Communal

4.5
900 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Nestled in Historic Downtown Provo we have built the perfect home for Communal. Design by Benfell & Furr yielded a space that is both comfortable and modern. Clean lines and smart design set the stage for what could be the best meal you have ever had. Our private dining room is equipped with A/V equipment and is the perfect place for meetings or larger gatherings (up to 12). Communal easily handles large reservations of up to 20 and is ideal for special events seating as many as 40. The bar looks into the open kitchen and the seats there get you as close to the action as possible. Reservations are accepted and recommended. The menu, a la carte, gives you the opportunity to feel all the love that our local farmers & producers have for their products.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm: Brunch: Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm
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Phone number
(801) 373-8000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room with its window looking into the kitchen gives you the space you want without feeling left out. Close the shutters and draw the curtains and you have your own private space. Equipped with A/V equipment it serves business needs but also special occasions or times when you just have a larger group.
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Private party contact
Colton Soelberg: (801) 373-8000
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Catering
Communal can handle any type of off-site catering up to 250 guests. Please visit our website for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
100 North
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Parking details
Between our lot, street parking and the two free public garages just steps away, parking is simple and easy.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 900 People Are Saying
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FN
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food everything we tried was delicious love the sharing nature of the dishes, excellent service overall best place to eat in Provo

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RM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I came here for a girl’s brunch and absolutely loved it. Terrific food, great ambiance, and delightful service. Excited to go again!

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b
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Communal. Always have. Always will. Downtown experience with local small town service. Food is excellent, watching the cars drive by at night feels like big city fun.

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

We've been meaning to make it down to Communal for ages, and we finally did. It was worth the effort! We ordered the london broil, the trout, the brussels sprouts and the fingerling potatoes. I could have ordered a few more things that looked good, but as Communal plates are designed for sharing, it would have been way too much food! It was all excellent! I also really love a good non-alcoholic drink, and their housemade ginger ale was fantastic. Highly recommend Communal.

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RS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Been here twice this week. One time with my daughter, second time with a colleague. In between they had just changed menu. Menu has 5 to 6 items each (starter, entree ...) but esch item is special. Open kitchen, very nice.

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GT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time visiting Communal and it did not disappoint. Our table was ready when we arrived. Jake was awesome describing the menu and wine options to us and taking care of us throughout dinner; everything we had was absolutely delicious. The portions are quite large and meant to be shared. We shared everything we ordered including the beet salad and the vegetables. We had the pork chops with blackberry port reduction and they were tender, juicy and delicious.

Our only disappointment is that after our delicious dinner we could not even consider ordering a desert to share!

We look forward to having dinner again at Communal when we are in Utah in the future.

This is not a restaurant for children.

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Communal is the best restaurant in Provo! Everything we ordered was incredible!

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JK
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Communal is great and all, and has some great flavors, but eh food is extremely overpriced for what it is, and the chefs don't really listen to your order. My steak and eggs was cooked off: medium instead of medium rare, and the eggs were EXTREMELY runny (like, the whites were still runny) when I asked for it over medium: that means, not runny, but almost "gelled." If I'm paying $20 for steak and eggs, you should cook it the way that I want it to be cooked. My wife was also relatively unimpressed with the deep fried french toast: it was a cool gimmick, but it was pretty average and not very special when she actually ate it. All in all, communal is good, but it's more of a schmoozing resturant: you bring people here that you want to impress with big ticket meal items, but hope they'll look at the price, and not the stick tables, the average-tasting food, and the occasional visit from the wait staff: seriously, I think I saw the girl there one time for appetizer orders, one time for real orders, one time to fill up my cup, and one time for the check.

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SG
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went on a recommendation and I was not disappointed. The food was good and the service was great.

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Kiel & SH
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I booked a table for just myself and no indication was given that the restaurant concept is all about sharing. So do not come alone. The food is good, the menu is short to ensure quality but it always comes in double size. Far too much for a single person. So half of the order was returned. When coming alone, it is far too expensive. Good to come in party of two or more.

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Our waitress put 1/3 of the mashed potatoes we had left into a to-go box, we found out when we opened it up to eat last night for leftovers. Didn't really appreciate that.

Other than that we love Communal.

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LS
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My FAVORITE restaurant in Utah County! Excellent food, menu changes with seasonal availability of veggies and meats. Meal presentations, blended flavors, old favorites with new twists, choices of starters, salads and main courses are varied and created with care and expertise! I am never disappointed, wish I could visit every week. The Communal reminds me of the finer restaurants in Orange County California!

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KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Management and kitchen staff we were welcoming and kind. It made for a special birthday dinner for the man that I love. The polenta was creamy and rich, the music lovely.

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BS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Communal was beyond stellar! The food was delicious, the service extraordinary, and it was the perfect anniversary date.

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P
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were there for Saturday brunch. For the $ price, everything was just ok, not fancy or extraordinary, the food, service, and ambiance. The bathroom was tinny, the toilet was dirty.

