The Cooperage
The Cooperage

The Cooperage

  • 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 - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00pm - 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

Getting there

  • 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 Tuesday 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.

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
The Cooperage reviews from OpenTable diners
611 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (417)neighborhood gem (272)great for lunch (226)vibrant bar scene (216)hot spot (188)fit for foodies (177)good for groups (157)great for brunch (145)special occasion (120)kid-friendly (118)notable wine list (75)late-night find (39)romantic (29)scenic view (7)Show More
  • location, location, location
    Diana
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost got it perfect
    LgleglVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I'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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • service good n ambiance was nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Side of broccoli was overgrown broccoli & burnt..rachelway
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    RickyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My 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:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food in Lafayette
    KBSt
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This 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:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a great time. It was a birthday dinner for my husband and it was wonderful. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outdoor dining
    Bobs
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The 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:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Fresh, well prepared seasonal food in a pleasant setting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Lunch
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was a delicious and delightful lunch with a friend. Outdoor dining was great, food was good as was the service. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Shell
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch outside
    Japeter2VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    While 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable Spot
    EBDiner
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    George
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Excellent food and the oysters are outstanding. Service is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Summer Sangria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    What a delightful and light drink has been designed by the staff mixologist!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lucky to have this place!
    Moragalisa
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I 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 for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good!!
    Patty
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great selections. Wish the wines/cocktails weren't so pricey!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My 3rd visit
    Killingemsoftly
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I'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:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All by computer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We (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:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice for families
    catsiVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This 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:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and ambiance
    flipfan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    First 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:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lafayette Hot Spot
    sister60
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sort of an up-scale Chow
    ChandlerVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Across 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:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adults Louder Than Children?
    SofisticatedYounging
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It'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:
    great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Lafayette
    LoveLafayetteVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Diablo Magazine is right. This is the best new restaurant in the East Bay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lafayette Restaurant
    tpmorr
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The 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:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    Karen
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All hype, no substance:(
    Luv2EatVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    From 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:)
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome drinks
    Wineaux
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I love the cocktails. Creative Gin drinks. The food leaves a bit to be desired. I've never been in and had a decent experience. People say they've had good experiences; not me. It makes me wonder if they can sustain on their bar scene one.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overall thought the ambiance and food was really good but the service was very slow. I am not sure if the waitress was overwhelmed because the restaurant was very busy but she was not very responsive. I did however think the support staff was excellant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bloom is off the rose
    Pajaro282
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very disappointing. Service was slow and wait staff have sense of entitlement. Cheesy grits were lumpy and cold. Fried chicken dry. This was our fourth dinner, and things have become progressively worse. Too bad.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fried chicken yummy but raw
    SafariTVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We order the fried chicken special. Is was quite tasty, but one of the pieces was raw in the center. My dining partners decided to just leave it rather than ask for another cooked piece. The cooked pieces were great, so not their fault if we failed to ask them to correct. Overall it was good. The biggest problem in Cooperage is the noise, holy cow, it's deafening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner216
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Would be able to judge on the merits of food and service if the noise level allowed me to even get there, but it doesn't. No conversation is possible. You can't even hear the wait staff.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love The Cooperage
    Family950
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A great restaurant close to home, yet it feels like you are away on vacation. Great atmosphere. The menu has something to offer everyone. Friendly service. One of our favorite spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service!
    Roxy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have dined here two times now. One for dinner and one for lunch outside. We have had reservations both times, but have had things come up and the host staff as well as the wait staff have been so friendly and our service has been amazing. The childrens menu is real food and not kraft mac and cheese which I appreciate. Kids loved the mac and cheese appetizer and ate the chicken and mashed potatoes on the kids menu and cleaned their plates. My husband and I have also enjoyed our meals. I really enjoyed the Cooperage gin and tonic. I usually have a glass of wine with dinner, but the Cooperage G & T alone was worth another visit! So well done! Go a little early to find parking, or take BART!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dining experience
    DKdiner
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went to Cooperage to celebrate my wife's birthday. The service was friendly and attentive. Food was very good - the Brussels spout salad was a winner! Excellent selection of wines by the glass. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still not in their game
    HonyGee
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have been to this restaurant over a dozen times and they have failed to improve on the areas that are problematic. The food is adequate and the service is impersonal, but I want to so much to like this place because of the atmosphere. Maybe if the prices weren't so high it wouldn't hurt so much. But alas, I keep trying.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Spot
    EatOutWayneVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Cooperage is becoming one of our new favorite spots. The servers are very knowledgeable and make great suggestions when trying new things.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food very good, but noisy
    Mariag
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Loved my shrimp on grits, but all dishes could have been warmed to keep our food warm. All people at the table basically had the same issue...all food was tasty, but cooled too fast. Plus...we ate outside because we know it's a noisy restaurant indoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the place to be
    time2dine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The restaurant was filled to capacity. My coctail, a vodka blackberry and cucumber concoction sounded a lot better than it tasted, It was just sweet and served in a champagne glass from the 60's. I ordered the homemade fettuccine which was mushy and clumped together. The sauce was primarily lemon and cheese flavored. I could not eat it. My waitress did take it off the bill. The three ladies I dined with enjoyed their dinner so I must have ordered the wrong item. We sat outside which was nice but extremely loud and could hardly hear each other.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mkrinca
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great new restaurant. Very amiable and food great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate