Cooper’s Hawk is a Cut Above for Gluten-Free and Food Allergic Diners

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Updated in 2021! A few years ago, a reader named Donna recommended Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants to us for their extensive food allergy training. In addition to attentive servers and managers, this fine dining chain notes gluten-free options on their menu. They no longer label for vegan, nor dairy-free, but their corporate staff went above and beyond to help us identify dairy-free options. Most of their menu contains dairy, but we’ve uncovered some delicious custom order options and included them in the dairy-free guide below.

Cooper's Hawk Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Custom Order Options

Cooper’s Hawk Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Custom Order Options

Like many restaurants, Cooper’s Hawk paired down their menu in 2020 to 2021. So the information below includes items, as noted, that might not be currently available on their limited menu.

Appetizers

  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts
  • Chicken Potstickers
  • Thai Lettuce Wraps (Gluten-Free Menu)
  • Sweet Corn & Tomato Risotto (vegan version)
  • Artisan Hummus & Roasted Vegetables (unavailable on limited menu)

Heads Up! The Asian Ahi Tuna Sashimi and Thai Lettuce Wraps surprisingly contain dairy. Also, they do use a shared fryer for some of the above items with items that contain milk.

Salads

  • Plain Ol’ House Appetizer Salad (no croutons and sub dairy-free dressing)
  • Chopped Wedge Appetizer Salad (no bleu cheese crumbles and sub dairy-free dressing)
  • Citrus-Glazed Atlantic Salmon & Kale (unavailable on limited menu)

Dairy-Free Salad Dressings: Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette, Oil & Vinegar, Sesame Ginger Dressing, Balsamic Vinaigrette (when available)

Soups

Heads Up! All of their soups, limited menu or not, contain dairy.

Mains

  • Broiled Grouper (Gluten Free Menu; no butter, no sauce, sub dairy-free sides)
  • Seared Atlantic Salmon (Gluten Free Menu; no butter)
  • Filet Mignon (no butter or steak jus, sub dairy-free sides)

Heads Up! All meaty entrees at Cooper’s Hawk contain dairy in some form, even the Blackened Ahi. Several dishes can be modified but the ones above are recommended by the staff for the safest modification and best results.

Kids Menu

  • Chicken Potstickers
  • Green Beans & Carrots (unavailable on limited menu)

Sides

  • Asian Slaw
  • Asparagus (no butter)
  • Broccoli (no butter)
  • French Fries
  • Fruit

Heads Up! They do use a shared fryer with items that contain milk.

Cooper's Hawk Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Custom Order Options

Where to Find Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Cooper’s Hawk has over 50 restaurants in 10 U.S. states, including Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin. See their website below for addresses, hours, and online ordering.

Website: chwinery.com

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Not many options, but knowledgeable server

Rated 4 out of 5
June 21, 2021

I read this review of Cooper’s Hawk with high hopes. The wines are all safe (no milk used in the fining process), but the only appetizer that could be made dairy-free was the Thai Lettuce Wraps. The brussel sprouts have a high risk of cross-contamination due to the fryer used. The only entree they could make dairy-free was the vegetable risotto. I love the wine, but don’t go here if you’re hungry!

Sarah

Response from Go Dairy Free

I’m sorry the location you visited was so limited! As noted, they do require modifications with their entrees. The above are all options their corporate told us are currently available, as of our last update, just a couple of months ago. But I am glad you still found some tasty options.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

2 Comments

  1. Alisa, I’m glad that you found the Cooper’s Hawk menu to be extensive with many naturally gluten free products. Although I did not ask for gluten free or allergen free food during that meal, my dinner was delicious!