32 Lafayette Circle
Lafayette, CA 94549Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://thecooperagelafayette.com/
- Phone: (925) 298-5915
- 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
454 reviews since July 24, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelEnergetic
great for outdoor dining (305)neighborhood gem (208)vibrant bar scene (158)hot spot (157)great for lunch (151)fit for foodies (137)good for groups (127)great for brunch (89)kid-friendly (78)special occasion (66)notable wine list (47)late-night find (16)romantic (16)Show More
- Service still needs improvementSherbearVIPDined on 11/19/2014My 2nd time for lunch in a week. Same experience......service needs work. 2 friends & I had a res for 11:30. It was cold outside; there was a line to get in.....only one person at the desk & they left the door open, even after we complained. How rude. Food brings me back, not the service. Staff really needs a tutorial in customer service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- above averagebrunchDined on 11/18/2014We were seated quickly and the waitress came quickly, but one of us was late so we asked for more time. The waitress didn't come back for a very long time. We had to ask the busboy to get her. All the staff were friendly, but the busboy with the water was the most attentive. The wine list was comprehensive. We enjoyed our wine very much. The food choices were varied. The food arrived quickly, the portions were large and the food was very good, not rave worthy. The atmosphere is lively, almost too loud for conversation. This was a Tuesday night so we were better able to talk than the last time we were there on a Friday. Friday was very loud, and we could not hear each other talk across the table. We did not have dessert. Overall this is a great place for some good drinks, good food and lively atmosphere. Not a place for conversation.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent Lunch SpotSammyGVIPDined on 11/18/2014I had an excellent lunch this week at the Cooperage with two clients. The brussel sprouts with organic egg and pancetta was fantastic, as were the shrimp and grits. This is my "go-to" spot for business lunches because the ambience is inviting and the tables are spaced far enough apart that your neighbors can't overhear your business comversations.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cooperage Birthday Nightjoy2dineVIPDined on 11/17/2014My husband had lunch here once, and he wanted to share it with me and friends for his birthday! Our service was wonderful, and the food was very good! Our table shared a skillet cornbread and 3-cheese Mac & Cheese (yummy)! Our dinners were Cobb Salad, Prime Rib, and Short Rib. I was the one who ordered the Short Rib, and I think I had the BEST dish, although the others were very tasty! We will go back again, and enjoy another meal or two!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice addition to the food scene in LafayetteLovetoeatDined on 11/16/2014The restaurant is nice, comfortable and fun. Service is very attentive. They could use a little more seasoning on their food (brussell sprout salad was a bit bland). I would come back and try brunch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good lunchTJ1977Dined on 11/16/2014Had lunch with friends. Sat outside in November, the space heaters made this more than comfortable. Dog friendly, so our hound was able to hang with us, too. The brunch menu was a little limited, but we all found something we liked. Our friend's salad was a little skimpy on the fresh crab. The wine was excellent. We were able to linger over lunch and never felt rushed or harried. Service was very good.Special Features:
- DisappointedCutiePieDined on 11/15/2014I was expecting; hoping for an experience similar to many that I have enjoyed over many years at restaurants by McCormick/Kuleto/Schmick. The decor is beautiful, but too noisy. We were seated at a table with traffic touted as a "quieter" space that wasn't. The entrees were overcooked. I will say...our server was delightful and the Turley was delicious.Special Features:
