10 Best Restaurants in Casual, but Chic Park City, Utah

Yes, Park City, Utah is for skiers and snowboarders and those who love the great outdoors, but Park City is also a foodie's haven, or should I say heaven?  The city even offers food tours now, where a guide will not only give you a nice background on the history of the area, but allow you to sample fare from 4 or 5 restaurants on Main Street.

This chic mountain town is also hosting its distinguished 10th annual Food and Wine Classic this July, where many events take place, including local chefs offering bite size samples at the grand tasting event.  Standard method of operation here is to use fresh, local ingredients while providing creative flair to fare.

This is no ordinary small town, this high-altitude home to over 100 (many award-winning unrivaled) restaurants.  The old days of silver mining are long gone and what remains are the buildings along the historic Main Street, which house many of the fine restaurants which serve more tourists than locals.

Most have a rustic yet urban chic interior, such as Riverhorse on Main and Robert Redford's restaurant he opened in 1995, Zoom.  Some are more quaint, like Cafe Terigo, some sexy beautiful, such as Wahso, the Asian grille.  But the top restaurants in Park City, which cater mostly to a discerning and sophisticated set of clientele (don't let the casual attire fool you) all have one thing in common - great food due to the high standard of excellence expected in this exclusive resort town.  Peruse the list for our 10 Best.


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Purple Sage has cowboy American decor and appeal, but don't let the casual cute ambience and prices fool you. The food is yummy gourmet, from the Grilled Pacific White Shrimp to Sugar and Chili Cured Deck, I venture to reason that no cowboy out on the prairie ever ate this well. The Braised Bison Short Ribs and 16 oz. Ribeye will surely satisfy the hungriest diner, while the Utah Trout and Pan Seared Scallops, served on creamy bacon and cheddar grits will comfort those seeking lighter fare. A great selection of apps, such as the talked-about Warm Housemade Potato Chips, Barbeque Chicken Tamales and Green Chile Pork Stew will start you off smiling. Enjoy a slightly more reasonable dinner (for Park City) with still great taste and fun decor at Purple Sage. In warmer weather, the menu changes and the patio opens.

Recommended for Park City's Best Restaurants because: A more reasonable restaurant on Main Street, you'll enjoy the gourmet food and the cowboy ambience at Purple Sage.

Jennifer's expert tip: For starters, be sure to get the warm housemade potato chips with pepper jack, blue cheese and onions. The butternut squash ravioli is a nice entree.

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The contemporary and sophisticated new Edge Steakhouse in the Westgate Park City resort, located at The Canyons, is receiving quite a bit of recognition. Winning several Best of State awards including Best Chef, The Edge is gaining quite a reputation for its signature entree, their steaks. Also on the menu, their veal, lamb, elk and short ribs, to name a few, can be accompanied by indulgent sides such as a trio of mashed potatoes, exotic mushroom gratin and the most popular, the black and white truffle mac and cheese. Seafood items, such as salmon, ahi tuna and scallops are also offered. For a special, albeit expensive, treat, order the Wagyu (Kobe) beef steaks, accompanied by lobster tail, foie gras or prawns and choose from a variety of sauces, like peppercorn or chimichurri. With over 1,000 bottles from around the world, an extensive wine list is sure to please. Full bar is available. Set your tastebuds sizzling and make your next reservation at The Edge.

Recommended for Park City's Best Restaurants because: The Edge gives a contemporary new twist on the traditional steakhouse while serving up awesome steaks in a colorful, sophisticated atmosphere.

Jennifer's expert tip: Request the table in front of the wine cellar for something fun (seats 6-8).

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Set with wood and stone for an upscale though rustic atmosphere, this well-received restaurant is a favorite with visitors to the ski slopes and with special-occasion diners. The American menu is anything but basic, boasting such satisfying fare as lamb, venison, pheasant, wild boar, and foie gras. You'll also find seafood and vegetarian selections. The wine list provides a host of options for any entree you may choose, and both food and wine have received many accolades for their quality and range of options. Service dovetails beautifully with the other high standards.

Recommended for Park City's Best Restaurants because: Mariposa is the #1 rated restaurant in Utah. Enjoy a tasting menu while sitting in this cozy fireside setting.

Jennifer's expert tip: The Mariposa is only open during ski season. Be sure to get good directions. It is located in the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley. And be sure to save room for the chocolate snowball for dessert!

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Cafe Terigo
Photo courtesy of Cafe Terigo

Set in a brick building, this stylish restaurant attracts a fashionable crowd. Just inside the entrance is a small bar; beyond that is the dining room, where a cultivated patina is evident. Ragged yellow walls feature quotations from notable artists, and windows are ornamented with curvaceous metal cutouts. Over each table, an expressive flower is painted on fragments of found metal and wood. Lunch means gourmet salads and sandwiches, while pizzas are available all day. In the evenings, representative entrees include sauteed Utah trout, grilled flank steak, rack of lamb, smoked chicken risotto, and ravioli with butternut squash. An outdoor patio is heated during the winter, and in warmer months, is one of the most desirable destinations in town.

