Cafes >Cafe Pierpont
122 Pierpont Ave, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410140.764008 -111.894814
Neighborhoods: Rio Grande
Loud conversation and colorful streamers make this one of SLC's most festive restaurants. – The Scene
Multicolored streamers twirl from overhead ceiling fans, and bright Southwestern colors and patterns abound. Due to the loud buzz and large space this restaurant is known for, it's a great place for kids--no one notices when they're noisy. Parents can relax with a cool margarita.
The large menu appeals to those who want meaty Mexican food, like carnitas, as well as lighter, less traditional fare, like seafood pasta. The mahi mahi tacos with mango salsa (some assembly required), Baja rice and fresh veggies are light and refreshing. The Fiesta Grande early-bird special (available 4pm-7pm) is a veritable feast, with a pork tamale, two beef tacos, two cheese enchiladas, two mini-tostadas, one mini-chicken chimichanga, beans and rice. Finish with the Patron Cadillac margarita, made with the house's best tequila and a half shot of Grand Marnier.
NOT THE BEST! – Cafe Pierpont is yuppified Mexican, it's okay but if you want authentic and more plentiful portions go to Red Iguana! Less flash and better food!
Great Ambience, Okay Food – Cafe Pierpont is one of my favorite restaurants, but I will admit that they don't serve the best mexican food in town. It's definately not authentic mexican food. There is something about this place though that keeps me coming back, usually with a group of friends. Perhaps it's the festive atmosphere along with the large portions that are served or maybe its the fact that Cafe Pierpont has the best nachos in town- they can feed 2-3 people and are a real bargain at only $6.
Fine fare – I think the food is really quite good. If it weren't for the exhorbinant pricing, I would eat there more often. The drinks are way too overpriced and seriously lack in alcohol content. But perhaps that's more of Utah liquor law thing than the restaraunt. The fish tacos are very good and light suprisingly enough.
They used to have a Sunday brunch that was da bomb!! What happened. Let's bring it back!!
Great for Large Groups – I have taken two large groups (over 115 both times) of International clients to Cafe Pierpont and have heard many positive comments from my guests.
The atmosphere was lively which our Latin American guests loved. The service was friendly and very quick.
The event coordinator was very helpful and accommodating in the planning of our events. She even stood outside the restaurant to welcome our guests. The manager was also great.
The overall experience was positive and I will continue to use Cafe Pierpont for future events.
You're kidding – It must be leaks from the chemical depot, or maybe fumes drifting in from the lake. What else could explain the extraordinarily bad taste of Utahns who voted Cafe Pierpont the best Mexican food? Unreal. Cafe Pierpont, while perhaps aesthetically pleasing, is possibly the worst Mexican food, wait, I'm not sure we can legally call it Mexican food as that might constitute fraud. Let's rephrase, the worst excuse for Mexican food in Salt Lake City. While I understand that striving for precise authenticity might not be the goal, the products of the kitchen are not even in the hemisphere. The best part about Cafe Pierpont? The Blue Iguana is only a block away.
fake mexican food for white folks – It is typical that Uath would vote a white bread version of Mexican as the best Mexican food. This place is OK, but some of the other offerings further down the list are more autentic and have hotter salsa and chips that do not taste and looks like something out of a bag. What kind of mexican food place doesn't even serve refried beans? And its expensive for Mexican food, you should not pay more that $10.00 for an entree.
Went DOwn hiLL – CafePierpont had excellent food about 10 years ago, but it is terrible food... Greasy, slow service and way too over priced for the food!
No Good – This restuarant does not have the best Mexican Food. Needs tips from a real Mexican on how to cook good food.
hmmm... best, I think not – Please don't get me wrong on this, but being Mexican myself I think I should know good Mexican food when I taste it.
Cafe Pierpont's food is great actually, but to call it Mexican food speaks to the general lack of knowledge of the population of Salt Lake when it comes to ethnic food. Its not the Salt Lake citizens fault, they're victims of the homogeny of this State.
If the people of Salt Lake want to try authentic Mexican food drive over to Red Iguana, that is about as authentic as you can get for a sit down meal. If you just want to try a great tasting Mexican taco, drive over to Taqueria Piedras Negras, a hole in the wall for sure....but the real gems usually are found there.
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