15 Best Restaurants in Salt Lake City (2021)

What are the BEST restaurants in Salt Lake City? Who makes a good breakfast downtown? My wife and I are celebrating our anniversary tonight- where should I take her? Where can I go for the best burger? All questions we get asked on a daily basis, which is why we are simply elated to bring you this guide to the 15 Best Restaurants in Salt Lake City.

The Best Restaurants in Salt Lake City

The Female Foodie guide to the best restaurants in Salt Lake City is brought to you with hours of deliberation, thought, and 100% unbiased honesty after sampling culinary offerings in the valley for over 20 years. Each of these restaurants are tried and true– places we’ve dined at several different times, sampling as many menu items as possible over the passing months and years. This guide is not a comprehensive list of all great restaurants in SLC, but rather our absolute favorites.

We hope you’ll enjoy dining at the best restaurants in Salt Lake City! If you’re interested in more Salt Lake City restaurant recommendations, be sure to check out our Salt Lake City archives. Please note that this post is updated annually at the beginning of each year.

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15. Takeout: Bombay House

Restaurants have all upped their takeout game over the past year, and while there’s still nothing better than eating your meal in an actual restaurant, we’ve become particularly informed on which spots are doing it right, or– which food travels the best. Bombay House serves not only some of the very best Indian cuisine in Salt Lake City, but their food is just as delicious in the restaurant as it is re-plated for takeout at home. It’s almost as if the curries taste slightly better after that 15-minute drive home (almost). We highly recommend the chicken tikka masala, shrimp coconut kurma, and chicken makhani (AKA butter chicken). Always order more garlic naan than you think you’ll need!

Bombay House SLC

$$$$ Indian

2731 Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84109 801-581-0222

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14. Mexican: Red Iguana

If you’re looking for the best sit-down, full-fledged Mexican restaurant in Salt Lake City, take your friends and family to Red Iguana. This Mexican restaurant has an enormous menu with a following to match it (two restaurants within a 1/2 mile proximity from each other #word), undoubtedly some of the best food in Salt Lake City. We have eaten here more times than we can count and love their Puntas de Filete a la Norteña (#1 selling menu item, pictured above)Tacos La Iguana, and the Chile Verde. While you’re looking at the menu, be sure to ask your server for a side of guac and the sampler of their moles- a small plate of quarter sized samples of each mole they make in-house! Their original location (Red Iguana 1) is located four blocks from the local Trax station which connects to the Salt Lake City International Airport. 

Red Iguana

$$$$ Mexican

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

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13. Brunch: Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade

If you’re in Salt Lake City and haven’t stopped at Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade then you’re simply missing the mark. Most Salt Lake City Farmers Market-goers recognize the hard-to-miss beautiful limeades filled with fresh mint leaves and thick lime wedges, and it’s no secret that this is the best brunch in town. Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade has a variety of breakfast options ranging from a handful of biscuit concoctions to organic wheat pancakes to an open-faced sourdough toast with asparagus, egg, and parmesan. Our strong suggestion is to take the owner’s advice and order The Hoss. You won’t regret it.

Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade

$$$$ Sandwiches, Salad, Breakfast & Brunch

54 W 1700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84115 801-953-1978

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12. Fried Chicken: Pretty Bird Chicken


Fried chicken has taken SLC by storm over the past couple of years, but the best above the rest is still Pretty Bird Chicken, no contest. Opened by Chef Viet Pham (Iron Chef winner and former Chef at Forage) his clean and vibrant fast-casual restaurant features one thing and one thing only: hot chicken. You only have two choices here but you can’t go wrong with either the fried chicken sandwich or the quarter bird. We recommend first-timers try the fried chicken sandwich with a side of crinkle cut fries and a sugary soda to wash it all down. Come hungry leave glutinously happy.

