George

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George restaurant and our adjoining bar - Bar George - serves from-scratch Southern cuisine in a stylish setting in downtown SLC 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 sourced from local farms and artisans in Utah.
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Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Bacon wrapped dates. So delish I ordered 2. Need I say more?

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good interesting menu excellent service appealing decor. Close to Vivint Arena

Definitely will return. Recommend for those who do not want the same old same old or just plan good interesting food

p
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both our son and I have celiac disease. It is always appreciated to find a restaurant where our whole family can eat together, and we are eating safe gluten free food. The wait and kitchen staff were knowledgeable about our needs having celiac disease (vs. those choosing to eat a gluten free diet.) The whole family found appetizers and entrees we liked. The kids all tried the alligator and loved it. Everyone left happy and full.

George
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again very soon!

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TN
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

These folks need to update their OpenTable. It let me make a reservation for 9:30. When we arrived, the hostess told us the restaurant was closed but there was a full menu available at the bar. Ok. So we took a table at the bar and she provided us with menus. The bartender came over and noted that we were looking at the menu and discussing food. The kitchen is closed he said. Awesome.

HR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was good. Ailoi made in house, perfectly seasoned fries, and the marinated olives are just a few reasons to stop by! This restaurant is meant for you to hang out, they don’t try to push you out! Let them know if you’re in a hurry!

RM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great relaxing atmosphere, and wonderfully welcoming staff. Nice small plate selection.

LM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We really loved Finca and we assured when they changed the restaurant that they were still going to offer popular items from the Finca menu...and they did for a while. While the food is good it seems to be the same good hamburger offered at all of the restaurants owned by them. So why make the trek to George? I don't think we will anymore.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Building was beautiful, but was empty at 8:30pm on a Friday night which was worrisome.

OT
Salt Lake City
19 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good small plates, I didn't care for the ceviche but the staff recognized that and offered to replace it. Wonderful service, the bartender was fantastic.

SP
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The food wasn't bad but the service was lacking. They forgot one of our orders and we had to wait almost an hour from the time we originally ordered to get it. They covered the cost of the meal but it was disappointing to say the least.

JP
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and staff! They let us have private dinning area even though it was just my husband and I.

OG
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

TL;DR It was okay, but didn't wow me.

This place used to be Finca, which was a decent tapas place great for an eclectic date night. At some point, George replaced Finca, though the staff said it's the same owners. The decor is pretty much the same....about as southern as a Montana dive bar. It's okay, but doesn't match the menu.

The menu has some decent southern dishes, but for the most part, it felt like someone from Idaho's take on southern cuisine. Quite a few key southern recipes like etouffe, crawfish, or catfish are missing from the menu. What's there is good and the portions were really big. We got the seafood platter, which came with six big oysters. Very enjoyable.

Overall, I don't regret going. Food was better than okay. The entire experience just felt like the owners wanted to try something different without investing their heart and souls into it. And I guess that's something I really look for in an eating establishment these days.

OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The Mothers Day buffet was crazy more expensive than many other places around town, and did not include any juice or coffee. Also the included automatic 20% gratuity which was unexpected for a table of 5. Ambiance could have used some help, like music of sort for starters. Service was good but very overpriced for the value, won’t be coming back. For what was offered I feel pretty ripped off.

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The Mother’s Day brunch buffet at Finca became a yearly tradition, but it just wasn’t the same at George. The food wasn’t nearly as good, with fewer options than in years past (really missing the oysters and paella! Seems there were more desserts before as well) it was fine enough, but not good enough to justify the price unfortunately. (The prime rib in particular was lacking, according my husband).

It’s a shame, but we may find a new spot next year.

BL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was good and the portions we're unexpectedly large. We really appreciated the variety on the menu.

ML
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The gumbo has such incredible flavor and consistency. The shrimp and grits were one of the best I’ve had in my life. I will be returning again and again. THANK YOU!!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We waited 10-15 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us at our table and then when our waiter finally arrived it took him another 15 minutes to bring our drinks. We ordered the biscuits which came out raw in the middle and cold. Not sure how that can be??We also ordered the meat and cheese plate which had to be the worst one we have ever had. The service was so poor we wish it was possible to give zero stars. We noted on our reservation that this was for a birthday celebration and it was not acknowledged. They were not busy on a Saturday night at 7:00. Now we know why. We will never go back.

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

Great food, amazing wine and service was awesome.

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!

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.

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

S
Salt Lake City
8 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.

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.

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

Worst cocktails I’ve had in town.

JV
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
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.

OT
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.

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.

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
36 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.

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.

P
Salt Lake City
3 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.

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.

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.

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

LG
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
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.

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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