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Best seafood in Salt Lake City 2024

Looking for the very best seafood in Salt Lake City? A little concerned about our distance from the coast? Don’t be! With direct air connections to numerous coasts, plenty of restaurants fly in fresh fish and seafood. Even frozen seafood is great these days, just check out this deep dive (pun intended!) story on the subject that I wrote.

Salt Lake City is home to a bountiful catch of seafood restaurants and dishes galore. Whether you’re in the market for briny and fresh oysters or a beautifully cooked piece of fish – we guarantee you’ll find it in Salt Lake. Let’s start with the seafood-focused restaurants. The following are some of my personal favorites for enjoying great seafood in Salt Lake City.

Urban Hill - lobster salad
Urban Hill – lobster salad

Urban Hill

Urban Hill is one of downtown Salt Lake’s most elegant and sophisticated spots – and always features spectacular seafood. The restaurant sports a modern design with a variety of seating, bar through cozy leather sofas to snuggle in with your special other. The menu is New American, a seasonally shifting array of veggies, meats, and seafood. You can see our full first look in this story. Pictured above is the luscious lobster salad, available on both their brunch and dinner menu.

510 S 300 W Unit 100, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(385) 295-4200
urban-hill.com

Current Oysters
Oysters at Current

Current Fish And Oyster

Standing head and shoulders above the crowd is this downtown Salt Lake City destination restaurant that specializes in classic seafood dishes from around the country. The menu starts with an elegant raw bar spread – East and West coast oysters through to mussels, shrimp, ceviche, and more. Heck, why not even grab a full seafood tower for the table and celebrate in style!

From there the menu takes an eclectic tack with dishes such as branzino with cous cous or a SE Asian fish stew with coconut and lemongrass. Everything is flown in freshly and sourced with exacting standards. We guarantee you won’t have anything less than a stellar experience here; not least because Current features an intelligent wine and cocktail list, top-class service, and a chic dining space that’s sure to impress.

279 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 326-3474
currentfishandoyster.com

Kyoto - tempura shrimp
Kyoto – tempura shrimp

Kyoto

A staple since the 1980s and one of Utah’s first Japanese restaurants is Kyoto, located on the East side of town. Focused on authentic Japanese cuisine, not to mention being housed in a traditionally upholstered Japanese space that’s relaxed and bubbling with atmosphere. The space features private tatami-style booths, and a sushi counter and is always busy. Parking can be tight so plan ahead, or arrive early/later to avoid the rush.

One particular specialty at Kyoto Japanese Restaurant is the fabulous tempura shrimp served as part of a complete dinner with salad, soup, and rice. They’re the stuff of dreams, epic in both size and terrific crunch. In fact all the traditional comfort food dishes here rock: tonkatsu, sukiyaki, teriyaki, tempura, and more.

1080 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 487-3525
www.kyotoslc.com

Freshies Lobster - salad
Freshies Lobster – salad

Freshies Lobster Rolls

People flock to Freshies duo of locations for one simple thing: award-winning lobster rolls. What, what, lobster rolls in the middle of the Utah desert? You better believe it! Moreover, Freshies took top honors at the World’s Best Lobster Roll contest all the way back on the East coast for their simple but stunning creations. If that’s not high praise we don’t know what is.

SLC | 356 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 | (801) 829-1032
Park City | 1897 Prospector Ave, Park City, UT 84060 | (435) 631-9861
slcmenu.com/2018/09/04/freshies-lobster-co-menu/

Slapfish - poke bowl with tuna
Slapfish – poke bowl with tuna

Slapfish

Yes, it might be a chain, but it’s also a modestly sized boutique group and one of the best fast casuals out there for my money. The concept is simple – sustainable seafood dishes, in a casual environment, served at reasonable prices. Pictured is the stunningly vibrant poke tuna bowl, the fresh fish jeweled with sesame soy glaze. Amongst the highlights here, a stellar fish and chips, as well as solid seafood-topped rolls. I stopped by in the Spring of 2024 to check out some seasonal specials, you can read the full story here.

Slapfish locations in Utah include:

  • Sandy – 10431 S State St, Sandy, UT 84070
  • Lehi – 3320 Digital Dr, Lehi, UT 84043
  • Farmington – 254 N University Ave, Farmington, UT 84025
  • Park City – 6622 N Landmark Dr, Park City, UT 84098
  • slapfishrestaurant.com/menu

Takashi

Often held high as the very best sushi restaurant in SLC is this downtown hot spot. Seriously, if you don’t get here on the dot for doors opening, you’ll need to wait in line for a table. Takashi is easily one of the most popular restaurants in SLC. For the best experience, take a seat at the sushi counter and ask your chef for an omakase experience; they’ll plate up the very best and brightest dishes of the day right there for you. And before you get worried about eating sushi so far from the ocean – don’t – read our story on that here.

