Where to Eat in Salt Lake City: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Karren Gelb

Known for the stunning backdrop afforded by the towering Wasatch Mountains – and the endless opportunities for outdoor recreation they provide – Salt Lake offers visitors a uniquely vibrant and dynamic urban experience. As one of North America’s most accessible destinations, Utah’s capital city offers year-round excitement and activities for the entire family, alongside a contemporary edginess and vitality that’s helped the “new” Salt Lake become a renowned culinary destination.
Things to do in Salt Lake City

1. Valter's Osteria

173 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1914 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night 801-521-4563
Excellent
82%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 867 reviews

Valter's Osteria

Reviewed By Laz1544 - North Carolina

I don't often rate restaurants as highly as I have Valter's Osteria in SLC. Having traveled extensively to Italy, I have authentic restaurants and cuisine to compare. Valter's is as good as the best restaurants I, my wife and daughter have enjoyed on our trips to Italy. Not only was the food delicious, our waiters, when not finishing our dinner prep tableside, did everything they could to make us feel welcome and at home. We had only discovered Valter's two days prior to our visit while looking for restaurants for our only night in Salt Lake. We called for a reservation but could not be accommodated. However, we were invited to show up at opening to take our chances for a table or sit at the bar for a meal. We took them up on the offer and were seated right away. Should we return to SLC, Valter's will be high on our list to revisit. Don't miss this fine dining experience.

2. Takashi

18 W Market St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-2103 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 39 +1 801-519-9595
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 606 reviews

Takashi

Takashi pushes the envelope of contemporary Japanese cuisine, presenting unrivaled sushi and sashimi along with innovative small plates and hot entrees in a memorable downtown setting. <br> <br>Whether you prefer a bar side seat with a view of the action at the cutting boards, or a cozy table for two, our friendly and knowledgeable servers will guide you through the menus, the specials board, and our excellent collection of premium sake, beer, wine and fabulous specialty cocktails. <br> <br> WHILE MOST SEATING IS ON A WALK-IN BASIS, we do offer a few early reservations through Open Table.

Reviewed By Sandra M - Miami, Florida

An excellent place to dine the best sushi and Japanese food. It's gourmet food. The service is not the best, the two people at the reception are not the friendliest. They charged us badly for a bottle of wine and the manager had to fix the price. The food of very good quality and abundant. They wait a long time until they take you to the table.

3. Bombay House

2731 E Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84109-1619 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 14 - SGD 22 +1 801-581-0222
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 842 reviews

Bombay House

Eating at Bombay House is about much more than just food. It is a complete cultural submersion for all five of your senses. The rich aroma of exotic spices; the rhythms and songs of an ancient culture; warm, intimate lighting; vibrant murals portraying scenes from Indian life and legend; oven-toasted flat bread warming your fingers as you tear a piece to eat; the exquisite flavor of sumptuous food cooked to perfection and served with the same care and courtesy extended to family and guests of the highest honor. Bombay House is about providing you with a truly exceptional experience.

Reviewed By Kapaluafan - Salt Lake City, Utah

This Indian food restaurant has been in our city for many years. Their reputation has sustained as a quality provider of authentic ethnic cuisine. The ambiance is warm and decorated in a culturally consistent manner. The servers are pleasant and were willing to describe the large menu. The food was well presented . At our table the reactions ot the food varied from delicious to disappointing. This variance could be simply explained by individual taste and expectations. Overall,the group enjoyed the experience and would return again.

4. Log Haven

6451 E Millcreek Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84109-3814 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Accepts Credit Cards American, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Brunch SGD 33 - SGD 66 +1 801-272-8255
Excellent
74%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 430 reviews

Log Haven

Log Haven, long synonymous with wildflowers, waterfalls and fine canyon dining, is located in a historic log mansion in the Wasatch National Forest, minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. Consistently honored with the most national and local awards in the industry: Best Utah Restaurant, Best Salt Lake Restaurant, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and the coveted Hall of Fame Award. “This is the highest honor we can give a restaurant in Utah. It means that besides having great food, terrific ambiance and passionate people, something magical has happened to make this restaurant so consistently excellent on all fronts that it thrives as an inspiration to everyone in the business.” -Salt Lake Magazine

Reviewed By BabblesfromBoise - Boise, Idaho

My husband had a business trip over Valentine’s Day so I tagged along so we could celebrate together.

