Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar is Salt Lake’s newest addition to the downtown dining scene. Executive Chef Jonathan LeBlanc has created an amazing menu with tastes of Italy and a contemporary take on a traditional cuisine. Beverage Manager, Raya Wall is on hand to guide guests through our wine list showcasing the wonderful variety from all over Italy.
Desserts, such as house-made gelato and sorbet and seasonal cannolis, are created by our talented Pastry Chef, Amber Billingsley. Located a few minutes walk from the heart of downtown, we are perfect for dining before shows and concerts and even U of U football games. And, with private dining space we can host private parties of 10-100. Please come and enjoy the gifts of good food and good wine with your family and friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time, deff our go to’s when we feel like being on a cute/romantic date

CN
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great Italian restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City. The service was excellent. The food was excellent and they have a great wine list.

CS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places. We go there often and have always loved the food. The staff is knowledgeable and there is little turn over.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We have been here twice before, but the menu has changed and my entree wasn’t nearly as good as what I had before. All four of us thought the menu wasn’t nearly as good. Our favorite entree, which was a shrimp with stuffed pasta , is no longer in the menu.... huge loss!

JS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great on our visit. Everyone liked the dishes they ordered and the staff was friendly and did a fine job.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Lights could be dimmed a bit more for better ambiance. Other than that, great food and good service.

C
Salt Lake City
26 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy to have rediscovered Stanza! The chef is amazing and completely responsive to the needs of diners.

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food in a relaxed atmosphere.

AV
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The cioppino was delicious!!

OT
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice but took a ling time to get things started but once did was excellent. Food was amazing couldnt believe how much delicious seafood in my linguini! Very loud if hard of hearing could be difficult to hear but great spot for special meal

MD
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I like Stanza. Would welcome bringing back the squid ink pasta.

MT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted a great birthday dinner for my husband. And it turned out fabulous!! The food was outstanding! They helped us pick a wine that went well with both my meal and as well as my husbands. I can't wait to go back again. Will definitely recommend to my friends and family!

JE
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We are loyal Stanza customers and love dining here. The staff, service and ambiance is tip top, but the food last night was not as usual. The salad which is my favorite in the city was soggy. The ciopino had pasta in it and no fish or shrimp which is unusual. The bolognese sauce did not have its usual hearty flavor and was way off. Please fix this so we can continue enjoying your beautiful restaurant!!!

C
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is without a doubt the best Italian restaurant in SLC. Every dish is meticulously prepared with subtle attention to details you notice in both flavor and presentation. Highly recommend

OT
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience this excellent restaurant. An amazingly beautiful and tasty Salmon dish...awesome Osso Bucco... great original cocktails. Allison- our server was spectacular!

JD
Salt Lake City
242 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us for lunch. Outstanding service from Maricela. Two had the lunch special and two had Linguini & Clams. Everything was delivered quickly. Delicious meal.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael the host was very gracious. Our server Breezie was attentive and the food delicious and a great value. Definitely will go back for more!

OT
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect - service, food recommendations, atmosphere

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Appetizers were meh, soup was good, wine was good, dessert was good, service was excellent.
Now the main problem... the langostine in our pasta dish wasn’t shelled properly(we were eating pieces of shells) - dish was remade for us but then the langostine was old(had that ammonia taste when seafood starts to go bad)... the seafood overall in our cioppino was on that same border of going bad(didn’t bother to get it replaced, dish was comped). The problem was bad ingredients. On the flip side, service was excellent. Expect more at this price point.

CM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem in Utah. The food is fantastic and the service is unbeatable.

C
Salt Lake City
26 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again Stanza presented us a flavorful and visually interesting meal completely within my highly restricted diet. It is so nice to have a fine restaurant in town where the chef and wait staff welcome people with all kinds of diets. And Stanza appears to do that. An Italian bistro that willingly creates a gluten free pasta dish with zero garlic or onion! Remarkable. And delicious.

C
Salt Lake City
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We finally tried Stanza again, after more than three years. We did not like their meat focused menu a few years back. Well, we were pleasantly surprised. The menu has so much more to offer. And between our wait person and the chef, all my food restrictions were avoided and I ate with confidence that the staff cares about my health and enjoyment. That alone makes it a new ‘go to’ place for us.

a
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything! Yummy. This place is amazing. The lighting is breathtaking!

M
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service...great food....great wine! Loved the whole experience!

t
Salt Lake City
31 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous between the food and service it’s always top flight!!!

NC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dinner at Stanza was the best I had while in Salt Lake City. It doesn't seem to get quite as much press as some of the other restaurants in the area, but it blew some of the bigger names out of the water. I went with a group of six coworkers during a work trip and everyone raved about their meal. The portions are generous and every dish was excellent. From the pillowy, flavorful gnocchi, to the perfectly cooked duck, to the colorful plate of salmon, each item was prepared to perfection. If Stanza were closer to home for me, I would be a regular!

OT
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waiter was fantastic in providing food and wine descriptions and ensuring we had a great service.
Their fresh pasta is very good, and portions are very abundant. The gelato was incredible, the mushroom one was a big surprise, an interesting combination of flavors!

ZR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend Stanza. I enjoyed both the food and drinks we ordered. My wife especially loved the education surrounding the various wines! I will go back again, and quickly.

S
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My salmon was so full of bones, I couldn't eat it.

A
Salt Lake City
72 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After about 1.5 years hiatus, we returned to Stanza to find a dedicated vegan menu, in addition to their regular one. Both vegan and non-vegan food was absolutely fantastic. Pair that with very friendly and effective service and you have a dining combination. Highly recommended!

PS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Most outstanding duck and presentation of all dishes was wonderful.

S
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pecorino fondue was delicious. And the pasta was outstanding. The server was very friendly and did a wonderful job.

OT
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Inside temperature can be cool with strong air vents.

s
Salt Lake City
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The watermelon brûlée, suprêmes of grapefruit and orange and prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe balls made a wonderfully refreshing appetizer.
We appreciated the perfect cook on the polenta with shrimp: polenta a lovely creamy interior with light crunchy outside, two seasoned, well-grilled large shrimp. The dish of linguine alle vongole presented just-cooked, small tender clams served in a creamy, garlicky clam reduction sauce. Less chili oil would be a request next time we get them. Service is always attentive and professional. Because of the consistent quality Stanza is one of our go-to places.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Maybe my expectations were too high. Food Didn’t live up to the hype.

SH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch was amazing: fresh pasta and a great wine list. We left very happy!

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pasta, beautiful patio, wonderful service. Especially loved the Tragiatella, Linguine, and Mushroom Gelato!

JH
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could have given Stanza 10 stars I would have. The food and service was that amazing! We will definitely be going back and I will be recommending Stanza to all our friends!

JW
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always great food. Outdoor summer seating is great.

s
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are excellent-- a little higher price point than we usually spend on the weekdays, but worth it because the food and service are excellent.