The Roof Restaurant

4.5
2105 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The Roof Restaurant is Utah’s premier gourmet dining buffet. With breathtaking views of Temple Square and Downtown Salt Lake City, The Roof is a fusion of inspiring views and extravagant food. Chef Pedro Mauricio prepares international cuisine with daily regulars for a dynamic menu. Additionally, we offer a world-renowned dessert buffet with an abundance of delicious choices. Note: no alcohol or coffee is served.

PRICING: Adults $42.00, Vegetarian $30.00, Youth (7-11) $18.00, Child (4-6) $9.00

HOLIDAY PRICING (Valentine's Day): Adults $49.95, Youth (7-11) $24.95, Child (4-6) $14.95
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close

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Phone number
(801) 539-1911
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Pedro Mauricio
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
State Street
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Parking details
The Joseph Smith Memorial Building Underground Parking has a in-street entrance is on South Temple street. Please enter west-bound on South Temple. As you turn onto South Temple, the entrance is on the left. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right to enter the Joseph Smith Memorial Building garage.
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Entertainment
Live piano music every night and during select daytime special event openings.
Additional
Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

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Private dining rooms to compliment The Roof Restaurant are also located in the historic downtown Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The location, elegant atmosphere and neo-gothic architecture make the Joseph Smith Memorial Building a premier location for any event.

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JA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We have been many times, and we usually love it. Our favorite are the desserts. This time there was a very small variety. And what was there was ok not wonderful as it usually is. My chair was over a vent so I was cold. Also the chair couldn’t be flat on the ground because of the vent. Just not our usual great experience this time around.

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BJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great attentive service. Piano player phenomenal and views outstanding. Buffet food good. Meat carver sliced ridiculously thin slices of prime rib which required 3 returns by me to feel like I got a normal meat serving. Since we were on vacation primarily hiking, we felt slightly under dressed. Most men in suits and ties and women in formal wear. Though formal wear not required.

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WW
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The Saturday buffet in between conference sessions was fair at best. The salad was bagged lettuce with a few bagged carrots on top. Then dressing. That’s not a salad! Not enough cold options. The chicken options were plentiful but too many fried dishes. Fried fish, fried chicken, seemed like a buffet for children. The beans were good, the potatoes sticky, the rice was boring. The beef in gravy was too fatty. Not good quality beef. Desserts were just ok. Sorry. Too much money for a buffet that looked like it went from freezer to fryer.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Conference

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KM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husbands 70th birthday at the roof. The piano player, (who is excellent by the way) played happy birthday. Our waiter brought out a special piece of cake for my husband as well. It was a very romantic evening. The food was superb. The view... indescribably beautiful.

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RA
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Meats were tasteless dry and tough.
Rolls were dry.
Cheeses were hard and bland.
Creme brulee was sticky on top and the custard was grainy.
Cheesecake was frozen, crumbled rather than creamy.
So disappointed. Definitely not worth $42/person.

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TG
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

So many recent changes have caused this once-wonderful restaurant to not earn a recommendation again. The delightful dessert selection that used to exist has dwindled to just a few desserts with many old favorites missing. The wonderful salad selections of before now consist mostly of pickled fruits and veggies. The only toppings for the lettuce were canned mandarin oranges, radishes, and whole tomatoes! The shrimp was wonderful, and the prime rib was pretty good, once I won the battle with the server to get a piece that wasn’t dried out leather. If you loved the creme brûlée, prepare to be very disappointed. They changed the recipe! For our family, it looks like an 18-year tradition has ended. We’ll have to find a new place for special dinners. So sad...

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DG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is beautiful- staff and pianist were great!
Food was less than average. Prime Rib was served in a silver dollar sized portion. Looks like they had cut a prime rib in quarters? Meat had absolutely no pink color - looked like pot roast! Had salmon that was over cooked and tasteless. I was really shocked 😳 Deserts were delicious but I have never seen even a buffet in Las Vegas serve main entrees in this fashion. If it is due to the fact that it was a Monday - close it instead of serving food in this manner! We were very disappointed. I should have taken pictures.

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I
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

First of all, we made reservations over a week in advance of our visit. The hostess placed us at a table with an obstructed view. A guest came in after us with no reservation and was placed window side with no obstructed view. Huh? The prime rib was so under cooked and tuff it was not pleasant trying to chew it! Bottom line the buffet is over priced! I could’ve had a better meal elsewhere for a more conservative price range. You’re really going for the experience and the view if you’re luck enough to sit by the windows. Thanks.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

Live piano music with a few songs being played. food is not worth $40+ per person food is very simple. Service was good at keeping tables cleared and drinks topped off.

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Way too costly. Good thing my anniversary is only once a year, can’t afford more. Amazing view, food was ok, but too many tables smashed into a small space.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Wish the food was better. Some meats where cold and tough. Ran out of crab early. The view was beautiful

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R
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food, ambience, and service is incredible, but the desserts are disappointing. Overall, very good!

