CANNELLA'S Restaurant Lounge

4.5
302 reviews
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$30 and under
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Established in 1978, Cannella’s was built on the love of food, family and friends. Joe and Missy created a charming tiny space where all the amazing meals Joe enjoyed as a child became the menu. Cannella’s has always been a place of warmth, integrity and great food served generously at affordable prices, thanks to the vision of its founder, Joe Cannella. With the addition of the bar and lounge in 2007, Cannella’s added a new dimension, bringing a nightly eclectic bar scene together with the warmth of the family business to create the freshest supper club in the city. We rock the best playlist in town, mix strong specialty cocktails and inspire everyone to have a good time. Cozy, comfortable and familiar, Cannella’s is the kind of place where you meet friends for life. Our staff, customers and quality food make it a rare dining experience that makes you look forward to your next visit.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(801) 355-8518
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food is fantastic.

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything’s was delish! The only thing I have to complain about is that the clams and mussels were extremely salty, like very salty but everything else was awesome!

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S
Salt Lake City
22 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Italian food at great prices. Nice cosy place. Highly recommend.

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KS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped on our way to an event. Cannellas is always consistent with their food and service.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tomato basil soup was to die for!

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

NO LONGER TAKES RESERVATIONS THROUGH OPEN TABLE. We had a reservation booked through open table and they didn’t have it in their system. When I mentioned we booked through open table, they said they had switched over to Yelp a few days prior.

Food was ok, service and ambiance were really good. Cocktail menu was interesting and unique.

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M
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been there for a while but the food is wonderful. I think it is best Italian food in the city. We drive in from West Valley City just to eat there. If we lived in the city we would go there more often.

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JH
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

eh, food was okay mine was burnt

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LD
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannella's never disappoints. The food and wine were delicious, and the service fabulous. The playlist was particularly great and really added a cool vibe to the cozy atmosphere.

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IG
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I keep coming back because it’s so good! Inexpensive, too. A great bar. Try the Little Red Corvette and the Grandma’s lasagna!

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w
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Syd and Missy are always awesome! The food is always fabulous.

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I have eaten here in the past and have always had a great experience with the food. This last time wasn't so great. The service and atmosphere were great as usual but the quality of the food has really deteriorated. I had the chicken carbonara., one of my favorite dishes. But the chicken was horrible. It tasted old like it had been made several days before or it had come frozen in a boiling bag. It actually made me sick for the rest of the evening. I hope this was a limited situation because we love eating here.

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Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was good food. Just stunk like sewer in the restaurant

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SC
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow, menu & wine choices not that strong

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a
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

took a group of 10 here... the staff was amazing!!! I am a former East Coaster and felt like I was in a NYC restaurant/bar

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Little Rock
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great (though they ran out of tiramisu at like 7:30, which is way too early). The space itself is overly noisy. I was sitting right next to my friend and we had to raise our voices at points to hear each other.

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S
Salt Lake City
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic Italian fare. Be sure to try the marsala chicken!

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IG
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal here. They've revised the menu, so it's not as big as it once was, but they've kept the classics. The chicken parm, the lasagna, etc. Their cocktails are also delicious and inexpensive (by downtown restaurant standards). Worth it!

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JW
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannella's is celebrating 40 years in business and it's not hard to see why. I'm from the East Coast, where Italian restaurants don't try to get upscale and fancy, they just deliver outstanding cuisine. Cannella's fits that mode, with all the appetizers, salads and entrees done extremely well and served promptly and with a smile. The servers are awesome, and having a laid backlounge/bar area to have dinner in is a real treat here in Salt Lake. To cap it all, great original cocktails and a wine list that covers all the bases. Like the food, the drinks and wine are all very reasonable. If you haven't tried this gem, you are missing a great dining experience.

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JC
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

As always the food was excellent. Unfortunately, our server didn't seem real interested in our being there. Wanted to take our order as we were sitting down without asking about drinks or appetizers, both of which we wanted. Didn't even bring water to our table and when our drinks were empty didn't bother to ask if we wanted refills.
This has not been the service we are used to receiving at Cannella's, so we will definitely be back.

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S
Salt Lake City
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent at reasonable priced. Great ambience.

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w
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannella's is always fabulous, as you can tell by their 40 year history. Great spot!

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Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal at very reasonable price. The service was friendly and attentive.

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m
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Service was good, but had to ask wait staff more often for things forgotten like bread, salad and to correct the wrong cocktail served. Overall, it’s a nice place to dine, but be prepared for a bill over $100 for 3 people getting one cocktail, one entree and one dessert each.

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BK
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious and is of pretty good value for the experience. However, the service left a little something more to be desired.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The Alfredo was literally soup. Forgot to give me my bread, didn’t know what sparkling water was. Gave us lunch menus. All around horrible experience

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Interesting vibe. Food was excellent. Server seemed a little uninterested, but would definitely return for the food - great dishes

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SB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Been to this restaurant dozens of times and it’s always fantastic. Sometimes it’s a little noisier than other times obviously depends on the time and day of the week food is always excellent great wine selection and drink selection. This particular time my steak was not as good as it normally iS, I was a little disappointed my date however was very pleased with everything so that being said still a good experience

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Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a great meal as always.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Menu options as advertised on open table were not available. Menu is much smaller than presented. Our food was cold when delivered but our waitress was great about having meal reheated to a level that was edible. Food was okay for the price. Nothing special. Went for husbands 50th birthday celebration and noted it on reservation request. It was not acknowledged and would probably look for a different experience for future special occasions.

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PH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Checked the reviews for Italian restaurants close to our hotel downtown Salt Lake City. We prefer neighborhood and local establishments. This one looked the most authentic, cozy and within reason for a dinner out after a long day of driving. Loved the food, wine ambiance and relaxed setting. Our server was very interesting and engaging. I'm Italian American and am fussy about dining out for Italian food. Great spaghetti and meatballs (new sauce recipe we were told), wine and dessert! Loved it.

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s
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Staff was very nice and good and drinks were very prompt. Parking is limited which can be frustrating. The loss of starts really comes from the food. Portions were small. We had the chicken Marsala and Alfredo pasta. Chicken was not bad but very small portioned. Alfredo pasta was very bland. It had more cream than cheese. I was really unimpressed with the food.

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LU
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Burnt food. There were 2 of us dining - both plates were burnt.
We had a reservation at 5 and upon arriving the doors were locked. People came after us when the door was unlocked and stood waiting to be seated although the place was empty. One waiter came to take my plate half way through my meal even though he asked if I was still working on it. Maybe trying to hard to be urban and neglecting good service. All eyes were upon their selves. A toddler must of said hi to the server fives times only to be ignored.
Last time we will visit there.
At a ticket of 60 dollars plus tip - the food was unapt.

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place.

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BB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Because I had made reservations on line, we were immediately seated as we walked in. Service was wonderful as was the food.

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Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a small member of the family feel

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Or only negative part of the experience was that our table was directly across from the bar and was in the middle of all of the traffic.

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g
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When we arrived for our reservation they told us the kitchen was closed.

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JG
Salt Lake City
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our most recent visit was among our best experiences ever at Cannella's, and re-affirmed our belief that they are our favorite Italian restaurant in Utah. Everything was wonderful, including the chocolate beet cake we took home to enjoy the following morning with coffee.

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h
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

menu items unavailable, waitstaff very casual, cocktail watery, food mediocre.

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