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Lake Effect, Salt Lake City, UT

Lake Effect

4.6
4.6
365 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 23 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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) 285-6494

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Pae Randall

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 365 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Utah

    Hot Spot

  • Utah

    Late Night Find

  • Utah

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Salt Lake City

    Hot Spot

  • Salt Lake City

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lake effect is our favorite place! The food and drinks are exceptional and the atmosphere can’t be beat. Whether you want live music or a more intimate speakeasy vibe, Lake Effect has it all!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, great atmosphere, delicious food!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great! We were seated downstairs at a nice private table. The service was awesome too!
  4. MP

    MikeP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We walked in and the music was LOUD! We were taken to the basement where it was quiet but DARK!!! Our waiter had a well developed monologue and he gave us good suggestions as to what to try. The Temple City Tonic drink I had was pretty and deLISHious!!! The food came quickly and it was very good!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fun place to go. The food was really good as well.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was a great find! Great ambience, food, DRINKS, service and music!! Will definitely be back!! And pricing wasn’t bad either!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Fried pickles were great!
  8. JK

    JKHomer

    Salt Lake City

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Disorganized and chaotic. Food and drinks were good. Service was good. Value was good. Way to loud!! Had to wait 50 minutes for our reservation.
  9. LV

    LizV

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a vibe! Nachos are insanely good. Delicious tacos and fried pickles. Portions were generous. Loved the live music on a Friday night! Lots of fun drinks - will definitely be back!!!!
  10. BF

    BrittneyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails were amazing, the food was delicious, 100% recommended and will be my go to spot in the Salt Lake City.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Erin and Lila are awesome! Beautiful bar! Drinks were amazing! Brunch was delicious and the live music was super fun!
  12. a

    andh

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good. Service was good. Nice environment.
  13. CE

    CandaceE

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were in SLC for a short trip. We really enjoyed Lake Effect food, drinks, and live music.
  14. b

    brandonc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Best sandwich I have ever had was here, the Brazilian.
  15. JS

    JimS

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    we order soft tacos - my wife's beef taco was dry and my pulled pork taco had too much oil such that the shell came apart & the food fell out.
  16. J

    Jake

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Too loud. Uncomfortable bar stools. AND RIDICULOUSLY PRICED FOOD. I mean $22 for a hamburger. The service was a joke. No worries I won’t be going again.
  17. JA

    JessicaA

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is a perfect place for a date or small get together, classy yet upbeat! The drink menu was outstanding and the drinks we ordered were delicious. Our waitress was on top of it and very friendly.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration brunch
  19. LR

    LauraR

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, cocktails and service was outstanding. We enjoyed that they have music for Sunday Brunch. Highly recommend Lake Effect.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  21. RB

    RachB

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    We have been several times and know we are going to spend more than most places we frequent, but the quality is worth it. Our service last night was extremely slow. In the two hours that we were there our waitress stopped in 3 times. We were sitting for almost 40 minutes before our food order was taken. Not our usual experience. We only got one drink in before we had to head out to our next stop. We will be back, and hopefully will have the amazing service we are use to experiencing here.
  22. SD

    StephanieD

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, live music and amazing cocktails.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I made reservations for lake effect, but seated downstairs at rabbit hole. Normally I would not care, but it was so dark! The room reminded me of a college bar, all dark and exposed pipes and beams in a basement, but with eclectic furniture. The place was packed so we appreciated that we had reservations. Our sever was nice and brought our drinks quickly. We order tin can nachos and fried pickles to start. The nachos were huge and tasty but filled us. The pickles were good too. I would definitely go back to try other food items, even if back in the basement.
  24. J

    Julie

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous (had brunch). Did not leave hungry! Portions are plentiful, and such a great variety of options for brunch. The staff are very friendly and attentive.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Came in for brunch on a Sunday. I saw the ambiance on the website looked great and the boozy French toast enticed me in. The ambiance was very nice with a great band. The food was just ok. French toast was doughy and the ice cream and whipped cream were tasteless when they were supposed to be whisky and baileys flavored. Overpriced for what you got. Breakfast enchiladas were just ok. Nothing special. Drinks were expensive and unbalanced. Again just ok. I would not visit again.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my friend for a birthday brunch and they have jazzy brunch! It was a vibe!
  27. MC

    MichaelC

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. We really enjoyed the band. We will be back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best. Nachos. Ever. Get the tin can nachos if you like nachos. They won't disappoint.
  29. HD

    HollyD

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service, delicious food and the ambiance was just what we needed!
  30. TF

    TobyF

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We came in the afternoon. It wasn't too busy but there was still live music. It was a nice ambiance. The drink selection is great but a little pricey. We had the tin can nachos and some pork belly. The nachos were a bit soggy because of the amount of salsa they put on them. They were plenty big for two of us and they still tasted good. The pork belly was incredible. Overall, it was a nice experience. We would definitely go back.
  31. N

    Nealzo

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and excellent service! Perfect for date night if you are looking to impress.
  32. m

    marr

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice place for a drink Great live music Food, ok, service was ok, miss steps along the way
  33. G

    Gklee

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most amazing time!! The food was completely delicious and came out so fast. The cocktails we magnificent! We will be back!
  34. L

    Likesfood

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    I am a disappointed that I set a reservation and asked for a great table because it was my wedding anniversary (which I noted in my reservation). I was given a table in the corner then within 2 minutes I was asked to move because they gave this table to someone else. I was then moved to a down stairs room which was nice but was given a regular table. Nothing I would consider or feel special. My wife even recognized a few tables that were semi private. So needless to say I was not very impressed. The only bright ray of sunshine in my evening was Brian our server. He was great. Our food was very tasty. Not sure how I feel about returning to this establishment.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my wife here and it was the most perfect setting I highly recommend date nights here and the food was delicious I got the steak tacos we will be back again.
  36. HF

    HaleyF

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Really enjoyed the atmosphere but we were under a speaker so unfortunately it was too loud to hear each other talk. Food was okay, drinks were excellent! Waiter was informative and friendly, although was hard to find at times. Overall it was a good time but too loud.
  37. TS

    TimmS

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was underwhelming for the price but not bad. Drinks were expensive. Dessert options were far too limited.
  38. WT

    WendyT

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ever since I wandered into Lake Effect to get a cocktail before a football game, I fell in love with the ambiance. Naturally it was first on my list for a restaurant to celebrate our 27th anniversary. Food was great, cocktails fun, and service was friendly. I want to come back for live music someday!
  39. MM

    MaddieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time brunching here. It was absolutely delicious! The steak skewers with perfectly basted eggs (they'll do em how ya want em) did not disappoint. Delightful little selection of flavored mimosas, didn't see coffee on any menus though. The jazz band was so much fun and just added to the bougie steampunk couture decor. My girlfriends and I had an excellent Sunday afternoon!
  40. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience2
    Pretty expensive. The downstairs is pretty dark and the food overall was ok.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Lake Effect offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 285-6494.

Lake Effect is rated 4.6 stars by 365 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Lake Effect

155 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    200 S 200 W

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am

  • 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

    Pae Randall

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (801) 285-6494

  • 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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