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Copper Spoon - Oakland

4.1
66 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

Treat yourself to a savory dining experience at Copper Spoon. Launched by Simone and Anderson, former owners of food truck Sassafras Seagrass. This eatery offers a creative spin on "family heirloom recipes", using Northern Californian ingredients. The menu at Copper Spoon features inventive take on traditional dishes like tzatziki, sauerkraut and lamb with merguez spice rub. Don't pass up the 20 seat bar with libations created by Vita Simone.



A neighborhood favorite, this quirky restaurant makes a nice choice for a leisurely outing. The restaurant's relaxed vibe enhances its appeal as a watering hole. This restaurant also hosts routine jazz performances on scheduled days. Copper Spoon is open Mondays to Sundays, with Wednesday being bar only .

Please contact Copper Spoon directly for reservation availability.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 5:30 am–2:00 am
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
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Phone number
(510) 879-7061
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andre Hall
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
40th
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Public transit
We are 5 blocks up 40th from MacArthur BART.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 66 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Wonderful!!!!
Great service, food, environment, cocktails!!!
Welcome to Oakland!
Loved it!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Try the Sassy lamb burger. It was awesome. I enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

5/5 Stars for our complete experience. The Customer Service from the host, bartender & the wait staff were excellent & genuinely welcoming; Quality of food & flavors were outstanding; Timely & Prompt service of food/drinks; Reasonably priced for the freshness and unique creative choices. I am excited that I have a new place for business lunches or a friend's get together. Thank you, thank you. What a gem!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our Easter brunch was phenomenal! The beauty of the interior, the sumptuous food, and of course, the drinks with their freshly squeezed and crafted shrubs... equate to the alchemy of the Copper Spoon!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Exceptional. After the Hallowell scandal, we were hard-pressed to find a new Oakland restaurant. Terrific and sophisticated cocktails. Food was also excellent, with shout outs to the steak. Friendly and attentive service. We expect to visit regularly. A+

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went here for my sister's 21st bday dinner on 3/31. Our server was amazing! She was so helpful, joked around with my friends, and made us feel so taken care of. She recommended good drinks and was just overall awesome. The food was good, especially the steak! :)

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great place to take the wife for date. The service was excellent along with the cuisine. Mood was relax and intimate. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

First time in this place. So unassuming from the front compared to the inside. Really lovely all round.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Just recently found this place & I must say, it’s great to have a restaurant/ bar that opens late on weekdays. The staff is very friendly & eccentric. The food is delicious & they have good signature drinks. I’ll definitely be back! The bar is my favorite. It’s small but perfect for 2 or 3 people.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

It was great a to z ... Delicious food and drink, friendly & thorough service, nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

This was our 2nd time there. Very glad we went back—service was much better and consistent. Food is good and value is good for what you get. Lots of good veggie options and drinks are excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

From the moment you walk in the door, the hostess was very friendly and greeted you with a smile, we were seated and everyone looked happy and enjoying their meal. We were never rushed during our stay. The food was amazing and flavorful. So many unique creations on the menu, we tried as many as wet could. I highly recommend eating here.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Most of the food was FANTASTIC, drinks were great and service was Awesome, just a great VIbe. The crab avocado toast had an amazing combination of flavors - make sure you get it if available. Would not recommend the Pana Cotta, not very creamy or light.However the chocolate moose made up for in spades. Also, everyone recommends the Lamb burger, which I only found okay. Personally I love Lamb, and the flavor of the meat was not present enough with the krout and thick bun relative to patty size and flavor. Definitely will return many times to try the other menu items and their refreshing selection of drinks.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Friend had the white fish and I had the braised beef. Both were excellent. For a starter we had what was essentially a pork sampler. Three different cuts of pork combining different flavors. Yum!

They have a magnificently long bar with a great selection of Mezcals. I had Fight the Power, which was super smooth. To top of their excellent bar menu, they have separate digestif cocktails which are essential after downing all that amazing food.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Food was pretty disappointing. Cocktails were not good. French 75 tasted like bad lemonade. Meat on lam burger was pretty tasty, but brioche bun was very dry and not good

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Great food, atmosphere and friendly staff. Recommended to several friends who have also enjoyed

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Great food
Friendly service
Great drinks
Can’t wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

When I pointed out that my dinner arrived cold, the wait staff responded immediately, gave me new dishes rather than warmed up versions of what I had and comped both dishes. Really a superlative response.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

loved it, almost everything was delicious except the short ribs were sub par. all the apps were great and so were the drinks - the people are also awesome

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Stellar cocktails and service. Women owned and operated Oakland based business! Awesome foodie food, wonderful portions, and exceptional carrot cake. We didn’t want it to end. Definitely coming back.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines dinner was overpriced and not good. It feels like they have some serious improvements to make overall if they hope to survive.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The Copper Spoon had a lot of promise. From the outside it looked appealing and just the sort of place that I tend to enjoy. The staff was friendly and attentive. The cocktail was above average. The food, however, was extremely overpriced and underwhelming. We had the $89 prix fixe valentines day meal. None of the courses were bad, but none of them were impressive either. And for $89, I was expecting much...much more. Can't recall another time I've paid so much money for such an underwhelming meal.

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1.0Dined on February 11, 2018

We went for my sister-in-law's birthday brunch. We waited over an hour for our food without a single update from the staff. When the food came, the portions were entirely off. I had ordered a parfait off of the entree menu and I got a saucer of yogurt with almost no fruit. Meanwhile, the hash on the same menu was humongous. The food was fairly tasteless and we had to ask multiple times for salt and pepper and utensils to eat. Also, the food was cold by the time it came out. Even after we asked to speak to the manager, it took a while for someone to come speak to us. There was a party going on in the back, which may have explained some of the issues; however, the front of the restaurant wasn't even full. It was unclear what caused such a long wait and why the portions were so off.

