafayette.com/
- Phone: 9252985915x
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
- Executive Chef: Erik Hopfinger
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Cross Street: Mt. Diablo Blvd.
- Public Transit: 1.5 blocks from Downtown Lafayette BART station
- Parking: Valet
- Parking Details: At The Cooperage, we are pleased to offer our guests valet parking Thursday through Saturday. Please enter the parking lot from Lafayette Circle and drive up to the valet station in The Cooperage/Fiesta Lane parking lot.
There is also parking available in the Fiesta Lane parking lot.
A word from The Cooperage
The Cooperage American Grille, locally owned by Lafayette Residents, Andrew and Merilee McCormick, is a rotisserie-inspired American grill. Chef Partner Erik Hopfinger's extensive menu features American favorites like slow roasted chicken prepared in a glass-encased rotisserie oven, New York steak, beef tenderloin, and our signature burger (made with our own meat grinder at the grill). The Cooperage also offers healthier options, including a selection of salad entreés made with local and organically grown ingredients.Continued
The Cooperage is comfortable for families dining with children and features a large bar area with flat screen TV's, 12 beers on tap, eight wine selections on tap, and vintage cocktail list.
The Cooperage is comfortable for families dining with children and features a large bar area with flat screen TV's, 12 beers on tap, eight wine selections on tap, and vintage cocktail list.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
- Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
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The Cooperage reviews from OpenTable diners
511 reviews since June 26, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelEnergetic
great for outdoor dining (350)neighborhood gem (244)great for lunch (175)vibrant bar scene (173)hot spot (166)fit for foodies (154)good for groups (145)great for brunch (112)kid-friendly (97)special occasion (90)notable wine list (54)late-night find (24)romantic (23)scenic view (3)Show More
- local hot spot, not worth a drivePeterDined on 9/26/2014Our party of 3 came from Berkeley for lunch, having read about The Cooperage: Tough and chewy buffalo wings appetizer; fish tacos were mahi mahi and there was little flavor to indicate we were eating fish, it could have been chicken. The house margarita was made with some sort of plum (?) infusion, tasted strange; I'd go for a "classic" margarita instead. Desserts very good, especially the cookies and cream: great cookies and authentic tasting gelato. We had outdoor seating and even there it was noisy, probably due to the many "ladies' luncheons" around us. Nice local spot but not a destination.Special Features:
- Great Place to Meet FriendsAlawsonVIPDined on 9/26/2014Met friends for lunch and had a really good time. Sat in the patio, beautiful Lafayette day with lots of sunshine. Had the fish tacos (second time I have ordered them there) and they were terrific. The service was excellent and server was attentive and informative about the menu. We were not rushed so had plenty of time to visit with old friends. This new restaurant is what Lafayette needed...in fact it is what Contra Costa needed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Gold-plated "American food"gsheldonDined on 9/22/2014Early Monday evening dinner with my wife. Fast, friendly service. Uncomplicated menu, but dishes were very well done ... especially liked the baby back ribs appetizer, both preparation and presentation. Still puzzling whether the prices for this fairly straightforward menu, regardless of the quality of the preparation, were worth it. In any case, a very noisy venue (how the hell do they manage to make it that loud at the OUTSIDE tables?!), best suited to those with strong lungs and excellent hearing.Special Features:
- AnniversaryOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 9/21/2014Popular, very crowded, extremely noisy inside, staff very helpful. Service somewhat slow & relaxed. Food very good. Had to ask for bread.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loud dinnerLamaDined on 9/20/2014If you looking for a great place to hang out, enjoy some eats and drinks - then The Cooperage is for you. It's a new restaurant in the heart of Lafayette that is extremely full of energy, delicious menu and drinks. If you're looking for a restaurant to have dinner and great conversation with a large group, unfortunately The Cooperage is not the restaurant for you. The evening we were there the noise level was unbelievably loud you could not hear the person next to you.Special Features:
- Getting a little betterHonyGeeDined on 9/20/2014Managed to snag a table during the Lafayette Art & Wine festival. For the first time (and I have been here at least a dozen times) I found nothing to complain about. The service was pretty good (Jeff was our server). The food, wine, cocktails, etc. kept a smile on everyone's face in my party. Finally, they are starting to get it together, which was surprising given how busy they were.Special Features:
- Much ado about nothingPaulVIPDined on 9/19/2014The place is so noisy you can't talk, the menu is boring, the food is uninspired, service was VERY slow, and the cost is not worth it. We won't go back.Special Features:
- very poorOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/18/2014This restaurant had the worst acoustics of any restaurant I have ever been in. The three of us had to yell throughout dinner to be heard. The waiter had an overhanging belly on a too tight tee shirt. He was was rough talking, pushy. Appetizers were good, dinner not so good. We will not recommend this place. We are of middle age, & eat out a great deal. There are many fine restaurants in area, not this one.
