21 Best Restaurants in Northern Utah, Utah

Aggie Ice Cream

$ Fodor's choice

The pride and joy of Utah State University dairy students, this historic ice-cream shop on campus has been making ice cream "from cow to cone" for 100 years. The luscious creations use milk from cows that live on USU's farm and a recipe and production process that's been perfected over the last century. Savor a scoop or two of lemon custard, blue mint, praline pecan, or huckleberry to fully grasp what all the fuss is about.

Campfire Grill

$$$ Fodor's choice

Located within Garden City's distinctive Conestoga Ranch glamping resort, this rambling and scenic seasonal restaurant (housed in a tent with a firepit overlooking the property's covered wagons) is the most distinctive dining destination in town, and one of the most upscale too. Serving creative American fare throughout the day—including a popular brunch on Sundays—this open-air eatery offers delicious pancakes with maple-macerated berries, shrimp with smoked-cheddar grits, an array of wood-fired pizzas, and other enticing dishes.

Crumb Brothers Artisan Bread

$ Fodor's choice

The thick-crusted artisan breads served in this airy, verdant, and much beloved bakery are fantastic on their own or in an impressive roster of freshly prepared sandwiches, like the bacon, avocado, egg, and provolone on ciabatta or the banh mi on a crisp baguette, available vegan or with pork belly. Some of the most creative fare incorporates house-made organic bread as an ingredient, from bread pudding to panzanella, and there's an ever-changing array of ethereal pastries. Look for local honeys, jams, and other Cache Valley specialties for sale near the register.

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Herm's Inn

$ Fodor's choice

Famous for its pizza-size cinnamon swirl pancakes, this popular breakfast and lunch spot is often jam-packed with students from Utah State University or hikers headed to Logan Canyon, but it's worth the wait. The meat-lover's breakfast skillet with eggs, toast, ham, bacon, sausage, and cheddar will fuel you up before a big hike, while the burger on marble rye topped with caramelized garlic and onions, Swiss cheese, and garlic mayo is a lunchtime specialty.

Idle Isle Café

$ Fodor's choice

It feels like you've wandered onto the set of The Andy Griffith Show at this quaint 1921 café—the oldest continually operating restaurant in Utah—with a menu specializing in old-fashioned comfort foods like pot roast and au gratin potatoes, chicken-fried steak, and hot turkey sandwiches with gravy. Save room for ice cream or a shake—or perhaps some sweet treats from the Idle Isle candy factory across the street. 

Tona Sushi Bar and Grill

$$ Fodor's choice

This chic little Japanese spot has a modern focus, offering much more than just sushi rolls (although the phenomenal rolls alone, such as the smokin' hot machi with rosemary-smoked hamachi, fennel, Thai chili, orange slices, and citrus soy, would keep the doors open). Tona goes light on the sauce and heavy on the freshest ingredients, with an expansive menu that features artfully plated grilled mackerel with a raspberry-soy glaze, udon with chicken and tempura prawns, and flash-seared ahi with freshly cut pineapples.

210 25th St., Ogden, UT, 84401, USA
Known For
  • ocean-trout crudo and other creatively presented sashimi
  • extensive sake selection
  • house-made cheesecake with raspberry puree
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Caffe Ibis


Inside this handsome café with ample seating and live music on weekend evenings, you'll see shiny brass canisters brimming with shade-grown, organic, fair-trade coffee beans ground daily at the local off-site roastery. In addition to tasty drinks, Ibis serves a nice array of breakfast and lunch entrées, such as avocado toast with farm eggs and roasted-veggie sandwiches. It's also popular for coffee and dessert.

Carlos & Harley's


Inside the colorful 1890s-era Eden General Store, a few blocks from the north shore of Pineview Reservoir, this fun Tex-Mex restaurant specializes in the kind of food that effectively sustains the area's many skiers, hikers, boaters, and other outdoorsy sorts. Think big plates of chile con queso, bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers, shrimp fajitas, pork tamales, and slow-roasted-pork carnitas tacos.

Gray Cliff Lodge Restaurant


Set in scenic Ogden Canyon, this romantic restaurant with lace tablecloths, linen napkins, and mountain and forest views is a time-honored destination for classic Continental fare, such as slow-roasted prime rib, grilled mountain trout, and sage-stuffed lamb chops with mint jelly. The fireplace makes this a fun gathering spot for pre- or after-dinner drinks in winter.

Don't miss the ski museum in the bar.

508 Ogden Canyon, UT, 84401, USA
Known For
  • surf-and-turf combos
  • unabashed old-school vibe
  • leisurely Sunday brunches
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.--Wed. No lunch

Harp & Hound


A hot spot among artists, hikers, musicians, LGBTQ+ folks, and college students, this festive gastropub serves up elevated comfort fare, like blackened salmon tacos, barbecue chicken pizzas, meatless "wings" with buffalo sauce, and garlic-mushroom-Swiss burgers. There's an excellent tap and cocktail list, and in the basement, you'll find the hip and diverse Funk and Dive speakeasy, an inviting spot for cocktails and live music.

Hearth on 25th


With an emphasis on wood-fired cooking and farm-to-table seasonality, the menu at this dapper but casual gem includes salmon and octopus with creative preparations and house-made pastas, breads, and dressings. On warm days, dine on the patio overlooking the historic district and the Wasatch Mountains while enjoying the wine on tap, a huge selection of whiskeys, and a seasonally changing array of fresh desserts. Ask about their slow-dried artisan pasta made on-site and available for purchase, and check out the imported oils and infused vinegars for sale near the entrance.

