Best SLC restaurants – 2018

Freshies Lobster Co - lobster roll
Freshies Lobster Co – lobster roll

One of the most popular questions we’re always answering is: “What’s the best restaurant in Salt Lake City?”. Truth is, we have so many unique restaurants in SLC that it’s impossible to pick just one. To answer this age old question we created this Best SLC restaurants page. The restaurants on this page are all places we’ve eaten at, reviewed and enjoyed. All of these restaurants are places Gastronomic SLC happily recommends and would eat at too. * indicates one of our paid partners.

Best Mexican restaurant Salt Lake City, our pick, Alamexo. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Alamexo serves up traditional Mexican cuisine with a refined and elegant finish. Read our write up here. *

Best sandwiches in Salt Lake City, our pick, Feldman’s Deli. A taste of back East, enjoy mammoth half pound sandwiches stacked with legit corned beef, pastrami or both! An authentic NYC-style experience, without the cost of a plane ticket. *

Best Burgers in Salt Lake City, our pick, BGR. Aka Burgers Grilled Right. At this boutique mini chain order your burger to any temperature you like, customize with a vast array of toppings too! Bonus points for the craft beer and wine selection as well. *

feldmans deli sloppy joe
Feldman’s Deli: Sloppy Joe. Credit: SL Food Quick and Dirty.

Best Italian restaurant Salt Lake City, our pick, Caffe Molise. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, serving rustic, home cooked Italian cuisine. Stop by the pretty patio in warmer months for a real treat. Check out our review. *

Best brunch Salt Lake City, our pick, Avenues Proper. Head up to the Avenues to this neighborhood hangout that even brews its own craft beer alongside comfort food executed with elegance. Open seven days a week and late at the weekends. *

Best Indian restaurant Salt Lake City, our pick, Saffron Valley. With three locations across the valley, Lavanya Mahate’s clever combo of classic and contemporary offers unique Indian dishes you won’t find at any other Utah Indian restaurant. *

White Horse bar area (White Horse)
White Horse chic bar area (White Horse)

Best Downtown Restaurant, our pick, White Horse. The third outing from the Bourbon Group’s trio of downtown hotspots (including Whiskey Street and Bourbon House) follows the same winning formula: great food, great drinks, great vibes. White Horse offers an upscale menu of modern American brasserie food in a chic setting. *

Best Brew Pub Salt Lake City, our pick, Red Rock Brewing. For as long as I can remember this has been our favorite brew pub in SLC by far. The extensive menu has something for everyone and now with three locations you’re never too far from a Red Rock brew and bite! *

Best lunch spot in Salt Lake City, our pick, Meditrina. One of the very first tapas restaurants to open in SLC’s contemporary dining scene. Chef and owner Jen Gilroy’s restaurant serves up small plates paired with a fabulous wine list. Recently migrated to a new location in the Central 9th neighborhood, the restaurant offers a special lunch in 45mins deal too. *

BGR - Western BBQ Burger (BGR)
BGR – Western BBQ Burger (BGR)

Best Seafood Restaurant, our pick, Current Fish And Oyster. Elegant and upscale and with fresh seafood seven days a week. Located in downtown Salt Lake City and perfect for any occasions. *

Best Date Night Spot, our pick, Stanza. This downtown Italian restaurant offers a contemporary creative spin on Italian dining. Pasta is made in house daily by a dedicated pasta chef and head chef Jonathan LeBlanc’s menu changes seasonally amidst the luxurious space. Worthy of note, a dedicated vegan menu too. *

Best South Jordan restaurants, our pick, Porch. Easily the most refined restaurant this far South in the valley. Porch offers up classic comfort foods with a Southern twist. While you’re enjoying a magnificent meatloaf, check out their craft cocktail and boutique wine list too. *

Avenues Proper - pork city sandwich with smoked ham and fried eggs at brunch
Avenues Proper – pork city sandwich with smoked ham and fried eggs at brunch (Avenues Proper)

