Top Restaurants in Downtown SLC's Culinary Mecca

The Salt Lake Valley has many hotspots packed with outstanding restaurants. But without a doubt, Downtown is - by far - Salt Lake City’s most well-endowed sector when it comes to quantity, quality and variety of eateries. And though a few of Salt Lake City’s best restaurants are scattered across its expanses, you’re virtually guaranteed to enjoy top-rate food at any of these restaurants.

If  you’d like to experience the best Mexican food anywhere around, head just slightly west of Downtown proper to the Red Iguana. In operation since 1985, this legendary restaurant serves enormous and incredible classic dishes, as well as their own Oaxacan moles - seven in all.

Perhaps you prefer sushi? Takashi, located in the heart of Downtown, serves gourmet, modern Japanese cuisine that rivals the best in any coastal metropolis. If you prefer cooked fish to raw fish, you have only to visit Takashi’s neighbor, the Market Street Grill.

If you need to reel it in a little - in terms of cash expenditures - you couldn’t ask for a better place to do it than Downtown. Here you can enjoy top-notch food for a fraction of the price that you’d pay at some restaurants. For unbeatable value, check out the Himalayan Kitchen or Chanon Thai.

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



Located in the lobby of a former bank building, this Big Apple-style eatery offers city-dwellers an upscale, almost funky setting that includes high ceilings and an open kitchen. Sample something different - corn and crab bisque with a...  Read More



Have you ever had a hard time deciding what to order at dinner - because everything on the menu sounded so good? Eva, located in downtown Salt Lake City is the place for you. A self-described "small plates" restaurant, Eva serves pizza, pasta...  Read More



Born in the restaurant's namesake city, Bruges, Belgium, owner Pierre Vandamme brought with him Belgium's famous yeast-raised Liege waffles. Endowed with the traditional sugar pearls in the dough, these waffles are served hot and eaten with the...  Read More

Market Street Grill
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Nestled into the historic 1906 New York Hotel (alongside its sister restaurant, the New Yorker), the Market Street Grill has long been considered one of Salt Lake's best restaurants, particularly in the seafood and meat department. Offering...  Read More

Squatters Pub Brewery
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Squatters is one of Salt Lake City's most flexible and accommodating restaurants - appropriately rendering it one of the city's most popular eateries and watering holes. Offering a lengthy brewpub menu that contains burgers, sandwiches, and...  Read More

Copper Common
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The Copper Onion is one of the new additions to the growing Utah foodie scene. Former NYC chef (and native Utahan) Ryan Lowder now brings his personal take on New American cuisine to his own kitchen with an approach inspired by his passion for...  Read More

Himalayan Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren


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

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren


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

Red Iguana
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren


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...  Read More


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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