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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Salt Lake City

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Salt Lake City? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.8
4.8 (750)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Draper
About the restaurant
Refined Casual.

Cultivate Craft Kitchen’s menu provides modern dishes that capture the flavor of the season, while paying tribute to the rich farming history of Draper City. Within our walls, we create a dining experience with shared plates that will cultivate a love of food, friendships and new flavors.

Top review
EricSLCvip
Dined 2 days ago
The cocktails are great, a little pricey but very good.
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4.7
4.7 (1004)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Bodega is the street level Tavern, that offers no frills cocktails in addition to draft beer and shots.

With a reservation, or if allowed admission from the Bartender upstairs, you can experience The Rest. It is a subterranean gem that looks like a bar that Hemingway would have built. Dark wood, taxidermy, old books and plenty of good whiskey. Perfect place for privacy and escaping the world for a minute... Or hours.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Thank you so much @ Gabriel for making such a wonderful experience for these first time patrons. ❤️
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4.6
4.6 (1808)
$31 to $50
American
Murray
About the restaurant
------ For Most Current Reservation Availability please book at ProhibitionUtah.com ------ Take a step back in time at PROHIBITION a 1920s themed bar in Murray. We without question have the best food of any bar you have ever been to. We are a bar, so 21+ only allowed. Reservations recommended, walk-ins accepted when seating is available. Patio seating has no view of shows. Reservation disclaimer: Tables are not assigned until arrival. We also will not seat any party until all guests have arrived. There is a 10 minute grace period, if your party does not arrive within 10 of your reservation, your reservation will be cancelled.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
My favorite place in SLC. Food never disappoints. They are always adding new drinks and food items to the menu. Been there several times and have never had the same thing twice. Definitely recommend.
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4.6
4.6 (658)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
Utah Restaurant Association's 2022 winner for Best Gastropub. We offer a unique twist on new-American cuisine - pulling flavors from Asia and Latin America - and pairing our food with specially curated cocktails and an extensive wine, whiskey, and beer list. Join us in our intimate speakeasy lounge, enjoy a lively atmosphere on our main floor, or bask on our cozy patio. Open from 5:00p to 1:00a with live music seven days a week, plus our special brunch menu Saturday and Sunday from 11a to 3:30p.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Food was incredible!!! Thought the hostess would translate to our sever we were celebrating a birthday. New speakers are required because the live musician was good but the speakers made it sound like he wasn’t.
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4.5
4.5 (416)
$30 and under
Mexican
Downtown
About the restaurant
We are MONARCA! A Mexican bistro, we constantly change our menu with our chef new creations as Ceviches, Enchiladas, Steaks and other specialties. Our bar specialize in Tequila and Mezcal, awarded best Restaurant Bar 2023 in Utah, our mixologist always innovating using spices and flavors that hardly can find anywhere else. We are MONARCA, right in heart of Downtown Salt Lake City a few blocks from temple square. Bienvenidos!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Wow, I don’t know how to begin everything was FANTASTIC, the food was delicious, all the waiters were kind, smiling and serving us very well. Def recommend & it’s number 1 in my favorite restaurants in utah
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4.3
4.3 (610)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Gastropub with on-site brewery featuring Contemporary American cuisine. A rotating selection of house-brewed beers are complimented by large list of draft and bottled beer from the many great breweries in Utah. The food menu changes often based on the seasonal availability of products from local and regional farmers and ranchers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Great meal ! Nice atmosphere. I will be returning with friends
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4.3
4.3 (226)
$31 to $50
American
Herriman
About the restaurant
Featuring local and regional selections that reflect organic and sustainable sourcing, our menus offer fresh Pacific Northwest meats, fish, seafood, and produce. From the bar, we highlight the best of the region’s beers and wine, along with WildFin classic cocktails.

Whether it’s for a quick lunch, a casual dinner, or a friendly happy hour, our northwest restaurants deliver outstanding hospitality and food for every occasion.

We also offer patio and outdoor bar seating.

Top review
CarynZ
Dined 3 days ago
Christopher was an excellent server! Food was wonderful. The only thing I would do differently is order adult portion of French toast for my 9 year old….he said it was the best ever!
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4.2
4.2 (72)
$30 and under
American
Salt Lake City
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster’s has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we’ve got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we’re stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Yummy food. Excellent service. The games are fun to play. Great for the whole family. The crispy Hawaiian burger is delicious. And the pretzel sticks are devine!
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4.1
4.1 (176)
$30 and under
Pub
Salt Lake City
About the restaurant
We are open during road construction!! With free underground parking off McClelland St. (turn south off 2100 South) or enter off Highland Dr.!

Located in the heart of Sugar House, Wasatch Brew Pub serves up award-winning beers and a full lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menu. Set in an urban building with exposed ceilings, barn wood accents and a large welcoming bar, the eclectic pub menu offer gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options as well as late night and kids menus. Wash your meal down with our ice-cold craft beer or something from our full liquor and wine list. Seasonal outdoor patio and private event space available, with validated parking and cold beer to-go 7 days a week.

If you are looking to book a table with more than 9 guests, please contact the restaurant directly and our manager will help accommodate. You can expect the highest safety measures to be strictly followed during your experience with us.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Been coming here for a lot of years very good food and service.
A photo of Carson Kitchen- Salt Lake restaurant
3.6
3.6 (73)
$30 and under
American
Salt Lake City
About the restaurant
Specializing in creative American cuisine and thoughtfully crafted cocktails, Carson Kitchen sits in the heart of Salt Lake’s downtown dining scene. Carson Kitchen is built on a philosophy of reimagined comfort food prepared with approachable fine-dining ingredients.

The restaurant concept originated in 2014, opening in the historic Fremont East district of Downtown Las Vegas, a partnership between chef and restaurateur Cory Harwell and his dear friend, the late Chef Kerry Simon. Designed to bring a carefully curated experience to our country’s unique & vibrant neighborhoods, Carson Kitchen features a contemporary bar, open kitchen expo counter, and community tables in an industrial yet inviting architecture.

Top review
MicheleD
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
Everything was good cocktails were great. There was a Pleasant unexpected twist on each dish. Would certainly go again
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