A Night Out on The Roof: Amazing Food in Salt Lake City

When the moon hits your eye and you eat at The Roof, that’s Amore. Nothing could be better than sitting 10 stories up eating at a gourmet buffet with your loved ones while staring out over Temple Square if you happen to be in the mood for amazing food in Utah. Though it wasn’t a special occasion (but who needs one to eat amazing food), The Roof is an eloquent location to bring an old friend, a date, or the family.

What to Expect

First off, you’re going to want to make a reservation. This place fills up quick and a reservation is key to solidify your spot for the evening. Then, once you arrive at the restaurant, expect to be seated and then tempted by one of their signature rolls right out of the oven with butter spread from heaven. If you would like an “upgraded” drink, like a mango-raspberry smoothie in our case, you make your selection after being seated. Then, you simply make your way to the buffet of gourmet foods and eat to your heart’s desire (or stomach’s capability… whichever comes first).

The Food

This was some of the most amazing food in Salt Lake City that I’ve had. There is a seemingly endless amount of choices. You want gourmet pasta? Done. Prime Rib? Of course. Fish, chicken, and potatoes (3-4 variations)? Sure, why not. Soups, salads, and bread? Who wouldn’t? And what about dessert you ask? Creme Brulee, cheesecakes, and chocolate cakes galore. It’s definitely a dream come true. And, since it was a buffet, I would be lying if I said I didn’t try it all.

However, I must make a quick mention that out of all of the delicious foods I had (especially the prime rib) the chicken was a little dry. It could’ve been a bad batch or the nature of a buffet with food being out for a while. But, aside from that, the food was incredible. Oh, and watch the potatoes like a hawk… they go quick.

The Environment

As I alluded to previously, the whole ambiance of the restaurant is absolutely brilliant. The views over downtown Salt Lake City as it turns from dusk to dark were drop dead gorgeous. From one side of the restaurant, you look out over the dancing lights of the busy city and from another the Utah State Capitol Building. Inside the restaurant you have enough light to make your way to the buffet; but, it isn’t so bright that you can’t focus on your party or date. This warm and relaxing atmosphere definitely made the evening more enjoyable.

Overall Experience

At the end of the evening, I was sad that I couldn’t eat more and that time had gone too fast. Eating whatever I wanted and how much I wanted while chatting with my wife across the table created a fantastic experience. The amazing live piano music and dim lighting with a gorgeous view made for an environment that was great for Melanie and me to simply eat and talk. The only distraction we faced was the ever beckoning call of the buffet to try something new.

So, at the end of the day, if you know that you will be stopping by Utah and want some amazing food in Salt Lake City, I would recommend that you set a reservation for The Roof. It’s an experience you won’t forget.

Quick Overview:

Here’s the cliff notes version:

  • Ambiance: 5 StarsLive

  • Piano Music: 5 Stars

  • Tidiness: 5 Stars

  • Value for Money: 5 Stars

  • Service: 5 Stars

  • Variety: 5 Stars

  • Quality: 4 Stars


  • Great variety of food

  • Flavors of the food are amazing

  • Great atmosphere (live music and dim lighting helps you relax and focus on your date)

  • Quick. As soon as you are seated, you can get up to get food.

  • High quality in everything

  • Great and Kind Service


  • Some meats may not be done to your liking (dry, not done enough, etc.). It’s a buffet and not made to order.

  • Waiting for a particular food to be replenished at the buffet seems like an eternity (I’m telling you… keep an eye out for the potatoes)

Tips for The Roof:

  • Dress in business casual or more formal (most people were in suits and dresses). Dress code is not enforced but strongly encouraged.

  • Not a great place to bring young children. This is a fancier restaurant that is great for special events, not necessarily for you to always be watching your kids. Enjoy your evening… find a babysitter.

  • Expect the bill to be about $40-60 a person (including tip). Also depends on whether you order a specialty drink.

  • Park below the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (The Roof is at the top of this building) and grab a 3-hour parking validation at the restaurant to save on parking fees.

  • For special occasions, you can also ask for there to be flowers at the table for when you arrive (additional costs will apply)

The Roof:

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

Phone – (801) 539-1911

Address – 15 East South Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

Hours – Monday through Saturday 5:00 PM to Close

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