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After a full day of powder skiing or cross-country mountain biking in Salt Lake City's Wasatch Mountains, you'll find yourself unable to ignore your rumblingly empty stomach. And while such an outdoor adventure will cleanse and refresh you, it will also render you helplessly hungry. When it comes time to make dinner reservations, you'll sometimes find that the only thing capable of quenching your ravenous appetite, is a massive cut of perfectly cooked, USDA Prime beef... and possibly a side of king crab legs.
Salt Lake City has been generously endowed with an enormous amount of steakhouses. Though this collection stretches across the entirety of Salt Lake Valley, it is in the downtown district where you'll find the highest concentration of these restaurants. And it turns out that most of the city's steakhouses happen to fall into the top end of the quality – and price – spectrum.
For many, the concept of “steakhouse” is synonymous with “surf 'n' turf.” And even though Salt Lake City is indeed landlocked, it nevertheless has a major port of its own – the Salt Lake International Airport. Given the size and vivacity of Salt Lake's high-end restaurant industry, this airport finds itself quite busy importing fresh seafood daily. So if you find yourself dining at one of Salt Lake's top eateries, your seafood dinner will contain nothing less than market-fresh fish.
In addition to this fleet of top-end, new-American steak and seafood restaurants, you will also find a few establishments that dare to differ. For example, Rodizio Grill, serves in Brazilian cuisine with South American gusto. And Ruby River takes the formality (and a good chunk of the expense) out of top-end steakhouse dining.
No matter what your desire, you're certain to find a restaurant on this list to match your carnivorous needs.