Pretty Bird Chicken

$$$$ Southern, Fried Chicken

146 Regent St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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11. Tacos: La Casa Del Tamal

Salt Lake City isn’t a taco mecca by any means, but there are a handful of solid taco spots. The Best? La Casa Del Tamal in West Valley City. This family-owned Mexican restaurant not only serves tacos, but a slew of delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine from their namesake tamales to sopes to gorditas, and more. The best thing to get here though, bar none, are the tacos de birria con consome. Picture this: juicy, flavorful beef tacos topped with melted cheese and housed in homemade corn tortillas. All tacos de birria are served with a side of consome (oh-so-flavorful juices from the beef) for your dipping delight. La Casa Del Tamal has only been around for just over a year, but they’re already one of the best restaurants in Salt Lake City.

La Casa Del Tamal

$$$$ Mexican

2843 S 5600 W Suite 140, West Valley City, UT 84120 385-266-8729

10. New Restaurant: Nomad East

If you ever visited Nomad Eatery near the SLC Airport (recently relocated to Fremont Drive within Uinta Brewhouse Pub), then chances are that you really liked it. And if you’ve had the chance to check out their newest venture in Sugar House, then chances are you liked it even more. With a special emphasis on artisan pizza (we dig), appetizers worth ordering, and salads that actually taste good, you’re going to go back to this neighborhood spot over and over again. First time? Get the wedge or smoked salmon salad to start, and for pizza we highly recommend the Pretty in Pink or Betty White.

Nomad East

$$$$ Pizza, Burgers, Desserts

1675 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 801-883-9791

9. Chef’s Table: Table X

 

If you’re looking for one of the best restaurants in SLC with a very molecular, modernist, Chef‘s Table vibe, then look no further than Table X. This chic restaurant just off of 3300 South serves fantastic food in an upscale, contemporary setting. You’re coming here for special occasions, to impress your significant other, or simply for a gastronomic experience that’s worth getting dressed up for. You can order from the 5-course tasting menu ($75/person) or the extended 7-course tasting menu ($100/person) which typically includes a variety of snacks, appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Current menu favorites include the house-made burrata, bavette steak, and hazelnut cake. Be sure to grab one of their homemade loaves of sourdough bread to go– it’s the best sourdough you can find in the city.

Table X

$$$$ American (New), Desserts

1457 E 3350 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106 385-528-3712

8. Sandwich: Feldman’s Deli

If you’re looking for the best sandwich in town, or better yet something like you’ve never tasted before, zip on over to Feldman’s Deli for one of the best bites you can have in all of Salt Lake City. Feldman’s Deli is a New York-style delicatessen offering a variety of traditional Jewish deli sandwiches alongside some of the more old-time “classics” in a gorgeous, vibrant cafè setting. Make sure to try the Sloppy Joe (nothing like your mom’s sloppy joe and unquestionably their most popular sandwich) or the Trisha if it’s your first time, and don’t forget a side of their hand-cut fries. You’ll be simultaneously licking your fingers clean and counting down the days until you can come back.

Feldman’s Deli

$$$$ Deli, Sandwiches, Bagels

2005 E 2700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109 801-906-0369

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7. Comfort Food: Oquirrh

Our guide to the best restaurants in Salt Lake City isn’t complete without mention of Oquirrh Restaurant. This elegantly understated eatery on 100 south on the east outskirts of downtown stands above the rest. You’re here for contemporary new American dishes with a nice touch of nostalgia and comfort throughout the menu. Plan on really spending a couple of hours here so you can thoroughly enjoy different portions of the menu. Menus rotate seasonally, but the confit chicken pot pie is an absolute must-order, made with beautifully moist and flavorful confit leg and thigh, mushrooms, and mirepoix. This ain’t your grannie’s pot pie.

Oquirrh

$$$$ American (New)

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

6. Mediterranean: Manoli’s

If you’re looking to satisfy your Mediterranean fix in Salt Lake City, look no further than Manoli’s. The food here is always consistently fantastic and chock full of flavors that you can’t find anywhere else in town. The restaurant itself is gorgeous, and the combination of great food and ambiance makes for the perfect spot for a date night, special occasion, or really any excuse to eat at one of the best restaurants in Salt Lake City. Plus if you’re in the market for an absolutely delicious, lesser-known brunch spot, spend a late Saturday or Sunday morning here. Menus change seasonally, but some of our favorite dinner mainstays include the yemista, tyropita, garides, and the paidakia.

