Utah has some seriously amazing restaurants, and these 17 should absolutely be on your bucket list. Start checking them off!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. The Bluebird Restaurant, Logan
Open since 1923, it still has the original soda fountain and bar stools. A Utah epic. 19 N. Main Street, Logan.
2. Bombay House, Provo, Salt Lake City and South Jordan
One of Utah’s most popular Indian restaurants, Bombay House has been in business for 23 years and has won countless dining awards. The atmosphere, service and food are stellar. 463 N. University Avenue, Provo; 2731 S. Parley’s Way, Salt Lake City; 7726 Campus View Drive, South Jordan.
3. Cafe Diablo, Torrey
The food is amazing, but the view is stunning. Temporarily closed, but opening again in April. Put it on your bucket list now. 599 Main Street, Torrey.
4. Communal, Provo
If you’ve never eaten a meal in a restaurant and made new friends at the same time, you’ve never been to Communal. Enjoy a delicious meal with friends, family, or complete strangers. 102 N. University Avenue, Provo.
5. Crown Burger, Layton, Salt Lake City and Sandy
Best burgers in Utah? Quite possibly. And, of course, fry sauce. Seven locations.
6. Hell’s Backbone Grill, Boulder
After the nail-biting, stress-inducing drive across Hell’s Backbone, you’ll be ready for a relaxing, delicious meal. Hell’s Backbone Grill is serious about the food they offer -- the produce is grown at their organic farm, and the local lamb and beef is grass-fed. The result? Amazingly delicious food served up in a beautiful environment. They’re currently closed for the winter, but will open again on March 18, 2016. No. 20 North Highway 12, Boulder.
7. Iceberg, 9 Locations Across Utah
Iceberg serves up ice cream shakes the Utah way - so thick you have to eat ‘em with a spoon. Offered in dozens of flavors.
8. La Caille, Sandy
One of Utah’s fanciest restaurants, La Caille presents gourmet French food at a 20-acre estate at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. It’s hard to say which is better - the food or the atmosphere. 9565 S. Wasatch Blvd., Sandy.
9. Lamb’s Grill, Salt Lake City
Utah’s oldest continually-operating restaurant, open since 1919. The place where political wrangling and business deals take place. 169 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City.
10. Little Wonder Cafe, Richfield
There’s something to be said about a small-town diner on Main Street. If you’re looking for a good vibe with great food and free wifi, Little Wonder is your spot. 101 N. Main Street, Richfield
11. Log Haven, Millcreek Canyon
“Open Table” called it one of the most romantic restaurants in the U.S. It sits on 40 acres that include wildflowers, waterfalls and absolutely decadent food. 6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Road., Salt Lake City.
12. Maddox Ranch House, Perry
What’s the tastiest food at Maddox? The steaks or fried chicken? The epic rolls? Maybe the cake...regardless, Maddox Ranch House has been serving up stellar meals for decades. 1900 S. Highway 89, Perry.
13. The Pie Pizzeria, Salt Lake City, Midvale, South Jordan and Ogden
Founded in 1980 near the University of Utah, this deep-dish pizzeria is unparalleled. Now there’s four locations!
14. Red Iguana, Salt Lake City
Utah’s favorite Mexican food. This family-owned restaurant wins dining awards every year. Visit on a weekend and expect to wait in a long line...but it’s well worth it! 736 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City (and Red Iguana 2 located at 866 W. South Temple).
15. Ruth’s Diner, Emigration Canyon
It started out as a humble diner in a trolley car...now it’s THE spot for mile-high biscuits, summer patio dining and breakfast worth the wait. 4160 E. Emigration Canyon Road, Salt Lake City.
16. The Tree Room, Sundance
Four stars from Forbes Travel and Utah Best of State 2014. Robert Redford should be proud. 8841 N. Alpine Loop Rd., Sundance.
17. Viking Yurt, Park City Resort
Start with a sleigh ride to the yurt, then relax for a four-hour meal. The cozy yurt, live entertainment and Viking-style dinner make this a night you’ll never forget.