Laurel Brasserie & Bar Is Now Open In Downtown Salt Lake City

Laurel interior

Laurel Brasserie & Bar, a new neighborhood brasserie featuring classic European cuisine with a modern American approach, is now open in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. Located adjacent to The Grand America Hotel entrance with a full-service bar, a value-driven menu and enchanting design and décor, guests can enjoy chef-driven dishes and techniques without the fuss. Evoking a socially vibrant atmosphere, this highly anticipated bar and restaurant concept is a place to visit any time of day. Whether for an early morning coffee and pastry at Bonne Vie or a dependable business lunch, Laurel Brasserie & Bar offers breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch, Happy Hour, Late Night Happy Hour and dinner.

“After three years of planning this project, and 10 years from the first ideation, we are proud to be able to finally welcome guests and visitors to the reimagined space,” says Régis Perret, Director of Food & Beverage. “Laurel Brasserie & Bar will quickly become a destination in our flourishing downtown community for Salt Lake City locals and Utah travelers alike.”

Laurel - French onion soup
Laurel – French onion soup
Laurel - steak frites
Laurel – steak frites

Laurel Brasserie & Bar draws inspiration for its design and décor from traditional brasserie elements enhanced with a modern American touch, creating a casual and energetic experience. Upon entry, guests are greeted by a grand entrance, accentuated by natural stone and ceramic tiles, custom-designed carpets, gold accents and Verde Antigua and Verde Jasmine marble throughout the space. The restaurant is centered around a thoughtfully designed feature bar, a first for the space, enticing diners to relax and enjoy a drink. Laurel Brasserie & Bar is also complemented by an exhibition oven, an intimate outdoor patio slated to open in the spring, and an updated private dining room with space to seat around 150 guests with options to make more intimate experiences for guests or expand as needed with two additional private dining rooms.

Featuring classic European cuisine presented with a twist, Laurel Brasserie & Bar’s menu offers bites & starters, soups & salads, handcrafted pasta, mains, handhelds, and complements. With an emphasis on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, most elements of each dish are made in-house, including the cultured butter for the baked fresh Bread Service and the handmade pasta featured in the Rigatoni Bolognese and Chicken Lasagna. Patrons can enjoy additional traditional brasserie fare including Mussels, French Onion Soup and Steak Frites – all priced under $30, allowing guests to experience Laurel Brasserie & Bar multiple times a week.

For those looking to imbibe with their meal, grab a seat at the stunning bar. Crafted to be the focal point of the elegant space, the bar will offer a variety of wine, beer, spirits, handcrafted cocktails and zero-proof mocktails. Laurel invites guests to enjoy the Hibiscus Mule with Dented Brick Vodka, lime, ginger beer, and hibiscus tea; the Great BasinSour with High West Prairie Bourbon, Bulleit Rye Whiskey, lemon, Blood-Orange Grand Marnier Foam, and red wine; or enjoy the alcohol-free Eastside, with Seedlip zero-proof spirits, cucumber, mint and lime. Carrying on the same principles from the dining room of working with local partners, at opening, the bar program will be highlighting six local distilleries and six local breweries with more to be added in the coming months. Happy Hour, which will take place from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., and Late Night Happy Hour from 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. every day in the bar, will offer food selections at near half price.

The Bonne Vie that locals know and love has a new look inside Laurel Brasserie & Bar. The refreshed space will be a bustling coffee-centric cafe that caters to locals and hotel guests with an emphasis on made-from-scratch and local sourcing. The iconic Bonne Vie Macarons are made in-house fresh daily, using the traditional French style, with only four simple ingredients yet achieving delicious results. Other indulgent offerings include grab-and-go coffee and house-made flaky pastries. Bonne Vie will be open 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.