- LunchBiffBDined on 9/18/2014Food was only ok. Though we sat at 11:30am for lunch, they did not have any chicken items. My turkey club was boring - turkey was dry and tasteless.Special Features:
- disappointing servicesmookieDined on 9/17/2014Food was good, once it finally arrived. Waited over an hour for our meals with no acknowledgment from the staff. This after I had politely told our waitress that there was gum under my table and a nail sticking out. I expect much better from a restaurant of this caliber and was sorry I chose it to celebrate my birthday. (Which by the way was ignored.)
- food qualityOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/16/2014I went to The Cooperage a month ago, and the food was quite good, so I was disappointed when I returned this week. The quality of the food was poor. I ordered a turkey sandwich that had what tasted like "packaged" turkey, and the french fries were cold. The wait person never checked back to see how we were doing and if there was anything we needed. Very disappointing, as the restaurant has a great layout. I do not plan to return.
- A Disappointing MixOpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 9/14/2014We arrived as 2 separate groups of 3. The 1st 3 were seated quickly. A drink order was taken quickly. When the rest arrived, they were asked if we were ready to order as they sat down. The 1 beer ordered had not arrived & 1/2 our group had no chance to look at the menu or offered drinks. The drinks took way too long. The food was mixed, some overcooked and came so quickly that it could not have been made to order. It was so hot that it made me wonder if it was microwaved. Short rib, served on top of the mash making it hard to spear, had too little horseradish cream and the au juice was served over the veggies. 18% tip was added on w/o it being noted on the menu, taken off upon complaint. We were rushed, disappointed & I will not go back.Special Features:
- Terrible dining experienceDiner21Dined on 9/13/2014Worst service I have ever experienced. Various servers came to our table three times with dishes that were not ours. Drinks were late. Tough to get refills. Server spilled oyster plate on our overnight guest. Screaming babies and groups of 10 people everywhere. Food was good but by then I had lost my appetite. Never again.
