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COPA

4.3

107 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 973-0111
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Photo of Jim White Jim White
May 9, 2019 5

Lovely dining experience. So many excellent choices! I'll have to go back again. Great service too.

Photo of Allan Logan Allan Logan
May 26, 2019 5

Amazing experience from the professional mixology staff (thanks Alex) to the incredible presentation and flavors of Traditional Cuban dishes. We strongly recommend and will be back often. Recommendation... Try everything!

Photo of Jesse Mowles-Aring Jesse Mowles-Aring
Feb 26, 2019 5

Great local food, awesome, friendly staff. Casual but high quality. Big portions for tapas. Will have to go back to try everything that looked amazing. The bad news is that you can't choose wrong.

Photo of Zach Brown Zach Brown
Feb 14, 2019 4

An authentically Cuban night out. Everything up and down the menu seemed like an effort to make the best, modern version of a classic dish. Not every plate was a success but tapas means there's always another course coming. Service was good if a bit hectic for so early in the evening. The decor is comfortable but not truly unique. I liked this restaurant a lot and if it weren't in competition with so many great tapas in Durham right now it would be 5 stars.

Photo of Heather B Heather B
Mar 6, 2019 5

The food is amazing and the cocktails are unique and fun. The waiter staff really understand the menu and the culture behind the dishes and they just add to the overall experience. If you haven't been it is a must for a true downtown Durham experience. Just don't be in a hurry, the concept is multiple courses and a leisure dinner to visit with your friends and share authentic Cuban food cuisine.

Photo of Jim White Jim White
Jul 1, 2019 4

Friendly staff. Pleasant atmosphere. The food was good but did not quite meet expectations. I may have chosen poorly. Definitely worth another try.

Photo of Viviana Solórzano Viviana Solórzano
Jul 21, 2019 5

Freshest, tastiest salad I've ever had - seriously. All the rest of the fare was delicious as well, and served in an interesting way. For example, platanos rellenos are usually cups made of plantain, fried, and when they're solid, filled with the meat. But here, the filling is surrounded by the plantain, which looks to have been fried while the plantain was still uncooked, and so it reached out with lovely web-like structures. The visual appeal was almost as impressive as the taste itself. But the taste of this and all the other fare, was by far the MVP of the night. I would love to return!!

Photo of Boyce Currance Boyce Currance
Oct 15, 2019 5

We came here to celebrate a friend's birthday.The hostess that took us to our tables was very friendly. The ambience is really nice and very open. Their drinks menu and food menu is very elaborate and took me some time to read through it. I ordered the first cocktail drink on their menu and it was really good and served in a pretty glass!

Photo of Sloan Christopher Sloan Christopher
Sep 1, 2019 5

Fantastic food! And a lot moe of it than I expected. Great prices, atmosphere was low key and comfortable. Staff was very friendlier and knowledgeable about the specialty drinks and dishes.

Photo of mo vas mo vas
Oct 12, 2019 4

Great service and food don't expect fancy food dish display is what we call come Plato

Photo of Sean Lynott Sean Lynott
Oct 23, 2019 5

This place is amazing! Let your server pick the food, you won’t regret it

Photo of Stephen Daniel Stephen Daniel
Nov 18, 2019 4

I really wanted to like this place. The atmosphere was inviting, the menu was interesting, and the wait staff was charming and perky. However the service was terrible. Our waiter had trouble entering our order into her iPad -- we had to repeat it multiple times. 3 of the dishes we wanted were already sold out by 7PM. We were served a dish we had not ordered as a replacement for one of the sold-out dishes. One of the dishes we did order was served twice. Our wine arrived just as we were finishing. We asked for more bread -- three times -- before it eventually arrived. On the whole the food was good. The pork we ordered was bland and dry, but the rest was quite tasty. There cocktails were well executed.

Photo of Allison Zimmerman Allison Zimmerman
Dec 13, 2019 5

Great food and atmosphere. Love the speciality cocktails!

Photo of Emily Bernard Emily Bernard
Nov 30, 2019 3

Came here after visiting during lunch on a Durham food tour. Had high hopes for dinner but unfortunately was extremely disappointed. First problem, the waiter had little knowledge of the menu, pairings and portions (key for any restaurant but tapas especially). Two, the tapas came out to the tiny 4 top table all at once. The food runners were literally stacking plates in front of us. At any other tapas restaurant ive ever been, food comes out in waves as to enjoy each plate amongst your group, foster discussion and take.your.time. I asked the waiter if we could slow it down and he suggested this was the pace they always serve food at Copa. So, problem two was we felt rushed through our meal. Third problem which isnt necessarily in their control but our table was directly under a vent that was circulating cigarette smoke into the restaurant, so we did not have a pleasant experience there. Aside from those issues, food was OK, cocktails were OK and the atmosphere is neat. Would not recommend if you are used to a traditional tapas experience or if you are trying tapas and this would be your first impression.

Photo of carol wooten carol wooten
Dec 29, 2019 5

We had reservations and you will need them because You want to Go! Doug was fabulous and attentive even though we only ordered appetizers and drinks. The Croquetas are amazing! Chef pays attention to every detail and takes the time to greet every table. The food is not hot spicy but rather Caribbean warm, rich, and complex. And, the Flan, oh, my! It's a totally enjoyable experience. Just go!

Photo of John Tucker John Tucker
Dec 27, 2019 3

Didn't live up to the hype. Over priced

Photo of Wilmer Gregg Wilmer Gregg
Jan 17, 2020 5

First visit and I must tell you, I really liked it! The food was great, and our server was GROOVY. The atmosphere was actually nice. We had people from other tables talking to us making suggestions since they knew it was our time . Loved my burger and the Thai sweet chili fries.! I will go back just for those! Great food, great experience. Will be back!

Photo of Gerald Wooten Gerald Wooten
Jan 12, 2020 5

If you make a reservation, you will have a terrific meal with great service. Rich and warm Caribbean flavors that are authentic along with locally sourced ingredients. Make a reservation as this place is popular!

Photo of Miguel Lozada Miguel Lozada
Feb 14, 2020 4

Interesting twists on Cuban food. Need more waitresses, two is definitely not enough for this # of tables. Maybe they forget that tapas style servings means more trips to & from each table. There were too many stretches of time with our waitress nowhere to be found. long wait for a 2nd drink, for hot sauce for desert and even for the check.

Photo of Michelle Lubick Michelle Lubick
Feb 15, 2020 5

Delicious food! I went for a food tour with Taste of Carolina then I went again a few days later. The food was just as amazing the second time as it was the first time. Copa was amazing with food allergies. They are very knowledgeable about their menu! The decorations in Copa and I think it's really cool that all the art is from local artists! Definitely worth the visit!

Photo of Geoffrey Banks Geoffrey Banks
Dec 28, 2018 5

Awesome staff. Super kind and attentive and the food is even better! One of the best Cuban Sandwiches I've had. not to mention the fantastic art all by Cuban artists. Really enjoyed my visit

Photo of Andy Turnbull Andy Turnbull
Apr 13, 2020 5

If you haven't given this place a try, it's definitely worth your time. Love the food, it's not just Cuban --- it's a wide range of options with Cuban inspiration. My favorite place to eat when I'm in Durham.

Photo of Vi Phung Vi Phung
May 17, 2019 3

We went for lunch on a Saturday. Overall food was ok. We got the El Caney sandwich and the Una Completa plate with chicken. The sandwich was kinda dry for me and the plate came with little food for the price. The best part was the plantain chips that came with the sandwich. We also got the pudding for dessert and that was pretty good.