Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar is one of those restaurants that you just don’t hear about – and that’s such a shame.
Tucked away near runway L2 of the Seattle airport lies a beautiful resort called Cedarbrook Lodge. The restaurant is called Copperleaf. Ok I’m exaggerating a bit, but who goes to the City of Seatac to eat dinner?
I first learned about Copperleaf from the sous chef at PerSe in NYC. I probably wouldn’t have even thought of visiting this restaurant only because 1) it isn’t in the mainstream restaurant buzz and 2) it’s in Seatac – a city hardly thought of as a destination for dining. He said his buddy Mark (that would be Chef Mark Bodinet) is the Executive Chef and they used to work together at The French Laundry in Yountville. He had me at The French Laundry.
Parking is free, but since you’re in the middle of a resort expect a more than the usual walk to the restaurant. Under the lobby, just a floor below lies Copperleaf. The main dining room is large and open – it’s a very nice layout.
My friends and I decided to order the Tasting Menu. We were fortunate enough to get a visit from the Chef and an explanation of our upcoming dining experience. Ingredients at the restaurant are locally sourced. They procure from many of the food artisans in the Seattle area. It’s a very impressive list and something done by many of the high-end restaurants in Seattle proper.
Many of the items at our table were not on the menu, and with a wine pairing made it impossible to track every item we ate. The photos are a montage of what we enjoyed. We left with a parting gift of pantry larder that was delicious the next morning and reminded me of a fantastic meal just a few hours prior.
Bottom line – Copperleaf is worth your time and appetite. It’s a beautiful restaurant serving up delicious food that you’ll want to eat again. The freshness of the ingredients really come through each dish.