The Rest

4.6
431 reviews
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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.
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 431 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.8
service
4.9
ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal as it always is.

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CC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing spot for Craft Cocktails! Very unique and exotic, yet approachable. Five stars!

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Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Rest!!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Louisa was perfect! Great food

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for a group dinner. We ate in the library. Highly recommend.

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RB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful evening at The Rest. The experience was distinctive beginning with the walk to the lower level. The beer can chicken is roasted upon your order and deliciously worth the one hour preparation time.

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IR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding spot in SLC. The decor is subdued but effective, the food and drinks are outstanding, as well as the service.

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AO
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Great cocktails. Interesting location. Service was spot on. Appetizers good but Entrees way too salty. Chef has a heavy hand with the shaker. Recommend drinks and appetizers.

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WD
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love the rest. love taking people there for the first time because it is so unique. our guests loved it and Kia our server was the BOMB. thanks!

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal and service ever!! Far above any expectations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic- as was the food. We will be back.

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BL
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Great food. Awesome atmosphere.

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OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!

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GH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

I've been to this bar many times over the last few years but this visit lets me know that it's gone way downhill. The server would not leave the table and was definitely overserving. The food was bland and tasted like you share all your fryers, even the sweet items tasted like they had been fried with other things. The drinks were the biggest disappointment because this used to be the best place to get a well made cocktail instead I got an overspiced and over iced drink. Our food was served before our cocktails made it to the table which was not okay because we specifically asked for dinner to be served later . Not impressed.

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HC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Cocktails are still great, but the food has gone way downhill. We had four different dishes and they were all ehhh to terrible. Would recommend for drinks only.

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j
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 5

the food was decent, but not for the price point. drinks were good. it was a cool atmosphere but a little too dark, could not read the menu. we went for a birthday and nobody even asked for my reservation name or anything. we were sat in a corner, not even a table. would not go back for food, only for drinks

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D
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the most unique and cool restaurants in Utah. Their charcuterie appetizer is amazing as well as their beignets.

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BK
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Original, great atmosphere, easy to comfortable take your time to eat and overall enjoyable experience.

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H
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been to The Rest a few times. It's a little pretentious and maybe even a little over priced, but we love the atmosphere and the craft cocktails are always enjoyable. We are usually celebrating something when we go, and this time it was my husband's birthday. Everything was enjoyable up until we were asked to leave our table for the "lounge area" to have our dessert since there was another reservation for our table. For 2 people to have dinner, the restaurant only allocates 1 hr and 45 mins to complete your dining experience, even when the amount of time it took was out of your control. We called ahead 30 mins to order the beer can chicken (6:30 for our 7pm reservation). They said it was started when we sat down at 7. We did not receive it until 8:20- not sure what took so long since it's supposed to take an hour to cook. There was nothing else we could have done to speed up the dinner and we should not have been penalized for the restaurant's poor timing of our dinner that night. We did get our dessert for free and we talked to the manager about our disappointment in the request.
We have never been asked to leave a table even when there are people waiting for their reservation and we have also been to many restaurants with a reservation where we have had to wait. We would have gone over our "allocated time" by 5-10 mins at the most.
This was a poor enough experience that we will not go back to The Rest nor will we recommend it to our friends.

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BC
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great pub! The food was amazing! The atmosphere was very unique. The dark lighting made it very romantic. The cocktails were outstanding!

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JL
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely amazing! I would recommend this place to anyone! The drink list is unlike any others. And the food is amazing!!

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DT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Hands down best place to hang out in Salt Lake City! Bodega is an awesome place to wait around, have drinks and meet new people while waiting for your reservation at The Rest. Then when you go downstairs and see the ambience of the speakeasy and have the amazing food and drinks, you will never want to leave.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Fun place but way too expensive. The food really wasn’t anything special. Could of went somewhere else for a lot cheaper. Got the cheapest wine and champagne. And two appetizers and it was $100. Way over priced for not that great of food

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C
Dallas
79 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great vibe—surprising for SLC and so much fun. Interesting food menu that is well executed. The ambiance and the music made the evening—playing vinyl is a great addition to the place.

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ET
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time for everyone in our group of 8. Had the far back room which was more secluded so it made it made it feel like it was our own special place which was perfect since we were there for a special occasion. Our server was super nice and generous. Will definitely be going back sometime again, but for more of a special occasion since it was in the higher end price wise.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed our 10 year anniversary, food was excellent and the environment was awesome!

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TW
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a true dining experience. I will be back again soon! The Ambiance was very stimulating, the food was very unique and simply delicious, and the service was to die for. Our waitress Kai, was very knowledgeable, personal and a truly a treat.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal as usual. As we usually come here for a cocktail only, we decided that the menu looked so appetizing that we’d celebrate our anniversary dinner here. We started with cocktails and the charcuterie board, added the cauliflower curry, while we waited for the coup de gras, the beer can chicken. As we were warned it could take an hour, let me tell you every minute was worth it. Succulently roasted with fresh asparagus, and potatoes in a mushroom glaze. Heavenly. We finished it with the beignets, and almost had to be wheeled out in a food coma. Stuffed, but so worth it.

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RP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this restaurant on OpenTable - what a find! The experience was great from the minute we walked in the door. The food was great - I especially recommend the mussels and the pork belly! The service was outstanding and our server Ky was at the top of the list. We've already returned.

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TB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Kai was fantastic. It was a first date and she made it special.

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SL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I hate that I'm finally writing a review for the rest and it's pretty negative. This is probably my favorite place in Salt Lake, but the quality of the food this time around was really just a big step down from what it was even just a year ago. The duck was so chewy my date and I were laughing trying to swallow it after a minute or two of chewing. I still really like the place, but it needs to get it's menu back on track food wise.

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HB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a birthday celebration for our July birthdays (we had three of them). The staff was so friendly and sociable and the food was fantastic. My brother literally said it was the best birthday he has ever had. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to make a celebration truly special.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ky was an amazing waitress! The food and drinks were amazing and fantastic! This has become my favorite restaurant! I’ve already started telling my friends about it!

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B
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual. We’ll be back!

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DH
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. 10/10 will definitely go again.

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LL
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CG
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

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
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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