WONDERFUL PLACE TO GO!. Ruth's is one of my favorite restaurants to go to. I have lived here for 14 years and I have enjoyed every single thing about Ruth's Diner. The food is pure comfort! The biscuits are divine. The atmosphere is awesome. The employees are THE BEST in Utah! Best value for your buck at Ruth's! Such a FUN place, too!
Having recently taken over ownershipe of Ruth's Diner, I want to Thank You for the nice review of my restaurant. We hope to see you soon and if you ever have a problem with the food or service please let me know.
Beware of menu descriptions...! I'm from the south and grew up on a farm and I oughta know what country-smoked ham is!. I noticed there aren't any current comments and, due to my breakfast experience at Ruth's today, I thought I could be helpful with an update. Due to an upcoming medical procedure my husband took me to Ruth's, a heretofore favorite or ours, for a "last meal" of a sort. Because I am not only country- but also southern born I was hooked by the menu item Country Smoked Ham Steak (with eggs) and ordered it. After it arrived at the table a casual glimpse made me suspicious of what lay on the plate...it was a ham slice all right, but it sure didn't look like country-smoked. My first taste confirmed my suspicions. The "country smoked ham steak" turned out to be merely a center-cut slice of ham like those you can buy shrink-wrapped in Smith's by the slice. I noted to the waitress (who didn't know but nothing by the way--such innocence) and suggested she tell the manager he or she shouldn't call it country-smoked on the menu. She apparently passed the word along in the kitchen, as seconds later I saw a tall man buzz into the doorway separating the dining area from the kitchen and spent a second or two looking straight at me (my husband and I were the only guests on that side of the room). Since I was obviously not a restaurant-critic type, he didn't bother to even approach our table to inquire about my comment. So I'm sorry to say, the only reason to come to this restaurant nestled romantically in the foothills of the canyon is for the romantic setting or the mile-high biscuits or the ambience or the reputation for weirdness of the long-deceased Ruth. If you want real country-smoked ham, don't go to Ruth's for it if you know the difference.
Best summer, Sunday brunch location in Salt Lake City, maybe in all of Utah.
Ruth's Diner has a lot of history behind it, but I really don't care. The big attraction is the outdoor patio in the Summer. Sitting inside is, well, like any greasy spoon diner.
The patio is this huge, tree shrouded space just up from a creek. The atmosphere is incredibly relaxing and enjoyable. Though I'm certain one could go at night, we've only been for brunch. They have a bloody mary bar off to one side and a two piece acoustic guitar band playing on the other (think Indigo Girls).
If the weather isn't at least say, 70-ish, you're going to be cold. Even then, you might need a long sleeved shirt because the patio gets little sun with all the trees overhead.
The food is pretty good. They have these HUGE biscuits, gratis as sort-of an appetizer. The other breakfast entrees are pretty standard, well prepared and reasonably priced. There are a few lighter / granola-esque menu items to placate the health conscious.
I'd recommend showing up before 10:00 am on Sunday to minimize the wait. After 10:00 - 10:30, we've waited for an hour - definitely worth it for the relaxed atmosphere.
The staff has been reasonably friendly, but I think they're a little overwhelmed on those really busy days.
Ruth's is one of those hidden treasures you want to tell people about as long as they don't show up and crowd the place. Overall, thumbs up because it's so relaxing.
Ruth's is somewhat of a Utah institution. I'll leave you to read their website if you don't already know the long and colourful history they proudly highlight. I'm not sure what makes Ruths so hugeful popular with everyone in SLC. Maybe the location (hidden up emigration canyon), maybe the quaint (see tiny) restaurant.
I would be surprised if the queues were for the food. I have never had anything poor at Ruth's, but then I don't recall any great stand out dishes that I just had to try again. The array of sandwhiches, burgers, salads and entrees strecthing Americana to Mexican are all competently executed, but thats all.
If you go on any typically busy restaurant evening (or breakfast/brunch which is popular here) prepare to wait. And then wait a little longer. This is obviously no fault of the restaurant, who doesn't want to be busy! But with queues at Ruths often reaching 45mins+ (im my experience) it may be time to consider a reservation system. It's not rocket science and would help to stop turning customers away dissapointed., which I see every time I have been here in years.
If Ruth's was:
a) a chain restaurant serving the same menu and same quality of food
b) not nestled in the scenic mountains
c) had plenty of tables to cope with the sheer demand
I doubt they would have half the demand they have now. If your a repeat customer at Ruth's you have found something I haven't yet discovered. If you have never been give it a try then by all means certainly give it a try. The food is certainly not bad (and is reasonably priced). Just be prepared for a strange disconnect between the food and the wait time you might endure.
Like momma's in the kitchen.... Yeah - sometimes there is an air of pretention in the midst - but one of the best places for good, filling, comforting breakfasts!!!
Classic American food served in an old-school roadside diner..
Located in what once was a trolley car, it is named after its original tough-as-nails owner. Period lamps light the tables, while black-and-white photos of Ruth and her Chihuahuas decorate the walls. A large patio with live music on weekends makes the diner a favorite lunch and dinner spot. Casual diner fare is served in hearty proportions. Try the buttermilk pancakes or one of several omelettes for breakfast. For lunch, the burgers are popular. Or choose from a variety of sandwiches and enchiladas.
A Perfect place to ask the question. Love the Diner, food and service were excellent on your last two dates there. Go on Thursdays and have the BBQ it is perfect. live music outdoors and great food. And to make it even more perfect she said YES to marrying me, right there on the patio.
Great food, great place.. I love this place. You can't find a better breakfast in Utah. Much, much, better than the pancake house. Much better!
Note*This review was a new post on 12-18-2007, we revised our previous review. We have been going to Ruth's Diner for about 7 years and it used to be one of our favorite brunch spots, but no more. When we have been there over the past few months the service has been awful!!! The staff seems more concerned with their personal lives than they are with their customers. As for the food, it may have been good if we got it when it was still hot and palatable rather than 30 minutes later, served by a waitress reeking of cigarette smoke.
I would have loved to complain if I ever saw anyone resembling a manager but I guess they don't use managers anymore. How else could this restaurant have become so disorganized, unruly and dirty? It seems as though the inmates are running the asylum. So much for new owners.
One of the best places in America. If youve never been to Ruths Diner, youre missing out on a wonderful comfy, cozy experience. Great service, excellent food anytime, morning, day or night I cant say enough good things about this place. The home made biskets and jam just like mom used to make will knock your socks off. My partner and I have been dining there for years, its always consistently good. If youre an out of towner youve got to give this place a try once you do youll be recommending it to everyone. Real human beings run this place and they know how to treat their customers, gay, straight or somewhere in-between doesnt matter were all family at Ruths. Take a short drive up to the mountains and feel right at home.
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