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The Garden Restaurant
The Garden Restaurant

The Garden Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gardenmenu.com
  • Email: sackley@templesquarehospitality.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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I went here to enjoy her Birthday dinner. The servers were very accommodating to all of our requests and the food was awesome. They put us in the best place in the restaurant and we watched a great sunset over the Salt Lake valley. Awesome."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The salmon salad and pigpen burger were great and our server was very attentive and friendly. The ambience was fantastic as was the view overlooking downtown Salt Lake."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "They had a discounted menu because it was General Conference weekend but the prices were still a little steep for the food we were getting. The waitress was very nice though and the view was outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Reservations were made and so we were seated quickly. Our server was very knowledgeable. Drinks were brought to us immediately. The main course was wonderful although we had to wait a little longer than we had hoped. We loved our meals and the server was very good! The music was a little loud for us and so that could be addressed. We would definitely come again because of the great experience we had. We loved the entrees and the desserts!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The Garden has great food, but the service was very slow, kind of dirty."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We entertained friends from out of town, the food tasted as good as always and would definitely recommend the place. The view is fantastic and creates a very good ambiance."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We went the day of The General Womens Meeting in the late afternoon, the place was in chaos, the restaurant hostesses were racing around like mad women, the food was cold the place was packed and this was not the best dining experience I know that the restaurant is capable of. I wish they had not overbooked the restaurant and we would have gotten the care and food we are accustomed to at the JSMB."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our waiter was not attentive to us. We finally had to have another waiter come to our table and offer boxes and take our payment. We were not offered dessert at all. The atmosphere is lovely but our service was very poor."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Because of the general women's conference, the restaurant was packed! I reserved a table earlier in the week and when I came it took way to long for me to check in and we had to wait 30 before we finally pulled a server over to talk to us for the first time. The food was great but the staff was way too frazzled and stressed. I felt uneasy and nervous because the staff put out a stressed out energy. I don't want to feel that way even if it's the crazier night at the restaurant because frankly, the customer doesn't care what's going on behind the scenes."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I can always rely on the Garden for delivering fine food, it has a good atmosphere and enough privacy to make it a great place."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I took a special date that night to the the garden. I made reservations for 7:30 and didn't get a seat till after 8 (the seating staff didn't communicate with each other that we had checked in) . Took 10 minutes for our waiter to come.... Food was overly cooked... And when i was ready to pay with cash in hand, I had to confront a manager to get any help. I wish this was not the case, but I can not recommend anyone going there until there's better customer service!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great place to take a visitor who lives outside Utah for the scenic view of the Salt Lake Valley and Salt Lake Temple."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great food, beautiful view and wonderful ambiance. Service was excellent as well."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We went there for my wife's birthday. She received a helium balloon and they let her make a wish and let it go through the open roof. When our granddaughter cried at the "lost" balloon they kindly brought another for her. It was a memorable occasion and the staff there was very good."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I had a friend from out of town who had never eaten at the Garden. We had a delightful lunch, with great scenery and lovely ambience. The food had plenty of selections, and we had a lovely time."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Food was ok. It was well plated and looked appetiziing...but was a little disappointing on taste, especially for the price I was paying. Restaurant itself is very bueatiful with amazing scenery. Perhaps I just got you on a bad night."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My mom and I eat here for lunch every year for my birthday and get the cinnamon chocolate cake. It is amazing!! I'm so happy they still have it. We went with friends on a Friday night, had beautiful view of the temple square (not to mention walking around the lobby afterward) and of course the food is great!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This is a wonderful place, great atmosphere, beautiful with the temple in the backdrop! Food is good!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I arrived before my husband, so waited to be seated. Even though it was Valentine's Day evening, and I'm sure they were booked solid... my husband and I were seated as soon as he arrived... even though it was 15 minutes later than our reservation."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "the food was absolutely delicious. Annie did a super job and we hope she is there the next time we dine there."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food and service was fantastic but the decor is a little outdated."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The Garden Restaurant has friendly, completely competent staff from the moment you hit the hostess station. We had a reservation for the night before Valentines Day, and the hostess seated us at a window table overlooking the Temple without my needing to request it. When we were seated, we were immediately greeted by our server, and we had our drinks within 90 seconds or so. The very instants we were ready to order, our server was on the ball again. Courses were timed perfectly, with the next being brought immediately after finishing the last. The food itself was very good, with no ingredients tasting below standard. Everything seemed fresh, with every item made as it was ordered."