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The Copper Onion

1325 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 seasonal vegetables. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 3pm

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm, Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 11pm
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Phone number
(801) 355-3282
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ryan Lowder
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Cross street
State St. & 300 S
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
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vipWolfi (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

Beet soup, octopus, patatas bravas wer excellent. The cheese board had excellent cheeses on it, however they didn't necessarily work that well together. The tagliatelli, pasta carbonara and goat cheese salad were good, but nothing exceptional. The service was very good, except just and we wanted to pay the server disappeared for twenty minutes.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

The menu changed that day and didn't have what we came for. The waitress made it clear she could care less. The food was inconsistently seasoned. Some food had way too much, others very bland. The burger I had was basically a French onion soup. Couldn't taste anything else, completely over powered by the onions. The mushroom appetizer tasted like nothing, just very chewy. The chocolate pudding dessert was very good, well balanced with sweet, savory, and salty flavors. The wine list was very expensive.
Overall, I give it 2.5/5 stars. It's a good concept but poorly executed and not a good value.

Enthusiast (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

We're so glad that Brittany works there now. We miss Marty B. And we finally caught with Aimee Joy again after way too many years apart. Thanks as always

OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

Great food, perfect date spot!!

vipAme069 (Salt Lake City)
3.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

My daughter was in from Seattle and craving the Portobello mushroom sandwich. Wish we had checked the menu prior to going because it isn't on there anymore... the food we did have was good, but, it is always disappointing when your favorite item is gone. Hope they bring it back, as well as the black pepper fettucine.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

Ice cream is spectacular!!

vipBPB2017 (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

Very good food and service. All the staff are great.

BDUBB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

The Copper Onion is a place where the people and the food have a way of making you feel instantly welcome. This restaurant's menu offers a great selections of sides, entrees, desserts, etc. They have perfected the portions of their meals and leave you 100% satisfied. You truly feel at home as soon as you are greeted at the door right to the very end when you're given the check. I would definitely recommend this place for either a fancy or casual occasion!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on June 26, 2017

Best dinner in a long time......and we are picky. Great wine as well.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on June 25, 2017

Server was MIA. Took our order, and didn't see him again until it was time to pay the bill. I ordered my burger medium-well, but got something that was barely medium, and never had a chance to send it back. Some drink refills and bread would have been nice, too. One would expect better from a restaurant with their prices.

vipLinky (Boise)
4.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by several friends for our visit to SLC. Our overall experience was very good. Our server, Juve, was outstanding. He made up for any other shortcomings. The food was good and the kitchen was fairly accommodating for dietary needs. I had trout and my husband had a very interesting take on Saag Paneer. The biggest drawback was that food came out too quickly. We were still eating our appetizers when entrees were brought out by a food runner. Our server noticed this and apologized. We sat inside because it was quite hot, but the patio looked really nice.

Loud (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2017

Really excellent, interesting food! Not too expensive. I had the beet side to start - mixed with olives, pistachios, and arugula - could be considered a salad - great flavors! - really excellent! I had the trout entree which was served with a sweet pea and herb spaetzle base. Awesome! My only criticism was the glass of Viognier that I ordered - did not taste at all like a Viognier should (that's my favorite white wine varietal, so I have tried many!) I got a glass of a French rose instead, which was good.

vipDMandfamily (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2017

Andrea the hostess was terrific , professional, accommodating and helpful! All of our meals were delicious and the service was excellent. Very friendly staff too

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 8, 2017

Good experience in the main. Service was brisk (Alan) but helpful in terms of identifying options, especially for one lactose intolerant guest. Food came quickly and was well prepared. Borscht was a stand out, as was guava sorbet. Accompaniments to main courses were a little off, too much oil/dressing.

vipOpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2017

Absolutely a great experience. Food and service were amazing. Can't wait to return.