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.
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live piano music every night and during select daytime special event openings.
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.
Private Party Facilities:
Consider holding your business dinner or family gathering in "The Library," a private room on the North end of the restaurant with a view of Temple Square, The Conference Center, The Utah State Capitol Building, The Church Office Building, and Downtown Salt Lake City. One large round table creates a comfortable atmosphere for all guests. This unique table accommodates large parties of 10-16 people.
Private Party Contact:
Reservation Desk: 8015391911x
Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
The Roof Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Excellent ambiance for a special occasio ...
Excellent ambiance for a special occasion. Ask for a table by the window for an even better setting. Very romantic with live piano music. Food was excellent! Salads were fresh and crisp. Ranch dressing was heavenly. Meats were cooked to perfection. Desserts were a buffet of their own! Fabulous experience! It was our first time and we'll definitely go back when in town again.
We went in the evening, at sunset, and w ...
We went in the evening, at sunset, and what a beautiful view of Downtown Salt Lake City! The buffet was delicious and unique. We loved the dessert table! It was a little pricey and parking was difficult, but I'd definitely recommend going.
The Roof has wrap around windows for 2/3 ...
The Roof has wrap around windows for 2/3 of the walls, offering a spectacular view of Temple Square, the Utah State Capitol, and the Conference Center. I especially appreciated that we could have quiet conversation.
Some people wore their jeans and T-shirts, but I felt that those who dressed up matched their clothing to the elegant tables and food. Some wore formal attire, and they were not over-dressed. The waiters were also formally attired.
This is an elegant buffet with a large salad bar, and a hot island with prime rib and honey glazed ham sliced to order. Other hot meat dishes included bacon wrapped beef medallions, catfish in sauce, and a chicken dish. Three people loved the prime rib and one found it dry, but when broth was added it was better. One person loved the chicken dish. I didn't care for the fish even though I like catfish. All of us thought the large, cold, shrimp were the best protein offering, with the fancy cheeses also right at the top. There are two long tables of fancy desserts.
This is fancy dining with a fancy price. We felt it a good value for adults but not a good place to take children. (There were several children a table close to us.)
While the views are awesome the value di ...
While the views are awesome the value didn't seem to be the greatest because for the price paid one would have expected the buffet to have more options than it had. The service was good as the wait staff constantly made their rounds and checked in on us and other guests. If you are looking for a nice meal with great views and good dinner conversation while not minding paying a bit more than other locals then this place is for you.
I would go here again but likely only for rare and special occasions and simply because of the view overlooking the Salt Lake Temple and the western mountain range at sunset.
Enjoyable experience and delicious food. ...
Enjoyable experience and delicious food. The "signature drink" was fairly lackluster. The live pianist left a lot to be desired. Whether she is severely amateurish or out of practice I don't know but there were way too many musical mistakes and a general lack of feeling put into it. The music definitely took away from the atmosphere.
The view, the food and the music from th ...
The view, the food and the music from the pianist was amazing!!! The service was good but I just wish that the server gave us the rundown on things like they did to the people next to us (who have been there before). This was our first time and we were there for a special occasion but the server didn't care to ask us like she did for those who were next to us.
The view makes it worth coming here. Fo ...
The view makes it worth coming here. Food is not that creative or imaginative. Quality of food is good, not outstanding. Just a typical buffet offering. If not for the view, will choose other places to dine. Credit Card info is also required to make reservations, which is a bit of a nuisance.
I have pros and cons; I'll start with co ...
I have pros and cons; I'll start with cons to end on a positive note.
My husband and I came for our 1st anniversary. While reserving our table online there was an option to order flowers from an outside source and have them delivered. At the end of the order the site recommended I contact The Roof to inform them of my order's scheduled arrival. The preservationists didn't know what I was talking about. As I explained the situation she said that they couldn't guarantee the freshness of the flowers and wouldn't be able to keep them in their fridge because they are not from The Roof. Not wanting to chance the $70 order of flowers would be in decent shape by the time we arrived, I asked for other options. The roof didn't have the options I wanted, so I cancelled the order of flowers, which was disappointing.
As for the restaurant; the only two things that were off during our time there was the piano was a little too loud for quiet conversation- we sat about 4 tables away and couldn't hear each other across the table very well, so we had to speak at least in a regular volume which I didn't like because I prefer conversation to stay at my table and not be loud enough for others to hear. The prime rib was very good but a little too uncooked for my husband's liking. He likes his food dead. I liked it though but I like medium rare meat. That was the only thing he struggled with during his first experience. This was my second time there. I thought the food was great!! I think if they could add a fireplace it would add to the atmosphere of the restaurant, but the view is beautiful none the less! The waiters and waitresses were fabulous and friendly. We felt it is worth a return trip for special occasions. It did cost us about $110 with tip; we got the buffet with the only extra cost being one smoothie; soft drinks are complimentary.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience.