Manoli’s

$$$$ Greek

402 E Harvey Milk Blvd, #2, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-532-3760

5. From The Sea: Freshies Lobster Co.

In the state of land-locked Utah fresh seafood isn’t always easy to come by. Lucky for SLC natives, Freshies (one of THE best restaurants in Salt Lake City) flies their lobster in from Maine fresh every single day. Between the OG food truck, their first brick-and-mortar in Park City, and their relatively new Salt Lake City location on 9th south downtown, there’s always a way to get your lobster fix if you’re in the area. You’re unquestionably going to get the lobster roll here- delicious fresh Maine lobster served on a New England hot dog bun with mayo, hot butter, and seasoning. Simple yet sublime, this lobster roll will change your life.

Freshies Lobster Salt Lake City

$$$$ Seafood

356 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 829-1032

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4. Pizza: Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

The best pizza in town (and in the great state of Utah) is hands down from at Settebello, just a couple of blocks from the Salt Palace Convention Center. You’re here for authentic Neapolitan pizza cooked at nearly 1000 degrees, producing the absolute perfect pizza with light and fluffy crust, imported San Marzano tomatoes, and toppings so flavorful and fresh that you’ll feel instantly transported to Napoli. This restaurant became a reality after owners Mike Brooks and Brad Otton lived in Italy, became enamored with the art of authentic Italian pizza, and decided to bring it back to the states. Since then their family-owned business has expanded to two locations in the Vegas area, several in southern California, and one in Salt Lake City. If it’s your first time dining at Settebello, order the Margherita– the #1 selling pizza, made with crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Our second favorite (and the employee favorite as well) is the Diavola, made with red bell peppers, garlic, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Don’t forget to save room for some homemade gelato. 

Settebello

$$$$ Pizza, Italian

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

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3. New American: Handle Salt Lake (HSL)

HSL provides one of the best New American dining experiences you can find in Salt Lake City. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous, the food is sourced locally, and the service is always fantastic, but above all the seasonal dishes are absolutely and phenomenally delicious. If you’re headed herer for the first time we confidently recommend general tso’s cauliflower (the best cauliflower you will ever consume) and getting at least one thing from each portion of their menu– bites, cold, hot, hearty, and dessert. HSL is the perfect spot for a weekend dinner, celebrating a special occasion with friends, girls’night, and any excuse you can muster for some really great food.

HSL

$$$$ American (New)

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

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2. Sushi: Takashi

Unanimously the best sushi in Salt Lake City, Takashi serves exceptional sushi and innovative Japanese cuisine in a fresh and modern environment. Fish is always flown in daily and no matter what you’re ordering from their menu, you can plan on it being absolutely swoon-worthy. Takashi is constantly packed, so be prepared to wait– especially on the weekends. Our advice? Show up right when then open for lunch or dinner hours, or go with a few friends if you can secure a group reservation beforehand. Favorite menu items include the deconstructed azekura, the nigiri sampler (our very favorite menu item), and the crunchy ebi, sunshine, and summit sushi rolls. If you still have room, make sure to try their house-made panna cotta, which is some of the best panna cotta you will ever have. Promise.

Takashi

$$$$ Sushi Bar, Japanese

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

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1. Italian: Valter’s Osteria

If you’re going to splurge on one restaurant this year in Salt Lake City, make it a night at Valter’s Osteria for the best high-end dining in town and the best of the best restaurants in Salt Lake City. Owner and founder Valter Nassi has created an authentic Tuscan experience that will quite literally transport you to his mother’s kitchen in Italy. Menu offerings may change and specials are not to be overlooked, but favorite mainstays include the chopped agnelli salad, tutta pasta di valter (pasta sampler, pictured), lasagna made with Valter’s mother’s meat sauce, butternut squash and sage ravioli, “pizza” carne, or chicken piccata. The lemon gelato served with local honey and salt is a must!

