Blue Iguana - Salt Lake City
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.
- 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
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Hongos a la Blue Iguana
Sauteed mushrooms with crushed chile pepper and spices. Served with flour or corn tortillas
Traditional rolled beef or chicken taquitos
Made with pork, green chile and tomatillo sauce
Our Waitress/waiter was fun an interactive! Let he know she was appreciated, in the tip! We will be back!
The food is really good. The noise is really high.
Loved the restaurant, totally didn’t need the hassle of reservations
We made a reservation on Open Table for 9:30pm this past Friday at Blue Iguana. We were flying to Utah for a family ski trip, and wrote in the notes for the reservation that we’d be flying in and coming straight to the restaurant. We arrived at the restaurant at 9:38pm. When my wife and children went to the hostess stand, there were still some folks eating, but much of the staff was sitting around at the bar looking as if their shift was done. When we finally got a staff member to come to greet us, we told her we had a 9:30pm reservation. Her response was, “Well that was 8 minutes ago and we are closed now.” It was one of the most rude greetings ever, our kids were starving from a cross country flight, but I guess we should feel lucky we got turned away as now there is no way I’d ever want to eat there.
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.
Delicious food! They were decently busy and obviously short staffed but the food came out quick! Seating was too close to other diners.
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.
Well managed and delicious! Will return with friends.
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!!
First time for me at Blue Iguana. The service was prompt and the food was delicious!
Deb, welcome to the Blue Iguana family and thank you for the 5-star review!
Staff was very helpful and fast. Food was ok
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!
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!
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!
Pleasantly surprised. Food was nicely prepared and fresh. Glad we went
Thank you for the 5-star review! Fresh ingredients are very important to us. Hope to see you again soon!
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.
Joan, thank you for the 5-star review! You definitely came at a good time, and we hope you come again soon!
They gave us so much chips and salsa and so I’m going back for sure!!!!!
Thank you for the 5-star review! We can't wait for you to come back!
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.
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].
Food is great. Extensive menu. Loud restaurant, but fun atmosphere.
Scott, thank you for the 5-star review. It sure is a party here, and we are very happy you had fun!
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.
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!
Food was okay. Service wasn’t the best. The restaurant was very cool looking though.
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!
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.
Thank you for the rating. We understand, and we'll take your feedback into consideration.
So glad we had reservations.
We are very happy you made a reservation too, so we could serve you. Thank you for the 5-star review!
First time eating here. Great food and margaritas. The server was so kind and attentive and the food came quickly!
Lori, we are so happy you gave us a try. Thank you for the 5-star review, and welcome to the Blue Iguana family!
There was a wait at the door, so I’m so glad we had reservations. Walked right in! Food is wonderful, as always.
Ashley, thank you for the 5-star review. A reservation is definitely the way to go!
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.
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!
Wasn’t busy but service was awful. Food was just mediocre. Don’t understand the hype around this place.
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.
We hadn't been there for a long time due to Covid. The food is always delicious, with authentic mole. We absolutely love it.
Thank you for coming! We are really happy to have more people like you coming to our restaurant. Have a great week!
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.
We certainly hope you come back soon! Thank you for the 5-star review!
Absolutely loved the service and the food! Will be dining there again!
Misty, we love hearing about your experience and can't wait for you to come back!
Great food, great service! We had a party of 12 and we thoroughly enjoyed our time! Thank you!!
You are very welcome. Thank you for coming and leaving us a 5-star review!
Wonderful experience, would highly recommend if you enjoy good Mexican food. Excellent Cadillac and tasty seafood fare.
Thank you for the 5-star review. We are so happy you loved our seafood!
Love the atmosphere, great food and service!
Thank you for the 5-star review. Come again soon!
Excellent foot, excellent service, great live music.
Thank you for the 5-star review, Brandi! We can't wait for you to come again!
Excellent food, service and great value. We are new to the area and the Blue Labuan is our new favorite Mexican restaurant
Thank you for the 5-star review, and welcome to the Blue Iguana family!
Good food, very easy to make a reservation for a large group. Great service. Thank you!
You are very welcome, Emurrell! Can't wait for you to come back!
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!
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.
Thank you for the 5-star review!
Thank you for the positive rating!
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.
Ally, thank you for the 5-star review. We hope you'll come again soon!
Love the ambiance and location! The food is delicious!!
Jen, thank you for the 5-star review. We can't wait for you to come back!
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 4.3 stars by 213 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.