The Rest

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Bodega is the street level Tavern, that offers no frills cocktails in addition to draft beer and shots.

With a reservation, or if allowed admission from the Bartender upstairs, you can experience The Rest. It is a subterranean gem that looks like a bar that Hemingway would have built. Dark wood, taxidermy, old books and plenty of good whiskey. Perfect place for privacy and escaping the world for a minute... Or hours.

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WD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmospheric, delicious, and amazing drinks! Truly a great place for a night out or an intimate date.

AJ
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an incredible and unique dining experience! The whole "speakeasy" bar theme is played up well and creates a wow factor as well as nice added privacy from the outside world. It was well worth the wait with having to book a couple weeks ahead for a table reservation. Also worth the price. Great cocktails - very upscale and creative. Incredible food. We had the 'Beer Can Chicken' along with a couple of appetizers and we were pleasantly surprised and amazed by the tenderness and savory delicacy of our dinner. Can't wait to go again!

Y
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had friends visiting from out of town so we thought it would be fun to try something new for all of us. The speakeasy was awesome! The decor, atmosphere, and food were all great! We shared a charcuterie board which was amazing! Probably the best I’ve ever had! The only thing I found crazy was the price of cocktails! I ordered an itty bitty cocktail and paid $17! Aside from that, it was great fun and we would definitely go back.

OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a unique and hip spot to celebrate our friends bday! Intimate and cool and the food was on point. Device was phenomenal . Cannot day enough good things. Waiter Matt was a lot of fun

EJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome great service sat in the back library . Cocktails are a must and rare in salt lake

CD
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Creative dishes with bold, unconventional flavors. Make sure to grab a cocktail. Whatever tickles your fancy, there is something delicious waiting for you. Dark, cozy and romantic ambiance.

AD
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a fave! finally had the beer can chicken and I can't wait to go back for more!

S
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and lusciously extravagant. Highly recommend!

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CA
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a unique place. The bar is actually a better place to sit than the tables at this restaurant.

C
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rest was a perfect place for a business dinner. The service and ambiance were spot on, and the wonderfully crafted cocktails and entrees only added to a phenomenal evening. The pork chop, fried chicken, and the pork belly were raved about for the evening.

OW
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little noisy, and the lights were too dull and hurt our eyes. But food, service, and drinks were perfect. Our waiter Matt was great!! He deserves a raise :)

WM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place!!! Food is amazing drinks are great. Definitely check it out

C
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Ambiance was great. Menu selections were very limited. Didn't think food was great, especially for the price. Service was good. Decor was fantastic. Would have just liked a tour of the place with no food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, Arrived at the restaurant and the table we had reserved didn’t want to leave so when they let us down they had us in the lounge area until the group at our table left, it was really no big deal as we sipped our drinks and appetizer while we waited and got to browse their record collection. My drinks were delicious and they really listen to what you like before making recommendations, we got the chicken the first time we came and that was definitely the star of the show, this time I got the scallops and i was warned it was a lighter entree I didn’t expect only 3 :/ but it was delicious anyways. They consent us the peach cobbler dessert for free since it was our first anniversary and also for our understanding with the table situation.

JD
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We love eating at The Rest. The service is always excellent. The food is usually always excellent too. This was the first visit where the execution on the food was off. This is not typical of them so I do not think it is a problem. Everything else made up for it.

BB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 reccommend. 🙌🏼 This place is amazing and I loveee it

OT
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as usual! Peach Beignets were incredible!

H
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were careful to comply to the dress code and wore our best. In the Rest there were people in shorts, cut offs and tanks hanging out at the bar. Servers were attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Overall it was a cool experience.

N
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The rest was really cool, def get the fried chicken dish. A bit pricey but a lot of fun for an occasion and a good drink

N
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cool place. Definitely be back and server Matt was the best!!

EG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, drinks, and service

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to the Rest. This visit was just as delicious with the same impeccable service. Bar is well stocked with thoughtful cocktails.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, outstanding service, we love eating here and the cocktails are the bomb.

