The Garden Restaurant

4.3
703 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 has stunning views of Temple Square and Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The Garden Restaurant is the natural choice when you want to be informally formal. You’ll dine in a comfortable plaza-like atmosphere, surrounded by Mediterranean columns and fountains accented with live flowers and trees. One look at the delightful and varied menu prepared by our expert team of Chefs, and you’ll know you have discovered a Garden of delights. Note: no alcohol or coffee is served.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(801) 531-1000
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Richter
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main St
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Parking details
Parking is located underneath the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Access to this underground lot can be found heading west on South Temple Street. When dining at The Garden Restaurant, we give you a 3 hour parking validation.
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Public transit
Trax stop - City Center
Additional
Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access
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San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately the service was horrible and the food mediocre. The restaurant was half full and it took an hour and a half to dine.

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JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated within 5 minutes of arrival. We were also given a very good table next to the window. Compared to my experience last year, which wasn't good, I was very surprised with the quality of service. The food was exceptional as usual. I was glad that I gave in to coming back this year.

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E
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation for 7:45 and were immediately seated upon arrival at a window seat (as requested) with a great view of the valley great food!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We called and told them that we were going to be 15 minutes late because of traffic. When we arrived, we were seated immediately and had a great experience. Awesome view.

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A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Great food. Service was sub par. The views were amazing.

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NT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love going to the Garden Restaurant and come here for special occasions. My only complaint was the asparagus was tough and seemed old. I had the meatloaf which I love. I do think the soft drinks cost too much and next time will just get water.
Other than that small thing, it is our favorite place to go view the Christmas lights, celebrate special birthdays and take special visiting friends for lunch or dinner. We were there for my husband's birthday and to watch the lights on Temple Square come on.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

This was essentially cafeteria food in a diner setting. The view was gorgeous but that was the only positive. They do not serve alcohol or soda. It is described as elegant dining but that is completely incorrect.

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SL
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had made reservations and we were immediately seated upon arrival. We had a great view of the city and of Temple Square. Food was excellent and priced well. We had a wonderful time and will return!

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We came to The Garden to celebrate my parents’ 45th wedding anniversary. It was, as always, a lovely view. Our waiter was a little quirky, but fine. He was quite aggressive at clearing and made the last roll a very awkward experience. We finally just ate it so he’d stop mashing it when he “checked” the basket. He tried hard though, and I’m not sure he knew he was so awkward. :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This restaurant is not kid or family friendly. It is also not gluten free friendly.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view of Temple Square was spectacular. Went for lunch date and I had the Salmon Salad, it was excellent! Highly recommend this restaurant for lunch.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Garden is a must for locals and visitors. Beautiful views Of the city and Temple Square. The servers are kind and always have a smile (great service the other night Amanda!).

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M
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were seated “an elbow” from a group of four ladies. We requested another table with more space and were told they were about to leave. They did, 20 minutes later...at which time they seated another party of four there! Oddly enough, the restaurant was not crowded, so go figure. Not the best service.

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BH
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you it was great food and a wonderful atmosphere

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BC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Awesome! Her name was Hailey. The view was great and the food was good

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K
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Our waitress was overwhelmed, and forgot to bring a few things until we asked again. They also ran out of cake and we were celebrating a birthday.😕 But, I would love to go there again. The food was delicious and the view can’t be beat.

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

View was beautiful and the food was good. Our server was busy but pretty attentive. Good ambience. We will go back.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Pasta lemon chicken and it was so delicious. The others in my party enjoyed their meals too. And who doesn't love Lion House Rolls?!?! The service was great and of course the view of Temple Square was ideal. We love this restaurant!

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with an exceptional view. It was a wonderful dining experience!

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W
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been to the Garden in a few years and was pleasantly surprised that the food quality has seemed to improve. I had a very enjoyable dinner conversing with my guests while overlooking Temple Square. I'm plan to dine there more often.

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b
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

it was awful. The tables gave the feel we were in a cafeteria, they didn't serve alcohol or coffee. The food was mediocre and they had small portion sizes. It was also served on an ugly piece of paper

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DR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My previous experiences here have not been great, but this one was much improved. Much better service and much better food.

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TS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experienc. The service was excellent and the atmoshpere was like no other restaurant in Salt Lake with amaxing scenery and a beautiful sunset.

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CA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Nice and great views but food was not quite as 'fine' as expected for a restaurant like that with such grand views. Just regular food

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OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service

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DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Ordered chicken, meatloaf, and steak. Chicken was not cooked enough. Was expecting a breast but got the thigh and leg. Meatloaf was mushy. Steak was good. Not much on the menu. Need more food items to chose from. Service was excellent and so was the view. Probably, will not be back.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This place was great! We came for our one year anniversary and we loved the food and the view. The burgers were sensational and sizable too. The fries were crisped to perfection and there was a mountain of them. Would definitely recommend the strawberry limeade as it was one of the best drinks I've ever had. The service was less than great; our waitress only checked in on us twice. But overall, we were impressed and will be coming back.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Took 1 hour to get drinks

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Overall the experience was good. Myself and another of our party had the Salmon and the rice was pretty dry, also portions were a little small for the money. Our server could have been more attentive, my wife was never asked for a refill on her specialty drink. The atmosphere was wonderful and it is nice quiet place to dine.

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ST
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been to the Garden several times. The service was excellent and the waiter was friendly and attentive. The view is awesome overlooking Salt Lake Valley and Temple Square. We had the salmon and is was excellent.

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DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Not a lot of menu choices. Nice view. Not noisy. Good service.

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b
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Very disappointed in the quality of the food. Overpriced for what you receive.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Garden was awesome! Our son returned home from his mission and we hosted a luncheon for 25 people at The Garden for the occasion. We told them it would be for 15-20 people, but we had more attend than expected. The staff, food and atmosphere was great and they were very accommodating. I highly recommend this location for your special event. Bravo!

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AG
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall the atmosphere is nice and the service is great. The food just wasn't worth the prices, though, I thought, and nothing blew us away with flavor. I had the fried green tomatoes BLT, which was an awesome idea, but I didn't get any flavor coming through from the tomatoes or the feta cheese, which was a shame. It just tasted kind of like a big handful of toast.

My mom had one of the hamburgers, which she asked for medium but it came out basically well done. She said the meat and the onion were both very overdone.

The specially drinks were ok, but all just different variations on "sweet."

If you're looking for some basic American food, it's fine, but it's trying to appear really high end and it just doesn't have the flavor to back it up as a fine dining experience.

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c
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a great gem of a lunch restaurant for business meals. It boasts terrific views of Temple Square. The fare is comfort food, a *little*over priced, but the service is exemplary.

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great views! We got a table with a view. Service was slow, but our drinks were comped because of that.

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BH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Main Dishes were cooked very poorly. Chicken was rubbery, Rice was mostly uncooked and hard. Not used to seeing this kind of cooking in a "Nicer Restaurant"

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MG
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an excellent spot to get away from the Hustle and Bustle. NICE FOOD and SERVICE

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. I was surprised to see Buratta cheese on the menu. It tasted just like the Buratta I had in Italy.

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MT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

You can never go wrong with the view at this restaurant! Service, however, was something left to be desired. Food was delicious.

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