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

Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City

4.5
4.5
560 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 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 560 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Salt Lake City

    Kid-friendly

560 Reviews
  1. TerissaW

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I didn’t appreciate the “tomato sauce” they use on their burritos. It’s too sweet. The chicken was also flavorless. The chips and salsa were good though. I won’t be returning if that tells you anything.

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  2. Jenn

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    It just was not good and the service was so bad. She was rude and had zero personality

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I got the Molcajete. It feeds two, and it was amazing! I would highly recommend it!

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  4. JasonF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place was PACKED and we had a group of 20. Food came out super fast and was awesome!!! I was truly surprised with how good the service and food were for a place that was wall to wall people. We will be going back often.

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  5. BeckyM

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So glad we made reservations! Worth the wait! Good and drinks were amazing!!! Very kid/family friendly!

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  6. KarenO

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Blue Iguana!! Favorite place to eat. The food is great and the service is fabulous.

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  7. JosephM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Heat place probably one of my favorites. It was my first time going and was on a first date and I have no complaints.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Joseph, we're so glad you chose us for your date and that it did not disappoint! Hopefully you can return soon!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks! Definitely will be back to eat!
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    What a great thing to hear! Thanks for reviewing us! We hope you can return soon!

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  9. LanceW

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The wait staff is average to below average. Decent food.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Lance, thanks for the feedback and for taking the time to submit your review. We hope you consider giving us another chance to show you a 5-star experience.

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  10. ReedJ

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very delicious and healthy salads good service and ambiance Love this restaurant
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Reed, we really appreciate you taking the time to submit this review! Our fresh-made salads are definitely a hidden gem!

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  11. KimGee

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and definitely try the mole sampler.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    We're so glad you tried our mole sampler, Kim! I will make sure Karla knows about this review!

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  12. nbj3

    Salt Lake City

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good, as usual. Chile verde enchiladas lacked pzaz this time.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Thanks so much for the feedback! I will make sure to let our kitchen staff know!

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  13. JakeS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, great experience at an overall great price. Service was excellent.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    We're glad you had a great experience Jake! We hope you can return soon!

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  14. JordanL

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was just kind of “okay”. It certainly wasn’t bad, just nothing particularly special. Also, there was no bar to hang at while waiting for your table, which was kinda weird…
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Jordan, we're sorry your experience was not the best. Our space is very limited unfortunately and we don't have space for a bar but we do offer alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks once seated.

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  15. Gizmo

    Salt Lake City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were fantastic, as usual. Love this place!
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Gizmo, thanks for your stellar review! We're so happy you had a great time!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a party of 10. Service and food were excellent.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Large parties are our specialty! Thanks for choosing to dine at our authentic Mexican restaurant!

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  17. RickL

    Minneapolis

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed the food here so much, I came two nights in a row! Was on a business trip to SLC and everyone said I had to go to the Blue Iguana and try the mole! They had 4-5 different flavors and we enjoyed at least 3 of them. Great food overall, healthy portions, and our server (a petit lady who was always smiling) gave us some samples of the different types of mole, so that we can try them and choose the one we wanted with our dish. Overall, really good food and drinks.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Rick, thanks so much for your review! Our authentic moles are definitely one of our most popular dishes! We're glad you got to try them and that you had a great experience overall!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great! A little bit of tight quarters though, as the restaurant was pretty full after we were seated, but overall, it was great!
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Our space is definitely limited due to being located in an older building. Thanks for sticking it out and for taking the time to let us know about your experience!

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  19. PasqualeF

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Infrequently eat out so appreciate it when most aspects of the experience deliver. Blue Iguana does consistently. The service leads the way with the food neck and neck. Covers my expectations every time 25 plus years. The greatly added level of competitive, very good Mexican food make TBI stand taller.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Your review means so much, Pasquale! Thanks for choosing to return after all these years! We hope to continue to deliver great food and service!

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  20. MartyO

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hostess could have been a little more friendlier. Waiter was amazing. Recommend making a reservation always busy.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback, Marty! We definitely recommend making a reservation, especially for dinner hours and weekends.

