About 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 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.
American, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 3pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm, Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 11pm
State St. & 300 S
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Copper Onion Ratings and Reviews
The location is wonderful and enjoy the ...
The location is wonderful and enjoy the décor. I've only dined at Copper Onion, maybe, four times because of the noise level. It's difficult to have an intimate conversation. The meal was fine; the crust on the goat cheese was perfect, however, the dumplings were too dense. The flavor of the dumplings was good. Enjoyed the wine. The server was great.
My reservation through opentable was not ...
My reservation through opentable was not recognized. I called ahead to confirm and was told that I had no reservation and that I ought to try copper kitchen where I probably made my reservation. Even when I showed the hostess my reservation she did not recognize it.
Overall I was pleased with my visit at t ...
Overall I was pleased with my visit at the Copper Onion. The food was very good, service was very fast, and drink selection very large. Setting is not ideal for a quiet intimate dinner between to people, some of the seating and table arrangements are small and close together. Come here to enjoy good food,and meet friends and socialize.
Went to SLC for a business trip from Atl ...
Went to SLC for a business trip from Atlanta. When I found out I would have to do a working lunch, the first place I thought of was Copper Onion. I was disappointed to see the beef stroganoff missing from the menu but when I asked the waiter he said the kitchen might still be able to make it for me. Luckily they did and it was even better than I remembered! Paired with a new favorite mineral water- Vichy Catalan, it was a memorable meal!
The food at the Copper Onion was very go ...
The food at the Copper Onion was very good, but the service was not great. One entree was not cooked as requested. As that dish was taking time to be prepared correctly, the other entree got cold. Properly trained staff would have taken away both entrees and brought them back at the same time.
I appreciated that there was no rush. W ...
I appreciated that there was no rush. We were encouraged to take our time. Also, the food came at a nice pace so you could enjoy it and have a small break before the next course. The food portions were large so we had leftovers to take home.
Still fighting with the wait staff about ...
Still fighting with the wait staff about substituting something healthier for hash browns. And it is still puzzling to me why any business that deals with the public want to annoy customers over what is no big deal elsewhere. What are you thinking!
(Food is good though.)
The waitstaff seemed rushed and distract ...
The waitstaff seemed rushed and distracted, even though our reservation was for 5:30 (granted, it was a Saturday, but the place didn't seem packed). It was our anniversary, and I wanted to ask the waiter to take our picture, but he was never at our table long enough to ask. The drinks and food all came out relatively quickly, which I really appreciate. It was just dropped off really briskly, and we weren't checked on much at all. Our utensils were cleared with our plates, and our dessert was dropped off without utensils so quickly that I couldn't ask for them. It then took me quite a while to flag someone down for utensils. I almost got up to get them for myself. All that aside, the food and drinks were delicious. And we liked the music that was playing.
This may be all the rage in town, and th ...
This may be all the rage in town, and the hardest restaurant to get into in SLC, but sadly, the hype is better than the experience. Reservation requests must be left on a voicemail, and IF they have something, they'll call back. You're left wondering. Not great for a special occasion. Wine list was fabulous. Every starter was delicious, as was dessert...short and sweet. However, for main courses...anything other than the wagyu stroganoff (at twice the price of others) was hit or miss. As for atmosphere...the noise level had us feeling as if we were in a late night bar, yelling at each other across the table. The chairs were super uncomfortable, and did not encourage diners to linger (but, maybe that's their strategy). Half our group felt ripped off, the other half happy with the value for money, but won't be rushing back.
Overall, a good experience. The venue wa ...
Overall, a good experience. The venue was very loud and difficult to have a conversation. The food was good with a good portion size. The wine list is good, a bit overpriced, but good. Would recommend for an occasional dinner. If you want to have more of an intimate dinner, this is not the place.
This was our first time dining at the Co ...
This was our first time dining at the Copper Onion. We had been told that it was outstanding and that we definitely should try it. My son -in-law is a real foodie and if he recommends it then it must be good! So we decided to come for my husband's birthday. Unfortunately, we did not have a positive experience. My husband and myself both ordered the hamburger, he with fries and I ordered the arugula salad. Both burgers were ordered medium and both came completely overcooked with no sight of pink in the middle, which therefore made the meat very dry. My husband's plate had only five fries on it, which was a disappointing serving size. My arugula salad was made with very old, slimy arugula. Sometimes my husband feels that I'm too picky and am too quick to send food back, but he totally agreed that the salad was inedible. I did send the salad back and the waiter sent out a new salad that was fresher. He did not deliver it himself and he never came back to the table to see if things were satisfactory. We both ate our overcooked hamburgers with a great degree of disappointment. My only hope is that perhaps this was just an "off" night and if we ever were to return we might have a better experience.
Rather disappointed after reading other ...
Rather disappointed after reading other reviews. Waiter had an attitude (and not just at our table), tables so close we had conversations with our neighbors, mediocre food. The menu looked a lot better than the food tasted.
I was a little confused when I made the ...
I was a little confused when I made the reservation for Copper Onion, thinking it was the Copper Commons next door. That straightened out, we were shown to a table directly beneath the air conditioning vent, which made things pretty chilly even on a very hot day.
The food was unique and very good; I had the clams and chorizo pasta, while my wife had the asparagus soup.
The server was also very attentive and kind enough to take a picture for us to help celebrate our wedding anniversary. One of the managers also gave us a cheesecake for dessert, which we normally wouldn't have ordered, but it was very nice.
The place was SO LOUD! I have a bit of a hearing loss, and it was hard to hear my wife and really hard to understand the server. The noise level was so high that it was unpleasant and almost painful. I can't imagine how the employees work there without hearing protection.
What I will refuse to do in the future is book a reservation through Open Table. This outfit is just obnoxious. I don't know how many emails I've received from them over a week's time; maybe eight or nine. And to call me to confirm a restaurant reservation? That's just tacky.
Lovely brunch service on the patio. One ...
Lovely brunch service on the patio. One of the best brunch's for a light, delicious meal and with the sun shining on you there's no excuse to not day drink! Favorites are shishito peppers to start, cinnamon rolls and the mushroom scramble. And of course prosecco!
This is our second visit to the Copper O ...
This is our second visit to the Copper Onion and we were very pleased with our choice again. Food was perfectly prepared and quickly arrived at the table. Wait staff was attentive and handled special needs (gluten free) with no difficulties or errors. Every diner in our group was extremely pleased with their meal. We highly recommend this restaurant.
We love this place! The food and service ...
We love this place! The food and service are awesome. I was very disappointed to see that they had taken the cherry glazed porkchops off of the menu. We had been raving about them and sending people there to eat them. We live out of town now and were so looking forward to eating them! We still loved the food and would go back...just bring back those porkchops!!
Locally sourced foods, knowledgeable server
I was in Salt Lake City on a work trip, and had a $25 dinner voucher. I chose this place because I farm in upstate New York and am always interested in how "farm-to-fork" looks elsewhere. Copper Onion was great, in this respect. The server told me exactly what each dish that I asked about was comprised of, how it was prepared, and where the key ingredients had come from. The food also was delicious.
This restaurant is a bit on the high end, but it's wonderful food and I think it's still a good value. My bill for a small plate of a braised pork belly, a large bowl of an incredible watermelon base gazpacho, a couple of glasses of wine, and a chocolate pudding dessert (more than half of which I took to go and savored the next night) was $61 including the tax and a $10 tip (on $48). The most expensive components were the wine and dessert.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who enjoys simply prepared, locally sourced foods.
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