Salt Lake City Restaurants

The 2002 Winter Olympics cast Salt Lake City in a new, contemporary, more diverse light. Visitors discovered a panoply of cultural influences, brewpubs, ethnic flavors, and progressive chefs. Salt Lake City may not have the depth of restaurants seen in other big cities, but there are a couple of outstanding choices for nearly every budget and cuisine. Restaurants like Lamb’s Grill Café, Hire’s Big H, and Ruth’s Diner trace their roots back five-plus decades, and their colorful proprietors are more than willing to share the history they’ve witnessed from their kitchens. Returning LDS missionaries have brought back their favorite flavors from Asia, Europe, and Latin America, with impressive results. Seafood, Japanese, Tibetan, Indian, Spanish, and Italian are all suitably showcased in Salt Lake eateries, and when all else fails, there are great burgers and Rocky Mountain cuisine, a fusion inspired by frontier big game, seafood fresh from the great Pacific ports, and organic produce grown in Utah’s fertile valleys. You'll also find creative wine lists and knowledgeable service. Bakers and pastry chefs defy the 4,400-foot altitude with rustic sourdoughs and luscious berry-filled treats. Multiple weekly summer farmers' markets are thriving, and chefs are building more and more of a food community.

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  • 1. Campos Coffee SLC

    $ | Downtown | Café

    This airy, plant-filled, hipster-approved coffeehouse and daytime eatery tucked down a side street near the Gallivan Center is where you should...Read More

  • 2. Cucina

    $$ | The Avenues | Italian

    Foodies flock to this neighborhood café and food market for creative salads and colorful, creative entrées like ahi tuna poke with guajillo...Read More

  • 3. Feldman's Deli

    $ | Sandwiches

    A bustling space with high ceilings, brick walls, and live music some evenings, this contemporary take on a traditional Jewish deli is in a...Read More

  • 4. HSL

    $$$$ | Modern American

    On the east edge of downtown and within a short, pretty stroll of the Avenues and Capitol Hill, this outpost of the original, nationally acclaimed...Read More

  • 5. Laziz Kitchen

    $$$ | Middle Eastern

    Run by a friendly husband-and-husband team who began with a hummus stand at the farmers' market, Laziz has grown into an outstanding full-service...Read More

  • 6. Log Haven

    $$$$ | Millcreek | American

    This elegant 1920s mountain retreat brings inventive takes on American wild game–focused cuisine by incorporating Asian ingredients with a Rocky...Read More

  • 7. Normal Ice Cream

    $ | Café

    Begun by a pastry chef from trendy HSL restaurant, this off-beat artisan ice cream shop turns out exceptional all-natural soft-serve ice cream...Read More

  • 8. Oquirrh

    $$$ | Modern American

    An unprepossessing neighborhood restaurant near the leafy Avenues district, Oquirrh (rhymes with "poker") is named for the snowcapped mountain...Read More

  • 9. Provisions

    $$ | Modern American

    Renowned for its delicious weekend brunches and a bright and colorful dining room with a lively open kitchen, this modern American bistro with...Read More

  • 10. Publik Coffee Roasters

    $ | Café

    This terrific, uber-cool artisan-coffee purveyor has several locations around town, with this simple, streamlined shop in the Avenues arguably...Read More

  • 11. Red Iguana

    $$ | Downtown | Mexican

    Visitors are sometimes taken aback to find stunningly authentic, richly flavorful house-made moles, chile verde, carnitas, and other self-described...Read More

  • 12. Ruth's Diner

    $ | East Side | American

    Families love the gussied-up old railcar that serves as Ruth's dining room and the best creek-side patio in the city—you just have to navigate...Read More

  • 13. Table X

    $$$ | Modern American

    Serving artfully crafted modern American fare in a sceney cathedral-ceilinged restaurant and tall black leather booths, a pair of SLC's most...Read More

  • 14. Takashi

    $$$ | Downtown | Japanese

    You'll often see chef-owner Takashi Gibo behind the sushi bar at this hip and lively Japanese restaurant across from the Gallivan Center. Takashi...Read More

  • 15. The Copper Onion

    $$ | Downtown | Modern American

    Celebrated chef-owner Chef Ryan Lowder brings joy with the basics—artful salads, house-made pastas, and charcuterie—and then dazzles with...Read More

  • 16. Yurt at Solitude

    $$$$ | Modern American

    One of the most memorable and dramatic restaurant experiences in the state, dining in this secluded yurt begins with a guided ¼-mile snowshoe...Read More

  • 17. Alchemy Coffee

    $ | Café

    In the Liberty Wells district a little west of Sugar House, this eclectically furnished café with cozy armchairs, rotating art exhibits, and...Read More

  • 18. Angry Korean

    $$ | Korean

    With an irreverent name and somewhat remote suburban location in the District retail-dining center in South Jordan, this contemporary post-industrial...Read More

  • 19. Bambara

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    Set in an ornate former bank lobby adjacent to swanky Hotel Monaco, the building itself is as much of a draw as the food. The kitchen crafts...Read More

  • 20. Blue Copper 2000

    $ | Café

    This newer location of the already well-established Blue Copper coffeehouse opened in an atmospheric old building a few blocks west of the capitol...Read More

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