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The Copper Onion
The Copper Onion

The Copper Onion Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecopperonion.com
  • Phone: (801) 355-3282
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 4pm Lunch: Monday: 11:30am - 3pm, Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 4pm Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4pm - 10pm, Friday - Saturday: 4pm - 11pm, Sunday: 4pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Lowder
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room by day can accommodate 12 guests for any occasion, ranging from a luncheon shower to a business presentation. By candlelight at night, it becomes the perfect venue for an intimate dinner with friends or family. We can also accommodate groups of 10-15 guests at our antique farmhouse communal table, and any larger groups in the main dining room. Group menu packages and information sheets are available by request: email colleen@thecopperonion.com for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: Colleen Lowder (801) 355-3282
  • Special Events & Promotions: Our gorgeous private room can seat up to 12 guests for intimate meals and presentations, and we can accommodate groups of 12 to 80 guests in our main dining room. Email colleen@thecopperonion.com for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State St. & 300 S
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Copper Onion
The Copper Onion is one of the new additions to the growing Utah foodie scene. Former NYC chef (and native Utahan) Ryan Lowder now brings his personal take on New American cuisine to his own kitchen with an approach inspired by his passion for Utah’s outstanding farmstead ingredients and his experience as a chef cooking his way through Barcelona, NYC and South America. The Copper Onion serves a wide array of vegetable side dishes and a menu designed to explore and share, with plates such as Ricotta dumplings with lemon, sage and brown butter and Braised Pork Belly with shaved Brussels sprouts and pickled celeriac. Entrees include Fresh house-made papparedelle with lamb ragout and Duck Confit with butternut squash and roasted mushroom caps. An insistent focus on the freshest and best is paramount; sausages and burgers are ground daily, bread is baked and ice cream is made in house, offering casual diners an exceptional experience at affordable prices.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Took my girlfriend her for her birthday and she loved it. The food was great and it seems to attract a very pleasant crowd. It's not as expensive as some say."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Copper Onion was a great find for us and we'll definitely return. The food was creative, unique, and delicious. The noise level is fairly high and they've crammed a lot of tables into a small location but that was our expectation. Very popular, reservations recommended."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I chose the Copper Onion to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. We had $100 to spend, and by the looks of the menu, I expected a more upscale dining experience. My first clue should have been when I called to confirm my reservation time and asked about appropriate attire, to which the hostess said, "whatever you want." We arrived ten minutes early and were immediately seated. The menu is catered to the more adventurous eater, or foodie. But the atmosphere is much more laid back. It was busy and for the tight quarters it was noisier than I had hoped. The server was knowledgeable, but also pretty busy, so we didn't have much attention paid to our table. Overall, I would likely come back for takeout, but probably not to dine."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were looking for great food right downtown. Even our friend who is pretty unadventurous when it comes to dining ended up loving the burger. Service was great, had a reservation and even though it was really busy we were instantly seated. Love the goat cheese salad!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Very good place to go for a nice, classy dinner. Good wine list and decent beer list with local breweries. Expensive but tasty food - the porkchop is beautiful! Great service as well. OpenTable was super easy to use and I had a 0 wait."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Disappointing to find one of SLC's favorite places becoming more of an average restaurant. Food and service were just fair, not great or even good."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The Food , AMAZING! I ORDER THE BEEF TARTAR SO YUMMY, CHEESE PLATE WITH PORK SHOULDER SO GOOD! My wife ordered some sides fries, green beans, beets to share also very good...especially the beets. We shared the Chicken for our entree LOVED it! Our service was minimal. Our server was not interested in our spiecal night just took our order. Did not ask us any questions . waited for everything.made no eye contact . kinda felt like he did not care ! maybe I should lower my expections of The Copper Onion."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Really good food and service, lacking a bit in ambiance and way to loud, wine list a little sparse in the by the glass dept"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I've dined here twice. The first time we sat in the bar because the restaurant was totally booked. Service was amazing, bar menu was superb. Drinks fantastic too. This last visit was a major let down. We had a reservation but were running a bit behind and having trouble figuring out the parking machine, so we sent one member of our party inside to let them know we were coming. The hostess told him no problem. When the rest of us arrived about 5 minutes later (maybe 17 minutes late for the reservation time), the hostess shook her head and said, sorry the system removes your reservation after 15 minutes, you no longer have a table. We were incredulous. She eventually let us sit outside where we were treated to awful service and a bland meal."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Loved the menu here. The food was prepared perfectly and tasted delicious. Always happy to get away from the chain restaurants. Will return here over and over."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great, eclectic menu. We really enjoyed the food. Only exception was the "Wagyu" beef stroganoff and tartar. If that was Wagyu beef, I'm Obi-Wan Kenobi. It was tasty, but let's be honest, and I've been to Japan a dozen times. Service was attentive. Kitchen was slow. Still, would happily come again."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We had heard great things and finally tried it. It didn't disappoint. Our server was awesome (I wish I could remember her name) and explained the menu and gave us great recommendations. We ordered the stroganoff and the meatloaf. The stroganoff was amazing. We didn't love the meatloaf quite as much. We also tried the steak fries (Yum) green beans (Yum) and the beets (ok). We will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I eat here 4or 5 times a month and food and service is always great. To be this consistent in the Resturant business is not easy. Job we'll done"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We greatly enjoyed our dinner at the Cooper Onion the other night. We made reservations as this is a popular place and now we know why. The food selections are great; the service was very good, and the food was fantastic. Our server "Jenny" was extremely helpful in identifying the various small plates and entries and house specialties. Very nice restaurant for a date, for friends, and for a fun time."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Good dwontwon restaurant with an ample menu selection and great service."