Copabanana

★★★★☆
  • 344 South St

    Philadelphia, PA 19147

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  • 215-923-6180

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I used to love this cozy little place, but they have a new chef now - although this guy's from El Vez I believe, the food was sub-par the last time I went. The staff is great, but they're often out of a variety of liquor, even when they feature it on the menu. If you're just going for the fabulous margaritas (luckily, those haven't changed), you'll be okay, but if anyone in your party isn't a margarita person, you might be in trouble.

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★★☆☆☆

I used to love this cozy little place, but they have a new chef now - although this guy's from El Vez I believe, the food was sub-par the last time I went. The staff is great, but they're often out of a variety of liquor, even when they feature it on the menu. If you're just going for the fabulous margaritas (luckily, those haven't changed), you'll be okay, but if anyone in your party isn't a margarita person, you might be in trouble.

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I've been going to the Copa for years, not only for the great margaritas and food but also because
of the mix of people. Young, Old (which I am) all races, all walks of life. They all add up to a fun
and friendly time. I saw the entry about the surprise in the food and was shocked until I learned from a bartender
that it was part of a prep glove. He says they comped the food anyway. He also
made a funny joke about the finger-sized plastic. The Copa's new upstairs lounges are much more
upscale but I prefer the original funky decor downstairs.

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★★★★☆

I've been going to the Copa for years, not only for the great margaritas and food but also because
of the mix of people. Young, Old (which I am) all races, all walks of life. They all add up to a fun
and friendly time. I saw the entry about the surprise in the food and was shocked until I learned from a bartender
that it was part of a prep glove. He says they comped the food anyway. He also
made a funny joke about the finger-sized plastic. The Copa's new upstairs lounges are much more
upscale but I prefer the original funky decor downstairs.

Pros: Great mix of people -- very friendly.

Cons: Pretty noisy most of the time because of the crowds and taste in loud music

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My husband and I went to Copabanana on South Street in Philadelphia today, Sunday June 22, 2008 and each ordered a burger. My husband ordered french fries with his burger. The fries were covered in grilled onions and peppers. We each had one bite of his fries and my huband found a cond0m in the fries. We were horrified and disgusted. He called the waiter over who was equally appauled and exclaimed 'I can't work here anymore'. We immediately left and went to Walgreens to buy mouthwash and were completely sickened and horrified. Pleast help us spread the word.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I went to Copabanana on South Street in Philadelphia today, Sunday June 22, 2008 and each ordered a burger. My husband ordered french fries with his burger. The fries were covered in grilled onions and peppers. We each had one bite of his fries and my huband found a cond0m in the fries. We were horrified and disgusted. He called the waiter over who was equally appauled and exclaimed 'I can't work here anymore'. We immediately left and went to Walgreens to buy mouthwash and were completely sickened and horrified. Pleast help us spread the word.

Pros: none

Cons: disgusting

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I went to south streets copa in search of a refreshing margariti or 2 or 3 to enjoy while i people watched in the street seating area. with no signs stating that guests must be eating to enjoy this seating area or be more then 1 . I went inside to request a table outside. first no one even bothered to ask if i needed assistance i had to hunt down someone. when I did find her I said I wanted to have margaritis outside. at this time the "rule " should have been mentioned if it said rule actually existed. because if i Had Wanted to SIT at the HOT STUFFY BAR i would been there instead of waitng around for somone to ask for a table. instead I find myself outside infront of other table . told because I wasn't eating that I could n't sit outside.
only to notice later on other patrons enjoying drinks only.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to south streets copa in search of a refreshing margariti or 2 or 3 to enjoy while i people watched in the street seating area. with no signs stating that guests must be eating to enjoy this seating area or be more then 1 . I went inside to request a table outside. first no one even bothered to ask if i needed assistance i had to hunt down someone. when I did find her I said I wanted to have margaritis outside. at this time the "rule " should have been mentioned if it said rule actually existed. because if i Had Wanted to SIT at the HOT STUFFY BAR i would been there instead of waitng around for somone to ask for a table. instead I find myself outside infront of other table . told because I wasn't eating that I could n't sit outside.
only to notice later on other patrons enjoying drinks only.

Pros: the margaritis are good. expensive!

Cons: good luck finding out information

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We went two nights in a row and had a great time. The drinks were great and the people that work there are very cool and informative. There was parking very close by (like one block away) which was very cool because it can be pretty difficult to find parking on south street. Cute "Miami" room will keep me coming back!

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★★★★☆

We went two nights in a row and had a great time. The drinks were great and the people that work there are very cool and informative. There was parking very close by (like one block away) which was very cool because it can be pretty difficult to find parking on south street. Cute "Miami" room will keep me coming back!

