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About Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon is the official restaurant of the Blue Bay Inn. Offering incredible southwestern cuisine and a tequila bar like no other, this award winning venue is most famously known for its pasilla pepper steak, crab cakes, and signature margaritas!



A 2011 & 2012 James Beard nominee, chef and owner, Michael Krikorian keeps things fresh and creative with amazing flavors in every dish.



A superior tequila bar with over 350 tequilas also allows for unique flights and tequila tastings regularly.



Tequila Dinners are a great way to try both the incredible food and some fine tequilas specifically paired with one another.



Still no sign on the door, 16 years later, Copper Canyon has built and maintained this business by word of mouth. Only horseshoes on the doors let you know that you have arrived at the one and only Copper Canyon.

51 First Avenue
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southwest

Hours of Operation:
Due to high volume of reservations on Fridays and Saturdays, reservations before 8:00pm have the following turn times...
reservations for 2, one and a half hour turn time.
reservations for 3 or more, two hour turn time.

We seat only complete parties. A complete party is the number the reservation is made for. Please call for any changes, we will do our best to accommodate.

We hold reservations for 12 minutes.

Dinner Only:
Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 9:00 (last seating 8:45)
Friday-Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00 (last seating 9:45)

Cross Street:
Ocean Boulevard

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 291-8444 ext. 1

Website:
http://www.thecoppercanyon.com/

Parking Details:
With ample street parking and a municipal parking lot down the street, you will not have a problem finding parking for your visit to Copper Canyon!

Public Transit:
SeaStreak Ferry is just two blocks from Copper Canyon and the Blue Bay Inn. A short 40 minute ride from NYC!

Executive Chef:
Michael Krikorian

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join us for our special packages with our hotel! Make a night out of it and experience the difference! Call for more details and to make your reservations today.

Copper Canyon Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (7)
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Casual (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Spicy (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Romantic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Tapas (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This was our 2nd visit to Copper Canyon
The Food & level of service provided were Top Notch
Angela & her staff were very attentive & made sure that we had a GREAT Birthday dinner
I'd highly recommend the Pepper Grilled N.Y. Strip Steak & their Pork Chop - Both are Superb
The Margaritas are fantastic & the service is 5 Stars!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

3rd time eating here...Great food (awesome NY Strip), service and atmosphere.
Will be back again before the holidays for sure!

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants! Excellent appetizers & tequila list ! One of the best steaks in town ! Tha guacamole sampler is the way to go ! You won’t be disappointed

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was very good! Service was not!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The steak was awesome. The empanadas were very good- good margaritas. The noise and fast food napkins and freezer French fries weren't on par with the price.

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Steak is a delicate one of kind secret braised rub that can't be duplicated (I've tried). Been a Canyon runner since the one hour and out days across the street. Love Copper Canyon .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food is always super fresh and creative. Best steak ever. Margaritas perfect - no mix - could be slightly larger for the $10+ price.

Tags: Spicy, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Copper Canyon is our go to stop and with good reason...the oysters with jalapeno will eventually make the permanent menu, I hope. The service is always very good, the Tequila selection is amazing, and the NY strip could be the best in NJ. We left something accidentally at the table when we left and the waiter ran down the street after us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was delicious! We always come for our anniversary. They accommodated a quieter table location. Service was amazing and the manager was super friendly!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Although the food was excellent, particularly the crab cake and strip steak with cayenne fries, the service was less than desirable. The menu was not explained or romanced. Water glasses were not refilled automatically without asking. Conversely, we had to ask that the dinner plate not be removed from the table before we were finished. And when we were ready for the bill, the server was no where to be seen. In addition the hostess was on her cell phone. For what was expected to be fine dining, the service felt more like that found in a diner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Decent food but horrible service ! Got seated at 8:45 pm but didn't get our appetizers till 10 pm and entrees till 10:45 pm!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Drinks are delish & food is always flavorful & fresh. Steaks are out of this world-fries that accompany the steak are always CRISP & hot. Samantha was attentive without being a pest. Can’t wait to go back...

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My husband comes for the steak every time we are in town visiting friends. He loves it. I tried it this time and have to say, not sure what the hype is about. Flavors were muted, and could have used salt. We sat in the back bar area which was perfect for having two kids with us. But as I’m sure you’ve heard it was so ungodly hot it really made the whole meal unpleasant. I wish we had been notified the AC was out. Our waitress was either too busy or just didn’t care. And one food runner, young man didn’t pay attention to steak temps as our table ordered 3. He brought out one and put it in front of me I asked the temp he rudely said “It’s yours”. Well he didn’t know, so he took them back to the kitchen and some else returned knowing the temps. I also could have touched the top of the steak and told him the temps on each. Definitely don’t feel the need to return. But you have so many return guests, I’m sure you don’t pay attention to one less than positive review.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Was my birthday! Awesome time! I was notified that I have a few no shows with the restaurant and that is not true. I have been there for every reservation I’ve booked with open table and have reached out to the review center.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Amazing tequila selection.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Fabulous meal on Saturday night at Copper Canyon! Both the grilled halibut & the crab cake were amazing. Our server was very professional & knowledgeable.
House margarita was the very best with chips & salsa!!! Def going back soon.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Fun menu, Nouveau Tex-Mex, specials never disappoint, good tequila selection, generous salads

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Amazing steak! Period! You can not find a steak at twice the price as good.
Start with the copper canyon margarita... perfect! If you are looking for tequilas... they have it. My girl and I share the spinach salad with homemade bacon and a handful of other ingredients.... they are known for their crab cakes, homemade guacamole, slow roasted salsa😘. If in season you must have the Mexican Street Corn. Birravino does this well but Copper is as delicious at a better price. Calamari is tasty too.
We can go full board when entertaining guests off the ferry or drop in for a quick margaritas... share a steak & salad. Never disappointed

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food is always great. Unfortunately, whoever is in charge has drilled into the staff their stated policy of a two hour time limit (an hour and a half for parties of two.) That policy was made obnoxiously clear while making an Opentable reservation and again while at the restaurant. While some on the staff are experienced enough to understand how off-putting that can be, like our waiter who said "I'm supposed to tell you that you have to order main courses at the same time as the appetizers," others are not and continually circled t he dining room like a flock of scavengers looking for food scraps to dive on and return to their kitchen nest.