Best steak Salt Lake City, our pick, Spencer’s for Steak and Chops. A classic old school steakhouse with all the trimmings: sharp waiters, white tablecloths and steaks cooked to perfect every time. See our older review here. *

Best breakfast Salt Lake City, our pick: Oasis Cafe. A classic of the downtown dining scene, this cafe has been offering city diners an oasis to escape to for decades. Breakfast seven days a week. *

Best fine dining restaurant Salt Lake City, our pick, Log Haven. *

Meditrina: shrimp with cheddar grits
Meditrina: shrimp with cheddar grits (Meditrina)

Best Japanese Restaurant Salt Lake City, our pick, Kyoto. More than thirty years in business and an SLC institution. Standout picks include tremendous tempura shrimp and classics like katsu, sukiyaki and teriyaki. *

Best Park City Restaurant, our pick, Glitretind. Award winning new American cuisine served amid the luxurious settings of the Stein Eriksen resort.

Best Chinese restaurant Salt Lake City, our pick, CY Noodles House. Located in SLC’s relatively new China town development, the real treat here is sizzling Sichuan cuisine loaded with chili’s, garlic and Sichuan peppercorns. Build your own noodle bowls are a safe alternative too for those with milder tastes.

Caffe Molise – pappardelle al sugo

Best Vietnamese restaurant Salt Lake City, our pick, Indochine Vietnamese Bistro. Close to the University of Utah on the East benches is this stalwart of the SLC dining scene. Indochine offers a range of authentic dishes and a full bar menu with cocktails, beer and wine. See our review here.

Stanza Pea Angnolotti
Stanza: pea angnolotti

Best Shanghai cuisine Salt Lake City, our pick, Boba World. You’ll have to head North to Woods Cross to find this hidden gem of a restaurant. A blink and you’ll miss it mom and pop eatery, crafts the finest house made ‘fat’ noodles you’re likely to encounter for 1000s of miles around.

Best Murray Utah restaurants, our pick, Ice Haus. A fun German inspired food menu that’s loaded with brats, burgers, oh and plenty of great beer too.

spencers bar area
Bar at Spencers Salt Lake City

Best Middle Eastern food Salt Lake City, our pick, Zaferan Cafe. This family run restaurant on Highland Drive is as welcoming as it is delicious. Everything is cooked from scratch and fresh each day, and the love and care shines through. Check out their perefectly grilled meats and impeccable basmati rice served with most dishes – a skill in itself.

Best fried chicken Salt Lake City, our pick, Curry Fried Chicken.

Saffron Valley Sugar House - thali
Saffron Valley Sugar House – thali

Best Vegan Restaurant Salt Lake City, our pick, Ice Haus. This bar isn’t exclusively vegan, but they do offer a separate vegan menu. And that has vegan poutine, need we say more?

Best Korean restaurant Salt Lake City, our pick, Bumblebee’s KBBQ.

Best Pizza Salt Lake City, our pick, Settebello.

Kyoto - traditional Japanese classics
Kyoto – traditional Japanese classics

Best sushi Salt Lake City, our pick, Takashi. Get to this downtown hot spot early, or prepare to wait. Takashi’s sushi regularly tops best of lists both in Utah and across the country. See our review here.

Best Thai restaurant Salt Lake City, our pick, Mano Thai. Formerly known as Bon Appe Thai, this South Salt Lake Thai restaurant is a solid pick for staples like green curry and pad gra prow. Bonus points: Mano Thai has a drive through window for when the weather doesn’t want to cooperate with your to go needs.

Best banh mi Salt Lake City, our pick, Oh Mai. See our write up here.

Best BBQ Salt Lake City, our pick, Sugar House BBQ.

Best Sugar House restaurants, our pick, Spitz. A mini regional chain of sorts, but still, we love them for their California take on the classic European doner kebab. This location in Sugar House is always packed, and that should tell you all you need to know…

Best Sandy Utah restaurants, our pick, Crown Burgers. Hey, what can we say, who doesn’t love the signature pastrami topped burger from Crown?

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