Please your Partner's and Your Palate in Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah attracts an elite set of vacationers, and those who expect the best in dining.  There is no shortage of excellent chefs in this resort mountain town. With nearly 200 resstaurants to choose from in this historic mining town, you'll find a grouping near the Kimball Junction exit just off I-80.  There are several in the nearby Canyons Resort area and Park City Mountain Resort.  In town, on historic Main Street is the largest collection in the heart of it all.  And more still are at the beautiful Deer Valley resort hotels.  

Park City has excellent selection in styles of eateries, from Mexican to Italian to traditional steakhouses.  Some, like Silver, offer big city hip vibe and  live music.  Others are just beautiful to look at for their interior, such as Riverhorse on Main.  Some you will find a little more intimacy, such as in Chimayo. 

The Goldener Hirsch restaurant, known for its yummy fondue, has seasonal hours and is closed for the winter in mid-April.  Summer means patio season and you can sit outside at the Purple Sage with your date for the evening.  

Whatever your reason for visiting Park City, you are sure to be pleased with the well-trained and courteous staff at these fine restaurants.  And a stroll up historic Main Street may be just the ticket after dinner, to breathe in the fresh mountain air and do a bit of window shopping to work off your wonderful meal.


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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 Romantic Dining 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. In the summer have a romantic dinner outside on the patio.

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Grappa Italian Restaurant & Café
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With the ambience of a rustic Italian farmhouse, this restaurant celebrates authentic cuisine and the concept of plenty – "abbondanza." Wood, brick, and textured walls impart a sense of permanency. The menu capitalizes on fresh ingredients, changing with the seasons. Among the possibilities are cherry wood-grilled beef tenderloin, osso bucco Milanese, pear and fig-stuffed pork chops, and grilled veal chops. Desserts include a luscious tiramisu and bittersweet chocolate torte. An array of Italian and domestic wines is available by the glass and bottle, and naturally, you'll find a selection of grappas as well.

Recommended for Park City's Best Romantic Dining because: Sitting high up on the hill on upper Main Street, this rustic farmhouse speaks true elegance with its white tablecloth tables and ornate furniture and decor.

Jennifer's expert tip: Be sure to try the grappa wine, since you are at Grappa's after all!

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Silver is a hip restaurant in the heart of historic Main Street in Park City, with an elegant vibe and inviting, modern-day Rat Pack feel. Silver is housed in one of the original buildings on Main Street from 1926. The decor of all its three levels is very New York modern, which is a pleasant surprise in the middle of this mountain ski town, a playground for the chic and wealthy. Dinners are pricey, but another option is ordering appetizers up in the lounge, where a live DJ spins the tunes on the weekends, turning the place into a nice little dance club. Many of the main entree selections are beef, the Zabuton steak being the star at $44. Other choices include beef shortrib, lamb strip loin, Cobia steak and diver sea scallops. For starters, the baby octopus is a popular choice.

Recommended for Park City's Best Romantic Dining because: Silver has a sexy hip vibe and makes for a great date night dinner choice.

Jennifer's expert tip: Silver has an extensive wine list - over 3,000 bottles in their cellar.

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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 Romantic Dining because: Inside the Stein Eriksen Lodge, Glitetrind looks and feels like a true Norwegian lodge, warm and cozy.

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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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 Romantic Dining because: The Edge, winner of Best of State award, is convenient for those staying at the Canyons resort who don't want to go into town.

Jennifer's expert tip: For something romantic, request a table by the fireplace.

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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 Romantic Dining because: Wahso has a great selection of warm sake, perfect for a romantic date.

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

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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 Romantic Dining because: Riverhorse has the best ambiance, service, food and wine on Main Street.

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

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Cafe Terigo
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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 Romantic Dining because: The appetizers are worth checking out, like the tender grilled artichoke or the crispy calimari.

Jennifer's expert tip: The tiramisu is an excellent chioce for a romantic dessert.

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The interiors of this fantastic mainstay offer an excursion to Mexico itself, full of glazed and terra cotta tilework, colorful flower arrangements, and scrubbed woodwork. A fireplace blazes, adding a note of welcome to the already-inviting surroundings. The cuisine melds French and American techniques with Southwestern ingredients, producing dishes that make mouths water with descriptions alone. Among them are honey and chili roasted duck enchiladas, London broil of elk, crown roast of barbecued spareribs with chipotle and caramelized pineapple glaze, and pecan and pumpkin seed encrusted trout. The experience is pricey but well worth the expense for such delights. For special occasions or self-indulgent treats, it's ideal.

Recommended for Park City's Best Romantic Dining because: Chimayo has excellent food and great atmosphere, with twinkling little interior lights and romantic tables for two.

Jennifer's expert tip: Be sure to try the amazing goat cheese and mozarella chile relleno.

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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