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MD
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at The Rooftop Restaurant was the highlight of our 10 day vacation. Courteous, professional staff. Awesome view.

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F
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing location. They ran out of desserts which was disappointing.

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had exceptional service! We went for our one year anniversary and it was amazing. The live piano music was beautiful the food was delicious and our server was so nice! They picked up our food promptly, made us feel right at home, even took our picture. Didn’t make us feel rushed at all.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our absolute favorite spot in SLC for romantic celebrations!!

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SP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Improve the food taste. The view and sercvice is really good but the food is below average.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience

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DM
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining location. Very enjoyable piano music in the background.

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The staff was so very friendly. I feel there was less variety in the cuisine than I had previously experienced.

The music made it worth it. Without the lovely auditory ambiance, it would have been a waste of money.

The shrimp was chewy, the prime rib was pre-cut and dry. The ratitoullie steam burned my hand when I opened it, the staff started clearing food away before closing. The roll was cold and butter was warm. The menu said Dr Pepper, but I was served Mr Pibb.

Also, I attempted to dine here the night prior, but was turned away. That's right... A table for 1 on a Thursday, more than 90 minutes before closing and they told me they were not accepting any more patrons. I was especially confused when I saw the next day that reservations could be made as late as 9pm. That's why I was sure to set a reservation for Friday, so they couldn't pull the same stunt.

I rate it favorably only because I loved my waitress Janet and the pianist John. They made my night!

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MP
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the service loved the food loved the view - trifecta perfecta

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A
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and setting was excellent. Some food was just not great and the selection was smaller compared to other buffets.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved it!! this was my first that and was only in SLC for the weekend but this was by far some of the best food and experience i had!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have been to this restaurant before and loved it but didn't have the same experience this time. The people behind us were very loud and watching loud videos on their phones. We had a 8 o'clock reservation and the food didn't seem to get replaced. Seemed like very few options for a $50 buffet. The deserts we very disappointing. They had very good carrot cake the last time but no longer serve it.

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GM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and an amazing view! We will definately go again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was on point very delicious, however the mashed potatoes and the clam chowder were to die for as well as a creme brulee can't wait to go again.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for special occasion. The staff is fantastic. I recommend it for lovers of a pleasant atmosphere in every sense of the word.

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

Everything thing was amazing. Will dine again when back in town.

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

My husband and I were on a date before he left on his year-long deployment. The owner introduced himself and offered to cover a portion of our bill as a thank you. We had a wonderful time and was super impressed by the kindness and hospitality that was displayed. We can’t thank you enough for a memorable and a fantastic evening. We will be returning when he gets back!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our spiritual mom’s b’day and celebrated her and her husband’s love for my brother and I. It was truly a treat. The pianist Michael was on point with his music selections and our waitress Berkley was amazing. She was so efficient and served us with a smile throughout the night and surprised our spiritual mom with a little b’day cake with a candle and John played the b’day song on the piano. Truly an amazing experience. Thank you so much for a great experience.

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P
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my son's 17th birthday dinner choice. He kept saying how wonderful and peaceful it was. He also loved the view and the beautiful live piano music. It was worth it just to see him so pleased. A special thanks to the pianist. We had the best seat right next to her and the music made the dinner perfect.

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SH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. The view spectacular, and the reason we chose to come. However, in my humble opinion, it is for exceptional occasions only. Way to high priced to be for just anything! I didn’t realize this was a buffet only kind of thing. I would have enjoyed a second roll but it was never offered. My specialty drink was probably the best I’ve ever had, but wouldn’t pay $4.00 for it again to only have one glass of it. I would definitely come again but it wouldn’t be for several years.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very very good, the food, the service everything was amazing

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great time

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was (explicit) expensive

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MM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

No alcohol or coffee is served. It was a bit of a surprise when taking clients, but the view and service were worth it!

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MO
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

My son, is 17. He works full time and makes good money. He wanted to take his girlfriend to a nice restaurant for dinner, I suggested this place.
Let me say that he is a waiter himself so he understands the importance of tipping and had saved enough to include a 20%+ tip. I don’t know if his waitress was having an off night or if it was because he was a kid so she assumed he wouldn’t tip good but she treated them like crap.
He said she was very attentive to her other tables but barely acknowledged them and even rolled her eyes at them a couple times. He came home very embarrassed and upset and I will never again recommend this place.

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m
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and environment. The views from the window side are excellent. The good was great, and well presented. However, they had only 8 dessert options, which is far below the normal of 20 or so. They often advertise their various desserts, so that was disappointing. However, I would still come back.

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K
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great view, drinks and environment. Some of the food was great and some was good but not worth the price
Server was wonderful.

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