Caffe Niche
Caffe Niche

Caffe Niche

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.caffeniche.com/
  • Phone: 8014333380x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 11:00 am & Saturday: 9:00 am -2:00 pm
    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday:11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Chef Ethan Lappe
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have space for private parties. Please call for details about booking.
  • Private Party Contact: Ethan Lappe 8014333380x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 800 E 300 S
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is to the west of the building. Parking is also available on the street.
A word from Caffe Niche
***We do not take reservations for lunch or brunch. Please call for parties of more than 8 people***

Niche is a modern eatery with a neighborhood cafe feel. We specialize in local, sustainable food and feature the best seasonal offerings.

Our menu ranges from small plates to chef-styled main courses and unique desserts.

The atmosphere is relaxed and the service friendly.

We believe in the philosophy of simple ingredients prepared fresh to showcase flavors.

We are able to accommodate special requests and diets and are vegetarian and vegan friendly.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Caffe Niche reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)great for outdoor dining (16)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (10)good for groups (6)romantic (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food and service was great! We were a table of 6 and everyone loved their food. Our server even offered to drive us to our event so we could have another drink. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Britty
    Britty
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Best Elk Burger, ever. No condiments needed. Loved the beet & goat cheese appetizer. Nice patio but could have used heaters (not available).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nummylicious
    KimmieVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My mom and I enjoyed wonderful appetizers, dinner and drinks at Caffe Niche. Our server, Lauren, was the best. When we return to Salt Lake City, I look forward to dining at Caffe Niche.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Veggie plate ever
    Outdoorpartner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    As a foodie and world traveler, I was surprised to enjoy the best Vegetarian Plate of my life at Café Niche. The plate included several different vegetables and sauces. The vegie plate was artfully presented and had many color variations. Superb! The snapper (fish) was also cooked to perfection. We were seated promptly and service was impeccable. They also have wonderful mixed drinks - I enjoyed the Crenshaw Melon punch. I wish I lived closer to Café Niche - I would go more often (it's an hour drive from my home).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as previous visits
    BlueSkies61
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I had been to Niche about a year ago with some business people from out of town. Everyone loved the food and the atmosphere. On this visit to Niche, I was bringing a friend for her birthday. We sat out on the patio and loved the perfect evening breeze. We ordered the "fish of the day" and the scallops entrees. The fish was OK but very overcooked. The scallops were undercooked and over seasoned. The cabernet wine was excellent. The wait staff was good. Friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • uneven food quality
    NevRL8
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have eaten at caffe niche four times, and found that the food is somewhat variable. When its good, its truly exceptional (e.g. the shaved Brussels sprout appetizer is amazing). But I've been disappointed several times. Recently I ordered the corned beef and though it was flavorful, my portion was dried out, and so disappointing. Previously I ordered the fish tacos, and they were unwilling to give me a slice of lime to squeeze over my portion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Bird Flew the Coup
    1234VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Walked 30+ minutes from Temple Square hotel to work up an appetite only to be disappointed that the last chicken meal left the kitchen and there was no more. Offered a voucher for a free entree good for a year's time but considering i visit SLC once every 25 years I venture to say that although i may return the bistro in a quarter of a century the restaurant will probably not survive if poor demand/supply of basic staples such as poultry continues beyond a year. $26 for a drink and an artichoke definitely not worth it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food as usual, but......
    slctrix
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Even though we were seated in the aisle right by the door going outside, our server seemed to not see us. It took a long time to order a drink and even longer to receive it. I have been to Niche many times, but it was my friend's first visit and the service was really lacking. The food was delicious as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caffe Niche ok
    Mybuturfat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great spot for dinner with friends. Service was fast and efficient. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food wasn't very good
    slcfoodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went for dinner. Both of us got salads. Mine was flavorless and my friend's had way too much pepper on it. My cocktail was pretty good though
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great patio
    lbstopher
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    A great patio with tables of 4--we were a group of 10 and spread out across 3 tables but we were close enough to talk across tables. Food was very good--although not as brilliant as in visits in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming and Filling!
