The Roof Restaurant

4.5
2046 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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CE
Seattle
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SH
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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T
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in SLC period!!!

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BR
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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K
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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SU
1.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

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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T
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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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D
Salt Lake City
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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ML
Las Vegas
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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AE
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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TH
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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TB
2.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

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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h
Salt Lake City
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SL
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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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VS
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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RD
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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TB
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Very good food, great atmosphere

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S
4.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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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SJ
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MC
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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PL
3.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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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CM
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was lovely. We brought our granddaughter for her graduation. She loved it! Kept saying she had never been to such a nice restaurant.

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CP
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I had requested a window seat as I was celebrating my parents' anniversary with them. We were seated at the premier window seat with a fabulous northern view. There was a lovely card on the table wishing my folks a happy anniversary, which was very touching for all of us. The service was excellent (amazing, attentive wait staff!) and the pianist played love songs which was perfect. The food was a disappointment (just okay, many dishes were nearly empty and picked over) but dessert bar was great. Overall, a very special evening. Thank you!

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OT
Salt Lake City
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so good and the view is even better!

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OT
Salt Lake City
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good, especially for a buffet style. And the views were awesome to look out over the Salt Lake Valley.

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OT
Salt Lake City
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was nice and a beautiful view to go with it!

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OT
New Orleans
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening. The visit was spectacular, service was stunning, food stellar

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OT
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our 2 year anniversary and loved it! The attention to detail was amazing!

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SA
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was definitely better than what I was expecting from a buffet, but maybe not worth a near 100 dollar bill for two people.

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a
Salt Lake City
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent romantic restaurant with a fantastic view of Temple Square.

Food was exceptional.

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MW
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful experience. the view is spectacular and as always the service was excellent thanks for making a special birthday even more memorable

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OD
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a special occasion, in our case it was our 40th anniversary. The breathtaking view is outstanding. Very good food selection and the live piano playing adds to the great atmosphere.

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RP
3.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Good for special occasion. Cost was too much for quality of food. Hot food was barely warm.

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MG
San Antonio
5.0Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the Ambiance with the Temple view. The food was spectacular. The Server was REALLY GOOD! Great for a special night out with a special person or Family

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OT
Salt Lake City
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Food is ok, over priced.

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KH
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at the Roof. The service was great and the food was amazing(The Lion House Rolls) great selection of food. Our server was great help and did a wonderful job. I would highly recommend The Roof to anyone!

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