Romantic Dining in Utah: Sweetness in the Salty City

There is healthy competition in Salt Lake City for pleasing your palate and giving you a lovely night to remember, both in the culinary and feel-good sense.  The standard is high here in this bigger city out West for dining at its best and restaurants are held at a lofty standard for producing good atmosphere and good food.  There are all kinds of food genres to choose from and plenty of more casual joints, but there are a few special places both inside the city and out that make good options for celebrating the love in your life.

Located in the foothills of the Wasatch Front, tucked into a fairytale setting you'll find the romantic La Caille, with its European looking exterior and castle-like interior.  Brunch is also a great option here.  Many a wedding have taken place at La Caille.  Also outside the city is both the rustic Log Haven and Millcreek Inn, both in woodsy, relaxing settings.  Up Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, you'll find Alta Ski Resort and its restaurant, Shallow Shaft, with a beautiful view of the mountain.  Even if you're not staying in the ski area, it's worth it to come to Shallow Shaft, now in its 46th year, and voted as having one of the most extensive wine lists.

In the summer, the patio at Tuscany is quite inviting, as is The Roof in downtown Salt Lake for its beautiful views of the nearby Temple Square.  Enjoy whetting your appetite and planning your romantic evening.



Shallow Shaft Restaurant has been a staple fixture at Alta for more than thirty years. A New American eatery and steakhouse, Shallow Shaft offers high-end eclectic dining in the beautiful, upper reaches of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Regional...  Read More



One of downtown's trendier eateries, this cozy yet modern restaurant 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...  Read More



Chef Franck Peissel oversees this refurbished cottage home that prepares fine American dishes, French-styled and influenced. Try Franck's Southern Coconut & Lemongrass Chicken or Duck Breast with Potato Gratin and Japanese eggplant....  Read More

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In a sea of fabulous restaurants, Tuscany manages to be among Salt Lake's best. Winning four Utah Best of State awards in 2010, including "Best Chef," "Best Tuscan," and "Best Hospitality," Tuscany has also earned recognition from Zagat as one...  Read More

The Roof
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Memorable dining awaits at this lofty restaurant, which boasts fabulous views of Temple Square. The Roof offers a grand gourmet buffet of ever-changing entrees. At any given time, you'll find a host of fresh dishes, including prime rib, chicken,...  Read More



Set near Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy, La Caille is the perfect place to take a date or business contact if you want to impress. In the style of an 18th century French chalet, La Caille sits on twenty-plus resplendent acres, complete with...  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



With its warm, burnished interiors and soothing decor, Log Haven is a perfect place to dine; even moreso if you're celebrating a special occasion. Nestled among pine trees, waterfalls, and beautiful landscaping, the well-regarded restaurant...  Read More



Housed in an old warehouse and named for the reclaimed wood pallets used in the walls and the tables, Pallet has created a hip authentic vibe with its decor and interesting food. Banquette seating with pillows, oil paintings, old typewriters...  Read More


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