Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City

4.4
211 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 211 people are saying
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LMEH
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is really good. The noise is really high.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the restaurant, totally didn’t need the hassle of reservations

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

When we arrived we were seated next to another table of people who were having a heated argument with cursing and crude topics. The staff did not do anything! We finally requested to move tables and our server took us to a table as far away as possible. However, we could still hear the arguing. When the loud guests finally left, we had a pretty nice dinner. It’s a shame that the manager did not ask these people to either keep it down or leave.

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MWKB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food! They were decently busy and obviously short staffed but the food came out quick! Seating was too close to other diners.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great everything

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Sisters Birthday ,the food was good the atmosphere was good service not so much we ran out of drinks and water with the spicy food.

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AmyW
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well managed and delicious! Will return with friends.

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CrystalM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 12 from Ogden and everyone rated it a 10. It’s well worth the drive north for the best Mexican food and margaritas we’ve had in Utah! We’ll be back!!

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DebS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for me at Blue Iguana. The service was prompt and the food was delicious!

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Deb, welcome to the Blue Iguana family and thank you for the 5-star review!

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OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Staff was very helpful and fast. Food was ok

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Thank you for the 5-star review! We certainly hope you'll give us a second shot to wow you on the food. If you haven't tried these already, we definitely recommend trying our chori queso, enchilada suizas, puntas de filete, and our molcajete -- just a few of our house favorites!

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ADLB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a big group, one of the few places that took large group reservations. They made sure we had space, sat us together, took great care of us. Food was great, great ambiance. Will visit again soon!

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad you and your group had a good time. We can't wait for you to come back!

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HowardL
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised. Food was nicely prepared and fresh. Glad we went

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Thank you for the 5-star review! Fresh ingredients are very important to us. Hope to see you again soon!

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JoanS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the decor! And the food was delicious. Our waiter was very attentive & efficient. Restaurant was not too busy so we could enjoy our meal & visit as long as we wanted.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Joan, thank you for the 5-star review! You definitely came at a good time, and we hope you come again soon!

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OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They gave us so much chips and salsa and so I’m going back for sure!!!!!

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Thank you for the 5-star review! We can't wait for you to come back!

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RMartz
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We made a special request with the waitress to tell the kitchen that my wife was allergic to shellfish and that any cross contamination should be avoided. This did not happen because after lunch she broke out in hives. We will not be going back for a second time.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

We sincerely appreciate the feedback. We strive our best to accommodate such allergies by cleaning the space where the food is being prepared and cooked. However, unintentional cross contamination is always a possibility as our restaurant does serve seafood dishes. If you'd like to discuss this further, please email us at biguana@aol [dotcom].

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vipScott
Salt Lake City
26 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food is great. Extensive menu. Loud restaurant, but fun atmosphere.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Scott, thank you for the 5-star review. It sure is a party here, and we are very happy you had fun!

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DanM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I ordered steak fajitas. They were dry, rather tasteless, and I was not impressed. After eating fajitas at Pappasito's in Houston, these were flat-out poor. My wife had flautas and did not like them very much either. The queso we had was good, but that was about the only thing we had there that was. I was REALLY hoping this place would have outstanding Mexican food, since that seems to be very hard to find in Utah. I am sorry to have been so disappointed. I very much doubt we will return.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Dan, we appreciate the feedback. If ever anything is not to your satisfaction, please know that our staff are more than happy to make adjustments. We truly hope you'll give us a second shot to show you a true 5-star Blue Iguana experience sometime!

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SydneyB
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was okay. Service wasn’t the best. The restaurant was very cool looking though.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Sydney, thank you for the feedback. You must've come on a really off day. We hope you'll give us a second shot to show you a true 5-star Blue Iguana experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service and food were great. I love live music but it was so loud you couldn't even talk to the person next to you at the table. I would expect this at a bar but not at a restaurant. Music was too much.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Thank you for the rating. We understand, and we'll take your feedback into consideration.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we had reservations.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

We are very happy you made a reservation too, so we could serve you. Thank you for the 5-star review!

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LoriF
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. Great food and margaritas. The server was so kind and attentive and the food came quickly!

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Lori, we are so happy you gave us a try. Thank you for the 5-star review, and welcome to the Blue Iguana family!

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Ashley
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a wait at the door, so I’m so glad we had reservations. Walked right in! Food is wonderful, as always.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Ashley, thank you for the 5-star review. A reservation is definitely the way to go!

