Taps: 30 / Bottles: 306
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 32
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Well that certainly is one big beer list. Huge amount of beers from all over the world with a massive variety of styles. Lots of beers on tap, with most being from Utah, of course. The bottle list also has what seems like as many Epic beers as you will see anywhere, if you are looking for them. Service was mature and mellow. Decor was a little bit less polished than the Beerhive. Food was decent. I feel like I'd want to eat there one more time to be able to accurately comment on it. With so many beers available, you can't go wrong at all by visiting. A good stop.
09-09-2012 05:17:41 | More by RblWthACoz
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Great atmosphere, and a popular location. Had an excellent variety of beer, organized by local breweries and beer type, which is helpful. While they had a large selection of IPA's, I struck out three times with my order. Would have liked to see more variety in IPA's from around the country. Also, would have liked a server with a little more beer knowledge. Would have liked to see more choices of beer that can't be found in the local liquor stores. Overall, great place for the beer advocate, however; it doesn't compare to some places on the east coast.
11-24-2012 15:45:29 | More by Mosman445
4.09/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$
While touring Downtown SLC, The Bayou was only 2 blocks walking distance from my Hotel. Perfect. Came here @ 10pm and there was a 30 minute wait for a table. With one seat left at the bar (in the corner), I took it! Ended up meeting an enthused craft beer drinker as well and shared a brew at the end of my time at the Bayou.
The place was PACKED the night I came in (on a Sunday night). At the bar, looked over their extensive beer list with more than enough brews to pick from. I had trouble with this. Started with one on-tap and then enjoyed two locals beers not available in the MO Market (Deschutes & Epic). You could tell half the people in the middle of the bar just came off the slopes for they were still in their gear. Very friendly and inviting place.
Not sure what the deal was but asking for another round of beer was tough extremely tough for the bartender to grasp. Of course he was busy pour beer and making drinks for servers, but then hire another bartender or have another one come in during these late night shifts! Was very disappointed at the amount of time it took to get each beer. Luckily the "Bayou Beer Book" kept my focus away from this but still have to downgrade.
Hundreds of beers available? I have to say, their "multiple lists-by-style" were unbelievable! Tried to pick out a beer from each list but didn't have time.. All were updated as well. Nice!
Didn't eat anything but two things that were suggested to me were their Crawfish and any of their Cajun dishes. While it is a Cajun influenced restaurant, you have to try something new! I just was in the mood for beer.
Welcome to BeerVana! This places has what you want if in Salt Lake City and a definite must. Just make sure you make friends with the bartender/server!
02-09-2012 01:05:27 | More by DCon
4.13/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a pretty big place that's not hard to get to in downtown SLC but it's easy to miss as you drive by. It has two pool tables in the back. The place has the old brick retro look, pretty authentic but seems to be very clean and a decent atmosphere as restaurants go, somewhat dark, busy and kind of noisy in a good way. The waitress was nice but a bit rushed at first. She seemed a tad irritated with all my beer questions, but then she really went out of her way to assist with some things and seemed to warm up. The guy at the door takes care of seating and the "membership". $5 gets you 2 weeks but $17 buys you a year and a choice of "free" tee shirt or a couple pint glasses. The regular beer selection takes up both sides of a menu sheet and then there's another sheet full of "non-regulars". I estimate about 40 belgians in bottle, 60 lagers and with many (20+) regular drafts well representing the regional micro brews. Another 100 or more wheats , browns, pales and IPAs, porters and stouts, and six barleywines all in bottles. The selection was super for bottled beer assuming they really had most of it and we had no misses that night. We did the cajun cuisine and found it to be very good and enough to keep you full for a day or two! A bowl of the gumbo would be a meal for most. The red beans and rice and the jumbalaya were excellent with tons of ham and sausage and crawfish. They had a cask ale available although I didn't care for it much. Service was very quick despite a fair crowd (although it was only a Monday night). I didn't see any real holes here except maybe being overwhelmed by the selection. I also was a little underwhelmed by the cask offering. I had heard that the Desert Edge Pale Ale would be very good but it was a bit skunky here on cask. But they seem to represent the local brewers very well and have lots of other unusual choices to explore. Don't miss this place when you visit SLC!
08-05-2008 06:02:14 | More by Durge
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Cool little place with a more local feel than the convention center area places.
