Communal –

Downtown Provo’s local farm to table affair, serving up dishes family style

Provo, UT – American – $$$ – Casual Dining
Sifter Critique

Philip H. - Pro SifterDec 11, 2018

Overall 4.3

4.3

Food

4.5

Service

4.0

Ambience

4.3

Value

Overview

The Communal restaurant is a seasonal cuisine that serves family style. The owners pick and pull from the best local farmers and markets to provide your taste buds with something original and new in the same dish. Communal delivers a simple menu of small-town starters, regional protein and neighborhood sides to bring a family closer.

Value

Think shareable while dining at the Communal establishment. Expect to spend at least $70 per couple. Every edible delight can be shared with those you dine with. What we consider to be a normal entree can be split between two people by first deciding which protein you would like and accompanying it with limited sides. Some of the starters can be an appetizer or side for your main meal.

3 most popular dishes

This is a seasonal menu restaurant and the menu is always changing when the chefs decide to create a new dish. They make a mouth-watering Pork Belly, a delicious Honey Roasted Garlic Chicken and Funeral Potato Croquette. The Butterscotch pudding takes you back to your childhood memories of simple and delicious.

What I ordered

Meat and cheese tray, honey roasted garlic chicken, mashed potatoes, maple roasted rainbow carrots, the London broil steak, funeral potato croquette, and fennel sausage mussels. The chicken and carrots are both sweet so next time I will opt for a more savory side. For dessert, we treated ourselves to a Butterscotch Pudding with salted caramel sauce, cookie crumbles, and whipped cream.

Food quality

Communal is a farm to table eatery and the prices reflect that. However, I love supporting the local community in anyway to keep the small-town flavor alive. Therefore, knowing I am getting the freshest and best products from surrounding areas keeps me going back to Communal.

Ambiance

While dining I began to think “family kitchen.” Communal has an open kitchen and seating surrounding it. The place is clean, warm and inviting. However, in the cooler months sitting close to the front door can get chilly at times.

What I liked most

I came here with my spouse and another couple. Throughout the night we were treated like close friends and family. Staff frequently checked on our table and managers shared where the food came from locally. As a foodie, I admire that kind of connection. Since Communal is a family-style restaurant we had no problem sharing our dishes with friends. It was fun to talk about the fare and what our favorites were.

What I disliked most

The mussels were average and seemed out of place from Communal’s local menu. Perhaps there is a mussel farm in Utah that I’m unaware of, but I don’t think so.

Overall 4.3

4.3

Food

4.5

Service

4.0

Ambience

4.3

Value

Overview

The Communal restaurant is a seasonal cuisine that serves family style. The owners pick and pull from the best local farmers and markets to provide your taste buds with something original and new in the same dish. Communal delivers a simple menu of small-town starters, regional protein and neighborhood sides to bring a family closer.

Value

Think shareable while dining at the Communal establishment. Every edible delight can be shared with those you dine with. What we consider to be a normal entree can be split between two people by first deciding which protein you would like and accompanying it with limited sides. Some of the starters can be an appetizer or side for your main meal.

3 most popular dishes

This is a seasonal menu restaurant and the menu is always changing when the chefs decide to create a new dish. They make a mouth-watering Pork Belly, a delicious Honey Roasted Garlic Chicken and Funeral Potato Croquette. The Butterscotch pudding takes you back to your childhood memories of simple and delicious.

What I ordered

Meat and cheese tray, honey roasted garlic chicken, mashed potatoes, maple roasted rainbow carrots, the London broil steak, funeral potato croquette, and fennel sausage mussels. The chicken and carrots are both sweet so next time I will opt for a more savory side. For dessert, we treated ourselves to a Butterscotch Pudding with salted caramel sauce, cookie crumbles, and whipped cream.

Food quality

Communal is a farm to table eatery and the prices reflect that. However, I love supporting the local community in anyway to keep the small-town flavor alive. Therefore, knowing I am getting the freshest and best products from surrounding areas keeps me going back to Communal.

Ambiance

While dining I began to think “family kitchen.” Communal has an open kitchen and seating surrounding it. The place is clean, warm and inviting. However, in the cooler months sitting close to the front door can get chilly at times.

What I liked most

I came here with my spouse and another couple. Throughout the night we were treated like close friends and family. Staff frequently checked on our table and managers shared where the food came from locally. As a foodie, I admire that kind of connection. Since Communal is a family-style restaurant we had no problem sharing our dishes with friends. It was fun to talk about the fare and what our favorites were.

What I disliked most

The mussels were average and seemed out of place from Communal’s local menu. Perhaps there is a mussel farm in Utah that I’m unaware of, but I don’t think so.

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