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Lake Effect, Salt Lake City, UT
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Lake Effect

4.7
4.7
424 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Utah Restaurant Association's 2022 winner for Best Gastropub. We offer a unique twist on new-American cuisine - pulling flavors from Asia and Latin America - and pairing our food with specially curated cocktails and an extensive wine, whiskey, and beer list. Join us in our intimate speakeasy lounge, enjoy a lively atmosphere on our main floor, or bask on our cozy patio. Open from 5:00p to 1:00a with live music seven days a week, plus our special brunch menu Saturday and Sunday from 11a to 3:30p.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 33 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (801) 285-6494

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Pae Randall

  • Private party facilities

    To find out more about booking your private event at Lake Effect, visit: https://lakeeffectslc.com/private-events/ Email: events@lakeeffectslc.com

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    200 S 200 W

  • Parking details

    There is metered street parking and several garages and paid parking lots near by.

  • Public transit

    You can exit Trax at the Gallivan Plaza stop and take a short walk to Lake Effect

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentines Day Pre Fixe

    $75.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Please join us for a 3-Course Pre-Fixe Valentines Day Menu- $75 per person. Reservations have a time limit of 2 hours for parties of six and under. For larger parties, don't hesitate to contact the restaurant directly. *** The regular menu will not be available this evening. The Late Night Menu will be available starting at 9 pm.

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What 424 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. EN

    EmptyNesterSLC

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It was a busy night. Service was a bit slow (but picked up as the evening went along).
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tulsa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb atmosphere and even better food! There menu has evolved since I began coming here in 2019! The live music and the atmosphere is great and one I’d like to make a regular occurrence.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food2service2ambience5
    It was crowded so the service was slow. They may have rushed the food out too early because the biscuit and beignets were still doughy. The ambience is worth it though and I will still go back. :)
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is amazing. The Ambiance is beautiful. They are very accommodating when you show up with extra friends. The drinks are delicious! Fantastic energy!
  5. BS

    BlancaST

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Environment is great, place is very pretty, service was awesome. Food… tacos were good, lamb ribs were great as usual. Roasted cauliflower was mushy, not roasted taste, we ate it but nothing surprising. I went last time before covid to celebrate my birthday, and I had a very good impression of everything, I think food quality changed a little bit. Drinks were very tasty, just small :)
  6. JG

    JimG

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go to date night spot! The drinks are amazing, food is unique and tasty and we love the live music they play!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very very nice evening with the folks at LE last night. The music was great. Very engaging talent and the food and beverage selections were delightful. So many choices and so little time. A most pleasurable experience.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had friends from out of town - they loved absolutely everything about lake effect ! I am proud to have them visit Salt Lake and see the live music- such a nice reflection of our city ! Thank you
  10. CG

    CurlsGirl

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were great but it was so loud we really had to raise our voices to hear each other over our small 4 top.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall a good experience at lake effect. Food was great besides the side of rice I would not recommend. It was kind of loud but that’s to be expected with live music and personally doesn’t bother me. Our waitress was very sweet & attentive would definitely come back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was great except the Wagyu skewers were overcooked (for Wagyu). The Sea bass and scallops as well as the Blackened Ahi tacos were both on point. Service and atmosphere are a highlight and created a great night out overall. Definitely recommend.
  13. DK

    DariaK

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks, amazing service and delicious food!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Delicious food. Beautiful environment. Always make a reservation!
  15. s

    scottm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks, food, service and vibe. Entertainment was great and I believe that there is at least one entertainer nightly.
  16. S

    Ssdd

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Lake Effect has really gone downhill. Cons- Very average food. Not even the nachos are made with the care they use to have. Pricey for very average. Drinks and food. Greeter/hostess not friendly or accommodating at all. Very noisy. Pros- Our server was great! The lighted wall of liquor is cool to look at, for a minute. Beer on tap selection is good. Live music starts at 6 pm. We are Not coming back for awhile . Hopefully they can get the level of food and personnel up to the standards that Lake Effect use to have.
  17. B

    Baci

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Walked into Lake Effect and immediately knew it was a great bar. The atmosphere was beautiful. We went to see a singer songwriter at 6 PM and thoroughly enjoyed the show and our ahi tuna burrito/ margaritas. Service was very attentive and nice. I only wish I had known about it a few years ago.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal experience! Live music, unique menu options and excellent service. When we finished, our server informed us of the New Orleans style jazz club in the basement which we absolutely loved. One of our favorite restaurants in salt lake.
  19. EM

