In terms of location, Wild Rose is the best thing going for independent and noteworthy in the south end of the Salt Lake valley. By far the most enjoyable experience in The District in South Jordan if you want a nice sit down meal, without the chain or fast food experience. The mood is chill with ambient lighting. A good local date night spot, or business dinner meeting in their large private room. Decor is minimal- white linen table clothes adorn the tables along with a stemless wine glass size glass vase and lit candle.
The staff is courteous, but small. For the upscale appearance, they lack the greeting at the entrance – a first rule in customer service – the greeting is key, however you may let that slide a bit if you have tasted their Scallops ($15). Consistent and always on pointe, we dare say, these are the best scallops ever devoured. It is by far the best thing on the menu. Which brings us to the entire menu. The presentation is always great, but the flavors are often just ok. With selections of proteins such as fish, steak, lamb, and chicken, it is diverse, but most of the dishes are average- not leaving anything to write home about. Double Cut Pork Chop ($30) and New Zealand Rack of Lamb ($39) are a couple of the favored selections. That being said, the restaurant offers an intimate setting and is a great go-to for all occasions.
Let’s talk salad. The house salad is divine, with candied pecans, apple slices and fontina cheese paired with the house balsamic. The wine list is refreshing. If you feel like splurging, try the Belle Glos “Clark & Telegraph” 2014 ($112) from Monterey, California. There are plenty of $30-$50 selections to enjoy as well.
Wild Rose is doing something most in the neighborhood don’t dare. Props for that. For foodies like us, you will appreciate the atmosphere and experience. Is it worth the money, yes. Will you crave it, maybe the scallops, but you will fall in love with having a place to go to that is close that offers a dining experience rather than the average hustle and bustle of noise, families, and mediocre food which describes 95% of the restaurants in the area.
Tips – make reservations for weekend or holiday evenings. Only open for dinner.
What we love
Quiet, upscale dining in the suburbs of Salt Lake.
11516 South District Main Drive
South Jordan, UT 84096