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Lake Effect, Salt Lake City, UT

Lake Effect

4.6
4.6
636 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Utah Restaurant Association's 2022 winner for Best Gastropub. We offer a unique twist on new-American cuisine - pulling flavors from Asia and Latin America - and pairing our food with specially curated cocktails and an extensive wine, whiskey, and beer list. Join us in our intimate speakeasy lounge, enjoy a lively atmosphere on our main floor, or bask on our cozy patio. Open from 5:00p to 1:00a with live music seven days a week, plus our special brunch menu Saturday and Sunday from 11a to 3:30p.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 30 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, Contemporary American, American
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am
  • Phone number
    (801) 532-2068
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Logen Crew
  • Private party facilities
    To find out more about booking your private event at Lake Effect, visit: https://lakeeffectslc.com/private-events/ Email: events@lakeeffectslc.com
  • Area
    Downtown
  • Cross Street
    200 S 200 W
  • Parking Details
    There is metered street parking and several garages and paid parking lots near by.
  • Public Transit
    You can exit Trax at the Gallivan Plaza stop and take a short walk to Lake Effect
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 636 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Utah

    Hot spot

  • Utah

    Lively

  • Salt Lake City

    Hot spot

  • Salt Lake City

    Lively

636 Reviews
  1. RobS

    Greater Boston

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible drinks, food, service and live music made for a great Friday night!

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  2. DANA

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was awful. We had an Asian waiter with blue hair that was absolutely terrible. Bad attitude and just didn’t care. Place looks nice. Food and service = garbage

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love going on music nights. They have too notch talents performing and I’ve always been impressed

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  4. AndrewB

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, cocktails were tasty and live music was soft and enjoyable!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yes, the atmosphere and entertainment are always great. Of course the cocktails are top tier. Service and staff were incredible- they even gave our group a booth when one opened up. Tin Can nachos are a given. But I decided to give their dry aged NY Strip a shot last night, only to find out it was hands down the best steak I’ve had in SLC this year. Nothing against the others, but I can honestly say it was better than any of the steaks I’ve had at Flemings, Ruth’s Chris and STK. Sorry, it had to be said.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    the eggs benedict was truly the most disgusting plate i’ve ever been served. if you can’t make it, don’t offer it. good drinks tho and our server was excellent.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was excellent!! She served three tables of flight attendants like a pro!! The music was phenomenal !!

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  8. Jenn

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious! Lots of good GF options were a big perk!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the food and the ambiance of the restaurant. However are server was pretty poor. She seemed out of it and was very slow to check in and take orders. We waited 15 minutes just to be seen and get waters. Otherwise our meal was great.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere, great food and drinks, and live music.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time celebrating my birthday. Yummy tin can nachos, friendly and efficient service, live music, great atmosphere! I loved it.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food needs more flavor but drinks are good … our waitress was good it was a long wait time until we got our food though

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  13. sctsnyc

    Phoenix

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dana was delightful and suggested what to order between to two items. I ordered the Barbacoa Tacos were excellent.

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  14. sctsnyc

    Phoenix

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lake Effect is a great place for lunch or dinner. Connor was a great server. Very attentive and helpful.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service, Food and entertainment are never a disappointment

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  16. Mabo

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was off tonight. If it had been the first time we’d tried Lake Effect we would not go back. But every other time it has been amazing, so we’ll go back!

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  17. Cmacho33

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been coming to SLC for years for work. First time visiting here and was extremely impressed with the food, the drinks, the service and the ambience. Definitely will be back.

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  18. ShellyK

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I brought friends from out of town for afternoon drinks and charcuterie. Everything was perfect. Our waiter Connor was so accommodating and engaging. Great experience!

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  19. Jilly

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food (esp salads) were no where near as described on menu. Basically just big piles of arugula (and I love argula). Crafted drinks were very yummy. Music for dinner time was too loud. Decor and ambiance just gorgeous. Server seemed a bit aloof.

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  20. DanNyG

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great for how busy it was. The food was not that great very small portions for how much we paid. We did get the lamb ribs and seafood with rice. There was tons of rice that was crunchy not cooked well rice and some tiny peices of fish, 4 shrimp and 4 mussels and 2 pieces of avacado. However the drinks were good and so the drunkenness and live music made up for it all.

