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About The Garden Restaurant
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.
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
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.
Trax stop - City Center
Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access
Private dining rooms to compliment The Garden Restaurant are located at The Lion House which is located East of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The historic, cozy atmosphere of this 1856 New England style home creates a remarkably unique setting for any special occasion.
The Garden Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Salmon was the best!!
Lettuce salad was pieces of lettuce a little brown on the edges and wasn't as fresh as I'd like.
I wished for more vegetables with my salmon. Asparagus was good, but not very many pieces on my plate.
Oh my--that choc. cake was huge!! So rich and to die for!!! Yum, yum, yum
The view looks west and south from the top of the Joseph Smith Building and is usually a clear and expansive view of the valley to the west. The server was attentive and efficient and checked back often, but was not obtrusive to our conversations. The food was great and enjoyed by all. Although it wasn't busy, a reservation is recommended.
Delightful surprise. My first impression was that it looked like a place for old ladies to have lunch and it probably is, but the food is a lot better than expected and pleasing for gentlemen as well. The burrrata is enough for an entree and I’d highly recommend it. My husband had and enjoyed the meatloaf. He doesn’t like traditional meatloaf. The chicken noodle soup was tasty, had house- made noodles and the mashed potatoes in the bottom were a wonderful addition to the flavor and texture. What a great idea.
Top all that off with a roof-level view of the temple and you have a truly unique experience with lovely food. Enjoy!
We enjoyed our dinner with out of town friends who raved about the view of the Christmas Lights on Temple Square.
The food was acceptable to very good. The rolls are always our favorites. Our server was prompt and very helpful if we had any questions. It was a successful evening of celebration as we had anticipated.
I was very disappointed to be told that they no longer do balloon releases for birthdays. That was the entire reason I chose The Garden. That aside, our waiter did a good job of ignoring us. 2 hours eating and he didn't refill our drinks once. I don't care how busy you are, it is never ok to let your guests go an entire meal without refilling at least once. Definitely won't be going back.
Comments on food. 1. Three of us had the salmon, which was very good, but the plate looked empty, with a bunch of rice, the salmon on top, and 3 pieces of asparagus. Could have added one more thing on the plate, like a tomato with a piece of lettuce, or small round potatoes, or ? something else. 2. Another had just a bowl of chicken noodle soup. She said there was what looked like mashed potatoes on the bottom, and it wasn't very good.
3. Another had a club sandwich, and she said it was good. 4. Another had a salad ($14) and it was just ok, one small piece of avocado, cold bacon, and unexciting dressing. 5. Other, no tarter sauce available, you had run out. Rolls were good, but butter was rationed, additional available and provided upon request. Rolls were great. Waitress was great. A round table was provided as requested, but it was in an unexciting location. We have been there many times, but this was not the best food experience.
Love the view of Temple Square and downtown SLC from this restaurant! The menu is always changing-I guess that can be good or bad. Everyone loved the rolls. Our specialty drinks weren't that exciting. The waitress charged three people at our table extra for our salads-she had never read the menu or understood it wrong, and that was a bit annoying.
This restaurant need some good help buy a sophisticated manage. It seems to be trying to appeal to crowd size of families there is no quiet ambience. When you walk out to the beautiful windows and area to take a picture or two there are hordes of people that night trying to own that area themselves. There needs to be some kind of limit as to access by the public when there are two could be nice restaurants adjacent Who should be able to enjoy the ambience if they are paying for nice food and experience
Menu had completely changed. Everything we ordered had some strange twist to it and didn't appeal to our tastes, e.g. a fried egg on the steak with a side of a corn meal cake or sweet potato strings on top of the meat loaf or pepitas in the Caesar salad with sweet cornbread croutons. Our favorite menu items for years were gone.
For many years we have made it a tradition to go to the Garden restaurant around Christmas time. We loved having their hot chocolate and fried pickles. Over the years the hot chocolate is changed and the fried pickles have become very expensive. The last visit the hot chocolate was the worst and the fried pickles were not done the batter was soggy. The waiter did take off the hot chocolates because they were so bad. We always loved stopping there before we went to see the lights & Temple Square. Guess our tradition is going to be changing next year.
My wife and I went to The Garden for her birthday dinner. We had the Roast Chicken and the Salmon. The roast chicken was very good, well cooked and flavorful. The mashed potatoes were very tasty but quite heavy with cream and butter, I think. Nice garlic flavor though.
The salmon was the star of the night (after my wife, of course). My wife loved, loved, loved the salmon. It was flavorful, rich and tender. The bed of jasmine rice was perfect.
The chocolate cake we had for dessert was basically a quarter of a 3 layer cake and was easily enough for 3 servings, maybe 4. We took most of it home and had it for Christmas breakfast. ;)
The restaurant was very busy (Dec 23) but the noise level was not bad. We had a great view and our table was not too crowded. Our server was very kind and helpful after a bit of delay at the beginning, as I mentioned, it was very busy there.
LOVED MY SALMON... best I've had for some time. Must have been fresh and the glaze on the salmon soaked in to the rice... licked my plate clean. The atmosphere was expected but might be nice to add more of a mood to the evening meal. I realize the Roof is the restaurant for ambiance but would be nice for your evening meal to be less light and airy - more dim and reserved. Was an enjoyable evening.
Great food and service! However end of the night they were running out of bread and desserts. They only put larger groups in the middle requested a window it would be nice if they could reconfigure to get the larger groups closer. It was a lot of fun and the view is amazing!
Went there on a Tuesday specifically for the advertised “Gourmet Burger”. When I asked what the gourmet burger of the day was the waiter had no idea and needed to ask the chefs. The chefs’ reply was that because there were so many reservations for the evening they would not be able to do the gourmet burger. I’ve worked in food service before and I can’t for the life of me figure out why that would stop you from offering something AS ADVERTISED!! Even if you set a limited quantity available you should still offer what you say you are going to offer. I settled for the classic burger - it was good...but I had come prepared for something better. The food was pretty good but not on par with the price. I guess you are paying for the view - which by the way was AWESOME!
Our reservation started out on the wrong note. We were seated in an area next to a half wall that offered no real view. We saw extra chairs piled together at one end and another table that had not been cleared off. We saw a couple seated with a Temple view right after us and within a minute, a wait person was at their table. After 15 minutes we still had not been acknowledged. The table was also very wobbly. When the wait person finally came over, we told her it was not a comfortable setting. We seriously talked about walking out. She walked away and the manager came over and offered to move us. Still not the best place but fortunately the food was excellent. Wish the evening had started out better. Would never go back next time we are in Salt Lake City.
We made a reservation weeks before the time. We requested a table by the window for a view of Temple Square and the Christmas lights. We did have the reservation however the table we were seated at faced a big Bank building and could not see any portion of Temple Square. We asked for a change and they said nothing was available. This certainly did not help our celebration of our 51st anniversary. Very disappointing. Will not be going back for sometime if at all
I love to eat here and have several times. The biggest drawback is that the service is very slow. It often takes a long time for our server to come to our table, for the food to be ready and for the server to respond to any requests- even a request for a container for our leftover food. This restaurant has the reputation for being slow. I will still go back but only when I have plenty of time.
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