165 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410140.765937 -111.893946
Neighborhoods: Rio Grande
NEVER going back – The service here is terrible, it took 20 mintues to get napkins to clean up spilled water that had been dripping on someone's lap. The waiter almost spilled food in my lap and to save the plate I burned my hands. They don't split up checks, but they will split up parties if they are too big (ours was 11) and they make you add up your own totals including tax if you want to put the check on different cards. They question low tips due to this terrible service and question someone who wants to drink a glass of wine (telling them they shouldn't be drinking at all even though they are of age and the waiter saw proper id). There are plenty other places that are better than this and actually care about their customers.
You could not pay me to go back there – I kept hearing how great Blue Iguana was so a group of us decided to go. Not only did they refuse to seat us until our whole group of 8 arrived (there were empty tables too), they were rude and we were basically ignored if we asked a question. Our group walked out and went to Cafe Pierpont, where the staff is friendly and responsive.
Cheap and cheerful – Downtown, down an alleyway and then down some stairs lurks the Blue Iguana.
The restaurant is normally pretty busy and can be teeming on a weekend evening. Over the years we have been visiting it has never been clear if they take reservations or not. I get the feeling some weeks they do and some weeks they don't. Either way, you never need to wait too long to be seated. The turnaround of tables is pretty fast.
The restaurant itself is bright and vibrant and a little cramped on the busier nights. Come on a weekend night and you will be treated to the tableside acoustic perormances of an older mexican couple. This can be either a) fun if in the party mood and/or in a larger group or b) 'oh my god hide me now' if your feeling particularly low key.
Food is the general run of the mill tex mex fare. They have a handful of more authentic mole style dishes. I have never tried these personally as they aren't to my taste (chocolate and nut based).
The food I have tried differs wildly on varying visits. Some nights the food is spot on and very enjoyable. Other nights it can be the polar opposite. I have never tested the theory, but I'd bet you would get more luck earlier in the evening or on a quiter night when the kitchen isn't as swamped.
Servings here are particularly stomach busting. Most plates come with the standard rice beans and salad. Not to mention the pre-meal chips and salsa free of charge. I don't ever recall anyone I have dined with here leaving hungry.
Also worthy of a mention is the fact that they validate for the parking garage out front. That coupled with the array of 'buy one get one free vouchers' in the local press such as the city weekly can make for a very cheap meal out. A meal for two with a beer can be as low as $20 or so with tax and tip.
Doesn't Compete with Big Brother - Red Iguana – Good mexican but nothing special. There is usually no wait and the location is convient to downtown if you can find parking. A favorite with the convention crowd.
Best Mexican Food in Utah! – I'm a picky person. I don't like spicy, I don't like most vegetables, I don't like a lot of things, and I have never really liked Mexican food. I like Blue Iguana, though! This has become a regular dinner spot for us when we're in the mood for authentic Mexican food.
They have a broad array of moles, when most places only have one or two. I generally get the pumpkin/cinnamon one, and my husband gets the mole negro. We've had a little of everything from their menu - chili colorado, enchiladas, carne asada, etc.
The only thing that I didn't like was the fact that they put chocolate sauce on their flan. But now I know ask to hold the chocolate!
We also have eaten there with a group of 9 people, so it can accomidate groups!
I liked it – I went to the Blue Iguana with a friend for lunch and had an enjoyable experience. The food was good, and I really like the location and decor of the building. Service was average.
There are better Mexican Restaurants – The meat from the fajitas I ordered was burnt and leathery. I expected a bigger portion for the price. The burrito my husband ordered was bland tasting. The margaritas were not that good either. They also would not give us seperate checks which I found really irritating. We had to wait about 20 minutes at the register for them to seperate the charges since we went with friends. We won't be returning.
We won't be going back – We went with friends last weekend and were not impressed at all. The food was not very good at all. I guess if you like moles it might be good, we asked for a sample before ordering because we weren't familiar with them, none of us liked them, they're sweet and we didn't care for them. My husband had a big platter of several things and said it was ok and he usually loves Mexican food. I had enchiladas and they were pretty bland till I put some salsa on them. The enchilada sauce was not good.
I noticed on their ad it says they 'Specialize in Margarita's'. That really makes me laugh because their margaritas are terrible!!! The worst I've ever had.
Also, they wouldn't give us seperate checks which was annoying.
Great Mexican! – Take it from a former Angeleno, this is one of the best Mexican places in all of the Southwest. The decor is simple, but don't let that scare you off. The moles are superbly crafted and full of rich flavors. The Tex-Mex standbys are good too-- especially the fajitas-- but that's not why you come here.
Traditional Mexican fare and generous margaritas in a spirited downtown restaurant. – The Scene
A covered stairwell takes you to this basement location where lively music and good food await. The small shaded patio is inviting in the warmer months.
Traditional Mexican favorites burst with rich flavors and come in satisfying portions. The shredded beef and fish tacos are simple and tasty. Savory and complex flavors come through in mouth-watering mole dishes. The enchiladas poblanas and enchiladas suizas, both topped with piquant mole poblano, are deliciously rich choices. Hearty appetites will appreciate the Blue Iguana: A chile relleno, beef taco, cheese enchilada, beef flauta and beef tostada. With a selection of eight tequilas, like Cuervo Gold, Herradura Anejo and Patron, the classic margaritas are wonderfully satisfying. The restaurant now offers an easy-to-read liquor menu to help the timid decide on something more exotic than your basic lime-green standard.
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