The Rest

4.8
398 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Dining Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am.
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Phone number
(801) 532-4452
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan Santos
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
400 S.
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Parking details
Public parking lot is available on the corner of 400 S. & Main St.
Street parking available on Main St.
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Public transit
Gallivan Center Trax stop
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

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Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 5:00PM 5:30PM - 5:30PM

What 398 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.3
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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B
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Awesome as usual. We’ll be back!

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DH
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

This Rest is amazing. Make sure to make a reservation and be sure to keep them. The food is amazing, creative and delicious and well worth the visit. The Rest is a pretty special setting and I would suggest it is not a kid-friendly atmosphere. Cool, hipster vibe, great music, fantastic hand-crafted cocktails and I cannot wait to go back.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Loved it. 10/10 will definitely go again.

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LL
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Always a treat to try something special on the menu or a creative cocktail.

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CG
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Love this place! Really unique atmosphere and great food. The mixed drinks are some of the best in the City. Bring back the hot chicken and fried steak and it would be BEST restaurant in the city.

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C
2.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The Rest was a recommended to me for their great cocktails and good food. Unfortunately, I was not a fan of the cocktails (I was told they are some of the best in the city) and there was only one dish ordered by our party that I would eat again. I also think it is odd that we were told to dress nicely but they didn't have a dress code for bar guests sitting 6 feet from us. One lady had the shorty short jean shorts that showed her butt cheeks. It really made me feel like my $30 marginally tasting dish was worth the cost.

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N
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

My wife and I had a great time. The food was excellent, the drinks were excellent and so was the service.

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S
3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

The drinks downstairs are horrific. That being said, the food and atmosphere is amazing. It's a very, very pricey place, but the food is worth it. If you want to drink, pregame it or drink upstairs, this is not only because the drinks downstairs are $15 a piece, but also because they taste absolutely awful. The bar upstairs does it right.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Service was exceptional from the first moment we walked in the door. Matt, our server was so knowledgeable, pleasant and professional. Food and beverage did not disappoint, overall, a perfect evening.

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RF
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Never disappoints. Craft cocktails and amazing, knowledgeable servers.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Very, very expensive, but it’s an experience unlike any other. The food was spectacular and the cocktails were to die for.

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BJ
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Love the atmosphere! Excellent food and mocktail. Fabulous service. Can't wait to come back.

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F
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We love how the Rest feels so intimate. Great place for date night AND great food! I don’t usually order chicken at a restaurant but the beer can chicken here is an exception! Service was fantastic as well. A definite recommend.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great service, great food, and great vibe. Servers are knowledgeable and courteous. Food menu changes from time to time, food is amazing.

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TJ
2.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The Rest works better as an ambient bar / lounge than a fine dining establishment.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

The “speakeasy” element of this place is the most unremarkable part. I’ve been intending on going for some time now with my only reticence being that I was worried that it was all concept and no content. I was very wrong.

The decor was wonderful and fit the theme. We were seated by a truly spectacular waitress. Her name escapes me but she said she was from Montana and had hair shaved at the sides. Her manner was perfect, we followed all her suggestions/recommendations and couldn’t have been more pleased.

The cocktails were beautifully made and balanced. My date asked for something custom and it was the best drink of the night. We ate the fried chicken and were very pleased. The portions were actually a bit too big, we would have happily paid a touch less for a little bit less food. Overall, we were very happy with our experience and will for sure come back for cocktails again.

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AP
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The vinyl blues playing in the back ground with fine food make this a unique dining experience along with the roulette cocktails from the fantastic bar tender will never disappoint. This will be our go to place for special occasions.

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DW
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The food was great and the atmosphere was fantastic. It was a new and unique experience that we will no doubt be doing again!

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RS
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great spot. Must do in SLC

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I
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

New York Steak was perfect. Great place for comfortable conversation and dinner/drinks. Our new favorite.

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LD
4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Sons graduation dinner with friends. It was a fun different place to go, good to start conversation but would also be good for a intimate dinner. Very dark until your eyes adjust but we thought that added to the experience. Our server was really good, attentive but not in a way that made us feel like we should leave or were being too loud (we were loud) The cocktail I had was fabulous so I had two! the food was good but not earth shattering. I would definitely go again. It would not have been as fun if had been in a hurry and part of going is to spend time there and make an evening of it.

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SR
5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The Rest was an awesome experience! The menu changes every three months so you’ll have no excuse not to go at least four times a year. I myself can not wait to go again and try something new. The fresh food with a creative touch is remarkable. You will not be disappointed if you’ve been married 30 years or trying to impress a first date with a “secret” little place.

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GF
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Best restaurant in Salt Lake City by a mile. One of the few expensive restaurants that is actually WORTH the extra money.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Awesome speakeasy, just know that you will pay for it. It is not the cheapest place but definitely worth it.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Wow. Every detail.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Lovely spot. Hidden and discreet. The Rest felt special and unique, and made us feel the same. Would definitely recommend and will dine again on our next visit to Salt Lake.

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BR
5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

amazing setting and ambiance. Food was nothing short or epic and the drinks were an experience in themselves. Some giggling girls were seated behind us and they seemed to get louder as they drank, but that was the only complaint. Very reasonably priced, vinyl rolling in the background was great!

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AS
4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This was a great experience! It has a speakeasy feel. the decor is amazing and the feel is wonderful! The girls night out was perfect!!!

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OT
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The carefully crafted decor is absolutely lovely! The NY-based owner supposedly took 5 years to decorate the space; it appears this is true.

The food is great as are the drinks. However, I think the drinks are a bit overpriced - even more than Vegas. :)

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OT
5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Love this place. Beer chicken is a must. Service is always top notch.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I love this SLC original and best kept secret! I take all my friends from out of town here. It’s a great spot for gatherings, big or small, and enjoying a really well made craft cocktail. Food menu is simple, to the point and delicious. Our waiter is actually passionate and clearly into his job! Love, love, The Rest. <3

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OT
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Fantastic birthday celebration!!

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M
5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

This place is AWESOME! straight out of movie (locked doors, hidden staircases, etc.) - probably the best date spot in salt lake city (rivals some of the best date spots in NYC)! :)
Food, Service were both so really good.
Cocktails and mixology were excellent!
I don't think you can go wrong here.

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AB
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The best date ever in your facility. Great food, drinks and my company was amazing. I’ll be back.

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YP
1.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The food was horrible and I should not have paid for it I regret eating there and I was sick all night

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S
5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Eating at The Rest is my top priority every time I visit SLC. Easily ranks in my top 5 restaurants of all time. Love it!

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F
5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We hadn’t dined at The Rest in about a year. The menu had some great new additions...specifically the mussels and beer can chicken. The charcuterie board and cocktails were great starters as well. Service was outstanding and you can’t beat the ambience you find at The Rest anywhere else in SLC. Highly recommend!

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B
5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Matt was fantastic! His recommendation of both food and drink was spot-on.

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l
5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Service and food was delicious. The fried chicken was amazing... and i don't usually like fried chicken.

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OT
3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Back room is far too dark. Food was good, not great. Lamb was good, as was pork belly. Pork tenderloin way over cooked.
Good service.
Overall too pricey.

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