- Good first experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 11/15/2014My husband and I had dinner at the Cooperage on Saturday 11/15/14. We both enjoyed our meals very much, and the service started out really good. Towards the end, however, we were competing for the attention of or server with a table of young men who had more money to spend than we did... I think their tab, their demands, and his/her potential tip from it trumped our romantic table for two and modest check (another plus: the check was reasonable for a date night). Overall, it was a good experience, and we will recommend it to friends. If you don't like dining outside, it's best to let the restaurant know when you make the reservation, because we weren't given the choice, and it was a semi-chilly night. They do have heaters outside, but they were almost too hot to sit under.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SherbearVIPDined on 11/15/2014I checked in with the hostess who immediately answered a call. Then she was about to leave the station when I reminded her that I was waiting. She apologized and told me to grab a table outside when one became available, which I did. However, she forgot to actually check me in so I initially showed as a no-show. We had to ask someone to bring table settings. Then we had to hail someone else for menus. Poor service. Good food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very disappointingFoodieloveVIPDined on 11/13/2014We arrived a few minutes early for our 7:15 reservation and were offered a table right next to the bar that had people swirling all around it. We asked the hostess for another table instead, and we were kept waiting for over 40 minutes. The management was nice enough to waive our corkage fee as a result, but it was still not professional. Our server was brusque almost to the point of rudeness. The brussels sprouts/ bacon/ poached egg salad had far too much added salt, as did their signature roast chicken- and I love salt. The Spanish gin and tonic we had in the bar while waiting for our table was delicious, but the bartender had a bit of an attitude, too. While The Cooperage is no doubt beautiful and very busy, there needs to be a connection between the personnel and the clientele that is sorely lacking. A lighter hand with the salt shaker wouldn't hurt, either.Special Features:
- Dinner with friends at The CooperageLeslieVIPDined on 11/13/2014Our service was very good. Choices for wine by the glass seemed limited. The appetizers (brussel sprouts salad and cornbread) were excellent. However the French dip sandwich was quite mediocre and dry. I'll try again but not sure it is a good value for what we got. Good ambiance and very pretty restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The Good and the NoisywhyyDined on 11/12/2014Too noisy, service a bit slow, but it was lunch time. Food good and plentiful, but not enough to get me back.Special Features:
- 2wineanddine2wineanddineDined on 11/12/2014Recently, we had lunch and we shared the Roast Beef Dip, and it was delicious, plenty for 2.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice Ambiance; beware of any foodSaabfromEastBayVIPDined on 11/11/2014The Fall Salad was nice; it had persimmon and nuts. The main course was totally unfit; I ordered grilled Ahi Tuna, and it was over cooked and had no taste. Restaurant has a nice ambiance, but it does not win any points on quality of food.Special Features:
- Kinda disappointedJackDined on 11/11/2014Terrible parking...at 6:30 on a Tuesday night! Drinks were ok, fries were ok, deviled eggs were good. Service...VERY slow...nice but SLOW! Veggie burger was of a weird consistency and tasteless. Big burger but no seasoning. The Pork Chop with apple sauce was TASTELESS..NO seasoning again. I don'the even want to get started on the Mac 'n Cheese! Noodles with cheese sprinkled on top....not melted, not mixed with the noodles and, you guessed ut, NO taste!! The butterscotch pudding had a good consistency but again, NO taste. The S' mores dessery was excellent if a little too sweet...but good. If all this had been just my impression I would have chalked it up to a night of bad taste buds but my wife totally agreed. Great bar scene and lively but the food was a great disappointment. For $126.45 plus tip for twork people, we expected much better.Special Features:
- Good but over pricedDandLDined on 11/11/2014As an older group of four at 7 pm on a Tuesday night the noise was such that, we had trouble hearing each other because of the ambient noise. We understand that this is a common style nowadays but not our cup of tea. The food itself was good but priced higher than we thought it deserved. We did really like the mac n cheese which had a nice smokey flavor. We do want to say that our wait staff was excellent.