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MR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

What was once a go-to location, the last couple visits have been disappointing. Limited menu, limited wine selection, so-so food, untrained service. Better for the college kids than discerning palates

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YB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meals are meant to be shared so we choose the steak, snap peas and mashed potatoes. Delicious meal that was unique with amazing ambiance. This was a nice place to celebrate a wedding anniversary as we did. The cobbler dessert with lime ice cream was unique and tasty.

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p
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, innovative, local, and imaginative. Our pork chops were cooked perfectly, not overdone; the blackberry/port reduction sauce a perfect complement. Biggest surprise was the barley risotto; it also was a perfect complement to the chops.

The service was outstanding, Casey knew the menu and answered all our questions.

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JP
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Amazing food and service.

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F
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Family style plates. Everything was good!

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at communal is thought out with the upmost of care. The staff is knowledgeable of their food ingredients and individual diner's needs will be gladly met. Nearly every menu item will leave you wondering how such amazing flavors are achievable.

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B
Tulsa
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food with fresh ingredients and an array of flavors. The presentation was also excellent.

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

Our second time there. Thought Saturday morning would be busy so we made reservations and got there right at 9:00 when thaw opened. There Saturday brunch menu is great and has something for everyone. All our foot was great and service was prompt and friendly.

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m
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Knowledgeable, friendly people servers. Attractive interior, but a bit hot and crowded. Very loud for people with hearing issues

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e
Memphis
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Communal in some ways is a straightforward farm-to-table restaurant. I ordered the pork belly and the hangar steak. Both were exceptional, not ordinary, very well prepared and cooked perfectly. The hangar steak is one of the best I have ever ate. The wine selection was limited but every option was impeccable like they have been chosen to pair with that menu.

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were great and worked with us when our group grew considerably larger than we expected! Kind and gracious in all the interactions!

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MB
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This place has gone down hill. The kale-peach salad had zero kale. Farro risotto was dry. The vegetables were so bad- it seemed like they’d been cooked the day before and then reheated... limp and tough at the same time. Pork chop was good - beware, it’s a double portion so definitely are going to want to share.

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S
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

We were disappointed. This place had appeared in several recommendations articles which is why we choose this for our dining experience. We found the the chicken we ordered extremely dry and portioned very small for a high priced ‘family style’ place. We found the rest of the meal mediocre at best. I regret not mentioning my underwhelming food experience while there. The location is fair and the ambiance welcoming. Service was also welcoming.

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L
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second visit to have dinner. The sharing concept was fun and allows more variety for your meal.

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JW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Polenta was not seasoned (at all). Otherwise was a great meal.

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MG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit. Took some friends for dinner. Great evening, great food, fun atmosphere. Can't recommend it enough

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AH
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Not sure what happened to Communal. I used to love it and take all of my out of town guests here. I made a reservation and was quickly seated....and then quickly forgotten. When they finally remembered we were waiting, they could barely be bothered to help us with questions about the menu. There were 6 of us in our party and 4 of us received our dishes 5 minutes before the other 2, which made our food cold - and we didn't get our drinks until we were ready to leave. Food was passable, but nothing special and just about everyone commented that all of our dishes were overly salted.

The ambiance was spoiled by the ripped and torn seats and tables that were sticky that felt like they hadn't been wiped down in months.

I was mortified that this was the place that I recommended to my out of town guests for a special luncheon. We would have been better off at a fast food place. Never again for me. Too bad. I loved Communal - it's off my list for good.

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M
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Portions were larger than we expected, so we ordered too much food. For 3 of us, one salad, one pasta, one entree, one starch and one vegetable (all shared family style) would have been enough. Don't go without dessert.

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

Food is always high quality. The price can be a little high for the product, but considering it is the only quality five dining in utah county, it's worth the price.

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d
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was very good. You would not know how good it is from the looks of the building with cracked window glass and no big sign. The desert selection was only a butterscotch dish not a good thing. Fortunately across the street is a chocolate shop.

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ZH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great and innovative food. Really delicious! Wait staff were friendly and helpful.

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s
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our meals here. It is recommended to go with more people (the portions are meant to be shared) but we don't mind left overs. The service is always good.

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E
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I really wanted to like this place but the food is incredibly lackluster, I had the special pasta, flavor was there but the pasta was incredibly under cooked even for al dente. Polenta bland and nothing special, beet salad is a good idea but use some decent cheese and how about not small dicing the beets so you have some texture or even better roast the baby beets and don’t cover up all your hard work with a mound or arugula. I know this sounds harsh but you can do better. I haven’t wrote you off completely but properly training and some attention to detail can pay off threefold. I wish you the best.

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AF
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Usually love this restaurant's farm-to-table menu but had the misfortune of being served a very undercooked pork chop that definitely needed another round on the grill. As it wasn't busy; not sure what was going on.

Rest of the meal was fantastic as always.

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FM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed that the menu online was not the menu offered. Prices where higher than expected. Food was great and I would go there again.

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