The food scene in Utah County hasn’t always been what it is today, but with the contributions of brilliant local chefs the valley has flourished in the last few years with restaurants that make it a better, tastier place. After eating and deliberating over restaurants in Provo and the surrounding Utah County, and considering them each with genuine, unbiased honesty, this guide collects the very best of what the valley has to offer.
The job was tough, but someone had to do it! If you haven’t tried these Utah County restaurants, you’re going to want to go asap — and this guide is one you’ll be eating on repeat. Without further ado, here are the 12 best places to eat in Provo and the surrounding area! Be sure to check out our special bonus list of the best desserts in Utah County at the bottom of this guide.
12. Sol Agave
Options for great Mexican food in Utah County are slim, but Sol Agave is one of the absolute best in the valley. With a Cali-Mex approach to their cuisine, Sol Agave has been really well received in the area and it’s easy to understand why. Their food is fresh and full of flavor, with handmade tortillas being formed and pressed in their open kitchen all day. One of their most delicious dishes is their Mar y Tierra, a plate of delectable filet mignon enchiladas that absolutely melt in your mouth. The enchiladas are topped with a creamy, earthy sherry wine sauce and accompanied by a skewer of succulent jumbo shrimp, giving you a perfect sampler of steak and seafood — some of what Sol Agave does best.
11. Tru Religion
Tru Religion gives an elevated touch to diner-style breakfast, and its indulgent take on brunch is what makes it one of the best places to eat in Utah County. The biscuits and crepes at Tru Religion are some of the restaurant’s crowning features, and their fresh-squeezed orange juice is understated, but one of the yummiest parts of the meal. If you’re dining here for the first time, their Baja Ben “Addiction” is eggs benny on another level — served on a biscuit with creamy hollandaise, avocado, and a perfectly poached egg next to a small mountain of hashbrowns. It’s just as mouth watering as it sounds. Other great options include their Biscuit Boss Supreme (pictured), Huevos Rancheros, and Fresh Fruit Crepes.
10. Pizzeria 712
Pizzeria 712 is one of the best restaurants in Utah County, and our favorite local place to grab wood-fired pizza near Provo. Their crust is thin, soft, and chewy and their tomato sauce is tangy and sweet, the perfect foundations for fresh mozzarella and ricotta. For starters, the Braised Beef Short Rib is delicious, and in terms of pizza we recommend the Margherita, Bianco, Speck, and Hot Pink. Although the service and wait can be spotty here at times, the food is always delicious!
Mastra is new to the area, but it is already one of the best restaurants in Utah County and is without question the best pasta in the valley. Its charming storefront is very small, so to guarantee yourself a dine-in experience be sure to make a reservation ahead of time. The love and passion that is put into their food is apparent, and the owners of this darling fast-casual spot serve house-made pasta, focaccia, and sauces like their vibrant basil pesto. You’re here for their pasta, so grab a piece of their traditional lasagne, a bowl of pesto or carbonara fettuccine, and order a side of their tender tomato focaccia — it’s an absolute must, and makes it easy to see why Mastra is one of the best places to eat in Utah County.
9. Bam Bam’s Barbecue
If you’re on the hunt for great barbecue in Utah County, Bam Bam’s Barbecue is the place to be. The team at Bam Bam’s specializes in Texas-style barbecue, with a menu of succulent cuts of meat (think brisket, turkey, pulled pork, and ribs), a few house barbecue sauces, and sides. Ultimately you’re coming to Bam Bam’s, one of the best restaurants near Provo, for their perfectly smoked meat. Owner and pitboss Cameron True takes extreme pride in serving the best barbecue you can find in the valley, and quite possibly the state, and whether you’re in the mood for smoked pork, beef, or poultry you’ll leave totally satisfied.
8. Kitchen Eighty Eight
There is no other fast casual crowd-pleaser in Utah County that does food as well as Kitchen 88. Their menu is completely delicious, with a wide range of sandwiches, salads, and entrees that are satisfying and flavorful. The specialty at Kitchen 88 is their steak, which has a beautiful char and is always exceptionally tender. Their risotto and pork tenderloin is another no-brainer choice, beautifully plated with al-dente asparagus, and any of their sandwiches are excellent (and juicy and messy!) as well. Kitchen 88 has an elevated, home-cooked feel and diverse menu that is comforting and satisfying, making it one of the best places to eat in Utah County for small group outings.
6. Bombay House
Indian food is growing in popularity, but Bombay House has consistently been serving some of the best Indian food in the state for years. It’s no wonder it made our guide as one of the best restaurants in Provo and Utah County! Located in the heart of Provo on University Ave (with the same owners from locations in SLC and West Jordan), Bombay House specializes in their delicious Indian curries, complete with tender meat and layered with spices. Their curries are flavorful, rich, and creamy and their naan is soft and delicious. The first rule of thumb for thoroughly enjoying your experience is to order plenty of naan, and when deciding on curry, we strongly recommend the chicken tikka masala, shrimp coconut korma, and chicken makhani.