Pros: AC!, Cute rooms

Cons: some rooms are hot

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Visited Copa on Sun. 7/22/07 around 3pm. The restaurant was extremely crowded but seemed to have a fun vibe. Bartendar had a great attitude as did most of the servers...HOWEVER, our server was not in tune with the rest of the bunch. Safe to assume that if there was no observation of the other wait staff, I would never return to the restaurant. When our server came to the table, there was not so much as a hello. She literally stood at the table and starred at us as if we had telekinetic powers to decipher what was in her head. After a looong 10-15 seconds of starring, she parted her lips and said, "what doya' want?"..... When asked about the food such as, how is the shrimp basket , she kind of nodded her head with no real answer. It actually felt like we were an annoyance to her. She came halfway back to the table one time and in passing said to my husband, "' nother Lager?" She did not return to the table until SHE thought it was time for us to pay the bill. At that point, she decided to engage in conversation and say, "sorry that everything took so long, the computer system is aracaic and was not working that well" --- meanwhile the computer generated bill looked just fine. If I could have gotten away with leaving her a penny tip, that would have been the message to her and her service skills. With regards to the food.... tasted like any other pub food, nothing special -- granted my husband had a burger and I had the shrimp basket. We would have been better off buying a bag of frozen breaded shrimp and a pound of ground beef at the market and making our own food. Next time we visit, we'll skip the table service and head straight for the bar. Have to admit, the people watching was great -- we had a window table at the front of the restaurant. It will probably be awhile before Copa sees the like of us again.

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★★★☆☆

Visited Copa on Sun. 7/22/07 around 3pm. The restaurant was extremely crowded but seemed to have a fun vibe. Bartendar had a great attitude as did most of the servers...HOWEVER, our server was not in tune with the rest of the bunch. Safe to assume that if there was no observation of the other wait staff, I would never return to the restaurant. When our server came to the table, there was not so much as a hello. She literally stood at the table and starred at us as if we had telekinetic powers to decipher what was in her head. After a looong 10-15 seconds of starring, she parted her lips and said, "what doya' want?"..... When asked about the food such as, how is the shrimp basket , she kind of nodded her head with no real answer. It actually felt like we were an annoyance to her. She came halfway back to the table one time and in passing said to my husband, "' nother Lager?" She did not return to the table until SHE thought it was time for us to pay the bill. At that point, she decided to engage in conversation and say, "sorry that everything took so long, the computer system is aracaic and was not working that well" --- meanwhile the computer generated bill looked just fine. If I could have gotten away with leaving her a penny tip, that would have been the message to her and her service skills. With regards to the food.... tasted like any other pub food, nothing special -- granted my husband had a burger and I had the shrimp basket. We would have been better off buying a bag of frozen breaded shrimp and a pound of ground beef at the market and making our own food. Next time we visit, we'll skip the table service and head straight for the bar. Have to admit, the people watching was great -- we had a window table at the front of the restaurant. It will probably be awhile before Copa sees the like of us again.

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I was there on 7/1/07 and I wouldn't go there again. The service was slow and the food was not good at all (cold & over cooked). Maybe if I got a couple of drinks before the meal it would have seemed better. Oh yeah, and the restroom was GROSS.

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★★☆☆☆

I was there on 7/1/07 and I wouldn't go there again. The service was slow and the food was not good at all (cold & over cooked). Maybe if I got a couple of drinks before the meal it would have seemed better. Oh yeah, and the restroom was GROSS.

Pros: The Decor is kinda cool, Drink specials

Cons: slow service, restroom,

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i have never had the food here, but i have to say that i am pretty obsessed with the mojitos here. they are delicious and light and come with a sugar cane. i can attest to how strong the margaritas are though after helping out a couple of friends after they finished them!

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★★★★☆

i have never had the food here, but i have to say that i am pretty obsessed with the mojitos here. they are delicious and light and come with a sugar cane. i can attest to how strong the margaritas are though after helping out a couple of friends after they finished them!

Pros: service- the bartender is great

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I love this joint. Whether your going for drinks and eats, just drinks, or even just eats it's going to be good. The service is always good, the bartenders are congenial, the food is great, and you MUST try the margaritas. I have yet to find a margarita that matches COPA'S.

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★★★★★

I love this joint. Whether your going for drinks and eats, just drinks, or even just eats it's going to be good. The service is always good, the bartenders are congenial, the food is great, and you MUST try the margaritas. I have yet to find a margarita that matches COPA'S.

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Copabanana is an American/Mexican restaurant / bar in the heart of South Street. There isn't much in the way of decor and the restaurant is fairly small so expect to wait, especially if you have a large group (they don't take reservations). The price is definitely right though, for 8 people we paid $160.00 including appetizers, meals, and drinks. Their margaritas are delicious and they are known for their enormous burgers, but the menu also has plenty of other things to choose from. The location is great too, plenty of shops and local bars to go to after a great meal.

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★★★★☆

Copabanana is an American/Mexican restaurant / bar in the heart of South Street. There isn't much in the way of decor and the restaurant is fairly small so expect to wait, especially if you have a large group (they don't take reservations). The price is definitely right though, for 8 people we paid $160.00 including appetizers, meals, and drinks. Their margaritas are delicious and they are known for their enormous burgers, but the menu also has plenty of other things to choose from. The location is great too, plenty of shops and local bars to go to after a great meal.

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I am addicted to the Copa's Beef Taco and to compliment that with a Prickley Pear Margarita makes it perfect! Be Careful with those Margaritas though... They can be leithal!

