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The Roof Restaurant

4.4
2010 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Scenic View
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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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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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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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3.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food is ok, over priced.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

THE ROOF NEVER DISAPPOINTS!! The view, the service, the food, it’s always a great night out!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I invited my two daughters that live locally to brunch the day before Mother's Day. It was so wonderful to be seated near the window where we could overlook the temple and talk about what a blessing it is to watch them be loving mothers to their families. The food was so good and there was such a great variety. Our server was helpful for suggestions and checked on us frequently. Thank you for providing such an inspiring, wholesome and delightful setting to eat, laugh and love.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The main course food were good, not great. I think because it was late, there wasn't as much turnover with the food. The desserts were amazing though. Our server, Nick, was fantastic and made our experience even better. I would definitely go back, and I would recommend it to others.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This was our first time at the Roof and we enjoyed it. The food tasted good and the view was great. We went for our anniversary and were surprised it wasn't as fancy as we thought. We dressed up thinking it was more formal and then noticed a lot more casual people so we felt a little silly but overall it was nice. The food was good and the service was excellent. Next time we'll plan better for a night view.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The food and table setting was excellent. The main complaint was the piano playing was so loud my wife and I could not carry on a conversation which detracted from our celebration.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

My wife wanted to go someplace she nice so she could get dressed up for our anniversary. The Roof was a great choice. They have a fantastic staff, and the view was wonderful. I was a bit surprised it was buffet style, but the food was good. The piano player was excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We had a lovely time, our waitress was attentive and very professional. We loved the live piano music and the great view. We were pleased with the selection of food. The prime rib was delicious and the mashed potatoes were done to perfection. Everything we ate was good and we left happy and satisfied.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

It was good as always. Pricey but you do get what you pay for. I like the music and the food was good, not exceptional for the dollars but everything else makes up for this small deficiency.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Good variety, most dishes were excellent. Kind staff, great view, very memorable!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The Roof is a beautiful space with amazing views of the Capitol, Temple, and. Salt Lake valley. But it's a Buffett. There is no way to to high quality food on a Buffett. While they turn the food quickly it just isn't an experience that's in par with the space and staff.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Almost 50$ a person for an average buffet. Not a big variety of food so it doesn’t even feel like a buffet. No alcohol served here.

The view is the only postitive thing from this experience.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Excellent selection with great tasting food. The atmosphere was awesome and had a live pianist. There were 8 of us in our party and service was top notch! Never a plate left behind or a drink that didn't get filled up. From start to finish it was superb!

For sure will be back for the Mother's Day brunch, as we made reservations the same day for it.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food, music, and the views are incredible. I'll be coming back.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

The view was amazing....the buffet was a surprise since was expecting "a La Carte "service but have to admit that the food was extremely tasty and the wide selection available was rewarding.

The family enjoyed very much this dinner experience!

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

It was my first time at the Roof Restaurant. My review is following:
1. Parking was super easy. It was almost same as city creek parking but covers 3 hours from their validation ticket
2. Service was good. You will be curious why the service really matters when it comes to buffet. Tables are somewhat small for the two seats. You can only fit two plates and drink on the table. So each tables needs quite an attention from server to clean the table when diners are up for the next plate. Plates were always gone before I come back from next plates.
3. Amazing view. I was worried that view wouldn’t be pretty because sun was still up or that I wouldn’t be able to see the view because I would be seated far away from the window. But it was definitely worth it.
4. Food. There weren’t many different types of food considering the place is a buffet. But I can guarantee that you would get full from the food. Quality of food were pretty good.

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2.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The food is mediocre, at best. For nearly $50 pp, I was expecting so much more. The buffet has limited in choices and was quite small. The mashed potatoes are from a box. Everything was processed. It’s glorified cafeteria food. Chuck-a-Rama has better food than The Roof, for a fraction of the price. What saves it, is the view and the service. The dessert is okay, too. I still can’t figure out what all the fuss is about with this place. It’s a one-and-done experience for me.