Oteo is a staple to the restaurant scene here in Utah County. Family owned, this small restaurant in Lindon gives regional Mexican cuisine an elevated touch, adding finesse to classic entrees like molotes, empanadas, tacos, and sopes. What really sets the food at Oteo apart is their perfectly cooked hanger steak, which is rich, salty, and fall-apart tender. Order their hanger steak molote to enjoy with their delicate pureed black beans and crisp, fresh cabbage, and be sure to get a queso fundido for the table. It comes with homemade, warm corn tortillas and is the ultimate comfort food!
4. Sundance: The Tree Room & The Foundry Grill
Simply put, this guide to the best places to eat in Utah County would not be complete without mention of The Tree Room and The Foundry Grill, both found at Sundance Mountain Resort. These high-end dining options have the ambiance and gorgeous mountain scenery to accompany some of the best food you can find near Provo. Take a short, scenic drive up Provo Canyon to Robert Redford’s mountain resort (believe it or not, we have actually seen him there) and settle into the warm atmosphere. We recommend the Tree Room for special occasions, and The Foundry Grill for a less formal but nice evening out.
3. Black Sheep Cafe
Unquestionably, Black Sheep Cafe is one of the most delicious restaurants in Provo. With a creative spin on Navajo cuisine, Black Sheep boasts some of the most gorgeous and delectable plates in the valley for lunch and dinner. Its fixed menu is unique and unexpected, with life-changing options like their Hog Jowl Tacos, Green Chili Frites, Bleu Burger, and crave-worthy posole. Whether you need a restaurant for girl’s night out, a business lunch, or you’re looking for an upscale date night, Black Sheep Cafe fits the bill as one of the best places to eat in Utah County.
Communal is a well-loved farm-to-table restaurant in Provo that never, ever disappoints. Communal’s chefs always execute their seasonal menu flawlessly, so you know that everything coming to the table is going to be incredible — making it obvious why it’s one of the best places to eat in Utah County. One of the most charming, unique aspects of eating at Communal is their family-style fine-dining model. Everything on their menu is built to share, which adds an intimate touch to dining out and makes it easy to try a variety of dishes. There isn’t a wrong order at Communal, but their Funeral Potato Croquette is mouth-watering and their Clifford Farm Pork Loin and Hanger Steak entrees are nuanced and delicious. Communal is the perfect restaurant if you’re a meal-sharer, but it’s just as easy and acceptable to enjoy on your own, too.
If you’ve ever been to Block, it is no surprise that this fine-dining spot takes its place as the best restaurant in Provo and the surrounding Utah County. Its food and atmosphere are welcoming and high-end, with a delightful staff and incredible menu. The creative team at Block carefully researches and experiments with their menu seasonally, giving it a fresh take a few different times per year while keeping some of their staple menu items year-round. Brunch and dinner are equally delicious — visit at brunch for more casual get-togethers, and dine-in for dinner for special occasions or an upscale night out. The House Made Gnocchi, Hanger Steak, and Pan Seared Chicken are a few favorite entrees, and their pork belly appetizer and Popcorn Panna Cotta dessert are absolute cherries on top of your meal. Be sure to make a reservation, and then be sure to visit again and again.
Bonus: Best Desserts in Utah County
A list of the best restaurants in Provo isn’t complete without an accompanying guide to the best desserts in Utah County. There are a lot of dessert options in the Provo/Utah County area, but these are some of our favorite time-tested options that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy!
5. Provo Bakery
Provo Bakery is everything we love in a classic ma and pa bakeshop. Their vintage bakery items are still being used, by a now younger staff, to produce beautiful doughnuts, cookies, muffins, and cakes. Try a classic cake doughnut or sticky bran muffin for the perfect sweet tooth fix. Yum.
4. Chip Cookies
One of the most satisfying desserts you can enjoy in Utah County comes from Chip Cookies, a business that delivers warm, 6 oz. cookies in Provo, Orem, and Vineyard up until 2:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and midnight on Saturdays. Cherry on the top? You can order your delicious homemade cookies with a glass of milk! You can also stop by their storefront to grab cookies if you’re on the go or not in one of their delivering zones.
3. Lehi Country Bakery
One of the more timeless spots on this list is the Lehi Country Bakery! Among other popular donuts spots in Utah County, Lehi Country Bakery is famous for their delicious square glazed donuts and they are amazinggggg. You’ll feel right at home with the mom and pop feel and the friendly employees. Don’t put off visiting this local favorite — they often run out!
2. Rockwell Ice Cream
What did Utah County ever do without Rockwell Ice Cream?? Some of our *favorite* homemade ice cream is found here in the heart of Provo. The butterfat content is perfect, the flavors are rich, and the owner and employees are friendly and happy to give you as many samples as your ice cream loving heart desires. Their flavors are changing constantly but favorites include the salted caramel and brown butter pecan.
1. The Chocolate
A list of the best desserts in Utah County wouldn’t be complete without mention of The Chocolate. Another family-owned business, this dessert shop makes the BEST cake we have ever had! Picture moist, flavorful cakes served in beautiful slices. A perfect spot to grab a dessert after dinner, stop by on your way home from work, or ordering cakes for special occasions! If you only try one cake, make sure it’s The Husband.