Copper Spoon - Oakland

3.9
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$31 to $50
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Californian

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.
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3.9
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4.2
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DG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very stylish and hip place with a lot of interesting things going on. Restaurant week meal felt very overpriced for the portion sizes and some of the tastes in the starters and desserts were overpoweringly strong.

MF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience2

I was excited for the opportunity to support a new restaurant (for us) during Oakland Restaurant week - unfortunately it was a disappointing experience on all levels. We arrived about 8 minutes before our 7:45 reservation, told that we were early and the table wasn’t ready so we could wait in the bar. No problem- we go over to bar, sit down and my husband goes to the bar to order a drink. Goes to pay and the bartender says it’s a $10 minimum for credit cards - okay then just move it to our tab when our table is ready. She replies back that she is way too busy to do that? Cash please?! Finally get seated at 8:10 (though we watch 3 empty tables). The waitress acknowledges the wait and apologies - then disappears....finally order the restaurant week special menu. It’s $40 per person. Soup - it was okay- served in an odd old cup/saucer. My husband had the risotto (good but served on an entirely wrong plate) and I had the roasted chicken. It was one of the worst plates I’ve had at any restaurant mushy quinoa and brown rice, no flavor chicken (a chicken leg and 2 thighs, rubbery and no seasoning) and Swiss chard with absolutely no flavor and cut with stems that were rock solid. I was offered to try something else off the menu, but we had already been waiting for so long. I passed but asked for salt and pepper - seriously table salt? Yuck. Dessert - was okay but a 2 bite piece of cake. I get portion control, but really - kind of embarrassing. They took off the additional $12 glass of wine as an apology - but with tax and tip it was still over $100 for a HORRIBLE meal. Fix your tables and chairs, consider not placing tables by the kitchen entrance - super distracting.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

How could a meal disappoint in so many ways? Pasty, lumpy, flavorless risotto that even table salt wouldn't be able to salvage. Accompanied by raw carrots, soggy mushrooms and topped with stringy sprouts. The 2 hour duration for 3 courses compounded our miserable experience. With the 40 minutes it took to get our entree, couldn't the chef at least made sure the carrots were roasted as promised in the menu? Having run a food truck before you would think the owners know a thing about quick turnover. Nuts, I should have taken the risotto to go, I needed spackle for my walls.

GL
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

They didn’t have our reservation through Opentable which was frustrating when we arrived, but they definitely did their best to accommodate us. The service was slow, a little over 2 hrs from start to finish. The food was okay, our food was cold and lacked flavor. The bar is very nice and the cocktails are good, so if we came back it would be for drinks only.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for Oakland restaurant week. The waitress, who was also one of the owners was great. The food was tasty as well.

We perused the regular menu and felt like the prices were great for the Bay Area. We will definitely be back.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The restaurant was nice. We chose the Copper Spoon because it was on the Restaurant Week listing. We found that there was nothing really 'special' about the menu for RW over their normal menu. We did not go with the RW options as they were overpriced vs doing an ala cart version.

Jackfruit burger was good.

JP
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was enjoyable, staff very engaging, we did had to ask a couple times to turn down the music. 2 in our party ordered the soup, 1 ordered soup and salad, I ordered chicken entree. Soups were brought very quickly, and eaten at my encouragement. At least 20+ minutes passed before the salad and my entree were brought out (mind you, the soups were long gone). I think staff should tell patrons that the chicken cooks a long time and they have the option of asking all dishes be brought at once.

n
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Reservation was for 4. Twenty min before seating, I asked if we could add 2, which they accommodated even though they were already full. Then we added a 7th person as we arrived.

They helped us make it work, even though it was clearly a pain for the staff to navigate around us. And they never made us feel bad about it. Even though we should have (and did)!

The food and cocktails were great, too.

TR
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Copper Spoon is exquisite. We loved every bite. All of the small touches, from the bit of crunch to the tiny unique dishes are amazing.

D
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Two of us had $70 prix fixe Thanksgiving menu. Lentil soup was best of all the courses, very nourishing and flavourful. Second course, brussel sprouts, was a bit too salty but tasty overall. Third courses were 1/2 Dungeness crab and game hen. The 1/2 crab was a mistake. Very little sweet and delicate crab meat with a whole lot of gritty grains. The game hen (good) was served with mashed potato and greens (both, very good). Desserts were carrot cake (very good) and chocolate mousse (obscured by cardamom). The server was personable and effective. The host was unkind, officious and cast a pall on the whole dining experience.

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't describe the eclectic menu but every dish was delicious.....as always.
thanks to Vita and Carmen for opening this restaurant!