    skiswife89
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I would HIGHLY suggest taking in this friendly neighborhood eatery. It is spendy, but very worth it. (Secret COOKIE STASH not on the menu!!!!!!!!!! YUMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not consistent
    Zinnia
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Maybe there was a different cook. One week ago I had lamb and it was very good. This time - it had a gray fuzz (marinade - server said) and it tasted off, spoiled ! so we returned it and both had scallops - scallops were undercooked at first - that was corrected but $25 for 5 scallops with a tiny handful of arugula and tiny bits of tomato ( not more than 1 thin slice) and tiny bits of onion floating in way too much olive oil - this was a bit overpriced . Seeing that we were not happy with dinner, they offered a free dessert - We had tres leches cake. Again, last week it was very good, this night it seemed it was perhaps not quite defrosted. So - I don't know - I've had very good breakfasts here, one good dinner and one awful dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice outside, high noise inside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Good food, good wine, friendly and accommodating service. Noisy for us inside, very nice on the east-side patio. We have eaten there many times
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh!
    ToolazytocookVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Never had anything other than the freshest food, with the best of service. I recommend Niche all the time. We always order the mushroom small plate, and the grapefruit dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 173 reviews are from the Caffe Niche reviews archive.
  • good restaurant
    Zinnia
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    THis is a nice restaurant. The lamb was quite good - the fish was only fair. The scallops were fairly good. Don't order the pig cheeks - tasted like overdone brisket. The mushrooms were nice.Personally, I think the small plates are too pricey. $9 for a handful of little mushrooms on a piece of overtoasted bread? The Tres leches was wonderful and the wine - a Pinot Griege was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night to just pick appetizers
    geech
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Very good sampling of different appetizers finished off with a port and the chocolate decadence. Pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Our server was Venice, she was great. The food was delicious, creative and fresh tasting. The "Tuna Nachos" were especially good. Don't miss the Tres Leches cake for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Healthy and creative menu
    GoBlueFanVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Nice outdoor dining but rain kept us inside. Brussel sprouts and parsnip starters were good, as was the squash soup (tasted like pumpkin pie). Enjoyed lean corned beef and tender scallops. Suggest they consider taking the skin off of salmon for better presentation with polenta. Venice was a great server.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    excellent neighborhood spot--will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Things have changed
    JPOSO
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    With the new ownership, it appears that prices have gone up, wine selection has deteriorated and prices have risen, the chef and the staff have changed. The Thai steak salad had nice napa cappage, but the beef appeared to be the gristle-y, fatty parts trimmed off steak. The salmon was--salmon -- on a bed of surprisingly flavorless but "hot" polenta. The two different white wines by the glass were "interesting" -- the term one uses when you can't find much good to say. Please note that the service was good. However, overall disappointing -- we had always so enjoyed coming here. We may try again in a few months to see if the "new-owner bugs" have been worked out.
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  • Loved the seasonal fare
    AliG
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Their commitment to a seasonal menu is spot on. Loved the flavors of the locally sourced eggs, microgreens, lamb, and arugula. Great meal with great ingredients. Very good cocktails and service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner fit for a graduate!
    GraduatingFoodie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I went to Niche to celebrate my graduation from the university of utah! I had made a reservation for a larger group, and despite some rearrangements at the last minute, we were seated right away. The staff was energetic and very prompt. Although I had been to Niche before, the food never ceases to amaze my palate! It is always delicious! My family visiting from out of state loved the experience!! We had a wonderful time! Thanks for making such a lovely experience! Niche is my favorite of Salt Lake!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience for a great price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I've always lived Caffe Niche for their amazing breakfasts, but went for there for dinner during the week. What a wonderful experience. The service was fantastic, calm and romantic atmosphere, great selection of "foodie" food and definitely recommend the Tres Leche cake.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great presentation and tasty
    Jamie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Presentation of food was top notch. Flavorful and fresh. Nothing we had was heavy, even the cream sauce was light and airy. Service was attentive and friendly. I would really like to return to try other items on the menu. I was very impressed. Even though it looks trendy, it wasn't pretentious, which I found speaking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great lunch dining
