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. 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

  • 2. Bombay House

    $ | University of Utah | Indian

    You'll be enveloped in electrifying aromas the minute you step into this dark, intimate space that ranks among the best Indian restaurants in...Read More

  • 3. Café Trio Downtown

    $$ | Downtown | Italian

    In this comfortable, modern dining room with clean lines and great location near Trolley Square and 9th and 9th, you might whet your appetite...Read More

  • 4. Desert Edge Brewery

    $ | East Side | American

    For more than 40 years, this lively microbrewery inside Trolley Square has offered delicious pub food, house-made beer, loft seating, a sheltered...Read More

  • 5. Forage

    $$$$ | East Side | Modern American

    With 15 courses on the nightly set menu and a dinner tab that approaches $100/person, this is not your ordinary dining experience—and about...Read More

  • 6. Fresco Italian Cafe

    $$$ | East Side | Italian

    This intimate restaurant sits back from the street in a clapboard house that adjoins an independent bookstore. Dishes like the daily risotto...Read More

  • 7. Hires Big H

    $ | Downtown | Burger

    A family tradition in Salt Lake since 1959, this old-school burger and shakes joint with curbside car service elevates traditional diner favorites...Read More

  • 8. Lucky 13 Bar and Grill

    $ | Downtown | American

    There may be no better place in the valley to order a monstrous burger (with intriguing toppings like hickory-smoked pastrami and peanut butter...Read More

  • 9. Mazza

    $$ | East Side | Middle Eastern

    A warmly inviting and reasonably priced option in the buzzy 9th and 9th district, Mazza presents a long menu of well-prepared, traditional Middle...Read More

  • 10. Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine

    $$ | East Side | Middle Eastern

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  • 11. Pago

    $$$ | East Side | Modern American

    More than living up to its promise of farm-to-table freshness, this welcoming, microscopic, chef-driven neighborhood bistro capitalizes on local...Read More

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