George

3.7
544 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined a day ago
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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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 9, 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 3, 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 20, 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 20, 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 19, 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
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 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 12, 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 12, 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
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 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 7, 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
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 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
45 reviews
Dined on December 28, 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 28, 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 28, 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 27, 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
82 reviews
Dined on December 23, 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 23, 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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OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was

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MF
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is phenomenal! I came with a large group, so wet got to try a lot of the brunch menu. Everything was great.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was horrible.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This place came highly recommended from its Finca days but their rebranding into a gastropub places it squarely in the "meh" category. Bar George still has a "small plates" menu (about 10 items) which is all I would recommend ordering from. Their mushroom ricotta toast is *outstanding*, but the other standard items (Bravas fries, Bar George burger, Cauliflower po' boy) were underwhelming.

I will be back to try the other small plate options, but there's no reason to make a point go to Bar George when you can have the exact same menu from any other place downtown.

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F
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

***Name change: new restaurant name is GEORGE. When we walked in we asked if we were at Finca. The greeters just stared at us and told us we were at George. When I said I reserved Finca on open table and this is the address they FINALLY said, “Yes, this used to be Finca but it is now called George.” We heard other people have this same experience. A sign would have solved this confusion. Even when we left the front desk staff were not helpful and seemed bothered to even have to talk to me. Strange response for a service industry. The menu is the same.

The food is fabulous - which if they could get friendly and courteous greeters who would happily explain the name change and actually GREET you when you enter, it would be a fabulous place. Try the bacon wrapped dates. AMAZING. Loved the food. The pictures on the walls are weird and off putting and that combined with the cold welcome made it feel like an awkward dining experience - which is unfortunate since the chef is extremely talented.

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LR
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Though we were a party of 10, were were the only table in the restaurant. All of the orders were messed up. There were six orders of eggs, and only one of them came out correct. However, that one was cold. Eggs that should have been over hard were over easy and orders that should have been over easy were hard.
One of my friends asked for a drink 4 times. We ordered churros at the beginning of the meal, asked for them to be brought with the rest of the meal, and they never came.
It took 30 minutes to run the check.
I've been many times, with minor problems, but this was so disappointing.

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FM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I hardly write reviews, but my experience was really bad. Menu stated vegitarinan options could be made vegan, but only the cauliflower was vegan. Paid $18 for cauliflower on arugula. My girlfriend got two other small plates at the serves request and they were horrrible. Potatoe puff and stuffed pork belly peppers. After two cocktails and food and tip is was over $70 which is horrible value.

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TK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

this was an ok place . i did not love anything i ordered except the brussel sprouts . the decor was noce and the wait staff was nice but not organized and very slow.

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AP
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was good! The flavors were great...we honestly just didn’t order well. We had the meatballs (amazing!) mushroom ricotta toast (favorite of the evening) brussel sprouts (good for what they were - our bad on ordering them) fries (sauce was amazing, but not enough of it) and gnocchi (VERY light from the dumpling itself to the sauce - I am a fan of a heavier dumpling and rich sauce).

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CF
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Strange place. Confused name and wait staff. Creepy art work and bathrooms. Food was ambitious but missed the mark. Overpriced for what it was.

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OT
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Not all items on the relatively limited menu, including what we went to order, were available. Relatively pricey for the size and quality of the food. Two different styles of music playing at once from different areas of the restaurant. Have had better meals at this restaurant before.

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed with our experience. They had changed the name and menu so we were not in a place we thought we were going. The salad was great, the bolognese my wife ordered was very good, the burger was well cooked but the fries were fair at best. Small pieces that looked liked they were cooked in old oil. Will not go back.

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

After an 30 minute wait, meatballs came out room temperature...we told our server and waited 20 minutes for another plate. Then, after another 30 minute wait (1 hour from when we ordered), french onion soup came out room temperature. Rather than ask for a replacement, we paid our bill and left.

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

I was so disappointed to find a new menu (and a new name). Gone are the small plates that made Finca so great and instead are heavy handed appetizers and entrees. I will not go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Waited 40 mins for our food.

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C
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Wow, things have declined at Finca. Got the impression they did not want us there from moment we walked in. We were greeted, but cut off immediately as the host answered the phone to give someone directions and talk to the staff. They were expecting a large party, and were overly stressed, so it took nearly five minutes and two people just to find the reservation. We were early, so we weren’t expecting to be seated right away and waited in the bar (highlight: excellent bartender). They still delayed us past our reservation time, though at least 10 tables were open. We had concert tickets, so I asked if there would be a problem with their “large party”. A hostess assured us it would go smoothly. The server took quite a while to approach our table, though was personable when he took our order. He offered a wine list but never brought it, and checked in once, obviously not really listening. He brought our food in spurts (as expected with small plates) but after receiving 3 out of 5 plates, we had a 20 minute lag waiting for the other two. The food was meh. I remember it being much better on previous visits. After speaking to the server, he said they wouldn’t be able to make the other two dishes we ordered in time, since we needed to leave for the concert. I was amazed. They couldn’t make five small plates for us in an hour, even with reservations? Not interested in going back at all.

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RH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Finca is always a solid choice. It has stayed in my top ten favorite SLC restaurants for years now. I've yet to be disappointed by the food, service, or ambiance. And the sangria is amazing.

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JV
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We totally enjoyed our Thanksgiving meal experience.
Excellence in every area!

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u
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a delightful experience on a holiday celebration; food delicious and well set for easy access;

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