26 Best Restaurants in Downtown Salt Lake City

Downtown Salt Lake City is a hot spot for great restaurants. From spectacular sushi to well-prepared pizza or incredibly tasty tacos, the options are seemingly endless. After decades of eating and writing in Salt Lake City, we’ve put together a guide to the very best restaurants in downtown Salt Lake City.

The Best Restaurants Downtown SLC Has to Offer

Our recent update to the best restaurants in downtown Salt Lake City aims to feature establishments of nearly all cuisines and price points, which range from casual takeout to upscale fine dining. Feast your eyes on 26 of our favorites, perfect for anyone craving good food or suffering from borborygmus (the stomach grumbles). Happy eating!

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26. Bambara

Nestled in one of downtown Salt Lake’s upscale hotels, Bambara serves a variety of high-end American dishes. On this particular menu, you’ll find ambrosial lobster ravioli, filet of beef, and even roasted Maine scallops. This is a great restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City for a nice evening out, lunch with your colleague, or simply an excuse to eat delicious entrees in a beautiful setting. Not a bad way to start off our guide to the best restaurants in downtown SLC.


$$$$ American (New), Breakfast & Brunch, Seafood

202 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-363-5454

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25. Market Street Grill

Long-time Salt Lake City locals will be the first to tell you that Market Street Grill is one of the best restaurants in downtown Salt Lake City. Known best for flying in fish on the daily, Market Street boasts a large menu of seafood prepared in every imaginable way. We highly recommend ordering their seafood cobb salad, shrimp cocktail, Maryland Lump crab cakes, or their Alaskan Halibut. Market Street Grill is a fun place to eat and the piquant flavors will satisfy every sea-food-loving heart.

Market Street Grill – Downtown

$$$$ Seafood, Breakfast & Brunch, American (Traditional)

48 W Market St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-322-4668

24. From Scratch

One of a kind and located on the lesser known (basically hidden) Gallivan Avenue, From Scratch is our next restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City. They prove their name to be true by creating everything on their locally sourced menu from scratch—even their ketchup! Indulge in familiar bistro-style fare such as pizza, burgers, salads, and desserts. Whatever you do, order the incredible risotto cake as an appetizer. You’ll thank us later.

From Scratch

$$$$ Pizza, Burgers, Bars

62 E Gallivan Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-961-9000

23. Spitz

Calling all lovers of Mediterranean street food because Spitz is next on our guide for the best restaurants in downtown Salt Lake City. You can always count on Spitz for delicious and full-bodied doner wraps, bowls, or loaded fries. There are a lot of popular menu items but the best in our honest opinion are their street cart fries with both sweet potato fries and “the works.” Be prepared to become addicted (especially if you love garlic as much as we do).

Spitz – Downtown Salt Lake City

$$$$ Mediterranean, Sandwiches

35 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-364-0286

22. Stoneground Kitchen

Italian comfort food reigns supreme at Stoneground Kitchen in downtown Salt Lake City. The unassuming restaurant is located upstairs and boasts one of the best patio dining spots in town with city views and beautiful outdoor seating. The pasta is the star of the show and we highly recommend ordering the black tagliatelle served with lobster claw & knuckle cremini & oyster mushroom, with chardonnay cream sauce. The diavola pizza is also constantly on our minds if you’re looking to order a second course.

Stoneground Italian Kitchen

$$$$ Pizza, Italian, Beverage Store

249 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-364-1368

21. Monarca

Traditional Mexican cuisine inside a modern contemporary setting? Sounds like Monarca is up next on our guide to the best downtown Salt Lake City restaurants. Located on the main floor of the Gallivan Center, Monarca is constantly updating and creating delicious menu items with their chef, and we’ll never complain about the results. Most recently, we are loving their enchiladas suizas, ceviche, and (prepare yourself) octopus tacos. So whether you’re visiting for date night, a business lunch, or girls night out, definitely make Monarca your next stop.


$$$$ Mexican

268 S State St Suite 110, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-214-0111

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20. The Rose Establishment

The Rose Establishment serves some of the best brunch in downtown Salt Lake City, especially if you’re looking for something a bit on the lighter side. A hidden little eatery between the Gateway and Pioneer Park, this downtown restaurant is subtle yet memorable. Their avocado tartine is something we dream of, made with smashed avocado topped with candied lemon chips, olive oil drizzle, and fleur de sel served on Eva’s Bakery 5-seed bread. Make sure you also dive into the Standard, made with two herbed potato cakes, two soft-cooked eggs, and pork belly bacon with house-smoked tomato jam.

