Trestle Tavern

4.2
83 reviews
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You'll find us tucked in between two buildings - The King's English Bookshop on the North and Mazza Cafe on the South - down a little sidewalk bordered with bushes. You'll see our rustic sign peeking out from under the ivy that surrounds the entrance to the patio. In the warmer months we have our hostess stand at the end of the sidewalk by our patio and in the colder months we have our hostess stand inside the little building, just off the patio. Our entire space is small, off-the-beaten path, and a bit hard to find, but we sure love it. The building holds our cozy dining room with shades of warm gray and original pane glass windows along one wall, and the patio is a tiny oasis of green plants and ivy in the warmer months. Don't be shy, just walk up and say hello!
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M
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drink selection. A nice quiet and relaxed feel with a very friendly staff.

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GF
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walked to Trestle for dinner. Good menu and drink selection. Food was great. Reservations required

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EH
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Disclaimer- I lived in the English country so I'm comparing there and here... while I do love traditional British food, most pub food and attempted cultural twists to or of British style don't usually go far with me.

Hidden behind the King's English, it's a quaint English pub-style space. Had seen great reviews over the past and thought we would try. Old home without a total remodel. Got seated yet the corner we were crammed into was frickin' cold even though it was 5' from the gas fireplace. Throughout the evening, staring around, couldn't see a single radiant or forced air heat source, so come with your parka in the winter. Make your reservations because it is small and sells out. We aren't coming back. Service was excellent but the food matches the mediocre stuff I experienced back there. How can this be classified a gastropub unless Utahns don't travel? Nice tries to bridge different cultures fall short, like the pubs over there.

GOOD, not great: shaved Brussels appetizer, beer list good, burger, and cheese plate nice too (as long as you don't eat the chutney/jam that was super hot with jalepeno or pesto not matching the dish).

NOT GOOD: french fries mediocre (easy to get right and easy to screw up), warm arugula salad over-dressed and missing any acid touch, huge curry rockfish stew had only about 2-3 oz of really nice rockfish but was overloaded with potatoes and carrots (where's my protein?), French onion soup nice but the (Wonder Bread?) bread under the top cheese was limp & spongy unlike a soup with a good baguette topper.

Lots of what I hated about British pub food when living over there.

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The restaurant was FREEZING and never warmed up. The food was fine but did not make up for the discomfort of being cold the whole time.

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RF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went for a New Years reservation. The young male waiter didn’t appear to know how to be a waiter with long pauses, forgot about some of our requests, asked for our order for each course even though it was obvious we needed more time, and had his cellphone going off while waiting on us. Not quite the vibe we were going for with a reserved 4 course meal. The food was good, but definitely nothing to write home about. The Cheese tray was a plate with less than an ounce of one type of cheese for the whole table to share, 6 olives and 3 crustinies. I had a pasta dish that was just that - pasta. Tasted like generic Alfredo sauce over noodles and mushrooms. I wouldn’t necessarily go back, especially for a four course meal. To top it off, we were in the back room, and thank goodness we had jackets. It was I the teens outside, and the room was too!

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were disappointed with our visit. Because of the restaurant family this is part of, we expected much more. It lacked the charm of its siblings, and the food was mediocre at best and a little over priced for what it was. For the price, skip this and head to Hub and Spoke... you will be much happier and it is a more charming experience. We had high hopes, and unfortunately, this was not on par with what we have seen/had elsewhere.

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Z
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Love Trestle: the ambiance, the food, the pierogies... my one regret is that the espresso machine was down so we couldn't order the mulled wine--the number one reason we ended up there that night.

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Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

Oh Trestle. Such a disappointment you are. Great location, charming ambiance. But the service. Our server "went home sick" halfway through waiting on us (my husband says hes 99% sure the guy was pharmacologically altered), leaving one poor waiter to care for the entire restaurant. He did his best, but it was the dinner rush and he was overwhelmed. This would be the time you would expect a manager to jump in and help the poor guy out, but no manager ever appeared to lend a hand, or apologize for the service, or explain why it took an hour for the kids chicken tenders we ordered as soon as we sat to finally appear. Even with all that, I could have overlooked a freak night of bad service for good food, but my beef stew was SO BLAND I couldnt really even eat it.

