Copper Spoon - Oakland

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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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1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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

OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

e
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place!! Love the Vintage feel!

m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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
143 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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

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
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

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
18 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

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!

e
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

z
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing was terrible in any way—it was just underwhelming. The drinks were very sweet and not interesting, and the food wasn’t as good as most competing eateries with similar offerings. Many similar spots on Grand, Lakeshore, etc. this place would have been better as a date spot, and hanging by the bar would have been far more lively than the seating area. Service was fine, no problems with any of the people interacting with us. Just, underwhelming all around.

CK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great drinks. Food was pretty good. Cool ambiance. Service was very good.

UF
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We walked in and immediately were welcomed with the cozy, chill ambiance and friendly host. We opted to sit at the bar, where the bartenders were slow to get to us at first and throughout the evening. However, cocktails were satisfactory and one of bartenders was very knowledgeable about the wine list, which was appreciated. Would recommend the buttermilk chicken wings and chickpea burger. The brussel sprouts were overly tossed in Parmesan, which took over the flavor and all that we could taste. Despite that, overall a good experience, will be back, and would recommend to others.

MH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were really impressed. Every bite was delicious and the servers were so kind. This will be our new date spot for sure.

E
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We attended a comedy night on a Tuesday. This review only applies to that one night (our first and only visit) and event.

Good: The interior of the CS is nice. Good vibe, nice decor, good layout, plenty of seating at the bar. Decent drink menu, plenty to choose from. Drink prices were in line with my expectations.

Bad: Terrible service. Felt ignored by bartenders and staff, who seemed oblivious overall.

Food was overpriced. For fun I ordered the ribeye steak ($45). It came pre-cut, thin, and while tasty, was not a $45 steak. My companion ordered the large Gulf shrimp and mussels at $26. Again, food was good and more reasonably priced.

We came to see the standup comedy they host on Tuesday nights. What was not mentioned on the CS website or when I called to make reservations was the additional charge ($10 pp) for the comedy show, even though I told the hostess my reservations were for dinner and the comedy. We ended up having to hand over another $20 to see the comedians at the table we reserved.

The comedians were okay, if not totally original, with some good laughs. Lots of applause begging - “any single ladies? Couples? Parents?” etc. Be prepared for a lot of f-bomb and n-word dropping if you’re into that sort of thing.

At the end of the 5 comedian set, they “passed the hat” for donations for the comics. Apparently they don’t get a cut of the cover. This meant one of the comedians standing in front of audience members with a large metal donation container until the audience member coughed up a donation. It felt mandatory. And again, we’d already paid $20 just to see them, in addition to an overpriced dinner.

I think next time we’ll skip dinner and the show, along with all the hidden fees, and just go for drinks. Provided we can get the bartender’s attention.

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice local bar with interesting cocktails. Food is limited, some things not available due to access to fresh ingredients so okay with us. Tasty bites with variety.

m
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed my husband's birthday dinner at Copper Spoon recently. The back room where we were seated was perfectly lit, cozy, and not too loud. Service was excellent. The menu is fairly limited, but the offerings employ interesting spices and combinations so that even deviled eggs and a lamb burger are given fresh interpretations (the latter being especially tasty). The drinks were also very good. We'll definitely be back.

TR
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really fun little place. Eclectic menu. Funky decor. One of a kind!

k
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful food, and very friendly (though somewhat slow) service. My muscles and prawns were *awesome*. We were seated in the back lounge area, which was cozy, but our table was too tall for the shorter guests, and didn't match the rest of the decor. The sound level was perfect but only after we asked that the speaker just over our table be turned down. The front room across from the bar was more visually appealing and the tables (booths) looked as though they would be more physically comfortable but I'm sure it would have been much noisier there. Overall a great place, that's sure to continue to evolve.

DA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and cocktails were very good as was service - kitchen was a bit slow but an enjoyable evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

An unfortunate first time experience at the copper spoon. Reservations were made with some very dear friends on Valentine’s Day. I sent a private email inquiring about vegan options, as the regular menu (online) appeared to show this was possible. However, when we all arrived, we were presented with a Valentine’s prefix menu and a limited regular menu. We explained there were strict vegans at the table and wanted to know what the options were. The server seemed to stumble & mistakenly suggested vegetarian (not vegan), offering us deviled eggs etc. Ordered Veggie polenta. Not vegan, though we had to take a few bites to determine there was most certainly animal products such as, butter or milk. 15 minutes later, the server came back and realized she had made a severe mistake after asking AGAIN. Yep- cream & cheese. There was no offer to have the kitchen whip up something specifically vegan. Overall, we had minimal service other than our water being filled up every few seconds. Drinks took up to 15 minutes to deliver. We asked for bread later & they brought it out with melted butter all over it. Charged us &3! We were not listened to the entire time we were there. The service was poor at best. Granted, it was a busy valentine’s night but we did have a reservation and I never did get a reply to the email that I sent.

Poor customer service & little responsibility taken for the lack of attention to detail.

I would recommend servers be educated on food preferences & the findamental difference between vegan & vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. If anybody at the table would have had a severe allergy for example, this would be another conversation. There were vegans at the table who had been vegans for over 20 years & they could’ve become very sick as a result, if they had continued to eat what was presented to them & told was vegan. BIG Liability.
As a local small business owner, I am super disappointed in the lack of fundamental customer service skill sets.

E
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Pros: Lovely ambiance, great music, friendly service, reasonable prices, delicious drinks.
Cons: Limited food choices and some dishes were over-seasoned.

m
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of four. Sunday Evening. We started out with a waiter who was personality plus. We started with drinks. My dining companions were all into mezcal and had a good time with all the drink choices. We had starters of brussel sprouts and Korean chicken wings. Neither disappointed. I had the lamb burger and it was ah-maz-ing! Two companions had the small portion of shrimp and mussels, which was plenty with the starters. Another companion had the chickpea burger and really enjoyed it. We finished the evening with coffee and two companions had the vegan mousse and they seemed to like it although it looked a little too loose to be considered a mousse or pot de creme. Overall, really great special occasion meal.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and very cute restaurant!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

First let me say that our server was fabulous. The food was not good and everything was way overpriced.

l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot in Oakland! Do not miss this place!

a
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Went during restaurant week - which was the first mistake! Thought that for $40/person, it would be ample food, but the portions were small and the protein was skimpy. It took hella long for our food to arrive (despite not being that busy), and the food itself wasn't great. The flavors were one-note and lacked texture. The highlight: the hummus was awesome. I should have just had 4 servings of hummus. The gumbo didn't taste like anything except spice, and it was supposed to be shrimp and crab but didn't have any shrimp. The coconut ice cream was the size of a child's dessert. The drink I got was on the rocks (heavily) but served in an ice-cream sundae style cup... which meant that the ice just kept attacking my nose. The server was nice, but everything just took so freaking long, it was hard to appreciate decent service. Maybe things are different when it isn't restaurant week though!

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was nonexistent. We waited 30 minutes to order and another hour for our food. When food did arrive, it was either burnt or missing elements. Ruined my friend’s birthday.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Poor value for restaurant week. Tiny portions for $40. Everything was too salty.

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