My steak had to be sent back for a little more cooking time so my wife was picking at her food but trying wait for me. No less that three members of the kettle tried to clear her plate as we waited. I can't help but think that the tone set from this policy was the reason why a restaurant with such good food was not close to full with patrons on a Friday night. I'll never understand why a business would potentially alienate all of their customers, even those like us who have not interest or inclination to overstay our welcome, to combat the rare party that does.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My husband and I ate at Copper Canyon this weekend. The food was very good. I had the 3 tacos with an ear of corn and what a great choice. The corn was the best ear I have ever eaten (with cheese and spices on a skewer). Don't overdo with appetizers though. We did guacamole and then spilt a salad and then had entrees and it was too much food. Everything was tasty. I would go back again, but probably not on a Saturday night because of the noise level. I hate shouting over the table. Our server was friendly and helpful. Great menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I go there for the steak. It is usually good. Was disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great food, relaxing atmosphere. Noisy

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Margaritas were good, guacamole was flat, chips were tastie , calamari was more peppers than soggy calamari, pork chop was promised to be prepared medium to medium rare and came out well done(absolutely not even a hint of pink), my wife loved her lamb chops. Overall very disappointed

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We totally forgot about Copper Canyon. Wow. We are so glad we rediscovered it.

The service was attentive without being intrusive. Each server really knew the dishes and had a passion for for food they were serving

Parker, our waiter, suggested the Chipotle grilled shrimp with baby Bok Choy and it was one of the most flavor able meals I've had in a long time. The pistachio grouper was a special and that was also excellent.

Instead of a sweet dessert we decided to order the chips with a flight of guacamole. It was hard to choose our favorite - the feta, the pineapple or the traditional.

Overall, it was a great Monday night filled with top quality service and food to match.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Good food, good service, nice atmosphere , menu diverse

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

This place is our favorite for family gatherings, the specials are always great to share. The Steak is always a favorite, but I ordered the pork chop to have something else and it did not disappoint. The oysters appetizer is amazing, will get it every time as long as it's available.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Delicious as always. Very quiet because it was late on a Tuesday night. Never, ever disappoints.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 23, 2017

What's not to like about The Copper Canyon? I've been coming here ever since it began in it's original smaller location across the street. It is a fabulous local restaurant with great food, craft cocktails, and an amazing tequila selection. The house margaritas are made with 100% agave tequila and fresh lime juice. The panko crusted lump crab cake is the best I have ever had.....period! It takes at least 20 minutes to cook (the waiter will advise you of that) and is almost as big around as a hockey puck and twice as high! Oh and no fillers here. All 100% jumbo lump Maryland blue crab meat with just a few roasted chiles and seasonings. Amazing! The pasilla crusted NY Sirloin is tender, succulent and loaded with intense beef flavor. Over the years I have sampled just about everything on the menu and have never been disappointed. Chef/Owner Mike is hands on with every aspect of his restaurant and it shows. All of the food is cooked to order and beautifully presented. The service is excellent. The pricing reflects the quality of the food. If you want cheaper "Tex-Mex" style food with globs of rice, beans and cheese hanging off your plate then this is not the place for you. The dining room acoustics tend to be just a little loud so if you are looking for a real quiet, romantic spot this may not suit you. However please don't let a little noise stop you from missing out on what promises to be a wonderful dining experience! Bottom line? Please do not pay attention to any negative reviews you may hear about The Copper Canyon. Go check it out for yourself and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!! Oh and do not forget to order that crab cake!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Best Crab Cakes in New Jersey...or anywhere else! The steak was awesome too. Please note that this is not quiet dining. It is loud...but the crab cakes and tequila menu make it tolerable.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Been here a number of times. Margaritas are amazing and we love the food. The service is terrible and our server told us upon ordering "we can't order additional food because our table is on a time limit". This happened 5 minutes into seating. On top of having the clock ticking on our night out we had to wait for dishes once the small plates arrived.

The server asked us for dessert order and when we declined we were told we had to leave because they needed the table.

Bitter sweet because we love the food/drinks but believe the owner is pompous and doesn't care about their customer base. Won't ever go back.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food!

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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Excellent from margarita's to desert. Steak is one of the best in the area.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Great place, but needs signage.
Difficult to locate the restaurant even when standing in front of the place.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Copper Canyon is one of our favorite restaurants! We always celebrate special occasions there!
Excellent food and great service! Too expensive to go there regularly.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Everything was great except couple at next table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

As usual the food was outstanding. Best crab cake ANYWHERE! Steaks were outrageous!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 22, 2017

The food is always excellent at Copper Canyon. We had a great server and the owner, Michael, came out several times to see how our meal was. Can't wait to return!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Best strip steak in Mon County. Never dissaponted here. Calamari app was great.

Tags: Spicy, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The steak is a "must have." If you like Margaritas this is your place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Our waitress was friendly, attentive and informative about the menu. Our food was delicious, as were our margaritas. My only remark would be - this isn't Manhattan, maybe drinks shouldn't be $10-$15. $7 might be more appropriate. But the food and treatment by staff were really outstanding so we looked past that. I'd go again for the food.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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