    Oasislisa
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    My party was greeted at the door immediately as we walked in. The hostess was so friendly and started out our dining experience on a high note. We were new to this spot and our server was very informative and accommodating. We started with tapas style plates of amazing dishes, the warm potato salad and shredded brussel sprouts. Amazing and delish!!! We shared the fish tacos and the elk burger. We almost passed by the pickled jalapenos garnish but are so glad we didn't miss out. A great surprise. All around great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More utensils for each course!
    SusaVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were rarely given the utensils--knife, fork, spoon--we needed for each course. Waitress removed utensils after salad and only replaced them when we asked. This is clumsy and annoying! Please keep knives, forks, spoons replenished for each course! Vegetarian dish was a bit greasy--I recommend steaming some of the veggies and not slathering them in oil. I prefer plain artichoke to the one served on Saturday: too spicy and oily!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lamb--delicious
    Joyce
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    As always, the food did not disappoint. Ordered the Morgan Valley lamb with roasted potatoes. The lamb was moist and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I usually like it and think
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I usually like it and think it worked well for the family meal. They like to use local fresh ingredients. They have a mix of small plates, salads and entrees. Good desserts and good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Café Niche
    SLCman
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    A great dinner in the city. I enjoyed the service, food, and atmosphere. Keep up the great work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as usual
    Nightout
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Have dined here several times but we were a little dissappointed this time. Not sure if main chef wasn't there or what. Had Mahi mahi and sole. Would not recommend them. Average at best and have had much better meals there.
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  • They could use a better wine
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    They could use a better wine selection, so I suggest you bring your own. Food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really cares about their customers
    JPOSO
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Once again a delightful, delicious meal -- and with it being 3/14 (Pie Day), both couples ordered the lemon meringue pie for dessert. Oops -- apparently a lot of others were celebrating Pie Day, as there was only one piece left. One couple said "we will forego". The staff then comped that couple with the tres leches cake -- something they had thought they did not want, but after one bite, were hooked. Thank you Caffe Niche for going the extra mile and caring about your customers!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just as Good
    Will
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Second time I have eaten here in the last two months. My wife and I have made this our new date night spot, and have yet to be disappointed. Ask for Venice as your server, she is awesome. Looking forward to heading back next month.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Caffe Niche has a nice menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Caffe Niche has a nice menu that is always being updated with fresh options. This time I had the veggie plate and it was very good. They also have several meat and fish dishes. The wine list is nice and the staff is friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So yummy
    Shilo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    They don't disappoint. They have something for every diet and they are always willing to adapt an item to suit any restrictions you may have. Bottom line - the food is amazingly delicious. I love the small plates and the entrees are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    SpiceOfLife
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Caffe Niche was recommended by a family member. Hadn't been before. Went on Valentine's Day so the menu was fixed. The lobster stuffed peppers were so good. The scallops were incredible - melt in your mouth delicious. The chocolate torte was the best thing I've had in a long time - went from sweet to cinnamon to a little heat - my wife got that and I ended up eating half of her dessert. The service couldn't have been better. Loved Caffe Niche. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Spice
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    What a great find, we were looking for another place to eat, close by and there you are. The first time we were impressed with the fine food, great waitress , ambiance, OK! So, we brought some friends this time and we were impressd again and our friends think we are hero's for finding such a great restaurant. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    newtoSLC
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We took friends from out of town there for a dinner. It is somewhat expensive for the food, but all the food we had was excellent. The Bronx from the bar was a sensational drink!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic Valentine's day surprise
    BabyCakes09
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    My wife and I had to celebrate Valentine's early and the setting at this restaurant was perfect for a romantic evening. The food portions were great to be able to enjoy a little bit of every course. I would definitely recommend this and go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.