Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant opened its doors in June of 2012 in Columbus, Ohio’s popular Easton Town Center. Located amidst the hubbub of delectable dining and great shopping, Cooper’s Hawk is a nice compliment to the upscale area. Dubbing themselves as the modern casual dining experience, Cooper’s Hawk offers a unique dining experience to Central Ohio.The combination of dining and wine is nothing new to the restaurant circuit. However, Cooper’s Hawk ushered in a defining experience for diners and wine lovers alike. Establishing a reputation as both a winery and restaurant, owners carved a niche for themselves in the industry by producing wine from its private winery.
Once inside the restaurant diners may choose to partake in sampling in house blends in the wine-tasting room. The room is a popular hotspot peppered with people sampling, tasting, and enjoying choice blends. Moving toward the dining area, each diner is greeted with display cases of delectable treats, creating excitement and anticipation of an uncommon dining experience. Aesthetically pleasing, it entreats diners to appreciate tasty desserts. Moreover, whether entering, departing, or dropping in to gander, there are many choices of gifts in the store for the wine lover. This added convenience allows the diner an opportunity to add to their own wine cellar, or give a thoughtful gift to the wine lover in their life.
Another popular feature of the notable winery is the wine club. For an affordable monthly fee diners may join the wine club and gain exclusive access to newly released wines. Additionally, members are invited to partake in wine-tasting as well as members only events. Other benefits to the wine club also include discounts and birthday rewards. Finally, listed on its website, Cooper’s Hawk offers a wine club trip. This years trip will take place in Santa Barbara, California. Cooper’s Hawk club members will flank the city to enjoy vineyard tours, and gorgeous scenery!
Cooper’s Hawk offers an incomparable dining experience to both wine and food connoisseurs. Offering in-house brand of various wines, Cooper’s Hawk pairs menu items with a specific wine selection. Removing any guesswork from the pairing process for veteran and novice alike, the winery assigns a number to each menu item that coincides with the perfect wine pairing.
The menus items are flavorful American cuisine which grants each diner with a modern dining experience. Wetting the appetite with its well known pretzel bread served with butter, menu items offer many American favorites including steaks and burgers, ample appetizers such as over the border egg rolls or roasted beets and goat cheese, and savory salads which may be an appetizer or meal. The salads include such favorites as a house salad, the popular wedge salad, and the classic caesar salad. Diners will also find it easy to add heartwarming soup to a salad selection. Crab adds a twist to the traditional lobster bisque. While other soups to be enjoyed are the tortilla soup and an artesian soup of the day.
Entrée items include many choices ranging from beef, to chicken, pork, seafood, pasta, and sandwiches. All steaks and burgers are cooked to the diners specifications. While chicken lovers may enjoy such dishes as Dana’s parmesan crusted chicken, Anne’s chicken saltimbocca, and Cooper’s Hawk chicken giardiniera. Other menu items such as bourbon bbq pork chops, soy ginger salmon and jambalaya offer extensive menu selections for every tastebud.
The dessert menu is pleasantly extensive and offers a range of choices spanning from chocolate dipped strawberries to freshly made crème brûlée, to key lime pie. Of course ports, expresso, and wine pairings to dessert items are offered to round out the dining experience. Each dessert is made from scratch daily.
For additional information about Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant visit the website at
https://www.coopershawkwinery.com/. The website and the restaurant is one of the best!
By Leasa Simmons
photos by Asset Marketing Inc and Nancy Stiles.