The Roof Restaurant

4.6
2064 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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

Private Dining

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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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent view

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Awesome waiters. Great food and food selection. Love the piano music. We celebrated our Anniversary and it was a perfect choice. Great views of the temple.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

It was a very nice place to go to and eat but the food wasn’t good, you really are paying for the price. You could get the same value of food at Golden Corral.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food, wonderful view, very pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

They had a personalised card waiting for us at the table,service was great and they didnt mind taking sunset pictures :) Would definitely recommend for any occasion!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The best buffet I have ever been too. The food is outstanding, the view is spectacular, and the service is fabulous.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The meal greatly surpassed our families expectations as did the speedy, courteous service. The view of the Temple and beautiful music provided the perfect setting for a memorable dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Large Buffet with great variety, no alcohol, a little pricey $42. for an adult but the view is beautiful!

Server was fantastic, professional and informative.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We celebrated our 3rd anniversary at the roof. There was great live piano,great food and dessert. Our waiter was so amazing. He was so friendly and funny. Beautiful above view of the temple and temple square. Only a special occasion place for us though because of the price.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great food , great view,great service, amazing experience overall

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great outlook, lovely selection of food. Great pianists playing background mood lifting music.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

I love the view! One of the best in the city. The food was really good and had a good variety. Our waiters were friendly and on top of everything. Pretty expensive, but worth it for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Good selection at the buffet and the food was delicious. I'd love to have rarer prime rib, but that's a personal preference. Dessert was a favorite of the kids. Great view of temple square.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I went here for my birthday and it was a special night to be certain. The food overall tasted fresh and flavorful. The view and the location are the main reason we come here. The staff were all very friendly and went above and beyond to provide excellent service. The creme brulee is always a favorite.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The food is amazing! Especially the beef medallions! The service was prompt and unobtrusive and the overall atmosphere was peaceful and relaxing. We loved that their was so much variety with the buffet! My wife and I had a perfect start to our date night here! Will definitely be going again and recommending to others!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Good food and good buffet with a nice of view of Temple Square

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2.0Dined on July 13, 2018

I shouldn’t expect good fish from a landlocked state😅

Also, the supplier of the food (i.e. Sysco, US Food, &c.) seems like it’s the same as that of BYU— just presented and prepared in a “more fancy” way. Thus, I do feel somewhat ripped off when eating the food.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Love the roof. The food is always top notch and the desert bar is second to none.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Enjoyed the dinnerhere.Good view,and good service wiv yummy food.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Best restaurant in SLC period!!!

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

They have an AYCE buffet for $42. There's a piano player for entertainment. Nice view from the top of the Joseph Smith Building. No alcohol or hot drinks offered. Crab legs, shrimp, BBQ ribs, kielbasa, roast beef. Service was very good. The food was OK, but not spectacular.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

We would highly recommend The Roof for any special occasion, as it is costlier than some restaurants. Even though it was a buffet, the food was excellent. The prime rib, ham and king crab legs aren't something you find on regular buffets! The service was excellent and the servers worked together as a team, so patrons' needs weren't overlooked! There were no alcoholic beverages available, but the beverages that were available were delicious! The evening we were there, there was live piano music and it really added to the ambiance and was not distracting. And the view of the Mormon Temple was breathtaking!
Reservations are certainly recommended and the process to make them online was so easy and lets you know right away if a table is available for the time you desire.
We would also recommend taking the time to walk around the Joseph Smith building as it is beautiful and offers much history of the Mormon leadership.
Thank you for a very special evening!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Friendly greeting by staff, beautiful piano music playing by talented lady. Attentive servers, plentiful amounts of food. Limited selection for children though and no alcoholic drinks. Overall a pleasant evening, but no view due to see through roller blinds being down which was disappointing.

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1.0Dined on July 7, 2018

For the price of the food ,you'd think there were more choices.. the Beef medallions were not cooked all the way. The rolls weren't fresh.. I love the rolls, but the ones we got weren't good and were so dry and didn't taste good at all. Mashed potaoes were bland had no flavor . I won't recommend it for a place to go out to. SADLY DISSAPPOINTED

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

It is an upscale Chuck-O-Rama, it is a buffet. The selections that they offered are not like what we have seen before at any other buffet. But you still have to patiently wait while other folks in line are tending to the station getting food on their plate. Overall, it was still really nice and we would go back again for another special occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

It is buffet style, but high end choices and excellent service. Its definitely on the pricey side, but it was great for a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The Rooftop restaurant is a very nice place to have a higher up scale buffet. The restaurant is like old school. Dark wood and brass for the interior. It is good for kids and in the end it still a buffet. The view is what makes this place. If you drink alcohol remember to do it before or after due to the fact its Mormon run.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The food was good, the seating was comfortable, the view was great.