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UP
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Looked forward to celebrating the season with family from out of town at Trestle. Never been before, but had enjoyed the owners other establishments. Great atmosphere comes with great expectations. Unfortunately the fish & chips (a tavern go to right?) ordered by 3 at our table, was over cooked/dry. The chips were the best part! My veggie burger was delicious. As was my hot toddy.

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SL
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the quaintness of Trestle. And, the walkable location from our home.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy atmosphere, great food and service.

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RH
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! We went very early, which was a bonus. Very quiet, quick service, and very little noise.

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RB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We had a 7:00 pm reservation for two. It took a while before our server took our order, long enough for us to have read the whole menu, talked about options and decide what we want before anyone said “boo”. Our food came out super fast and they started clearing our table before we were finished. They didn’t offer another glass of wine to my friend and practically grabbed my tea out of my hand. We were hustled out the door at 7:45. Sad because I love the location and want an amazing new restaurant there.

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i
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Service was spot on. Food was a bit less than anticipated given the descriptions. And the choices of red wine were very limited. It’s not a “Spanish” restaurant, so why the Spanish wines. No Pinot noir by the glass, for instance. And it was over lit—doesn’t need to be lit like a stadium. Others in my party liked it fine, but I probably won’t go back.

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A
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service and nice, cozy ambience. The lamb burger is outstanding, and the wine was excellent. Unfortunately the fish and chips was over done and “fishy”. The restaurant, though, offered sincere apologies and did not charge us for the meal. We will definitely try it again.

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m
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my dining experience. Great place to spend time and enjoy a tasty meal. I wish you were open for lunch, especially on Saturday during the holidays.

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JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I would love to come back when the weather is warmer and sit in the courtyard!

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c
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a pleasant and inviting experience with the environment, those we came in contact with, the service and food.

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CS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

One of our appetizers was luke-warm but should have been served hot. Server was not familiar with wine list except for noting whether or not a wine is popular, server was friendly though. Soup broth lacked depth for French onion, which is what you are really looking for with a French onion soup. The location is lovely and the place has potential. I would not bring anyone that is GF or Vegan there if I were to ever go back. Place has potential.

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SL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I was hoping for a nice unique romantic dining experience for my anniversary but it was a bit of a letdown. I rarely participate in high dining so I’m not that picky or critical but the food was very subpar and overpriced four the uniqueness and overall tast. The seating was tight and crowded, often times my chair was bumped into by people walking through. My wife ended up not finishing her meal. It was disappointing. The service was very friendly and accommodating and not pushy. The overall atmosphere was fine But not as nice the photos actually showed. Would I go back? No I don’t think so.

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AE
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The horseradish pierogies and the lamb burger are super delish. And my dinner mates raved about the steak sandwich. Very fancy French onion soup.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Beautiful patio but limited menu with more of a pub fare selection.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. We were bery pleased with our meal, the service, and the quality for price. Will definitely be returning.

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b
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the cozy patio and the excellent food. The menu is brief, leans mostly towards hamburgers, but we shared the smoked trout cakes and shaved brussels sprouts appetizers, which were both delicious, and then each had a smaller entree. It was a lovely dinner on a lovely evening.

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L
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great experience here! They were able to seat 6 of us on their beautiful patio. I have no complaints on my meal or the appetizers. Delicious! Also a great value! And only a $10 corkage!

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SL
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great little neighborhood gem. Love having a restaurant with outdoor seating, walkable from our home.

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SL
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this little local favorite. It’s nice to have a reasonably priced restaurant, walkable from our home. Also love the patio during the summer.

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MU
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My son and I were in SLC to go hiking and he found this restaurant and wanted to try it. The food was very good.

Decided to sit inside instead of outside. Turned out to be a mistake, The air conditioning had a difficult time keeping up and it was very warm. Our service was good and a little slow. We had to ask twice for our appetizer which took for than 15 minutes to get to us.

Other than two little bumps we really enjoyed our dinner and would recommenced this place to anyone visiting SLC.

