The Garden Restaurant
The Garden Restaurant

The Garden Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gardenmenu.com/
  • Phone: 8015393170x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Garden Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (80)special occasion (51)great for lunch (47)good for groups (32)romantic (29)kid-friendly (21)neighborhood gem (19)great for brunch (19)fit for foodies (17)late-night find (11)great for outdoor dining (6)hot spot (3)Show More
  • Great View!
    Suzy
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    A beautiful view at sunset. Nice casual place easy and comfortable. Food good with great service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    Love2dine
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a lovely dinner to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. Our table overlooked the Mormon temple. We enjoyed the sunset as the lights came on across the valley. Our waiter was excellent! He served us not only our food but a big smile, too. I enjoyed my salmon dinner. My husband wasn't as happy with his flatiron steak...a little undercooked. Overall, we enjoyed our evening and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    organmd
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The occasion was my birthday. We were attending a concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle at 7:30 PM so it was a no brainer to make reservations at the Garden ahead of the concert. Our table was ready when we arrived with no waiting. The service was excellent and the food was to the high standard we have come to expect from the Garden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gardenluver
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It was a wonderful experience had by all. The food was great, the service was excellent. Thanks for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view and clean dining area
    Wantinggoodfood
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I had taken my wife to The Garden a few years ago. We loved the view but we found the food very marginal so have never returned. Our company had our independent auditors in from Illinois. I wanted to show them a bird's eye view of Salt Lake City so I made reservations and requested window seating. There was no attempt to get us window seating or any acknowledgement that I had even requested it. They messed up the order - half of our group got their meals while the other half had to wait another 10+ minutes to get their meals. We were on a tight time table and this mess up and the slow service resulted in lunch taking over an hour and a half. Food was very marginal and the entire group agreed that the food was of lower quality.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Parking was awful
    FloridaED
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Underground says 7' clearance, but once down it was 6'8". We had to pay and park on the street (pickup truck needed 7' clear). Nice view of the temple and grounds. We dine here everytime we are in town.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot!
    GardenFan4Life
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The service here was great. We went for my husbands birthday and they were so nice to him. They opened the roof and had him let off a balloon. It was so fun and the food was so yummy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • htitobt
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    It was my husband's 67th birthday, and we were treated very special, unlike the Roof, last year when we celebrated our 45th anniversary. They gave us the worst table in the house, even though I booked 3 months in advance. They wouldn't even listen to my complaint. We had a much more enjoyable experience at The Garden. The temple was beautiful. The service was great! They accommadated my husband, when he was served coleslaw, which he doesn't like, so he asked for fruit instead and they brought him some. I would definately reccommend to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    mickey
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Took my wife here for a date. We both really enjoyed it. Can't wait to come again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were pleased and will come again next year. I liked that we could make our reservation on line and especially appreciated them reminding me a week before by phone. Great place especially for a group of women.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everyone Has a Bad Night
    FoodieBob
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We love The Garden Restaurant. The food is always delicious. The service is attentive. And the view is spectacular. But Saturday night must have been an off night. The artichoke dip with the fried pita was spot on--as usual. But everything fell apart from there. The tomato asiago soup was thin and metallic tasting. Drink refills were slow. And my medium-well steak was still mooing. Others in our party experienced similar challenges. One salad was delivered after the entree had been presented--but only after the guest had reminded our server that it had been forgotten. I'm not sure why things were so off. But it was definitely not a positive experience. Not like what we normally experience there.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Where else can you be and feel like you could reach out and touch the spires of the temple. Beautiful sunsets.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view. Food just average.
    coledust
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great atmosphere. Service was good, but slow at times. Had the pork loin which was cold in the middle, but the fish tacos were tasty. Overall, had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb salmon salad
    slclawyer
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The salmon salad was very good. The fish was well-prepared and delicious and the combination of flavors (particularly the citrus dressing) was excellent. The presentation of the four dishes served at our table was excellent. The view over Temple Square is spectacular. This was a great choice for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was a perfect place to take my grown up 9 year old granddaughter for her birthday. Grown up enough that it was special, but not so grown up either of us were out of place. And as it was her birthday, the balloon and the ability to let it fly "up to heaven" as she said, was really a special touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Polly
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Top service and food quality THE BEST!! Ambiance was the icing on the cake. Waiter was superb. Wonderful evening as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thank You for a lovely lunch
    stlesser
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My sister retired that day from 25 years at Franklin Covey. My sister-in-law and I took her to lunch to celebrate. It couldn't been more positive!!! Our waiter was delightful and so very kind, the food was fabulous and the few stunning. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great view, mediocre food
    yeppers
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The view is breath taking. Especially at sunset. The food was good, just not as good as I expected for the price.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had a great experience!!! The ambiance was perfect, beautiful view, great food and super service!!! A perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • beautiful view, but service slow
    lauriew
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was good, though I did have a bad reaction to the fish tacos. eat them all the time and have never had a problem. restaurant was quaint and we loved when they opened the roof to let the fresh air in. Service was slow and people that sat after us were served first. The waiter was new, so maybe that was the problem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wedding party initial meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Service was slow, waitress was friendly, raspberry lemonade was initially diluted and lacking in flavor and taste, food was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with a wonderful view
    Birthdaygal
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The Garden is a wonderful restaurant with an incredible view of Temple Square and sunsets across the Great Salt Lake. On summer evenings the roof opens up and you can enjoy the cool air as an added bonus. We were greeted by cheerful greeters who helped us to our table and our server was attentive. The food was delicious and we were able to sit for a couple of hours and visit with our friends. We didn't feel rushed or that they wanted the table for another guest. Thanks for making my birthday wonderful.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view
    Nets
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Interesting view is the best part. The server was young, inexperienced and VERY forgetful, but a sweet, folksy type. Food: better rolls please, portions huge, flavor adequate.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Large wedding distracted waiters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very good food, moderately priced, waiters moderately attentive but distracted by very large wedding group in restaurant so they made some mistakes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    Saxeygirl1
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not too shabby
    Seal
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great restaurant, with an awesome view. Very affordable for rooftop dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, great meal
    Munyama
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a wonderful evening meal. The service was great - very personable, helpful, prompt Really enjoyed the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE BEST.
    Annie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New tradition
    Nikkinick
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fantastic everything!
    lv2eat
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Slow Service
    FoCoFoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful view - mediocre food
    Robinj
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to visit
    auzfonz
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Can't beat the view. Food quality and presentation is great, especially for the price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    anypats
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The bread is amazing. The food was wonderful. The view was great. Made for a perfect anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent dining experience
    pettsrus
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mickey
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Kimchi
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The Garden has delicious food, great service and is moderately priced. The view is great too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate