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Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City

4.6
4.6
385 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Purchased from the Red Iguana family in 1998, the Blue Iguana Restaurant has provided patrons with delicious, authentic Mexican food for over two decades. From day one, the only goal for Blue Iguana was to create a menu rich with traditional, old-world recipes while pushing the culinary envelope and creating new, one-of-a-kind Mexican cuisine.

Trained by the culinary artists of Chihuahua, our head chef, Chef Castillo, cooks up some of the most mouth-watering and unexpected Mexican cuisine outside of his homeland. After he learned closely guarded recipes created in the tradition of generations-old Aztec cuisine, Chef Castillo began applying these techniques to create everything from classic Mexican dishes to modern cuisine.

Our restaurant is warm, inviting, family-friendly, and full of energy. Dining at the Blue Iguana is more than a meal—it’s a journey back in time to the tastes and sounds of old-world Mexico.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Dinner Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (801) 533-8900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Castillo

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    165 S. West Temple (below Benihana)

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 385 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Salt Lake City

    Good for groups

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  1. NE

    NatalieE

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    It was noisy and the value of the the dinner was a little expensive for Mexican food. The mole dishes are the only ones with real flavor. Everything else is pretty bland, especially the salsa that comes with chips. The service was good and attentive, but not out of this world.
  2. N

    Nettie

    Atlantic City

    247 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    247 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the food here and the service was wonderful! It was a great local experience. My favorite was the shrimp quesadillas; very tasty!
  3. R

    Ront999

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Extensive menu with more seafood options than typical Mexican restaurant. My personal favorite is the Seafood Enchiladas.
  4. DZ

    DZoo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down, the best Mexican food in Utah! Their mojitos are also superb! Will be back again.
  5. AS

    AmandaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hasn’t been there in 10 years and it did not disappoint.
  6. T

    Theatergoer

    Salt Lake City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I haven't been to the Blue Iguana in a while, but I need to start going back more often! I stopped going because although they had great food, they didn't take reservations, so we couldn't get to out show on time. But now they take reservations, and it's time I start going back more often!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a birthday & the food was delicious! Blue Iguana never disappoints!
  8. M

    Mangia1

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very authentic Mexican cuisine. Went with a group of 8 and everyone enjoyed their meal.
  9. KB

    KarenB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Food was just okay. Not great. Service was excellent.
  10. T

    Tomiannie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food - the flavors and textures were all spot on - and the service was quick and helpful. Would eat here any time.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Tomiannie, thank you for the 5-star review. We can't wait to serve you again!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5/5 para la comida y servicio! 👏🏽

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Gracias!!!

  12. W

    Wiseguy

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Last meal of 2022! Delicious food and fun atmospheric atmosphere! Easy parking too!!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Thank you for the great review -- we hope to see you again in 2023!

  13. EM

    ElleMarie

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food was absolutely delicious. I was super basic and had the blue iguana combo. It was perfect. Got a few margaritas... the peach, strawberry, and red sangria margaritas were all amazing. Definitely would recommend.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023ElleMarie, thank you for the 5-star review! We hope to serve you again in 2023!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Consistent with other reviews, great location and ambience, food is mediocre at best. My wife had the enchiladas and I had fajitas. Guacamole also just mediocre and the margaritas are incredibly sweet. Best thing about the whole evening was the music, great guitar player. Would not go back, but look forward to visiting the Red Iguana next time in town.
  15. VM

    VickieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the ambiance and colorful decor! Something to see everywhere you look. Service was great and most important the authentic Mexican food was wonderful! It was all very charming Just an FYI, to enter we walked down a staircase, not sure how you would enter is handicapped. I would call first.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Vickie, thank you for bringing your family to Blue Iguana! We are so glad you all had a great evening, and we can't wait to serve you again!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing Mexican food!!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Thank you for the great review!

  17. S

    Stratton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Went here on a date night with some friends. Waiters were all super nice and had great timing with asking for our orders and check. The shrimp I got there was some of the best I've had in am, and our bill came down to less than $30 for me and my date! Awesome food for the price.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Stratton, thank you for the great 5-star review. We hope you and your date make your way here again for a second Blue Iguana date!

  18. AL

    AngelinaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food and service - even during holiday lunch! Loved the ambiance as well. Perfect for a work lunch- and we even played a holiday game for an hour and nobody had an issue with it. Such a great place!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Angelina, thank you for the great 5-star review! We love it when our customers are having fun!

  19. E

    Elliot

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We reserved a spot early in the afternoon to beat the Friday night crowd and it ended up being a great decision. Nice and quite, the service was exceptional and the food was delicious.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Elliot, thank you for the 5-star review! We can't wait to serve you again!

  20. BL

    BrianL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    One of the better Mexican restaurants we have found in SLC.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Brian, thank you for the 5-star review -- we are so glad you found us!

  21. CK

    ChyannK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Came here for my sons 16th Birthday! The atmosphere was inviting and exciting. He loves Mexican food and was thrilled to see the 5lb burrito. Being his birthday, he went for it.....this thing is no joke. He was able to finish only about 1/3 of the burrito, however, he was looking forward to the leftovers. I tried the chicken fajitas and they also did not disappoint. I can not wait to go back!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Chyann, thank you for the 5-star review! We are so happy your family chose to eat hear for his 16th! And we are even more impressed on how much he was able to take down of that burrito!

  22. SJ

    ShellyJ

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    If you are in a wheelchair or have a hard time with stairs, this is not a place you want to go. My mom is in a wheelchair and getting her into the restaurant was so much harder than it should have been. The elevator is outside of Benihana's and only goes to Blue Iguana. We rode it down, and once we finally got an employee's attention, he directed us to go back up. We called Blue Iguana and asked to be let in. A different employee came to let us in. She tried several times to open the door, but could not get it to open. We rode back up and one of their employees rode down with us and was finally able to get their door open. Then we had to navigate through the kitchen, around the employees, to the dining area where there is no wheelchair ramp. We had to get her up two stairs and over to the table.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Shelly, thank you for the feedback. And thank you for your patience with the elevator situation. We are located in an older building, but we do our best to make it as wheelchair friendly as possible.

  23. K

    Kristine

    Salt Lake City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The molcajete is amazing! It goes well with a jalapeno margarita (may not be on menu but they seem happy to provide). Sometimes they have live music which is fun making for a lively evening.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Kristine, thank you for the 5-star review! That molcajete is definitely where it's at!

  24. MW

    MargaretW

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    The Blue Iguana has some of the finest in Mexican food dining. The menu is very good and diverse and the salsa is Heavenly. If you like Mole this is the place to go.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 9, 2023Margaret, thank you so much for the 5-star review! We are so happy you enjoy it here!

  25. JY

    JonnaY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, fast service, refills on drinks right in time, food arrived hot and quickly. Enjoyed every part of our dinner. Thank you.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022You are very welcome, Jonna! We can't wait to serve you again!

  26. MD

    MelissaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    It would have been nice if the chips weren't cold. The refried beans didn't have any flavor. The rice was good. Mole was super sweet. Shredded chicken and sour cream sauce was good. Mango margarita had little flavor.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Melissa, thank you for the positive rating and your feedback. Please know that should anything ever not be up to par that our team would be more than happy to make any accommodations needed. About our mole -- we recommend ordering our "secret menu" mole sampler as an appetizer where you'll be able to choose from our six different moles which range from sweet, savory, and spicy. This is a great way to know which mole you'd love most!

  27. AS

    AllenS

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and drink. Looking forward to going again

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Allen, thank you for the 5-star review. We can't wait for you to come again!

  28. S

    Scott

    Salt Lake City

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant. Love to go here. Nearby Capitol Theater and other venues which is great.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Scott, thank you for the 5-star review -- we love being in downtown Salt Lake City and so close to so many great event venues!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick service hot food really good

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! We can't wait to serve you again!

  30. G

    Goodfood

    Portland

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Love the chili verde and their mole is great as well.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so happy you enjoyed our chili verde and mole -- it's made fresh every day!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick service and easy to get a table. Great that they validate parking!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! We can't wait to serve you again!

  32. l

    litzym

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Me and my bf loved this place! We will for sure come back again for the drinks !

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022We can't wait to serve you and your bf again! Thank you for the positive review!

  33. SR

    ScottR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    food was great service was good but not great over all it was good.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Scott, thank you for the positive review. We're adding to our team and working on improving our service, so you can experience the true 5-star Blue Iguana experience the next time you visit us.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant and come everything we visit Salt Lake. The food is always delicious and the service is great

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Thank you for the great 5-star review. We can't wait to serve you the next time you visit Salt Lake!

  35. JJ

    JJoy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious seafood fajitas, enchiladas and do much more. I can’t wait to go back and try something else.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Thank you for the great 5-star review -- we can't wait for you to come and try more of our menu!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great but the music and singing were TOO LOUD

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! While we do love a good party, we totally understand how you feel about the music and singing. We really only do that Friday and Saturday nights, so if you'd like a quieter meal please feel free to come any other time. We look forward to serving you again!

  37. MC

    MargaretC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Cuter outside than in. Food just so-so. Three drinks three entrees plus tip = $100. Meh

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Margaret, thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. Should you wish to discuss anything about your experience, please feel free to email us at biguana [at] aol [dotcom].

  38. PR

    PatriciaR

    Columbus

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious. Who knew there were different types of mole!!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Patricia, thank you for the 5-star review. There are many different types of mole, and we are so proud to be able to serve up six of the different types which is a little hard to find here in the states.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing! It was my birthday and we were on our way to Disney on Ice.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! We can't wait to see you again for more of your family's birthdays!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience5
    The restaurant is really cute but the food was not great. The service was really bad. This was an outing for my son’s 20th birthday and I really wish we had gone to the red iguana instead. Won’t be coming back.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 11, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. We're sorry to hear that your experience wasn't up to par. Should you wish to discuss anything about your experience, please feel free to email us at biguana [at] aol [dotcom].

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 533-8900.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City is rated 4.6 stars by 385 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City

165 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    165 S. West Temple (below Benihana)

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Dinner Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Castillo

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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