It’s probably no surprise we love to try new restaurants here at Female Foodie, and Salt Lake City has some fantastic new spots we can’t stop thinking about. From fusion tacos to sushi to pizza, our guide featuring the best new restaurants in Salt Lake City has something for everyone. As the dining scene in SLC continues to build momentum, we can’t wait to see what the culinary geniuses of the city come up with next. Let’s get to it!
Our Top Picks for the Best New Restaurants in Salt Lake City
10. Facil Taqueria
Facil Taqueria started as a beloved food truck in Holladay before opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant in 2021. We love their unique tacos and compelling flavors and definitely consider them to be one of the best new restaurants in Salt Lake City. Facil’s take on tacos is certainly not traditional with options like a Nashville hot chicken taco, a local mushroom and leek taco, confit pork carnitas tacos, and smoked pork belly tacos. While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, the real standouts are the cauliflower and avocado tacos and the smoked prime brisket tacos. Both tacos are bold and different from any other tacos we’ve had before, and we simply can’t get enough.
9. Bricks Corner
Is it possible to have a crush on pizza? If so, we are smitten with Bricks Corner’s Detroit-style pizza. They feature a pan pizza crust that goes through a 24-hour aging process that is then topped with high-quality ingredients. If you’re looking to try an unconventional pizza, we recommend checking out the sweet salty pig. Topped with bbq pork shoulder, applewood bacon, marinated tomatoes, caramelized onions, firecracker ranch, and bread & butter jalapenos, it packs a seriously delicious punch. While Bricks Corner offers many unique pizzas, you can also make your own custom pizza with fun ingredients like roasted garlic confit, roasted squash, crispy salty Brussels sprouts, braised Italian beef, and truffle ricotta dollops. And if you happen to be extra hungry, their cracked tots or rosemary fried pickles and mushrooms are out of this world.
Monarca is a new, upscale Mexican restaurant in the heart of downtown. A focus on high-quality ingredients to create fantastic dishes lands Monarca a spot on our guide to the best new restaurants in Salt Lake City. We recommend giving the shrimp tacos, the queso fundido, and birria enchiladas a try. The enchiladas are smothered in a sweet and smoky sauce and are filled with amazingly tender brisket birria and cheese curds. If you’re looking for fresh and robust flavors, Monarca will not disappoint.
If you love Vietnamese food and are looking for a new spot to try, Tamarind is our new go-to. The pho broth is unlike any broth we’ve had before. The family recipe has been passed down through generations – you can feel the comfort oozing from a big bowl of this pho. If you are in the mood for a sandwich, the coconut curry chicken Bahn Mi is our top pick: a warm toasted baguette topped with flavorful, tender chicken, pickled daikon and carrot, and cilantro all served with a side of that same amazing broth for dipping. This hearty sandwich is sure to make any day better.
6. Trolley Cottage Café
Trolley Cottage Café is a cute French bistro home to some of the best brunch around and is one of the best new restaurants in Salt Lake City. Located across from Trolley Square, this cozy gem features a mouth-watering menu complete with both sweet and savory brunch options. The Pain Perdu is a delicious take on French toast made with slices of baguette topped with a buttery orange syrup, fresh berries, and whipped cream. If you are an avocado toast fan, we highly recommend giving their version a try: hummus, an herb aioli, and pickled onions elevate the newly beloved breakfast staple. We love Trolley Cottage Café for their fresh, never-too-heavy take on classic dishes.
5. Salt and Olive
Salt and Olive is a new addition to the downtown Salt Lake City dining scene located near two Female Foodie favorites: HSL and Current Fish and Oyster. Offering classic Italian dishes in a communal setting, you’ll feel at home at Salt and Olive while eating elegant Italian comfort foods. If you’re in the mood for pizza, the house favorite is the carne asada pizza, which features thinly sliced steak, bean puree, queso fresco, and arbol crema. Each of these ingredients pack a punch, and with the pillowy crust providing the perfect blank canvas, you can’t go wrong. We also love the bucatini pasta (a luxurious sausage ragu sauce with a dollop of burrata cheese) or the tagliatelle pasta with light and flavorful white wine sauce, shrimp, and roasted peppers.
Miyazaki is a new premium Japanese steakhouse and sushi restaurant located at Fashion Place Mall. Miyazaki is perfect for a date night or special occasion, and they truly have something for everyone. If you are a sushi lover and want to try something new, the chili hamachi roll featuring shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber, chipotle aioli, orange, chili oil, ponzu, and jalapeño, packs in all the flavors and texture you could possibly want in a roll. Can’t decide between steak and sushi? Two of Miyazki’s rolls are topped with thinly sliced wagyu steak. If you aren’t feeling sushi or steak, the chicken katsu – juicy, fried to perfection, and served with a sweet-savory katsu sauce – will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. We love Miyazaki for the innovation they showcase throughout their entire menu, making them an easy choice for one of the best new restaurants in Salt Lake City.
3. Central 9th Market
Central 9th Market is not only a great place to get local produce but home to what might be one of our newest favorite sandwiches. Located on the corner of 900 South and 200 West, Central 9th Market is a hidden gem that replaced the Jade Market. Featuring freshly baked pizzas and sandwiches on homemade focaccia, Central 9th Market is perfect for breakfast or lunch. We can’t recommend the mortadella sandwich, the BLT, or the breakfast sandwich enough. With high quality meats, veggies, sauces, and eggs, it’s apparent that a lot of love and thought went into the Central 9th menu. Their focaccia alone is enough to name Central 9th Market one of the best new restaurants in Salt Lake City. Pop in and grab a sandwich or a pizza, some produce for dinner, and enjoy the rest of your day knowing you had some of the best food around.
2. Tandoori Taqueria
If you are looking for rich flavors in combinations you probably haven’t tried before, you’ll want to swing by Tandoori Tacqueria for some of the most hearty and delicious fusion tacos in SLC. Not only are the tacos the ultimate comfort food, but Tandoori Tacqueria is a family-run restaurant that uses herbs and vegetables from their own garden. It’s hard not feel part of the family when you are eating at Tandoori, love and passion for what they have created is evident in every taco. It’s hard to choose just one favorite taco – everything we’ve tried has been phenomenal. If ordering the entire menu isn’t in the cards, we recommend trying the taco trio which includes the pozole taco, the beef and chorizo taco, and the tikka tikka taco. With slow cooked and tender meat, tangy slaw, freshly made salsas and sauces, Tandoori Taqueria’s tacos are top-notch, making this new eatery one of the best new restaurants in Salt Lake City.
Lola is a modern Mexican bistro located in the charming 9th and 9th neighborhood. Recently relocated from Utah County, Lola has a charmingly minimalistic yet warm dining space that we love. But as good as the vibes are, the food is even better. A great meal at Lola starts with chips and guacamole, served with a side of incredible green salsa. For the main dish, our favorites include the slow-roasted Berkshire pork tacos, the carne asada burrito, or the beet salad. If you are in the mood for something sweet to finish off the meal, the Mexican hot chocolate and the vanilla bean flan are to die for. With refreshing and comforting flavors, Lola is our top pick for the best new restaurant in Salt Lake City.