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The Bayou

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The BayouThe Bayou
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 306
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

645 S State St
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111-3819
United States
phone: (801) 961-8400

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @utahbayou

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Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in around 9:30 on a Sunday night. The interior is surprising large and nice compared to the exterior and surrounding (run-down) industrial area close to downtown.

Sat at the bar and had excellent, attentive service by two well-informed male bartenders.

The informative beer menu is laid out by style with style descriptions. In terms of beers available, I would have to guess that they had every beer that is available in Utah (including Cantillon which I was told they usually get around summer and was gone by now). They had lots of Epic beers as well as all the local stuff. Also had Jolly Pumpkin, Firestone Walker, and Deschutes for those traveling from the east.

I was keeping it local and had $4 pint drafts of Uinta Kolsch and Desert Edge IPA. Both were excellent. They also had a large bottle of Uinta oak imperial pumpkin which they sold by the glass.

I had a bowl of the gumbo and as a Gumboadvocate snob can say it was good. I prefer mine a shade darker.

I'll be back and would recommend this as a great stop for anyone looking to sample Utah craft beers in a single location.

More User Reviews:
Photo of itomek
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JohnIrving
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

My favorite spot in Utah. Great selection with new beers coming in often. Randall Thursdays and Firkin Fridays. Good food. Well informed staff. It gets really packed on the weekends, so I suggest going early in the week for a more peaceful experience.

Photo of Redrover
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

The Bayou is located kind of on the edge of the downtown near a vintage clothing store and a tattoo parlor.

This is a large rectangular space. As you enter, the bar on your left. It's a nice length and must seat about 20. Tables occupy most of the rest of the space with pool tables in back. There is a patio on the side. High ceilings, exposed brick, wood floors and exposed ductwork. You've seen it before but it works well here.

They have a huge beer selection all laid out in a multi-page book. They offer a wide variety of styles and breweries. There is a big emphasis on Belgians and Belgium styles. I’m guessing 12 drafts and around 200 or more bottles.

Food is decent and will pair well with beer.

Service is efficient and could offer alternative suggestions if your first choice was out.

Photo of dwagner003
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of psychita
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of skilletizer
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of elkinbrown
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of casapy
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

When I travel, it's always with beer in mind. So when I came to Salt Lake, The Bayou was an obvious choice. I was only in town for one night, so decided to eat at Red Iguana (yummmm) before coming here for beer. The beer selection was really good (I don't quite remember numbers) considering Utah liquor laws are about 200 years behind. The live band playing was great, I seem to remember a great Black Keys cover. The service was pretty good. The layout of the tables wasn't too strategic, I was practically bumping into the table next door every time I got up; if you're looking for intimacy, this probably isn't the place. All in all, a pretty good beer bar - the best, I imagine, in all of Utah (whatever that's worth). I wish I had stolen a coaster though, I love coasters..

Photo of BelgieScott
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I have been coming to SLC from Philadelphia 3 or 4 times a year for the past 4 or 5 years, and once I found it I have made it a point to hit it every time I am here. It is a reasonable walk from the downtown hotels, even in the very cold (like today, where temp is 10 F). Beer list is very strong, particularly on the hard-to-find-in-this-part-of-the-country Belgians. Price not too bad for what they are selling, for instance a Rochefort 10 was $10, most of the others in the $6 or $7 range. I have not been there when it is terribly crowded, given all the concrete and metal I would imagine it gets pretty loud. Have not tried the food. For good beer experience, best I have found in SLC.

Photo of Mosman445
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Cheers,

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of nichcollins
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Suds
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

During a recent business trip to SCL, I visited this place with a colleague, based on several recommendations. Easy to find, the parking is sparse, and we ended up with street parking on another block. The atmosphere inside, however, is spectacular. While not particularly large, establishment seems roomy, with high ceilings and plenty of booths and tables. The bar is long, and stretches along one side of the restaurant. New Orleans style food is the centerpiece of the menu, and I particularly enjoyed the gumbo (although it did need a few shakes of extra hot sauce). The beer list is extraordinary...a thick book of beers...heavy on Belgian and local brews. The prices for beer were shockingly reasonable...other places have charged double what the Bayou listed. The tap selection was all local, including a great cask ale. The wait staff was busy, and was understandably not as chatty as I would have liked. Still, our server seemed to know her stuff regarding the beer list. The Bayou WILL be on my list of food establishments (along with another trip to the Red Iguana) for my next trip to Salt Lake City.

Photo of DCon
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

Photo of sqquuee
2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 5

It has taken some time for me to formulate this review.
I have been to the Bayou about 2 dozen times.

