Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Merrillville

4.5
1439 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant combines modern, casual dining with award-winning, handcrafted wines. Our menu features fresh contemporary-American fare infused with flavors from around the world. From appetizers to desserts, each dish on our menu is listed with a bin number to help guide you to your selection’s perfect wine match. In addition to dining, Cooper’s Hawk offers a full-service bar, private party spaces, and Napa-style tasting room with specialty gift store, where guests can enjoy sipping and sampling wines in a traditional winery setting. Sourcing the highest quality grapes from the best vineyards around the world has earned Cooper’s Hawk a growing list of more than 200 wine awards. Most recently, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants was selected as “Hot Concept 2010” winner by Nation's Restaurant News and MenuMasters winner for the category of “Menu Trendsetter” in 2013.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Full menu available for lunch and dinner

Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(219) 795-9463
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt McMillin
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Private party contact
Events Department: (219) 795-9463 ext. 4
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Catering
Full catering and carryout menu available for pick up at the restaurant. For menus, visit www.chwinery.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Off of E. 81st and Southlake Mall
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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ST
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

No wait time. Food was a little pricey, service was ok. Would come back again but not order the pricey appetizers again, not worth what you get.

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GR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Will go back soon! It’s best to make reservations! It get crowded especially on the weekend!

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T
Indiana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks are always outstanding ! It is a bit loud but it is an open space so not much you can do about it.

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CD
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

After a harrowing day that included a funeral for my son, I brought my othrr son here to de-stress, unwind and breathe again. The food and service were wonderful- LOVED the crispy brussels sprouts appetizer - and the crzb biswue was very good. BUT. How on earth does a nice restaurznt run out of bread on a Sunday night?? Or ever. And it was so dsrk I had to use my phone to light up the menu. I will be back but the bread issue is just not acceptable.

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had heard how good the food was and needed a restaurant that took reservations. I always check reviews on Yelp and found the Merrillville, Indiana restaurant was highly rated. I had not had veal in awhile so I chose the veal picatta. This was the best choice for me. Really good flavor and veal was crisply breaded. Some of the others had been to Cooper's Hawk Winery in Illinois and Indiana and they said I outdid myself booking this for our lunch. Service was really good, as well. Will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food
Great Service
Very Loud
Waiting area to crowded & loud

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful!

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N
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Our server was absolutely terrible. Not friendly at all. Food sub par.

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RR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my boyfriends birthday, he had never been to Coopers Hawk before. Staff was so helpful and friendly, we had so much fun

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish and chips are amazing and of course the wine is excellent!!

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SR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cooper’s messed up all three of our orders. They were very quick to fix it though and even offered us a free bottle of wine as a thank you for our patience. It’s totally understandable to mess up sometimes especially a busy restaurant like that. The manager and waitress handled it really well and we will definitely be back. Service and management like that are the sign of a good business!

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The bad experience started from the wine tasting. The young lady who was working that night made my daughter's first experience the worse by far. She did not give good customer service. It showed on her face just how much she did not want to be there. She did not check up on us on a consistency nor did she provide any information on the wine we were tasting considering it was my daughter's first time. By the time we made it to the dinner table; our waitress was just as bad. Our waitress checked on us twice for the entire night. So for an overall score I can only give 2 stars and I had to really go deep inside to pull that one.

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G
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Zach did a wonderful job as part of the wait staff. He frequented the table just enough, and was courteous and helpful.

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J
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a surprisingly good dinner! Entrees of salmon, gnocchi with short rib, and filet were all super!!

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d
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable evening. It was a little noisy, but other than that it was excellent as always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Bday dinner. Had a very lovely time. Waiter was very good.

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HD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love everything about this place! My daughter is Gluten Intolerant. They have an entire separate menu filled with wonderful gluten free dishes. Also, when they brought out the warm pretzel bread for the rest of us, they also brought out a warm gluten free mini loaf of bread for her. By far, my entire family's favorite place to eat now. Their wines are wonderful and their wait staff is spectacular!

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I very much enjoyed the wine tasting and meal we had. Our service was wonderful as always and we will be back again soon.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been members for well over 5 yrs We love the wine and the food is great! The only gripe is that even though we had reservations for 5pm and were 15 minutes early, we still had a 45 minute wait and the tasting room was full so we had to stand and wait a long time to be seated. In the Merrillville restaurant there is a wall by reception that could use a long padded bench for customers to be able to sit when they must wait to be seated.

