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“What a 5-star food should be”
Review of Copine

Copine
Ranked #276 of 4,634 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$45 - US$75
Description: Copine serves contemporary American cuisine rooted in classical French technique. We serve dinner Tuesday-Saturday between the hours of 5:00 and 9:00pm. We also offer a curated menu of items that are available for take away; please see the link on our website for hours, offerings and details...
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Description: Copine serves contemporary American cuisine rooted in classical French technique. We serve dinner Tuesday-Saturday between the hours of 5:00 and 9:00pm. We also offer a curated menu of items that are available for take away; please see the link on our website for hours, offerings and details...
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Copine exemplifies what 5-star dining in Seattle is like: 1) decor is understated, maybe too understated. Like you're in a Dansk showroom, all nordic simplicity. Your eyes need a few more focal points for a multi-hour dining experience. There are few interesting vases to ponder.
2) The crowd is without a doubt serious foodies who come to have their taste buds delighted. They are dressed in tee shirts and shorts, ready to dig in, with no muss or fuss. For a place you'll drop $75-100 per person, it is very unpretentious.
3) The food is the STAR here, no question. They're so serious about the food, they DON'T want you to order appetizers first while perusing the entrees entrees. No no, they want you to order everything at the same time so that they can properly space it out, with an amuse bouche thrown in. Definitely order a starter or two. The foie gras is an art piece. Seriously, you will want to take photos of it, it's so beautifully composed. A line of black sesame, cubes of foie gras, dashi and edible flowers, with tiny, beautifully flayed out peaches. But gorgeous would mean nothing if the flavors don't match, and heavens, this foie gras does! It's a delightful symphony for your mouth. The night we were there, they had a special starter of wagyu beef tartare. Also excellent. The pork belly is nearly entree-sized and a very good value if you have a big appetite.
4) The entrees change a little with the seasons. But the duck seems to always be there. It's wonderful, served in a flaky pastry crust, and because it's summer, garnished with cherries dipped in pistachios. My husband had the scallops, and although there were only 3 scallops, a bed of sweet corn and peppers kept it lively and also more filling.
5) There are 4 desserts to choose from, including a seasonal deconstructed strawberry shortcake. The chocolate mouse was the winner at our table. Served with peanut butter ice cream.
6) There are cocktails to choose from, but as mentioned, most diners come for the food, so the preferred accompaniment is wine. They have a good wine list, both white & red, as well as sparklers. Although there's no sommelier, the servers are good about recommending wines that go well with what you order. Actual espresso or french press coffee for afterwards.

Because Copine has no view and no sumptuous atmosphere, this is not necessarily the place to take high-end business clients or people who need to be impressed. It's not the place to dress to the nine's. But, it IS the place to impress the hard-to-please foodie and the person who's well-traveled and appreciates the finer points of fine dining. The food is actually better than Canlis and a much better value.

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

We were four of us at COPINE for dinner. Going simply by the very French name, our expectation was clearly French cuisine.
Over several visits to Seattle we had tried numerous restaurants in the Capitol Hill as well as in Fremont areas. This restaurant is in the Ballard area.
In keeping with current trends, the décor was modern with an open kitchen.
We were received by a very friendly waitress. Her suggestions helped us choose the food and wine. Her descriptions turned out to be on the dot. So no surprises.
We chose Chilled Vanilla Scented Corn Soup, Ahi Tuna Crudo, Heirloom Tomato Salad, & Carnaroli Risotto for starters. They were all very good but the vote for the most innovative dish would certainly go to the Carnaroli Risotto. The Dungeness crab in a risotto was original and delicious. The Heirloom Tomato Salad, that showed how a talented Chef can make a simple tomato salad exquisite by choice of the right ingredients and their combination, came a close second.
For the main course we chose Pan Seared Halibut, Caramelized Sea Scallops & Poulet Roti. The accompaniments to the roast chicken (young carrots and marble potatoes) made it a notch above the ordinary. The halibut was cooked just right (not overdone) and the accompaniments (blistered tomatoes and nicoise olives) heightened the flavour of the dish. The scallops could have been a little less sweet. The caramel overrode the fine taste of the scallops. The sweet corn was compensated by the mushrooms and the peppers. This was the only dish that called for a good sprinkling of black pepper. It was more American than French cuisine.
For dessert we shared the Valrhona Chocolate Mousse. Good dark chocolate and up to the standard of a French chocolate mousse.
In summary we would tweak the description of the cuisine as “contemporary French style cuisine with an American touch” instead of “We offer contemporary American cuisine executed with classical French technique and attention to detail”.
One issue the restaurant needs to address urgently is efficient evacuation of the food smells from the open kitchen. It strikes you as soon as you enter the restaurant.

