Communal: Worth the Drive to Provo

KnivesandCooksCommunal Restaurant
100 North University Avenue
Provo, Utah 84601

I recently joined a group of Utah bloggers for lunch at a new restaurant by the owners of Pizzeria 712. They gave us a sampler menu of dishes (see this post on the Communal blog for examples of the scrumptious food.) And to appease the FTC, we didn’t pay for it.

Place Setting

Here are other posts about the event:
Black Eiffel
Rookie Cookie
Cafe Johnsonia


My very favorite dish (surprise) was the butterscotch pot de creme (a pudding). I also loved the scallops. But I liked it all.

Why is it called Communal? Because the tables seat groups. You can sit next to anyone. Make new friends. This is eating that builds community.

The chefs Colton Soelberg and Joseph Mcrae have worked in LA, NY and Tree Room at Sundance. Their passion is to bring good food with fresh local ingredients to Utah County. They’re also ambitious — with plans to open over 20 restaurants — each with another focus.

If you are a foodie, here are the chefs favorite cookbooks.

    1. Any Chez Panisse books

  1. Zuni Cafe – Judy Rogers
  2. Sunday Suppers at Luques – Suzanne Goin
  3. The French Laundry, Bouchon & Under Pressure – Thomas Keller
  4. Au Pied de Cochon – Martin Picard
  5. Il Viaggio di Vetri – Mark Vetri
  6. Think Like a Chef & The Craft of Cooking – Tom Colicchio

Here’s the BEST PART (for you). They’ve agreed to give a $40 gift certificate to readers of this blog.

How can you win?

– Leave a comment on this post with who you’d want to eat at Communal with.
– Picked randomly by comment # using
– Ends Monday Oct 12th at Midnight.

I’ll contact you via email if you’re the winner and add it to your name to the bottom of this post.

UPDATE: Vicki Winteron won the $40 gift certificate. I came to this result by putting 18 (the number of comments) into the web site It came up with the #7 – which was the 7th comment, made by Vicki. Congratulations!!

Watch the blog for another contest.

{ 24 comments… add one }
  • Maria October 8, 2009, 7:58 am

    Great book list. I have read several of them. I would love to dine at Communal. I would take my husband:) Thanks!

  • Lindsay October 8, 2009, 8:28 am

    I live in Provo and go out to eat all the time. How did I not know about this place??! This place looks delightful! I love trying new, local restaurants. I’ll leave my hubby at home for this one and take my girlfriends out for a new dining experience.

  • Amy October 8, 2009, 8:33 am

    I am a big fan of their other restaurant Pizzeria 712 and can’t wait to visit Communal!

  • AJ Wilcox October 8, 2009, 10:00 am

    I would take my wife and parents to Communal – No one better to enjoy a new, awesome food experience with than the people you love!

  • Lee October 8, 2009, 12:35 pm

    I’d take anyone who wanted to go! I’m two blocks away so I see them doing their prep work every morning.

  • David October 8, 2009, 1:05 pm

    Tabitha and I love Pizzeria 712 so we’re really looking forward to trying Communal. We should have you and Stephen over for dinner some time when you are down in Provo.

  • Vicki Winterton October 8, 2009, 7:53 pm

    I went to lunch last year for my birthday with my sisters to Pizzeria 712. I would love to enjoy this new restaurant, Communial, with my Hubby of 31 years.

  • Mindy Cutler October 9, 2009, 7:07 am

    My sister recently told me about this restaurant so I had to look it up. I am so into ‘good’ food and I would love to eat at Communal with all of my brothers and sisters when I am in Provo in December for my sister’s wedding.

  • Jen Rawlings October 9, 2009, 7:58 am

    I am longing to go to Communal. I’ve heard such amazing things about it.

  • Eileen Meiners October 9, 2009, 3:06 pm

    I am anxious to visit Communal. I would take my husband of 51 years, my sister and her husband, and my son and his wife who all live in Orem and love to eat out.

  • Eileen Meiners October 9, 2009, 3:08 pm

    Plus, I am Janet’s mom. Does that count?

  • Heather Skabelund October 9, 2009, 6:41 pm

    i’d take Andrew, my husband. we recently moved from portland and we are missing out on all the good restaurants. we love pizzeria 712 & are looking forward to trying out communal!

  • Lisa Bell October 9, 2009, 7:53 pm

    What an incredible looking place–foodie heaven? We’d love to try it and are hoping our comment gets chosen.

  • Nathan Judd October 12, 2009, 12:29 pm

    Looks like an awesome place! I’m going to have to make a visit soon, with or without a GC. Thanks for the review.

  • David Adams October 12, 2009, 12:56 pm

    I’d like to win!

  • Amy October 12, 2009, 1:21 pm

    I LOVE the foods these guys create! They take something ordinary and make it extraordinary! I will eat at every one of their restaurants.

  • Tabitha October 12, 2009, 1:31 pm

    David and I have watched Communal go up, and we’re really excited to go! We love visiting Joseph and Colton at 712 also; their food is awesome! Oh, and we would take Rigel, my new puppy, but leave him outside. 🙂

  • J Dye October 12, 2009, 1:45 pm

    Great post! I would love to eat there with my family!

  • Vicki Winterton October 13, 2009, 9:55 am

    Yahoo! Boy do I feel lucky.
    I am excited to give this restaurant a try. What were some favorites dishes of your blogging group?
    Thanks Communal AND Janet!

  • Janet Thaeler October 13, 2009, 10:06 am

    Here’s what I loved most:
    heirloom tomato bread pudding – $10
    braised wild boar – $15 (or it was the grilled flatiron, not sure which)
    mashed potato – $5
    roasted squash – $5
    butterscotch creme desert with cookies – $8 (much better than you can imagine, very creamy and subtle)

    That will be about $40 (serves 2).

  • Places to eat in Utah County June 25, 2010, 7:26 pm

    Hi Everyone
    The communal and Pizzeria 712 are both amazing. If you are tired of the same old thing try either of these restaurants.
    I love to try new foods and my taste buds are always looking for a new experience.
    Treat yourself to either of these great restaurants.

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