- location, location, locationDianaDined on 9/13/2014We made a reservation but still had a table next to the kitchen. What's up with that? There was lots of noise. Serviced was excellent and the food was very good.Special Features:
- Almost got it perfectLgleglVIPDined on 9/13/2014I'd been looking forward to dining at this new restaurant and I'm not sorry I did. The warm brussel sprout salad was very good and the organic, free range chicken was excellent. Mashed potatoes and broccoli unremarkable. The bread pudding dessert was one of the best I've ever tasted. What wasn't right: the menu was not that imaginative. I could have gotten the same meal in any one of several restaurants in Lafayette or Walnut Creek. The drink order was mixed up. We had to ask for things a couple of times. The front room is so loud I wouldn't have stayed had we not been seated in the back. But the back was dominated by a television with a football game on. Not my idea of fine dining ambiance. I might go back; might not.Special Features:
- service good n ambiance was nicerachelwayDined on 9/12/2014Side of broccoli was overgrown broccoli & burnt..rachelwaySpecial Features:
- Great PlaceRickyVIPDined on 9/12/2014My wife and I had dinner on Friday night at Cooperage. We ate outside and it was outstanding. The service was amazing. I had the chicken and my wife had the pork chop and they were very good. The drinks were the best. We will be coming back soon.Special Features:
- Good food in LafayetteKBStDined on 9/12/2014This was our second visit with a group of 6. The food was excellent -- very fresh ingredients and well prepared. We will be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday dinnerwonderfulDined on 9/12/2014We had a great time. It was a birthday dinner for my husband and it was wonderful. We will definitely come back.Special Features:
- Outdoor diningBobsDined on 9/11/2014The reason to come to Cooperage is their outdoor dining which is comfortable and designed as part of the restaurant rather than an area removed. The Lafayette Circle setting with other restaurants adds an almost urban feel to the experience.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/11/2014Fresh, well prepared seasonal food in a pleasant settingSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect LunchFood4ThoughtDined on 9/11/2014It was a delicious and delightful lunch with a friend. Outdoor dining was great, food was good as was the service. Perfect!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good experienceShellDined on 9/9/2014This place is consistent for good food and service. The salads could be larger...after $13 and you essentially get a small amount of salad.. more of an appetizer size and yet priced as an entree. The sandwiches and french fries are well prepared. Good selection of pastas and entrees. Wine list is decent. Service is good.Special Features:
- Lunch outsideJapeter2VIPDined on 9/9/2014While pleasant sitting outside, we were attacked by flys throughout our meal, and the bees in the flower boxes near us posed a problem.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Comfortable SpotEBDinerDined on 9/8/2014Great new neigborhood spot with a wonderful patio out front! Service has always been great. Food is very good, although must admit the last time my husband ordered the prime rib, it was quite fatty (almost 1/3 of the slice); therefore, disappointing. At that price, the cook probably should have noticed and cut a different piece?? Patio has heat lamps which are great. An upside down pineapple cake served in a small skillet is wonderful! And, so nice to be able to choose something different than the typical dessert item. Also quite nice for just a drink and/or appetizer. Bar area always seems busy, but has quaint tables for non-dinner diners.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DinnerGeorgeDined on 9/7/2014Excellent food and the oysters are outstanding. Service is great.Special Features:
- Summer SangriaOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/7/2014What a delightful and light drink has been designed by the staff mixologist!Special Features:
- Lucky to have this place!MoragalisaDined on 9/6/2014I stopped going out because it was such a hassle. But, I've been to the Cooperage 2x this week! Easy reservations, nice atmosphere, plenty of room, valet parking, variety of food (from casual sandwiches to steak), nice bar. What more could a busy person want? I had dinner both times and everything was delicious and plated beautifully. This is now my goto place.Special Features:
- Good!!PattyDined on 9/6/2014Great selections. Wish the wines/cocktails weren't so pricey!!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- My 3rd visitKillingemsoftlyVIPDined on 9/6/2014I'm pleasantly surprised that the cooperage has been consistently good. Each time I've been there it's been fairly busy and my group has varied in size each time as well. No place is going to be perfect but given the price, food quality and service The Cooperage comes pretty close. And FWIW another reviewer mentioned Walnut Creek being better...um where? Please tell me...I live in WC and this place is on par if not better at certain things than Yatch Club and Lark Creek.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- All by computerMoragaJohnDined on 9/6/2014We (4) were seated on time and ordered cocktails. Six bells noisy. Took 25 minutes for our drinks to arrive Unfortunately this was followed 30 secs later by the appetizer (with which we had planned to have wine). My wife and I chose to split the 16oz steak. We didn't see the waitress who took our order until she brought the bill at the end. The drinks and food are delivered by servers who have not seen our order or requests. I had to request an extra plate so we could split. The steak was cooked excellently. but our friend's chicken was served cold. Cooperage is a very large restaurant especially for Lafayette and seems to be on a fast track to recoup their huge investment. Not what Lafayette needs. I doubt we'll be back.Special Features:
