The Copper Kettle Co: Smith Mountain Lake Restaurant Review

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Smith Mountain Lake is not just known for its scenic beauty and abundant recreational opportunities, but also its numerous culinary gems. 

The Copper Kettle Co. is one such restaurant making waves at SML for its delicious cuisine and outstanding service, as well as its warm and inviting atmosphere.

Conveniently located at LakeWatch Plantation, just two miles west of Bridgewater Plaza, The Copper Kettle offers a comfortable and inviting environment and a dining experience that focuses on quality and hospitality. 

Purple lights enhance the exterior signage welcoming patrons to The Copper Kettle at night.

The Menu: A Taste of Craftsmanship

The menu at The Copper Kettle Co. is extensive and diverse with a broad selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts.

From beef dishes like meatloaf, ribeye and filet steaks to an array of seafood entrees, including catfish, popcorn shrimp and mahi-mahi, there’s something to suit every palate. 

Those with a hankering for Italian flavors can indulge in shrimp scampi, lasagna, chicken parmigiana and more. Home-cooked classics like roast turkey, southern-fried pork chop, Salisbury steak and shrimp and grits add a touch of familiarity.

Cheesy pasta and Chef Sonny D firing up the pasta station.

At the helm of the culinary team is Chef Sonny DiPaula, affectionately known as Sonny D—a seasoned chef who exudes a welcoming personality and a distinctive New Jersey accent.

With prices ranging from $10 to $38, The Copper Kettle accommodates various budgets, too. Plus, you can break up the monotony of the work week and enjoy a tasty deal every Wednesday and Thursday night. 

Insider Tip: Head to The Copper Kettle on Wednesdays for half-priced burgers.

On Wednesdays, indulge in Chef Sonny’s handcrafted, half-pound burgers at half price. They’re made with premium beef, topped with gooey cheese and loaded with fresh toppings. Pair them with my favorite side, crispy sweet potato fries. Yummo!

Every Thursday is Prime Rib Night where you can enjoy a succulent 14-ounce cut of prime rib with rosemary au jus, baked potato and house vegetable. 

A Top Spot for Brunch at Smith Mountain Lake

A table filled with colorful accompaniments for Bloody Marys.

For brunch enthusiasts, The Copper Kettle Co. offers a fabulous buffet on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Chef Sonny switches up the menu but you can be sure to find eggs, sausage, bacon, sausage gravy, biscuits, cheesy grits (my guilty pleasure) and pancakes. 

There’s also Mimosa buckets (one bottle of prosecco and your choice of orange, peach or pineapple juice) and a Bloody Mary bar. They pour the vodka and you create your own masterpiece from items such as lemons, limes, olives, celery, pickles, banana peppers, jalapenos and a variety of hot sauces.

What better way to kick off a leisurely weekend morning at the lake? View the brunch menu.

The Atmosphere: Plenty of Places to Chill

One of the standout features of The Copper Kettle Co. is its charming setting with spacious, warm and inviting dining areas, both indoors and outdoors. 

With its relaxing, cosmopolitan feel, the restaurant’s interior sets the stage for a memorable dining experience. It offers ample tables and booths, plus a private banquet room for up to 40 people.

A welcoming entry way leading to an extensive wooden bar at The Copper Kettle.

The Copper Kettle’s commitment to creating a welcoming atmosphere extends to its bar, where a variety of beers, wines and cocktails are served. Comfortable seating makes it an ideal space to enjoy drinks and bites while watching various sporting events on the surrounding TVs.

You can also unwind with drinks and food on the outdoor deck, which features incredible sunsets and views of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. A new sail-type cover overhead, outdoor heaters and cozy fire pits make the deck a year-round option. It’s also a great spot to catch live music during the warmer months.

A sunset of oranges and purples over the mountains on the deck at The Copper Kettle restaurant at Smith Mountain Lake.

Want to Go?

The Copper Kettle Co. is a culinary delight favored by SML locals and tourists. Its diverse, budget-friendly menu, enticing weekly specials, extensive brunch and inviting ambiance (both indoors and out) make it one of the most popular restaurants at Smith Mountain Lake.

A colorful plate of corned beef and cabbage on the firepit at The Copper Kettle at Smith Mountain Lake.
Courtesy of Ryan Krawczyk

The Copper Kettle Co.

Address: 52 Firstwatch Drive, Moneta, VA

Phone: 540-912-0116


Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. (Subject to change. Please call or check the website to confirm.)

Reservations: Not required but recommended, especially on weekends or for large groups.

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Andie Gibson


Andie has been covering Smith Mountain Lake since 2000 for a variety of publications, including Smith Mountain Laker Magazine, The Roanoker, SML Visitor and Newcomer Guide, SML HOME Magazine and Life Outside. As a partner in G&C Ventures, LLC, she oversees all content for our suite of websites, including and

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