In credit to the restaurant, they gave us 50% off of the bill. But it was an unfortunate experience.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

This is not a super high end restaurant, but is a nicer version of Art’s Crab Shack. Some of the dishes are really great and some are just good. Overall the kitchen is really enthusiastic, but still seems to be figuring things out. Ceviche, for example, is served without chips or bread. The service staff is very nice and tries really hard, but the restaurant is chaotic...we had at least 3 servers and had to ask for things 2-3 times. Some water got spilled on us, and we were just dried off. The menu is that of a nicer restaurant, but there are large TVs blaring so loudly you can’t hear each other talk. It’s pretty emblematic of Oakland: fun and exciting with promise but cheerfully dysfunctional and you have to fend for yourself.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Almost, but not quite there. The bar is nice, but the rest of the place is lacking any decor or ambiance. Cocktails and food were hit or miss. One or two quite good, most mediocre. They'll really need to step up their game to make it in this town! Don't order the Dre beets. More like dre adful!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

My wife and I started with two different cocktails which were both unique and tasty. We then ordered three different starters, the Beats by Dre, the Deviled Eggs and a Sassys hand roll. Two of the three I would have ordered again if we hadn't ordered entree's. I had the White Fish which came with baby potato's and Romanesco broccoli in a delicious white sauce. It was great. My wife ordered the Braised Short Ribs which was perfectly tender and the bourbon sauce added a nice richness to the dish. Although full we enjoyed sharing Missy's carrot cake and Sassy's mouse. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and it's ingredients. We would absolutely recommend the Copper Spoon to friends. We completely enjoyed our experience.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Great drinks and potato first course. Burger was delicious but too flavorful. I think it does not need the tzaziki on it.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Had the short rib. It was fall off the bone perfect. We’ll be back.

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1.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Something was clearly wrong in the kitchen. We ordered a prefix menu. Soup and salad (which were delicious) came out in reasonable time, but after an hour and a half (from the time we got there), we were still hearing that they’re working on getting our entrees to us. We left before we had dinner. I asked for a check and said I’d pay whatever they wanted. Only got charged for drinks. Will probably give them another chance since the soup and salad were very tasty.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

I wanted to like this place more, however, I was a little underwhelmed. We decided to try it because it was restaurant week and we wanted to check out a newer restaurant. Unfortunately, I didn't really feel like it was their best showing so I might try again in a few months.

Highlights:
Nice cocktails, creative menu, cool bar, music was great, interesting beers, great mussels and swordfish

Lows:
Had a few dishes that were noticeably under seasoned while the chicken entree was too salty, waited over 30 minutes between my 2nd and 3rd courses ( to be fair, the server came by and said the kitchen was backed up but that we should expect our entrees in about 10 minutes. I didn't mind waiting, but the timing was way off.)

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1.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We got there on time and we were seated quickly. But the problem was that we were seated right in front of the the men's restroom. There were plenty of open tables. We asked for reseat and they moved us out of the dining room to the front of the restaurant next to the bar area as if we were Watkins? Then they had shrimp and mussels on the menu but they were out of shrimp. So they substituted to calimari. They would not let us just order the mussels by it self even though we could have ordered them on the pixie free menu??????

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1.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We chose this restaurant on the recommendation of this website, and we're very disappointed with every aspect of it. Either the very positive reviewers are outright liars, or they are entirely delusional. The Copper Spoon is a loser. It won't be there in a year!

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

The dining room located in the back is a little rough on the eyes. However the food was terrific and staff are amazing. I strongly recommend the Sword Fish if it's on the menu !

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Wonderful food and staff! Very creative delicious dishes with beautiful presentation. Loved the unique lime fingers and pepper dish. Yummy squash soup, Mussels were amazing, still salivating over the short ribs & a carrot cake to die for! The frosting light & full of lemon zest & nutty flavors. All the staff were very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly & efficient! Wish we lived closer, but we will be sure to come back!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We celebrated a birthday and didn’t realize it was restaurant week when we made the reservation so that was a nice surprise. The food was excellent, the staff was very friendly and the ambiance was great. This is a nice restaurant for groups as well as a romantic dinner for couples. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Unfortunately we had terrible service when dining at Copper Spoon on a Friday night with a party of seven. We waited nearly an hour and a half to receive our first course, and the dishes arrived in a very scattered manner. We then had to wait again a significant amount of time for our main course. The very poor service was unfortunate because the food itself was delicious and the ambiance was quite nice. The crux of the disappointment came when the manager did not offer anything to compensate for our overly long wait, going as far as second-guessing the length of our wait. I will definitely give Copper Spoon a second chance once they have settled in a bit, but unfortunately my first experience was a disappointment.

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2.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Coffee terrible, limited menu, food boring - we went for brunch & were disappointed - might be better at other times.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Stellar service. Food was average. Drinks were good.

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2.0Dined on January 5, 2018

The ambience was good but for the price we wanted much better food. Unfortunately it did not meet our expectations.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

My New Year's brunch was the most incredibly delicious brunch I have EVER experienced! The energy is uniquely fine at Copper Spoon and it's beauty makes you feel as good as the food does. Any other restaurants are unattractive compared to the ambiance and culinary delights of Copper Spoon. I will be a very steady customer.

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