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The Garden Restaurant

15 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
+1 801-539-3170
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Ranked #92 of 1,195 restaurants in Salt Lake City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: State Street
Transit: Trax stop - City Center
Description: Located on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building with stunning views of Temple Square and Downtown. Four-time Best of State winner for Casual American Dining. Try the signature fried pickle appetizer!
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81% Recommend
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Sacramento, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We come to Salt Lake each year to do genealogy and have found great restaurants in SLC. This year, we tried one of the LDS restaurants, this one atop the Joseph Smith Building which was the old Hotel Utah and which the church totally renovated. The meal was above average, but the view was great. Be sure to make reservations... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The location of this restaurant, on top of the old Hotel Utah, now called the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, is the restaurant's best asset. With views of next-door Temple Square and the surrounding gardens, it is always a popular, therefore busy location. I guess this might be why the service is so poor - they know they are guaranteed business... More

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New Lebanon, Ohio
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159 reviews 159 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This restaurant has fairly decent food, although service was a little scattered. My friend and I both ordered starters, then sanwiches for lunch. I ordered the tempura shrimp starter, she ordered the fried pickles. For our sanwhices, I had the BLT with avocado, and she had the chicken romano sandwich. Both plates came with kettle chips. Foccacia bread with oil... More

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Syracuse, New York
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106 reviews 106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

We went at night and were treated to a magnificent view of Temple Square with the tabernacle lit up. We thought the food was OK. The restaurant has an interesting history. Used to be outdoors on the roof. Now it's totally enclosed. Staff were friendly, and service was nicely paced.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Great views and quick service are a plus. The downside is that the food is bland and tastes like it has been boiled. Church potluck would describe it. I would skip it.

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Great atmosphere and view at the Joseph Smith memorial building. There for lunch, had the Crispy Romaine Chicken Salad. This is a large salad with bacon, roma tomatoes, cucumber, and green onions. Parmesan peppercorn dressing is creamy and delicious. Added the chili soup which is delicious also. Would definately go again!

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This restaurant was at the Jefferson Memorial Building. What a beautiful view at night, with the Mormon Temple lit up. the food was great! There were 30 people in our group & 2 waitress's that kept our water glasses full and our bread baskets fuull and the food was hot when served.

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Rifle, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The food was excellent, the view was amazing. The service gave it a 4 out 5. It was a little slow and they forgot to bring my beverage.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I live a few blocks from this restaurant and have taken out-of-town guests there frequently, because of the fantastic view, the good food, and the reasonable prices. Not so anymore. Now the food is mediocre and the prices are exorbitant for what you get! Recently, I took a friend there for lunch. We first were given a round of Italian-style... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Great view of downtown and looking west, very white and bright. Appetizer of Brent's chips were good (blue chese chips with bacon and it is a very good sized portion) as was the wedge salad...at this point in the meal we were thinking it was a good place overall (4stars)...then our entress came out and they both looked good (chicken... More

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