The Roof Restaurant
The Roof Restaurant

The Roof Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.templesquarehospitality.com/restaurants/roof.php
  • Phone: 8015391911x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Pedro Mauricio
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Consider holding your business dinner or family gathering in "The Library," a private room on the North end of the restaurant with a view of Temple Square, The Conference Center, The Utah State Capitol Building, The Church Office Building, and Downtown Salt Lake City. One large round table creates a comfortable atmosphere for all guests. This unique table accommodates large parties of 10-16 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Reservation Desk 8015391911x
  • Entertainment: Live piano music every night and during select daytime special event openings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Joseph Smith Memorial Building Underground Parking has a in-street entrance is on South Temple street. Please enter west-bound on South Temple. As you turn onto South Temple, the entrance is on the left. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right to enter the Joseph Smith Memorial Building garage.
A word from The Roof Restaurant
The Roof Restaurant is Utah’s premier gourmet dining buffet. With breathtaking views of Temple Square and Downtown Salt Lake City, The Roof is a fusion of inspiring views and extravagant food. Chef Pedro Mauricio prepares international cuisine with daily regulars for a dynamic menu. Additionally, we offer a world-renowned dessert buffet with an abundance of delicious choices. Note: no alcohol or coffee is served.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
The Roof Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
153 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (138)scenic view (136)romantic (120)good for groups (28)fit for foodies (22)neighborhood gem (14)great for brunch (8)great for lunch (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (2)notable wine list (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • chad2
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience at the Roof. The food was very good and there was a good variety of choices. The dessert bar was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    kpitrl
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The views were exquisite, the food was divine and the service was impeccable. My husband and I were there for our five year anniversary and we could not have picked a better place to celebrate our marriage.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    cashola
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Dining here was a pleasant surprise to my wife for our anniversary. The restaurant, although pricey, was worth every dollar with the beautiful scenic views and the excellent customer service. We went on a week night so I'm sure it was a little calmer than on a weekend, but I would recommend dining here any night of the week. Our server made us feel special and was spot on with his suggestions of what to try. The food was, of course, excellent and the ambiance could not be beat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Completely satisfied
    Valeriamoreno1554
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Even tho I requested to get a table right next to the window that did not happen I was really bummed out because it was my first time there and I was surprising my husband and everything and I just wanted to make it just as special. But either way I seriously cannot complain best place by far ! I loved the piano in the back round , the food is beyond delicious and I feel like I made a perfect choice coming in to the roof ! Thank you !! It was exactly what I was looking for !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful experience
    LCromans828
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The food tasted superb. I loved the piano music: your musician was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the view, as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    Irishrose
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The service was excellent. The food very well prepared. Loved the selections of deserts. The view was fantastic. Only wish that small children were not allowed. It was a very quiet meal until the baby in back of us started crying. It was distracting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait staff and greeters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The wait staff and greeters were great but not as "fine tuned" as you may find in other restaurants. I'm not certain but I think they were LDS kids simply getting some great experience. Considering that, they were awesome! I'm not LDS but I'm familiar with the work ethic taught to their children. The food was delicious and the presentation was top notch!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    It was amazing! My wife and I have gone to the roof twice and it has been a great experience each time! The food was to die for and we both enjoyed the view and the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Dining Experience
    FlintFam
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The Roof is always our favorite choice for celebrating special occasions whether it is a birthday, graduation, anniversary, or employee Christmas luncheon. The food is as delicious as it is beautiful, the atmosphere is so relaxing and romantic, the piano players are amazing, and the views of downtown Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake LDS Temple are incredible and amazing. The highlights of the buffet are the unbelievable desserts with so many choices that you must try a few, and the famous hot and fluffy Lion House rolls with honey butter, a signature item for the Roof. It is elegant dining at its finest.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, poor service
    anniversaryfail
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I took my wife there for our first anniversary. they sat us by the window, and the view was amazing. The food was delicious. Our server barley came by to check on us. Both times we came back from the buffet our old plates were still there. Usually not a big deal but with the table being so small it was hard for it to feel up scale. When our server did come by she was nice. Offered to get us more rolls and a new spoon, then she never came back. When she finally did come back she didn't have anything she told us she was going to bring. Then she pretended like was never there. Very forgetful. Luckily the buster was there to refill our drinks. Probably won't have another anniversary here. Sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great buffet!