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vipzephyr221
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a NYer who has spent a lot of time in SLC for both work & play. I have been to Red Iguana (both) multiple times and loved them, so when I learned of this speakeasy outpost under the Benihana behind the Capitol Theater, I had to try it first thing when we got into town. I am very happy that we did. We went for lunch. We started with drinks— I had the Cantarita, which was a nice (and not-too-sweet) mezcal cocktail served in a beautiful clay pot. My husband had the beautiful and tasty jalapeño margarita. The salsa that came with the chips was tasty and complex. For entrees, I had the Mole De Almendras— the Original Blue Iguana mole with almonds, which was fantastic (and I am a mole fanatic— this is the one of the best moles I have every had in Mexico, the U.S. or anywhere else). My husband had the Cheese & Jalapeño Tamales and couldn’t get enough! The service was fast and friendly, the prices very reasonable, and the music (Maná, Alejandro Fernández, Christian Castro, Alejandro Sanz, Juan Gabriel, Ricardo Montener) on point for the food and vibe. Definitely worth a visit— bring your appetite.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Thank you for the amazing review! We truly appreciate you supporting our restaurant by leaving us reviews on all the major review platforms. We hope you'll visit us again the next time you're in the area!

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EmilyM
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Wasn’t busy but service was awful. Food was just mediocre. Don’t understand the hype around this place.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on January 1, 2022

Emily, thank you for the feedback. It definitely sounds like you came on a really off day. Please feel free to email us at biguana@aol [dotcom] to discuss any part of your experience. We hope one day you'll revisit us, so we can show you a true 5-star Blue Iguana experience.

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vipFriends
Salt Lake City
105 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We hadn't been there for a long time due to Covid. The food is always delicious, with authentic mole. We absolutely love it.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you for coming! We are really happy to have more people like you coming to our restaurant. Have a great week!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been here for many years. Glad we went back. Food was great. Service too. We won’t wait so long for our next visit.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on December 1, 2021

We certainly hope you come back soon! Thank you for the 5-star review!

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MistyM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the service and the food! Will be dining there again!

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on December 1, 2021

Misty, we love hearing about your experience and can't wait for you to come back!

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OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! We had a party of 12 and we thoroughly enjoyed our time! Thank you!!

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on December 1, 2021

You are very welcome. Thank you for coming and leaving us a 5-star review!

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TerkOH
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, would highly recommend if you enjoy good Mexican food. Excellent Cadillac and tasty seafood fare.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you for the 5-star review. We are so happy you loved our seafood!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the atmosphere, great food and service!

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you for the 5-star review. Come again soon!

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Brandi
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent foot, excellent service, great live music.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you for the 5-star review, Brandi! We can't wait for you to come again!

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LLD4
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and great value. We are new to the area and the Blue Labuan is our new favorite Mexican restaurant

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you for the 5-star review, and welcome to the Blue Iguana family!

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Emurrell
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, very easy to make a reservation for a large group. Great service. Thank you!

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on December 1, 2021

You are very welcome, Emurrell! Can't wait for you to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The restaurant is ok, nothing too special about it. We made a reservation for a large group and we were seated promptly which was good. However, service was not great… they did not bring all the food at once, and between the first person on our table being served and the last, there was a 20-25 min gap… which is not acceptable. Our server was rushing and was quite rude… and when it came time to pay, she gave us one bill, when obviously we had to split since it was a large group. She proceeded to tell us we had to let them know ahead of time… which we would but no one asked! How would we know that, since it was our first time there?! Then she said she could only split by 5… which also wouldn’t work… after some discussion she did split and came back even more rude then before. Awful experience!

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you for telling me about your experience. I can assure you that we'll get to the bottom of this. We are in the middle of training new staff, and so we appreciate your patience. We certainly hope you'll give us another shot at showing you a true 5-star Blue Iguana experience.

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vipLAtoSLCfoodgrrl
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

¡Delicioso!

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you for the 5-star review!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Rude waitresses

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thank you for the positive rating!

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AllyB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place! Good drinks, great food, and a fun atmosphere. Our service was a little slower than normal, but we were also tucked in the corner. Would recommend.

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on November 1, 2021

Ally, thank you for the 5-star review. We hope you'll come again soon!

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JenC
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the ambiance and location! The food is delicious!!

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on November 1, 2021

Jen, thank you for the 5-star review. We can't wait for you to come back!

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BJCk
Salt Lake City
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good as always. Best mole ever.

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Gabe23
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very generous portions; could be a little less noisy

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
Responded on November 1, 2021

Gabe, thank you for the overall positive review! It can get pretty noisy, but we're very happy you still came!

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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 4.4 stars by 211 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.