The food was good but over priced. Our service was adequate but our waiter seemed more interested in acting cool than finding out what we needed and helping us have a nice dinner. I have eaten lunch here and thought it was great but dinner not so much.
It was our anniversary. Went for brunch and loved it
My dining experiance at Communal was good. Not great, but very good. The seared mackerel appetizer was overcooked, but still tasty. The wild boar entree was excellent - and plentiful! I hope they find a good coffee distributor soon.
The food lacked flavor, which I was surprised by. I was hoping for a unique and special occasion for our anniversary... I left disappointed and had a stomach ache.
Great meal as always but they really need to bring the butterscotch pudding back!
Some friends from LA stumbled on it a couple months ago. Dropped in. Reservation had us sitting right on time. Food was awesome. Will be going back soon with some other great dishes to try. Mackerel appetizer was top choice!
I normally love Communal but this time it was very average.
Food was very good but not exceptional. Because it was not exceptional, we felt it was overpriced.
The food at Communal was fantastic - creative, fresh ingredients, boundary pushing. The service on the other hand was schizophrenic. They were slow to great and then seat us, even with a reservation. Then the server was great, he explained the concept and food terrifically. And the attentiveness continued through the meal. Suddenly it felt like a flip had been switched. We had to track down someone for a dessert menu and the check, both of which we waited on forever. It was just odd and incongruent.
Instantly in my top favorite places to eat. Looking forward to going again. Had two main dishes, trout (seasonal) and the steak, both favorites, next time will be a very tough decision. Service was great. Almost didn't go, communal style seating didn't excite me, but they do have private seating, so glad we went!
Great food and outstanding service. Highly recommend.
Our server Elisha was extremely helpful with menu recommendations and everything she suggested was delicious. I particularly like that the portions are designed for sharing, so for a couple you only need one starter, one protein (entree), one vegetable and one starch..and we had food leftover! Great value and preparation was gorgeous. If the bison short rib is on the menu get it! It literally melted in our mouths. So glad we found this gem for our only night out passing through Provo.
We had the Waiter Order for us...
The issue is that the place is VERY SMALL
and the building is very old
and it was expensive $80 for 2
no desert or drinks
We love this place and it is a sanctuary of normalcy in Utah County, where we can sit at the bar and share a bottle of wine...while having some amazing food and great service!
Sitting at a long table with strangers is outside my comfort zone. And no conversation is private. While the server was introducing the menu and the restaurant, the customer next to me just talked louder. I think I'll just get my next order to go.
Great food, great service. The only issue was having a reservation and it taking almost an hour to be seated.
As a recent transplant from south Orange County California, it was such a treat to find The Communal in Provo! It reminds me of the wonderful upscale, but appropriately priced restaurants found in San Clemente and Laguna Beach. The faire is thoughtfully planned using seasonal goodies, and local resources. Everything is always prepared perfectly, and presented beautifully. The staff is knowlegable of everything on the menu, friendly, helpful, pleasant, and if you are lucky to have Chandler as your server, your evening will be devine! She is a delight and suggested plates and wines that matched our palate superbly!
You will not be disappointed. It will become your favorite "go to" as it has become mine!
The food here is excellent. If you haven't been yet, you need to try it. Prices are high, but the food is worth it, particularly if you are going there for a special occasion.
My wife and I just went there to celebrate our anniversary. In our reservation notes we requested to be put on our own table. You may want to do that if you don't want to end up on the communal table with other people. I know some people really like that, but my wife and I prefer our own space.
Communal is one of our favorite Provo restaurants. We were here celebrating our daughter's graduation and managed to eat our way around town, saving the best (Communal) for last. We had a wonderful time and an amazing meal last weekend. It was the first time our parents had eaten at a "small plates" place like this (we explained it as "fancy family style").
Our group was seated in the private room which had a window into the kitchen (and gave us some privacy for conversation). It was so much fun to watch our meals being prepared.
Our server gave wonderful advice on how much to order from each "category" for our group. We had lots of fun discussing what our top choices would be.
The menu is fantastic and some of our favorites were the charcuterie board, the flat iron steak, the bison short ribs, the new potatos cooked in duck fat (best potatos ever), the butter braised snap peas, and the asparagus. We tried some new things which were surprisingly tasty- the roasted marrow and the braised radish salad.
The service was impeccable and it was like watching a well orchestrated routine the way the new dishes were brought out and the finished plates whisked away.
Once again, we had no room for dessert, but it was worth it in order to get to savor so many different and delicious items.