- Nice for familiescatsiVIPDined on 9/6/2014This is a great place to take your kids or grandkids. The noise level is pretty high, so it doesn't really matter if the kids are a little bit loud. The service was outstanding. Our waitress was super attentive, very helpful with food choices for my grandson who has pretty sever allergies, and not too intrusive. The drink menu was extensive and delicious. The food was excellent, great presentations and great taste! The chef went the extra mile on the kids hamburger. We requested no bun, so he wrapped it in lettuce instead!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food and ambianceflipfanDined on 9/5/2014First time since they moved in...the layout is really excellent. Enough room between the tables and high enough ceiling with enough sound deadening that you can have a conversation. The food was outstanding. For me, better choice than the next door (still good) Chow's... Salad options were plentiful and yummy and the brussel sprouts were excellent.Special Features:
- Lafayette Hot Spotsister60Dined on 9/5/2014The Cooperage has created a triad of really great restaurants in downtown Lafayette - the other two being Chow and Roam. It has made Lafayette a destination city for eating! My favorite dish is the warm brussels sprout salad with bits of bacon and a poached egg on top. Make dinner reservations well in advance unless you want to be eating dinner after 8pm! The only downside to going to the Cooperage is that it has become difficult to find parking in downtown Lafayette with all these great restaurants, so leave lots of time for this.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sort of an up-scale ChowChandlerVIPDined on 9/5/2014Across the street from Chow with similar fish/hamburger/salad menu but setting and presentation are a bit nicer and the price probably $2 an entry higher.Special Features:
- Adults Louder Than Children?SofisticatedYoungingDined on 9/3/2014It's true. I never thought I would see the day, honestly. After eating at restaurants across Europe, as well as the U.S., I found that the Cooperage brought back feelings of France with its design, and the service complimented that. The food was fantastic! And for the price I didn't feel as if I'd been taken advantage of. I will be coming back. When I took my girlfriend there one Wednesday evening, I was assuming it would be on the quiet side. To my surprise, our table was abutted the "bar area," where a full deck of soccer moms, and primadonnas were apparently bumping into old friends and felt the need to let the whole restaurant know of their quaint facebook friendships. Cooperage, sit me somewhere else, or keep the chickens cooped.Special Features:
- Love LafayetteLoveLafayetteVIPDined on 9/2/2014Diablo Magazine is right. This is the best new restaurant in the East Bay!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Lafayette RestauranttpmorrDined on 9/1/2014The San Francisco Chronicle reviewers can go pound sand. We were a family of five and loved this place, close to home and across the street from another favorite of ours, Chow. We didn't find it inconsistent at all. The food was great, seating was great, and staff were all very welcoming and friendly.Special Features:
- MehKarenDined on 9/1/2014I was expecting more. The food was not up to par. My pork chop was very bland and my husband ordered a well done burger, which was served medium rare. No bread was served. It was a very warm evening, and we were looking forward to sitting outside. We waited for a drink at the bar. One of the wheat beers unavailable and the bartender told us after we ordered but didn't even tell us there was another wheat beer available. I heard the same exchange when another person at the bar ordered the beer that was out of stock. When a table became available, we were seated outside but just barely. It was still pretty cool from the air conditioning inside even though the doors between the inside and outside were open.
- All hype, no substance:(Luv2EatVIPDined on 8/31/2014From the get go, it did not feel right. We had to wait (10 mins.) to be seated even though we were a few minutes late for our reservation. It was obvious, they overbooked this place. Hostess had no personality. Not a pleasant "good evening". Waitress made you feel rushed and not attentive throughout. The noise level was unbelievably high, the acoustics need to be improved a lot. Had to raise our voices to have a conversation. The food was average. Several of our dishes lacked solid flavor: brussels, Caesar salad, burger, ribs...we skipped dessert. We eat out a lot and are experienced dinners but this place needs improvement before we return again. In the area, Postinos and Duck Club are better choices or head to Walnut Creek:)