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

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City

4.5
4.5
349 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 33 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 349 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    JJoy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious seafood fajitas, enchiladas and do much more. I can’t wait to go back and try something else.
  3. 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
  4. PR

    PatriciaR

    Columbus

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious. Who knew there were different types of mole!!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. JJ

    JJWEsq

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great food! We enjoyed the meal and the margaritas!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fast and friendly service.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious as always!
  10. WM

    WillM2003

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was bland, betos is way better. Expected more in flavor. hair fried on my kids chicken nugget. My husband’s chimichanga was burned. Our server asked why we didn’t leave a tip for her!! She waited for us to get to get up see if we have left a tip on the table. Said that’s the only way she gets paid.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you for the feedback. Please feel free to reach out to me at biguana [at] aol [dotcom] if you wish to discuss this further. We take all complaints very seriously and want to make sure your next experience is on par with the quality we are known for.

  11. t

    tiffblubox

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food and Margaritas were good. Loved the option of having 2 moles because I couldn't decide? Live entertainment with requests taken made for a fun experience.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you for the positive rating! We are glad you had a good experience!

  12. m

    mbtacoma

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We needed a place to take a large place for dinner and I was delighted to be able to get a reservation here. Service was outstanding. The only small drawback was that our table was right inside the door so it was especially loud. Overall, a great dining experience.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad that you had a good experience. Tip: you can call ahead and ask for a table in your preferred area of the restaurant. We'll always do what we can to accommodate our customers needs. Hope to see you again soon!

  13. LM

    LMain

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Glad I made a reservation! The restaurant was smaller than I expected and people who didn’t have a reservation did have a wait to be seated at 6:30 on Wednesday night. My husband is from Texas and pretty particular about Mexican food so we were skeptical but overall pretty impressed with the food we ordered and menu options. They were definitely understaffed so there was some time between sitting down and being able to order, etc. but that is pretty normal these days and the staff they did have was working really hard.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you so much for the great review! We appreciate you understanding our staffing situation. Despite sometimes being understaffed, we are 1000% committed to proving quality experiences. We hope to see you and your husband again soon!

  14. u

    uasya197

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. Fast service. Cozy atmosphere. Overall great experience!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad you had a great experience!

  15. JC

    JulietC

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, servers were friendly and the price is reasonable.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on November 9, 2022Juliet, thank you for the 5-star review! We can't wait for you to eat here again!

  16. KM

    KaitlynM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Our server was probably one of the worst I’ve encountered. She didn’t care about our table of 2 but constantly was at her larger table. I heard her offer dessert and give them a whole thing about the desserts but when she came to our table she gave us the check and said nothing. She seemed bother we were there. My husband and I have both served and know that bigger tables usually means bigger tips but that doesn’t mean your small tables should be treated like crap. We won’t bother going back. There’s a lot of other options that have good service and good food.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on November 9, 2022Kaitlyn, we sincerely appreciate the feedback and will use your insights in our next staff training. Please know that your experience is super important to us and we are sure your next visit will be a true 5-star Blue Iguana experience (should you choose to give us another shot). Also, please feel free to email me at biguana [at] aol [dotcom] to discuss any part of this experience.

  17. VC

    VictoriaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reservations went so smooth for a party of 10! Got seated 5 minutes early, food came fast. Food was amazing. Service was great. Will be back soon!!!! In my opinion, better than the red iguana.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on November 9, 2022Victoria, thank you for the 5-star review. We can't wait for you to come back!

  18. TL

    TomL

    Atlanta

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good Mexican in a cool spot. I enjoyed it and would go back.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on November 9, 2022Tom, thank you for the positive review. We can't wait for you to come back!

  19. S

    Schreiber

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and very friendly staff!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review!!!

  20. MS

    MS123

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived at the time of our reservation and did not have to wait. The service was quick and the food came out within a very reasonable amount of time after we ordered. The complementary salsa was a little on the spicy side, so if you don't like heat in your food, that is something to avoid. I really liked it, my wife thought it was too hot for her. The food was delicious and while we were just a little bit before the big dinner rush, there was a lot of hustling and bustling with the guests that were already there. We have eaten here several times and really like the experience.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! We hope to be able to serve you and your wife again soon!

  21. AD

    AnneD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    My husband loved his burrito and the margarita. However, I grew up in the southwest and have eaten lots of Mexican food. The chimichanga was not like any chimichanga I have ever tasted. I don't think it was deep fried. It actually tasted and looked like a Mexican lasagna dish. I only ate half my dinner. Additionally, the margarita was much too strong for me. My husband finished it. Would recommend Blue Iguana only if you are adventurous.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on October 6, 2022Anne, thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. Should anything ever not be up to par for you, please know our team is always willing to make adjustments. Just let your server know, and they'll take care of it!

  22. TN

    TrentonN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Blue Iguana has the best Mexican food in Salt Lake City. It needs a bigger restroom. The waiting staff needs to refill drinks more often.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on October 6, 2022Trenton, thank you for the positive rating! We'll work with our staff to make sure they're refilling drinks more. We appreciate the feedback!

  23. n

    nbj3

    Salt Lake City

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good, as usual. Good menu selection. Drinks are a bit pricey.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on October 6, 2022Thank you for the overall positive review!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had quick seating for our group and the food was excellent

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on October 6, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us this 5-star review!

  25. n

    norma

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, great drinks. Only real issue was there was no ADA access. Was offered elevator except was in kitchen

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on October 6, 2022Norma, thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. We understand your concerns. The kitchen elevator does act as a multipurpose ADA access point and restaurant use. It does take you through the kitchen, but our friendly staff will do what they can to make that experience as comfortable as possible should you choose that option next time. We want to make sure that everyone is able to access our restaurant in some way so they can have a wonderful time with their friends and family.

