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In Dining Reviews

The Copper Dock is a rare find that's worth the drive to Hubertus. (PHOTO: Damien Legault )

In Dining Reviews

Fare at the Copper Dock is no frills seafood and steaks with solid presentation and excellent flavor. (PHOTO: Damien Legault )

In Dining Reviews

Carlson was seated in a beautifully windowed room next to a roaring fireplace. (PHOTO: Damien Legault )

The Copper Dock a new suburban favorite


We were seated in a beautifully windowed room next to a roaring fireplace with our stomachs full of quiche, carved lamb and roast beef, pecan pie and eggs Benedict, and drinking flirtinis (cranberry and raspberry juices mixed with Citron and champagne). I looked over the now frigid, but still lovely Friess Lake in Hubertus and wondered why I had not found the Copper Dock, 1474 E. Friess Lake Dr., Hubertus, much, much sooner.

During two recent visits, the Copper Dock, formerly Anderson's, provided the best dining experiences I have had in a long time. Even though the restaurant underwent a menu change during the course of the past month, the transition was seamless, and while some rave-reviewed items on our first visit (shrimp cocktail, $9.95, panko breaded fried shrimp, $19.95, and pan seared ahi tuna, $9.95) are no longer regularly on the new menu, our server said a simple call ahead will have them awaiting your arrival (all three are worth a call).

It was this type of warmth and true service at The Copper Dock, that, when paired with the lake view and the extraordinary simplicity, but near perfection of the food, makes this restaurant a rare find, and well worth the 20 minute drive from Milwaukee.

Fare at the Copper Dock is no-frills seafood and steaks with solid presentation and excellent flavor pairing combinations. My dining companions, two regulars, were so taken with the Friday night offerings of baked cod ($10.95) and walleye pike ($14.95) in a lemon beurre blanc that our foray into appetizers was their first. After finding every appetizer delightful, The Copper Dock is one of their -- and my -- favorite places in the Milwaukee suburbs.

In lieu of the aforementioned three appetizers, the new menu offers a smoked salmon pate ($8.95) and a stuffed Portobello mushroom ($8.95) spun in with basics like bruschetta ($7.95) and spinach and artichoke dip ($9.95). A beef carpaccio ($10.95) over baguettes with a light horseradish aioli was extraordinary, with just enough pepper to bring out the flavors of the meat, and the horseradish providing enough kick to make the dish outstanding.

And if you haven't already noticed, the prices here are beyond reasonable, especially when you note that the Friday fish and other entrees at The Copper Dock are served with vegetable of the day, your choice of potato and a house salad or traditional spinach salad with hot bacon dressing (on Fridays and for Sunday brunch, the salads are served buffet style).

Duck in a wild berry Cumberland ($21.95) had me craving it for days afterward. The duck was so flawlessly roasted that the outside of the skin was brown and crisp and the inside was butter tender; the Cumberland, a Port-based berry sauce, had just enough citrus bite to it to perfectly foil the duck and the result was divine.

Brunch at the Copper Dock ranks high as well for buffet-style brunches. For $16.95, patrons can expect eggs Benedict, quiche, carved ham, lamb and roast beef, scrambled eggs, chicken livers, seafood pasta salad, omelets made to order and a large and impressive spread of salad bar options and desserts.

As with most brunch buffets, temperatures varied, but the items were of such good quality that The Copper Dock is a fantastic destination spot, especially for large family brunches or get-togethers.

And the dessert options here are phenomenal, with smaller portion samplings of the dinner menu offerings, including a must-try bourbon pecan pie ($5.50) that will bring pecan pie lovers to their knees.

In the summer months, The Copper Dock offers deck seating on the lake, but I, for one, cannot wait that long. I must get back there soon for that duck and a piece of pie.


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Taffy | Dec. 25, 2007 at 10:39 p.m. (report)

Your absolutely right about the Copper Dock! They do have great food, great service and an inviting atmosphere. I don't know if anyone is aware but they do great things there to help the unfortunate. The owners have a great love of people and are so sweet and friendly.

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Bettybcool | Dec. 13, 2007 at 2:43 p.m. (report)

Jeans are welcome there! But no hole-y jeans unless you're going to Holy Hill! :)

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jepurz | Dec. 12, 2007 at 3:22 p.m. (report)

What would be appropriate attire?

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Bettybcool | Dec. 11, 2007 at 12:51 p.m. (report)

I second THAT notion. Copperdock is one of my favorite dinner spots... and when it was Anderson's, I went there every year on my birthday with my Granny for brunch! The name changed but the food is still fab. I will say this... don't go there for steak. Johnny Manhattan's is just down the street and it's to die for. There burger is my fave too!

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danno | Dec. 11, 2007 at 11:14 a.m. (report)

Walleye is not in the Pike family!

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