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  21. JessicaK

    Salt Lake City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an outstanding brunch. The food and drinks were perfect. The restaurant has a great vibe to it and the bar is beautiful.

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  22. Prophet

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    What was once a luxurious, ambient, special dining experience has now become all of that but is now more of a loud bar and hangout. If you’re looking for a loud and boujee place to mingle and have a bar experience this is a good choice. If you are looking for a dining experience for elsewhere.

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  23. Mandi

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice vibe. The tin can nachos are always a great treat! Service is great, friendly, and just the right amount of attentive. Will continue to come!

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  24. SarahP

    Salt Lake City

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place! Lunch was superb. The ladies I was with had never dined at Lake Effect before, it was a hit.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very loud, especially when they have a singer playing. Speakers were so loud you could barely have a conversation.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was SLOW. Music was awful, the staff was rude…. But the food was decent

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing!! The food the experience and the atmosphere was such a great experience.

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  28. RebeccaW

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Been here several times. Came to celebrate a friends birthday. Upstairs is almost too loud but downstairs is so dark. The tin can nachos are the very best. Amazing drinks too many choices.

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  29. SamS

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great drinks & food. We had a great server. Love the vast whiskey selection. There were two bonuses. First, we parked right outside the door. Closest possible space! Second, there was live music & he was excellent. Will return!!!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun place. Nice entertainment. Good food. Good staff.

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  31. RadhikaG

    Salt Lake City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite places!! Our server was very helpful. The drink’s were simply delicious

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  32. JamieS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience is lovely! Moody, dim, intimate. I loved the atmosphere and decor. The food was good. We had 4 people total. 2 ordered burgers and 2 ordered nachos. Great presentation and good-tasting. Not mind-blowing, but good for the price ($18 each entree). I had the sangria to drink, which was delicious! But very tiny for a $17 drink. The only real negative about the place was the tables and chairs. Really small, concrete tables that only barely contained our 4 plates, waters, and three drinks, and we couldn’t pull our chairs very far forward because we were bumping knees. The chairs were small, metal chairs that were incredibly uncomfortable. The tables and chairs would be better suited for children. The booths were padded so that might have been more comfortable, but the tables still looked really small. Overall, I would go again but I would try sitting at a booth or the picnic-style tables.

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  33. RobM

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the live music, outstanding service, delicious food. We’ll be back!

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  34. neiciE

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lake effect is such a beautiful space. The perfect ambient setting for any occasion. My favorite part was the intimate lounge setting and live music. Looking forward to visiting again.

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  35. WendyZ

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Music was too loud. We were there at 5:3 and electric guitar/singer started at 6:00. Too loud for space

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was ok, normally better though to be honest. Our waitress was probably the worst part. Never checked on us and we couldn’t even get our waters refilled. Maybe it was an off day but normally at Lake effect it’s a better experience.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous night. The entertainment was outstanding.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    First and foremost I loved the Ambiance . There was live music, a gal that played the guitar and sang. She was great! As for the service, eh.. could’ve been better. The food was sub par and the drinks.. well, I can get a better martini filled to the rim at a place called AZ88 in Scottsdale, AZ. The drinks here at Lake Effect were not filled to the top and felt they were overpriced for not getting a full cocktail. Therefore , some of us in my party only had 1 drink. Again, the ambiance, vibe, decor were amazing . Great selection of beers and liquors. Would go back again.. because of these positive things but would like to see some changes. Thank you.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every person loved their food. Each cocktail was beautiful and delicious. Our server was friendly and attentive.

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  40. ScottP

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great night out, and got to see my friend Steven Bosco preform again... Like always he puts on one hell of a show. Will be coming back to see him again

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FAQs

Lake Effect offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 532-2068.

Lake Effect is rated 4.6 stars by 636 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Lake Effect

155 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    200 S 200 W
  • Area
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, Contemporary American, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    There is metered street parking and several garages and paid parking lots near by.
  • Public Transit
    You can exit Trax at the Gallivan Plaza stop and take a short walk to Lake Effect
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Logen Crew
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (801) 532-2068
  • Private party facilities
    To find out more about booking your private event at Lake Effect, visit: https://lakeeffectslc.com/private-events/ Email: events@lakeeffectslc.com
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