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The Garden Restaurant
The Garden Restaurant

The Garden Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gardenmenu.com
  • Phone: (801) 539-3170
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Ackley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St
  • Public Transit: Trax stop - City Center
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located underneath the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Access to this underground lot can be found heading west on South Temple Street. When dining at The Garden Restaurant, we give you a 3 hour parking validation.
A word from The Garden Restaurant
Located on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, The Garden Restaurant has stunning views of Temple Square and Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The Garden Restaurant is the natural choice when you want to be informally formal. You’ll dine in a comfortable plaza-like atmosphere, surrounded by Mediterranean columns and fountains accented with live flowers and trees. One look at the delightful and varied menu prepared by our expert team of Chefs, and you’ll know you have discovered a Garden of delights. Note: no alcohol or coffee is served.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Beautiful location. Poor service. Oriental Chicken salad less than wonderful. "Asian vegetables" were scarce or missing and the cashews were few and far between. The chicken was dry and the cold lump of pasta all over the top was awful. My husband's Shrimp Louie salad was meager in size shrimp, crab, and toppings - tomatoes, eggs, etc. A lovely setting. The Mandarin Chicken salad they serve at the Nauvoo cafe downstairs is ever so much better and about half the price. In the future I think we'll eat at the Nauvoo Cafe then take the elevator up to 10 and look at the view."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Great restaurant, with an awesome view. Very affordable for rooftop dining."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening meal. The service was great - very personable, helpful, prompt Really enjoyed the food"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent Restaurant, Excellent location/view and Excellent food. The staff was great with our many young kids. It is always fun to release balloons through the ceiling."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I took my wife to your restaurant for her Birthday. The entire experience was delightful. Somehow you find the most well trained servers in downtown Salt Lake. Our steak was so tender, juicy and tasted heavenly. The entire visit was extra ordinary and I'm looking forward to our next outing to your restaurant. i'm"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Food was not worth the money. The service and view was good but could not get over the bad food especially for the price you pay."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My husband and I just ate at the Garden Restaurant for out 13 wedding anniversary. The food was amazing. Our waitress was great. They greeted us with our table already prepared with a sweat Happy Anniversary sign on our table. They opened the roof for us and provided us balloons to make wishes with and release. The view was great as well, overlooking Temple Square and the the entire west side of the valley. We will most certainly be going back!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great food, super friendly service, fantastic view, what a delight! Took my sister there for her birthday lunch and enjoyed it immensely. They gave her a balloon and opened the roof so she could make a wish and release it. Reservations not necessary but they help."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We celebrated a 71st birthday. I'm from Lawrenceville, Georgia, and hosted the occasion for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. It could not have been any better. He thoroughly enjoyed releasing the balloon."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Service was pretty slow although I've experienced worse. Food was very good but a little expensice for lunch. Not a huge menu but their clam chowder was delicious & I loved the Poached pear salad. We also tried the loaded kettle chips, I could have skipped those but they weren't bad."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The view is lovely and the restaurant is clean and well decorated. The waiters are kind and conscientious. The food prices are a bit steep and not worth it. The quality and taste were more like a step up from fast food. Poor flavor, you could taste the cheap ingredients, not fresh. We didn't go to The Roof because we had a party of 8 and wanted to save money - expecting close to the same quality. What a disappointment. The bread was good."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Can't beat the view. Food quality and presentation is great, especially for the price!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The bread is amazing. The food was wonderful. The view was great. Made for a perfect anniversary."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My family really enjoyed dining at The Garden. The food was delicious, the view was beautiful, and the atmosphere very inviting. We also enjoyed the open roof."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Service was perfect...server was exceptional. Took our party right away and filled our request for table with a view. Responsive to toddler that made the evening special."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The Garden has delicious food, great service and is moderately priced. The view is great too!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. Great service. The lasagna was delicious. The pork shank was very tender, but the demi-glace was far too salty. Overall, a good and fun place to eat."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was my 2nd time eating here. I really enjoy the the ambiance of the restaurant and the food was pretty good. The service was lacking. Everyone was very nice but just not great at their jobs. At $20/plate I would expect the same level of service. They could learn a thing or two from Chuck-o-rama. Train your employees!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My wife ordered the pesto chicken and it was not good. The sauce was cold. The chicken was dry and difficult to cut let alone eat. The only reason she did not return it was because we were with another couple. Two of us ordered the fish and chips with fruit and enjoyed it a lot. The fourth guest ordered a noodle dish which he also enjoyed. We had a wonderful time and will return. I was impressed as to how the individuals serving helped each other and were not concerned as to who's table was assigned to whom. Thanks for asking."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had out of town guests with us for this visit and it was lovely. Our server was perfect for our party of 8. We all enjoyed it immensely. Thank you for going above and beyond."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This restaurant offered a great luncheon menu and the setting overlooking Temple Square was perfect. Great for a visit to Temple Square. Service was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed our early dinner very much. The food was delicious and came out quickly. The atmosphere was pleasant and we enjoyed good service and great views. We will be coming back again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Nothing but good to say about the Garden Restaurant. The view is incredible, as was the service. Jacob, our server, made sure we had a great evening. The food came well prepared and as advertised. We couldn't have had a more enjoyable dinner anywhere else."