An enormous variety of top-notch Eastern cuisine

Salt Lake City boasts a thriving and surprisingly diverse restaurant scene, with cuisines ranging from Italian to Brazilian. Though its Irish restaurants can be counted on one hand, it would take the fingers of an extended family to count Salt Lake City's Asian restaurants. And while nearly every town in the United States has a Chinese restaurant, few can claim the quality and variety of Chinese restaurants that Salt Lake can. And Chinese food represents just a fraction of the Asian cuisine available in Salt Lake Valley.

If you're a fan of sushi, you have the opportunity to visit Takashi - possibly the best restaurant along the Wasatch Front, regardless of genre. Or if you typically avoid sushi because of its spendiness, head south about 15 minutes on State Street to the Red Ginger Bistro. This Chinese and Japanese restaurant prepares a variety of appetizers, side dishes, and entrees in addition to its sushi. Offering a 50% discount on all rolls (and additional daily specials), Red Ginger Bistro allows you to utterly feast on high-quality sushi without spending more $10 a person.

If you're in the mood to try Asian fusion, head south even farther to Midvale and pay a visit to Asian Star. Or if you don't mind driving north to Bountiful, check out Mandarin. This award-winning restaurant is considered to be one of the top 25 Chinese restaurants in the entire nation. But if you'd rather stick to the downtown area, you must try the Himalayan Kitchen, a Nepali and Indian restaurant. Come for dinner - or try their legendary (and affordable!) all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.

South Salt Lake City
Ho Ho Gourmet


Ahh... dim sum! If you're looking for this delicious, cart-served version of Chinese food, then you need look no farther than the Ho Ho Gourmet, which serves dim sum daily. Alternatively, if you're looking for ordinary entrees, you'll find an...  Read More



The density of restaurants in downtown Salt Lake City is astounding. And though the vast majority of Salt Lake Valley eateries are concentrated in that norther portion of the valley floor, the southern end of Salt Lake Valley has its share of...  Read More

Shanghai Cafe
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Vegetarians have grown to expect less from restaurants: meals, minus the meat. However, at Shanghai Cafe, vegetarians will find themselves in an unusual situation. This restaurant, which specializes in vegetarian cuisine, offers more in this...  Read More

P.F. Chang's China Bistro
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When a restaurant chain has more than 200 locations, you know it has something going for it. Luckily for the Wasatch Front, P. F. Chang's operates one if its branches in Salt Lake City. Whereas Chinese food in the U. S. generally has a...  Read More

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Located on 700 East and 2100 South, and quite near I-80 and I-15, Sampan is easily accessible from any location within the Salt Lake Valley. As such, it has become the area's go-to restaurant for fast and affordable Chinese food. And when...  Read More



If you have a little extra time to spare, consider making a northward trip to Mandarin in Bountiful - just ten miles away from Salt Lake City. If you do, you'll find yourself at one of the top Chinese restaurants in all of the United States. A...  Read More

Chanon Thai Cafe
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If you're a fan of Thai food, you're in luck whilst visiting Salt Lake City. Chanon Thai may seem like just another hole-in-the-wall Asian restaurant; however, within the small confines of this tiny establishment, you'll experience some of the...  Read More

Himalayan Kitchen
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The Himalayan Kitchen opened in downtown Salt Lake City in 2005, and immediately became a widely-known favorite. Serving Nepali and Indian cuisine, this restaurant offers dozens of savory entree choices with or without meat, across the entire...  Read More

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No 10Best list of Salt Lake City's Asian restaurants would be complete without Takashi - arguably Salt Lake City's best single eatery of any genre. Located on Market Street - Salt Lake Valley's prime culinary real estate - this Japanese...  Read More


Meet Christine Balaz

Christine Balaz began her unexpected writing career in Salt Lake City with her first book on Wasatch Skiing and Travel in 2006. On the subject of Utah, Christine has written numerous...  More About Christine