The Copper Beech Inn

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Contemporary American
Welcome to the country charm of the new Copper Beech Inn. Our dining rooms provide the perfect setting for a relaxed, timeless experience. You may enjoy a cocktail at our Copper Bar before settling in to nourish your senses on award winning cuisine and service. Our inspiration continues to be rooted in classic, French provincial gastronomy with modern interpretations.
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JJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent meal and service! I have been before - I highly recommend!

S
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Missed seeing the Copper Beech Tree, explained it was taken down after damage from storm. Our first visit back after approximately 35-38 years brought my parents their to celebrate Anniversary.

CT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality food and mouthwatering preparations. Each item was better than the next. We ate in the main dining room, which had a fireplace, adding to the ambiance. The service was great. Overall a great experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a lovely comfortable meal with friends on a Friday night. Ate in the larger carpeted dining room because it’s so much quieter and easier to converse. Service was excellent. ( Thank you, Claudia!) I gave Food 4 stars instead of 5 stars because I thought my serving of Moules ( mussels) was on the stingy side - especially when factoring that I had toss two mussels that would not open. Note to management - at that price, please ensure every last mussel is edible . Otherwise a very good meal .

P
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming here for several years, whenever our travels bring us to the area. It has consistently superb food and gracious service The sun porch is our favorite spot although the bar is lively and fun, and the outdoor porch is a good choice when weather allows. The fried calamari appetizer is outstanding. The veal Marsala, hanger steak and whatever the nightly special is are all great choices . Honestly,, we’ve sampled most of the menu and enjoyed it all.

JG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was truly lovely, my only negative is I wish my entree (the best halibut of my lifetime) were hotter. Lukewarm, at best — but too hungry to return it to the kitchen. Everything else was stellar! Can’t wait to return!

5
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding choice in the Connecticut Valley near Essex. Personal favorite for more than 30 years. Always Excellent

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was just ok. Not impressed with the food or service. Bar section was open to the rest of the dining area which made it very loud.

EP
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Copper Beech seldom if ever fails. The food is delicious. Nice presentation and great taste.
We shared crab cake appetizer that was delectable. The shrimp scampi ravioli with scallops and spinach was exquisite. Since I'm not a big eater, I could have shared the dish but it was delicious as was the halibut with caulliflower. Copper Beech is always a stop for us when we're traveling through CT. A real treat.

f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service in a beautiful setting.

K
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best food in Essex/Ivoryton! And probably top 10 in the state!

m
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

The Copper Beach could use a face lift. The outside needs a little TLC. The restaurant was busy in the TAP room for Happy Hour. Once that was over the TAP Room emptied out. Our server was not as on top of her game. She came over only when required and nothing more. Both my husband an Myself liked our dinner but our friends both had the swordfish special and did not finish their dinner. The fish was very dry with little taste. For the amount we spent I am not sure we would go back again prior to going to the play house.
This makes me sad since the Copper Beach has always been a special place for my husband and myself

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been wanting to dine here for years and we finally had the opportunity! So exciting!! The atmosphere was very nice. It took a long while for our main meals to arrive after ordering though. I had steak, generously portioned, and it tasted amazingly delicious! I had been expecting larger potato & vegetable portions though. My husband ordered something from the ‘specials’ menu and it was also a much smaller portion than expected. He ordered the shrimp scampi ravioli. But, overall the food was delicious and the service was great. Our server was very attentive. We headed over to the bar area after dinner for live music which was very enjoyable. I would return here for dinner! 😊

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We go to the Copper Beach quite often and love it.
This visit was no different except the service was not as usual.
We waited long between courses. The busboy served us more than the waiter.

LP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful porch seating. Waiter was very attentive and accommodating with several requests we made for adjustments to menu. And everything we had was delicious and well prepared, exactly to our specifications.

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a pleasant evening at Copper Beech. The charcuterie appetizer was ordinary, with no garnish or mustard. We had scallops with lobster risotto as a main course. Scallops were inconsistently dne, but acceptable; risotto had plenty of lobster, but was a bit gummy. Dessert of sticky, toffee pudding was excellent and recommended. Wine selection was fine. Vodka martini was well prepared and single malt scotch was a generous pour. Atmosphere was fine and service was excellent. If you are in the area, Copper Beech, especially its bar menu and pub room, is fine. Not sure if a drive there is worth the trip.

TE
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always five star food and service. Thank you

EK
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fine dining in quaint setting. Excellent service. Daily special Scampi ravioli with scallops and spinach was outstanding.

PH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely dinner with a friend. I had the Wiener Schnitzel and she had hangar steak. Both delicious and I felt reasonably priced. Would definitely go back and also recommend.

CM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Picturesque old inn. We sat in the atrium, which has a lovely view of the garden. We dined on a Tuesday night and the restaurant was quiet with only two other tables occupied. Our server was very personable and engaging. He answered our many questions thoughtfully. Having a gluten-free diet he helped steer me to safe meals. Food was fresh and very good quality.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Reasonably priced. Beautiful grounds.

SB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Wonderful quaint and charming setting. Food is delicious. Service is tops. Jen the bartender is lovely to all. Had the stuffed squash blossoms appetizer special were wonderful and salmon for dinner. Never disappoints! Presentation is stunning.

