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Best Restaurants in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City’s culinary culture offers a wide variety of foods. Top restaurants provide meals prepared in hidden gems like fancy dining restaurants and old-school diners. Salt Lake City has so many unique restaurants that it is impossible to select just one. The city offers numerous upscale restaurants with fine dining by renowned chefs, chic interiors, live music and some of the best fare in the world. Salt Lake City offers fine dining restaurants, chef-driven restaurants, lunch spots, and patio dining. These restaurants are popular for their upscale setting, fresh ingredients and casual dining. Dining spots are scattered across all parts of Salt Lake City, and they are popular among locals so consider earlier reservations to get a spot.

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17 Restaurants
Updated March 14, 2022
Restaurants:Cucina, Tsunami Restaurant & Sushi - Tsunami on 9th, Sicilia Mia
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Japanese, Sicilian
Neighborhoods:Salt Lake City, Downtown
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Cucina

$$$$
Contemporary American
Salt Lake City
4.8
404 reviews

This restaurant specializes in New American dishes paired with a large wine list. Cucina offers a hip, lively, and fun atmosphere with an outdoor patio seating. Popular for its array of creative and classic dishes, it also provides imported craft and domestic beers. It has an extensive collection of wines that go well with small tapa-style plates. Diners love its seared Ahi Steak, and Venison Strip loin sous vide. Its owner Dean Pierose founded the restaurant in 2005. In 2019, Cucina earned the top honors by Wine Spectator Magazine.


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Tsunami Restaurant & Sushi - Tsunami on 9th

$$$$
Japanese
Downtown
4.7
162 reviews

Tsunami offers diners exquisite Japanese-inspired cuisine in an exciting, contemporary setting. From the freshest sushi to amazingly tender baby back ribs, Tsunami's menu offers choices for the most discriminating palate. Whether you're in for a quick business lunch or out for a romantic dinner, the friendly, knowledgeable staff will provide a memorable dining experience. Voted Best Sushi, Best Power Lunch, and Best Upscale Casual Dining in Utah!


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Sicilia Mia

$$$$
Sicilian
Salt Lake City
4.8
1139 reviews

This lively, informal restaurant provides traditional, Italian dishes. Since its establishment in 2006 by Amrol Harrah, the restaurant has gained popularity and built a reputation in the Salt Lake City area. The restaurant specializes in pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. Popular entrees include spaghetti al Nero di sepia and the Pasta palermitana dressed with red chili tomatoes and anchovies. The restaurant was awarded the best Italian restaurant in Salt Lake City in 2021.


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VENETO

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
4.7
506 reviews

This cozy locale located near Park City and Halliday specializes in Italian food, and was founded by couple Marco and Amy Stevenson in 2017. Veneto boasts an a la carte menu with year-round favorites such as Burrata e Prosciutto Crudo and Risotto all’ Amarone, and a seven-course tasting menu. It has a cozy interior, outdoor dining areas, and a back patio with a quiet space. The restaurant also features an extensive wine list recognized by Wine Spectator as one of the best in the world, and artisan Italian beers.


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Franck's

$$$$
Fusion / Eclectic
Holladay / Midvale / Sandy / Union
4.9
2333 reviews

This unpretentious restaurant is popular for its award-winning cuisine. Set in a renovated old home, it offers a warm contemporary design alongside a small cozy dining room. Its menu can be described as American with multi-continental influence. Its owner Guy Wadsworth started the restaurant in 1996, and he has made it his passion to provide the best dining experience. It also provides an impressive wine collection that pairs well with its dishes. Popular entrees at the restaurant include crispy Brussel sprouts, three-cheese fondue, and pan-seared Hawaiian Walu. In 2007, it received the Best Chef Award, while in 2010, it was honored as Nest French Restaurant.


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Osteria Amore

$$$$
Italian
Salt Lake City
4.8
751 reviews

This modern Italian restaurant is popular for its Italian dishes. Its owner Eduardo Daja and executive chef Marco Cuttaia specialize in northern and southern Italian dishes. It was founded in 2019, and it offers a cozy interior with a contemporary yet homey ambiance. It also features a wine bar and a wood-burning pizza oven. Its menu highlights original Italian dishes like handmade pasta. It features an elegant, warm, inviting modern interior with black and white photographs. Wood furniture and Mediterranean color palette offer a warm ambiance. Popular entrees include Carciofi di Manzo, Sicilian-style arancini, and deep-fried artichoke.


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Tradition

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.8
445 reviews

Sitting on the edge of Liberty Par, Tradition Restaurant offers contemporary dishes made from scratch comfort food. It offers craft cocktails, wines, and worldwide dishes. Diners are greeted with an open kitchen, a sunny dining room, and a shaded patio. Established in 2017 by Ashton Aragon and Max Shrives, the restaurant offers elevated flavors and from-scratch meals. Popular entrees include fried chicken, chicken dumplings, and meatloaf.


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Harbor Seafood & Steak Co

$$$$
Seafood
Salt Lake City
4.7
1119 reviews

Started in August 2014, this modern restaurant lies in Sugar House. It offers diners a snappy interior, a vine-covered patio, and a creative cocktail collection. Since its establishment, it has been lauded as one of the best restaurants in Utah by Salt Lake Magazine. Harbor’s menu is based on simple comfort food with extra detail in taste and quality. Popular entrees at the restaurant include Harbor Mac & Cheese and Seared Scallops. Founded by Tyler Jackson and Randal Curtis, it offers an affordable wine selection alongside artisan cocktails. The diner provides a classy atmosphere alongside live music for entertainment.