30 Utah beers on tap, tried at least alf and they were all fresh and clean. Also a great bottle selection. Did not have any bottles, but if I was from Utah, I would greatly appreciate this place. Service was a little slow at first, but picked up and turned out pretty good.
Many, many bottled beers, with a bunch that are apparently only available at this restaurant. You have to give them props for that.
Food was awesome. A general trend in Salt Lake. I guess since they can't drink alcohol, caffeine or smoke, the Mormons indulge in culinary pleasures. Michigan could definitely learn from them. Anyways, I had the Muffaletta, which was great and huge, and served nicely as breakfast the next morning.
Seek this place out! It gives you the opportunity to try many Utah beers and indulge in that Rogue brew you've been missing so badly during your tenure in Utah.
11-22-2004 06:52:12 | More by nortmand
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This place rocks, but the prices on the brews are out rageous. I had the Hoppin John for lunch, very tasty with some fries and sweet potatoe fries. Next came the brews, ordered the 750ml of Unibroue Terrible the price was not bad, but alot more than I can get a bottle for. Next came a bottle of Samichlaus, price was better, but still on the pricey side. They do have a bunch of awesome brews though. Since I have a bunch of these at home, the pickings were a little slim, but mangaged to pick a couple out for this time around. Overall this place brings a nice reality to UT, but I wish the price's would come down.
10-08-2005 00:39:44 | More by Wasatch
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Bayou has an excellent selection of beers (very detailed beer/wine menu) and the staff is very knowledgeable on all of them. They carry all of the Salt Lake breweries' beers, so if you're in town for a visit and not able to make it to all of the breweries in SLC, try this place for a "sampler" of all the SLC beers. You won't be disappointed. There is also a wide selection of California beers, as well as lots of Belgian style beers to choose from.
For food, the pizzas are great, and most of the sandwiches are going to be delicious as well. If you want to play a game of pool, there are 2 tables in the back of the restaurant.
05-24-2012 15:51:35 | More by nichcollins
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
The food was amazing. Had Crawfish Etouffe and it was great. The style of food is Creole and they do it well. They also have an incredible beer selection. I was able to go local, national, and world. I stuck local and had some great beers. The atmosphere is nice. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. They have a patio. The outside of the place is kinda nondescript but it is a good find. I would recommend that you seek out the Bayou to eat or just to hold down the bar for a while. I wish that I spent more time here while I was in Salt Lake City.
08-01-2010 21:29:46 | More by jyeast101
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
It's about time I review this place. This place that I love, the same way I loved going to Grampa's farm as a kid I now love going to the Bayou. I get all tingley and excited. It gets packed on weekend nights with a good mix of people and you'll have to wait a LONG time to get a table or a spot at the bar. Two pool tables in the back and free wireless internet--perfect for sitting outside on the enclosed porch area with a fantastic brew and beeradvocate.com up on the ol' laptop, especially during the early evenings during the week when it is nice and peaceful. As you can read from the reviews below, the beer selection is fantastic and blows any other place within 600 miles out of the water. Some waitresses are better than others, which is always the case, but all-in-all very knowledgeable and competent. Shane is my favorite bartender to talk to about the different brews. My biggest frustration is that they are often out of a lot of stuff and haven't updated their beer list in a long time. They only have so much control over their stocked inventory, since they have to special order a lot of their stuff but of course it has to go through the state of Utah, and we all know the DABC can be a kill-joy. Good live music (orleans-style) and good food, too. Try the sweet potato fries, gotta love 'em! Kind of expensive place, though. $4.00 for 3.2% local micros on tap, $9 for the 22 oz. rogues , seems a tad bit steep to me.
06-15-2006 10:03:58 | More by andythejerk
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Came in on a Thursday night and sat outside. Nice outside seating area with cover and misters. Helped with the 90+ degree temps. Lots to choose from. Waitperson was very knowledgeable about selections and their likes and dislikes. Unfortunately, Utah liquor laws screws availablity of decent drafts (nothing above 5%, I believe), so I had to stick with bottles. Good selection of local brews, which are apparently hard to find. Food was above average. Definitely worth a return trip if you don't mind drinking bottled or below 5% ABV draft beer.
06-25-2010 03:19:52 | More by LittleDon
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The Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT
92 out of 100 based on 32 user ratings.