Beautiful View, quite ambiance with grea ...
Beautiful View, quite ambiance with great piano music in the background. The food was exceptional and perfectly cooked.
THE BEST wait person (I wish I could come up with a better description of her job title) we have EVER had the pleasure to meet. Janet was the best and her very personality and cheerfulness added pleasure to our dining experience. When we go back I will ask for her area of responsibility.
Things that seemed to come up short:
Dressings were a tad flat, I am still not certain what the white salad dressing was. My wife took the the red dressing and could not tell me what flavor it was. The horseradish sauce had only the slightest hind of horseradish and like I mentioned above; flat.
Desserts were wonderful, but getting a small piece of cheesecake was like trying to roll up a cold lawn hose. I made such a mess of trying to get a small piece even the people behind me were commenting on the difficulty of getting a piece without making a mess. It stuck to the spatula the plate and broke into an unrecognizable pile on my plate. My wife have the same problem with the German chocolate cake. There must be a better way.
I have taken several business associates to the Roof and they thought it great. However, one final thing, I would love to be given a menu as an alternative, and not have to walk to the buffet and wait for what I was looking for, while my wife was wandering around somewhere else. It was our 51st anniversary and buffet seemed a bit plebeian for our special celebration. I would have paid more to be able to sit and talk and have that dear Janet bring the food.
I've dined at many outstanding restauran ...
I've dined at many outstanding restaurants in cities like New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Tampa, Napa Valley and Phoenix, and The Roof holds it own with the best of them. We especially enjoyed the prime rib, honey baked ham, the artichoke hearts and pork lion. As for desert, everything was very good, but the creme burlee is simply the best anywhere. The food is served buffet style with selections varying each night but everything we tried was excellent and flavorful. We enjoyed being able to try a little bit of everything and go back for more.
The service was excellent, we were greeted and seated immediately. Our server, Berkeley, was at our table in less than a minute, always friendly and attentive, but not overly so. The atmosphere was nice, not too loud and the pianist played a wide repertoire. We enjoyed the view of Temple Square, downtown Salt Lake and the sunset.
Reservations are a must and book early. In summary, The Roof is one of the finest restaurants I have eaten at, including some with 3 Michelin Stars. There may be a better restaurant in northern Utah, but I have yet to find it.
My group really enjoyed this dining expe ...
My group really enjoyed this dining experience. I took some friends out to thank them for their help with a special project. We loved trying all the different foods and especially the desserts. The food was very good and the presentation was lovely. Our server could not have been any more helpful or cheerful. All in all, this was a delightful dining experience.
Paid 50 bucks a person for the buffet. E ...
Paid 50 bucks a person for the buffet. Easily one the most expensive in Salt Lake. However, the food wasnt worth that money. The best part of the restaurant was the view of the temple and the valley. Try going during sunset hours. The view of the sunset over the Great Salt Lake is amazing. I would go back to this place if it is cheaper than it is now. 50 bucks is way too much for that food.
We tried The Roof for our anniversary di ...
We tried The Roof for our anniversary dinner as we thought it was a nicer "romantic" atmosphere. The food was alright, however, several things seemed to take away from the special restaurant we thought The Roof was. It was quite loud, the fake butter on the tables, basically being "forced" to leave at 90 minutes, not having large deserts (cheesecakes etc) being precut, seeing people come in very casual attire, and having large bus groups come in all took away from the special experience we thought it would be.
My wife and I chose the roof restaurant ...
My wife and I chose the roof restaurant for our first anniversary 11 years ago. We have never picked another restaurant for our most important day each year. The service is great, the food is good, and the environment is perfect for intimate conversation. I recommend The Roof in SLC to everyone.
Make sure and ask them to place a bouquet of roses (at a little extra cost) at your table for your special someone if going for a date/anniversary!
We loved the food and our server was exc ...
We loved the food and our server was excellent. She was friendly and checked on us often, refilled our drinks without being asked and she was just great!
We come every year to the Roof for our anniversary. This was our 50th.
I liked it. My wife is allergic to Bell ...
I liked it. My wife is allergic to Bell Peppers and the chef Pedro told us that they usually garnish the dishes with peppers for looks. So my wife couldn't really eat all that she wanted. My only recommendation is that this is somehow portrayed to customers on the menu and also online. I would not have booked it had I known this.
We still had a good time and it was a great night. I just wish that my wife was able to eat the food and justify the cost of the bill.
The food was great. Neither myself nor ...
The food was great. Neither myself nor my date are heavy eaters, we could have gone to a much nicer restaurant for the price we paid here. It was a good one time thing - just to say I have been. I would not go again.
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