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Thank jjj637
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

This restaurant is just lovely in all respects. The atmosphere is understated elegance, clean lines without any cold harshness, just a perfect balance. The tables are well spaced, the lighting is soft without being dim. You can enjoy dinner conversation without having to shout, even when the restaurant is full.

The service is impeccable- warm, welcoming and efficient. The food is awesome, beautifully presented. Each bite is a delight. The foie terrine, for example, is a study in balanced nuance. The lamb is absolutely stunning. The vegan and vegetarian dishes are also excellent; you won't be feeling like you're in second class.

The wine list is well thought with good choices at many price points and they make great cocktails.

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Thank old_lady_who
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

We're local. We've known of Copine since it's opening, followed the successful reviews, and finally were able to find a kid-free night for a dinner-date. Reservations are a good idea and we had them. The interior is just right - classy, modern, sleek and not too pretentious. Some guests were dressy and others were in Seattle nice-casual. Nothing about the service says 'hurry up' - everything is timed to perfection and the guest gets to set the pace. We wanted a slow meal. I think the best part of the meal was with every course, and every bite, we just kept smiling. There are little surprises and the attention to detail is incredible. The amuse bouche gave a very clear indication of what the rest of the night would bring. Absolute perfection! Our starters in included a tomato salad which featured several, beautiful varieties of heirloom tomato, grilled bread, fresh panna cotta. Oh wow! My husband ordered the corn soup - scented with vanilla - popcorn, mushrooms - we couldn't believe it. The fresh, homemade challah dinner roll was incredible. The small bit of lobster risotto - oh my goodness!! My husband had the special - beef from the 'flavor curve' and potato croquettes. I had the roasted chicken with delicious crisped ski. Perfect portion sizes. And, have I mentioned the flavor?

It is obvious that every detail is cared for and decided by the Chef - it's all just right. Dessert was chocolate mousse with some peanut butter ice cream - a perfect ending with our espresso.

If you need a nice restaurant in Seattle, Copine should be on your list! Warm greeting, professional, knowledgable and friendly service, and the food was fantastic!

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Thank Jennifer K
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

My spouse’s test of a superior restaurant is the ability to serve a Negroni cocktail. If they say, “What is that?” they fail. If they say “We don’t have the ingredients” they fail. If they bring a Negroni, but it’s the wrong color because it hasn’t been mixed correctly, they fail. Copine delivered a beautifully crafted, perfectly colored Negroni that was accompanied by an extravagantly swirly orange peel. Score!
But that was just the start. Our server, Jason, asked us if we had any questions, concerns, allergies. Wow, that is so Seattle. I love it, especially because heck yeah, I had questions, concerns and allergies. Kidding aside, Jason was a great server and added to the experience of what ultimately was the most important—the food.
Oh the food! Everything we ate, appetizer through dessert, was exceptional and inventive. On paper it sounds a little weird. For instance, I had the chilled corn soup that was garnished with chanterelle mushrooms, popcorn, and flowers, with a hint of vanilla. Fantastic! In addition, the food was plated beautifully. There were splashes and dots of sauces, and flowers and perfect vegetables. On my plate of duck in pastry, they had tiny slices of figs with a brulee coating. So someone in the kitchen sliced figs and then used a torch to get a perfectly sweet and cracking coating for a morsel of pure pleasure. Clearly none of this was anything I would make in my home. Isn’t that the point of going out to eat?

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