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“Good food, fine service, superb setting”

La Copa Llena at The Black Eagle
Ranked #7 of 115 Restaurants in Rincon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $30
Cuisines: Asian, French, Spanish
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The management team of Casa Islena Restaurant (also known as The Tapas Bar) has proudly taken over the the historic Black Eagle Restaurant, rechristening it "La Copa Llena". Located right on the ocean, specifically the south side of the Tres Palmas Marine Preserve, people have been enjoying the sunsets from the Black Eagle deck since the 1970's. The combination of Chef Brendan Basham's cuisine, Casa Islena's charm, and the view of the waves, whales, and sunsets, provides a singular Rincon dining experience. With the adoption of a larger space, Brendan has been able to expand the menu and experiment more while maintaining the strict standards of quality that the local community and returning tourists have come to expect for the last 6 years. We have included some of our old favorites such as the char-grilled octopus with heirloom beans and papaya salad, and introduced some incredible new dishes like poke (yellowfin tuna, avocado, and seaweed), coconut steamed mussels with homemade chorizo and fresh herbs, and a 20 oz. T-bone steak with flageolet-corn succotash and a yukon-parsnip mash. As always, the menu tends to change upon the availability of ingredients, keeping the chef creative and our guests surprised. Brunch is served Sundays from 10am-2pm with diverse offerings such as brown butter crepes and southwest style chilaquiles (eggs scrambled with fried corn tortillas and green chile-tomatillo salsa). Happy hour everyday from 3pm until 7pm includes $2 Medallas, $3 well drinks, and $4 house wine. And we're excited to continue the legacy of the ever entertaining Wednesday night Bingo starting around 9pm. Sunset live music Sundays from 4pm-7pm.Buen Provecho!
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Outdoor dining right on the sea, spectacular ambience; friendly service from bar to dining room, Vietnamese pork skewers on fried rice perfect : spicy and pungent; curried lobster tail special was fabulous. Usually requires a wait for a table but waiting at friendly oceanfront bar with good drink service makes wait a pleasure. Weak wine list but hopefully will grow over time.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

A 5:45 pm call to La Copa Llena to inquire about reservations (which they do not take for parties less than 6) revealed that there was no wait so we headed on over. Imagine our surprise when we arrived 15 minutes later and were told there was an hour wait. Oh well, we decided to have drinks at the bar and wait it out. Fortunately we got a cocktail table close to the crashing surf and enjoyed people watching.

We could have ordered off the bar menu (try the BLT, it's delicious) but decided to wait for the main event. We weren't disappointed. Several of the menu items were already sold out which was disappointing but we all found items that appealed to us. We enjoyed the blends of tropical flavors, curries and freshly caught seafood. The kale caesar is scrumptious.

Management could have been a bit more welcoming and friendlier but perhaps they are when they're not so busy. All-in-all it's the food that counts and that was yummy.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

So happy we tried this restaurant! We had to wait a bit for a table which wasn't a problem considering we sat with our drinks on comfy chairs on the sand right next to the ocean! Seating for dinner is outside on a deck overlooking the water. So romantic! We ordered the chorizo and manchego appetizer (a perfect start to the meal!), pozole verde (a tasty stew-like appetizer), fish curry (spicy but delicious) and the churrasco (yukon-parsnip mash was out of this world!). Service was so-so but wouldn't judge the experience on only one waiter. For dessert we tried to panna cotta and chocolate lava cake - both delicious. Overall it was a great dining experience - food was excellent, and the setting was cozy and romantic!

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

On the patio looking at the beach is happiness on holiday. The bloody mary's are in your face real and the mimosa's are great for grandma. The duck is over the top delicious and the sausage super tasty. Just a too cool place to hang out. And Andrea is lovely and helpful.

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Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

This place had our favorite setting. The location is so intimate and romantic. It's right on the beach with a beautiful view. However like most places in rincon the service was teenage surfers who were slow and didn't know too mucus about the food. We ordered the empanada which were average. Chorizo croquette was good. However the real star was the t bone. Perfectly seasoned and cooked . Best meal in rincon. Hummus dish we could have done without and the Vietnamese poncho rice bowl was average . Overall food is okay but the location and atmosphere is a must !

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