10 Best recommends that you work up an appetite, and prepare to feast!

When Salt Lake City was founded by the Mormons in 1847, no one would have guessed that just 160 years later it would have grown up to become one of the biggest culinary hotspots in the Rocky Mountains. Yet, today, Salt Lake City indeed offers some of the tastiest food and most acclaimed restaurants in the entire nation. And the best part: most meals in Salt Lake cost a fraction of what they would on the trendy avenues of New York or San Francisco - even if the chefs preparing them indeed hail from those expensive eateries.

When it comes to selecting a restaurant, the first step is choosing a cuisine. In Salt Lake City, you’ll find everything from Italian to Peruvian, sushi to Greek. Once you’ve pinned down your craving, you’ll have to consider your price range - because in Salt Lake City, you can pay as much as $50 - or as little as $10 - for a plate at its top eateries.

You’ll have the option of eating sinfully affordable Oaxacan moles at Red Iguana, or savoring fine surf and turf with the high rollers at Market Street Grill. You can enjoy the fruits of local agriculture at the farm-to-table restaurant, Pago, or you could treat yourself to some of the nation’s best sushi at Takashi.

On a side note: you needn’t worry about the freshness of seafood here. Given Salt Lake City’s pumping restaurant industry and bustling airport, restaurants all around the valley receive fresh shipments of the stuff daily. So dig in!

The Aerie Restaurant at Snowbird
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This restaurant offers a view as stunning as the wonderful food. The dining experience, along with the mountain sights, is truly special. Rack of lamb, silver dollars of foie gras, and zucchini ravioli are among the specialties. Pair one with a...  Read More

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If you're looking for farm-fresh, artisan food, Pago is your number-one choice in the Salt Lake City area. Whether you're looking for brunch, lunch or dinner, you can expect a diverse menu filled with tantalizing meat and vegetarian dishes of...  Read More

Siegfried's Delicatessen
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Lunch provides the perfect opportunity to sample new cuisines. A relatively fast and small meal, it gives you the chance to try something different without committing to an expensive, multi-course dinner in a totally unfamiliar flavor spectrum....  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

Market Street Grill
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Market Street Grill flies fresh seafood in daily from around the globe. As a result, locals say it's the best seafood restaurant in all of Utah. And visitors flying in from coastal cities will also find themselves unable to scoff at the...  Read More

Himalayan Kitchen
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Given the immense popularity and customer loyalty of the Himalayan Kitchen, it is astounding that the restaurant has only been in business since 2005. Located in central downtown, the Himalayan Kitchen serves savory, traditional Nepali and...  Read More

Red Iguana
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The Red Iguana has been in operation since 1985. One of Salt Lake City's most popular restaurants, The Red Iguana draws queues of waiting customers - stretching as much as half a city block from their door - during peak dinner times. Given...  Read More

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In the past years, Takashi has repeatedly won "best of city" and "best of state" awards from many publications in many categories. Given the intense culinary competition in Salt Lake City, this says a lot. Serving Japanese cuisine with an...  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