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About The Roof Restaurant

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.
HOLIDAY PRICING NOVEMBER 24 THROUGH JANUARY 1, 2018
HOLIDAY PRICING - Adult $49.95, Vegetarian $35.00, Children 7-11 $20.00 Children 4-6 $10.00
Christmas Eve - Adult $59.95, Vegetarian $49.95, Children 7-11 $34.95, Children $24.95

15 East South Temple
10th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close

Cross Street:
State Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(801) 539-1911

Website:
http://www.templesquare.com/dining/the-roof-restaurant/

Entertainment:
Live piano music every night and during select daytime special event openings.

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.

Executive Chef:
Pedro Mauricio

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.

The Roof Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (56)
Special Occasion (52)
Scenic View (46)
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Romantic (38)
Good for a Date (30)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Live Music (22)
Cozy (18)
Seasonal (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Business Meals (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fun (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Healthy (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
People Watching (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Authentic (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Casual (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I’ll be short, the food is amazing. The service was great, and environment was very comforting.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I enjoyed every single food item I tried. Oddly the bread pudding with caramel sauce was my favorite item of the evening but I love caramel. Atmosphere was amazing, the view was amazing, the food was incredible, and the staff took care of my requests for roses and a view. Would highly recommend to any of my friends.

Be prepared for a religion based evening as it is located in the Joseph Smith memorial building. Few conversations overheard from patrons on religious stories but I was fully aware prior to booking.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Absolutely amazing. The steak flank was delicious.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This restaurant was amazing! We came for our 10th wedding anniversary and will be back someday. Great food, wonderful view, amazing service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a wonderful experience - exceeded our expectations. The only "con" is that it was very very crowded and difficult to get to all the stations.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding. Was really busy this weekend but it was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

This place is a complete and utter rip-off! I took my wife here for our 10 year wedding anniversary thinking it was a classy place and fine dining. I knew it was buffet style, but I figured that it must be a very high quality buffet. Boy was I wrong! They charged $49.50 a person, for food that was the same quality that you would find at a Golden Coral type place. I am not exaggerating here. Mashed potatoes were incredibly oily and thin with way to much garlic. It was not palatable whatsoever. One of the meat dishes was completely raw inside. The deserts might have been purchased from the Wal-Mart bakery clearance section. I really do not understand how this place has so many good reviews. Believe me when I tell you that if you are expecting a fine dining experience with food that is at the $50 a plate price point, you will be as disappointed as we were. The Roof is nothing but a cheap low quality resort buffet masquerading as a fine dining establishment. No way in hell any real "chef" would put food out like this and charge that much. I will never go back and I will steer all of my friends away! DO NOT GO HERE! You are warned.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was ok. The fish was lukewarm, the prime rib was ok and most of the deserts tasted like they were store bought.

I lived in Vegas for 10 years and maybe my expectations are higher but I expected better for $50 per person. A Brazilian steakhouse seems more of a value after eating here.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Lovely Holiday meal

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

I went to The Roof Restaurant the day before Christmas Eve. It has an absolutely amazing view over the Christmas lights, that combined with the live piano music creates a very romantic atmosphere. The food there was well prepared and cooked to perfection. If you have a special day prepared for a special someone or a family member there is no better way to top it off.

Tags: Live Music, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

For me and my wife it was a night to never be forgotten. Music was beautiful, it was calm and peaceful, didn't feel like we were rush to eat are food. It was overall wonderful!

Tags: Business Meals, Live Music, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was amazing and the atmosphere was very relaxing with a live piano and violin. We had a great view of temple square all lit up. The only downside is that the place is a bit pricey.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Love the Roof! Great experience with family and fabulous food!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

The whole environment was splendid. The only thing I would complain about is the food. It was subpar. Not my favorite.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food was good, but what you pay for is the view. Beautiful restaurant. If it were just a sit down and order restaurant it would be amazing. The buffet was good. Service was great. View was amazing

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Christmas time

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Would have been much better if our group of 12 could have all sat at the same table.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The Roof is a unique experience within Utah. The Roof is the finest buffet style meal you can get anywhere in the state. Nobody else does fine buffet dining like The Roof. There is a stunning view of the Capital, SLC Temple, and during the holidays you can see the lights of temple square. We go to The Roof for all our elegant dates.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

The atmosphere and view was outstanding. The live piano really set the mood and was very impressive. The food was delicious! I highly recommend the Roof for special occasions.

