What are the BEST restaurants in Salt Lake City? Who makes a good breakfast downtown? My wife and I are celebrating our anniversary tonight- where should I take her? Where can I go for the best burger? All some of my favorite questions I get asked on a daily basis, which is why I’m simply elated to bring you this list of Top 10 Places to Eat in Salt Lake City.
As a Salt Lake City native, I’ve been blessed with a lifetime of many, many meals in this city (some more delicious than others). This list of best restaurants in Salt Lake City is brought to you with hours of deliberation, thought, and 100% unbiased honesty. This list was initially launched in late 2015 and has now been updated for the upcoming year of 2017.
If you are my close friend or family member looking for the best bites in Salt Lake City, THIS LIST is the list that I’ll give to you. Each of these restaurants are tried and true- places I’ve dined at several different times, trying as many menu items as possible over the passing months and years. I hope you’ll enjoy dining at the best places Salt Lake City has to offer. If you’re interested in more Salt Lake City restaurant recommendations, be sure to check out my free bucket list of 100 restaurants to try in Salt Lake City or visit femalefoodie.com/SLC!
10. R & R BBQ
Because a bucket list isn’t complete without the best barbecue joint in town. Hip, hip, hooray for R & R BBQ, our absolute favorite place to visit for ribs, pulled pork, juicy burgers, and chopped brisket all complete with a side of Aunt Libby’s hush puppies. We love the emphasis this family-owned business puts in the quality of each and every pound of meat. R & R BBQ is hands down the best in town thanks to their melt in your mouth meat and homestyle smoky flavors. As owners Rod and Roger put it, “We don’t do fast food, we do good food.” R & R BBQ (307 West 600 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.364.0443)
9. Tulie Bakery
I will never forget the first time I ate at Tulie Bakery and tried the fresh mozzarella and tomato panini, one chocolate bouchon, and a fresh berry tart. Little did I know that this french bakery would become the bane of my college income (truth- I have literally tried everything in their case) and my *favorite* bakery in the entire state of Utah. Their consistently incredible pastries are a shining star above the rest in the city of Salt Lake. I absolutely swoon over their brioche french toast, but if you’re looking for something out of their gorgeous case try their morning bun, the fresh fruit tart, or the chocolate bouchon. Tulie Bakery (863 East 700 South // 801.883.9741 )
8. Sweet Lake Biscuit and Limeade
If you’re in Salt Lake City and haven’t stopped at Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade it MUST be your next spot for brunch! Most Salt Lake City farmer’s market goers will recognize the hard-to-miss beautiful limeades filled with fresh mint leaves and thick lime wedges, but what most of them won’t know is that this brunch is (not for long) one of the best kept secrets in town! Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade has a variety of breakfast options ranging from a handful of biscuit concoctions to organic wheat pancakes to an open-faced sourdough toast with asparagus, egg, and parmesan. My STRONG suggestion is to take the owner’s advice and order The Hoss. You won’t regret it. Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade (54 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.997.9220)
7. Hires Big H
My longest standing foodie affair on this list of the best food in Salt Lake City. As a young pup my parents took us kids to Hires on the weekends, usually before a Ute basketball or football game. Their burgers are no frills- just a classic, darn good burger made of ground chuck hamburger topped with fry sauce, lettuce, tomato, and American Cheese. The service is always fantastic and the place is constantly packed- a surefire way to sniff out the good food. If you don’t order a Big H with cheese fries and an oreo shake, you are doing it wrong. Hires Big H (425 South 700 East // 801.364.4582)
6. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana
For the best pizza in town (and the great state of Utah) I always recommend Settebello. This restaurant became a reality after owners Mike Brooks and Brad Otton lived in Italy, became enamored with the art of authentic Italian pizza, and decided to bring it back to Salt Lake City. Since then their family-owned business has expanded to locations in Farmington, Henderson, Summerlin, Oxnard, Pasadena, Marina del Ray, and most recently, Newport. Most of the serving staff at Settebello have been there for nearly ten years and are extremely knowledgable about the menu. Their #1 selling pizza is the classic Margherita and my personal favorite is the Diavola- picture red bell peppers, garlic, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Pizza = life. Settebello = the best there is in Salt Lake City. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana (260 South 200 West // 801.322.3556)
Spitz is a much needed and refreshing installment to the Salt Lake City restaurant scene. Owner Tanner Slizeski and Josh Hill fell in love with the Mediterranean döner kebab while studying abroad in Europe and brought this creation to SLC in 2013. If my husband were writing this list, Spitz would be his #1 pick! We love this restaurant and even ate here for quick lunch on our wedding day. The street cart fries with “the works” (make sure to order sweet potato!) is one of the BEST meals I have had in my life. If fries aren’t your thing, the street cart doner is a close second. Be sure to check out their Sugarhouse and recently opened Cottonwood Heights locations if you’re in the neighborhood! Spitz (35 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.364.0286)
4. Feldman’s Deli
I have a love affair with a sandwich shop and it’s known to most as Feldman’s Deli. If you’re looking for the best sandwich in town, or better yet something like you’ve never tasted before, zip on over to Feldman’s Deli for one of the best bites you can have in all of Salt Lake City. Feldman’s Deli is a New York style delicatessen offering a variety of traditional Jewish deli sandwiches alongside some of the more old time “classics” in a gorgeous, vibrant cafè setting. Make sure to try the Sloppy Joe (their most popular sandwich) or the Trisha (my favorite) for your first time. You’ll be simultaneously licking your fingers clean and counting down the days until you can come back! In the meantime, make sure to read our full post on Feldman’s. Feldman’s Deli (2005 East 2700 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.906.0369)
Unanimously the BEST sushi in downtown Salt Lake City. Takashi boasts a fresh and modern environment with fish flown in daily for some of the most delicious and addicting sushi rolls known to man. They are constantly packed- be prepared to wait (especially on the weekends)! My favorite menu items include the azekura for an appetizer (see photo above), the nigiri sampler for delicious nigiri sushi, and the crunchy ebi roll and the summit for our favorite sushi rolls! If you still have room, make sure to try their house-made panna cotta. The best panna cotta I have had in my life. Takashi (18 West Market Street // 801.519.9595)
2. Valter’s Osteria
If you’re going to splurge on one restaurant this year in Salt Lake City, make it a night at Valter’s Osteria for the best high end dining in town. Owner and founder Valter Nassi has created an authentic Tuscan experience that will quite literally transport you to his mother’s kitchen in Italy. Although his restaurant boasts an amazing menu filled with incredible authentic Italian dishes, I recommend allowing your server to take the lead for your incredible night out. Make sure to read our full post on Valter’s Osteria for all the delicious details. Valter’s Osteria (173 West Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.521.4563)
1. Red Iguana
If you’re in Salt Lake City for one day and need a guaranteed amazing meal, take your friends and family to Red Iguana. This Mexican restaurant has an enormous menu with a following to match it (two restaurants within a 1/2 mile proximity from each other #word), undoubtedly some of the best food in Salt Lake City. We have eaten here more times than we can count and love their Puntas de Filete a la Norteña (#1 selling menu item, pictured above), Tacos Don Ramon, and the Red Iguana combination plate. While you’re looking at the menu, be sure to ask your sever for a side of guac and the sampler of their moles- a small plate of quarter sized samples of each mole they make in house! Their original location (Red Iguana 1) is located four blocks from the local Trax station which connects to the Salt Lake City International Airport. Red Iguana ( 376 North Temple // 801.322.1489 )