Valter’s Osteria

$$$$ Italian

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

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  1. YES to all of these! I have been trying to convince my husband to go to Takashi forever but he doesn’t like sushi so he’ll never go. I think this list convinced him. 🙂

    1. There are sooo many good things that aren’t on their menu that I love!! Tell him to try the gyoza, calamari, or something off of their “large plates” menu. Let me know what you think! 🙂

  2. You NAILED some of my favorites. Spitz especially, and TAKASHI! Bruges, Red Iguana, YUM< just tried Hires Big H this weekend. Even Stevens I am not sold on yet! I have to try Finca, and Tulie!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. You haven’t lived until you go to grove market and deli. The biggest sandwich you’ve ever seen at a more affordable price.

  4. I’m on @femalefoodie at least a couple times a week- it’s the fastest and easiest answer to the dreaded question, “Where should we eat?”

    Never stop posting.

  5. Great list! Tulie Bakery is the only one I havent tried… And I’ve been stalking your blog the past few days and it sounds like Tulie is a MUST… I’m excited to try it. And I love your blog and trust your food recs because you love a lot of my FAVS.

    1. LIZ! Thanks so much. Oh my word- you will LOVE it! Let me know what you think! I’m so glad to hear that. There is a lot of great food in SLC, and lots of fun new spots too! Hope you are doing well 🙂

  6. Thanks for the thorough review. Well done! We’ve tried most of these places and love them too. Loving forward to checking out the ones we haven’t been to yet. Hires is also a long standing tradition in the extended Lake family. Go Utes!

  7. Hi Brooke, I’m coming in for a business trip in February and need a great upscale location with a private dining area for about 20 people. We’d like to see some and taste some of Utah’s best around Farmington or Salt Lake. Any ideas?

    1. Hi Carla! Sounds like a fun trip! Some of my suggestions would include Settebello (downtown and Farmington location), Market Street, Finca, or Naked Fish! All of these places should have menus posted online to give you a better idea of cost and menu. Hopefully that helps 🙂

  8. Just moved up to Salt Lake City last month and I am so excited to try some of these places! I’ve been to a few on the list and can say they are seriously great! Thanks for this!

    1. Hi Natalie and welcome to SLC!! You’re going to love the foodie scene here. Salt Lake is very much an emerging foodie city but we have lots of great places to try! 🙂

  9. I don’t agree with red iguana, you might prefer to replace it with la frontera. It’s another Mexican restaurant but wth better food and is less packed.

    1. Living many years in San Diego, it’s tough to find amazing Mexican food. Frontera is often recommended but does not make the list! Chungas (a whole in the wall and extremely authentic) is fabulous and Red Iguana has great depth of flavor. Lone Star Taqueria is an awesome option too.

    1. Hi Angie! Being kid-less I haven’t put much thought into this one! I do, however, have a list of family favorites that we loved as kids growing up: Hires (casual environment, great food, lots of options), Rio Grande Cafe (juke box is fun for kids, plus who doesn’t love the levitating lady wrapped in a taco?), and Ruth’s Diner (kids love the trolley car and canyon ambiance). When I was a kid I LOVED the training table- bad food but I thought it was so cool to call in my order from the table on a telephone. I believe they still have locations in Sandy and Riverton. One last suggestion would be Settebello. They’re definitely a more upscale dining option, but when I worked there several kids loved sitting at the bar to watch their pizza being made. They have an off the menu kids pizza option that most of my young customers seemed to really like! Hope that helps.

  10. A couple that I would add..

    Gourmandise: the cutest French bakery you ever saw

    Kyoto: the most amazing authentic Japanese place

    1. Hi Katie- thanks so much for stopping by. I agree- Gourmandise is adorable. I must be ordering the wrong thing, though, because I’m not a big fan of their pastries. Any recommendations? Love Kyoto! Didn’t put it on this list because Takashi is definitely our #1 sushi rec. Make sure to check out our list of Top 10 Sushi Restaurants in SLC for our full list (and mention of Kyoto)!

  11. Hi, there. : )
    Wow, there are some amazing looking places to eat on this site. I just happened upon it while researching places to eat for my upcoming trip to Salt Lake City. I read somewhere that Utah is known for deep-fried scones. If this is true, where should I go to get them in SLC?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Jason! Thanks so much- I hope that you find some great food while you’re in SLC! Utah definitely has a history for delicious, deep fried scones. I would definitely go to Penny Anne’s cafe in SLC or if you’re further north go to Granny Annie’s in Kaysville! Hope that helps. 🙂

  12. Hello Brooke! I love your list but have you ever tried SOMI Restaurant? In in Sugarhouse area and their pho is the best in town!

  13. Hi Brooke – Would love to share this list in my newsletter for places to go when the restaurants in Park City close in April. Can I include it? I am a realtor in PC. Love this list and my daughter and I LIVE for Tulie on the weekends! Thank you!

    1. Hi Kerri! Of course you can include it- thanks for asking. I hope it’s helpful to your readers! And LOVE Tulie! Did you know they’re opening an additional location in the 15th and 15th neighborhood? So exciting!

  14. You are a delightful lighthouse to all gnoshers of the Salt Lake City area and beyond! Your new list here is intriguing and if it is as good as your last list that we placed our bets on while in the area, all I can say is….Brilliant!!! Thanks for a great blog and outstanding tips Brooke!

    1. Hi Mark- thank you so much!! I am so glad that you have found some great places to eat! Lots of great food in Texas so I’m happy it has met your standards. Enjoy SLC. 🙂

  15. Needed this list! I moved to Salt Lake a few weeks ago and have been on the hunt for all the good food. So excited to try these places!

    Ashley
    ashleygabrielle.com

  16. Great list. Valter’s is the best thing that ever happened to Salt Lake City. I think El Paisa on 3200 West is better Mexican than Red Iguana. If you haven’t been there, you should try it!

  17. Couldn’t agree more on the recommendation for the Red Iguana! We are not locals and took your advice and were well rewarded! A+ for authentic Mexican food.

  18. Hi –

    These are great recommendations – and Even Stevens is included – but some places with vegan offerings would also be appreciated! Keep up the good work!

  19. Hi there, I’m excited to try some of these places on your list, thanks for sharing! Have you ever tried or been to Provisions? Excellent food there too.

    1. Hello Stefani! Thanks so much! I have been to Provisions but it has been a while. I wasn’t terribly impressed but it was Valentine’s Day, which I don’t think is a fair day to try a restaurant for the first time. I’ll have to go back!

  20. My husband and I recently took a quick trip to SLC, and we really enjoyed your recommendations from this list with one notable exception – Settebello. We do not understand the hype. From the moment we walked in I thought we were in the wrong the place – cheesy decor, disheveled setup, and slow/unattentive service. And the pizza was…. not good. Soggy center with sparse toppings. We each only ate one slice and left the rest, and our server never bothered asking how it was. I’m posting this very honest review because everything else we tried from your list was exceptional: Feldman’s, Red Iguana, & Sweet Lake. So thank you for those gems! Also, if you’re ever in the Tulsa you should definitely try Andolini’s Pizzeria and East Village Bohemian. Cheers!

    1. Hi Amanda- thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and so glad you were able to visit SLC! Sorry that you did not enjoy Settebello- the soggy or “wet” center is actually a distinctive characteristic of authentic Neapolitan pizza. This is why most people in Napoli eat their pizza with a fork and knife. Neapolitan pizza is also not meant to have a lot of toppings so that it will cook evenly in the wood fire burning oven. In my opinion there are few things better than a Neapolitan pizza, but if you went to Settebello expecting something more like a NYC slice, I can see why you’d be disappointed. I’m really happy that Feldman’s, Red Iguana, and Sweet Lake were positive experiences for you! Thank you so much for the Tulsa recommendations- I appreciate it and can’t wait to check them out.

  21. Thank you for your recommendations! Travelling from out of town, we visited the pretty bird for some takeout chicken sandwiches and couldn’t stop talking about it for the rest of the trip! Look forward to trying the rest of the places on our next visit!