Tags: Live Music, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Hot Spot, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Our reservation was for 7:00 p.m. just before the Christmas Concert that we had tickets for. We arrived 15 minutes early and was told it would be about 10 minutes. We were to leave around 7:30-7:45 so that we would be on time for the concert. We were not even seated at our table until 7:30. We missed our concert! Not pleased with the attitude of the staff... "Nothing we can do"!
Did receive a gift card, but may not be back!

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

We go every year at Christmas time with my Parents to The Roof and sadly this year was HORRIBLE! We have enjoyed this tradition for years but this time we waited 25 minutes past our reservation time to be seated and this time of year they only give you 90 to enjoy the dinning experience....So we felt rushed when we lost 25 minutes waiting for our table. With that we had horrible service! We never got refills on water or beverages, we never received a 2nd roll after asking twice. And lastly they lines of the food itself have never been so long! We felt for the hefty price tag the service was horrible, lines and crowds so long you could not get the food you wanted and we only had 60 of our 90 minute time to enjoy our visit. My husband was not happy to pay the $220 bill for 4 and feel like he needed to stop and eat on the way home. He never wants to return. You pay a lot of money for the evening and to get bad service and hardly any food does not make up for the AMAZING scenery. That is the only thing it has going for it at this point.

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Was a bit disappointed this time. The price ended up being $10 more a person for “holiday”. When reservations were made it did not mention a holiday price. Very little for vegetarians. Small salad, mashed potatoes and roll. A bit of cheese and small dessert not worth $50. Friends soup and prime rib were lukewarm. Lines at buffet were long and crowded. We didn’t have the experience we were hoping for. Service however was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

15 years in a row never disappoints

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

What a wonderful dining experience! The spectacular view, delicious food (and plenty of it), ambience and great staff. It’s a true gem in downtown Salt Lake City.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

We came to celebrate Christmas. The birth of our Lord and Savior. The Roof did not disappoint. We had a lovely time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our annual tradition for more than two decades. Just the two of us!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

One of the best buffets we've ever been to!! So delicious!!!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I love this place. Such an amazing view!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing restaurant that surpassed my high expectations. I will be dining here again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Live Music, People Watching, Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Business Meals, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was great and the view fantastic. My one complaint is that the buffet lines weren’t managed. You almost had to elbow your way in to get food because there wasn’t any particular line or order.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

So disappointed in this restearaunt for the money we spent which was $350 the staff was rude and one waitress even rolled her eyes at our 7year old daughter when she wished her a merry Christmas and thanked her for helping her. Absolutely saddened by their behavior. Won't be go In back, this has been a tradition for a long time but service people have really home down hill. Extremely sad to end a tradition based on that. Our family spent over $700 total for sub par service.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great place to eat!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful view and great buffet. The service was very good and there was lots of food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

It was my daughter-in-laws birthday. She has a severe peanut allergy. I noted on my reservation about the allergy. I then talked to the restaurant they assured me there were no peanuts. I had been there before and hadn’t seen any. So then called a second time to double check and was assured that there weren’t any. I requested a menu but nothing regarding any nut was listed.
I was assured that our waitress and the restaurant had been made aware. They had not been made aware.
Well not only did they have nuts, they had a bowl of mixed nuts on both ends of the buffet and peanut bars on the desert table. Since the kitchen is small, there was no possible way of not having cross contamination. She didn’t get to eat for her birthday. Disappointed. So FYI there are high allergens and high possibility for cross contamination for: Shell fish and all nuts.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great service. Wonderful food.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Service is normally excellent, but this time our server was way less than attentive. several times I ran out of drink, and when we asked for something it took a long time to get it to us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything about our experience at The Roof was fantastic. Our server was exceptional, the view unbeatable!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I love the ambiance at the restaurant, however, when I am paying $50 per plate I hate feeling like I’m at Golden Corral while waiting in a crowded line. I am sad at my last visit as I have fond memories of the the Roof, but it felt like an overpriced cruise buffet I would suggest a different buffet layout as far as the movement of people as it feels cheep. Also the food quality needs work.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

The roof was a beautiful place to celebrate our anniversary! The service was great, the food was delicious and the view was outstanding. I would definitely come back and recommend this place to others!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I liked the place. The service is grate, but the food is really bad for the price that one's pays

Tags: Live Music
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