Lovely dining experience. So many excellent choices! I'll have to go back again. Great service too.
May 26, 2019
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!
Feb 26, 2019
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.
Feb 14, 2019
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.
Mar 6, 2019
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.
Jul 1, 2019
Friendly staff. Pleasant atmosphere. The food was good but did not quite meet expectations. I may have chosen poorly. Definitely worth another try.
Jul 21, 2019
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!!
Oct 15, 2019
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!
Sep 1, 2019
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.
Oct 12, 2019
Great service and food don't expect fancy food dish display is what we call come Plato
Oct 23, 2019
This place is amazing! Let your server pick the food, you won’t regret it
Nov 18, 2019
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.
Dec 13, 2019
Great food and atmosphere. Love the speciality cocktails!
Nov 30, 2019
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.
Dec 29, 2019
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!
Dec 27, 2019
Didn't live up to the hype. Over priced
Jan 17, 2020
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!
Jan 12, 2020
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!
Feb 14, 2020
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.
Feb 15, 2020
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!