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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. HallPass

    $ | International

    Set in downtown's Gateway Center shopping mall and offering eight distinct dining stations and seating at gorgeous carved-wood tables, the city...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. La-Cai Noodle House

    $ | Downtown | Vietnamese

    Named for a historic restaurant district in Ho Chi Minh City, this low-frills eatery set amid auto-parts shops south of downtown re-creates...Read More

  • 13. Lone Star Taqueria

    $ | Cottonwood | Mexican

    You can't miss this tiny lime green joint, marked by an old sticker-covered car off Fort Union Boulevard and often packed with skiers from the...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Nomad Eatery

    $ | Modern American

    Located in something of a food desert amid the chain hotels southwest of Salt Lake International Airport, there's one terrific gastropub with...Read More

  • 16. Pretty Bird Chicken

    $ | American

    As its name hints, this usually packed Downtown fast-casual eatery with counter service and a small seating area specializes in poultry, and...Read More

  • 17. Ramen Legend

    $ | Japanese

    Fantastic murals adorn the walls of this trendy Sugar House ramen parlor and izakaya that also specializes in creamy milk boba teas and smoothies...Read More

  • 18. Salt Lake Roasting Company

    $ | Downtown | Café

    Since 1981 the Roasting Company has sourced, bought, imported, roasted, and sold dozens of varieties of coffees. Great pastries, desserts, light...Read More

  • 19. Sawadee Thai

    $ | The Avenues | Thai

    Consider this popular restaurant on the border between the Avenues and Central City—its brick walls and gorgeous artwork create a warm, inviting...Read More

  • 20. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

    $ | Downtown | Pizza

    Two ambitious restaurateurs set out to re-create authentic, ultra-thin-crust pizza from Naples using an oven, flour, cheese, and other ingredients...Read More

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