Swens

4.2
68 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
A full-service restaurant located at the Snowpine Lodge in Alta, UT. Swen’s sophisticated menu features globally-inspired cuisine, with fresh, regionally-sourced ingredients, and an extensive wine and beer list. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly yet refined, with a bustling open-display kitchen and family and communal tables surrounded by elegant floor-to-ceiling windows. The stunning views and the sumptuous food and drink make dining at Swen’s an unforgettable experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 68 people are saying
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vipJacqS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and creative food. Brenna provided excellent fine-dining level service. There is a cute bar next door where they were playing live music. Overall a great date-night experience.

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vipLaurieR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Very, very slow service. Drinks took 45 minutes. It took an hour for our server to come back to say they were our of one of our entrees. My fish was supposed to come with broccoli. Not on my plate. When questioned about it our server said it was not on the menu. When we pointed it out, she said, oh sorry. At no time we’re we offered another drink. It was not even busy. Because it took 15-20 minutes to get any attention, we got up to leave to signal we were ready to go. I think they may have been short staffed in the kitchen.

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Swens
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. I would highly recommend Swens.

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Bben
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Short Rib was overcooked. 4 carrots for $12. Bacon on 1/8th head of lettuce for salad was burned. Great waitress, food disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation, drive there and they informed us upon arrival the reservation was canceled due to COVID. Would have been easy and nice to be informed prior.

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DennisS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Swens. The food was great and the staff was very friendly! It is probably the best value in Alta.

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SallyB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always look forward to eating at Swen’s. The food is tasty and the ambiance can’t be beat!

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vipTomm
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Table for 2 is 4 feet across, I felt like I was sitting closer to someone I was not having even having dinner with. Not at all intimate as we had to talk loudly just to hear each other because of the distance between us. Very limited menu for a high end resort hotel. Pork chops? Schnitzel? The carrot appetizer that was highly recommended was grossly undercooked and very tough. Service was nice and friendly. Slightly understaffed as most places are currently. Decor and ambiance were overall very nice. They certainly need to up their game with a more diverse menu to include several seafood entrees, a couple of red meat entrees (maybe even elk or bison) as well as an interesting poultry entree. Appetizers were limited as well.

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CarolE
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, great food, good selection of wine/spirits, wonderful service. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was delicious but very salty. My husband and I had the Halibut and it was very flavorful and perfectly cooked but salty.

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KimberlyS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a 7:45 p.m. slot in hopes of achieving a more intimate dining experience, and it was just that! The food and service was fantastic, and we will absolutely be returning.

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JanieF
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Connor!

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vipMagician
Salt Lake City
55 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A group of 10 met for dinner at Swen’s following an outing in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Swen’s is a great mountain setting. Our server was wonderful. However, we were disappointed with the quality of our food. In particular, the halibut was over-cooked and dry and the braised short rib while tender also was dry. Finally, a bottle of wine was not available which took a long time to determine. Given the elegance that Snow Pine Lodge is seeking to achieve, we found the quality of the food at Swen’s lacking.

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BeckyC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was fantastic! It’s always a treat to go!

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AsheyF
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best kept secret in Utah. Such a good place to eat

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great anniversary dinner at Swens. Food was great and service was fine. Not rushed. We had spare ribs and halibut. Both were delicious. Craft cocktails were outstanding!

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KDBrid
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Menu was different than what they had on their website, so that was frustrating. The food was sub par for price and there were bugs flying everywhere…landing on our food, in our drinks. We kept having to bat them away.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was able to make a reservation on Open Table for 2 at 11:00 am only to get up there and find out they are closed during that time. Nobody bothered to let us know. The girl at the front desk was rude and snarky when letting me know they are closed during that time. Hopefully nobody else drives up the canyon to have that happen. Terrible experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had reservations. Drove an hour to get there. First they said we didn’t have a reservation. I showed reservation. Manager laughed at us and said 2 hr wait even with reservation. I said can you just sit us down as there were a lot of empty seats. He laughed and said too bad. What a rude place. I’ll never go there again.

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Scott
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Upon being seated we were told that the main chef had quit and that they had been short staffed for the past couple weeks. The waiter did what he could to be positive about the dining experience; however, the available menu items were about three and even at that, not all the food ingredients were in stock. We tried laughing it off, and made do with the circumstances, but in the end, the restaurant really should have closed their doors until they were properly staffed. We ended up paying for a full meal in which we received only a portion of it, and yet eat food we didn't want. It would take a very solid recommendation from a trusted source to get us back to try again.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Buffet was not stocked. Never brought out new bowls. Food was okay. Way overpriced for what you get.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

They are been out of food two times I’ve been here . They don’t seem to be keeping up with the people coming back After covid . When they only offer a few things on the menu , they should be shifting .

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JimB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Very slow food arrival. Dirty water glass. Skimpy bread serving and very slow. It appeared that the restaurant wasn’t ready to open….unprepared.

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BabyJ
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience5

This was the worst food I’ve ever had. My first bite into the egg hash was met with a mouthful of eggshells. The rest of the food lacked flavor. The shrimp tasted like rubber. My teenage son who will eat anything said it was the most disgusting food he’d ever had. I never leave reviews but I had to on this one. I still can’t believe I paid $50 a plate for one of the most disgusting meals of my life. I will never go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wedding - the venue was beautiful the good great .

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vipfoodlover
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience at Swens. Beautiful atmosphere with awesome views, excellent service from our waiter Conner. The food was delicious, we had the halibut, smoked brisket and steak dinners and we loved every bite of each. So good!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and beautiful views. Except if you have kids under the age of two I would not recommend because you will be charged kid prices.

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vipMrsJamesMD
Salt Lake City
28 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We have been here a couple of times now while staying at the resort and service is consistently slow. It’s better at dinner than other times of the day, however. Don’t expect to be offered refills or checked on at all. At breakfast this morning we saw our waiter one time when he took our order and once when he brought the check and it took 35 minutes to get our avocado toast. Food is pretty mediocre for the price.

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AdrianL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swens has amazing food and a beautiful view while eating. One of our favorite places.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day brunch. The service was great as was the food!

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4coexec
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, fun getaway from the kids for a few hours.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent by Mary Elizabeth. The dood

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UtahUtes22
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really amazing food and great atmosphere. Would 10/10 recommend.

Swens
Responded on March 8, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipAndi
Salt Lake City
37 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never been back up that far in Alta before and this is a real gem! We had Valentines dinner here and everything was great. The food, service and setting were all on point. I would definitely go back!

Swens
Responded on March 8, 2021

Thank you for reviewing our restaurant! We are thrilled that we could make Valentine's Day special for you. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipWMWATL
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very classy, but rustic atmosphere. Excellent food and service. Great dining option for Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Swens
Responded on March 8, 2021

We are glad you enjoyed your experience at our restaurant. We hope to serve you again in the near future!

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Wiggerl
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

realy great food! great service! Great atmosphere!

Swens
Responded on January 24, 2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review our restaurant. We look forward to serving you again in the future!

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vipPowder
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the dining experience at Swen’s was special. The hardest part on a 3 day stay is selecting each evening from the amazing menu what to eat Too many excellent choices!!
The pasta dish is definitely a must-have, as is the Snowpine Greens salad too. The berry cobbler was our favorite dessert of the stay....and there’s always another day on the ski slopes tomorrow to work off the calories :)
5-star service and cuisine all the way!

Swens
Responded on January 24, 2021

Thank you for your compliments on the Swen's menu! We look forward to your next stay at Snowpine!

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FAQs

Swens offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 742-6014.

Swens is rated 4.2 stars by 68 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.