MA
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a lovely dinner before going to the Ivoryton Playhouse for a show. Even though we arrived late, we had plenty of time to get to the show before curtain time without feeling rushed. My wife had scallops and I had swordfish; both dinners were exquisitely prepared. Our server was very attentive.
The Copper Beech Inn has so much charm and elegance, both inside and out. It is only natural to have a relaxed and satisfying meal in such a pleasant atmosphere.

p
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Every course, even the cocktails, were excellent. The atmosphere is the perfect place to celebrate any occasion and the gardens are beautiful. My only issue was that even after telling them that we were celebrating a birthday when making the reservation and again, when getting there, and being assured they would take care of it, puff, nothing. Maybe if I don't celebrate my birthday, it didn't happen and I'm not getting any older? Oh well, still love the place.

TE
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here for years and tonight was a perfect 10! This place is very cozy and the service is always top notch. For apps we had the squash blooms, soft shell crab, and watermelon gazpacho. Wow the chef really out did himself, we loved everything. For dinner we had the grilled swordfish and soft shell crab, they were both outstanding. You must have the salted caramel gelato, I have never had it so good. Thanks to the chef and Sam for making it a wonderful night once again.

FH
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food and service at a reasonable price.

DS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted a place nearby for just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary. We normally din3 at Copper Beech several times each Summer
(We are seasonal residents), and we find it a great spot both special occasions simple dinner out with friends.

TH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately, there was a large party of hicks making a great deal of noise. Except for these low lives, it was very good. The food is always very good at the Copper Beach.
The bar was very crowded. As a result, the service was slow.

F
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great menu, delicious food, well executed!
Great live music and friendly crowd in the bar area.
You can’t miss here!

l
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This is a physically beautiful restaurant, and I had been there before, but I do not feel it is as good as it once was.
The food has become a bit contrived...eg....guacamole with smoked salmon wrapped around it, with garnish on top and three chunks of crab meat on the place. My main course was scallops on corn risotto with bits of lobster in them. I itched during the night, so I suspect the they made the risotto with shrimp water. Anyway, no one asked me about allergies and everything had some frou-frou.
My companion had snails which they served without any toast points and when we asked for some toast points, they brought us plain, untoasted, French ified bread. Sigh. How could they ? and they didn't even blink.
Would I return ? Yes. It's a beautiful evening, but they just don't get it..

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Keep going back. Excellent choice for any occasion.

RK
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Having dined here over several decades, I can honestly say this once pearl of Essex has lost its luster. Gone the way of Cavy’s and other gems of New England. Replaced by preference for no frills/lesser quality food - faster.

Weekday reservations were easy enough. The two of us were seated off the bar area at a wobbly table with no other patrons/music or ambience. The bar had plenty of fellow diners/music and candlelight.

The Lobster roll had very little lobster and the roll fell apart. The side was a tablespoon of shredded squash. It did come with drawn butter. Not worth $28.00. I would consider it an appetizer. Not a meal. My other half had a sirloin steak and mashed potatoes and gravy (au poivre). Very little of both and mediocre AT BEST. Not worth $32.00. There was no salt and pepper (had to ask). Had to ask for extra bread - which they forgot anyway.

The French Onion soup was excellent as was the Key Lime pie dessert.

Would not visit again for the price/experience. You can go to a chain restaurant for less money and same experience. Sorry Copper Beech, your time has come and gone. RIP.

K
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful from start to finish . Drinks were on spot . Service was fantastic. We had mussels , steak and salmon . Everything was cooked to perfection and generous portions. The crème brûlée and cheesecake for dessert were divine. Will definitely return .

MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I’m a regular at the Copper Beech. The atmosphere, food, service, location are all excellent.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 7 family members meet for dinner here. We all had different seafood dishes and shared. Everything was great. We especially enjoyed the branzino.

HS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice meal last Saturday at the Copper Beach Inn. We asked for and received a quite table on the enclosed veranda overlooking the outside. Service was very attentive without being intrusive. But for slow arrival of our drinks the rest of the meal came out in a timely fashion; neither rushed or delayed. My foie gras was very good, my guest's shrimps huge and meals well presented and without problems.
The French bread was not as good as in years past when Charles Vanover was supplying: alas I would go to the restaurant for that alone.
All in all I've had wonderful nights in this establishment, the prices are reasonable and service excellent. I would recommend going for any occasion.

OT
London
61 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first trip to the Copper Beech in a while, and we were very impressed. Excellent menu and wine choices, well prepared and served with a smile. We liked the laid-back atmosphere in the bar area. We’ll definitely be back!

N
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burgers & excellent service!

DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A warm and inviting restaurant with excellent service. On this occasion however, I was VERY surprised that a restaurant of this quality did not have a proper steak knife. I ordered the most expensive entree, veal chop, and not only was it over cooked but tough. I was unable to cut it since a proper implement was not at hand. The “steak knife” I was given was a serrated edge which would have trouble cutting roast!!

DE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about our experience at Copper Beech Inn. It was our first time going there and it could not have been better. The service was superb and the food outstanding. Prices were comparable to other quality restaurants in the area. We went to dinner there before a show at the Ivoryton Theater and it was a perfect start to a wonderful evening.

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