Dining Convenience Close to Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City

Attending a sporting event, concert or other event at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City?  Whether it's day or night, these eating establishments, some patronized for many years, offer breakfast, lunch and dinner and convenience for getting to the Arena.  The Lamb's Grill, one of those long established places - 93 years, in fact, boasts of being "Old Favorite" with "New Traditions."  Located on South Main Street, it is actually Salt Lake's oldest continually operating restaurant, offering casual fare in the day and chops, steaks and pastas in the evening.  Another favorite steak joint is Christopher's Seafood and Prime Steak House and Grill.  Elegant interior and high booths offer special intimacy.

Market Street Grill has both a more casual restaurant and in a separate room, a cozier and more grownup oyster bar.  Takashi has such a popular following among sushi lovers that reservations are definitely required, or it could be up to an hour wait.  Naked Fish is another excellent sushi choice, with its calming and unique interior.  

For American fare, the highly frequented Copper Onion has not only breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, but dinner and a bar menu available from 5pm to close.  Who can resist sinking the teeth into a good Philly Cheesesteak?  That's what this owner thought when she started Moochie's Meatballs, and there was no such type of restaurant around at the time in Salt Lake.

The city has grown and grown up and offers a wide variety of culinary choices in the downtown area.


Oasis Cafe
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The aptly named Oasis Cafe is a wonderful retreat on the edge of downtwon Salt Lake City. Open for every meal, this spacious restaurant offers not only a treat for the food seeker's taste buds, but also a quiet place in which to relax. An outdoor patio in front and also an indoor courtyard patio are beautifully accompanied by hanging flowering pots, with awnings to match - beautiful in the day, romantic at night. Serving handcrafted foods featuring the finest, freshest ingredients possible, the Oasis Cafe offers creative, locally-inspired cuisine designed to be as refreshing and delicious as it is nutritious. The newly-added Pan Roasted Halibut with braised spinach and honey mustard vinaigrette is a must. Though the Oasis Cafe has a very favorable reputation among Salt Lake City's vegetarians, this restaurant also proudly serves many meat dishes. For a treat, stroll thru the adjoining Golden Braid Bookstore.

This sophisticated New York-style restaurant serves some of the area's best seafood, including chowders, stews, crab legs, stuffed flounder, and pastas. There's also a selection of steaks, sandwiches, and pastas on the menu. The more intimate and sexier Oyster Bar, with its cozy rounded booths that sit high is located adjacent to the Market Street Grill, which is a more open area restaurant with a more casual feel, although still nice. The Oyster bar of course has fresh oysters, from four different regions to choose from! Other lunch items include Seafood Cocktails, Sandwiches, Burgers, Small Plate Tasters, Grilled Fish and Tacos. For dinner, try the Famous Clam Chowder, along with many other great seafood options, like Crab & Lobster, Fin Fish and Specialties such as Tilapia Picatta and Sauteed Shrimp and Scallops. The Oyster Bar is open every day for lunch (except Saturday) and dinner and serves Sunday Brunch.

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The very popular Takashi, located on Market Street in Downtown Salt Lake is known for its contemporary Japanese cuisine and serves sushi that competes with the best of San Francisco. Whether you're looking for a traditional roll or a deluxe chef's special, you'll find expert elegance and culinary genius on your plate. The Strawberry, Dragon and Imagine Rolls are favorite Specialty Rolls. In addition to traditional sushi, Takashi offers soups, salads, small plates, dinners, sashimi rolls and riceless treats (tuna talaki and spicy mussels). Be sure to check out the hot and cold sake list. And if you don't arrive early, be prepared to wait or take the option to sit at the sushi bar. Ranked #4 out of over 1,200 restaurants on tripadvisor, it's easy to see why it can get crowded on any given night. Takashi is open for both lunch and dinner and closed on Sundays.


One of downtown's trendier eateries, this cozy yet modern restaurant (housed inside a cool old brick building) features a tapas menu that's hugely popular with the dinner crowd and late-night diners alike. Offering "Euro-style dining" and "New World tapas," Martine gives its guests the gastronomical experience of Spain, North Africa and Provence. Tapas include selections such as Baby Lobster Tails, Pimento Carrot Fritters and St. Louis Ribs, to name a few. For something more substantial, try wonderfully-prepared portions of frog legs, peppered mussels, lamb, and paella. Small plates offered are the Lamb Bolognese and Coriander Grilled Utah Trout. Martine is located in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City (just across from City Creek Mall). Full bar is available, along with an extensive wine list. Lunch items include sandwich combinations, salads, pasta salads, quiche and soup. Save room for the European Style Cheesecake, Chocalate Decadence cake or Brownies ala Mode.

Christopher's Prime Steak House & Grill
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Winner of Utah's Best of State "Best Steakhouse" and Zagat-rated "Excellent," Christopher's Prime Steakhouse & Grill offers some of the best steaks in Salt Lake City. Situated in the Salt Lake downtown restaurant and culture district, Christopher's has been locally owned and operated since 1995. Known for their steaks and fish, they use 21-day, dry-aged USDA corn-fed beef and seafood flown in fresh daily. Christopher's incorporates the finest possible ingredients in their meals. Valet parking is offered and upon entering, you immediately are drawn into the elegance and privacy offered by the sumptuous decor, with its highback booths - perfect for a romantic date or impress the client dinner. The downtown location is open for lunch and for those budget-conscious, 3-course early evening specials start at $15.99. If your trip happens to center around the southern portion of Salt Lake Valley, consider swinging by Christopher's Steakhouse & Grill in Draper.

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 Utahn) Ryan Lowder now brings his personal take on New American cuisine to his own kitchen with an approach inspired by his passion for Utah's outstanding farmstead ingredients and his experience as a chef cooking his way through Barcelona, NYC and South America. The Copper Onion serves lunch dinner and weekend brunch. To start with, there is a wide selction of small plates, several side dishes to share family style (steak fries, creamed spinach and shicito peppers) and Charcuterie selections, along with Cheese options. Entrees include steaks, chops, and delicious sides such as the fried cauliflower and potato salad that accompanies the lamb riblets. Try the signature Copper Onion burger sometime. Brunch items include a wide variety of breakfast and lunch items and even a Classic Mary and Bloody Bull.


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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