The Coopers Tavern
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Taps: 28 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.13/5 rDev -22.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I hate to find myself being the 10th reviewer on this one, but I guess I will have to do it.
I stumbled upon Cooper's Tavern after checking out the places guide here on BA, as I always eat at Brasserie V when in Madison, so I wanted to try and find something different, and right down town as I was seeing a show at a downtown Theatre and staying down town as well. Cooper's looked very promising. The menu read nice, their tap list was above average, (their bottle list is lengthy, but average, and nothing special).
The food menu is packed with stand out dishes like Lobster Mac, roasted Bone Marrow, some really nice looking salads, beet root Hummus, etc etc. Things that sounded really appealing to me. We loaded up on some app's, and they were all delicious. The roasted bone marrow was fantastic, albeit a very small portion, I could have used 3 bones (instead of 1) to pick at, and maybe charge twice as much...The mussels were super tasty as well. The salads we had were awesome. The brussel sprout salad was fantastic, something really to remember.
The entrees were meh. Very meh. The lobster mac was terrible. No flavor, and for $19.99, bah. The Pork Belly Mac was about the same, (it had brown sugar on it? really odd combo, and not appealing).
Cooper's is a cool place, don't get me wrong. But as far as beer goes, this place is half of Brasserie V is...and food goes the same. Some really nice things, but then some really disappointing things as well. If you are looking for a good dining experience, and a killer beer list (this is a BEER website after all, right?), take a cab to Brasserie V...it's well worth it!
09-30-2012 14:05:40 | More by MarcatGSB
The Coopers Tavern in Madison, WI
90 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.