26 E St, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410340.769982 -111.877556
Lunch Tue-Fri 11:30-2:00
Dinner Tue-Thur 5:00-10:00
Neighborhoods: Greater Avenues
It is not a bad place if you want home-made-like food – We drove by this restaurant at evening and were very impressed by its artistic landscape, absolutely stunning! We decided to get out of the car to study this piece of art and somehow got the idea that we should try its food! As soon as we entered, we noticed a well-known local tycoon dinning with his wife quietly at the corner ! The decor and lighting are nice, but still this is not a place for a romantic date! Carpet is too dark and seems old! I was frowned when I started to look at the menu since there are not many choices, if you don't want something greasy or too much carbohydrates such as rice bowl or noodles. Anyway, we order a Teriyaki Chicken with Shrimp Tempura and a chick Donburi Rice Bowl. The Tempura is light battered, crispy and crunchy, very competitive. We liked it very much. The Teiyaki Chick is tender; however, too heavily sauced. The Donburi is cooked in a very special way. it is almost like rice soaked in a soup. It appeared to me that they mixed the egg, chick piece and veg together, then steamed them. It tastes a little sweet. Anyway, I would ask them to put rice in a separate bowl next time!
As for the service, the waitress was very nice and came over often to see if we need anything. The portions are huge; so, it will be good for group or family!
Beautiful on the outside, nasty on the inside! – We have always wanted to go to this restaurant. It is so beautiful on the outside with its lovely Japanese garden. The moment we walked into the restaurant we knew something was up. No offense to the older generation, but it was filled with helmet hair. No one even remotely close to our age, and our kids were the only children there. The service, if you could call it that, was so slow. The food was bad. I ordered the tempura shrimp and they brought out cocktail sauce for it. Wow! that's really authentic.
Their restaurant was opened in the 1950's and I'm sure the menu has remained the same.
If you want to go to a great Japanese place try Takashi, or Kyoto.
Don't go – My wife and I went on a sunday night it was empty and yet the service was extremely slow and unfriendly. Our waiter didn't touch our table for fifteen minutes and my drink was never refilled the whole time we were there. Our food was terrible (resembled closely a lump of slime atop some vegies) I didn't eat more than a few bites. The resturant was clean and had nice decore but i could stay at home and get that. The reason I go out to eat is to get good food and service Pagota offered neither.
You need to try the Fried Shrimp!!!!! – This is a Great Japanese, American cuisine restaurant. I have grown up with the delicious fried shrimp!!! Inwhich I highly suggest you try!!!! They are the big, jumbo shrimp deep fried and served with the best red cocktail sauce ever!!!!!!. Also the Egg Foo Yong is simply scrumptious too (especially the shrimp egg foo yong!!!) The Chicken Tatzu Agee is so tasty!!! The sauce for the chicken is a sweet but sour soy sauce. It is very good. They have delicious wonton also. The spare ribs......the sauce - there is nothing better over white rice. The beef stir fry is really tasty too!!! I highly suggest you try this place. They are very nice also!!!! Great service.
A+++++ all the way! BEST Oriental RESTAURANT in Utah! Great food! Very Clean! Great Employees and Service! – This restaurant is tops! I have been eating here for over 20 years! Ever since it opened! At least once a week! I have always had great meals and great service. Pagoda is probably the cleanest restaurant in Utah. I have been in their kitchen and watched how the food was prepared - FRESH, not Sysco prepared frozen heat and serve stuff! Very clean. I went there one time to pick up take out and forgot my purse. The bill was $35.18. They said to go home and eat before my food got cold and pay whenever. When I went to pay a few days later, I parked my Vespa at their back door and went through their kitchen and noticed that someone there was feeding a stray cat in the back alley and even used clean dishes and gave water to it, too! When you eat at Pagoda, they treat you like you are a king and queen. I have seen Utah people go there in groups of 12 or more and make a big obvious deal out of leaving a measly 5 buck tip for all those people; or as the usual Utah way, NO TIP at all. and then have seen these same people under and no tip again over the years and Pagoda still treats these Utah people as good as normal folks!
NOT Traditional Chinese/Japanese & Expensive – Lured by the charming exterior and always crowded parking lot, my wife and I had been wanting to try Pagoda for years. First of all, do not expect "traditional" Chinese/Japanese (ie. Charlie Chow's, Koyoto). The food is EXTREMELY bland and prepared in a very heavy fashion (think corn starch). We had the Family Dinner, because we wanted to sample a wide spectrum of the menu. I'm not saying the food is instrinsicly bad; my complaint is that it is so entirely unmermorable. If you want flavorful, interesting food, look elsewhere. What you can count on though, is extremely high prices relative to the quality of the food. The Family Dinner is $13.95 per person, and tasted like it should have cost less than half that. Leave Pagoda to your grandparents. There are too many good Chinese/Japanese venues in Salt Lake City to waste your time and money here. Beware of the other reviews; I suspect that their authors have no tastebuds.
A Long Tradition of Late Night Spareribs and Udon noodles – Pagoda has been a family tradition for years. We've always received the best of service and really good food. The Family Dinner is great for large group, though I recommend ordering off the menu. Their spareribs are utterly craveable, and they have some great udon noodles (both the egg and flour kinds). The food is a mix of American, Chinese and Japanese, and while it may not be the best gourmet food around it's always good and filling. The restaurant is open really late, offers large portions, and affordable prices (which is great for poor starving college students) and the are great for large groups.
Good reliable old favorite. – This is a great place and the only Oriental restaurant open late in Salt Lake. Good ingredients and tasty sauces. Has both Japanese and Chinese. Not fancy but real good.
amazing – Pagoda restaurant was great the shrimp and spare ribs are the best ever. And the waitresses are the prettiest ever especailly my waitress maria.
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