- Great local restaurant!TerryVIPDined on 11/11/2014I have been to Cooperage several times, and have enjoyed several different dishes, all excellent. My favorite is the Brown Derby, a cobb salad. All the elements of the salad are very high quality and overall it is a really tasty salad. The portions are also substantial, and the price, not so bad for the quality.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very niceHungryinLafayetteDined on 11/9/2014The food is good. The ambiance attractive. Too noisy to sit inside.Special Features:
- LiveToDineVIPDined on 11/9/2014First time at The Cooperage. Nice place with good food and service. Would eat here again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/8/2014Poor service, very fatty piece of prime rib, and a spinach they call creamed that is nowhere near it. We were very disappointed, as we were looking forward to a date night at a new restaurant and we had been long time visitors to the old restaurant that was there before, Petars.Special Features:
- Disappointed!hungryJDined on 11/8/2014They get 1☆ overall from me because the food decent! The hostess was rude..not to me...but to someone she was talking to on the phone while I waited to be greeted. We had a party of nine , we waited an hour for our food, they ran out of wine and vodka we wanted, we had to return 2 dishes we ordered. Overall service was terrible!! Manager and waitress did nothing to fix our frustration! Would not return or recommend. ..Special Features:
- Good Overall ExperienceVellaDined on 11/8/2014The food is good, variety good, the noise level on the high side, and it's definitely a hot spot. The two seaters along the wall are tight, and very close to the bar scene...not the seats for a first date : ) The staff is very friendly. Outside looked to be the best spot for relaxing.Special Features:
- Good food, service just okScoobyDined on 11/8/2014We arrived about 25 minutes early for our reservations hoping to have a drink at the bar. There was one bar stool for a part of 4, which was fine, we expected it to be crowded on a Saturday night. We sat there for so long we finally gave up getting a drink and asked to be seated a couple of minutes prior to our reservation. They had no table for us inside "quite sometime" although we were close to our reservation time, so we took a table outside. Once outside we asked if they could turn on the heater by our table, they managed to get all of the heaters on expect for the one by our table. We had to wait a long time to get our food. On the positive side the food was very good. Next time I hope the service is as good as the food.Special Features:
- Pleasant indoor/outdoor diningjtrtDined on 11/8/2014Selected The Cooperage to celebrate my dear friends birthday. A beautiful day, pleasant outdoor patio dining with large umbrellas. The food was very good, though on the expensive side for the neighborhood...similar menu/ambiance across street $5-$10 less. The server was attentive, efficient, and pleasant. Would visit again for a special occasion, however, it would not be on my 'meet up for lunch' list.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great RestaurantTheAcesDined on 11/8/2014As a party of four, we at outside at the Cooperage and had a great dining experience. The food was excellent-our table ordered the Crab and Shrimp Louie, 2 Reubens, a French Dip and an order of deviled eggs. All of the food was excellent and there was a great variety on the brunch menu. The service could be slow at times, as it took us almost 10 minutes and asking two different people to get refills on our soft drinks, but the outside setting made everything better. I would love to go back!Special Features:
- an adequate experienceFrench19VIPDined on 11/8/2014This was our second time at The Cooperage, and we were disappointed. The service was adequate but not even above average and I would same the same about the food. I had the prime rib french dip sandwich and the salad that came with it was full of brown lettuce. We were with friends from out of town so I said nothing but it was very unappetizing. The sandwich was fine but not full of meat and for $17 it should have been packed with prime rib in my opinion. Additionally the restaurant did not check me in properly so I got a "no-show" letter from Open Tale which I had to correct. This was annoying to say the least and it will be some time before we return. There are so many other restaurants to choose from in Lafayette.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cranky chefSukibeanDined on 11/7/2014I have dined at the cooperage multiple times previously have enjoyed my experience. So I brought a friend who had never been here before for lunch. On this occasion the chef refused to accommodate my request of no bread on a Reuben. I explained the waitress why (gluten-free) and did not want to have additional carbohydrates of typical gluten-free on my sandwich. Again it was denied "the chef refuses to serve that way" and I was forced to choose something else....while I was in a very deep personal conversation with my friend. Of which I chose the first thing that came to mind to mind. Frankly I wasn't really in the mood for it and didn't really like it. This is not a Michelin star restaurant, it was lunchtime in the suburb.
