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.
This place is always top notch in food, ambiance, and service. Can't miss.
Great date night experience. Excellent food and great service!
This speakeasy place is one of the most unique dining experiences around. Their beer can chicken is to die for and is big enough for two people. We also had their french onion brisket sliders, which were phenomenal.
Friends birthday celebration. We have been there several times, first for them. It was fine but I feel that the excitement and gimmick around the place had maybe faded a little. Still a fun place, and the food is certainly good, just not great. Very limited menu.
The drinks are amazing but a little pricey. Food was really good, especially the Pork Ends. The entree's were good, but not good enough for the price paid.
I hadn't been to The Rest for almost 3 years. Despite that and their temporary closure due to Covid, it was as classy and romantic as ever. Definitely my favorite bar in SLC.
We had the BEST time!
This is our favorite place to go. Well worth the prices. We love the bartenders there. The drinks are delicious and the service is impeccable. We will definitely be going back!
The Rest remains our favorite date-night place by far for their exceptional cocktails, mind-blowing appetizers, excellent entrées, and the best beignets this side of New Orleans.
Greta food in a fabulous atmosphere. Well worth your time and your dining dollar
The Rest is simply the go-to spot if you're looking for the best atmosphere, classic and modern cocktails that are carefully crafted by the most wonderful bartenders (or are they cocktail historians?) in town. Don't miss out on this place. Plus, where else do you get to choose a record to listen to while you dine? Oh, and order the beignets!
Heard a lot about this place. Was way excited to see what it was all about unfortunately we only stayed for a short time after getting food that was burnt. Beer options were good and setting was good but service and food was not what I expected.
Went there for Valentine’s Day. The atmosphere is really cool. It was a prefix menu, but we loved the choices. A great treat.
Great food. That night they only had a Prix Fixe dinner so we would like to go back and try their regular menu.
As always, the food was absolutely amazing, the drinks are top notch, and the wait staff is the best I’ve ever experienced. The atmosphere is a strange combination of rustic and cozy. The Rest is far and away my favorite place to have a laid-back evening out.
One of our favorite spots in SLC. While Bodega is small and loud, The Rest is an incredible oasis beneath. The menu is always great, with fantastic cocktails and food. The service has always been outstanding, toting the line between friendly and professional in a very balanced way. An absolute must in Salt Lake if you'r looking for an intimate dinner and drinks experience.
Birthday dinner. SO glad we were able to make a reservation on a Saturday night. Drinks are pricey, but well crafted and delicious! Had the steak, pasta and pork belly. All were adequately cooked and beautifully presented.
The Rest is lovely every time. I love the incentive rotating food and drink menus and the wonderful relaxed ambiance. I have loved everything I’ve dined on over the years of coming to The Rest and I see no reason to ever stop popping in for a moment and escaping the busy noisy world.
Fan of the secret entrance, eclectic decor and ambiance. Great place to have a unique dining experience and liked that we had to show our id's because that meant no family or kid distraction while we enjoyed dinner. Delicious, am recommending to friends.
I took some time too get the table even with reservation
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.
Every time I have a friend visiting from out of town I try to get a reservation at The Rest! The food and ambiance are amazing and always happy to see Louisa who’s happened to be our server every time I’ve gone. The charcuterie board is awesome (but a lot of food so come hungry) and the beer can chicken and paella are delicious too. If you’re looking at this, you may already know but make those reservations early!
Excellent service and cocktails. Good food, cool room.
thank you for a truly wonderful night!
Best dining/drinking experience in all of SLC!
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.
Had a great time. Drinks were strong but very good.
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.
We had a disappointing meal but good drinks. Otherwise fine. It smelled like it was in fire during various times while we were there.
Love the vibes and atmosphere. Wish the menu had more vegan options.
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.
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.
This is my favorite restaurant when I visit Salt Lake. Always great service and a very cool vibe.
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
Awesome place for a special evening out. Food was amazing. Great vegetarian dish. According to my husband "best steak he's ever had".
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.
The Rest is rated 4.8 stars by 623 OpenTable diners.
The Rest does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://bodegaslc.com/giftcards.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.