18 W Market St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 519-9595
slcmenu.com/2011/04/03/takashi-restaurant-menu/

SLC Eatery

SLC Eatery is our pick for the very best chef-driven restaurant in town; which is to say the creative genius of co-chefs Paul Chamberlain and Logen Crew turn out fascinating dishes every night of service. While the menu can change quickly, you’ll always find intelligent and sharp seafood dishes on the menu at SLC Eatery. Moreover, you’ll also spot them on the dim sum cart. Yep, that’s right, styled on the classic Chinese service style, at SLC Eatery you’ll find a cart working its way around the room during service, loaded with daily specials and treats galore.

1017 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 355-7952

Brunch menu

RIME - halibut with asparagus
RIME – halibut with asparagus

RIME

Home to one of the most scenic views of any Utah restaurant – you just found it at this Deer Valley fine dining destination. A steak house at the core, seafood features strongly amongst the steaks, which makes it a great place to visit if you’re in the mood for fish, but your dining companions aren’t. Here’s a story about an experience I enjoyed in 2022 – spoiler alert – the halibut was one of the very best I’ve tasted.

2300 Deer Valley Dr E, Park City, UT 84060
(435) 940-5760
srdvdining.com/dining/rime

Seafood dishes in Salt Lake City

Apres Pendry – shrimp cocktail

Pendry Park City - Apres Pendry shrimp cocktail
Pendry Park City – Apres Pendry shrimp cocktail

Located at the ultra-luxe Pendry Park City, Apres Pendry is their on-site restaurant serving breakfast lunch, and dinner. This chilled seafood starter can be found on their dinner menu.

2417 W High Mountain Rd, Park City, UT 84098
(435) 800-1990
pendry.com/park-city/entertainment/apres-pendry

Copper Common – nduja and mussels

Copper Common - nduja and mussels
Copper Common – nduja and mussels

Ryan Lowder’s 21+ downtown bar is always home to a vision of this dish. You’ll always find quality shellfish and impeccable house bread for dipping in the equally marvelous broth. The rest of the makeup of the dish changes with the season. Hint: it’s always top-notch.

11 E Broadway Suite 190, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 355-0543
coppercommon.com

Franklin Ave – miso black cod

Franklin Ave Cocktails & Kitchen - black cod
Franklin Ave Cocktails & Kitchen – black cod

A nod to Nobu’s classic sablefish preparation is this miso fueled dish from Franklin’s Matt Crandall. It’s a sweet, savory, and umami thwack to the face.

231 S Edison St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(385) 831-7560
franklinaveslc.com

Flanker – spicy tuna bites

Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club - Spicy Tuna Bites
Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club – Spicy Tuna Bites

When a dish survives a number of menu updates – you know it’s a fan with the kitchen and guests alike. Case in point these fabulous small bites from downtown’s Flanker Kitchen. The simple starter marries spicy tuna with comfortingly dense, deep-fried rice cake. The two are fused with a spicy mayo glue.

6 N Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 683-7070
flankerslc.com

Osteria Amore – octopus

Smoky grilled octopus is one of the staple stars of the menu over at Osteria Amore. The Italian eatery moved in the space once home to Aristo’s up by the University Of Utah and immediately made it’s mark on the dining map.

224 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
(385) 270-5606
osteriaamore.com

Oquirrh – market fish specials

Oquirrh market fish special
Oquirrh market fish special

The seasonal chef-driven menu at Oquirrh always features picture perfect seafood dishes. The menu is constantly and flux and most weeks see ultra-limited specials like the scallops shown above. There’s always great seafood on the menu here.

368 E 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 359-0426
oquirrhslc.com

Where to buy seafood?

Catch Sitka seafood
Catch Sitka seafood

Check out our guide here on where to buy the best seafood online – you’ll be surprised by the quality and ease of getting seafood shipped. It’s often better than the stuff you can get yourself as a consumer. If you MUST buy in person, here are some Utah places to grab quality seafood:

Aquarius – downtown fish monger that receives fresh supplies daily. Call ahead to ensure availability. This is the best source in Utah for quality fresh seafood bar none.

Whole Foods – The national grocer has several locations in Utah; all are underpinned by a keen eye on only serving sustainable seafood. The chain partners with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch as such.

Beltex Meats – The excellent butcher shop has a freezer up front filled with options from Frisky Fresh Fish – blast frozen Alaskan seafood that’s of exceptional quality.

Catch Sitka – For online orders, our goto is Catch Sitka (pictured). Just four steps separate you from some of the freshest, tastiest Alaskan seafood available. Everything Catch Sitka Seafood delivers is fished using wild using hook-and-line sustainable fishing practices, immediately iced, processed dock-side by artisans, blast frozen to lock in flavor, and sent straight to you. Alaskan seafood is some of the very best in the world – and CSS’s is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee too. Check em out here. If you make a purchase we get a referral fee.

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Who did we miss?

If you think we’re missing a really great addition to this list, please email us at stuart@gastronomicslc.com – we’d love to hear from you. Let us know who you think should be on this list and why. If you have a really great picture of one of more dishes, please send that too! We’re always excited to check our more businesses!

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