Fine dining – a term that’s used a lot – but means different things to different folks. Maybe you’re looking for the best chef in the city? Perhaps you’re looking to impress your special other or maybe you’re looking for a stylish spot for a business lunch or dinner.
One thing is for certain, if you’re looking for fine dining – you’re looking for exemplary cuisine, great service and a wonderful atmosphere. From white tablecloth to chef driven seasonal cooking, we’re certain our this of fine dining establishments will delight.
1 – Log Haven
Top of our fine dining list is one of the very best restaurants in all of Utah, perhaps even the greater mountain West. Located just four scenic miles up idyllic Millcreek canyon you’ll find the spectacular Log Haven restaurant.
Chef Dave Jones’ menu embraces the rustic mountain setting with a dash of Southwestern spice and flair. Keep an eye out for sublime dishes like Achiote Grilled Calamari with salsa verde, fresno peppers and onions, crisp tortillas, lime aioli; or Tea Brined Duroc Pork Tenderloin with hazelnut – apricot quiona pilaf, roast winter squash, huckleberry gastrique.
The wine list is hand curated by wine impresario Ian Campbell and offers a robust selection for any occasion; indeed the restaurant also crafts its own in house wine label with the help of Santa Barbara based Longoria Wines.
The wow factor at Log Haven isn’t just on the plate though, the restaurant traces its root back to 1920, built by Salt Lake steel magnate L.F. Rains. Rains’ eye popping creation sits amongst flowing waterfalls, wildlife and soaring trees. We can’t think of any other Utah restaurant that can compete on the scenery alone.
The Log Haven main dining room floods with natural light and mountain vistas before switching to flickering candlelight as the sun sets. In warmer months, dine al fresco on the secluded patio space and take in the wonderful mountain atmosphere: gently swaying trees and trickling waterfalls your backdrop to dinner.
If you’re time in SLC is limited and you want to visit just one unmissable restaurant – stop reading right now and head to Log Haven.
6451 E Millcreek Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
2 – Current Fish And Oyster
Utah’s best seafood restaurant? We think so. With product shipped in fresh from both East and West coasts, including a range of oysters and other chilled seafood items, Current should be at the top of your dining list for all special occasions.
The contemporary and grown up interior was renovated at a cost North of seven figures and makes for a sumptuous environment, whether it’s a business lunch or romantic date night. Check out the elegant Under Current Bar (next door) after dinner for a refined bar experience to round out the night, and be sure to take advantage of Amy Eldgredge’s fantastic craft cocktail menu.
279 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
3 – HSL
There’s a reason Briar Handly’s HSL routinely tops best of lists, both critics and readers alike. His cuisine, perfected first at Park City’s Handle, is some of the very finest in SLC, heck Utah.
Signature items such as Handly’s General Tso’s deep fried cauliflower are ever present, but with the hyper seasonal, locally sourced when possible menu – precise offerings are always in flux. Worthy of note is the restaurant’s wood fired oven, left behind by a former pizza place, that Handly’s team uses to great aplomb with many of the menu itemss.
418 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
4 – Bambara
Hit up Bambara on the ground floor of the Monaco hotel in downtown SLC and you will be treated to the New American fare of chef Nathan Powers. The menu showcases hearty proteins and seafood dishes all the time with an eye on seasonality and local produce.
The restaurant’s classy design harks back to the locations former operations as a bank and is suitably matched by the expert wait staff – all sharply attired. After dinner stop next door to the Vault – the restaurant’s signature bar area.
202 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
5 – Pago
Pago was arguably Utah’s first farm to table restaurant that with sister restaurant Finca, helped to push the boundaries of using locally produced fare, to create magical and seasonal dishes. The intimate space in SLC’s hip 9th and 9th area fills up fast nightly. You’ll want to head back time and time again though to sample the ever changing menu matched with sommelier Evan Lewandowski’s perfect pairings.
878 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
6 – Pallet
While this downtown SLC restaurant might be modest in terms of space, it’s nothing of the sorts when it comes to creativity and flavor. The contemporary New American eatery, focuses quietly on seasonal cuisine and as of 2018 has been doing so quietly or more than five years – drawing a foodie crowd consistently.
237 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
7 – Stanza
This site was formerly home to Faustina – which was razed to the ground to make way for this upscale Italian restaurant. The impressive two story dining space that was rebuilt in its place is a fine dining destination with some of the most impressive cooking in Salt Lake City.
Chef Jonathan LeBlanc runs the kitchen where his menu takes a contemporary spin on Italian classics. Pasta is made in house, dessert is courtesy of the talented Amber Billingsley and the wine/cocktail list is hand crafted too.
454 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
8 – Table-X
This fine dining destination isn’t downtown, but instead, it’s out in the suburb of Millcreek. It’s worth the drive mind you, no more than a 10min Uber/Lyft ride from downtown.
There you’ll find a trio of chefs, Mike Blocher, Nick Fahs and David Barboz – who work together to craft a sublime menu. The restaurant is not only notable for offering one of the few chef tasting menus in Utah, but also offering a completely vegetarian tasting menu too!
1457 E 3350 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
9 – SLC Eatery
SLC Eatery is the work of chefs Paul Chamberlain (also owner) and Logen Crew. Both chefs have a rich award winning career on the SLC dining scene; most notably scooping many a plaudit for the much missed Fresco.
SLC Eatery is the duo’s first solo project and it’s an eye popping endeavor at that. The menu riffs on various International flavors, but most fun is the restaurants dim sum style cart that wanders the floor during service. While you’re waiting for your app or entree just grab a small plate or two and sample the creative cooking that changes daily.
1017 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
10 – Provisions
Chef and owner Tyler Stokes chose the Millcreek area as the home for his upscale new American eatery. Within Stoke’s vibrantly decorated restaurant you’ll find an array of seasonal dishes, everything from steak tartare to rice crusted Utah trout. The restaurant also opens for brunch at weekends.
3364 S 2300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84109