The Copper Onion
The Copper Onion

The Copper Onion

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecopperonion.com/
  • Phone: 8013553282
  • 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 8013553282
  • Special Events: 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
The Copper Onion reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (82)great for outdoor dining (47)special occasion (46)hot spot (41)neighborhood gem (41)great for lunch (28)great for brunch (26)romantic (21)notable wine list (16)good for groups (15)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The Copper Onion is one of my favorite spits in the country, and whenever I come to Salt Lake City I make it a point to introduce new people to this amazing gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cooper Onion
    exploringfood4
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We always enjoy our outing to the Cooper Onion. The menu is diverse, offering items that are not seen elsewhere, items I would not serve in my home. The waitstaff is professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. The only complaint is getting a reservation at a time I would prefer, the Cooper Onion is very popular and reservations fill up fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    LindsayTurner
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My girlfriend and I took my parents here for their first visit, and they've been talking about it since! Although the noise level inside remained high throughout the evening, the outdoor patio was perfect for an intimate dinner. We shared a cheese plate (excellent) and the sautéed mushrooms (amazing). I had the rainbow trout, which was perfectly cooked; my girlfriend had an avocado and tomato salad and the sautéed corn, which she loved; my dad had the stroganoff, and he can't stop talking about it; and my mom had the Copper Onion burger, and even though she could only eat half, she loved every bite. Don't forget dessert! The cheesecake is probably the best I've ever had. All in all, the entire dining experience was everything we wanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food and service was very good. It was far too noisy for a couples romantic meal, but if you want good food and don't mind yelling to talk to the person across from you, go for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday treat
    utchef
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My partner and I went to celebrate his birthday and were not disappointed. Our opening cocktails and small plates (gaspacho and papas) were wonderful, followed by main courses of pork & polenta and Utah trout. All were exceptional. My only small suggestion was that the papas and the trout arrive accompanied with sauces--typically welcomed as moisturizing to the food--but perhaps a little heavily so. But it certainly didn't detract from an amazing meal. Thank you Copper Onion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well informed staff
    Averageguy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Sat inside at 5:15 and was greeting by a friendly and professional staff. We shared a Sweet corn appetizer and the carbonara (highly recommend) which were excellent. For dinner we had the Pork chop with the fried egg (also highly recommend) and Cacio e Pepe. Wine selection had a nice mix with some of my favorite italian producers (vietti, inama, etc.). Great experience overall and look forward to coming to our next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Must for Foodies!
    snow24seven
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Though a bit noisy, it was intimate with a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere. Great specials - "God's" butter (bone marrow) and Braised Pork Cheek with Chorizo Risotto were top notch. Attentive staff and perfect timing on service. Resort style menu but not the price, this will be on our regular rotation for GOOD food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    LehiYumm
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary there. The food was very good. I recommend getting as many of the single plates you can. I loved the different food combination that they had available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Copper?? "The Golden Onion" (IMO)
    DeanCuisine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    After annoyingly requesting a 10:15 pm reservation for four + a baby, this consistently-packed hot spot was instead felt like our charming private bistro. The food was excellent and our waiter, Joel, extremely kind and accommodating. Our friend's from California, whom had heard of The Copper Onion, said they were extremely impressed (he had the stroganoff, she, the chicken).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Value!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was Fantastic, Service excellent, Great experience. First time in Salt Lake City and this was one of the highlights!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude staff
    Ksb17
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food Good but server and hostess or rude. Did not want to bring butter for the bread everyone had finished their food before they would bring mustard to the table I know they were busy but they were also just rude.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    philot78
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    can't find anything like it where we live! can't wait to try it again. Be prepared to be wowed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Cramped Quarters
    HospitalityStillMatters
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girls night out
    westcoaststay
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great "Nice-Dinner" Place
    rebessak
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average restaurant
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • left disappointed
    NoKidsweekend
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, but loud
    Steve
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill.
    missingplumalley
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great chef
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food in SLC
    robwood
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Utah
    SKB1VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Copper Onion
    Jonnieb
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good downtown restaurant
    ejemplos
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Good dwontwon restaurant with an ample menu selection and great service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    Turkisheggs
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    mamesbabesVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great late night dinner
    wokfoodie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Really good food and service. Excellent spot. Would highly reccomend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good dinner
    gleiva
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food. Great service. Nice wine list. I would certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find
    dleannais
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Sirl
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and fun location
    CoFoodies
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    DMac
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat in downtown
    Prao
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Nice outdoor dining and convenient to the Broadway movies. Friendly efficient staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall expertise was underwhelming
    Sboogie
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They passed the burger test
    eyeluv2eat
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall