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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Lamb's Grill Café

    $$ | Downtown | Mediterranean

    Founded by Greek immigrant George Lamb in 1919, this downtown power-broker's favorite has demonstrated unusual staying power. With its long...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. SOMI Vietnamese Bistro

    $$ | Vietnamese

    The expertly prepared, contemporary Vietnamese food is but one reason for this buzzy, contemporary bistro's success—there's also a good wine...Read More

  • 15. Tea Zaanti

    $ | Café

    In a city known for healthy living and spiritualism, this Sugar House purveyor of exceptional loose-leaf teas and light snacks has a devoted...Read More

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