The Rose Establishment

$$$$ Coffee & Tea, Bakeries, Breakfast & Brunch

235 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-208-5569

19. The Copper Onion

If you’ve been following us for a while, it won’t surprise you to see The Copper Onion up next on our guide for the best restaurants in downtown Salt Lake City. Three words: wagyu beef stroganoff. Picture house-made pappardelle, melt-in-your-mouth beef, mushrooms, and creamy creme fraiche topped with chives. For this and their signature burger, we recommend a visit to The Copper Onion while dining in downtown Salt Lake City.

The Copper Onion

$$$$ American (New)

111 East Broadway #170, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-355-3282

18. Laurel Brasserie

It may not be breakfast at Tiffany’s but Laurel Brasserie comes pretty close and is definitely one of the best restaurants in downtown Salt Lake City. Located in the Grand America hotel, Laurel offers a fun, effortless, and unique dining experience as well as flavors and fresh foods that will warm your soul. Their pumpkin spice tartlet served with maple labneh, frisee, and sage powder will always have a special place in our hearts. We also recommend ordering their pistachio pesto potato gnocchi or their roasted chicken bowl. Their arancini starter is also a repeated favorite if you’re a fan of rice, mozzarella, and parmesan (isn’t everyone?).

Laurel Brasserie & Bar

$$$$ Bars, Brasseries, Breakfast & Brunch

555 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 258-6708

17. White Horse

No downtown Salt Lake City restaurant guide would be complete without White Horse Spirits & Kitchen. As a relaxed and locally sourced establishment, White Horse serves memorable small plates and entrees that you will write home about. Our very favorite menu items are the hamachi crudo, crispy fried brussels sprouts, duck breast (served with Utah sour cherries), and spaghetti & clams.

White Horse Spirits & Kitchen

$$$$ Bars, Brasseries, Breakfast & Brunch

325 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 363-0137

16. Roctaco

Roctaco, the taco place that has it all and is next on our guide to the best downtown SLC eats! Feast your eyes on rad tacos that feature our very favorite street food flavors from around the world. From Korean kalbi short ribs to chicken tikka masala, Roctaco has incredibly unique offerings that are fun to experience. We’re huge fans of the Angry Bird served with spicy tinga chicken, corn poblano salsa, tomatillo, and queso fresco. We also love Jimmy Churri and Uncle Al. Honestly, to really experience the menu to its fullest, you may want to get one of everything.


$$$$ Tacos

248 S Edison St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-905-8016

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15. Laan Na Thai

For delectable street food, head to Laan Na Thai the next time you’re exploring downtown Salt Lake City eats. With only 3-4 seats inside their small dining establishment, we recommend their sidewalk seating, eating in the car, or across the street at Pioneer Park. No matter where you settle down to enjoy these Thai classics, we guarantee that you will enjoy them. Be sure to order their drunken noodles, curry dumplings, or pineapple fried rice. All are cooked to perfection, incredibly flavorful, and will leave you wishing you had more room in your stomach. We love the simplicity of Laan Na Thai and consider it one of the best Thai restaurants in Salt Lake City.

Laan Na Thai

$$$$ Thai

336 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801) 363-2717

14. Eva

Eva is 100% the spot for you if you’re looking for the best small plates restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City. Say hello to a hip, cozy vibe and delicious late-night eats! We have yet to try something we don’t like here but some of our very favorites include the Brussels sprouts, grilled asparagus, cheese and meat board, as well as their spinach and potato gnocchi. Grab a couple of your favorite people and get ready to have a great time with even better food.


$$$$ Tapas/Small Plates, Desserts

317 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-359-8447

13. Red Iguana

If you are an SLC local you need no true introduction to Red Iguana, another favorite restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City. Unquestionably the best Mexican food you can get in Utah’s capital, don’t be surprised by the wait out the door always. You’re here for the puntas de filete a la nortena, the tacos a la iguana, and the chile verde. Need great Mexican food but shorter lines? You can always check out Red Iguana 2 if you’re in a time crunch.

Red Iguana

$$$$ Mexican

736 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 801-322-1489

Red Iguana 2

$$$$ Mexican

866 W S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 801-214-6050

12. Yoko Ramen

One of the best spots for ramen just happens to be located in downtown Salt Lake City. Yoko Ramen is overflowing with insanely good options, but our favorite bowl is the pork ramen, made with tonkotsu-shoyu (pork broth) and chashu (Japanese pork belly). The flavor is a memorable combination of umami, rich, and salty and will have you visiting weekly if you’re in the area. Hungry for more? Dive into their delectable pork gyoza or any of their rotating specials.

