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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.

15 E. S Temple
10th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Main St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(801) 531-1000

Website:
http://www.templesquare.com/dining/the-garden-restaurant/

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.

Public Transit:
Trax stop - City Center

Executive Chef:
Brian Richter

Additional:
Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access

Private Dining

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

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (45)
Good for a Date (32)
Special Occasion (29)
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Good for Birthdays (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Casual (20)
Great for Lunch (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Seasonal (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Fun (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Romantic (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Business Meals (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Great for Brunch (8)
Authentic (7)
Healthy (7)
Cozy (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious meal and wonderful service. We really loved the quiet relaxing ambiance with a live piano music.

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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My companion mentioned that this was the perfect way to cap a night. I have to agree.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I had a Steak dinner. The steak was just fine, but there was a vegetable, Kale I think, that was burned crisp. I could not identify exactly what this was, but it was awful! It was like eating cindered leaves. Completely unpalatable.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Exceptional, fun, enjoyable, delicious food and relaxing. Oh server was friendly and attentive

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We took my 90 year old mother who suffers from Alzheimer and my son and daughter in law for an early supper and to see the Christmas light on temple square. It was a wonderful evening and we all agreed the start of a new holiday tradition.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, People Watching, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fun, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Loved the evening. Food was amazing!!! I will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Authentic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I ordered the salmon. It was delicious. The waitress was very kind and did a good job. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

No alcohol and the food was ok

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Everything was great---service, food, ambience, view! We would definitely visit again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Always a great experience. Wonderful views and delicious food. Not cheap, but not too expensive either.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Scenic View
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Casual, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Christmas Concert

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We were very disappointed in the food change....wow! Not very great...it is now a place really for the view alone. The prices do not reflect the food at all...way too much for the food. Sad...

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great service. Good food. Would be happy to return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Delicious food. Amazing view. Wonderful for families.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We love coming for a special family event, celebrate the season, the Temple view is awesome, great to get reservations, and waiters are very helpful.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Scenic View, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The service was not great. Our server seemed confused. The food took a long time and was of average quality. There were two very loud and intrusive birthday announcements. I would rethink that approach.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful service, great tasting food with generous portions. We loved the special Grinch beverage!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

They were very accomodating and made sure we had a seat by the window as requested.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We ate dinner at the Garden with friends prior to touring the Christmas lights at Temple Square. The food was great, the view stunning.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was superb and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 30, 2017

First of all I love the atmosphere and being there with my lovely wife . Everything at this restaurant was really good I had the meatloaf the mashed potatoes that came with it could have used a little bit more gravy with it other than that it was fabulous

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a great time! The food was delicious. We arrived an hour early and they got us in within about 10 minutes of arriving. The entire staff was very friendly and accomodating!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was good and the pretty views of Temple Square and Downtown are great. I think the menu could be expanded upon to offer more options and the décor could use some updating.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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