    Romeo
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Roof is a high-end buffet that won't disappoint you in the least! The view is breath-taking, the service is great, and the quality of food is much, much better than what you'll find at other buffets. The last few years we've gone here on our anniversary and have loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special event
    Enjoy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My wife and I had our first date at the roof and now 15 years later, we had our aniversary dinner at the roof. If you like wonderful music, a greate atmosphere, good food and a special time, the roof is you place for a wonderful evening meal. The view of the temple square and a special look at the city, and in our case a special sunset are all part of the scene. It is not fast food but a special buffet with quality meal items. Have a good time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    dagdine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A great dining experience. Food was outstanding, service very good, great view.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • loved it
    love
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was my first time at The Roof. My husband and I were celebrating our 4 year anniversary, couldn't get enough of the food. Wish my plates were bigger so I could fit more food! Definitely went back to the buffet Le 7 times. The piano player was amazing and made the atmosphere very romantic and elegant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food & Ambience
    DenDude
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We visited the restaurant for the first time in celebration of our 26th Wedding Anniversary. Everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dining in SLC
    MrsC
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Buffets can be questionable at best, but the Roof serves up theirs like the finest of restaurants coast to coast. I especially enjoyed the French onion soup and baby back ribs. I've dined often of late in NYC and the Roof's exquisetly tasting food matches some of the best the bog apple has to offer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Customer
    happydiner
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We went to The Roof to celebrate our anniversary. The staff was attentive and the food was very good. The view can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Amazing
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I have come to The Roof every year for our anniversary. We have never been disappointed. Thank you
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I keep going back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Too pricey for regular dining, it's still the perfect spot for special occasions. I've celebrated numerous anniversaries here with my wife, and even some birthdays. Excellent food, top-notch service, and a great, all around feel make this a destination spot for making memories.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch in every way
    DesertVagabond1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great experience, as always. Staff was most accommodating; we appreciated the personal touches of congratulations to graduate and birthday; pianist very kind to acknowledge birthday of party member. Most excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Romantic Anniversary Dinner
    H0lyD1ver
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I recently celebrated our Anniversary by going to The Roof. What incredible views! The food was fantastic, and the views of downtown SLC/Temple Square were incredible!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Gem
    mrmystic
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Romantic atmosphere with a great view of temple square with mouth watering food. Fresh sliced meats, salad, cheeses and soups. Can't wait to go back and re-live this experience. Hosts are amazing for making your table sparkle for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice, but a little expensive.
    veehb
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have visited the Roof Restaurant many times in the past. The price keeps creeping up. Dinner for two on our anniversary this week came to over $100. I did purchase a single rose and a special drink for my wife during dinner. Very nice atmosphere, although there was a rather large wedding party that was quite noisy, distracting from the ambiance. The staff was very attentive, the piano music was wonderful, and the food was very good. We do celebrate special occasions there often. I made the reservation the morning of our visit and was pleased to get a great window table with a wonderful view of Temple Square. We will be back, even though I find it on the expensive side ($120 including tax and tips).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • And it came to pass
    AndItCamePass
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I read dozens of reviews before I decided to take my wife to dinner for anniversary at The Roof. I agree with most people that gave the roof 4 or 5 stars over all. There is nothing like looking out over temple at sunset from the 10th floor of the JSMB. I think those who gave the food 4 or 5 stars may have been overcome with the exceptional view and were extremely generous. I would give the food 2.5 stars about the same as what you would get at Golden Corral or Chuck-A-Rama. The prime rib was bland and the carver was stingy and sirloin was chewy. The specialty item for the month of August was baby back ribs they were oustanding. There was enough choices to find something that everyone would enjoy. For 2 after tip ur looking at an easy $100.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dining At The Roof Restaurant
    JimmyMacVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our party of five was given a lovely table at The Roof Restaurant with a spectacular view of Temple is Salt Lake City. Not a big fan of buffet dinners which is what The Roof offers, but quality of food and presentation better than most. It's important for buffet restaurants to keep close watch on supply of food at stations - Roof Restaurant needs to do better job here. I had to wait for horseradish sauce for Prime Rib. Tasty soup offerings and wonderful salad selections. I love desserts and The Roof has devilishly delicious ones - best was carrot cake.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but pricy and limited
