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Greg Cox of The News and Observer gave COPA an honorable mention as Restaurant of the Year 2019. "What sets Copa apart is a smattering of dishes sprinkled throughout the menu that, to my knowledge, you won’t find in any other restaurant in the country... In short, Copa isn’t just very good, it’s unique. And in my book, that contribution to the local dining landscape makes it worthy of special notice." Photo by Juli Leonard / newsobserver.com
Greg Cox, acclaimed food critic for The News and Observer named COPA one of the "Best New Restaurants" in the Triangle and Best in Class (Cuban), saying, "Knowing that their first restaurant, Old Havana Sandwich Shop, would be a tough act to follow, husband-and-wife owners Robert Copa Matos and Elizabeth Turnbull aimed high with their second. Copa hit the target with a Cuban tapas menu (including a few gems inspired by a 19th century cookbook) and one of the best restaurant bars in the Triangle." Photo: Juli Leonard / newsobserver.com
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Greg Cox, acclaimed food critic for The News and Observer gave COPA 4 stars, saying "it's hard to go wrong here no matter what you eat" and praising the "outstanding selection of Cuban cocktails."
"At Copa, Roberto Copa Matos translates the aromas and textures from his Cuban childhood into plates of plátanos rellenos, chicharrones or ropa vieja on cassava flatbreads. His wife, mixologist Elizabeth Turnbull, has dug deep to find authentic recipes and Old Havana back stories for the Daiquiri, Cuba Libre, Mary Pickford and other rum-soaked classics. The results are memorable..." –Margaret Shakespeare. Photo: Lauren V. Allen
"Visit Copa for 19th-century Cuban dishes like plátanos rellenos (plantains stuffed with pork picadillo, then fried) and arroz con almejas (saffron rice with clams)." Photo: Monica Stevenson for Wine Enthusiast
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"With their own farm, Turnbull and Copa Matos have more control over their ingredients, not only in the kinds of crops they grow but also in how they're grown; it also allows Copa Matos to achieve his science-based farming dream." –Layla Khoury-Hanold. Photo: Caitlin Penna / INDYweek
"Read our Q&A with Matos and Turnbull below to learn about the food and drinks they’re most excited to introduce, which items will follow from Old Havana, and how the interior of the restaurant is designed to bring diners on an amazing journey to Old Cuba." –Amber Watson Photo: Juli Leonard / newsobserver.com
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Read about our decision to expand our vision from Old Havana Sandwich Shop, move to the heart of Downtown, and purchase our own space with an SBA-guaranteed loan. Photo: Juli Leonard / newsobserver.com
Listen in to discover the wonders of Cuban Cuisine, and classic Havana cocktail culture. Hear how a recipe book written by JP Legran and published in 1864 comes alive every night in the kitchen of COPA.

Soil to Table Mini Documentary

From the filmmaker: During my final undergraduate semester at Duke, I was fortunate enough to have been introduced to Roberto, Elizabeth, and COPA through one of my favorite photography professors at Duke. Within the first few minutes of meeting the hard-working husband-wife duo, I was amazed and inspired by their dedication to sharing authentic Cuban cuisine, their care for the Durham community, and their commitment to the farm-to-table movement. I made this short documentary video about Roberto, Elizabeth, and COPA in order to capture and share their story and values, and hopefully to make mouths water as well. –Harry Liang, Duke ‘21

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