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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
The Roof Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (138)special occasion (131)romantic (114)good for groups (29)fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great experience, not great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The food is okay, even disappointing at times, especially for the price. The view, service, ambiance, and live pianist are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Stephen was the best server ever. Friendly, made food recommendations, took our pictures in front of the temple view. He treated us like old friends. All the food was very good and high-end chef prepared. These were some of the best desserts I've had. You must try the bread pudding with caramel sauce-wow! The ONLY thing that disappointed me about my experience is that when I made a reservation, I specified I wanted a table by the window (this was the only reason I was going to eat here). They did not seat me with a window view and stated others had reservations for those tables. However, some of those tables were empty during the time we ate there....PS--Wendy, the pianist, provides beautiful background music to help set the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Roof is tops
    wlpinut
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Roof and it was perfect! Romantic atmosphere, amazing view of the Salt Lake Temple and the entire Salt Lake Valley, and great food and service. The experience can't be beat.!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 60th anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We celebrated our parents' 60th anniversary with a special dinner at The Roof. This was incredible....the waiter was wonderful and attentive, and respectful. We could have stayed longer to eat and visit but another group had reservations, and this was handled very respectfully. THANK YOU for a wonderful place of dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    this was a great place to eat and have an experience with the ones that are close to you, the best place in Salt Lake to eat , I have already told my friends here that they have to eat there, and they will when they are in SLC, and I will be back to do it again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bobob
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Really nice buffet. i especially liked the dessert selection. Spectacular view! Be aware this is Morman owned so not only no alcohol, no regular coffee. they do have decaf. Would suggest seating a ways from piano...got kinda loud.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    atleast1xyear
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I will admit, the meat selection was a little bland but everything else especially the dessert section was great!! My wife's first time and she was so impressed with the view, the food, and the service. Good for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A real step down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The Roof has taken a significant step down in quality and service since our last visit. Meat dishes were tough, overcooked and had significant gristle. Service was vacant at best. Not what you'd expect for the price you pay.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The roof
    Ben2452
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    You are definitely paying for the view. For a buffet, there wasn't much. I wish they have more selection of food to pick from.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Pleasant Experience
    PaF4Fun
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A lady friend and I were visiting Salt Lake City and during our stay we accidentally discovered The Roof Top Restaurant. What an impressive find! Our rooftop buffet dinner experience represented one of the finest dining occasions for us during this year. The staff was professionally friendly, very accommodating with fine attention to details that represent the highest level of service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Wonderful
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The restaurant is very nice. The food is exceptional. The staff very nice. The view is breath-taking. We enjoyed our evening very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful restaurant
    TulipGirl
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We eat here twice a year. The price is high for this area, but we're paying for the ambiance more than the food. The quality of the food varies considerably. This time, we were lucky, as most of the food was good. The chicken was dry and flavorless, but the prime rib was wonderful, as was the potato leek soup. The creme brulee is the highlight of the dessert bar! Our service was wonderful at the beginning, but as the restaurant got more crowded, the service worsened. We actually had to wait 30 minutes to pay after we were finished eating! I paid cash, and our server took the change without asking. She was miffed at the small tip, not realizing I was adding more to the change. I hate it when servers take the change automatically.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    MeatEater
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Took my wife there for her birthday. Atmosphere and service was great. View was great. It was fun to taste so many different foods. The pork medallions were fantastic, chicken was the best ever, prime rib was delicious. All of the staff were so helpful. The piano really set the mood - even a special happy birthday melody for the wife. Great attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I ate there two months ago and the food was outstanding. This time everything was great except the meats. All of it was dry. I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed123