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★★★★★

I am addicted to the Copa's Beef Taco and to compliment that with a Prickley Pear Margarita makes it perfect! Be Careful with those Margaritas though... They can be leithal!

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Either i was buzz w/ all the alcohol i've consumed, but the burger tasted just like any other burger i tasted before. You get to choose your toppings on ur burger, which i think is realy cool. Spanish fries are just fries w/ hot peppers (just go w/ the regular ones). I took a sip of my friend's margarita...awesome.

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★★★☆☆

Either i was buzz w/ all the alcohol i've consumed, but the burger tasted just like any other burger i tasted before. You get to choose your toppings on ur burger, which i think is realy cool. Spanish fries are just fries w/ hot peppers (just go w/ the regular ones). I took a sip of my friend's margarita...awesome.

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The Copa is the best hole in the wall in Philly! Sometimes crowded but try the upstairs bar. My husband went to Drexel and back a couple years they had an awesome bartender who just worked upstairs - he made the best martini of any kind EVER Great burgers too.

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★★★★☆

The Copa is the best hole in the wall in Philly! Sometimes crowded but try the upstairs bar. My husband went to Drexel and back a couple years they had an awesome bartender who just worked upstairs - he made the best martini of any kind EVER Great burgers too.

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If you go, you must try the caribbean chicken quesidillas and the pink lemonade martini!!!

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★★★★☆

If you go, you must try the caribbean chicken quesidillas and the pink lemonade martini!!!

Pros: crowded, friendly atmosphere

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I live in Jacksonville Fl now and miss many aspects of Philly. I drank my first margaritas at the Cope in 1979 and I was hooked. Back then South Street was alive with authentic "punks" and cool people. Although the people have changed, the Cope has not. I was back a month ago and the margaritas were as good as ever

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★★★★★

I live in Jacksonville Fl now and miss many aspects of Philly. I drank my first margaritas at the Cope in 1979 and I was hooked. Back then South Street was alive with authentic "punks" and cool people. Although the people have changed, the Cope has not. I was back a month ago and the margaritas were as good as ever

Pros: great atmosphere, great drinks/bar, moderate prices

Cons: no parking, slow food service, can get too noisy

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Copabanana is the best place ever in Philly to get margaritas. Try the double, you won't be sorry.

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★★★★★

Copabanana is the best place ever in Philly to get margaritas. Try the double, you won't be sorry.

Pros: Fast Service, Inexpensive

Cons: No Parking

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The drinks at Copabanana are fantastic! Just be careful you don't get run over on your visit, as the layout is very tight, cramped, and busy! I was lucky enough to snag a far corner booth enclosed by a street-facing window and the far wall which provided a good deal of quiet and seclusion. The food is very unique and delicious as well!

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★★★★★

The drinks at Copabanana are fantastic! Just be careful you don't get run over on your visit, as the layout is very tight, cramped, and busy! I was lucky enough to snag a far corner booth enclosed by a street-facing window and the far wall which provided a good deal of quiet and seclusion. The food is very unique and delicious as well!

Pros: margarita heaven, inexpensive, good food

Cons: crowded, busy, loud

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OH MY GOSH! I had Margarittas at the Copabana one Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and if I would have been standing, I would have had them for dinner too! Best 'On the Rocks' I've EVER HAD!

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★★★★★

OH MY GOSH! I had Margarittas at the Copabana one Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and if I would have been standing, I would have had them for dinner too! Best 'On the Rocks' I've EVER HAD!

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HEY EVEN IF TABLES ARE AVAILABLE, YOU BETTER HAVE A PARTY OF AT LEAST THREE. WE WERE DENIED SEATING WHILE TWO FOUR-TOP TABLES WERE AVAILABLE. NO ONE WAS WAITING FOR A SEAT. THIS HAPPENED MID-WEEK, NOT, ON A WEEKEND OR MONDAY. WE ATE ELSEWHERE.

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★☆☆☆☆

HEY EVEN IF TABLES ARE AVAILABLE, YOU BETTER HAVE A PARTY OF AT LEAST THREE. WE WERE DENIED SEATING WHILE TWO FOUR-TOP TABLES WERE AVAILABLE. NO ONE WAS WAITING FOR A SEAT. THIS HAPPENED MID-WEEK, NOT, ON A WEEKEND OR MONDAY. WE ATE ELSEWHERE.

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excellent restaurant! Love the Spanish Fries and the margaritas are great!

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★★★★★

excellent restaurant! Love the Spanish Fries and the margaritas are great!

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acapulco burger and spanish fries...nice sounds...great bar... why eat anywhere else?

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★★★★★

acapulco burger and spanish fries...nice sounds...great bar... why eat anywhere else?

Pros: great view

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Great spot for people watching with wonderful food and drink in a casual atmosphere

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★★★★★

Great spot for people watching with wonderful food and drink in a casual atmosphere

Pros: great margaritas, great bartenders

Cons: small bathrooms

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This South Street spot, popular for its margaritas since 1978, also serves south-of-the-border food in the yellow-and-red-striped back room. Don't expect to become haute and bothered here---the menu offers kicky renditions of burgers,…

 

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