Yoko Ramen SLC

$$$$ Ramen, Asian Fusion

473 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-876-5267

11. Sapa

You won’t be able to visit downtown Salt Lake City and pass up on Sapa, a real contender as one of SLC’s best sushi spots. This gem of a Japanese restaurant has everything you want in a great restaurant: warm ambiance, friendly service, and absolutely out-of-this-world delicious sushi. The goal here is to try as many different rolls as you can comfortably manage, including the UFO, Lowrider, Cyprus, and Kamikaze rolls. Low-priced and eclectic, Sapa is the obvious option for everyone exploring the downtown Salt Lake City scene. 

Sapa Sushi Bar

$$$$ Sushi Bars, Asian Fusion, Cocktail Bars

722 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-363-7272


10. Carson Kitchen

Next up on our downtown Salt Lake City guide is Carson Kitchen, the ultimate stop for shared plates. This is an industrial space with a modern aesthetic and incredibly spacious, making it great for groups who are ready to sit, socialize, and eat. First up is the killer shrimp, covered in aji amarillo pepper cream, safe in the flavor profile, and fried to perfection. All die-hard Buffalo fans should reach for the pork belly, an incredibly fiery combination of flavor and spice. Our last “must-try” for adventurous palettes is the black rice and oxtail risotto. This particular plate has a bitter (in a good way) melt-in-your-mouth profile that is quite memorable. That’s the beautiful thing about Carson Kitchen, you can try it all!

Carson Kitchen

$$$$ American (New), Cocktail Bars, Tapas/Small Plates

241 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (385) 252-3200

9. Caputo’s

Downtown Salt Lake City wouldn’t be the same without Caputo’s Market & Deli. While Caputo’s might be best known for its imported olive oils, state-of-the-art cheese, and a treasure trove of chocolates, it’s also a deli serving up fine Italian and Southern European foods. Order the Caputo for the house favorite sandwich – with mortadella, salami, prosciutto, provolone, lettuce, tomato, olive oil, and balsamic. Oh, and getting one of their sea salt chocolate chip cookies is non-negotiable.

Caputo’s Market & Deli Downtown

$$$$ Specialty Food, Delis, Sandwiches

314 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-531-8669

8. Pago on Main

Tucked in the heart of Main St. is Pago on Main, a chef-driven establishment that has quickly grown into a downtown Salt Lake City institution. Pago on Main serves some of the best brunch in the city and features some of those tried and true originals we’ve always loved at Pago 9th & 9th. Our regular brunch orders include the burrata, croque madame, and french toast. The lunch and dinner menus rotate seasonally but our favorites include the strawberries and beets or the Pago burger made with bacon, cheddar, pickled onion, arugula, and black garlic aioli.

Pago on Main

$$$$ American (New)

341 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-441-2955

7. Pretty Bird

What do you get when you combine a mile-high homemade bun, house-made slaw and pickles, and the most glorious fried chicken? One of Pretty Bird’s phenomenal sandwiches is the answer; we simply cannot get enough! The chicken is definitely the star of the show at this downtown Salt Lake City restaurant, but the house sauce is no sleeper either. Pair the two in a sandwich, nuggets, or tenders and you’re on your way to a tasty protein-filled journey.

Pretty Bird – Downtown

$$$$ Chicken Shop, American (Traditional), Fast Food

146 Regent St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

6. Current Fish & Oyster

Current blows us away with their ambiance, decor, and high-quality food, obviously making them an easy choice for downtown Salt Lake City dining. This gorgeous restaurant is one of the city’s best spots for fresh seafood. Whether it’s from the west coast or back east, their fish is flown in fresh every. single. day. You’re here for the calamari, smoked fish dip, oysters, and pan-roasted sea scallops. No matter who you dine with, Current will keep you coming back for more.

Current Fish & Oyster

$$$$ Seafood, American (New)

279 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-326-3474


5. HSL

HSL is one of the very best places you can eat in downtown Salt Lake City for amazing food and an extraordinary ambiance. You’ll want to order most (if not all) of the small plates, so make sure to come with a good friend or significant other to sample a little bit of everything. We’ve always loved the buttermilk biscuit, General Tso’s cauliflower, the fried chicken, and the HSL burger. And if your timing is spot on, you can indulge in the caramel pudding, topped with crispy sweet Chex streusel and straight magic.


$$$$ American (New)

418 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-539-9999

4. Oquirrh

Oquirrh quickly rose to the top of the downtown Salt Lake City dining scene as it’s one of the best restaurants in town. Owned and operated by a husband and wife duo, Oquirrh is welcoming, sophisticated, and nostalgic. Their ever-rotating menus and specials keep us on our toes but every dish hits the spot. If you’re lucky to spot them on the menu, try the milk braised potatoes, lasagna bolognese, or the heart-warming chicken pot pie.


$$$$ American (New)

368 E 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-359-0426

3. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

Another favorite downtown SLC restaurant is Settebello, the best pizza you can get in the entire city. Nothing quite beats the light, Napoli-style crust, slightly charred, with crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and flavorful basil. While every pizza hits the spot, we will always order the Margherita or diavola whether we’re visiting for lunch, dinner, or a mid-afternoon snack. We guarantee you’ll be dreaming about this pizza until the next time you get to eat it!

Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

$$$$ Pizza, Italian

260 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-322-3556

2. Takashi

Home to the best sushi in Utah and within walking distance of most downtown Salt Lake City streets is Takashi. We could eat at Takashi every week and never get sick of it. This sushi spot is intimate, inviting, and offers an array of Japanese dishes that we just can’t say no to. You’ll find us ordering the calamari, gyoza, nigiri sampler, sunshine roll, naked roll, and crunchy ebi roll. Gear up for a wait but a meal that’s well worth it. Pro-tip: get to the doors 15-20 minutes before they open to ensure a shorter wait time.


$$$$ Sushi Bar, Japanese

18 W Market St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-519-9595

1. Valter’s Osteria

Our top pick for downtown Salt Lake City restaurants (and for multiple SLC guides) is Valter’s Osteria. Welcome to Italian cuisine at its finest, sprinkled with incredible service and a beautiful dining setting. Enjoying a meal for two is a splurge, but you’ll always remember your dining experience. You’re here for the chopped agnelli salad, tutta pasta di valter (past sampler), lasagna (Valter’s family recipe), butternut squash & sage ravioli, pizza carne, and the chicken piccata. Leave room for the lemon gelato served with local honey and salt for dessert—it’s an absolute must!

Valter’s Osteria

$$$$ Italian

173 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-521-4563

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  1. I opened this thinking if Spitz and From Scratch are not on this list… It’s not a good list. I was pleasantly surprised. Though I think Taqueria 27 and Caffe Molise belong. Also Les Madeleines for dessert.

    1. Haha I’m glad to hear that your two favs are on the list! I feel like Taqueria 27 has gone downhill and I’m not a huge fan of Caffe Molise but maybe they both deserve another try. LOVE les madeleines but wanted to include a spot that was open past 4:00. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. We were in SLC visiting from Chicago this week and used many of the suggestions from your lists. Our favorites were From Scratch as well as Tulie Bakery from your best breakfast lists. They were amazing! The risotto cake at From Scratch was fabulous (as you stated) as were the homemade breads and the pizzas. At Tulie Bakery, the four of us (my husband and kids) got many things to share and each thing was fabulous! Pumpkin bread, chocolate bread, granola, raspberry ricotta toast, grilled cheese….we wished we could take everything home with us! Several days later and we are still talking about these meals. Thanks for the great recommendations!

    1. Hi Jessica! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment- I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been able to enjoy SO many of my favorites in Salt Lake City! And especially glad that you were able to try soooo many things at Tulie. I have tried everything in the case and it’s always an amazing experience. I hope that you come back soon! Thanks and happy summer. 🙂

      1. I’m proud to say that I’ve been to 21 of these 26 restaurants. I’m excited to try the rest. (Something to consider is that Les Madelines is permanently closed – I know it wasn’t on the list but someone mentioned adding it.) I believe they closed at the end of the year. Also, I was a little shocked that White Horse isn’t higher up – with their phenomenal french onion soup and clam chowder alone, it should (in my opinion) be considered to move up a few notches. Add their burger, brussles sprouts, tasty big (and beautiful) salads with their brunch options, I feel I rarely need to go anywhere else most of the time. I’ll step off my soapbox now. 🙂

  3. Great Article i feel like you’re comparing Apples to Oranges though… And, how is Sptiz comparable to Copper Onion?

    My vote isn’t even on here though.. You forgot Padeli’s Street Greek.

    1. Hi Nick- thanks so much for reading! The post definitely has a lot of variety since we’re picking the best of downtown, and in my book that definitely includes restaurants that are really different, including Spitz and Copper Onion. I really like Padeli’s but they are not on my list of the “best” in downtown. I did, however, include them in my list of favorite fast casual restaurants in SLC. Thanks again for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Hi Brooke, if my husband will only allow me to eat in a restaurant every day, I am going to do it for 15 consecutive days! And I will surely be visiting all these 15 restaurants daily. But in reality, dating me to any of those just for once will do! Cheers!