The Garden Restaurant

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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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HM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I love the garden! We do this restaurant EVERY year for our anniversary. It is a bit expensive but so worth it. They take good care of my large family (3 small kids, lol) and making sure they are doing ok with coloring pages etc. The food is excellent and the fried pickles are an absolute favorite. I absolutely LOVED the online registering for a table. It was so nice to be able to look around at the lights during this time of year and not have to make our way all the way to the top of the building and then back down. We just new what time we had to get there. Will definitely do it again and recommend it to anyone wanting to spend a nice evening out! Especially this time of year with all of temple square being decorated.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is excellent!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very kind waiter.

EB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The artichoke and spinach dip was the best I have ever tasted!

ZA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Food was awesome, service was fast and you can't beat the view!!!

MS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yes, the food was great and the view was very nice.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Our waitress was great but the management and front of house left much to be desired. Food is just okay...we really only go for the view of Temple Square and they would not sit us, a party of 5, by the window even though there were several tables open.

CS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The hosts at the front were awesome. We had part of out group late due to a bad accident on I 15 and they were very accommodating. The service was pretty good. I thought the food for the price we paid not great. I would probably not return. Too expensive.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful combination of ambience, view, food quality, and service

CR
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special occasion, all was well, was better than expected, I think the only thing remotely wrong with the dinner was that there where 6 of us and the artichoke dip appetizer only had 5 of each dipping item.

r
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend the Garden Restaurant. Great food, view, service, pricing. All around great place.

GS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reservations seemed to be completely booked and the staff handled the crowds and seating perfectly. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, overall the staff was exceptionally accommodating. The ambience is elegant without being pretentious.

TG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good, the wait staff very kind and welcoming, the food is very tasty, and it was a good value. However, there is no alcohol served. So don’t come looking to have a drink with your meal.

BO
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good....not outstanding. I love the decor and the views of the temple!

C
Salt Lake City
43 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu has changed a bit and is definitely trending toward more up scale foodies. It is no longer just a meat/potatoes/comfort food restaurant and has added some delightful and culinary positive additions to some standard dishes as well as introduced some new options. We enjoyed the atmosphere, excellent service and the changes in the menu. A fun place to eat when you are downtown and want to enjoy the night out without breaking your budget. We highly recommend the Garden Restaurant.

JG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great ambience, though the food left a bit to be desired.

SR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers are beyond kind, the food is amazing and has reasonable prices. I was surprised at how cheap it was considering this restaurant serves not only food but experiences. The view from this restaurant is amazing and the ambiance is beyond words.

m
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always nice to eat there.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my bday dinner w some friends and had requested a table by the window. We got the table and the view was amazing. Food and service were both great as well.

PS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The staff was very kind and attentive. The view over Temple Square was outstanding. I just didn't think that the food was quite as good as it was the last time I was there. The salmon might have been slightly over cooked as it seemed a little dry with the plain white rice. A little lemon cream sauce might be in order? We will be back for sure!

BH
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, very good service, great view. We love to come to the Garden

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Great atmosphere

GS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful ambiance and view of downtown Salt Lake City.

n
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was good, and the view was outstanding! Super-friendly hostess. Waitress was okay.

ME
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, nice atmosphere. We were celebrating a birthday and it was top notch. I loved the steak and my wife loved the chicken. We plan to go back often.

JF
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Average food, service was very slow. Portions were small for the price.

NG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were incredible! We instantly connected with a couple on the elevator from Denmark who flew in for General Conference and invited them to join us for our reservation. The hostess included them into our party instantly and even with my 4 little children being energetic- to say the least, we were able to enjoy spectacular views, fellowship and incredible views on a sunny Fall day. It was delightful and the flat iron steak meal was flavored and grilled to perfection! Oh my, it melted in my mouth. My daughter enjoyed the salmon dinner very much. Our friends from Denmark were encouraged to try the Meatloaf and were thrilled with a new classic American dish to savor. Thank you for such a wonderful experience all around. We came from Helena, MT for General Conference and your meal that Saturday added to the perfect beauty of the event. Thank you and blessings! The Giacomini Family

SG
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend recommended The Garden Restaurant to me. I'm so glad she did since we only had two nights in Salt Lake City. My meal was excellent (an entree of salmon served with jasmine rice and asparagus) at a very reasonable price -- $19. We were seated at a window table with views to die for, especially as the sun set over the city and its lights started to come on. The service was impeccable. The only downside is, as a Mormon establishment, no alcohol is served. The salmon would have tasted even better with a nice chilled glass of wine!

L
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at The Garden restaurant was absolutely amazing. The service was impeccable, the food simply divine and the view celestial. We are returning next month for our 40th wedding anniversary.

EH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful dinner. The food was absolutely delicious. The service was excellent and the view was great. Highly recommended.

JP
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The berry salad was amazing!! Beautiful views and lovely atmosphere.

JM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved how quiet it was that time of night and the view of the temple. Our server was great.

MW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall my wife and I had a great experience! The restaurant was clean and quiet. The food was tasty and fairly reasonably priced.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place! Very accommodating with our reservation. Good food.

SB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delightful.

ML
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love everything about this restaurant. The view alone is worth the visit. Friendly service great food.

AL
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had booked a table for 6pm, which would give my friend and I enough time to relax and enjoy a meal before going to the Conference Center. However, it was only after repeated requests that we shown to a table at 6.30pm! Once our order was finally taken, the waiter then proceeded to go to other tables and take their orders!!
The meal was certainly not worth the $17 that we paid for each portion! The serving was much smaller than previous times that I have dined there.
As we were about to leave we saw Elder and Sister Holland enter the restaurant.... bet they didn't have to wait for their table, and they also got a decent sized meal for their money!!!
I will not use this restaurant again, nor recommend it to anyone. So many people rushing around and achieving so little except customer dissatisfaction!

HJ
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

I wish we had know you needed to request a window seat when you made your reservation. We ended up in a corner by the kitchen. It felt detached from the rest of the restaurant. We would have lived to be by the windows that overlooked temple square. We asked if we could sit near the windows and were told those seats were reservations that had requested those tables? I didn’t see a place to ask for that when I made the reservation. That was the only disappointment. The food was great. Service was very good.

D
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a great dining experience starting with friendly staff, good food & great views !!
Our waiter, "Clint" is always very friendly & somehow remembers us every time we come in !!
Parking validation is a always appreciated allowing for easy access go this classy, but casual venue!!

J
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The Gardens Restaurant has a wonderful ambiance, it's charming and the view from there is incredible! The staff are warm, friendly, and seem sincerely dedicated to making everyone happy. However, we found the food to be disappointing. The prices are not bad, and maybe that's why the food is not so great. Perhaps a changeup in the menu items would be appropriate. For instance, more than one steak option would be a good place to start! Is serving a fried egg with steak really the best option?? The cheese on our salad was still frozen too, and after two tries, the chef still didn't get the asparagus cooked right. Raw is really not what we were wanted. We really loved the surroundings, and hope to try it again if they improve the menu choices. I think people are willing to pay a little more for really good food!