Best SLC restaurants – 2021

Log Haven - anatto brined Duroc loin chop
Log Haven – anatto braised Duroc pork chop

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 and enjoyed.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upto the minute news on where to eat too! Also see our 2019 reader’s choice awards too, to see what our readers think of the SLC food scene.

The following fourteen are our site sponsors. These are the best of the best and hand selected. All of these restaurants are places Gastronomic SLC happily recommends and would eat at too.

Best fine dining restaurant Salt Lake City, our pick, Log Haven. Located just four miles up Millcreek Canyon you’ll find this jaw dropping Utah experience, from plate to glass to views.

Best downtown SLC 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 patio dining, our pick, Stoneground Italian Kitchen. Burrata with harissa oil, braised veal bolognese, charcoal toasted trout – just some of the refined dish on this downtown SLC restaurant’s mouthwatering menu. They also have one of the best secluded patios in the city too.

Best chef driven restaurant, our pick, SLC Eatery. Co-chefs Paul Chamberlain and Logen Crew are well known on the SLC dining scene, and this, their first independent restaurant showcases a creative flair that spans the globe. Check out the nightly dim sum cart offerings, a completely unique experience in SLC.

Feldman's Deli - sloppy Joe
Feldman’s Deli
HSL - fried chicken
HSL

Best lunch spot in Salt Lake City, our pick, Taqueria 27. Or T27 to those in the know! The restaurant offers a creative and modern spin on everyone’s favorite dish – tacos. Ingredients like duck confit and slow roasted short rib sit alongside fresh salads, hearty enchiladas and a full bar.

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.

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.

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

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 seafood, 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.

BGR - great burgers and beer in Sugar House
BGR – great burgers and beer in Sugar House

Best of SLC by cuisine

Salt Lake City has a very eclectic dining scene, home to many nationalities of diverse dishes. Check out our complete roundup of all the international flavors you can find around the state here.

Taqueria 27 - fish and carne asada tacos
Taqueria 27 – fish and carne asada tacos
Stanza Pea Angnolotti
Stanza: pea angnolotti

Best of by dish / time of day

Or maybe you’re after a specific dish, or looking for breakfast, brunch or a must do dinner spot? Here are all our guides to the best of the best when it comes to specific plates:

SOMI – SOMI wings

Best SLC restaurants by location

We’ve also created the following guides to the neighborhoods and areas of SLC:

Utah is well known for its majestic mountains, and amongst them you will find not only spectacular world class views – but awesome dining too. If you’re looking for a special place to dine amidst soaring trees and nature – see our full list here.

Freshies Lobster - salad
Freshies Lobster

Best by specific need

R&R BBQ - three meat plate
R&R BBQ

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Other sites

Menu And Price | We take a look at the national and fast food scene through this site.

Shop Smart Guide | Shop smarter when you hit the store, with our sister site full of product reviews.

SLC Menu | A repository of hard to find menus for Salt Lake City restaurants.

The Utah Review | Our sister site covering the brightest and best in Utah arts, entertainment and lifestyle.

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4 thoughts on “Best SLC restaurants – 2021”

  1. Hello- I just wanted to make sure I am up to date here, but aren’t both Alamexo and Punch Bowl Social closed?

  2. You’re correct Patrick. I’m currently reworking some of the pages on our site – since the dining scene is always in such flux and flow. Good spot!

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