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Lake Effect, Salt Lake City, UT

Lake Effect

4.7
4.7
391 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

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

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What 391 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. LT

    LolaT

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    charlieh

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Professional attentive informed server Mateo. Excellent cocktails and food. Prompt as it was a pre concert meal. Li
  3. 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
  4. SS

    Snow2Sand

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe. Love this place
  12. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We had a reservation for 7:15 and were seated closer to 8:00 FYI it was for five people. The Nachos were soggy and the crab cakes were exceptionally salty. I will have to say that the lamb ribs were quite tasty. I will most likely go back, but just for a drink at the bar and not with a group for dinner
  13. KE

    KristenE

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Live music was really good. It was pretty busy for a Tuesday night. Food was pretty good. Sooo many fun cocktails to choose from. We will go back!
  14. DH

    DennisH

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drinks and great vibe. It is a must try.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  16. n

    natalyl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything about this awesome place! Our server was very attentive and the food was delicious. 10/10
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Mateao. Was a great server
  18. FE

    FoodEy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    I wish the server visited our table more to check in with us. But other than that, we had such a great dinner!!
  19. AB

    AndresB

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fun, ambiance was upscale but approachable, and the drinks were yummmy!
  20. A

    Anchal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful evening for my birthday. I loved the aura and music
  21. JJ

    JeremyJ

    Philadelphia

    278 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    278 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Wine and beer selection is extensive and good. Building is unique and relaxing. Worth the trip to try. I sat at bar and asked for a local ipa. The guy suggested his best then a few minutes later told me it wasn’t available. I asked for another local hazy ipa. He gave me a can he recommended. Tasted good but it was from California. Not local. He didn’t know what he was doing. The food and setting made up for the poor and uninformed service
  22. a

    ashb

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    We were so impressed with the cocktails and looking forward to another visit to SLC and Lake Effect. The menu has a balanced assortment of meat focused and vegetarian options - thank you! Unfortunately, our meals came out not as described, with key ingredients missing. The staff did little to compensate error - disappointing.
  23. JV

    JessV

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had so much fun. Great cocktails and food. Love the vibe and our server was fantastic!
  24. c

    ctoddy

    Salt Lake City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ok. Let’s talk cocktails. I am going to steal one of their menus at some point. The selection is massive. They have the old favorites and a mess of original options and riffs on those originals. The food is consistently good. I love the ambiance. The live music isn’t crazy loud. I’m getting up there in age and appreciate being able to enjoy live music and still have a conversation. I spend way too much money each time I go, but will go back. PS love the decor in the restroom.
  25. JP

    JessicaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great time with my business guests from out of town. Not too noisy even with the live music. Our server, Mateo was great. He made great suggestions and checked in at all the right times.
  26. WR

    WalterR

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The selection of spirits is second to none in Utah. Great cocktails and the food is delicious. I had the chicken sandwich and it was excellent. Hats off to the guy that played guitar with his mix of Big Head Todd, Jack Johnson, Blues Traveler's and Dave Matthew's. Not to mention they have the best couch in all of Utah, sit in it and you will soon understand why.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lake effect is our favorite place! The food and drinks are exceptional and the atmosphere can’t be beat. Whether you want live music or a more intimate speakeasy vibe, Lake Effect has it all!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, great atmosphere, delicious food!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great! We were seated downstairs at a nice private table. The service was awesome too!
  30. MP

    MikeP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We walked in and the music was LOUD! We were taken to the basement where it was quiet but DARK!!! Our waiter had a well developed monologue and he gave us good suggestions as to what to try. The Temple City Tonic drink I had was pretty and deLISHious!!! The food came quickly and it was very good!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fun place to go. The food was really good as well.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was a great find! Great ambience, food, DRINKS, service and music!! Will definitely be back!! And pricing wasn’t bad either!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Fried pickles were great!
  34. JK

    JKHomer

    Salt Lake City

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Disorganized and chaotic. Food and drinks were good. Service was good. Value was good. Way to loud!! Had to wait 50 minutes for our reservation.
  35. LV

    LizV

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a vibe! Nachos are insanely good. Delicious tacos and fried pickles. Portions were generous. Loved the live music on a Friday night! Lots of fun drinks - will definitely be back!!!!
  36. BF

    BrittneyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails were amazing, the food was delicious, 100% recommended and will be my go to spot in the Salt Lake City.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Erin and Lila are awesome! Beautiful bar! Drinks were amazing! Brunch was delicious and the live music was super fun!
  38. a

    andh

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good. Service was good. Nice environment.
  39. CE

    CandaceE

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were in SLC for a short trip. We really enjoyed Lake Effect food, drinks, and live music.
  40. b

    brandonc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Best sandwich I have ever had was here, the Brazilian.

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 391 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
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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