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I don’t think I’ve ever eaten at a haunted restaurant before…until now. Leslie’s Family Tree Restaurant in Santaquin, Utah, was featured on the Travel Channel’s show “The Dead Files” last year. Several people have claimed to see ghosts at the restaurant. We decided to go check the place out for ourselves.
We found the place very welcoming and cozy as soon as we walked in. The interior is lined with wooden planks and logs on the floor, walls, and ceiling, creating a cabin-like feeling. There are large booths along the wall the comfortably seat six and lots of nicely-sized tables (all of which are also wood). Antler chandeliers hang from the ceiling and many family photos hang on the walls grouped into family lines with last names. If there were ghosts, we sure didn’t feel them scaring us away.
Adding to the environment, there is live music on Fridays and Saturdays. The night we were there, we enjoyed the vocal, guitar, & harmonica skills of Gabe Lifferth.
The menu features comfort food and diner-like meals. There are also daily specials, “petite meals’” (smaller portions for about $6), and a kid’s menu. We loved the mason jar glasses and thought they were a fitting choice that went with the restaurant’s theme.
Side Salad – Pretty average with iceberg lettuce and a few extras.
Vegetable Beef Soup – Seemed house-made with large chunks of vegetables and small pieces of beef. Our kids loved it!
Sirloin with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, & Stuffing – Served with a choice of soup or salad & a scone. The steak was prepared the way we ordered it and was actually pretty good. The green beans and potatoes were okay, but the brown gravy was good.
Chicken Fried Steak with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, & Stuffing – Served with a choice of soup or salad & a scone. The chicken fried steak was breaded with a very crumbly breading that Mr. Diner didn’t like. The sides were the same as the sirloin.
Mushroom Bacon Burger & Fries – This thing was huge! It was actually 1/3 pound, but seemed like more with the monstrous toasted bun it was served on. The bun was good, but overwhelmed the burger a bit; I ended up taking the top bun off because it was just too much bread. The bacon was thick and crispy, but the mushrooms were forgettable. A scant amount of shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato, onions, & pickles were served on the side. The fries were disappointingly limp.
Scones – Here in Utah, scones are a fried dough more similar to a sopapilla. The ones as Leslie’s Family Restaurant are a whopping 14-16” long! We knew they were large, but gasped when they actually brought out a basket of three. One serves about five people! They are served with honey butter. We love scones, but found these to be a bit heavier than we prefer. The inside was very bread-like instead of being light and airy like we prefer.
We loved the atmosphere they’ve set at Leslie’s Family Tree Restaurant. It’s warm and inviting (and clean…the bathrooms were spotless!). We just wish the food was as good as the environment because it was a fun place to visit. The staff is happy to share the place’s haunted history and there is even haunted restaurant memorabilia to purchase, if you wish. If you’d like to eat at Leslie’s Family Tree, make sure you purchase a discount certificate from Restaurant.com to save a little on your meal.
Leslie’s Family Tree Restaurant
77 W Main St
Santaquin, UT 84655
Entrée Price: $
Average Fork Rating: 4
Mr. Diner: 4 (food was a 3.5)
Mrs. Diner: 3 (food was a 2.5)
Amazing Diner: 5
Sweet Diner: 4