Recommended for Park City's Best Restaurants because: With its charming European decor and fresh flowers on the table, Cafe Terigo is low-key with charm and good food.

Jennifer's expert tip: Cafe Terigo's bread pudding in rum sauce with cranberries and pine nuts is the talk of the town - a must try.

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Perhaps one of Park City's most popular restaurants, this elegant, second-story establishment features yellow walls with black architectural trim. You'll also find potted palms and large-scale Asian artwork, which give the place a sophisticated and refined ambience. The cuisine follows suit, pulling influences from throughout the Far East and fusing them with French techniques. The spectacular results include a Burmese curry, an Asian vegetable hot pot, Balinese stir-fries, and steaks with exotic accents and flavors. Even the desserts make use of lush tropical fruits and subtle spices, adding whispery notes to cheesecake, sorbet, and cr�me br�l�e. If your palate has grown tired of all the standards, break the monotony with a visit to Wahso.

Recommended for Park City's Best Restaurants because: Besides the great food, Wahso is beautiful inside, whether sitting in a private booth with curtains or out on the patio overlooking Main Street.

Jennifer's expert tip: Try the toasted coconut creme brulee, which is served in a coconut!

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From its station high in the mountains, this elegant establishment presents some of the area's best cuisine. The dining area sports Country French chairs, a blazing stone fireplace, and a soothing color scheme of rose and green. Sunday's brunch buffet is one of the restaurant's most celebrated offerings. This extravaganza provides a wealth of treats and also features live jazz for diners' pleasure. Along with traditional breakfast items, the buffet includes a carving station, several hot entrees, a variety of salads and starches, shrimp, crab claws, salmon, fresh fruit, and pastries.

Recommended for Park City's Best Restaurants because: A sommelier is on hand to choose the best wine pairing for your meal. They have 10,000 bottles on hand, including 750 different selections.

Jennifer's expert tip: Request a table by one of the several fireplaces in the restaurant. It's also a great Sunday brunch spot, with views of the skiers coming down the mountain. Try the duck and waffles.

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Apex, the elegant signature restaurant located in the gorgeous mountain top resort Montage at Deer Valley prides itself on presenting American grill fare inspired by the freshest farm to table ingredients. Relax in the fabulous elegance of this top ranked hotel with its views of aspen groves and the valley's city lights below. For starters, try the House-made Elk Sausage or Celery Root Soup, followed by Double-Cut Pork Chops or Prime Filet Mignon. In this posh, yet comfortable setting, you can expect 5 star service from the moment you walk in the door. Sommeliers are happy to assist with wine selections for each course. Several gluten-free items are available upon request.

Recommended for Park City's Best Restaurants because: Just driving up to the Montage and walking through the foyer is an experience in itself. Fine dining with great service make Apex memorable.

Jennifer's expert tip: For more casual fare in the bar area of the Apex, try the new Burgers and Bourban menu, featuring a variety of burgers accompanied by drinks such as the Side Bar Bourban.

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Two lofty dining rooms, an expansive deck, and terrific live entertainment endow this restaurant with character and appeal. The cuisine and service only serve to heighten the experience. Although the place can get loud at times, it's characterized by a good-natured boisterousness that embraces other diners as well. The cuisine capitalizes on fresh meat and seafood, featuring such temptations as charred rack of lamb, macadamia-crusted Alaskan halibut, barbecued baby back ribs, and an impossibly huge roasted pork loin chop. A range of wines will provide a complement to any entree, and the dessert list is a guaranteed diet-breaker. Make sure to try to try the chocolate souffl� if you get the chance!

Recommended for Park City's Best Restaurants because: Riverhorse on Main is in the top 200 restaurants in America, according to Forbes and awarded Best Fine Dining and Best Restaurant by Park City.

Jennifer's expert tip: Live local music is featured nightly. Try the wild game trio of bison, elk and venison.

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The J & G Grill in the St. Regis Deer Valley, is constantly receiving the top slot when it comes to restaurants in the Park City, Utah area, and it's no surprise. From its elegant interior to its satisfying cuisine, coming from the chef's portfolio of restaurants around the world, J & G Grill is top drawer. Private dining rooms are available with expansive views of the gorgeous Deer Valley. All tastes should be accommodated by the American menu which offers seafood, variety of proteins and lightly grilled steaks. Helpful sommeliers are on hand to assist in choosing the perfect wine to compliment your meal. Guests will enjoy the fun and scenic ride up the funicular, or tram car, to actually get to the hotel. Enjoy scenic views of Deer Valley from the patio and live music on the weekends.

Recommended for Park City's Best Restaurants because: It's a special night here, from the opening of the champagne by saber to the strolling out on the patio by the fire pits.

Jennifer's expert tip: Every night a festive opening of champagne bottles by saber sword will delight your party.

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Meet Jennifer Boren

A native of Oklahoma, by way of New Mexico and now Utah, Jennifer Boren makes her home in Salt Lake City.  A total lover of Park City, she spends many weekends there, especially in the...  More About Jennifer