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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Layla Grill and Mezze

    $$ | Mediterranean

    Venture a few miles south from downtown to Holladay to enjoy savory Mediterranean dishes—with an emphasis on hearty Moroccan and Middle Eastern...Read More

  • 9. Manoli's

    $$ | Greek

    Venture into this sleek, angular neighborhood bistro to savor some of the tastiest contemporary Greek food in Utah, best enjoyed with a selection...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine

    $$ | East Side | Middle Eastern

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  • 12. Oasis Cafe

    $$ | Downtown | Eclectic

    From early morning to well into the evening, a selection of fine teas and espresso drinks, big breakfasts, and healthful entrées draw regulars...Read More

  • 13. Seasons Plant Based Bistro

    $$ | Vegetarian

    Close to Smith's Ballpark and Liberty Park, you'll find this simple but homey go-to for creative, beautifully presented vegan cuisine, much...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

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