The Garden Restaurant

4.5
811 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, The Garden Restaurant offers unique, stunning views of downtown Salt Lake and Temple Square paired with an upscale, casual dining experience.

Note: no alcohol or coffee is served.
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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant. We were there and many kids there for Prom Night.

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AT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice view. Food options are basic but tasty.

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NH
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food!! Spectacular view!! Wonderful service!!

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

My wife and I took some dear friends visiting from Memphis, TN to this establishment for dinner and were not impressed. Unknown to me at the time, my guest had eaten lunch here on the same day. He said the prices were high and the food was mediocre. After eating dinner there I couldn't agree more.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Host was on cell phone while I waited to be noticed to be checked in.
Drinks were slow to be refilled.
Host did not check in to pitch in for waiters for things such as water, salad dressing, or ketchup.
Had to walk up to ask for check and to go container.
There is never enough salad dressing.
Atmosphere was nice. Great view. Nice people but I've had better service there.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I love the view. The food is good. The service was slow and lousy and the lady didn’t keep our drinks refilled. Then we were forced to pay 18% gratuity which she did not earn.
The view of the temple is absolutely beautiful though!

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the open air feel when the roof is slid back. Walls of windows on the West and South sides give great views of SLC from the restaurant located atop the Joesph Smith Memorial Bldg. Food was presented beautifully and service was excellent. The salmon was excellent as was the large nut and berry salad. This is a wonderful place to go!

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NL
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience dining at The Garden Restaurant! They made us feel like kings! The food was fantastic, truly a fine dining experience. The views were wonderful! They even opened the roof which made the experience beautiful. The service was wonderful, I only have good things to say. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great fine dining experience. I’ve had much more expensive meals that weren’t nearly as good. 5 stars!

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TM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the fast, great service. Thank you for adding to our fun day.

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SR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and of great value. Of course the views from the Garden Restaurant can't be beat anywhere, and my friends from out of state were taken with how beautiful view of the Temple Grounds were. Our waitress was very willing to answer questions about the menu, offered to take our picture, and was always smiling and helpful. I have been to this place a few times, and it always delights.

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R
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant had a great view of the square. The best part of the meal were the light, fluffy rolls that are complementary.

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a bit chaotic when we arrived due to a prom night. But the check in just seemed disorganized. I had made a reservation. The food was delicious and the view is spectacular. It was a nice experience.

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KN
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We went to the garden room for the first time and it has a beautiful view of the city, of the temple and the temple grounds. The food was SO SO. The spinach artichoke dip was amazing, just thought they could have put a little more artichokes in it. The croutons in the ceasar salad were cornbread style croutons. Kinda different. I ordered the chicken and it came bone in which I thought was a little different for a nicer restaurant. All in all, it's worth the experience to have the view while you eat.

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D
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful 10th floor dining room with a spectacular view of the downtown area, including the LDS Temle grounds !!
Friendly Staff & attentive service with a great menu !!

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GF
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to catch a nice meal. Service was fantastic. Food was excellent. We will be back.

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OB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 1ambience 4

I like this restaurant a lot, but the waitress I had that night couldn’t help me with my food allergy. I got immediately sick after eating my meal because there was dairy in the meal, even though I explained very clearly that I was allergic. The steak was too rare, and overall I was disappointed with the service and food quality.

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fast and friendly service. The whole restaurant was extremely clean and tidy.

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HJ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious!!! The staff is amazing and the view is beautiful!

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RF
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and fresh. We ordered a spinach & artichoke dip which was fabulous. A berry salad which was also larger than expected and delicious. The chicken dish was good too. The shrimp macaroni was under-whelming. I was expecting more depth of flavor and thought the sauce was a little watery. The waitress seemed a little distracted that day and I had to request an item a couple times before it was brought to our table. Despite the restaurant only being about 1/3 full it was pretty noisy and it was easy to overhear others conversations all around us. The set up and view was beautiful

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JM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The view at sunset was beautiful! My berry and pecan salad was fresh and flavorful. Stephanie, our server, was attentive and efficient. Noise level was louder than I would have liked, especially since we went specifically for the view and had hoped for a quieter atmosphere. Did not care for the stainless steel table, and would have preferred having a tablecloth.

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CH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

I had the steak and my Wife had the pasta. Her pasta was great but the steak was awful. Way too much pepper in everything! Acoustics were terrible but the staff was very friendly. We might give them a second chance but it was a very disappointing dinner for our 17th Wedding Anniversary.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Gave me a unsanitary steak knife and did not give me the drink I asked for.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Is very amazing to my wife like everything the food the view is very perfect for night date

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the salmon entree. It was delicious--melt in your mouth. We also ordered specialty lemonades that were great. The rolls were very fresh, soft, and warm.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It tasted fine but I would do a thicker sauce on the shrimp macaroni. All the other food i had was really good. Waitress was the most attentive waitress ive had anywhere for as long as I can remember, so that was great. Loved the view.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon was amazing. One of our party ordered a hamburger done medium well and it came out medium rare, but over all the food was wonderful.

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about the Garden Restaurant. Have eaten there many times. The service is great. Thank you.

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DN
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and amazing view. Server was very kind and attentive. Food was good quality, but the portions were a little on the small size for the price.

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KA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I love your restaurant. It is a wonderful place to dine with great food and beautiful view. I consider the pricing on the higher end of what is reasonable. Perhaps that is the cost of having that experience in your restaurant.

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RM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love their food, especially their Burrata cheese appetizer! Delicious! You can’t beat the view, of course. The service was excellent, we liked our waiter very much and our food was out to us quickly!

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The reasons I couldn’t give straight five stars:
Ordered the club sandwich. It had this delicious onion jam on it, but there was only enough to taste it in one bite. The rest of the sandwich was plain. There was also a very meager amount of arugula on my sandwich as well. It was almost as if it had been slapped together too hastily. I had a hard time getting my server’s attention to bring me more jam as well as boxes and a bill. She could have been slightly more attentive as the restaurant was not crowded. However, she was super friendly and the overall experience was really good.

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BS
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The views. The ambience. High quality comfort food. Attentive service that isn't intrusive. Easy parking under City Creek. The Garden delivers with reliable consistency. The perfect place to introduce a first time visitor to SLC from above.

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JH
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Garden Restaurant. It is a great place at Christmas time and we always go there after the conference we have every year at the Salt Palace. It is our favorite place to celebrate, relax and unwind. Great service and great food.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love to bring my out of state guests here. Fond memories.

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BH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like going to the Garden Restaurant when we have events downtown. The food is great, the views are incredible and they take reservations! Not many restaurants downtown take reservations. It is nice not to have to spend 30-60 minutes waiting to get seated. Our waiters were very fun and we had a great time!

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great, but the service was painfully slow. WHO RUNS OUT OF ROLLS AT 7 AT NIGHT?

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The view is spectacular, but that's about it. I was not impressed with the quality of the food. My cobb salad was a head of lettuce, some disgusting bacon, and an egg or two. Definitely not worth the $$.

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LB
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views, exceptional service, food is not spectacular but decent. Nice lunch with family.

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KA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Our experience would have been great, had the service been up to par. We were in a corner which was fine, but our waitress forgot we were seated there. We asked for more bread, it did not arrive. Our table needed water and soda refill, our waitress, no where to be found.. We need a condiment, we had to walk up to another waiter to get it. It took over 20 minutes for our check to come and be returned.
I went to the manager about the very poor service, he assured me it was not the norm, and invited us back. We'll try again.. everyone had a bad night now and then.

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c
Sacramento
63 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view and great food, especially the dinner rolls!

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