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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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I took some time too get the table even with reservation

MS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambiance and quirkiness alone are worth a visit, and I'd recommend a cocktail or the charcuterie board. However, our three entrees weren't good, so the $208 final bill felt high for the value. In particular, my Korean short ribs were extremely greasy and chewy: I couldn't taste any of the usual delightful short rib flavor, because the grease was so heavy.

RW
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and cocktails. Good food, cool room.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

thank you for a truly wonderful night!

NK
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining/drinking experience in all of SLC!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My drink: absinthe. It was served the traditional way with a carafe of water that, with the valve slightly open, dripped water slowly onto a sugar cube perched on a perforated bridge which lay over a goblet with about 2” of absinthe in it. I had never had absinthe before and was fascinated by the ritual presentation. I love anise – based drinks. The knowledgeable server, and general information she offered, made my experience so enjoyable!
Entrees: My date ordered the butternut-crusted Seabass; I had the scallops, and we were both delighted with the tenderness of our seafood.
Dessert: The selection is limited but perfect – beignets, or beignets with coffee. The beignets come as a basket of four; We were happy with one apiece and took the remaining two with us in a box.
The portions are reasonable – not “large”, as some restaurant-goers have become used to. It was easy to eat everything on my plate without feeling ‘full’ or ‘stuffed’.
Much of the ambience at The Rest is created by entering through the street–level Bodega and being shown down the stairs through this door and that, to the below-ground Rest - Just as one would expect of a speakeasy. Be aware: The lighting is very low and we couldn’t read the menu without additional light from our cell phone’s flashlight app. The server offered us a mini lamp as a reading aid which still wasn’t quite sufficient for our 68-year-old eyes.
Seating: Make a reservation! The Rest has six booths, and a long bar. We came early (5:15) the day after Christmas and there were only two other customers who’d been previously seated (seating starts at 5 PM). Even as the evening went on and more customers came and the booths were filled, the noise level from their conversation was still subdued. My companion and I never had to raise our voices to hear each other over other conversation or kitchen noise. The Rest carefully creates and protects the speakeasy atmosphere.

D
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Drinks were strong but very good.

CS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We have been here before and loved every moment! The charcuterie board was wonderful and so were the drinks. The only downfall was the beer can chicken we all shared. It was VERY salty and we couldn't finish it.

M
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We had a disappointing meal but good drinks. Otherwise fine. It smelled like it was in fire during various times while we were there.

D
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Love the vibes and atmosphere. Wish the menu had more vegan options.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The flight of old fashioned drinks was great. One friend had a mixed cocktail with vodka/lemonade and it was very weak. The waitress said we could pick which bitter we could take home as a sample but she didn’t even give us a choice in the end and picked the samples herself.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We were there at opening and the only people in the place, so it was super quite. The drink menu is very fun, the food was okay(coming from foodies San Francisco and Austin).

I do plan on going back.

J
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant when I visit Salt Lake. Always great service and a very cool vibe.

N
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place does not disappoint! The ambiance is amazing, the service great and the food delicious!!! I took my partner there for his birthday and we not only had the entire back area to ourselves, but they also gave us desert on the house! We will be going back for every special occasion!
Oh! And the bartender, Spencer, up in the Bodega was awesome too!!!

J
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always a 10/10 and the ambiance feels like you're in another time all together. Great place to take a date or just get away for a night.

ST
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the atmosphere at the Rest! Very neat little speakeasy type bar with great cocktails. We will definitely visit again when we find ourself in Salt Lake City!

GD
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think that the combination of the quality of food, cocktails, ambiance and exceptional service is very hard to match. For what it offers, it is not very expensive either. Fantastic overall.

CR
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place for a special evening out. Food was amazing. Great vegetarian dish. According to my husband "best steak he's ever had".

TJ
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rest is amazing. The ambiance is like sitting at a casual roof top dinner party with your closest friends except it’s not outdoors. There’s a warm, cozy, vibrant, laid back, sophisticated atmosphere. The record player plays THE BEST music. The food is AMAZING. The drinks are beautiful and well made. The staff is personable. This is hands down my favorite restaurant in SLC.

TB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service, ambiance, cocktails, and eats.

DO
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really cool space and unique experience. I thought the music was a bit loud for my taste but I think it might have just been where we were sitting, felt more like a bar than a nice restaurant. I liked the Menu but was not blown away by the food, cocktails were very good though.

MS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We had a party of 5, placed our reservation a month in advance and arrived 10 mins before our scheduled reservation. We didn't get seated until 20 mins after our reserved time. The entree that two of us ordered was already sold out as of (7:30 pm), so we chose different dishes. The dish I chose, came out 15 minutes after the the rest of the dishes that my table ordered and was extremely dry and was inedible. The staff did take it back and did not charge me, but because it was already so much later than the rest of my table, I did not request a different dish, I just shared food with my table. Such a disappointing experience especially since I had been looking forward to it trying The Rest for a long time now.

k
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new go to restaurant in Salt Lake City. From the moment they took us through the door into the speakeasy atmosphere, we were hooked. Great food, service and cocktails. I will be going back again and again. Just watching the bartenders was a show all in its own. We shared two entrees between 3 people with an appetizer and had more then enough. The eclectic decorated decor kept us finding new things to look at through out our meal and the album wall was a great way to listen to music. A must in you're in the area.

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place to eat in SLC. Try the pork belly.

CD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I cannot say enough about how much we love The Rest. It is by far one of our favorite restaurants to frequent for special occasions or date nights. It is on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for. The ambiance is cozy and extremely fun, very much like how you would expect a "speak easy" style restaurant to be. The staff and bar tenders are always friendly, the food has so much unique and incredible flavors, and trying a "blind pig" customized to your taste is always an adventure. We will most likely be life time customers of theirs.

DM
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sexy place to wine and dine. Best spot in salt lake city. Be sure to make a reservation and try the wagyu steak.

S
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. It was nice to be able to carry on a conversation without having to fight to be heard. Incredible atmosphere for a nice night out.

JW
Salt Lake City
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One starts out by entering a small bar (Bodega) at street level, then descends through a bricked staircase into a place that looks like a cross between a 1930's speakeasy and something out of a sci fi fantasy--in a good sense. Dim, attractive lighting, comfortable booths--and then it gets better. Friendly, knowledgable server (Matt), concise and great wine, beer and cocktail lists, plus a "we'll make what you want, just tell us ingredients" option. Variety of small plates, including pork belly, charcuterie, a plaintain dish and others, and a small but varied main course menu including NY strip, pork chop, beef ribs, beer can chicken (really), two kinds of paella, and others. Dessert featured two kinds of beignets. The food was superb, well-timed and very nicely presented--at very reasonable prices for what was served,the quality and the service. I kid my wife about dining in Utah and dining in "America." Well, The Rest would be competitive anywhere in America, and was far better than many Utah titular "fine dining" establishments. Certainly holds its own with Park City, We can't wait to go back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

KF
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Me and my mother ordered SCALLOPS and my moms where cooked perfectly and mine where basically raw.

CH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey, but worth the visit. Make sure to get reservations, they have limited spacing. Ambiance is great, cocktails were amazing, food was good.

YY
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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DM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband here for his birthday it was amazing! We had no idea what to expect which made it even better. Our server was excellent, food was amazing (beer butt chicken) worth the wait!!

WD
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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