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal and wonderful time visiting with friends. The menu is varied and interesting. The Brussels sprouts were a table favorite.

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AG
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Rather disappointing. My meal was far from the price I paid. Most memorable was service and pierogis.

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KC
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Our visit was Thursday 8/9 about 630pm. We sat outside, and it was pretty hot, but not uncomfortable. I
think if there were some fans installed in the trellis/gazebo structure that covered the outdoor seating it would have made it really nice and just about perfect. Just having some air moving around would have made all the difference, and probably would have kept the flies back just a bit.

Other than that, the meal was great, the selection of beer really creative, and the service from Ally exceptional. We really like this place and will absolutely be back. Just some friendly feedback from folks who get out frequently, have been around to many places outside of Salt Lake, and are very observant on things like this. We think feedback is important to an establishment that cares, and we know TreTav does.

Thank you.

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G
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

Great place, worst service I have ever had. I am sorry to give a restaurant a bad review based on one server, but it was exceedingly bad. I have never been in a position where I questioned tipping. In the end, I did leave a tip, not overly generous. It is a great place, I will go back, but may request a different server.

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GP
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

The outside patio had so many flies we had to move inside. It was clear that they had no intention of doing anything about it. The server was nice and amenable, but very slow. We never had our water refilled or wine topped off.

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l
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to the Trestle Tavern as part of our 30th High School Reunion weekend. The outdoor dining space is so lovely and the service was attentive but not intrusive.

It is a bit hard to find as the entrance is covered with Ivy but would go back next time I am in Salt Lake.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I took my Employees of the Month out for a fun and relaxing dinner and Trestle Tavern hit the spot. The location is great, the outdoor seating was amazing and the food was outstanding. We all had a great time! I also love that they take reservations!

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AF
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We've gone to this place ever since they opened a few years back, and to say it is a hit-and-miss experience is being generous.

Although reserved on OpenTable, the manager that evening tried to tell me that the new hostess overbooked when I called, and that there are no tables for us. She then corrected herself after we waited about 15 minutes. The patio where we sat was only about three-quarters occupied, and would remain so the entire time we were there, and the indoors was even less-populated, so I am wondering if the "overbooked" people were turned away, or simply didn't bother to show up. Not a good first impression, and not a good way to start the meal.

I was seated on a broken chair that I had to change out myself, because the place was obviously understaffed. They ran out of food menus, ran out of wine glasses (we were drinking out of tumblers), and the food, although usually quite good, was cooked to within an inch of its life, especially anything requiring deep-frying.

Perhaps the least impressive part was how our waiter recommended a half-magnum of hard cider to a member of our group without disclosing the price. Thirty dollars is excessive, and an unkind surprise to find on the bill. We should have done what we did last time when a different waiter (are they trained to do this?) tried to upsell us to a $48 bottle of beer after we'd had a couple glasses of wine. Good thing we asked, and will definitely do so in the future.

We like the neighborhood, and we like the ambiance, but we come to Trestle Tavern about once or twice a year to be reminded why we prefer the other places in 15th-and-15th more. This place is owned by the same folks he own Pago, but it certainly isn't run with the same care or attention to comfort or detail. They try to give the impression that they are hip and casual, but I find it to be more along the lines of bored and greedy.

We wish Betsy Burton would bring back Fresco. Never had these little issues with them.

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HD
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service!

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MS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance. Knowledable server about beers and ciders. Service was a little slow.

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J
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Trestle Tavern on a recent Saturday night with 2 young granddaughters and their parents, 6 of us in total. Amazingly, we made a Ressie on Open Table for that night, at the time we wanted to go, and the table was ready and perfect for us. We ordered a lamb burger, veggie burger, Philly cheese steak (I think they call this a chopped cheese), kids stew for one of the girls, regular hamburger. Everything was delicious, well-prepared and served on time. Servers were pleasant, helpful and not cloying like at some Utah places. We'd definitely go back for the casual yet upscale feel of the place. Highly recommended for well-behaved children.

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A
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere, like sitting in a garden setting. Service was good, would definitely dine here again.

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