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My mother was visiting from out of town and we like to take her somewhere different and unique when she is in town. My wife and I also invited my in-laws and we had a tremendous evening. The atmosphere is inviting and the views are the best in town. We can't wait to go back. Don't forger to order the fried pickles!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Relaxing atmosphere, stunning view, great food, adequate service. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was awful! We were here visiting from out of town and made reservations here for our anniversary (11 years). Our friends went with us didn't like the experience or food either! My fettuccine tasted awful, my husbands steak had a weird taste and texture, and my friends salad looked and tasted like it came from a bag! When we expressed that we did not like our food the waiter basically said it was our own fault. The restaurant was dirty and certainly not the place for a special occasion! I would NEVER eat here again or recommend it to anyone!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Granted it has been several years since our last visit but both the service and the food quality were seriously lacking. Visiting the Garden Restaurant was usually a highlight for a visit to Salt Lake. The service was always excellent and we had confidence that we would really enjoy our meal no matter what we chose. We visited this year to celebrate our daughters birthday. We felt ignored by the server, she never offered to refill our glasses. We had made a special request to have the advertised birthday balloon service that seemed a little anti climatic since I had to remind the waitress about it. There was a card on the table wishing a happy birthday which was a nice touch. The food wasn't bad but it wasn't remarkable like it used to be."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We loved the view as we enjoyed a nice meal. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It is tradition for me to take my grandchildren to eat here overlooking the temple when they finish reading The Book of Mormon before we visit the other church sites nearby. The food is delicious and the spirit is always bright and welcoming and gracious. We always have a positive, lovely experience and enjoy the special treat of such great food! Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I knew the Garden was nothing special and never had a desire to go there. One Saturday I really wanted to go to the Roof restaurant for the views, but they were all booked up. I saw the Garden was having a Father's Day special of filet mignon and dungeness crab cakes, so I thought it would be worthwhile. I'd looked at their menu before and nothing looked worthwhile. But filet mignon and crab cakes sounded awesome. We arrive for our reservation and they're all out of the special. Unbelievable. I ask for a recommendation, accept it, and of course it's no good. Waste of money, waste of a night. The view was good but the Roof has a better view, closer to the temple and you can see capitol hill. The Garden food isn't worth the money."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband & I were celebrating our 5th Anniversary & we're really excited to dine at the JS mem Bldg where we had our "grooms dinner" the evening before our wedding day-but we were so disappointed for a few reasons. 1st they had run out of ingredients for the evening special (fish & chips) which we were excited to order because we'd heard great things about it. 2nd our waiter forgot to bring our appitizer & our food took a considerably long time to be delivered, so we were starving. 3rd my husband ordered the salmon & for an $18 dollar plate the portion was minimal! However the evening wasn't all bad- the hostess staff was very friendly, my fettuccini was delicious & the view was beautiful! But sadly I don't think we would dine here again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The service was extremely slow and when the drinks came out, they were wrong! They were out of the daily special by 7:30 pm? Really? Then when the dinner arrived - my husbands was not there and with straight faces - they asked "Did you order something?" are you kidding??? So we ate while they rushed to cook his meal. The $15.00 shrimp crab salad had three asparagus, three shrimp, a dab of crab and a half of a hard boiled egg on mostly iceberg lettuce. Let's just say - it was a disappointment. To top the evening off - the waitress could not remember what we had ordered to get the bills ready and we waited over a half an hour to get the bills and pay them. The setting is lovely but they seriously need to redo the menu and train the staff."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We started off with the artichoke dip appetizer. The fried pita bread slices are to die for. We could have left after the appetizer and been thrilled. Entrees were equally delicious. We had the chicken with mozzarella and tomatoes and the steak with mashed potatoes. Steak was a little overcooked but it was tender and juicy. We left happy and very satisfied."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had lunch to celebrate my daughters graduation. We were a larger group and the table was ready to go when we arrived. They even had a special gradation card for my daughter. The food portions were large and beautifully presented. The service was efficient and quick. The views were wonderful and the atmosphere perfect for our group."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great place to eat. Centrally located in Downtown Salt Lake, the Garden has an amazing view but even better food. I highly recommend this place the everyone!!! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food is always good and the prices are reasonable. We can actually have a conversation because there is no loud music.luvtoeatout"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The Garden was all we expected it to be. We were celebrating our 48th anniversary and requested a table with a view of the Temple. We had a table next to the window and even a little "Happy Anniversary" card. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the service prompt. We loved it! The food was delicious and just as recommended."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Beautiful view, excellent food but very bad manners regarding children. The manager scolded my children for sticking their hands in the massive fountain in front. They weren't splashing just feeling the water. Also received many rude looks regarding my average active two year old. Very disappointed with their UN friendly young family atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed our food very much. The service was was marginal. Items were not brought at the right time. Our waitress was very busy."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This was an excellant light dinner in a great location. One needs to remember that this is an LDS church owned restaurent, hence NO wine list!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014