In terms of Utah’s contemporary dining scene, Meditrina was one of the first restaurants to offer tapas style dining in the state. Chef and owner Jen Gilroy’s restaurant blazed a trail that would soon be common place across the city and country. The restaurant moved to it’s new digs in the trendy Central 9th neighborhood in 2016, but still offers the same, flavor forward cuisine that put it on the map nearly a decade ago.
The tapas menu remains at the new location and is better than ever; taking in the global inspiration it offers a wide array of dishes from harissa fried cauliflower through shrimp and grits and tempura fried frog legs.
And you needn’t spend an arm and a leg either, Meditrina offers some of the most affordable fine dining in Salt Lake City. During most weeks the restaurant offers regular wallet friendly specials such as:
Tapas Tuesdays, endless tapas, $28/person
Wine Wednesdays, $8 flights and $20 bottle selection
Happy Hour, three snacks for $10, Tue-Sun, 5pm-6pm
As you can see from the above, another important part of the Meditrina experience, is a robust liqour menu with a particular focus on wine. The restaurant regularly offers wine socials and wine pairing dinners, featuring many boutique wineries such as Bucklin and Ruth Lewandowski.
165 West Harvey Milk Blvd, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
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
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 an elegant 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
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
Log haven is another restaurant that holds a plethora of accolades; this fine dining hotspot is also one of our picks for the most romantic restaurants in SLC. Chef Dave Jones works his magic on a menu manages to balance a love of bold Southwestern flavors with a delicate and creative touch; all housed in the jaw dropping mountain hideaway, a log cabin nestled among soaring trees and cascading waterfalls. Perhaps the most scenic restaurant in Utah.
6451 E Millcreek Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
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
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
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
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. 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
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