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WildWood Restaurant American Restaurant

$$$$
American
Salt Lake City
4.6
380 reviews

This neighborhood restaurant offers contemporary American Southern and Midwestern dishes with favorites like Bistro burgers and fried chicken Panzanella. Its interior features a main dining area, a secluded speakeasy, and a patio. Wild Wood was opened in 2020 by Mike Richie, a master of flavor and ingredients who takes pride in carving out creative dishes. Due to its popularity, consider making reservations a few weeks before the visit to avoid waiting in lines.


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The Rest

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown
4.8
814 reviews

With an early reservation, diners can experience this subterranean restaurant. The Rest lies on Main Street, and it blends various interior designs that mix taxidermy and tome styles. Popular for its creative dishes and cocktails, it features a classic interior with antique furniture and funky sculptures that give a New York-style interior. It offers locally sourced hearty meals, and favorite entrees include honey-glazed beer can-chicken, smoked coffee dick jerky, and fried brioche bagels. Sarah Lund established it in 2013, and it has been awarded titles like Best Ambience in Utah and Salt Lake City.


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Log Haven

$$$$
Contemporary American
Holladay / Midvale / Sandy / Union
4.8
3284 reviews

This romantic destination has been recognized as one of Utah’s favorite spots for fine dining and New American fare. Margo Provost established it in 1994, and it sits in a historic log mansion in Wasatch National Forest. Since its establishment, it has won several awards like Best Utah Restaurant, Best Sal Lake Restaurant, Hall of Fame Awards, and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Popular for its terrific ambiance and nice food, diners love its scenic views. Its wildflowers, waterfalls, and fine canyon dining make it an ideal spot for romance and lovers. It offers an impressive menu and a collection of cocktails and wines. Popular fares include Grilled quail, Korean Fried Cauliflower, and tuna tartare.


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BTG Wine Bar

$$$$
Wine Bar
Downtown
4.7
583 reviews

Located in the downtown area of Salt Lake City, this wine bar offers 75 wines by the glass or bottle. As a Wine Spectator recognized bar, it offers excellent wines and cocktails. It offers diners a cozy interior with a rustic theme and a well-lit dining space. Popular bar bites include meat and cheeseboards, and prosciutto dates. Its impressive list has won several awards from Salt Lake City and Utah. It was founded by Fred Mosenger and executive chef of Caffe Molis.


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Eva

$$$$
Tapas / Small Plates
Salt Lake City
4.8
614 reviews

Named after Chef Charlie Perry’s great grandmother, Eva was established in 2008. It pays close attention to quality ingredients and the collective sense of enjoyment. The restaurant offers an extensive and varied menu with popular dishes like Steak and Charred beets. It offers a cool contemporary interior with super high ceilings and massive artwork lining the walls.


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Stoneground Kitchen

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
4.8
946 reviews

Located in downtown Salt Lake City, this restaurant is famous for its pizzas. Besides its pizzas the restaurant offers numerous dishes with influence from other traditions. Since its establishment in 2000, the pizza joint has developed into a full Italian restaurant. Chef Justin Shifflet and his kitchen team are dedicated to making fresh sauces and pasta. It also offers an appealing upstairs deck alongside a fun craft bar with a wide selection of drinks. Favorite entrees at the restaurant include the black tagliatelle with lobster claw and pork tenderloin. Stoneground Kitchen accepts reservations up to a month in advance and reservations are highly recommended to avoid waiting in line for tables.


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Antica Sicilia

$$$$
Italian
Salt Lake City
4.7
814 reviews

This Sicilian restaurant offers dishes made from Scratch by Chef Franc Mirenda, an expert in Sicilian recipes. Diners will find a familiar range of Sicilian dishes like pizzas and pasta. Diners love the signature carbonara, Tagliate Antica Sicilia and Caesar Salad. It offers a rustic interior with dark wood ceiling beams, natural lighting, and white over black tablecloths that add to the restaurants’ elegance. Due to its popularity, it is advisable to make reservations before visiting.


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Varley

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.3
131 reviews

Varley is a craft cocktail bar that lies in the heart of Salt Lake City. Founded by Bryan Borreson and Vaughn Carrick, the restaurant offers a high-end cocktail culture to its diners. The modern bar and restaurant boast an unforgettable atmosphere with a spacious patio. Its menu offers eclectic northern, Southern and western American dishes in contemporary and ingredient-led style. It also features a lounge, a bar, and a fully equipped kitchen. It provides live music, which offers a relaxing atmosphere to its diners.


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La trattoria di Francesco

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
4.8
135 reviews

The fine-dining Italian restaurant lies on the east side of Salt Lake City. It was opened in 2002 by Guiseppe Mirenda. It features a seasonal menu with fresh local ingredients to make elevated dishes. It offers a lounge, and diners love its Le Tre Paste and its La Carne Siciliana. Its interior offers a cozy setting with a candle-lit ambiance perfect for relaxing.


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