The pianist pounding out trite interpretations of rock tunes however made conversation very difficult and became a point of nuisance that made us as a group regret choosing The Roof as the restaurant in which to spend hundreds of dollars. We had to cut our evening short because of this.

The Roof could pull it all together by instructing the pianist to contemplate the virtues of pianissimo while choosing more appropriate pieces from classical masters other than Cold Play and Queen.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We took my mom here for her 80th birthday. She had never been and really wanted to go. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. There was great variety and everything tasted great. We had 9 people. The service was fantastic. And of course the view was amazing!!

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I have been to the Roof Restaurant many many times in the past, especially when I wanted to impress someone of how great a SLC restaurant can really be. We had a couple that I wanted to really impress last week, so I reserved a table for 4 for Saturday evening 7:30pm, June 30. I requested a table with a view of the temple for this special couple. We arrived 10 minutes early and were told we would have to wait for our table. When we were ushered into the restaurant I was surprised that many tables by the window and other tables with views were empty. We were taken to a table in the back of the room with no view at all. We were dressed in Sunday best so it wasn't that they were trying to hide us from something. The waiter and waitress were cordial and prompt with drinks, bread buns and filling our water glasses. However, I was surprised again at how mediocre the food was. Selections for salad and main course were way below the cost level of the meal. I was served a very fatty prime rib and the other meats I tried were what one would expect to find at a much cheaper buffet in town. Finger potatoes were burned and meat poorly seasoned. My wife was equally disappointed with everything and we were sorry we had chosen the Roof. When we left about 90 minutes later the restaurant was nearly empty on a Saturday evening. We could clearly see why! It is not at all what it used to be at the Roof Restaurant. We will not be coming back. We know we have other options in town when we want to impress someone about SLC fine dining.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Wonderful food and view as always. The piano music was so awesome! Carrie was great and played our requests. I am usually very cold and brought extra sweater to wear but did not need to this time. I was so happy about that!

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The service and ambience was excellent, but the food was just ok. Many items that should’ve been hot, including steak and soup, were cold. We found a hair in two different items, neither of which matched that from people in our party. Overall it was a bit of let down, especially considering price.

The dessert bar, city view, and service were the best part of this meal.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We were with our neighbors who were also celebrating their anniversary. Our server was exceptional! Since were were celebrating our anniversary, I requested a table with a great view of the temple when I made the reservation. We had a beautiful view. The food was absolutely delicious. There were good gluten free options. Music was delightful. We really enjoyed our time there. Thank you so much!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

The view is spectacular. The food is top quality, including a variety of seafood and prime rib cooked to perfection.
The evening was made stellar by the talented pianist who not only played beautifully, but also took requests for any song in pretty much any genre. Impressive.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Wonderful view of the Salt Lake Temple from every seat at this delicious dinner buffet restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Loved it! Very good food, great atmosphere

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Service was outstanding. Everyone was super friendly. View was amazing. Lots of food choices. Salad was not as fresh as expected and didn't see many fresh vegetables.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Our waitress was the best part. Very prompt and always had our plates cleared by the time we got back to the table. Drinks were always taken care of.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and it felt very special to indulge in good food with more variety than we’d get elsewhere. Everything was beautiful and upscale, friendly waiter and staff, romantic piano live music in the background. It would have been magical if everyone had been there for a special event, however some just came to eat in shirts or jeans. The larger groups could be loud and hold conversations against the railing right by our table. Can’t fault the staff or restaurant for the behavior and dress of those coming to dine. We enjoyed our evening and a stroll on Temple Square and City Creek Mall. We are very appreciative of our dining experience and the free parking validation that allowed 3 hours of city exploring.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We enjoyed our time there, but I think it was over-hyped. The food was decent, but we didn't have anything that really blew our minds. Nice view, nice place, but the food was not as good as we were expecting. Perhaps a really nice version of Sizzler.

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