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. You may not find the five-star San Francisco dining experience, but you’ll find almost as many influences as in the city by the bay. 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. All in all, Salt Lake's culinary scene has finally grown up and offers something for every taste, from simple to sophisticated.

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  • 1. Red Iguana

    $$ | Downtown | Mexican

    One of America's best Mexican restaurants, this lively place doesn't look like much, and it's off the beaten track. But everyone in Salt Lake...Read More

  • 2. Bambara

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    Seasonal menus reflect regional American and international influences at this artfully designed destination restaurant. A tasty example is the...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Market Street Grill

    $$$ | Downtown | Seafood

    See Salt Lake's power brokers sharing stories at one of the city's premier choices for seafood, housed in a beautifully restored 1906 building...Read More

  • 5. Market Street Oyster Bar

    $$$ | Downtown | Seafood

    Some would call this popular bar–restaurant more of a "meet market," but it's a fun and upbeat place. Popular items include oysters prepared...Read More

  • 6. Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine

    $$ | East Side | Middle Eastern

    Consistently voted the city's best Middle Eastern restaurant, Mazza is all about authentic and affordable fare in a casual setting. You can...Read More

  • 7. Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine

    $$ | East Side | Middle Eastern

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