195 25th St., Ogden, UT, 84401, USA
Known For
  • yak, rabbit, elk, and other wild game dishes
  • addictive truffle fries
  • market with pastas, olive oils, and gourmet groceries to go
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch

LaBeau's Drive-in


The Bear Lake region is well known for its locally grown raspberries, and this is the most popular spot in town to enjoy a thick and creamy raspberry shake. Choose from 45 other shake flavors along with a menu of old-fashioned hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches, and if you haven't tried Utah's signature condiment, "fry sauce" (i.e., ketchup and mayo), LaBeau's is a good place for that too. Don't be surprised by long lines, though LaBeau's Too, just across the street, picks up some of the slack.

69 N. Bear Lake Blvd., UT, 84028, USA
Known For
  • pastrami burgers
  • people-watching at outdoor picnic tables
  • thick milkshakes in dozens of flavors
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and late Sept.–late May.

Le Nonne


Housed in a courtly converted Victorian home, this sophisticated restaurant features northern Italian cuisine—such as rigatoni amatriciana, sweet-potato ravioli, and thinly sliced, oven-baked steak tagliata with sun-dried tomatoes—crafted by a chef born and raised in Tuscany. Live jazz some evenings wafts through the cozy dining room and the outdoor patio nestled in a garden. Combine dinner with an opera at the nearby Eccles Theatre, and you might forget you're in rural Utah.

129 N. 100 E, Logan, UT, 84321, USA
Known For
  • romantic dining room with attentive service
  • pre-theater dining
  • nicely curated wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch; closed Sun.

Mad Moose Café


This super-chill, family-friendly eatery is a perfect stop for delicious flavored coffee drinks and traditional breakfast fare early in the day or burgers, panini sandwiches, and ice-cream desserts after your outdoor adventures.

Maddox Ranch House


Just a little south of Brigham City, this down-home log-cabin-style eatery is one of the most celebrated family-owned restaurants in Utah, a favorite since the late 1940s. The Maddox family serves stick-to-your-ribs Western fare—the fried chicken, Porterhouse steaks and bison rib eyes are big enough to satisfy a ranch hand, especially if you factor in generous sides of vegetables, potatoes, and homemade soups, plus fresh-baked dinner rolls served with raspberry honey-butter. Reservations are a good idea, even on weeknights. Note that alcohol isn't served.

1900 S. U.S. 89, Perry, UT, 84302, USA
Known For
  • attached retro burger drive-in with carhop service
  • fresh peach pie
  • no alcohol
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential

Pig & a Jelly Jar


This funky, down-home diner with graffiti-covered brick walls serves hearty Southern food throughout the day, starting with fried chicken and biscuits and ham hash in the morning and moving on to catfish and chips and brown sugar–and–maple barbecue pork sandwiches later in the day. Save room for the beignets or cinnamon biscuits for dessert, and snag a jar of pineapple-lemon-rosemary or blueberry-lavender jam on your way out.



Specializing in aebleskivers (fluffy, round Danish pancakes) topped with Nutella and strawberries and any number of other sweet toppings along with overstuffed sandwiches, this cute counter-service eatery is a fun spot for breakfast or lunch all summer long. This is also Bear Lake's go-to for espresso and coffee drinks, and there's an extensive menu of gourmet milk shakes, too.

Shooting Star Saloon


The oldest remaining saloon in the state—in operation since the 1880s—is a beloved favorite hangout for skiers in winter and bikers in summer. The menu doesn't stray far from beer and burgers, but after a long day of outdoor play, the burgers hit the spot. The exterior looks straight out of a classic Western movie, while inside the rustic accouterments draw the eye to every corner—think dollar bills pinned to the ceiling, comical signs, scruffy old boots, teapots, and rifles. 

7350 E. 200 S, Huntsville, UT, 84317, USA
Known For
  • the Star Burger (double cheeseburger topped with a Polish hot dog)
  • Saint Bernard head mounted on the wall
  • decent selection of local craft brews

Slackwater Pizzeria & Pub


This casual eatery boasts hundreds of craft beers, mountain views, and a festive, friendly vibe. Try the boldly unorthodox pizza toppings, which are internationally inspired, verdant, and piled high; the gyro trip pie with a peppered-lemon base, shaved lamb, and tzatski drizzle is especially good.

Wasatch Roasting Company


Tucked inside a narrow historic downtown building festooned with colorful murals and graffiti, this funky café has well-trained baristas and sources its coffee beans from small, high-quality growers. Choose from well-crafted espresso drinks, single-origin coffees by whatever brewing method you choose (Chemex, French press, and so on), or one of the many nitro options, from on-tap cascara to kombucha. There's a limited selection of baked goods and pastries, too.

2436 Grant Ave., Ogden, UT, 84401, USA
Known For
  • potent nitro cold brew (available by the can)
  • affogato with premium ice cream
  • colorful "Aerosol Art Gallery" on the patio

WB's Eatery


Plush armchairs, exposed air ducts, rotating contemporary art, and brick walls create a salon ambience in this high-ceiling space inside the Monarch Building in the trendy Nine Rails Creative District. Specializing in fine coffees and wines, WB's also turns out well-crafted café fare throughout the day, including brûléed grapefruit and ham-and-egg toasties at breakfast and grilled-shrimp bowls, Brussel sprouts tostadas, and fig-and-prosciutto bruschetta during the afternoon and evening hours.