Copperwood Tavern

4.5
1480 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Farm-to-Table American Restaurant serving the freshest locally sourced product available. We are passionate about supporting local farmers and educating people on the importance of a quality product.

We take pride in offering the freshest quality dishes by serving locally sourced meats, seafood, and produce. We offer 20 local draft beers, 30 small-batch whiskeys, and a superb wine selection. We also enter every lottery for one off bourbons resulting in multiple offerings that you can’t get in Virginia. Our 30-foot craft bar is also stocked with Southern Virginia's white whiskey. Yes, we mean moonshine!

Whether it be date night, a business lunch, or a fun brunch with family - you can count on us! From the time you arrive to the time you leave, expect exceptional service in a cozy cabin-style vibe. Leave us a review about your experience and we’ll send you a gift card for your next visit.

Specials

$1 Oysters Grilled or Chilled

Enjoy $1 Oysters, grilled or chilled, during Happy Hour from 4pm-7pm!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 11, 2019

Ends: February 12, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:30PM-5:30PM

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been here several times and I keep coming back as they never disappointment. A great place to get a bite to eat either before or after a performance at theSignature.

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EG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for awhile now, and we finally went as a graduation brunch celebration - it was so delicious that we are going back for fathers day! The staff was delightful and attentive, and the food was so flavorful and creative!

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AH
Richmond
35 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, awesome little place in Shirlington’s quaint center. I had the rockfish and the rest of our table had the rib-eye. Everything was delicious and perfectly prepared. The share size sides were delicious also, great variety. Service was excellent, very attentive and pleasant. Outstanding evening overall, definitely recommend!!

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DS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall Copperwood is a very good restaurant. The service was outstanding on a Mother's Day evening.
That was by far the most impressive part of the evening. However the food while good does not match the District prices (most entrees are 30+ with really no sides to speak off which moves them into the 40+ range). In my opinion moves it out of the Gastro pub world and into high end dining. In that world the food has to be 4 to 5* and it was not. There were some hits steak, frites but some misses as well, duck and the awful brussel sprouts. I do want to go back because the burgers look amazing and that keeps it in the more price of where it should be. Also good beer selection and again service was great. My recommendation would probably be brunch and lunch and a more casual dinner unless money is no object.

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food is awesome. Service is lacking. Waiter was not attentive, didn't get special requests right, and we always had to ask for drink refills.

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JQ
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu choices were excellent. Food prep, presentation, and taste were excellent. Service was timely but not intrusive. We would definitely come again!

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SA
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for son in laws graduation from the time we walked in till we left everything was perfect from the employees to the food. I hope to go back to DC so I can boat again

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Too noisy, hard to hold a conversation. Food was okay but very expensive. Service was okay.

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I
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always great food and service at the Tavern, it is a relax atmosphere in a nice setting.

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M
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food is nondescript. The menu has not changed in years. The place is extremely noisy.

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Unique food choices. Everything was delicious. One of my favorite spots to go.

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AK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. Server mixed up our orders, but we didn’t notice. Waitress noticed! Cook offered a side to compensate. Not necessary, but a nice gesture. Re noise level: not sure why they need loud music in the background.... still, a pleasant meal!

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CG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is very well located in a popular area that is very urban and still you can have easy access to parking. I have visited the restaurant before. This time I was disappointed. Simple chicken salad was overdressed and the chicken was cut quite thin which contributed for it being overcooked. Even the portion size was disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Two of us were dining. I had not finished a third of my meal when the waiter removed the place setting of my companion. It made me feel obtuse and rushed and completely changed how I felt about the evening. What’s the rush with clearing the plates when one of two people are still dining?

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T
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service were excellent!

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B
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite places to eat in Shirlington. Wonderful staff, helpful and polite. Nice meat section, interesting beers. Highly recommended!

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V
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the food to table philosophy. The food was excellent and expertly prepared. The service was timely and polite. The food was served promptly. Overall a very pleasurable experience. Lighting was the only issue. We ate inside and it was very dark.

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CV
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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SW
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent again, great service, fine food, original menu.

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KV
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great; everyone was friendly and we were served quickly. We had brunch and the food was delicious! Because we were served our food so quickly, it was piping hot! The ambiance of a tavern was cozy but some of the tables were a little too close together, it felt like I was in on the conversation the couple seated next to us was having. Also, the noise level seemed a bit high, but not intolerable.

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AB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Copperwood has a menu we both like. The food is always good and fresh. I had the smoked salmon bagel, and my husband had Bananas Foster French Toast. Both were quite tasty. The staff is attentive and friendly without overdoing it. Copperwood is becoming a ‘go to’ spot in Shirlington for us.

