New restaurant Cooper’s Hawk lands in Palm Beach Gardens


Napa-style food and wine has arrived at The Gardens Mall, the national Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants chain now has a location on a quiet, upper-level corner of the mall. 

The upscale-casual restaurant, which opened Monday, April 17, is more than a dining spot. The concept includes a full-service bar, a tasting room, retail space and wine club, all part of what the Illinois-based Cooper’s Hawk chain calls its “wine-driven lifestyle brand.” 

But the place is not synonymous with snooty. 

>>Related: Our first look at Cooper’s Hawk

“We are very approachable about the wine,” says Al Markovich, the restaurant’s general manager, who notes the tasting room’s long counters are designed for wine tasting and overall wine schmoozing with the restaurant’s informed pourers. (For about $7, you get eight tastes of wine and as much varietal information as you desire.) 

The wines, bottled by Cooper’s Hawk’s private winery, have earned their share of awards. They are made with more than 50 varietals of grapes grown in California, Oregon, Washington and Michigan wine regions. 

They can be quaffed at the restaurant or tasting room – or, for the wine club’s monthly fee of $18.99, they can be enjoyed at home. Wine club members are also offered reward points, discounts on Cooper’s Hawk wines, takeout orders and some retail products, member-only events and trips and birthday freebees. 

This is not to say food takes a back seat here, says Markovich.

The menu roams from American comfort classics (bourbon lacquered barbecue pork chop, wine-braised short ribs, filet mignon, Southern grilled shrimp and polenta, classic burgers and sandwiches) to global favorites (Italian pastas, Mediterranean small plates, Asian appetizers, Mexicanized dishes). Entrees run from about $17 to $33, sandwiches and burgers from about $12 to $18; appetizers start at about $9.

Markovich favors the chicken piccata that’s served over angel hair pasta.

“We are really proud of our menu – there’s something for everyone,” says the general manager, who notes the menu is changed just about every year. 

The new Gardens location is in the space where Anthropologie formerly operated, close to Sears. The space includes a large, shaded patio in addition to a spacious indoor dining room. 

The location affords Cooper’s Hawk diners plenty of parking, as it sits away from the mall’s more popular dining hubs. 

Monday’s opening marked Cooper’s Hawk’s 27th national location and the eighth location in Florida. The company also has locations in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. 

Hours: The restaurant and tasting room are open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (bar open to 10:30 p.m.), Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (bar open to 11 p.m.), and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (bar open to 10 p.m.).  

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants: 3101 PGA Blvd., Suite P201 (The Gardens Mall, second floor, close to Sears), Palm Beach Gardens; 561-209-8466


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