Cooper’s Hawk Winery – Tim McEnery opened their first restaurant in 2005 in Overland Park, IL. It was the first Illinois concept restaurant and winery under one roof. McEnery wanted to create a concept of tomorrow for guests to enjoy today. In addition, he wanted to create an innovative dining experience with much to do with wine appreciation than solely food. However, our opinion is that they succeeded at both. According to their website, it was a grand vision since they have added 18 more since then, with four different establishments planned through 2015.
While our review is dedicated to the Cooper’s Hawk Winery located at 1146 Town and Country Crossing Drive, Town and Country, MO, we do not doubt that all locations are managed using the same high-quality values. Additionally, while it is not locally owned, it is a Midwest-based chain.
McEnery has been in the restaurant business, learning the various aspects since he was 11 years old, working as a dishwasher and working his way up, even working at country clubs and wineries to learn those businesses. He received his bachelor’s degree in, you guessed it, Restaurant and Hotel Management from Purdue University.
All along, he was creating his business plan that appears to have turned out to be his “masterpiece.” Cooper’s Hawk Winery offers a modern but casual atmosphere with a menu of dishes created with their handcrafted wines in mind. Each menu item is paired with idyllic wine.
If you have never been to a first-class winery, this is a great substitute. If you have been to some of the finer Napa Valley wineries and can’t afford to visit them every week since we live in Missouri, consider visiting Cooper’s Hawk Winery in Town and Country, MO, or The Plaza, Kansas City, MO.
Since opening, they have received more than 300 wine awards from various regional, national, and international competitions. Their success is understandable. They have successfully created a distinctive atmosphere that replicates and possibly exceeds the finest wineries in the country. The vision of combining a restaurant and winery is not necessarily unique, but in Town and Country, MO, it is. Outside of their quality wines and cuisines, their locations are a significant key. A few Missouri wineries have attempted to create a unique attraction, but most are not conveniently located, and the food does not meet the standards developed at Cooper’s Hawk Winery.
They produce almost 60 wines, totaling approximately 240,000 cases, making them the fifth-largest winery outside California, with sales exceeding more than 120 million in 2014. Impressive!
The Wine List is:
- Sparking – six wines with a price of $22.99 per bottle
- White – ten wines with a price range of $21.99 to $37.99
- Blush – one White Zinfandel for $20.99
- Red – fifteen wine with a price range of $22.99 to $45.99
- Sweet Red – two wines with both priced at $21.99
- Fruit – eight wines with a price of $21.99
- Dessert – two wines with a price range of $27.99 to $37.99
They offer specialties like Sangria, Cooper’s Hawk Bellini, Champagne Cocktail, and Cooper’s Hawk Mimosa.
They offer Large Formats, including Magnum, Double Magnum, Imperial, and Salmanazar.
My favorite is their Winemaker’s Barrel Reserve, a handcrafted blend straight from the barrel for $8.75 per glass. That’s a great touch of class.
Naturally, they offer a full-service bar.
As for food they offer:
- Appetizers – eleven ranging in price from $8.99 to $21.49, including sampler platter, crab cakes, chicken potstickers, Ahi Tuna Tacos, and more. Wide variety!
- Chef Matt’s Cheese Tasting – Artisan cheeses for the novice and the cheese enthusiast, and you can pair it with Wine Pairing Flight. Great idea!
- Flatbreads – five ranging in price from $8.99 to $9.99
- Soups – three to choose from
- Appetizer Salads – three to choose from
- Seafood Entrees – seven ranging in price from $14.99 to $27.99
- Beef & Pork Entrees – seven ranging in price from $20.99 to $32.99
- Chicken Entrées – five ranging in price from $16.99 to $17.99
- Pasta Entrées – six ranging in price from $14.99 to 16.99
- Burgers & Sandwiches – thirteen ranging in price from 9.99 to $16.99
- Chopped Salads – seven ranging in price from $11.99 to $14.99
- Lunch Sized Entrées – seven ranging in price from $12.99 to $14.99
Additionally, they have a Life Balanced menu with appetizers, chopped salads, burgers, seafood, and dessert. To top it off, they have house-made desserts.
Their menu has a wide variety of cuisines creating something for every taste and most budgets. From my experience at their Town and Country location and Kansas City location, they have truly made a unique ambiance, complemented by award winnings wines and distinctively tasteful cuisines that few, if any, can rival.
Additionally, they offer a wine tasting room, a wine club, private parties, and wine trips are most impressive. For example, on September 17 – 20, 2015, McEnery hosts a Wine Tour to Santa Barbara, CA. As McEnery’s quest, you will explore the majestic mountain views, historic vineyards, and quaint lifestyle of the famed region of Santa Barbara, CA.
Menus and prices may vary among their various locations. The menu we have is approximately six months old. We recommend that you visit their website and online store at www.coopershawkwinery.com. They sell wines, gift sets, wine accessories, gourmet foods, gift cards, and another clever idea, custom white labels. It’s an inspiring online store. Many of the items can be purchased at one of their locations. A thing that we find interesting is the Rojaus Grapevine Decanter. They have certainly helped popularize those decanters.
Their Facebook has had more than 472,000 visitors with more than 67,000 likes. Yelp gives them a 3.5 Star rating. We don’t understand or agree with that rating. However, Urbanspoon gives them an 87%.
St Louis Restaurant Review gives Cooper’s Hawk Winery a 4.50 Star Rating. However, we recommend that you visit a location nearest to you.
We offer our congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. McEnery on their exceptional and flourishing vision. We wish them luck and continued growth.
This review is unbiased, and no affiliation currently exists between Cooper’s Hawk Winery and WebTech Group, St Louis Restaurant Review publishers. This review is impartial and is solely our opinion. This is not paid advertisement. Cooper’s Hawk Winery is now on our watch list. We will provide updates as they become available.
- RestaurantNews.com distributed our review on May 15, 2015
- Our review was published in RestaurantMagazine.com on May 15, 2015