In the past it has been so good we go every Valentines. This year it was an odd mix of foods. Not our favorite.
Our Veltimes Day wine pairing dinner was worth the cost for sure and we would do it again. The service at Pago is always great.
And I get it: Fancy = small portions, but even the fancieist meal needs to leave you at least full ... or not hungry as we left.
I have to say that a lot of the food tasted excellent. They had a special Valentine's Day menu with courses on our visit.
Amuse-bouche: Yukon Potato Tots with Caviar and Crème Fraîche
Starters: Crudo, which was roasted pineapple, coconut, chia seeds, and micro shiso. The tastes didn't mesh well together and was so small. Also Seafood Risotto: A fuller (and tastier) dance of mussels, rock shrimp, and saffron-infused egg yolks.
Intermezzo (a European tradition of palette-cleansing): Lemon Sorbetto topped with Thyme Shortbread Crumble.
Main Courses: Braised Short Ribs - The ribs were the tenderest I've tasted in ages and the included lobster arancini (rice balls), roasted mushrooms, and membrillo (quince paste). Celery Root Wellington: IIt was coated with Mushroom duxelle, had huckleberry on the side, and was topped with truffled vegetable au jus. It was good, but not great (or substantial) enough for such an expensive meal.
Desserts: Bread Pudding - Bon Ton sauce, candied pecans, brown butter gelato, and whipped cream .... perfectly cooked and every bite superb. Dark Chocolate Ganache - Roasted banana gelato, peanut butter mousse, and peanut brittle mix gave a flavor profile of a really fancy Butterfinger. I expect a higher-quality taste.
As I said earlier, we went on Valentine's Day. Is it wrong to say there wasn't anything "Valentiney" about it: No hearts, no romantic music, no shared food, nothing red in the set-up or food, not even some dim mood lighting. I don't expect it to be Valentined up with romantic schmaltz, but if you're going to call it a "Valentine's Day menu," you should have some semblance of the day ... somewhere, somehow, some way.
Also keep in mind, they write in a 20% gratuity for themselves.
When you spend $280 bucks, you should leave full. We were not.
The service was great and the food was awesome. We ordered appatizers, the crudo and soup of the day were really good. For the main course we ordered the steak and chicken and we both liked each others choice so we switched plates, both were really great. Then gelato for dessert! The passion fruit sorbet was so good but the rum gelato and banana nutella gelato cant be beat. Great place to splurge and treat yourself to an amazing dinner.
Coming from the east, I'm used to fine dining. At the suggestion of my ski instructor we went to Pago for dinner. This is a great, casual dining place. Nothing special as far as ambiance, but well prepared, delicious food, attentive and knowledgeable service, and excellent cocktails. After a spicy tomato soup, I had the trout and my instructor had the steak. Both were precisely cooked and served with nice sides. The gelatos and sorbets were very good.
While we were there, there restaurant was almost full and we were able to carry on our conversation.
Overall, an excellent choice for dining in Salt Lake City.
Pago always has a great ambiance, amazing food, and great service.
We’d heard great things about Pago and made a brunch reservation for our anniversary but unfortunately we were very disappointed. It wasn’t particularly busy and we had a special occasion reservation, so we were a bit surprised they sat us at a small table in the very back by the bathroom and kitchen. Our food took about 45 minutes to get to us- patrons that arrived after us got their food first and they just kept saying ours would be out in ”just a second” (no apologies). My French toast was dry, flavorless, and very boring, especially considering their prices/reputation. It looked and tasted like something you could get at any breakfast joint in America. My husband’s poutine was also bland- could’ve used some salt or spices in the gravy at the very least- and it consisted of whole potatoes (not hand cut like the menu said) with a little bit of cheese and some hot peppers. He’s not hard to please, especially when it comes to poutine of any kind, but he was disappointed. And both dishes definitely didn’t need more than 10 minutes to make. I’m glad we can finally say we’ve been there as it has been on our SLC bucket list, but we won’t be back for brunch or to try their dinner. Not sure if they were just off their game that day, but their menu is too expensive to risk another bad meal.
Pago is nicer than our normal date night out. The waiter was friendly. We went with one of the more basic menu options and both opted for the burger. It was incredible. They served a Mountain West Cider which was nice and my cocktail was good. The only downside to me was that, even with a reservation, we were seated by the quite drafty window on a cold winter night. We both put our big jackets on during the meal. But likely, the other people in the full restaurant had a reservation too, and well, someone has to sit there. So not a big deal, but it would've made the experience even better to not be cold, and to not sit quite as close to the people next to us.
Beautiful food with great service. Pleasure of an experience.
Always a great choice for a neighborhood meal. Consistently great food, experienced staff and it shows. Very lively, very hip, very good.
Wonderful place. Great menu.. small but everything is delicious. Mary’s chicken was superb. Fresh salads, lovely service!
Excellent service and delicious food! We have dined at Pago several times now and are consistently impressed. Highly recommend for those looking for high quality, flavorful food.
One of my favorite restaurants in Salt Lake.