WL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t believe it took us so long to make our first trip to the Rest. The relaxing and unique vibe, the staffs’ perfect vinyl choices, and our cool waiter Matty have us planning our next trip down! The rotating menu was right on for our late summer visit. The cocktails were fantastic and if you love bourbon or bitters, you won’t be disappointed.

Every recommendation our waiter exceeded our expectations - scallops were perfectly prepared and the corn fritters are a little piece of fried heaven.

IZ
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cool spot in the basement level of a bar called Bodega.

IR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic spot which we highly recommend. Fantastic service, a rotating menu, and outstanding food and drinks.

N
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at The Rest (and Bodega). Both were a terrific experience and very unique in their own ways. Craft cocktails at Bodega were great and Spencer was a terrific bartender.

The Rest is a truly one of a kind experience with one of the coolest ambiance’s you could imagine. The small details make this place what it is. Our server was very knowledgeable on the food and drinks offering ideas for both and leading us to an old fashioned flight for drinks and the Bread Plate and Dumplings for apps. We shared the Beer Can Chicken for our entree (order immediately as they make it to order and takes about an hour).

Everything was phenomenal. We did think one of the roll options was a bit unsettling and not to our liking, but nonetheless were very pleased. The dumplings were heavenly, a perfect combination of crunchy crust and a soft meaty filling. They bring the entire chicken to the table to present it, then back to the kitchen to break it down for you. The skin has a terrific sweet and salty combination from a salt brine and a cider gastrique. The chicken was tender and moist with a ton of flavor, some of the beer does get lost with everything going on however. The warm potato salad was a huge surprise as I normally would pass, but the shallots and mushrooms pulled it together harmoniously. I would suggest a seasonal vegetable or something beyond roasted asparagus as it seemed to fall flat compared to the rest of the dish.

Overall our experience was unforgettable. I do wish there was a lighter dessert options as beignets sounded great but a bit too heavy for after such a large meal. Please please please make reservations ahead of time, I couldn’t believe how many people just try to walk in even on a Thursday night and pulling a single bartender or hostess away to explain all the details slows down service a lot.

This will be a place we are sure to visit any time we are in Salt Lake and is going to be my first recommendation.

LO
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yummy food but prices are steep. You are also paying for ambience though, so it’s worth it! Will go back.

AL
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far one of the best places to eat and drink in Salt Lake City!! I love it so much!

CL
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time to The Rest. I brought a few business partners in for drinks and appetizers, and they absolutely loved everything about your establishment. Our server was awesome and ensured we were taken care of the entire time there. Food and drinks were amazing as well!

C
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find in downtown Salt Lake City. The cocktail culture has arrived. A great speakeasy with quality cocktails. The food was also excellent, from the gnocchi appetizer to the scallops and paella and especially the beignets. I highly recommend The Rest.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambiance is amazing. The food is mediocre. The drinks are good.

AR
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food, service, and ambiance was top notch.

VT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To celebrate her 23rd birthday, I took my daughter to The Rest for dinner. What an amazing experience! Entering this cozy, dark chamber after descending a flight of well lit stairs was like entering a new dimension. I felt myself relax as we sank into a dimly lit booth and immediately ordered the beer can chicken. We then let the skilled waiter guide us through the menu and settled on the charcuterie platter and a flight of old fashioned. Each drink was more delicious than the last! I took them up on the offer for a half priced full pour of my favorite old fashioned (lavender bitters of all things!)

We would have been perfectly satisfied with that... and then the chicken arrived. Oh. My. God. I have never had such succulent chicken in my life! The fingerling potatoes and asparagus spears were also top notch. The amazing of food we had would have easily served four people and the atmosphere was like none other. Thanks to The Rest and their amazing staff for helping make my daughter’s 23rd birthday a memorable one.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious cocktails and great food. Always great!!

AL
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Food , drinks and service are top notch!

EE
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites at downtown Salt Lake City, great food and cocktails

A
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire evening was relaxing, and the food was fantastic.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for my girlfriends birthday!

CR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love The Rest, I've been going there for years and they have never disappointed me. Excellent service, food, and ambiance.

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