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Copperfish: Enjoy more than dinner, make memories that last

Disclosure: This post was made possible due to my relationship with Copperfish and their #BloggerFish event. I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

Copperfish: Enjoy more than dinner, make memories that last at Copperfish Tampa!

When you’re raised in a foodie family, so many of my memories revolve around food.

I can taste the summer ‘smores from my Aunt and Uncle’s cabin at Donner Lake in California. I can even tell you about the lunches we had, the cookies, and what kind of drink I had in my fanny pack on long hikes. (My mom sometimes let me have fruit snacks in there too!)

I remember the first time I had fondue in Switzerland. Learning about cheese and chocolate in Germany. I can still taste the first time I learned to love Époisses de Bourgogne, one of the stinkiest of stinky cheese.

I smell the rolls baking with my Grandmother as I learned to knead for the first time.

The taste of San Francisco Acme sourdough bread fresh from the oven.

Oyster stew on a California Christmas Eve with life-long family friends, with their vineyard visible in the background.

When I tried lamb, not realizing it was lamb and then asked for seconds…And forever falling in love with lamb, despite the sorrow it sometimes causes me to think about it.

The first time I had champagne, with the bubbles tickling my lips and throat.

Bacon dipped in butter (yes I did that) when my parents weren’t looking at our Sunday family breakfasts.

Chocolate frosted cake donuts with Daddy on Saturday mornings, with the smell of his fresh coffee permeating our booth. (In a good way.)

I realize that, whenever food is tied with a good memory, I remember it.

Because the food helps MAKE the memory. Maybe I read too many MFK Fisher and Julia Child books. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Norther California during a food revolution. (Thanks Alice Waters!) Maybe it’s just because my family really likes to eat.

But to me, food is more than a meal. It’s an experience. A bonding. A forging of life-long memories.

And that’s why the good meals mean so much. The real dining experiences. The food that delights the senses and transforms an average day into something astounding.

Food has power. And a truly amazing meal and dining experience with good people always extends long after the final crumb has been licked off the plate.

I’m thrilled to share with you all my experiences with Copperfish in Tampa Bay.

Copperfish Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar does more than serve brunch, happy hour, and dinner. They serve an unforgettable experience with phenomenal food, fantastic beverages, and stellar service.

With grilled oysters that melt off the mouth, beverages to satisfy any taste buds (hint: get the ), and zesty fried shrimp that puts BoneFish Grill to shame, Copperfish wins from the very start of the meal. If you actually never leave the gorgeous bar/lounge or outdoor patio (which if you’re there for happy hour from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm or Tuesday’s Lady Night with half priced drinks, you may not want to), you’re Coppperfish experience is already a success that will leave you smiling for years to come.

Don’t believe me?

Just look at these photos and try not to gush.

The mesquite grilled signature oysters:


The Oaxaca Shrimp:


Are you hungry yet? (Yes there are jalapenos in this shrimp for extra kick! NOM NOM NOM.)

It only gets better from there!

Check out the blackened flounder I enjoyed for dinner:


Crispy perfection paired with succulent corn.

Not a fish fan? Never fear. Copperfish has one of the best steaks I’ve tried in years. Not to mention amazing vegetables (I’m still drooling over the brussels sprouts),  and  the kind of desserts you want to eat for hours. (Or maybe that’s just me! Dessert for breakfast? Say what?! If I could have this chocolate souffle with every meal, I’d be a happy camper.)

Just check it out:



And remember how I talked about the smell of sourdough bread? Copperfish serves up the best sourdough bread I’ve found in all of Tampa Bay! (Thanks to some help from La Brea Bakery!)


Not to mention a wonderful wine list, certain to result in quality conversation with your friends and family! This bucket made me smile:


But beyond the food and drink, what makes Copperfish so special is the people. The owners Gordon and Lorena are beyond kind, generous, and passionate about providing a quality experience for their guests. The wait-staff is quick to help, full of smiles, and knowledgeable about the entire dining experience. The bartenders, the manager, the front of house, everyone is there to provide a quality, pleasurable, joyful dining experience. They really care. And they make sure you do too.

Here I am with Gordon the owner at an event earlier this week at Copperfish:

copperfish-gordon-loraDress by H&M (last season), Kendra Scott rings, we-WOOD watch, and necklace courtesy of Rocksbox (use code “lorahoganxoxo” for one month free.)

At Copperfish I found a new spot that makes you feel at home, whether you live down the block or are visiting from out of town. The delectable food satisfies the belly–and the soul. So make a reservation or make plans to pop by for a drink, and discover a Tampa Bay delight that is sure to become a favorite–and forge wonderful food-centered memories for years to come.



Copperfish Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar is located at 1502 South Howard in Tampa, Florida.  For more information visit their website. Be sure to connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information! Als0–check out their amazing Sunday brunch with unlimited mimosas and a farm to table brunch buffet! MMM!


  • Nichole

    May 10, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Amen! So many of my memories revolve around food in the best way possible. I need to Copperfish, stat!

  • Beth

    May 12, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I too grew up in a family that was pretty obsessed with food. I don’t know why my parents were surprised that I wanted to go into the food industry after college but I loved every minute of it! I’m so sad I missed the BloggerFish event at Copperfish. I really must pay closer attention to the announcements on the #TBB page 🙂 Thanks for sharing…I need to get to that restaurant stat!!!!!!

  • Run DMT

    May 17, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I’m with you. Food is an experience. It looks like the food at Copperfish is quite the experience. I can’t wait to taste it all for myself!