George

3.6
563 reviews
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American
George is an American restaurant serving classic bistro fare made from local ingredients, with two private dining rooms for events and groups. George offers an extensive wine list, craft beer and cider selections, plus hand crafted cocktails.

Like its sister restaurant Pago, George was developed to deliver unique and exceptional food -- in this case American Bistro fare -- sourced from local farms and artisans in Utah.
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1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing wine and service was awesome.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good was great. The small plate of dates were a must have!

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m
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have to make this a destination!! the food was absolutely incredible, service with a smile and fast. If you want the bang for your buck, this is the place. You want great food, this is the place. You will not be disappointed! This is a classy place with exquisite food.

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RM
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's a great place to have a very good meal and catch up with friends

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S
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was good, the bacon wrapped dates and mussels were tasty, but the burger, beef burgundy and gnocchi entrees were very disappointing.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was very good but I gave it a lower rate because our drinks were watered down. Actual food was very good. Service was excellent.

George
Responded on March 12, 2019

Happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service! Drinks can seem watered down in Utah because of our limitations on how much liquor we are allowed to pour per beverage. We are currently working with our bartenders to come up with more balanced cocktails. Thanks again for your feedback, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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PK
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Finca was way better - especially the menu. The current menu does not impress me.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Worst cocktails I’ve had in town.

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JV
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

This restaurant was supposedly “fit for a foodie” it wasn’t. And it was so loud. They do have a really nice wine list.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Ordered Fish and Chips..not even close to being cooked. Totally batter. The waitress saw it and apologized, but meal ruined.

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LH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I wanted to like it and I normally don't review even when I don't like a dish, but their steak was $30 and it was the worst steak I've ever had. It tasted like beef jerky and was about the same texture too, even though I ordered my steak medium rare. It's a shame.

George
Responded on March 8, 2019

Leah, This is not the standard of food we want to give to our guests. I'm very sorry about your experience. May I ask for an e mail or phone call to get a little more detail about your experience? Colton Constantino General Manager colton@georgeslc.c o m 8013900752

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JD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I really wanted to LOVE George. Considering I live on the same block and want a great place (besides Pallet) to dine at and a bar, but unfortunately it's just not quite there. I am hoping that with some tweaks maybe it can get there, but it needs to happen soon before they lose customers. The bottom line is that the service is way way off. We ended up getting seated 50 minutes after our reservation time. I understand 10-20 min, but 50 min is absolutely ridiculous. From there, it felt like our waiter, might have been working his first serving job. He was completely un-open to flexing or altering anything. For example, he literally demanded that our salad order and entree order go in at the exact same time. No excepts. LOL. Very strange. It almost felt like we were getting rushed through since they were so far behind? He also didn't know a thing about the wine or the menu. To him it all seemed like "food," and when we asked a few questions about the wine, it was very clear that he had not the slightest crew. That's a bit odd for a place that touts itself as a "wine restaurant." The food overall, was decent. Nothing that had me dying to come back for more, but it was solid. I really do hope to come back, but there is work to be done to make this place a SLC staple. One more thing to add...hopefully the owners will see this. The bar portion is very uninviting and not cozy. The best way to describe it is that it feels like a waiting room for the restaurant. I would love to see the seating arrange change to give it a cozy vibe that is overflowing with people on a Thursday or Friday night....but it's just not quite there yet, but has sooo much potential.

George
Responded on March 8, 2019

Justin, Thank you for the thorough review! 50 minutes is unacceptable to wait after your reservation and I apologize for your experience. We certainly did have issues with seating and flow. If you haven't had our regular menu I encourage you to come in and give it a try. I'm curious to hear more about your ideas to help the flow of the bar. Again, thanks for taking the time out of your day to help us improve George. Colton Constantino General Manager colton@georgeslc.c o m

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OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

had a 730 reservation and had to wait till 8 for a table. busy night, I understand but with a limited set menu for the night we were told the delay was due to the kitchen being backed up. servers tried to drop off items to the wrong tables. dirty used dishes were not taken away. i’ll give this place another chance, but the experience was not great.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The waitress was excellent the food was good, but not $200 good.
I was not impressed with the staff at the front desk. There were 4 employees at the desk and I waited quite some time before I was acknowledged- not even a hello I will be right with you. No one looked up!! My reservation was for 7:30. I arrived at 7:20. Was eventually told we would be seated closer to our reservation time. At 7:50 I went back to the desk and waited to be acknowledged by the 2 people at the desk, and was told “I guess I can seat you now”. I have been to other restaurants in the group and I will go back to them but I didn’t feel like George was worth it

George
Responded on March 8, 2019

We're happy you enjoyed the server and food! So sorry to hear we didn't meet your expectations from the host stand. We understand how upsetting it can be to feel ignored on a special night like Valentine's Day. On a day like that scenarios present themselves that make seating and flow difficult, we are working with our team and chef's to better serve our guests with efficiency.. We encourage you to come back and give us another try.