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YM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Overall was okay; service good but food was just okay. Most of the food seemed bland and lacked seasoning. Best thing was the sweet tea.

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D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I ordered the steak omelet which came with home fries. The omelet was by far the smallest I've ever seen. It was filled with mushrooms, hardly any steak and only one thin slice of cheese. The dish was not worth $18. Our waiter was not attentive, never returned to table when food arrived to ensure food was prepared to our liking. First and last time coming to this establishment.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our server was great! The food was fast, warm and delicious. Not a fan of the interior decor-a personal preference. Otherwise, we will return.

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P
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I reserved a table but it is not included on outdoor seating arraignments . First come first serve is restaurant’s rule

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OT
Washington DC
146 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but the service was annoying. Throughout our one-hour dinner, we had the server, busboys, even managers coming over and trying to remove plates, glasses, etc when we were STILL EATING AND DRINKING. I lost count after the 5th time someone approached and tried to take my plate when there was still food on it. A manager came by and picked up my wine glass (still holding wine) asking if I was done with it. NO!
The pork chop was excellent -- although a bit undercooked. We ordered it medium, it came medium rare. The rockfish was delicious but a VERY small portion.
I like this place and the food is consistently good. But they really need to work on being unobtrusive and the basic skill of knowing when people are done eating.

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p
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to go before a performance at Signature Theatre (walking distance to theatre, plenty of nearby parking). Food is interesting and tasty. Service is attentive and accomodating. Looks to be a very popular neighborhood place.

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TW
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good menu. Great happy hour deal on oysters.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was cold and did not taste good. It’s also pretty expensive for what it is. Won’t be going back.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming to copperwood. I love the food, the ambiance and the services. As soon as I walked in the hostess was smiling and greeted me, I felt welcomed and she gave me a good place to sit. Her name was Frances, she recommended me to try the ribeye and mash potatoes. She stated that adding herb butter to the mash potatoes was really so I decided to that and it was delicious. The server Jesse was phenomenal, was so nice to my husband and I through the whole time. He stated that Tuesday’s were known as sweet Tuesday’s and if we got entrees, we would automatically get a free dessert and it was amazing. Thank you Copperwood for always treating me so right.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was average. Every dish we ordered needed more seasoning and the service was not the best.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The table was so sticky I had to put a napkin over it. I had to PULL my fork off of the table because it was so sticky. It wasn't something that could be cleaned -- it was as if the finish was coming off of the table.

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J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

What a disappointment. We reserved seats for date night. We learned, to our surprise, that the full menu was not available where we were seated. Sandwiches can be ordered only if sitting in the bar area or outside. We ordered more food than we could eat. However, the pork chops and chicken dishes were delicious. Our meal was disrupted by a middle-aged couple who insisted on playing videos on their phones with the sound turned up to a level where my date and I could scarcely hear each other talk. The man had a toothpick hanging out of his mouth. There are much better options in Shirlington in terms of quiet conversation and diverse menus (including sandwiches). So, why go here? We won't return.

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EG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Marcos, was nothing short of fantastic: wise, funny, and personable. He didn't hover or try to rush us, but offered suggestions, stories, and a lot of smiles.

The food from the seasonal menu was wonderful. We had the mussels and fried green tomatoes appetizers; the venison and the rockfish entrees; and the grilled asparagus and fries as sides.

Excellent people and food experience; highly recommended for a guys/girls night out, as well as date night. We will be back!

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Service,food and easy to find parking.

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MF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The rack of lamb with cauliflower mash and blackberries, was amazing. The Mountain Blossom drink was excellent. I have to try it again to really rate the service. My experience has been that on casual places like this, sometimes the service is not to par with the price and the food. It was early evening and I had to ask for my candle to be lit. I noticed that tables outside had pop corn. I was served a very nice corn muffin, but practically had to ask for it. Will be back, hopefully the service is better.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was awesome!

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DD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

You need to try it for yourself, of course! I had the Lobster lettuce wraps and asparagus side. All was delicious. However, the wine I ordered was not yet chilled @$9, so had to accept the wine that was at $12 per glass. I was unhappy at not getting a credit for their failure to have the menu wine chilled and paying for it. The server was really great, though (Elliot) and the Lobster lettuce wraps with avocado and other great flavors were terrific. My friend ordered the spaghetti squash dish and loved it, cleaning her plate! The wine killed my bill though.

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JB
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food; was disappointed that something I wanted was unavailable. Means I'll have to return!

The Slow Braised Short Rib Grilled Cheese was incredible!

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