- MaggieRDined on 11/6/2014It was nice, food was good...not outstanding. Drinks looked very nice. Nice bar scene. Was not wowed..and that is what I have been hearing.Special Features:
- Great Spot!fitnessismeDined on 11/6/2014Lunch, dinner or drinks...great spot! You can't go wrong with the Brussel sprout salad and chardonnay!Special Features:
- Two Thumbs up!anneVIPDined on 11/5/2014We added the wine parings to our dinner. Everything was excellent from the service to the food. Great atmosphere, but did get a bit loud as the evening picked up, around 9pm. I will go back. It was everything we hoped for in a night out for a great dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Gritty Grits, Anemic Fettucinelive2eatDined on 11/3/2014One of my favorite dish is shrimp and grits so I was happy to see it on the menu. What a disappointment, the grits were not done, so it totally ruined the dish. I ate the shrimp and left the grits.Special Features:
- Not Worth it!LaverneDined on 11/2/2014Save your money and go somewhere else. This place is lovely, but the food and service is horrible. It seems like everything is out of a can or frozen.Special Features:
- Food is okay, not what I expected!KurumiVIPDined on 11/1/2014Super noisy! Definitely not for a romantic dinner!Special Features:
- Far better for drinkers than dinersPete94563Dined on 11/1/2014Visual design of the space is great, and I like the outdoor seating areas. Noise level inside is insanely high. Eating at a booth alongside the bar is challenging since it's difficult to hear your dinner companion, and the boozed-up crowd spills over into your lap, literally. We had 2 starters, 2'entrees, 2 desserts and weren't terribly impressed. Overcooked and lacking flavor for the most part. Service was adequate but neither polished nor friendly. Bussers were great and attentive in filling in service gaps. If I were looking for a busy bar scene, I might return here but onlafter dining elsewhere.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Generic and OverpricedReverbDined on 11/1/2014There's a trend in the greater Bay Area of this style restaurant. The overall ambiance is dark wood and a little edgy. "Vibrant" if you will. The problem is there are a MILLION of these style Americana places now, with the same basic menu items. Slightly outside the box with a few less common ingredients, for example their take on Shrimp and Grits. This used to be a southern diner menu item, now turned " In the know fancy pants thinks of themselves as a food critic" food. Then the bill comes... HUH???? For this!!!! Ya, that's what I said, to myself of course. They print the prices on the menu, it seems I didn't notice them and had no idea what the food would be like. It was certainly "just fine" Hot wings for starters, sure sure.....Special Features:
- Go for the great staff and food!WCFoodieVIPDined on 10/31/2014Wonderful staff - very knowlegeable of the menu and attentive. I will go back just because the service was so friendly and professional. It was great to see staff in costume on Halloween.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loud and unevenLarryZVIPDined on 10/31/2014Without asking, the hostess seated us in the very noisy bar area. Between the loud music and the bar patrons talking over it, it was hard to carry on a conversation, though that meant more time to appreciate the decor. My french onion soup was decidedly lackluster, with none of that oniony vibrancy I was expecting. My braised beef short ribs, on the other hand, was soft, flavorful, and well-balanced by the accompaniments. Neither of my wife's dishes (salad, then halibut) was either particularly impressive nor objectionable. Service was reasonably responsive, though the bussing was uneven (I was twice asked if I was done when I wasn't, but a completely empty plate sat around for a while.) A fine experience, but not great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Rustic yet ModernEBFoodNWineGuyDined on 10/31/2014This was our third visit to The Cooperage. The service keeps improving each time we go. If you don't mind the great electricity and livelihood, it is a fun place to hook up with friends or catch a game on the many Big Screens! The food seems to be getting better and better each visit. This time my wife and I stopped in for lunch. The selections offered were nice though the Lunch Menu appeared to be a tad bit limited (Only 4-5 Entree Items). My wife had The Cooperage Burger and I ordered the Reuben. Our appetizer was the Potato Leek Soup which was highlight of the meal! Absolutely delicious! Lafayette was in need of another good dining option & The Cooperage Lafayette definitely helps fill that void. I would definitely recommend them!Special Features:
- Nice but NoisyJohnDined on 10/30/2014The food was good and the portions generous; one member of our party of four had the pork chop which was so large she could not finish. My rotisserie chicken came with two generous pieces, plus mashed potatoes and broccolini (minor complaint, the stalks were a bit tough). The menu was extensive, something for everyone. Prices were average - the bill for two of us with iced tea ($3), salad, and entree came to $59 before tax and tip. No comment on dessert as we did not have any. Main downside was the noise which spilled over from the bar area to the dining room; perhaps it was worse than usual this evening because of a major game on TV.Special Features:
- DisappointingTravelgurudanvilleVIPDined on 10/29/2014We ordered the recommended Brussels sprout and poached egg salad. The egg was hard. We then both ordered the chicken breast sandwich with fries. The sandwich was very good, although a little dry. The "fries" in the nicely packaged container did not contain one normal potato fry. Rather it was a container filled with bits and pieces of fried coating and potato crumbs. The waitress was rushing us, constantly pushing us to order another glass of $16 wine and then had the audacity to take our chips bag off our plate, put it on the table, in order to clean our table. All this for a $100 tab. They won't see us again!Special Features: