I love Park City. There is something so magical about the majestic ski slopes paired with historic Main Street, the buzz of the Sundance Film Festival each winter, and the inevitable conglomeration of restaurants to choose from. With Park City being one of Utah’s hottest spots for travel, it takes the time and knowledge of a native to sort out the tourist traps from the local gems. Let’s face it- Park City Restaurants are more spendy than anything most are used to down in Salt Lake City. For that reason alone, this post is dedicated to the best restaurants in Park City- restaurants that are worth your time and hard earned money. I’ve done all the research and provided 5 recommendations for thrifty, mid-range, and fine dining options. My hope is that next time you find yourself headed to the mountains with friends or family, there’ll be incredible food to accompany those memories. Thanks for stopping by! Please note that contrary to my usual posts, these restaurants are listed in no particular order.
THRIFTY PARK CITY RESTAURANTS
A list of 5 best restaurants in Park City that are easier on the wallet or “budget friendly”. Keep in mind that budget friendly here is not like a budget meal anywhere else. All Park City Restaurants on this list can be eaten at for $20 or less per person.
15. Deer Valley Grocery Cafe
I am over the moon with how incredible of a culinary experience Deer Valley has brought to Park City. And although there’s much to choose from, I prefer starting a day out in Park City at the Grocery Cafe. It’s easy to pull right up to this cozy location. The Deer Valley Grocery Cafe has a simple yet classic breakfast menu including homemade coconut yogurt, avocado beet toast, or their southwestern breakfast wrap, no doubt adding themselves to our list of best restaurants in Park City. They’re also open for lunch year-round and until 7 p.m. during the winter for all of your post-ski cravings.
Menu favorites: The Lox Plate- smoked salmon, baby heirloom tomatoes, caper berries, fennel pollen chive cream cheese, micro greens, pea shoots, pickled red onions, all served with a toasted everything bagel. Skillet Fired Dutch baby- Lemon ricotta pancake with blueberries, raspberries, orange vanilla bean butter, topped with powdered sugar. Deer valley Grocery Cafe (1375 Deer Valley Drive, Park City, UT // 435.615.2400)
14. El Chubasco
El Chubasco is usually the first to mind when I recommend a budget friendly Park City restaurant. Located just off of Prospector Avenue, and nestled between other shops and small restaurants in a strip-mall setting, El Chubasco is our go-to for no-fail delicious Mexican grub. I love their fast casual layout and swoon over the unforgettable salsa bar with over one dozen homemade salsas. A great fuel stop before or after a day on the powdery slopes.
Menu favorites: The Taco Salad- Greens, tomatoes, rice, black beans, guacamole, cheese, and crema served with your choice of shredded beef, asada, chicken, or carnitas in a gigantic flour tortilla bowl. Mexican Style Tacos- your choice of meat served with cilantro and onion. Don’t forget a side of rice and beans! El Chubasco (1890 Bonanza Dr Suite 115, Park City, UT // 435.645.9114)
13. Sammy’s Bistro
An absolute local’s favorite on a list of best restaurants in Park City is Sammy’s Bistro. Owner and Park City native Sam Harris had been in the restaurant business for years when he decided to open an affordable restaurant with a hip and casual ambiance, friendly service, and delicious food. Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives for their Chivito Club sandwich, inspired by the traditional Uruguayan sandwich.
Menu favorites: Chivito Club Sandwich- thinly sliced roasted pork tenderloin with bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, and tomatillo sauce on a hoagie roll. Coconut Shrimp- six crispy coconut crusted prawns served with a sweet thai chili sauce and an asian coleslaw. Sammy’s Bistro (1890 Bonanza Drive, Park City, UT // 435.214.7570)
12. Ganesh Indian Cuisine
Thank heavens for delicious, affordable Indian food. If you’re in Park City and searching for an incredible, Indian home-cooked meal, look no further. Ganesh Indian Cuisine is located in the same Prospector neighborhood just off of Sidewinder drive. It’s the perfect Park City restaurant for a casual one-on-one date setting or a spot for the entire family to gather. The service is exceptional and the food matches those same standards.
Menu favorites: Chili Chicken- a great appetizer to share between two or three people. Fried chicken with Indian spices and chili peppers served on a sizzling hot platter. Chicken Tikka Masala- breast meat barbecued in a tandoor oven, cooked with garlic, ginger, tomatoes, spices, and cream. Great to order as part of a family style order for dinner or as part of their lunch special served with two soups, sweet mango pickles, raita (yogurt with onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers) and an Indian dessert. Ganesh Indian Cuisine (1811 Sidewinder Drive, Park City, UT // 435.538.4110)
11. Freshies Lobster Co
I am so excited to not only feature Freshies on this list of the best restaurants in Park City but also announce that their brand new storefront is finally open! Freshies Lobster Co has been serving fresh Maine lobster to Park City locals since 2009 from their ever popular food truck and farmers market booth. Just as delicious (if not better) than some of the popular lobster rolls I’ve sampled on the east coast, Freshies does an outstanding job serving a simple, and unbeatable sandwich that has smitten the hearts of foodies from all over the world.
Menu favorite: Real Mainah Lobster Roll- a toasted New England hot dog bun with fresh lobster, mayo, hot butter, and seasoning. Truly love at first bite and bound to convince any non-seafood lovers to change their mind. I dare you to find a better Lobster Roll in the entire state of Utah. Freshies Lobster Co (1897 Prospector Ave, Park City, UT // 435.631.9861)
Mid Range Park City Restaurants
A list of 5 of the best restaurants in Park City that I consider in line with true Park City pricing, more specifically in the $20-50 range per person. These locations are specifically recommended for food enthusiasts who are willing to spend a penny or two more on their meal in Park City.
10. Yuki Yama Sushi
No great foodie destination is complete without a sushi restaurant you can count on. Yuki Yama was opened by Chef Kirk Terashima and Matt Baydaya with a menu featuring fresh fish flown in daily from around the world. Their kitchen menu, equally as innovative, includes different Asian inspired dishes with outstanding flavors and textures. I included Yuki Yama on this list of best restaurants in Park City because of the incredible lengths they take to go the extra mile.
Menu Favorites: Baby Back Ribs- five baby back ribs prepared with a jalapeno and teriyaki chocolate glaze. Omakase Nigiri- my number one recommendation to the adventurous foodie willing to try a dish that truly highlights the creativity and uniqueness of Yuki Yama. This gorgeous and delectable dish includes 9 chef’s choice pieces of nigiri sushi, each with a special garnish and sauce. It’s an off the menu item and available to order at the sushi bar. Yuki Yama Sushi (586 Main Street, Park City, UT // 435.649.6293)
Situated right on historic Main Street, Tupelo showcases an immaculate menu of globally inspired food, all artisanally sourced thanks to executive chef and owner Matt Harris’s. His farm-to-table approach to high end dining manifests in his seasonally changing menu from warm kale salad to Rocky Mountain elk bolognese to roasted Utah trout. Although most familiar to Tupelo choose to enjoy a meal here for dinner, we chose to highlight some of our favorite menu items off their lunch menu, seeing that not all upscale main street locations are open before 5:00 p.m.
Menu Favorites: Buttermilk Biscuits- fresh, flaky homemade buttermilk biscuits served with honey butter straight from heaven. This is the perfect appetizer to share with 2-4 people as you’re finalizing orders and preparing for a hearty, farm-to-table experience. Grilled Cheese- prepared with pimento cheddar, and a tomato bacon jam served alongside literally the best creamy tomato soup I have ever had. Be prepared to feel the essence of comfort. Tupelo (508 Main Street, Park City, UT // 435.615.7700)
If you’re in the foodie know at all and have talked to anyone about the best restaurants in Park City, Handle inevitably comes up in conversation. Founded by Executive Chef Briar Handly, Melissa Gray, and Meagan Nash, Handle serves American cuisine, small plate style. Their menu changes seasonally and allows each diner to order from an incredible selection of small bites, cold dishes, hot dishes, hearty plates, and, of course, dessert.
Menu favorites: The Buffalo Cauliflower- a long standing menu item at Handle and a frequently ordered menu item consisting of fresh cauliflower cooked in a traditional buffalo hot wing sauce served with an assortment of seasonal vegetables and blue cheese. Parsnips- cured overnight in salt and sugar, smoked, and finished in maple syrup and butter. These bacon-resembling parsnips are paired with candied mustard seeds, roasted red beets, and apples. This parsnip dish is new to Handle’s winter menu for the 2017 season. Handle (136 Heber Avenue, Park City, UT // 435.602.1155)
7. Purple Sage
Purple Sage is one of my newest favorites among the best restaurants in Park City. Originally the Rocky Mountain Bell telephone building, dating back to as early as the 1880’s and currently on the national historic registry, Purple Sage has a rustic and timeless interior that will make any guest feel like they’ve traveled back into the 19th century. This western-themed restaurant boasts an incredible menu filled with comfort food classics as well as new and innovative twists on what has been explained as “fancy cowboy food”. The cuisine at Purple Sage is infused with a predominant chile flavor that gives it a warm, comforting finish to every dish.
Menu favorites: Grilled Skuna Bay Salmon- a grilled, craft raised, salmon filet served atop parmesan and chile heirloom corn grits with braised greens and a Meyer Lemon and dill butter. Sugar and Chile Cured Duck- duck two ways, both seared and roasted Mapleleaf Farms duck breast and a confit leg of duck on green chili mac ‘n’ cheese with sautéed sugar snap peas. Purple Sage (434 Main Street, Park City, UT // 435.655.9505)
6. Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi
There is something for everyone at Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi. Named after the owner’s black lab who was blinded in an accident, this family ran establishment serves a variety of soup & salad, vegetarian dishes, seafood, red meat, and of course, sushi.
Menu favorites: The lollipop roll- one of their most popular. Prepared with tuna, salmon, escolar, mango, sprouts, green onion, avocado, all rapped in cucumber, this riceless roll is a healthy and refreshing sushi roll. Divers scallops- lightly seared, served over creamy yukon gold mashed potatoes with an array of micro greens including thai mint, parsley, sprouts, and daikon. The Yardbird- panko fried chicken side that has been sous vide and panko fried. Served with a lemon caper sauce atop homemade mashed potatoes. Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi (1251 Kearns Blvd, Park City, UT // 435.655.0800)
5. High West Distillery & Saloon
Hello and ode to High West Distillery, my new favorite spot for my new and absolute favorite burger in the state of Utah! But before I get to that let’s talk about the history of High West. Founded in 2009 by Jane and David Perkins, High West became the first legal distillery in the state of Utah since 1870. Now, with four separate locations and a saloon to pair with delicious food, High West has become an essential stop at Old Town Park City for locals and tourists alike and is clearly one of the best restaurants in Park City. I’m a big fan of their down-to-earth, lunch and dinner menu filled with some of the most delicious food you’ll ever set eyes on.
Menu favorites: Pretzel & Beer Cheese- house made pretzel served with whiskey and beer cheese, homemade mustard dip, and pickles. This isn’t the pretzel you ordered at your high school football game. The High West Burger- a beautiful 8 oz. blend of bison and beef served with broiled aged gruyere, blue cheese, BBQ glazed sweet onion, crispy fried shallots, all served on a homemade house caraway bun with hand cut fries. High West Distillery & Saloon (703 Park Ave, Park City, UT // 435.649.8300)
FINE DINING PARK CITY RESTAURANTS
A list of 5 best restaurants in Park City that are the cream of the crop, or the “creme de la creme” as some would put it. These restaurants are a good fit for you if: 1) you’re looking to splurge on a special occasion, more specifically $50 and upwards per person, 2) when you want to make an impression on your boss, prospective father-in-law, or that special someone, 3) simply put- you want a fantastic, knock-em dead, stupidly delicious meal.
4. J & G Grill
After visiting the J & G grill at Deer Valley’s St. Regis this fall for the first time I was smitten at first bite and immediately knew that this was one of the best restaurants in Park City. Chef Rachel Wiener has formulated a winter menu that is sure to please food enthusiasts from all walks with her impressive ability to combine traditional with innovative and serve dishes with presentation and flavor that are unparalleled in Park City. Although the J & G Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I recommend spending the better part of an evening in their immaculate yet intimate restaurant, working your way through the menu, course by course.
Menu Favorites: Housemade Burrata- with a cranberry, fennel, and elderflower compote, topped with micro arugula and micro basil, served with grilled toast. Slow Cooked Norwegian Organic Salmon- flown in six days of the week, served on a galangal with sautéed spinach, snow peas, and pea shoots, and garnished with Vietnamese mint oil and pickled green peppercorns. Snake River Farms Grilled Pork Chop- served with a quince puree, sautéed spicy kale, cocoa essence, and a vanilla oil. J & G Grill (2300 Deer Vally Drive E, Park City, UT // 435.940.5760)
3. Grappa Italian Restaurant
When you talk to Park City locals about the best fine dining options in town, Grappa will inevitably be one of the first mentions. Founder Chef Bill White, native of Traverse City, Michigan and world traveler opened Grappa (formerly operated as a bed and breakfast) in 1993. Today Bill White Enterprises encompasses seven restaurants, a bakery, one farm, and many more enterprises to come. I love the variety you can find on the menu at Grappa but my absolute favorite is the Bill White original, Osso Bucco- slow braised veal shank, lightly floured, braised, and slowly cooked for up to 8 hours, served with creamy polenta, caramelized brussels sprouts, pancetta, rich red wine tomato jus, and a toasted pine nut gremolata.
Other menu favorites: Grapes & Gorgonzola- sweet red grapes, roasted walnuts, gorgonzola, served with a red wine vinaigrette. Seared Duck & Risotto- confit duck leg served with a butternut squash risotto, grilled broccolini, and port agrodulce. Grappa Italian Restaurant (151 Main St, Park City, UT // 435.649.3536)
2. Riverhorse On Main
The Riverhorse on Main is a clean, spectacular fine dining institution located on historic Main Street and is one of the best restaurants in Park City. This gorgeous space hosts food enthusiasts from all over the world each year who come back for some of the best bites they have ever had in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains. If you’re looking for an elegant evening out with a significant other, or a place to celebrate a special occasion with family or friends, Riverhorse on Main is the perfect destination. The incredible presentation at Riverhorse is always matched by the sophisticated and pronounced flavors in each dish.
Menu favorites: Roasted Red & Candy Stripe Beets- served with a local feta vinaigrette, baby lettuce, pistachios, basil essence, and blackberry. Pan Roasted Chilean Seabass- prepared with a wild mushroom consomme, cellophane noodles, spinach, chili lime essence. Riverhorse on Main (540 Main St, Park City, UT // 435.649.3536)
If you need one excuse to venture over to the Waldorf Astoria in Park City, make it a meal at their high-end restaurant, Powder. I am absolutely smitten by their exquisite menu sourced by local ingredients. Their menu changes seasonally and they offer breakfast, lunch, apres, and dinner for all those who wish to dine. Current menu favorites include the local cheese and charcuterie board. This is one of the best I have ever had and it currently includes crostini, mountain bread, salumi piccante, wild board salsichon, traditional salumi, iberico ham, soppressata, white cheddar, goat cheese, marcona almonds, cranberry mustard, apricots, cornichons with mustard seeds, olives, dried cranberries, and lardon.
For first course, or pasta, the butternut capellini comes with my highest of recommendations. This is truly one of the best (and most beautiful) pasta dishes I have ever had! The pasta is served in a butternut squash puree, presented with pomegranate seeds, burnt honey vinaigrette, and grana padano.
There are so many incredible choices when selecting a main course at Powder, but the Snake River Farms Wagyu Bavette is at the top of my list! This beautiful cut of meal is served alongside roasted fingerling potatoes, earthy carrots, broccolini for crunch and texture, a little bit of kale, all topped on a delicious and flavorful chermoula sauce. A great spot to dine whether you’re recovering after a long day of skiing or making reservations for a special night out. Don’t forget to save room for dessert! Powder (2100 Frostwood Drive, Park City, UT // 435.647.5500)
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