Welcome to our list of best restaurants in Provo and surrounding Utah County. Whether you’re dining near campus, or looking for great eats closer to the point of the mountain, this is our list of best places to eat! As a whole, Utah County has done an exceptional job expanding their foodie horizons. This list of best restaurants in Provo and surrounding Utah County has several times (originally published in Jan of 2016) been revised and improved. We want to be sure that our hand-picked collection of tried and true list of places to eat will satisfy your foodie desires. Make sure you read alll the way to the end for a special bonus list of best desserts in Utah County!
10. Pizzeria 712
Pizzeria 712 (originally owned by the same folks at Communal) is a gorgeous restaurant just before the crossroads of Orem and Provo on State Street. Eat here for delicious pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven with a great selection of salads and appetizers. Although the service and wait can be spotty here at times, the food is always delicious.
8. Seven Brothers
We love the food Seven Brothers from the shrimp and fish plates to delicious and fresh salads, burgers, sandwiches and of course their desserts. We recommend Seth’s bleau bacon salad, the Paniolo (cowboy) burger, Mom’s homemade banana bread sundae, and treat yourself to one of their shakes, preferably chocolate. The Seven Brothers mantra is “more than a meal” and we wholeheartedly agree that this aligns with the experience they provide in both their Saratoga Springs and Provo locations.
7. Bombay House
We love delicious Indian food (who doesn’t), and Bombay House provides just that: delectable, wonderful Indian food- definitely one of our top recommendations for restaurants in Provo. Located in the heart of Provo on University Ave (and same owners from locations in SLC and West Jordan), Bombay House serves classic popular dishes including chicken tikka masala, lamb saag, and shrimp coconut kurma. If you’re in Utah County and need great Indian food, this is your spot.
6. Chom Burger
There is nothing we love more at Female Foodie than a delicious, juicy burger and a list of best restaurants in Provo is incomplete without mention of Chom Burger. Opened just this by our friends at Pizzeria 712 and Communal (other mentions on this list) Chom serves up homemade burgers, french fries, and shakes. There are a lot of delicious menu items, but my recommendation is to try their green chile avocado burger, complete with a toasted potato bun, CHOM sauce, pepper jack cheese, green chiles, and guacamole. Fries and shake are a necessity.
This family-owned modern Mexican restaurant serves everything from tacos to sopes to empanadas. When you arrive at Oteo, expect a friendly staff and clean, bright restaurant for your dining experience. Go with a friend, start with the queso fundido, and split a few plates to enjoy everything that their menu has to offer. We are huge fans of their tacos and you can’t go wrong with any of their protein options.
4. Bam Bams BBQ
Bam Bams’ BBQ is a classic, no-frills barbecue joint, serving succulent cuts of brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and chopped beef. The flavors are always spot on and the service is exceptional. Owner and pitboss Cameron True takes extreme pride in serving the best barbecue you will find for miles and quite possibly in the great state of Utah .
3. Sundance: The Tree Room & The Foundry Grill
This list of best restaurants in Provo and surrounding Utah County wouldn’t 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 in all of Utah County. Take a short drive up Provo Canyon to Robert Redford’s mountain resort (believe it or not, we have actually seen him there). We recommend The Tree Room for special occasions and The Foundry Grill for a nice evening out but perhaps not as formal.
2. Black Sheep Cafe
Black Sheep Cafe is unquestionably one of the best 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, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. You can read in depth about our Black Sheep dining experience *here*, but in the meantime feast your eyes on this life-changing 1/2 pound Bleu Burger with bleu cheese, caramelized onions, and bacon, served with a cab sauv reduction and mayo. Amen.
Communal is one of our absolute favorite restaurants in Provo and also one of the best places you can eat in the entire state of Utah. Their farm-to-table experience is fresh, flavorful, and 100% worth every penny. Chef Newman does an exceptional job creating menus by season. I have yet to leave this establishment without being completely blown away by my dining experience. Eat here for an anniversary, family celebration, special holiday, or simply for a standout and amazing meal. They’re open Tuesday-Saturday and have brunch on the weekends.
Bonus: Best Desserts in Utah County
Because a list of the best restaurants in Provo isn’t complete without an accompanying list of best desserts in Utah County. There are a lot of dessert options in the Provo/Utah County area but these are our top favorites. 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. Yums.
4. Chip Cookies
One of the most satisfying desserts you can enjoy in Utah County comes from relatively new Chip Cookies, a business that delivers warm, 6 oz. cookies in Provo, Orem, and Vineyard up until 2:00 a.m. Mon-Fri 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 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 (like me- we ordered our wedding cake here and it was amazing)! If you only try one cake, make sure it’s The Husband.