165 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410140.765937 -111.893946
Neighborhoods: Rio Grande
Nothing Special – I went to the Blue Iguana a little while ago because I'd received a gift certificate. I frequent the Red Iguana a lot and hoped the Blue Iguana would be just as good. It wasn't even close. Very average forgettable food, nothing near the quality of the Red Iguana. Wouldn't bother going here again, there are a lot of Mexican restaurants out there with better food that aren't as much of a hassle to go to .
Great Restaurant – I always enjoy my trips to the Blue Iguana when I'm able to find a buy-one-get-one-free coupon in the paper. The food at the Blue Iguana is almost as good as the food at the Red Iguana, and there is always a significantly shorter wait for a table. The ambience is a little bit nicer than the Red Iguana, but the service has always been poorer in my experience. Waiters will never separate checks, and they won't accept multiple cards for payment. Not usually a huge issue, but it makes it frustrating when you want to dine with larger groups of people or business associates. The chips and salsa are great, the Horchata sweet, the mole rich and complex. You'll be back for more!
Decent Mexican – Decent food, service, and atmosphere but go to Red Iguana if you are looking for really great Mexican food.
good food, bad management – We found a coupon in the paper for "buy one get one free" and went to check it out. The food was good, the service was good, but do not ask them to split a check for you. We were so harrased about splitting a check for 4 people (they refused) that we will never go back. Why would you spend the money to put coupons in the paper only to make people mad and send them off to let everyone know what a bad experience it was?
Authentic Chicken Mole and live music too! – When I first visited the Blue Iguana I was surprised to see a variety of Moles on the menu. I rarely see Mole on a restaurant menu, so I order it whenever I get the chance. Each time I have tried a different one at Blue Iguana I have been pleased. Not only is the food and service great, but you get to hear strolling guitar and singers. I love to surprise out of town visitors with Blue Iguana, because it is a dining experience not just a meal.
Great fries! Better than drive-thru! – My father showed me the comments on your website about how Blue Iguana has bad food and bad service. We are regular customers of Blue Iguana and love it. He said that I should put my experience on City Search since it is entirely different. I am 16 years old and have been going to Blue Iguana for about 9 years. During this time, I have taken a lot of my friends and their parents and they all love it. We have never experienced bad service. And, the food is never bland. My favorite is the chicken enchiladas with extra, extra cheese. Some of my friends would rather have American food and they like the fact that Blue Iguana has a kids menu with chicken fingers, French fries, mini-hamburgers, corn dogs and hot dogs. I eat American food sometimes too. It is way better than drive-through. Some of my friends are in my Spanish class at school and we like the fact that the staff will talk with us in Spanish and help us with pronunciation. Even the manager sometimes comes over and jokes with us in Spanish. One time my entire Spanish class went to lunch at Blue Iguana and everything was done in Spanish. We ordered in Spanish, talked with each other in Spanish and our teacher talked with us in Spanish. I learned a lot that day and would love to do it again. THE BLUE IGUANA ROCKS!
Before I visited this restaurant, I read other reviews here suggesting bland food & bad service. My experience was just the opposite. Best Mexican food I ever ate & I'm from Texas. Great Service! – The restaurant was packed when we walked down the stairs to the front door. A couple of our group wanted to find somewhere else but the guy that suggested this place assured us it was well worth the wait. We waited about fifteen minutes before we were seated. We did not mind since were able to immediately purchase one of the best margaritas I have ever tasted. The host showed us to our table and helped us get seated comfortably, even moving the table and chairs around before he left. A staff member poured us glasses of water and put chips and salsa on the table just as we got seated. Drink orders were taken almost immediately and our order of guacomole came a few minutes later with our drinks. During the entire meal, our server was attentive and professional. I was very impressed with the high level of service, especially considering how packed the place was. Our food came out hot and timely. I had the Blue Iguana plate & others had enchalidas, tacos, etc. I tasted them all. This is undoubtedly the best Mexican food any of us have eaten. We all agreed that the sauces, cheeses, beans and rice were exceptional. The salsa was thick, flavorful and habit-forming. Our server brought us a mole sampler plate with black, red, yellow and brown moles swirled around in a pattern. I had not tried a mole but had heard of it. They were surprisingly delicious. One of our group had steak tips covered in a yellow mole and the taste blew me away. (I went back and had it the next day for lunch.) Several members of our group took some of their large portion back to the room. Every single member of that group ate at the Blue Iguana again before leaving town, most introducing it to others. It is an absolute gem to find here in the center of down town. No-chain food here. I live in Park City and don't usually come down to Salt Lake except for the OR convention twice a year. I will be coming down a lot more often unless a Blue Iguana opens in Park City.
Not the – After living here 9 years now my husband and I finally broke down and traveled away from the comfort of our Draper Home to explore an oppportunity for "authentic" Mexican Food.
We walked in on a Friday evening around 7PM and was offered a table right by the door and asked if it was okay? I stated that no, it wasnt and that this was our very first time at this restaurant. Things were rearranged and we were seated towards the back of the restaurant. Before the greeter could even seat us, the waitress/water runner was on us and had water poured almost immediately. I thought to my self that maybe the service would be awesome here and that all would be well. Well, that was shortlived so I went on to deciding on which item to order. I chose the combo fajitas. Bad choice! They came out sizzling but from then on, the food was awful and bland. Honestly, that could have been tolerated except taht my husbands food was just as bland as ours. To get a refill on my "bottomless" soda; I had to ask for every refill. Attention was not given to us or to our taste buds. Not a good exerience at all; Where is the Southern Hospitatility???? That's what I would love to instill in the UT market.
Blah Plate, Blah Service – Convenient downtown location but offering rather dull versions of Mexican Cuisine. I have traveled and eaten in many cities and pueblos throughout Mexico and with the many Mexican restaurants in SLC I will not return to this one. Nothing was overly bad, it's just that nothing was overly good.
Great Mexican Food – I've been there several times. I love it and last time I went was last weekend on Sunday we were a group of 20!!! Everyone liked it there was no complain by anyone, the best part is that you get great portion for a reasonable price. The food and service is great and it's clean. I recommend it!
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