Food has been better in past but I will go again such a cute place!
A cool little place with a nice vibe, our server was very pleasant and did a nice job overall. The kale Caesar salad with white anchovies was amazing. The Squid ink spaghetti was just so so.
The reason I decided on this restaurant was of a review I read that boasted of the wines by the glass offering. I was disappointed by the offering and when I decided on one they were out of it. They had a substitute that was just ok then ordered another glass and they ran out of that one. The 2nd substitute wasn't adequate.... they did have a nice bottle list but when you're a solo wine drinker this doesn't help...
My husband and I went after receiving a gift card from a friend and we will go again. The food was unique and top notch. I am a pescatarian and there were so many options for me to try. My husband and I got several small plates and each one was delicious. The ingredients fresh and some dishes gave us new flavors to try like pickled strawberries in the beet dish and sunchokes in the poutine. The server was incredibly helpful and knew her menu well. We also got dessert even though I was sure I had no room, but it was well worth it. I loved every part of the dining experience. My husband thought the restaurant was a little chilly, but I didn't notice.
So so good! The sunchoke poutine was so rich and so delicious. Lobster bisque was silky and tasty. We also got the pork chop (loved the rye crumble) and burger (truffle fries for life!) which were also great. And the wine was fantastic!
Great oysters, burgers and service! Slc staple!
Food was excellent!! Server was friendly and great!
First time here and the food was really great! Shared a small plate and 2 large plates. The pork chop was outstanding!
The Burger was 💯
Friend’s 50 birthday. Taylor’s our server was awesome! Patiently explained entrees in perfect detail. Suggested great wine pairings and just was a fun person to make sure our friend’s birthday was a special night for him. Thank you!
We recently booked a reservation on a friend's recommendation. We arrived and were seated next to the bathroom. Our server was excellent and service in general, busing dishes, inquiring about our dinner and dining experience in general was extremely professional and well timed. Sadly, the food cannot be similarly described. I had the trout which was good (not great) brussel sprouts were overdone but the fish was well seasoned. My husband had the squid ink spaghetti, homemade pasta noodles which were bland. Our appetizers, the hamachi crudo (meh) and the kale salad (quite good) balanced at average. The dessert, a bread pudding was good (as in not amazing but solid)--if the price had been half of our dinner, I would have felt better but expensive food that is not amazing, is not acceptable to me. Having come from the SF Bay Area, and eaten much better for a quarter of the price, I cannot recommend Pago's.
Great time but weak drinks! Utah 😂
Ate at Pago on New Years Eve and it was excellent, as always. This was a multi-course extravaganza with many highlights. This is our go-to restaurant in SLC.
Not only was food and service wonderful on New Year’s Eve, but they were able to accommodate a last minute request for a very special diet
Great way to begin New Year’s Eve.
Pago never ceases to impress. My girlfriend and I went out to celebrate, and the wait staff were more than accommodating for our occasion. Incredible food, both starters of gnocchi and poutine were immaculately prepared, and both our entrées were very flavorful and generously portioned. The cuisine is so thoughtfully prepared from scratch; you can taste the craftsmanship that goes in to each dish - tie it all together with craft cocktails, and you have yourself a wonderful evening at Pago.
The most memorable dining experience to date, service was impeccable
With only two waiters and a full house, service was actually very good. Hamachi to start followed by great baby kale salads. My Bavette was excellent but my partner's trout seemed a little oily. Pago is a place to come again and again.
Excellent waiter, superb food. The best bread pudding I have ever tasted.
Every effort was made to make sure our table was what we’d requested even though it was a full house when we arrived. The food and service are always consistently excellent and the wine superb.
Overall it was good. The food was tasty. The staff was pleasant. I would like to see a larger desert menu.
Much too pricey for what you get. Our food was good, but not worth the price. Great neighborhood restaurant, friendly staff, and pleasant atmosphere.
It was horribly loud inside the restaurant, which is small. It was a busy Sat night so somewhat understandable. The portions were well sized and priced reasonably well. The service was great despite the noise and the crowding. The wine list was ok, and wines by the glass were very misleading w different prices for a 3 oz pour or a 5 oz pour. My dinner was "meh" I had the trout for 32$. I probably will not go there again for a very long time, if ever.
we love Pago and it never disappoints! Great drinks and the food is always delicious! The carrot soup was incredible!
Pago has a track record of good food and solid service. They missed it, though, on our last visit. The breakfast was uninteresting and my salad barely edible. And the mediocre food was delivered after more than 45 minutes of waiting. I hope this was an anomaly for one of our usual favorites.
Fabulous food and service and ambiance
Wonderful ambiance vantastic food. Would be 5 in food but one burger was cooked past the Med Rare that was requested. For a burger that after tip is $20 that should be perfect as well. The other two entries where perfect. Pago is one of my favorites in SLC. I go for the beautifully crafted meals. That said it is on the pricey side (so you are not going there for the value).
The food was excellent, however no one was familiar with the wine I was interested in. Unfortunately the wine was disappointing.