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B
Salt Lake City
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Valentine’s Day dinner. Food was fairly good (some courses significantly better than others), service was slow, in both the bar & restaurant. The decor is nice, gives the place a good vibe. The tables in the restaurant are quite close together. It took quite a while for our server to come to take our order in the bar, and drinks took a while to come out after ordering. At dinner, the pairings did not come out together, at times wine coming at the end of the course (we ate slow because wine wasn’t there) Some courses took quite a while to come out. This seemed to be happening at the adjacent tables as well. I still think we will give this restaurant another chance, food and ambience are good.

George
Responded on March 8, 2019

Louisiana, We're glad you enjoyed some of the courses. And thank you for the compliment on the decor. We're so sorry we didn't deliver on timing and service. We will continue to work on serving our guests with efficiency. Please contact me directly at 8014870699 or at colton@georgeslc.c o m - I would love the opportunity to invite you back in.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

We had never been to George before, so we decided to go on Valentine’s Day. I realize that is a busy day, but a restaurant that costs this much should be able to handle to Valentine’s Day crowd.
First, our reservation was at 6:30 and we did not get sat until 6:45 or so. Not that big of a deal as I understand it is not an exact science. However, we sat for almost 15 minutes before someone greeted us. In fact, I saw the interaction between the hostess and our server as she said “that is your table” and he had a little panic in him. When he did arrive, I could tell he was frazzled and asked for our order. Not just drinks or appetizers, but all 3 courses. We decided to hurry and order. I believe we only saw our server one more time during the meal not counting paying. We only had 2 drinks apiece due to the slow service (we wanted more). The food was outstanding, but with the service being how it was, I can’t say for sure we will be back.

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TW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

George is a great place for a date or gathering. Its the whole experiance.

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P
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a Valentines day special. We loved the creativity of the recipes and the quality of the food. It was so delicious! I cant wait to go on a normal day to try out the regular menu.

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LL
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I loved that this wasn't your typical Valentine's tasting menu with all the cliche dishes. No surf and turf, no Salmon, no molten chocolate cake, none of that. Just interesting creativity. Loved the starter, a Georgian cheese bread and the paired Rose Frizzante I had with it was perfect. I love that Scott paired up such interesting and natural wines that you can't get in the liquor store. As a wine geek, I was in heaven.

Couple missteps in the food were Mexican corn chips served with the chilled seafood platter. Those didn't go with it at all. Maybe just some small piece of baguette would have been better. But the seafood platter was amazing and the fresh, briny and very plump oysters from Massachusetts were fantastic. And we know oysters because we used to live in Seattle! The other misstep was that the vegetables in the Beef Burgundy were not cooked through but al dente. I'm very tired of this trend of crunchy veggies that should be cooked through. Especially for a Beef Burgundy, everything should melt together.

We loved the desserts and they were good portions, not just a kind of amuse bouche some places do. The two gelatos (Mexican chocolate and Horchata) with the Churros were really unctuous and not icy or grainy.

Overall for one of our only times going out for a Valentine's day dinner, we were very happy. Thank you George for the great experience.

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I was not impressed with how the food tasted at all. I was disappointed/embarrassed that I took clients here. The service and wine was good but overall the food and experience was below expectations. At one point someone said about the steak - "it's like they took the steak from the Sysco box out of the freezer." I was mortified.

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great dining experience. We will return. Great service

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Dates wrapped in bacon were tiny and bacon appeared to be precooked and hard. The rib eye was thin, too smokey and too well done. Greens would have benefited by being chopped, as whole they were tough and stringy. Too bad since we took our chef son and his wife. She didn't llike the bolognese. Garlic shrimp appetizer was great.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Server were great and the wine great!

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy spot for delicious small plates and big entrees! The cauliflower Po Boy and poutine is awesome. Service was fantastic as well. We'll definitely be back!

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BL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our reservation for 4 was ready on arrival, but the restaurant was in the weeds. Our section had just been sat- an 8-top, two 2-tops and ourselves. They didn't have enough food or drink menus. We borrowed the cocktail menu from the 2-top that was sat earlier, and then passed it to the next 2-top. We did receive two food menus to share and handed one to the other table. The waitress came to take our order, but we told her the next table had been waiting much longer. We finally placed an order for cocktails and starters. The somm came by and we ordered a two bottles of wine. 15 minutes later our white wine arrived, still no cocktails or starters (we had been seated for 45 min at this point) and they were short two wine glasses. Food runners kept bringing food to our table and we kept telling them to find the correct table.

