Utah has so many excellent restaurants that you could spend a lifetime trying them all. Here are 12 of our favorites – places that we think you definitely shouldn’t miss. Make up your list and start checking them off, because you’re going to want to try them all.
1. Hell's Backbone Grill, Boulder
Hell's Backbone Grill is kind of in the middle of nowhere, but it's surrounded by tons of scenic Utah beauty. The food here is farm-to-table, and you'll find tons of great vegetarian and vegan options. No matter what you choose off the menu, your taste buds are going to thank you. 20 N. Highway 12, Boulder.
2. La Caille, Sandy
One of Utah's most beautiful places to dine, La Caille is situated on 20 perfectly-manicured acres. It's a popular spot for weddings and special occasions, and the atmosphere here is really unbeatable. The French cuisine is fresh, creative and absolutely divine. 9565 S. Wasatch Boulevard, Sandy.
3. The Viking Yurt, Park City
First, you'll hop on a sleigh for a ride up the mountain. Then, you'll enjoy a six-course meal, served on pewter dishes in a cozy yurt. This isn't just dining - it's an entire experience, and one that everyone should have at least once. You'll meet up to hop aboard the sleight at 1345 Lowell Avenue in Park City.
4. Road Island Diner, Oakley
For some old-fashioned comfort food served in a vintage train car, head to the little town of Oakley, where you'll find the Road Island Diner. This place has been thriving since 1939, and you'll see why the minute you get a look at the food here. 981 W. Weber Canyon Road, Oakley.
5. Maddox Ranch House, Perry
You haven't lived until you've dined at Maddox Ranch House. A Utah icon since 1949, this place has fried chicken and steaks to die for...but the real draw is the homemade rolls served with raspberry butter. 1900 S. Highway 89, Perry.
6. Log Haven, Salt Lake City
Tucked away in Millcreek Canyon, Log Haven is one of Utah's most romantic restaurants. It's cozy and warm and serves up some seriously delicious gourmet food. Make sure to make a reservation in advance to get in - especially on weekends and holidays. 6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Road, Salt Lake City.
7. J & G Grill at the St. Regis, Deer Valley
To reach J & G Grill at the St. Regis in Deer Valley, you'll first take the funicular up to the restaurant. The view is incredible, and the food is even better! This place is famous for its mac n cheese, but you can't go wrong with any of the menu items, like this salmon with Brussels sprouts and polenta. 2300 Deer Valley Drive, Park City.
8. Bombay House, Salt Lake City, West Jordan, and Provo
The Indian food at Bombay House is so good that one location just wasn't enough. Everything here is exquisite, from the spicy curries to the warm, pillowy naan; you'll be in heaven here. The original location is at 2731 E. Parley's Way in Salt Lake City; check out the other two locations in West Jordan and Provo, too.
9. Communal, Provo
Communal is quite possibly the best restaurant in Utah county. Fresh, sustainable food served family-style in a comfortable, friendly environment. Skip the chain restaurants and visit this unique place. 102 N. University Avenue, Provo.
10. Cliffside Restaurant, St. George
Here's the restaurant with the best view in St. George! Cliffside Restaurant offers a scrumptious, seasonal menu that will delight your tastebuds, and the view is like no other. 511 S. Airport Road, St. George.
11. Gray Cliff Lodge, Ogden
Stepping into this charming restaurant is just like visiting Grandma's house - it's cozy, welcoming, and dishes up some of the best food you've ever eaten. From the trout to the fried chicken, you'll feel spoiled while dining in this homey lodge. 508 Ogden Canyon, Ogden.
12. Red Iguana, Salt Lake City
There's a reason that Red Iguana consistently wins all the prizes for Best Mexican Food in the Beehive State. Everything on the menu is downright delicious, but you really have to try the mole sauces. Get there early on weekend nights - this place tends to be packed. 736 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City.
Of course, this is just a tiny sampling of the Beehive State’s best restaurants. What other places would you add to this list?