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Great service. The flat iron steak and fetuccini are divine and the deep fried pickles are a must have appetizers. Make sure to save room for dessert. Offers a beautiful view of Temple Square."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were seated next to the window overlooking the LDS temple and temple square. It was beautiful. The food is good, presentation very nice and moderately priced. For the view and location of the restaurant it really is priced great in my opinion. Our server was wonderful and the hostesses were outstanding. I would go back again just for the service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was pretty bland and the service was slow. This used to be a fun place but it seems it is not what it used to be. Bring back the white dinner rolls! Those were one of my favorites."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My wife, daughter, and I had a great time at the Garden. My wife and I wanted to show our daughter where we went the night we got engaged. The food choices are more fancy, and more expensive now. I loved my pulled pork sandwich, and my daughter's meal was good too. My wife's lasagna, however, was completely burned on top. That's what happens when you take 45 minuted to bring a meal to the table I guess. She managed to peel off the burned layer, not wanting to wait another 45 (or maybe 30 so it isn't burned) minutes for a new serving. The view is still spectacular and the dinner rolls were great. The young server was not very good about drink refills, but was very friendly."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I brought a business contact here for dinner. Since he had never been in downtown Salt Lake City, it was the perfect place to give him a terrific view and talk about our common interests. The food was excellent, and added to the overall positive impression."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Great food, spectacular view, terrific service. Was a wonderful evening meal."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The Garden Restaurant has a reputation for excellence that is well deserved. The view we experienced during dinner was superb and the food was divine. If I had to place a criticism somewhere it would have been with our server. She was very competent and willing to provide us with whatever we requested, however, she was not very personable. She never gave us her name and we never felt that she engaged us personally. She had other guests but a little extra effort to make our night special would have been appreciated. In addition, the noise level is something that is very difficult to control and the large party I mentioned earlier wasn't taking any pains to be quiet. All in all, a great experience that has the potential to be even better."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We were a party of four and the general view at the beginning was that the menue was limited. Three of us had the fettuccine Chicken dark sauce and we agreed that it was not tasteful. Also, we all recieved a dinner salad and were disappointed that it was a slab of romaine lettuce."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great place to go with the Girls in a Friday night."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The view was incredible, but the food was disappointing for what you paid. The music was horrible and too loud, and the overall experience felt outdated. Don't get me wrong, the food tasted fine, but it seemed you were served very little for what you paid for."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The Garden House is all about the views of the temple, and so I was glad to take my visiting younger sister here. After being seated, we sat for ten minutes until I finally got up to look for our waitress. Our glasses were never refilled and we were never checked on during our meal. After we finished eating again we couldn't find our waitress. It was a weeknight but I would except far better service."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Our visit to the Garden restaurant was to meet friends from out of town. This open format restaurant has amazing views of Temple Square, a clever glass roof which opens to the blue sky when weather permits, and knowledgeable, energetic serving staff. Menu is varied and written well enough to make one salivate. No problems for a peanut allergy customer, but also mention not to over cook the salmon. Will return to try more menu options."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "My girlfriend wanted to go somewhere romantic and classy for her birthday. The Garden Restaurant was perfect. The view was breathtaking, the service was great and the food was top of the line. We had the flat iron steak and the salmon and we were just blown away how delicious it was. We also got the fried pickles which were mouthwatering as well. At the end of the meal we were given complimentary strawberry ice cream which wasn't even expected. We will definitely come again in the future. They made this a very memorable birthday for my girlfriend."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The view of the Salt Lake Valley is the best part of this restaurant. While the food was well prepared, the service was excellent, and the ambience was comfortable the menu suffered from lack of healthy choices. Good for special occasions, or, as was the case with me for entertaining a casual out of town guest."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "We have always loved the Garden and Tuesday was no different! I do wish they would bring back their fantastic rolls and butter and stash the oil and whatever bread they now serve. But the rest of their menu is FANTASTIC!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Reasonably priced, quality food. Friendly service. No long wait for food to the table. Fantastic views over Temple Square."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "We started with fried pickles and artichoke cheese dip. Pickles we divine. But the cheese dip was off-the-charts amazing. Their pita bread wedges are just like crack cocaine. We could have made an entire meal out of them. Maybe next time we will. Entrees were beyond delicious. Flank steaks were tender and delicious. Pastas were spot on. And salads were amazing. We wanted to sample the desserts, but by that point in the meal we were stuffed. And happily so. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The garden is a favorite of mine for special occasions. Perfect mix of causal and high class dining so anything goes. The view is spectacular and the food is wonderful."
    Dined on 1/3/2014