Calling two weeks before the holiday, I found that Log Haven was booked for Valentine’s Day, but they run “three days of passion” so folks can take advantage of the atmosphere and food.

It really doesn’t matter if it’s on the EXACT day - as long as you’re with your Sweetie. Since we are not family with the area, we left a bit early just in case we got lost. We arrived about 25 minutes early. And, instead of asking if we would like to visit the bar before sitting down and waiting for our table, they directed us to a waiting area.

We waited until our allotted time and yes, I think it was worth it!

My husband loves filet and said his was quite good. He said the sauce that was served with it didn’t work well with his taste, but he did say the meat was cooked to his liking and was quite tender.

I had the pork loin with jalapeno mac and cheese. Kind of a different combination for fine dining, but it was great. The mac and cheese was quite spicy, but the pork lion came with an shredded apple on top that really cut the spice nicely.

Before our meal, we ordered the Asian style cauliflower as a starter. My husband isn’t a fan of cauliflower but we both dug into this app with gusto. It was amazing. Dessert was a shared apple crisp with wiskey vanilla ice cream that was amazing.

Valet parking at no charge was very welcomed by us as you climb up the mountain to the restaurant - you don’t have to worry about ice in heels.

Yes, I would visit again. Many folks told us before hand that the views are exquisite, but arriving after dark in February, we could only visualize in our minds.

5. Red Iguana

736 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116-3352 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 39 +1 801-322-1489
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Red Iguana

Reviewed By pekopper - Detroit, Michigan

Ate there early Monday evening (4:30), by 5:15 pm, lines were forming outside. I've driven by several times, lines are always outside, figured it must be decent food so we stopped in last night. Good food, a little on the pricey side, but good. Service was good also.

6. Red Iguana 2

866 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84104-1137 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 801-214-6050
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 738 reviews

Red Iguana 2

Reviewed By jeffr2319 - Salt Lake City, Utah

best moles I have had and you can order a sample of all of them. them food is authentic and fresh. the service is OK but they are usually really busy, that is what you get when a place serves good food.

7. Oh Mai

3425 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84115-4528 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 801-467-6882
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 223 reviews

Oh Mai

Reviewed By Bigredmachine

First visit to Oh Mai, we tried four of their banh mi sandwiches, spicy chicken, shredded pork, brisket and the rib eye. Each id served on a crusty, French style baguette. The shredded pork was our favorite, but all were delicious. We would definitely visit them again, but maybe try one of their other locations, because the parking at this location is a bit wacky.

8. The Park Cafe

604 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105-1113 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 26 +1 801-487-1670
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 323 reviews

The Park Cafe

Reviewed By ProfessorX69 - Erie, Colorado

Went here with my teenage daughter. Restaurant had a college vibe with the music, seating and service.

We walked in on a Sunday morning and got a table in 2 min (outside with heaters).

Food was crazy fast and solid.

Wait staff could not have been more on it. Refills, attention, payment, etc. I would certainly go back.

9. Lone Star Taqueria

2265 E Fort Union Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121-3140 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 801-944-2300
Excellent
68%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 216 reviews

Lone Star Taqueria

Reviewed By DogDoggie - WorldWide

With all the hype surrounding Lone Star, I expected it to be better. The food was pretty good. Maybe for SLC these are the best fish tacos...but compared to others I've had elsewhere...nothing special. The place is always jammed and parking is a major hassle...so i expected something special. Any place that charges for water cups gives e the creeps. The staff...not very friendly. The place is decent...but I expected more.

10. Bambara

202 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-2001 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 52 +1 801-363-5454
Excellent
63%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 554 reviews

Bambara

Bambara: A Salt Lake City Restaurant Celebrating Past and Present With a tempting New American Bistro menu featuring a "World of Flavors" and a playful sense of whimsy and style, Bambara is one of downtown Salt Lake City&apos;s liveliest restaurants. Housed in the historic Continental Bank lobby, Bambara Salt Lake City expertly melds a sense of tradition with a very contemporary energy, at once colorful and elegant. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, our nationally recognized, award-winning restaurant has attracted a devoted following that expands daily.

Reviewed By LaCostaHills - Carlsbad, California

Innovative food, excellent, non obtrusive service, comfortable atmosphere. What more could you want for a lovely dinner?
Valet parking at the hotel really helps, too. Our group raved about the gnocchi, scallops, desserts. We thought the salads were great, too, and my chowder was exceptional. Highly recommended.

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