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great time with friends who were in from out of town. Our server was really knowledgeable when it came to the wine list and was very friendly.

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j
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and our server Mike was fabulous!

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DL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We celebrated our 37th anniversary and they gave us each a glass of champagne. My hubby got the pork chop (very good) and I had the fish (good). We shared the smore dessert.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Very disappointed in the food lately! It’s been over cooked and sauces have been off. Plus whatever flavoring they put in the butter for the pretzel bread was too lemony and gross. I hope they get their acts together soon.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and we were very slow but the waitress was patient and non intrusive and very helpful!

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RB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wine tasting was awesome and the waiter even gave us a bonus taste. Food is awesome as well and the waitress was very friendly and helpful

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SH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erica was phenomenal! I will definitely request her when we go there again.

The food is always great as well. Everything I've tried I've loved!

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HD
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always enjoyable

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NR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cooper's hawk is always amazing. Great service food and knowledgeable people about their wine.

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience as usual. I’ve never had a bad experience when I’ve eaten here. I love the relaxed atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Thanks to Open table, I was able to make a reservation online last minute. I was seated within 5 minutes. I dined alone and received amazing service. I ordered pork chops and crab cakes. The crab cakes were not to my taste. The pork chop was good although I do not like the crusty topping. The wine was good, I even joined the wine club and left with two bottles of wine. I ordered cheesecake for dessert and it came in a glass cup, not traditional but it was delicious. The appetizers are and wine is well worth the experience.

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TC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Just that my gnocchi was over cooked, therefore a little dry and crispy. Ambiance and service were good.

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SP
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a 7pm reservation for 4 on a Thursday night. Arrived at 6:30 and was not seated until 7:30. Manager brought us a free glass of wine to apologize. Tasting room was completely packed. They really need towxpand the tasting room or buy the place across the hall to make additional room. Love the food and wine. Never had a bad meal. Place is just getting too crowded.

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DD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Thank you!

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine us excellent. The atmosphere is Fabulous!

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F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I love this restaurant and their food but, on this particular occasion, the waiter was so horrible that it almost ruined the night. If the chocolate cake hadn’t been incredible, as almost always, it would have hampered our desire to return. Don’t get Neil

Details? Inattentive, didn’t listen. Could not even refill water when asked. The pen he left with the bill didn’t work. He was not overworked, quiet time in the restaurant. He was just clueless.

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TH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went there to have appetizers and wine for my Birthday. I ordered a few appetizers for the table, which were very good and presentation was nice. I also ordered my favorite appetizer, Blackened Ahi Tuna and it was delicious as usual. Would definitely recommend for a small gathering or even a romantic date. We had good service as well.

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VP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is going to sound like a commercial ad, but it's simply the truth. Every time I dine at Cooper's Hawk Merrillville I am blown away by the consistently excellent cuisine and service.

On this visit (Saturday, October 13, 2018), my meal was super delicious, as always. I had the Pan Roasted Barramundi with Lemongrass Sauce. The dish was exquisite. Three days later, my taste buds are still happy. The fish was cooked to perfection, flaky and tender, and the sauce was to die for! The veggie was "Blistered Green Beans" and they were delicious as well. The starch was "Ginger Rice," which was very flavorful and a delightful addition to the meal. Portions were generous and beautifully plated.

My boyfriend ordered the Blackened Ahi Tuna, which came with Cilantro Citrus Rice and an Asian coleslaw. A wasabi sauce was drizzled on the plate, and he loved the heat! The dish was superb. We enjoyed a bottle of Cooper's Hawk White wine with our meal; a perfect complement to our seafood dishes.

We couldn't help indulging in dessert and ordered the Truffles with Wine. The plate contained three decadent truffles and came with a flight of three sweet wines. We were given a list of several wines to choose from. We were surprised at what our favorite turned out to be: rhubarb wine. Mmmm good!

Finally, I must say that the service provided by Andrea was most excellent. The restaurant was extremely busy, yet she was attentive and helpful. She knows the wines and menu well, and she made some great suggestions. She checked back on us now and then but was not intrusive. She deserves kudos for her excellent service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was outstanding, but the service was not so great and the noise level was almost intolerable

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing!!! Never would have thought a spot in a local mall would be so incredible

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NM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We frequently go to Coopershawk as a wine club member. However our service on Friday when we attended was horrible. The server was overwhelmed. We shared a plate we never got a salad we never got soup she was very on attentive to us unlike most visits that we’ve had there

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