I just had dinner at spencers with my spouse expecting it to be the best in SLC. As we walked in to be seated, the hostesses were goofing off and flirting with some guy, so we had to wait until they were finished before they seated us. Next our waiter came and talked too much about how broiling the steak is better than grilling, and what great quality their steak is. We ordered the shrimp and oysters to start out, the shimp was terrible. Once we made our dinner choices, our waiter had to correct us not to order the prime rib because the use only choice grade meat. So we took his advice and ordered the NY strip, and a ribeye. The Steaks were VERY AVERAGE, absolutely nothing special here. We also ordered The cheese hash, and asparagus for sides, also nothing special at all. We then asked for a dessert menu and were told we needed to wait, they'd tell us about the dessert menu once they had a chance, we waited about 10 minutes. That was when we asked for our bill. The service at Spencer's was So terrible we just wanted out of there. This was the worst steakhouse we had ever been too. The past couple of nights we've dined at Bambara, and Ruth's Chris in SLC, Both with Outstanding service, and great food. We left Spencer's VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!
Con's- Average food, Bad service, Not worth it!!!!
Excellent quality every time.
I have enjoyed many trips to Spencers over the last few years with friends and family and would whole heartedly recommend any steak lover to give the restaurant an evening of their time. I am quite surprised by some of the other negative reviews here, every meal at Spencers has been a wonderful experience for myself.
The interior is classic American steakhouse. Subdued lighting, dark wood panneling and crisp white tablecloths. The front section of the restaurant used to also allow cigar smokers the opportunity to light up, but I believe they have since become fully non smoking.
Service is impeccable. If it's your first time the wait staff are more than happy to go into detail about their steak, cooking methods and side dishes. Want your steak butterflied, blackened or maybe served au poivre, no problem. The wait staff are only too happy to accomodate your needs.
The variety of prime aged beef on offer is impressive and more often than not features some specials. On my last couple of visits I had the option of trying a bone in filet. I have yet to try this but maybe one day. Most steaks come in at around the $25-$35 mark but the bone in was priced closer to a wallet busting $80. There is also chicken, pork and selection of seafood with the obligatory lobster and crab legs.
Sides are served ala carte and come family size, so do be careful and ask your server when you order. One side is typically plenty to feed several people.
An extensive wine list is available and again the staff are only too happy to advise on selections to accompany your meal. There are many decent selections by the glass and bottle.
Spencers can be a little on the pricey side, especially if you enjoy a full meal of appetizer, entree, dessert and wine. As such Spencers has become an ideal special occasion restaurant for us and perhaps that's a good idea. Left to a few times per year we can splurge on some great decadent food in a warm comfortable environment.
Overhyped. I first heard about Spencer's in an in-flight magazine on Delta where the Salt Lake location was rated in the top ten in the nation. I gave it a try and was extremely surprised by how underwhelmed I was. It made much sense later when I discovered the "top ten" list was simply an advertisement the companies paid to be on. This made me feel much better about life. If you want to go somewhere and impress whoever you're with about the amount of money you're spending I would recommend Spencer's, if you want them to be impressed with the food then don't go anywhere near Spencer's. The meat is certified Prime but oddly lacks any flavor, could they be cheating and not using the beef they claim to? I highly doubt it, but then again I wouldn't think anyone would pay to be listed on a top ten list either.
Simply Superb Food!. A little expensive, especially for a restaurant in a hotel, but worth it!
Best Meal Ever!. My husband and I went to Spencer's last night for our 1 year anniversary and we were blown away. The food was fantastic and the service was great! Some of the reviews on here said that the service was slow and though we were there for two hours we did not think so. We liked the fact that they didn't rush us. Usually you will get your appitzer and hardly have time to start eating it before they give you your salad and your meal is always fast on it's heals you never get time to enjoy anything but not Spencer's we had lots of time to just enjoy our entire meal. The steak is to die for and the creme brulee is awesome! It is a little pricey but it was well worth it. We plan on making Spencer's a regular.
The crabcake and the oyster appetizers are awesome! Then of course, the steak, i had the porterhouse cut, and it was just delicious! so tender and juicy, cooked just right. even the warm bread and butter they start you out with is good! dessert-- i would suggest the strawberry shortcake~~ yummm!
great food &service. Excelletn meal, service.Wine was incredible. Wonderful and a very well run restaurant
What happened. My last three trips have been very dissapointing. Average steak, bad service, slow service and warm white wine in a warm stone wine chiller. No ones paying attention in here any more.
nans. Spencer's is, by far, the best steakhouse I have eaten at. The atmosphere is wonderful, the steak is perfect, and the martinis are AWESOME! Be ready to reach deep in the checkbook but it's worth every penny! The service isn't overbearing but they don't ignore you either. A great place for a special date or anniversary dinner. If you stay the night at the Hilton there is no private club membership fee.
No-nonsense prime-aged beef and quality chops are cooked with finesse at this Hilton hotel eatery..
From the foyer to the seats, Spencer's is inviting and comfortable. Enormous semicircular booths line the perimeter of the sizeable dining area. In the center, a big semi-private room is enclosed in glass windowpanes, following the Mission-style decor of the room.
Skip the appetizers and get right to the meat of things. The veal porterhouse--a big, juicy tenderloin--is cooked to crackling perfection on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. The filet mignon and the double-cut pork chops are also strong choices. Steak and chops are the star of the menu, but if you're not in the mood, order grilled salmon, king crab, a whole roasted chicken or fresh fish of the day. The fish, however, can sometimes be overcooked. Desserts are rich and classic.
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