    Chad
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I have dined here on several occasions. The food provided is good but limited in some selections. For example: a salad selection with 4-6 toppings total. Staples like cottage cheese should be available. Also, I prefer more dinner options than 400 desserts for what you pay to dine here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing music
    Cami1825
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The music was wonderful! Love the live piano. It seems that the hot ticket item would be gone way too fast and we would have to wait. Maybe by bringing out larger portions that would be better. Great though!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent experience--beautiful setting--buffet was amazing--loved the back ground music--
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As Good As It Gets
    JeffJ57
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Hard to find a better restaurant in Utah. Great food, great view, great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday
    FastEddy
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I would welcome anyone to utilize the birthday discount for having a "birthday" dinner. The food is great, the desserts are the best in the Valley. Waiters and Servers (slicing meat) were attentive, but not over bearing. The view of the LDS temple was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent buffet, stunning view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Some people wouldn't put "gourmet" and "buffet" in the same sentence but the Roof fits both. It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for. The salad section has lettuce/pasta/vegetable type salads but also more unusual salads -- and they always have poached salmon, shrimp, soup, a cheese board, and an hors d'oeuvre. The hot food portion always has ham and prime rib carved to order, plus 2-3 other entrees, starches and vegetables. The dessert tables are out of this world. Tip to newbies -- both sides of the hot food and salad sections are the same, but the two dessert tables are different so go through both of them! The view can't be beat. The Roof is on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and overlooks Temple Square.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion must!
    Peffa
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Roof is THE place to go for any special occasion. Tell them your occasion and they will celebrate you! Ask ahead for a window seat, but everyone gets a magnificent view! The buffet is delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indescribably Superb
    Gratefuldiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    From the moment we were ever so warmly welcomed by name to our reluctant departure The Roof was a memorable experience. The view from our window table was heavenly. The servers were ever attentive without being intrusive. Music was provided by a live piano player with a broad range of easy listening selections that contributed to the quiet ambience. The wide variety of food was both appealing to the eye and the palate. The desserts were over the top. We were impressed with the sensitivity to dietary needs. For example, offerings were available for patrons with gluten sensitivity or needing sugar free foods. We felt pampered throughout. It is worth going out of one's way for! Not enough stars in survey to give deserved rating!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Restaurant!
    asdfghjkl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We celebrated our first anniversary and had a great experience. We had a great view of the Salt Lake Temple and downtown. Also, the servers and workers were super friendly and helped make it a great experience for us. They put a card on our table saying that it was our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love going, and will go again!
    Mcclete22
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Roof is a special place for my wife and I. We go there for special occasions and we love it. The food is wonderful, the deserts are so numerous and excellent, and the view can not be beat. If you choose to dine at the roof you will not be sorry.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    While the food and service were very good, the atmosphere and the way some diners were dressed (shorts and T shirts) spoiled an great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Roof Restaurant, SLC, Utah
    utahgirl57
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We love the Roof - for special occasions. It is pretty expensive, but we have been there many times. We especially love the piano music playing while we dine. The employees are always courteous and right on task. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Had to wait 15 minutes past our 7:00 reservation so they could seat a tour group that actually arrived after us. The group was loud. We had choosen to come for our 47th anniversary and the Ambience for the occasion was not what we had planned for.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    tdyber
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Good food, great service, wonderful atmosphere. Personal attention numerous times during the evening. always like to return when I have the opportunity.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    fred
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The idea of spending big money for a buffet is odd to be but wow does it work. We were 20 minutes earlier than our reservation and they seated us like they had been waiting for us and like we were the most important people in the world. Food was fabulous. Even the french onion soup! Really great deserts. The view was great although we were there well before sun down and I think it would be even better for sundown or after dark.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet