Copia retains an expansive wine list, as well as its admirable policy of charging retail plus a modest corkage fee rather than the usual restaurant markup. While oenophiles have pages to search and a sommelier to consult, the merely curious might be disappointed to note that very, very few wines are available by the glass.

At the end of your meal, your server will bring the dessert tray. The selections are utterly predictable: crème brûlée, a chocolate brownie, gooey butter cake. That last item, paired with a black-raspberry sorbet, is a strange affair, shockingly unsweet, more crust than gooey butter.

A side dining room at Copia. Click here for a complete slideshow of Copia.
Jennifer Silverberg
A side dining room at Copia. Click here for a complete slideshow of Copia.

Location Info


Copia Urban Winery

1122 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Downtown

1122 Washington Avenue; 314-241-9463.
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (Bar open till 1 a.m. Closed Sun.)

Almost as remarkable as Copia's return from the ashes is how smoothly it has picked up where it left off. Consulting the Riverfront Times' review of the restaurant from 2005, I find several of the same dishes mentioned. You step into this super-size restaurant, and you can almost forget that downtown's renaissance has stalled, that the economy collapsed, that the restaurant scene has changed so drastically from the indulgent mid-Aughts to today. Two and a half years after the fire at Copia, it's as if nothing ever happened.

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