When our starters arrived, they were good - dates (delicious), the piquillo peppers (SO GOOD) and the garlic shrimp (lackluster presentation- just shrimp sitting in garlic sauce). We had to ask someone to find our waitress to place our entree orders as she hadn't been back to our table. At one point we were missing a fork - I got up to look for one and a staff member told me he'd take care of it... but after two passes, I just took one from another section. Entrees were tasty, but the beef burgundy came out 5 min late.

When settling up, the waitress gave us a 'thanks for your patience' and told us she was rushing to turn over the restaurant because the ballet was coming in at 10. In short, cocktails were good (do know that the Spumoni has egg white in it, which is not on the menu - I was fine with it, but surprised), our food was tasty, the somm was helpful, but the disorganization of the restaurant and the lack of acknowledgment was frustrating. If the manager or the waitress had simply come by early on to apologize and ask for patience it would have set an entirely different tone. I hope they can figure out how to manage their resources.

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ER
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

No longer have paella on the menu.

Mussels were cold.

Potato puffs were tasteless.

Service was slow and uneven.

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F
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was very poor quality. Greasy fries and fish for the fish and chips still had skin on it. The food tasted so bad, I couldn’t eat it. I would Not recommend this restaurant!

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A
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Had great hopes for the “new” restaurant which turned out to be basically finca renamed.
The wait staff, while very nice, could be more trained...not knowing how to pronounce several things on the menu is odd, also our pre-dinner salad came out long before the appetizers did.
Overall the experience was ok (manager was very accommodating by turning down the very bright lights) but sadly, most likely we won’t be returning.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Double-date with good friends - good service and an atmosphere with character, but the food was very bland across every single dish we tried. It ranged from unremarkable to poor, taste-wise. I would not come here again.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my birthday there with a group of 6 and it was one of the best dining experiences we have ever had. Easily my favorite restaurants in Salt Lake.

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S
Salt Lake City
22 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had to ask for bread to be served twice and then we received the bill they charged $2 for two slices of bread twice, I’m sorry but it was simple bread slices, I think to charge a dollar a slice is ridiculous. The amount of time we waited for the bread the pasta was then lukewarm. It’s not the place it used to be.

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JW
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

My wife and I decided to go out on a Sunday evening for a nice dinner. We had been fans of Finca, George's predecessor, so we decided to give George a try. Big mistake. Ordered cocktails, took forever. Ordered two appetizers, the first came out right away, the second about 30 seconds before our entrees. Ordered wine, it was delivered before we finished the cocktails. My wife's fried chicken entree was cooked to death, and there was no spice at all in the crust. I had fettucine bolognese, which was lukewarm when it was served, and bland. There were no more than three other parties in the restaurant the entire time were there, so it appeared that George just doesn't care.

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CB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met up with a large group of coworkers for a Sunday morning brunch. I had made a reservation online prior since there was 12 of us. No issues at all with service. They were prepared and for us, always on top of drinks. The food was delicious! Later found out there had bad reviews which led me conflicted to leave this one. I would like to keep it as a hidden gem and my coworkers felt the same.

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JR
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really happy to find this gem of a restaurant. We were a large table ranging in ages from baby to grandparents. All pallets were very pleased.

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V
Salt Lake City
47 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Long wait times for bland food. George, formerly Finca, has really gone downhill. We waited over 10 minutes before anyone greeted us to get a drink order and then waited even longer to order our food. The service was awful and we ended up closing out at the hostess station because our server hadn’t checked on us in over 30 minutes.

The charcuterie board wasn’t fresh and the salami tasted like it had been sitting out for several hours. The bolognese had no flavor. Definitely not going back.

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KD
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was fine, nothing fabulous. The Cuban had great sliced meat but was a bit bland. The prices were reasonable for what you received. Service was just okay.

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CM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We booked Finca but found George in its place. Menu substantially changed. Mix of small plates and standard American fare. Small plates leftover from Spanish finca menu but not as well prepared. French onion soup broth tasted like from a box and soup was oily. Cheese was not gruyere and not worth the price. Overall not a great experience.

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K
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I was never a fan of the food at Finca, but we decided to give George a try. Unfortunately it is the same menu, and overpriced at that.

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l
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

Finca is no longer Finca as we discovered upon arrival. It's "George", completely different menu (if you can call their offerings that). Not sure when it changed, but you should definitely remove this from your list. More a bar scene, small plates, but not good ones. We won't be back, we would never recommend this place.
Finca definitely is gone.

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L
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambience. Beef Burgundy had a wonderfully rich and warming sauces...1meat was tender... but carrots and celery were uncooked hence crunchy to an extreme. They had been neither grilled nor roasted. Too bad as this ruined the dish.

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