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2.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I took my niece to celebrate her high school graduation. We went on a Tuesday night and I was able to make a reservation on the same day. If your purpose is to experience the view of the city, then go to the lobby outside of the restaurant and take pictures -- you'll get the exact same result. You'll just pay the parking fee. For the price, the food is marginal at best. If you're a foodie do yourself a favor, just skip it and take lobby pics. Also, it's kinda crazy that the buffet price does not include at least one overpriced lemonade/spritzer drink the restaurant offers. A better approach would be for them to offer a minimal charge for refills... The buffet is well kept and the staff does a great job of keeping it that way -- I am NOT a fan of buffets but I knew what I was signing up for, so the cleanliness made all of the difference to me. The atmosphere is definitely pleasant and relaxing -- we were seated by a window at my request. Because the Spring sun was searing on that particular day, the blinds to the view where drawn the entire dinner until about 10 minutes before we left. This seemed completely counter-intuitive to me...if the restaurant's claim to fame is the view, then invest in some state-of-the-art blinds and deliver the complete experience no matter the weather. Given the price of the buffet, I'm pretty certain the owner's can afford it.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This place is great, you can’t beat the view overseeing the LDS Temple and downtown Salt Lake. The staff is friendly and professional. The food is good and the Desserts are great.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The dinner was good and the view amazing! The staff very friendly and attentive!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Such amazing place to celebrate wedding Anniversary ,the view is outstanding!The view is worth it for the price that weve paid for and add up the delicious foods ♡ we are there around 7pm so we watch the sunset and it just made my day,makes it more romantic ! And the music ' piano?? Is just so nice!
Perfecto!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This was our 2nd time here and my Sons and his dates first time they love it and we’re excited to be their we were happy to be able to return it’s hard to get reservations in Dec when it’s our anniversary so it’s nice to be able to go again in the spring. Thanks for great service and lots of smiles. We will go again :)

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Love the food and ambiance!

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

If you are not a meat eater, the food is more like H'orderves than a meal.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I proposed to my wife here 2 years ago and we came back to celebrate our wedding anniversary and the food was better than we remembered! Probably because we were not as nervous as last time! The piano playing was very impressive and it was a very friendly atmosphere! The food was delicious, the desert was my favorite! Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was cold, also took 25min once we sat to get our drinks, also very expensive for why they offer

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The restaurant is worth going to for its views of the city and the Mormon temple. At night or daytime, the temple view is just gorgeous. The unfortunate thing is, you have to book way in advance to get a table with a great view. I booked about 2 weeks prior and they initially gave us a table in a side far away from the view. The food is just okay —nothing impressive and I think for an expensive buffet quite limited. You will quickly realize that you are just paying for the view which makes it a little bit dissappointing if you don’t get one of the coveted tables. We were there as a family and it was our first time in SLC from California. Celebrated my husband’sbirthday -nothing special they just put a candle in one of the desserts and gave it to him. The manager gave us a better table after I complained about the table we were placed on. Interestingly as we were checking in —we saw other tables that were empty with better views but were not given it because they said other parties booked way earlier. After they transferred us, the waiters took forever to even visit us in our table —don’t know if they were offended that I complained. The chef was at least nice and granted my request for pasta with tomato sauce ( because my son is allergic to dairy and the buffet was only serving one kind of pasta with cream sauce). So when you come here —my advice is book way in advance to get a table with a view, don’t expect great food but acceptable tasting food with limited selections for a buffet, service polite but substandard for a restaurant that bills itself to be a high end restaurant and understand that you are paying only for the views here. The view is the only main reason you will go to this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great location. Stunning view of Salt Lake Temple. Professional and courteous service. Live piano playing with pianist who will take requests make this place memorable! Deserts are also so so good!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

View was amazing. Expensive for what you get.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fantastic evening at The Roof!!! We were early to our reservation yet we’re still seated promptly. Service was great from the front desk to each server was fabulous. They were friendly and attentive. Food was very good. Loved hearing the wonderful music being played on the piano while we dined. The views of Temple Square and the Salt Lake Temple from our table were marvelous. Not a cheap evening but money well spent for our family.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Love the place.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Reunion dinner with my 92 year old dad and my step brother.
We did this last year and it was great then and it was great this time.
We will definitely come back next year if we can make the trip from Maine.
Thank you to Lindsi for doing a fantastic job as our server!
Excellent food in an unforgettable setting.
Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We were celebrating our anniversary and it was wonderful, table was perfect and we had a good time

Thanks for all details

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Ran out of food.. chicken dish was rubbery.. mashed potatoes watery because they were swimming in butter.. overall just not good! And for the amount you pay... the buffet is tiny. Definitely not impressed :(

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

You pay for the view in my opinion. It is $42 per person for the buffet with dessert included. However, the seafood is dried out and the salads and fruits are subpar. The meat was excellent however I do not think it was worth $170.00 for 3 people. I would go simply for the view if that was possible.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Needed someone to enforce a smooth flow thru buffet line. Had people coming from all directions and pushing in where they wanted to snatch a piece of food. Food was just ok. View was amazing though.

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