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The ambience, the food and the crowd were not on the same page. The location is amazing, but the food was high level cafeteria food or low level Vegas buffet depending on your preferred analogy. As a result the crowd was made up of not people in search of fine dinning but rather LDS loyalists just happy to be at the Joseph Smith memorial building for a perceived fine dinning experience. Which would be fine except that The Roof advertises like its on par with a Flemings or some other establishment of that calibre. Ultimately the mixed vibe of variables left me very disappointed in my experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great a place for special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I went the other night and loved it! We loved the view and the dinner was great, we especially loved the fresh fruit selection. The service was great and it was very quiet and romantic. The only thing we were dissapointed in was the desserts. I am a dessert chef myself and am therefore very picky. We just found them to be too sweet or not done to our taste. Overall the experience was wonderful!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Our dining experience was wonderful. The desert were out of tis world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romance at its best
    Kayli
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I make it a point to go to the Roof every time I visit Salt Lake City. The food, view, and ambiance are unmatched. There is a pianist playing beautiful music, several waiters and their assistants for your every want and need. The view is absolutely breathtaking. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the USA. Phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Janet
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Staff was excellent, tried hard to please our granddaughters (11 and 8 yrs old) and anticipate their needs and preferences. Piano player mixed in several Disney and Primary songs throughout the evening. Only down side is the buffet line is crowded and somewhat limited salad and entrée selections. (probably only an inconvenience because we were with children) Desserts were plentiful and beautiful. You are paying for the view and experience which were wonderful!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good buffet, Great View
    JLDCEOVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Let's be honest...the views are the thing here. The buffet is good and the food a 7 on a (buffet) scale of 1-10. Compared to a regular restaurant, its a 5 at best. The people are great and the setting very civilized. But it is crowded and very hard to get around. Diners come at the tables from multiple directions and the scene is chaotic. And frankly, small children and upscale buffets don't mix. Little fingers in food and spilled stuff on every table is "Chuck-a-Rama-ish". I would probably go back but not for a while!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvslc
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was wonderful. The staff was very attentive. The view was spectacular. Overall our favorite place to go in Salt Lake City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Love the Place
    Luneta
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Have taken visitors from out of town and their response is always positive. They love the food, dessert, piano music, service and to top it off, the view. It's priceless and worth the money paid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • anniversary dinner
    softspot4U
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We chose the Roof for our 40th wedding anniversary because we used to come up here when they had dancing and dinner. We love the atmosphere the Roof has and the service is AWESOME! It is a little pricey so we don't come here often but enjoy it when we do. We appreciate the wonderful staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Would Go Again
    WindermereRob
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We loved The Roof and would go again. The food was very good, but the view was spectacular. It is the best view of the Salt Lake Temple you'll get on Temple Square (from the outside). We enjoyed our dinner, and there were too many tasty desserts to be able to try even half of them. I was surprised when the check came -- I had expected it to be more expensive than it actually was.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really fabulous
    MSvisitor
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food was wonderful, atmosphere even better. Salt Lake City is a beautiful place and viewing it from The Roof is spectacular!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Lovely evening - great food, great view and a chance to show our out of town guests A Utah Landmark that does dinner right! It was great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rip-off
    wantmy100BucksBack
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    all you get is a view, you are over priced for the average Chuck O Rama food quality and taking advantage of the LDS culture
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expectations met!
    Drew
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was just fantastic. All of our expectations were easily met. Service was great! Atmosphere was enjoyable. A reminder to those who would like a beautiful view of the Salt Lake temple: reserve your table for a time that is after the sun has gone down.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Utah experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This business dinner at the Roof went very well. The view, food and professional service were a great setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buffet with a view
    Mickey
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good quality food with a fantastic selection of desserts. Staff are so friendly. If you are lucky enough to get a window table, you will have a wonderful view over Temple Square. They do not serve alcohol but you won't need it as you will be intoxicated by the view!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Everything was practically perfect for our much needed getaway dinner! The view was incredible, the food was excellent and the service was outstanding! This will become our new tradition when visiting Salt Lake City!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    Wassermann
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at the Roof Restaurant. We had a table with a phantastic view of SLC and the Temple Square. The food was delicious, especially the desserts. We would have liked an espresso or a coffee at the end of our dinner, but unfortunately it was not possible.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Luv2Dine
    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.