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This past Sunday was my first dinning experience at The Copper Onion. I must say, it was amazing in both food (Turkish Eggs) and service, and plan to return for Dinner!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Thanks to other Open Table reviews, we recently enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Copper Onion while we were in Salt Lake City. The food was incredible and the service friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was great and the place was full to capacity on a Monday night! Will definitely advise people visiting Salt Lake to enjoy a meal there. Just sorry I didn't have a chance to come back for a lunch!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We were visiting SLC for a convention and decided to have a late night dinner there one night. We were very pleasantly surprised by the wonderfully fresh and delicious food served. A pork belly appetizer we ordered was absolutely delicious. Fettuccine Carbonara was also very well executed. Staff was friendly and great overall experience."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Really good food and service. Excellent spot. Would highly reccomend"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great food. Great service. Nice wine list. I would certainly go back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Stopped here with my sister while on a holiday weekend trip (4th of July). Interesting menu, tasty food, good service. We would definitely come back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Copper Onion has an affordable Sunday Brunch that is on par with their dinner menu. In addition to the normal brunch menu, Copper Onion had several specials that were hard to pass up. The service was fast and friendly--we never had to wait long. The restaurant (recently remodeled) offers a great atmosphere with high energy."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was great. The patio is great for a summer night or Sunday brunch. The service was really good and the recommendations spot on. We shared the small plates. The corn (yes roasted corn) was delicious. Meats and cheeses were very good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The appetizers were awesome however the most expensive item (Steak) was a C- Very disappointed however my wife's pasta dish with bacon was amazing. We love the location/restaurant and there lunch is way better than dinner. Outstanding service and very friendly staff!!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food is so delicious. I had a to-die-for Pork chop. My boyfriend got Wagyu beef stroganoff and he said it was amazing too! The food portion is not too big, just enough to have a little dessert or a glass of wine after."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Nice outdoor dining and convenient to the Broadway movies. Friendly efficient staff."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My husband and I were visiting town and read great reviews about the copper onion. The online menu looked great and we thought we would give it a try. It was pretty busy when we got there but thankfully we had a reservation. The best part about this place is the ambiance - great atomosphere! We ordered the patata bravas, ricotta fritters, lamb riblets and duck. The lamb was superb but my duck was overlooked and dry -- and I wasnt very impressed with the overall dish. So for me personally, the food experience was underwhelming. The part I couldn't really understand was the low level of customer service. Our waiter showed no interest in us until we asked for the bill -- at that point I guess he thought he'd put more effort in for his tip."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Any time I go to a restaurant for the first time I order a burger. If they can get the burger right, I always go back. The Copper Onion does the burger right. Therefore... I will be back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "It's good news in SLC when you really need a reservation to have lunch in one of your favorite places. Business is booming and the food quality remains consistently excellent. Be sure to share "patatas bravas", a crispy spicy potato appetizer: it never fails to convert new visitors. Many food sources are local or natural and preparation is always spot on over several years dining here. The luncheon noise level made conversation a bit difficult (concrete walls) but at dinner time there was never a problem, voices are more mellow."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This place never disappoints. I had the burger, one friend had the meatloaf and another the trout. We were all extremely pleased with the food and service."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great dining experience with excellent food and service. The noise level was a little high but I was still able to have a conversation with my dinner date."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I've always loved the Copper Onion though the noise level inside keeps me from taking a lot of people there I would otherwise take for the food. In the spring/summer/fall you can sit outside which helps a little. Otherwise a great place!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I hear a lot of rave about this place so I came and ate with two other friends. The best word to describe the food is salty. Everything is salty from appetizers to entrees. Fresh ingredients, but the combination of tastes for each dish was very bland."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Despite a reservation we had horrible and loud seats. No service and food mediocre "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We went to Copper Onion for a birthday lunch during the work day. Service was fast and super friendly. He made excellent suggestions for entrees. I have been here in the past and it took a really long time, but this time we were in and out in an hour which was great during the work day. The meatloaf is exceptional, although I was a bit underwhelmed by the spinach on the side. My friend had the Cuban which was great, but definitely not a traditional Cuban sandwich. Overall a wonderful experience! "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The food was just delicious - our waiter Brady was well informed and helpful -prepare to speak up - our Saturday night crowd was loud- Can't wait to go back! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We got a table early as reservations were tight, great service, great food options and bar choices. We will be back next time in Salt Lake City!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Unique menu concept and great flavors make this a must go restaurant. There is nothing bashful about this place and oh how refreshing can you get! I've tried to get in for a long time and learned that when Open Table doesn't work for you here, call. You might get lucky "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The dishes served at the Copper Onion are always great--comfort food with style. It's too bad it's always so difficult to get a reservation."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I was so looking forward to this evening and experiencing the food at The Copper Onion. My reservation was at 8 pm for 2 and although we arrived 15- 20 minutes prior, we almost thought we were forgotten by the time they called us at 8:25pm! The restaurant was SO loud and noisy that my husband and I could barely hear one another. It tool 15 minutes to get water once we were sat. They did not have the bottle of wine that we ordered and that took another 15 minutes to inform us of that. We were suggested different wine which we had and enjoyed. But as for the food, well I am a gourmet cook and this was not gourmet food. It was average fair and we were disappointed."
    Dined on 5/23/2014