    EMAa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Liked the music, cheese board, drinks, dinner. Friendly staff.
  20. EJ

    ElizabethJ

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place itself is super cool. The food, drinks and service was amazing. Can’t wait to go again.
  21. SD

    SandyD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Lake effect has superb drinks and pretty good food. The wait staff is always amazing and friendly. Hostess staff are typically a bit sour. We were sat at a table which I dislike, it was two tables pushed together and they did not line up, super uncomfortable and no way to set a plate on an uneven surface like that.
  22. RK

    RahulK

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant refused to seat us because we had kids with us, even though there was no warning of that when we made the reservation.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Food is always good, the live music is on point.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good food, good service and loved the live music! A bit on the pricey side though for the portions.
  25. AF

    AndreasF

    Saxony

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was good. But the atmosphere was great. Live music was good. Not to loud so you can still speak with each other. Service was good. If I would live in SLC ,I would be there many times per month. Really loved it.
  26. C

    Cass

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is great, the drinks are great and the food is outstanding!
  27. c

    charlieh

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Time together with son and daughter-in-law. Great service, unique cocktails, good food, and a terrifically talented solo entertainer.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    First of all, the server was amazing. However the food and drinks were mid at best, was not the worst I have ever had, but not the best. For the money I paid, I expected a lot more. Would give them another try however, but not anytime soon. The atmosphere was amazing though and I really enjoyed the lighting/furnishing.
  29. AM

    AleMck

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good food, loved the live music. Ambiance was top notch for a brunch.
  30. JL

    JaronL

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great service, great drinks, great music. We had a great time and look forward to doing brunch again soon.
  31. LT

    LolaT

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and we were very impressed! Can’t wait to go back.
  32. c

    charlieh

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Professional attentive informed server Mateo. Excellent cocktails and food. Prompt as it was a pre concert meal. Li
  33. KP

    KatyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience except we found out after that we were sat in the rabbit hole and we really were looking forward to Lake Effect. So that was disappointing
  34. SS

    Snow2Sand

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service lovely, host always cheerful, music and ambiance is killer. The food needs maybe a bit revamping and the tapas size is very large. But overall a good experience. Will return.
  35. HB

    HBIC

    Salt Lake City

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delicious food/drinks and great service, but poorly designed booths. The tables are way too small and feel somewhat cramped.
  36. BG

    BryanG

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Jazz Brunch- Drink menu is huge and the cocktails we had were excellent. Food was good. Service was fast and friendly. Atmosphere was fun and the music was great. Felt like we were in New Orleans!
  37. TW

    TylerW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic except for being told they were out of iced tea by 7pm. Enjoyed listening to Michelle Moonshine as well while waiting on our food.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience5
    Good ambiance and cool location but service was horrible. Our waiter basically ignored us and did not take our appetizer order until an hour of us being there and we had to go get him to even put that in. He would not explain the menu to us after we asked him, he said we can just read it. Filled up our waters 2x in 2.5 hrs. He made rude comments as well. Food came out cold and cheese board was something you could make up from Trader Joe’s for $10. The Brie cheese was basically frozen. Drinks were pretty good. Overall mediocre. Pretty good for drinks but would not go back to eat.
  39. MX

    MaryX

    Salt Lake City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. The food is good, the music is wonderful and I have yet to have terrible service (knock in wood). I kept having our server “surprise me” with random cocktails and she did not fail me. Always a great drill to sip with my meal. My friends had not ever been here before and they thoroughly enjoyed it as well.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Service was slow and our waiter had very little knowledge of the doing menu. Very concerning for a "Bar." Fish and scallops came out cold and had to send back. Seafood Cob had very little dressing. Ended up leaving without eating any of the food and paying $36 for 3 drinks. I wouldn't recommend anyone to try this place.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Lake Effect offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 285-6494.

Lake Effect is rated 4.7 stars by 424 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 33 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Lake Effect

155 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    200 S 200 W

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There is metered street parking and several garages and paid parking lots near by.

  • Public transit

    You can exit Trax at the Gallivan Plaza stop and take a short walk to Lake Effect

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Pae Randall

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (801) 285-6494

  • Private party facilities

    To find out more about booking your private event at Lake Effect, visit: https://lakeeffectslc.com/private-events/ Email: events@lakeeffectslc.com

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