  26. NN

    NickiN

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal last night. Fish tacos and shrimp fajitas were delicious! So happy we found this place with wonderful ambiance!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on October 6, 2022Nicki, thank you for the great 5-star review! We are so happy you found us too and hope to see you again!

  27. SR

    SamanthaR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    I gave a 4 dollar tip and they took 40 dollars instead. They will not answer my number but when I called on a different number they answered. They said that the person who can help me will not be in today and gave me an email to send a message on. We were not waited on for 15 mins after we were seated. Food was good but they had empty tables so the service should not have taken so long

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on October 6, 2022Samantha, it looks like you've had a difficult experience with us. If our team hasn't yet resolved this for you, please email me at biguana [at] aol [dotcom]. Thank you!

  28. AM

    AnnM

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a pretty restaurant. Decor is gorgeous. Food is pretty darn good too. Margarita was delicious and you can taste the tequila. Shrimp tacos and beef fajitas were very good. Will return again next time I’m in SLC.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on October 6, 2022Ann, thank you for the 5-star review. We can't wait for you to come back to SLC for more of our delicious food and drinks!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food was good but I have had better Mexican food in Utah. Also, for a group of 3, a default gratuity is not acceptable.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on September 4, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. We'll look into the default gratuity situation. Meanwhile, please feel free to email us at biguana [at] aol [dotcom] if you wish to discuss your experience further.

  30. TT

    TylerT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic chile verde and the only place in Salt Lake my wife will eat cheese enchiladas. Would also recommend the burritos ahgado.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on September 4, 2022Tyler, we're so glad your wife likes our cheese enchiladas! We definitely can't wait to have you two back!

  31. BC

    BCF7

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food & drink! Very reasonable for the amount of food that you get. Their chips & salsa are awesome too! We were able to dine in their outdoor space and we remarked how quiet it was. Awesome atmosphere!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on September 4, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! We're glad you had a good experience with us!

  32. RH

    RobbH

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We made a reservation thru opentable. We arrived bit early and they took us directly to our table. The ambience took us quickly away drom rhw bustle of the city and we quickly dined and chatted the evening away. I thought the margaritas were ordinary, but went well with the fajitas and enchiladas. The mole sauces were to die for.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on September 4, 2022Robb, we are so glad you enjoyed your 5-star Blue Iguana experience. And we're so happy you liked our mole sauces!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, service was great!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on September 4, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review. Come back soon!

  34. MM

    MMill

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food, as always. However, as a party of six and as the restaurant was not crowded at all, we would have appreciated not being seated RIGHT BY THE DOOR!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on September 4, 2022Thank you for the positive review. In future, please let your hostess know if you'd be more comfortable seated elsewhere. They'll be more than willing to accommodate, especially if the restaurant isn't crowded. Hope to see you again!

  35. LM

    LisaMac

    Indiana

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I was in Salt Lake City with a working event and dined at Blue Iguana With a group of six work colleagues. Approaching the restaurant and seeing the interior I was excited as the restaurant was festive in its decor. Everything from that point on was disappointing. The service was flat and the food also was average. We all ordered different drinks/margaritas which tasted watered down. The food was just average and quite frankly could have been served at any Mexican restaurant at typically doesn’t even accept reservations. Overall I feel like this place is very underwhelming.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on September 4, 2022Lisa, thanks for the feedback. Please feel free to email us at biguana [at] aol [dotcom] if you wish to discuss any part of your experience.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience from a great atmosphere, welcoming staff and delicious food and drinks. Highly recommend!!!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on July 31, 2022Thank you so much for the recommendation. We are very happy to hear about your 5-star experience!

  37. TF

    TonyaF

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant with great prices in a convenient location. The service was great and the restaurant is clean. Loved the food!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on July 31, 2022Tonya, thank you for the great 5-star review! We are so glad to hear about your experience. Can't wait for you to come back!

  38. CS

    ChristyS

    Salt Lake City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Carla was awesome! Food and drinks were excellent. Delicious mole! Fun ambience.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on July 31, 2022Christy, thank you for the great 5-star review! And thank you for the shoutout for Carla!

  39. p

    puggypug

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Blue Iguana and it was so good. Love the whole vibe of the restaurant and the food tastes great. I love that we were able to make a reservation online and get to our table without any wait.

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on July 31, 2022Thank you so much for the 5-star review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the vibe!

  40. P

    Purchey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We used to love Blue Iguana but it is not the same. The food isn’t as good and the drinks were not good. The food is also expensive for what you get. The enchilada suizas had dry chicken on the inside and very little mole. The shrimp dishes were $18 and had 10 tiny shrimps. The “salad” was a few pieces of lettuce and a ton of peppers and raw onions. I guess if you like that then the salad is for you! The guacamole was watery and full of raw onions. The salsa was a weird color and super spicy. The AC was non-existent and it was hot, humid in the restaurant. The bathrooms are tiny and were out of toilet paper and paper towels. My margarita was just water, tequila and a slice of lime. I ordered a virgin strawberry daiquiri for my daughter and she got a virgin strawberry margarita- yes there is a difference. The attention to food quality, quantity, and taste is not what it used to be. Go to Red Iguana so you can taste what the enchilada suizas, and the other food/drinks, used to be like at Blue Iguana. So sad!

    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on July 31, 2022Thanks for taking the time to leave us this feedback. It certainly sounds like you came at an off time. We are training news staff in the kitchen, and we're working with them to get them up to our traditional standard. If you'd like to discuss your experience further, please feel free to reach out to us via email 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 4.5 stars by 349 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 33 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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