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  21. ErinG

    Boise

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the location and the ambience--fun, festive place to eat. However, we were so surprised at how unhappy and unfriendly all the staff were. The hostess, our waiter, and several other of the waitstaff did not seem to be enjoying their job or do a very good job of interacting with the patrons. We almost wondered if something bad had happened before we got there because everyone was so grumpy. We loved the salsa with our chips, but the recommended mole was overly sweet and grainy (poblano mole). I purposely chose a mole because that's one of the things I thought the Blue Iguana was known for. I asked for a recommendation from the waiter, and that's what he offered. Very surprised at the poor quality. My companion ordered the shrimp fajitas and was sad the onions and peppers were in such big chunks that it was difficult to eat and especially to put in a tortilla. We were so excited to eat at the Blue Iguana but were really disappointed. We would much prefer a run-of-the-mill neighborhood Mexican restaurant to the experience we had at the Blue Iguana.

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  22. SamanthaD

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner a the Blue Iguana. We were a party of 6 & had a reservation. We were seated right upon arrival. The server was wonderful & the food delicious! We were celebrating a birthday & they provided a complimentary dessert. We will definitely dine there again!
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Samantha, thanks for choosing Blue Iguana to celebrate a birthday! We're so grateful your group dined with us and that you had a great experience. Can't wait for when you come back!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful service and our meals and drinks arrived very quickly!
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    We definitely pride ourselves in our authentic food and also our great service! thanks for this stellar review!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and vibe. Definitely coming back again!
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    We're glad you enjoyed your visit! We hope you can return soon!

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  25. TammyE

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Try to eat here every time I’m in SLC!!!
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 20, 2024
    Thanks for the positive review, Tammy! We're so happy you're a Blue Iguana fan and can't wait for your next visit!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable meal, pleasant but slow service. Turkey was way too salty. Other items were good.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on February 11, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Food was delivered quickly. Great live music
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 20, 2024
    We're glad you loved your visit!

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  28. ChristinaC

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing. Great food. Great environment!

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  29. JessicaJ

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Service was great. Quaint atmosphere. Will definitely be going back!
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 13, 2024
    Thanks for the positive review, Jessica! We can't wait for you to return!

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  30. GusKartsonas

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great live entertainment. That one-man guitar/harmonica act was very talented

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  31. ChristinaS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you want some great Mexican food, this is the place!
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 8, 2024
    Thank you for the 5-star review! We hope to see you again soon!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for Mexican food close to Delta Center.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 8, 2024
    Thank you for the 5-star rating!

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  33. RachelG

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the enmoladas because of reading another reviewer's rave review, but they were just okay, and not heated all the way through. My husband had the chile verde burrito and didn't love it, and I thought it was too salty. We took a chicken with mole verde to go and ate it the next day. That was was the best thing we ordered. The chicken was tender and the mole verde was very good. If I am downtown I might eat here again, but I wouldn't go out of my way.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 13, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. If ever anything isn't up to standard or to your liking, please let our staff know and they'll do what they can to make it right. We're glad the mole did not disappoint!

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  34. Midwest2Utah

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We appreciated the flexibility with our reservation time as traffic delayed part of our party.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 8, 2024
    Thank you for the positive rating, come again soon!

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  35. ColbyK

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love the food here. The atmosphere is great and the service is fantastic. Have been here more times than I can count from small to large groups and the food and service is consistent. My only complaint is they don't have a spicy salsa but that's more of a preference!
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 8, 2024
    Colby, thank you for leaving us this review! And for the one you left on Google too! Come again soon!

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  36. CoryS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We were seated next to a table full of noisy children. We finally had to go to their table and ask them to quiet down. Their parents and restaurant staff did nothing.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on January 8, 2024
    Cory, thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. We understand where you're coming from, but we hope you were still able to enjoy your meal. During the spring and summer, you can usually get a quieter environment dining on our lovely and colorful patio.

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  37. BarbaraM

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We eat here as a yearly tradition and any time we get downtown. Very popular restaurant later in the evening. We go early.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 28, 2023
    Barbara, thank you for the 5-star review! We love your annual tradition of dining with us, and we can't wait until the next time you come!

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  38. pcity

    Salt Lake City

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The chicken in the verde mole was really tough. It should be shredded chicken not a whole chicken breast.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 28, 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us this feedback. If ever anything isn't up to standard or to your liking, please let our staff know and they'll do what they can to make it right.

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  39. PaulB

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, large portions, tasty margaritas. Took awhile to get someone to take our drink order, but other than that it was a pleasant experience.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 28, 2023
    Paul, thank you for taking the time to leave us this review! We're sorry our team was a little slow, but we appreciate your understanding during our busy times. We hope to be able to serve you again soon!

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  40. AverageJoe

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly service. Great guacamole. Enjoyed the enchilada Suizas.
    Blue Iguana - Salt Lake CityResponded on December 28, 2023
    Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our enchiladas suizas!

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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 560 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 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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