271 Ctr St, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410340.685927 -111.856735
Nice neighborhood restaurant – My wife and I have been here at least half a dozen times. A couple for dinner and the rest for weekend breakfast. We like the neighborhood feel of the place and we live near by so it feels like "our" place. We have always had good service. Not service that hovers over you or constantly comes by the table but professional service that makes sure you are taken care of. The food isn't 5star but very good and always tastes fresh. We particularly like the salads and the very light touch on the house dressing. This was my wife's choice for Valentines day and we made a reservation a week in advance and had no problem. I agree the place was not too full, but unlike other places they don't require a credit-card number for a holiday reservation so they may have had a few cancellations.
Only Average – Not as good as it's cracked up to be nor as bad as some have experienced. Service was friendly but basically indifferent. (At their prices, I want Service.) The "braised short ribs" turned out to be one piece of chewy beef on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes accompanied by seven thin, greasy sting beans. The pecan bread pudding was dry and definitely needed the caramel ice cream that comes with it. My wine was served in a soapy glass. My girlfriend had the chicken which was moist and delicious. I had tried three times previously to make reservations but was told they were fully booked. This time they said the only time available for us was 5:30. Although quite early, we were eager to try the famous Em's. I was surprised when we left at 7:30 on Valentine's Day to see the place was more than half-empty. Maybe they just pretend to be popular. I might go back again in the summer to enjoy the patio, but I can dine al fresco at the Rio Grande for a whole lot less (Em's cost $70 for the two of us inc. tip.)
Worst restaurant experience ever - and with the owner – Took coleagues here from out of town. After waiting over 2 hours to get our entrees - one entree was missed. Another one of the guests who had ordered his steak medium rare, politely sent his steak back because it was well done. He was told that they didn't have anymore RibEye, but invited him to come into the kitchen to look at how his steak was cooked under the light - which he did. He was told by what turned out to be the owner, Em herself, that she didn't agree that the steak was undercooked. When he politely disagreed - she told him to never come back.
I have never been treated so poorly be someone in the "Service" industry. The food is forgettable. And then to be treated with such disrespect - especially by the owner of an establishment. I would absolutely not recommend this restaurant. Worst experience ever at a restaurant. Can't believe they are even still in business.
fabulous food – I have been to Em's several times and overall the only better restaurant I have been to in SLC is the Metropolitan (which is many times more expensive). Their food is accessible so you can take your conservative friends there, but there are some nicely executed things like Habenaro chocolate ice crm. as well. The bad review is from 2003 (well before I went there) so I have to assume the place has changed-- I cannot imagine that happening at the Em's I have been to.
Beautiful patio and view – We had a wonderful evening. A great small restaurant. We went with friends and lingered at our table until 11:00 pm. We were never rushed. The food was excellent, and most entrees were under $20. It is a small menu, but everyone raved about what they ordered. Everything was very reasonably price. The maple glazed scallop appetizer was terrific, as were the speciality salads. Entrees were excellent, and great desserts. It has a wonderful patio that was perfect on a warm summer evening.
With a new location in Capitol Hill and the addition of a dinner menu, this place treats diners to elegant comfort food. – The Scene
In a renovated brick storefront, votive candles illuminate white tablecloths, silver place settings and glass bud vases. Diners linger in conversation while servers dressed in black float around the small dining room. In warm weather, the larger outdoor patio provides views of sunset on the Great Salt Lake.
The location is new and the menu expanded, but the results are still casually refined. Tasty appetizers like flaky phyllo stuffed with goat cheese and duck confit and spicy crab rolled in smoked salmon are made with care. Salads are fresh and light--one comes with pears and blue cheese, while another arrives with thick curls of Parmesan. For entrees, herb-breaded lamb with polenta, red wine-braised short ribs or leek-stuffed salmon roulade are new twists on old standards, and each is perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Ice creams and cakes are made on-site, but be warned, mouth-watering chocolate pudding cake requires extra time. Service is slow, but the quality of the food makes a visit well worth it.
A Bad Experience – Our special night out was ruined by our dinner at Em's. My husband ordered the steak "special" and it was tough and full of gristle and other waste. When he politely complained, he was treated very rudely by the waiter, brought the least expensive item on the menu as a substitute (with no adornment), and then charged the much higher price of the special! When we protested the price, we were told he "ate quite a bit of the steak," which was not true--it was inedible! No effort at all was made to correct the problem or make us happy, and we were treated as though we were trying to get away with something. Our first and last visit to Em's.
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