The food is great. Not the best creole or Cajun inspired food ive had but better than most. The house salad dressing is great. They make a great burger. I dont care for the gumbo here, the Rue seems burnt and the charcoal flavor dominates my palate.
But the Jambalaya is really good.

The wait on a Friday night it too much for me to take.

Beer selection is one of the best in utah. Around Christmas they get tons of seasonal beers in as well.

Now the cons, because of the local liquor laws; all beer must be purchased from the state at the price it sets. They give no discount to bars for pricing. This makes the beer prices pretty high on many imports and micro brews.

Also the service here is godawful. I have waited on many night while my server talks with co-workers for extended periods of time. The guys in the nice suits that are drinking budlight get refills on the cheap beers right away. While my ski bum buddies and I are waiting for a 20$ beer refill.
This has happened to us on several trips here.

My advice is to sit at the bar so you dont have to beg the server for a second round.

Go for the food and beer selection. Just dont expect stellar service.

Photo of johnyeast
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hands down the best place for beer in SLC, at least that I found. And quite good food to boot. The caveat is that I had really low expectations for both food and beer in SLC and I was taken back by this place. Spent 3 evenings here and had a great time.

Atmosphere is pretty good, though since it is the best beer bar in SLC it gets crowded around 6-6:30. Really crowded. Far more crowded than if it were located somewhere other than SLC, but I guess they have the quality beer market cornered. Staff were fairly knowledge but alternated between really dumbing descriptions down or being aloof and didn't come across as very personable.

I just wish the bottles weren't so expensive. I could get many of the bottles beer they had available around me as a pint for less than half the price. Oh well, you get what you get.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Was told time and again that this was the place to visit for craft beer in Salt Lake. Glad that I had the opportunity to visit.
The brick walls and warm setting are inviting, especially on an 18 degree day in Salt Lake. About 20 draft choices and a huge bottle list provide the tough decisions that us beer geeks love. Lots of focus on the classic Belgian & German beers make up a good portion of the list. In addition, there are some great west coast choices.. Based on some crazy state law all higher ABV choices are only available in bottle.

Menu was a combination of Cajun classics and typical pub food. I had heard great things about the Oyster Po-Boy so I went with that option. Truth be told, the food was average at best. If a place claims to be have Cajun food, then you simple can't serve a po-boy on a squishy white bread roll..

The service was actually very good. Wait staff was knowledgeable about the beer menu. A good place and one I would visit while in Salt Lake. The food keeps it a cut below some of the top craft beer locations that I've had the pleasure of visiting.

Photo of jp11801
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great beer bar in the unlikely spot of SLC. Nice decor, brick and wooden bar that looks fairly new. I was in town for a night on business and was able to get two sessions in at Bayou.

Beer is very good and could be considered outstanding given the location. I had a local IPA by Desert Edge called UPA that was rock solid as well as a bottle of the Boulevard Brewing Saison and a Hop Rising IPA that was really good as well.

Service was friendly both nights and the bartender was very knowledgeable and was handy with suggestions.

Food was a strong suit I had the jambalaya and a the next day I had a house pizza that was out of this world.

If you are in town fork over the $5 member fee and check this place out.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Wow... stopped by here and it was an up and down night....

First of all the place looks great, mixed modern and classic pub. Had a spacious bar and a small beer garden.

Selection is a beer heaven. Easily up there with any beer bar as far as selection goes, but they were out of stock of a few I asked for. I wanted to try Rogue Chipolte and I was dying for Obsidian. Tood bad.

Food: We tried a lot of different things. Most everyting was great. A great job of classic cajun pubfare.

Prices were decent. Some may of thought pricye but this is above avergae food for a pub and the beers were accuralety priced.

Our night was cut short due to power going out. I was dissapointed. I planned on sessioning myself to sleep there. Great place and best beer bar in STL by far.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This social club has the only decent bottled beer selection in town, and the menu is incorrect most of the time. I can't tell you how many times I picked 2-3 beers in a row and ALL of them were not in stock.

Service is atrocious. More effort is put into hiring young females than competent servers. Atmosphere is contemporary beer bar in nature with decor, but it's hard to overcome the shortcomings in service and selection. They're only in business because there is no real competition for the craft beer consumer who wants normal ABV beers in SLC.

Photo of deanhead
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

We simply ordered snacks here. It was time for a beer but not entirely time for lunch. We were on a mission to get to Park City.
The first two beers we requested were not available, so we went mainstream and found the Westmalle Tripel. Nice score in the middle of an otherwise seemingly beer wasteland of sorts.

The wings and quesadillas were tasty as well as the gumbo. The service was lack luster, and could use some polishing, but for the most part I enjoyed myself.
The waitress needs an attitude adjustment of sorts
Nice beer on cask!

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The Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT
93 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.