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“Locovore Food and Fun”
Review of The Copper Onion

The Copper Onion
Ranked #12 of 1,406 Restaurants in Salt Lake City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $30
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: State St. & 300 S
Description: 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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Locovore Food and Fun”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

Eaten here several times in the last few months. Love the cheeses, local charcuterie and olives to start. The bone marrow, alone, is worth a visit. Mussels are also excellent. The restaurant has a very relaxed atmosphere, patrons are dressed up or in blue jeans and t-shirts, but they are all there for one reason - - great food. The menu is comprised on local fish and meats and every dish has interesting sides and sauces. Lots of creativity in the dishmaking. One of the best, tenderest and juiciest pork chops I've ever had. It is a tight fit and there is always a wait. They do 50% reservations and 50% walk-ins (although that can change night to night). It is a very popular place so if you do not have reservations, plan on a wait - - enjoy a drink and order some olives, the wait is well worth it.

  • Visited February 2013
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Park City, Utah
Level 6 Contributor
197 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“One of the Best restaurants in Salt Lake City”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Absolutely fabulous food. Priced incredibly reasonably considering the quality. The best preparation of vegetables in Utah. and the pastas are always prepared perfectly. Reservations are a must, and even with that you'll usually wait...but it's worth it.

Visited January 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great meats and cheeses”
Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

Went out with our parents for my wife's birthday and since we put in a reservation request late, we had the 5:00p time slot. Make reservations early, this place fills up fast.
We stated with some meat and cheese samplers, which were very unique. It's basically an assortment of various gourmet meats and cheeses which is great for sharing when you come with a small group of people.
The specials we ordered were less than spectacular, but still good. My wife got a regular item menu (fettuccine, crab, jalapeños) and that was great.
Service was wonderful. Great atmosphere.

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Durango, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Delicious, Insanely Busy, But Well Worth the Wait”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

I was with a party of 3 on a business trip staying at the Grande America about 5 blocks away, and this place was recommended by the concierge. The restaurant was screaming busy on a Thursday night and the wait was about 45 minutes. That was no problem though, because the Maitre D' of the restaurant was very attentive to the parties waiting to be seated. During the wait, we started off with some tap beers, and tried some of their Warm Mushrooms, Shishito Peppers and their Brussel Sprouts from the Bar Menu. They were all very delicious! I grew up hating brussel sprouts as they were always overcooked, and cooked with an overkill of italian dressing. But, the way that the chef prepared them here made them taste like crisp, buttery cabbage slightly flavored with a hint of lemon and olive oil. So simple, but so tasteful. I will be trying my own version of such soon when brussel sprouts are in season.
If you stop by, and I highly recommend doing so, this place should not disappoint. Prepare to wait, though. It is a very popular local spot, and you need to be somewhat assertive in the lobby in you want a drink/appetizers to pass the time. It will all be well worth it. Our dinner was full of flavor, fresh, and used high quality ingredients. I tried the Snake River Zabuton Steak, and it was melt in your mouth (served medium rare), flavorful, and a high quality grade. I don't beleive the menu stated that it was USDA Prime, but the flavor and tenderness made it seem so.

  • Visited December 2012
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A Foodie's Dream”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Entire experience was wonderful. We got the Ricotta Dumplings as appetizers and we were in LOVE. They were seriously one of the best bites I've ever had. Our waiter was so nice and we loved the atmosphere. I recommend the Copper Onion to all my friends. You will love it.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank lizooozoz
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