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly neighborhood place. Eclectic menu which gave us pause, but they pulled it off. The food was amazing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great cocktails and food was amazing

e
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I was so excited to go and celebrate a friend's major life event and picked Copper spoon for the cocktails. But it was honestly one of the worst meals I have had in Oakland - mostly due to the service. Our waiter was extraordinarily rude - telling me to wait to answer a question bc she needed to spend a few minutes chatting up another table - when I asked her about some of the alcohol since I have celiac - she told me that she knew 'for sure' that alcohol does not contain gluten - and so I reminded her about whiskey and beer. Then she forgot - FORGOT - FOUR dishes we had ordered for the table, and so a meal that shoudl have taken 1-2 hrs took 3 instead. NO one was friendly, or polite, or welcoming - and there was no real apology for their mistake. I will never, ever go to that place again and had to apologize to my friends for picking the place. It was so fun the first time I went about a year ago, I am never going back.

RE
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Disappointed. Problems with staff and arrangements. They apparently value certain patrons over others. Food tastes alright. For the price tag, not worth the overall experience. Can you imagine going to dinner on a Tuesday night just to leave angry?

LE
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service and attitude continues to be a serious issue. Food is hit & miss and very limited menu.

JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was very mediocre

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent!

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super nice and knowledgeable service. I ate all vegan dishes and they were tasty and satisfying. Drink choices were unique and delicious.

A
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Copper spoon was a great experience. The staff were friendly and welcoming. Our waiter was informative and attentive. He was polite and had a small sense of humor. I would definitely come back again and recommend to a friend! The food was excellent and was well worth the price.

G
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came for dinner and had a great time. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was hip. The food was tasty but a little on the salty side. I will go again.

SD
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great and the karaoke was so much fun!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This restaurant has so much character and their service is outstanding. Great restaurant for a date night, a special occasion, or even just a great cocktail on a week night. Highly recommend!!

JM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Love this spot easy to walk to and taxi home!
Great ambience-
Cocktails amazing - seafood dish with a delicious broth !
Salad delicious
Chicken wings as a starter yum alert
Dessert great !
A true favorite on our list !!
Staff super friendly and knowledgeable
Xxoxox

z
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Place was smaller than expected. food was good, but selection limited. My Manhattan was great

OT
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small, but unique menu. Everything we ate was of excellent taste. Will definitely visit when in Oakland.

e
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our first time here, in our neighborhood. Chicken Wings were very tasty and not over cooked , especially nice touches like the fried onions garnish.
My shrimp and clam entree had juicy clams in a delicious broth with snap peas, however the shrimp were over cooked and tough to eat. Wish they’d left the shrimp in the shell for flavor.

O
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food, well presented, and served by pleasant people who seem to be enjoying themselves.

HG
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place!! Love the Vintage feel!

m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing! Drinks were superb. Food was delicious. And the music choices were on point! Definitely a new favorite place of ours.

BM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumled into this place after having been mioslead about a reservation throuh Yelp at another restaurant. Very pleasantly surprised - cordial service, good beer. wine, and cocktail choices, and good food! We enjoyed the lamb burger, muscles and shrimp, oysters, deviled eggs, and salads. Cool interior design. Would definitely go back.

JV
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Copper Spoon is clearly a place which focuses on quality food, not snobbery. The ambiance is mellow and relaxed, the service and food is first rate.

SB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, had an amazing dinner with my mom. Our server was Sarah and she was really knowledgeable about the menu, gave excellent suggestions for both food and drinks! The back room was adorable and it was great for larger parties, definitely loud! The front would be better for more intimate dates but the back could be intimate too without parties. Just depends. Over all, the food was amazing (a bit too much chimichurri sauce on my steak) but the mussels were phenomenal! The cauliflower and broccoli were also top notch! Thank you!!!!

LT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was mostly pretty good. We had to wait 20 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation. The waitress and the bartender were excellent, but the food was very slow coming out of the kitchen, fortunately we were not in a hurry. Very nice atmosphere and a beautiful bar. Would come back for drinks and snacks at the bar, not sure about dinner.

EA
San Francisco
158 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Deviled eggs had TOO much going on, my salad was drowning in dressing, chicken wings had a seasoning I could not place(did NOT like).
Now, the mussels & shrimp and the salmon wrap were very good, as were the bar offerings.

ZR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish - amazing. Drinks, excellent and service was perfect. We had a really great time overall - highly recommended.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

A cluster of mishaps ruined (repeatedly) the whole experience. Food came cold, then incredibly salty (inedible), then plainly mediocre. Very sad, and the only thing positive was the service. Will not repeat, nor recommend

l
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places - the ambiance is fun and comfortable! Their drinks are just want you want and need - flavorful and smooth. Their food is exceptionally delicious! And, the service is always attentive.

S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The food was not even “ok” they need a chef! The cauliflower was soggy and tasteless, the chicken wings were cooked correctly but again there was no flavor, the muscles were cooked ok and tasted bland, and the shrimps were over cooked!
Go for drinks but do not eat here!

v
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

After making this reservation we have eaten at Copper Spoon two more times. All great very consistent restaurant. We need to come here on a live music night.