Wonderful meal with tons of flavor
I have been to Communal for brunch and lunch in the past and was instantly a fan after the first visit. The food is ALWAYS delicious and the setting is pleasant. I went there with my husband, parents, and in-laws for dinner after graduation and was shocked by the price of the meals and how small the portions were. The food was delicious but I couldn't really enjoy it knowing how much each dish cost. The service was great, but I'll probably only come back for brunch/ lunch and recommend my friends do the same.
Waited 45 minutes past the time of our reservation. I have dined here several times before and it seems to have gone downhill. None of our appetizers or entrees were good. The pea shoot salad tasted like field grass. The bison short ribs were over cooked, gristly and dry. The steak was undercooked even after we sent it back to be cooked more. The cod was just fair. I would not go back.
Great food and service, but too noisey. You need a bogger venue with more space between the tables
Communal has received many 5 star reviews from me over the years, but the last two times I dined there it was disappointing:( After being seated, we waited for over 10 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us. They did so after I requested to have the server come to our table. The charcuterie board was amazing, the asparagus was terrific, the strawberry rhubarb crumble dessert was great, but our entrees were very mediocre in flavor. The short ribs were super bland and the pork loin wrapped in pork belly had a weird aftertaste. Our experience prior to this one was similarly poor with the entrees, but I have loved Communal for so long I thought it was just a bad night. Now that it has happened twice, I must say farewell to my once favorite restaurant.
We thought our server was very pushy and rude at time. He was upset we didn't order more appetizers and we each decided to select our own entree. He also rushed us through our meal, taking plates before we were done. The tip was included because we were a group of 7, however, we would not have tipped him so highly! Also many of the dishes were very tasteless. Suggest more spices and seasonings be used. Part of the group had been there before and this visit was nothing like the first time. Overrated this visit.
We really liked the concept and vibe of Communal. The food was good - although our meal wasn't great. We ordered the lamb, which was overcooked and the cauliflower - which some of it was charred black - probably also overcooked? But we love the idea of sharing a great meal of fresh food. We'll definitely be back - like I said, our meal was "okay" - I just think that on this particular instance, it might have been an off day for the kitchen.
The food at communal was absolutely outstanding (loved the bison short rib and asparagus) and the service was super friendly. I went by myself and they accommodated me despite their menu being family-style sharing. I'd love to go back in a big group!
I appreciated the attention the staff gave to my set of needs when out with my 94 year old mother.
I prefer their dinner menu to their lunch menu myself, but the hamburger I had was tasty.
Communal, for some reason is hit and miss. Sometimes it is fabulous and other times it is poor. We happened to get a bad night. The front and back ends were fine. The kale salad was great and the sorbet spectacular. The middle suffered. The game hen was overdone and dry. The asparagus was incinerated and overpowered by the burned flavor. The sugar snap peas overdone. Plenty of food, but most of it lacked anything to make your palate pay attention. I was underwhelmed by what we received relative to the cost.
I always love the chance to eat and visit in the beautiful dining room of Communal. Their open kitchen feeds by foodie curiosity and the service is always casual yet professional. The food was fabulous!
Everything was wonderful, but the asparagus was life-changing! Excellent and knowledgeable wait staff.
Their food is the best in Utah County. They use local farms as suppliers. They get it just right.
They appear to be fancy with their food descriptions, however, don't be fooled go somewhere else. Not worth the price don't waste your time.
Creative tasty dishes, great staff, overall a very positive experience.
Food was great as usual. Please get reservations and it is noisy. Tables generally you share with other people eating there.
We don't live very close to Provo but when we have a chance we always make a point to stop in and dine at Communal.
Great atmosphere great personalities serving great food and great wine - all at prices you can afford. I wish they had a place in Salt Lake Valley. They'd make a killing!
Excellent food and service. Very willing to make special items for us. Love it!
I travel a lot and try to search out restaurants that support the local organic food scene in their town. However, I found this restaurant to be over priced for what it was and I am from Chicago and used to paying for quality meals. Maybe we caught them on an off night, but it seemed and though the cooking was sloppily done- my dish came out slightly uncooked and my co-workers came out cold. The staff fixed everything and was very polite. Overall the experience was fine. But just fine, not great or exceptional- which you would expect for the price. The idea is there- it's just lacking execution.
It was good except for the noise and the price.it just cost twice as much as it was worth.
Normally we love Communal, but tonight, and actually my last visit too were disappointing. The rolls are one of my favorite things, but they were so hard that we couldn't eat them easily. They sometimes put things on the charcutteri that just aren't appealing...like the duck pate'. The waiter was weird and not very attentive. I got the pork and it had a great flavor, but was overcooked and dry. My son's flat iron steak was hard to manage because it had a lot of sinewy type stuff in it. The mashed potatoes were fabulous and the atmosphere is intimate and relaxing. I hope to try it once more, in hopes that it improves.