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Tue, 4/24
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10:00 PM
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The Roof Restaurant

4.4
1991 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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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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 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Terrible. Celebrating an anniversary with food that came out from a can. The food does not even come close to the view that was being offered.

Had a server, who appeared to have a section that was half of the restaurant. We moved tables and never paid any attention or cared to ask. No attentiveness. No personality.

I will never go back neither will I recommend this restaurant to anyone. Chik-fil-a would've been better than this.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It was divine. The food is AMAZING that is an understatement. Never fails

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

They had great personal touches! You made my anniversary date wonderful!

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Food was good, but not amazing. Staff was friendly and efficient. Ambiance and views are exceptional. Expensive.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Nice restaurant. Was pretty loud with high school kids for prom. Would have liked to be seated away from them. Food was good.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The view was spectacular. I think the buffet could have had a wider range of foods especially since it's $42/plate. The atmosphere is good and the dessert was so so good! Perfect for a date night or special occasion!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Extremely expensive. The food was nothing exceptional. The view was beautiful and the staff was professional, but these did not compensate for the food quality and price.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The atmosphere is top notch with breath taking views and a great ambiance. I will admit a bias against buffets so take my review about the food with a grain of salt. The food was good for a buffet and the prime rib was not well done so that is a plus. Much of the rest of the food was strait from the Cisco truck warmed and on the buffet line. You get your $42 dollars worth via the amount of food you consume and not via the quality. The buffet seem like the last vestiges of old Utah except it was missing green jello. I will return but more because of the location, ambiance and the historical feel of old Utah.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

My wife and had a very good dinner in a quiet and delightful atmosphere. We had planned to go to the Tabernacle Choir practice and when my wife saw the sign in the window for the Rooftop Restaurant, we said we should get a reservation and have dinner at the Rooftop Restaurant. Sure glad we did.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We picked the roof as the spot to celebrate our anniversary. It was great. love the ambiance, the piano player was excellent! The food was so tasty. There were so many different kinds of foods and desserts. Oh and the view wow. Our experience was excellent we will definitely be back. Thank you Roof Restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We were visiting from California and we loved it! The view, food, and service was worth the price.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our meal was amazing. The food was great! Service was great. I wish that there were more desserts that were made from scratch. It seemed like some of them came pre-made out of the freezer. They were good but could have been amazing.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Upscale buffet with amazing views of downtown Salt Lake City. Large selection of salads and entree's, but the most amazing part was the prime rib. I have never tasted prime rib so tender and juicy! No knife necessary.
Oh, and don't forget the deserts. The caramel bread pudding was amazing as was the mint chocolate cake.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Went there with my wife for our anniversary. It was a great experience.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This restaurant was an experience. The food was so delicious and the buffet comes in small portions so that you can try many different items. The best items of the night were the prime rib and the fresh, warm rolls.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The Roof was a great spot for our special occasion. We had an excellent view and the live piano playing was exceptional. The food is good, but pretty pricy for what you get. It’s an experience worth doing at least once. I would leave the kids at home since it’s more upscale.
90 minute dine time is great for taking your time to eat, soak up the views and stare into your dates eyes. Parks is free for 3 hrs with validation.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

$42.00 per person AND CHILDREN ARE RUNNING AMUCK. My wife, and I were celebrating our 14 year anniversary. The Food and people made me Dizzy, light headed, and nauseated. At least 20 kids running around. Service was Awesome. We gave a $20 tip (Most I've ever gave anywhere). After two plates I was too sick and my wife started getting sick. We had to leave. I will NEVER return here. There are FAR BETTER Restaurants to eat at. The Chefs here seriously do not know how to cook food. The chicken was old. The carrot cake was stale as ice. I have 4 children, all under 12 years. Children should not be allowed in a place charging $42 a person. RIDICULOUS. As stated above, this place made me sick. We will NEVER return.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This is definitely one of the best restaurant in Slat Lake City. The Roof Top is super Clean, the staff are there to give you a warm welcome, and the food is excellent. The only limitation is that the buffet option is quite restrictive. We loved it and will visit again!

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I didn’t feel it lived up to the hype. Service was great, but food was just average. Meat was over cooked so that was disappointing. But our server Janet was very nice and accommodating for our large party, which we appreciated.

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