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  • 2019 Dining Award Winner 350 Main

    Now run by Cortney Johanson who has worked at the restaurant for 20 years, this mainstay cafe on Main Street is seeing another high point. With Chef Matthew Safranek in the kitchen, the menu is a balanced mix of old

  • Ahh Sushi!/O'Shucks The menu features classic sushi, plus trendy combos. Try the Asian “tapas.” Then there’s the beer bar side of things, which accounts for the peanuts. Salt Lake Magazine’s Dining Guide is a select list of the best restaurants in

  • Apex at Montage exudes luxury in an understated and comfortable way. No need to tux up for pampered service; the classy lack of pretension extends to the menu—no unpronounceables, nothing scary or even too daring—just top-of-the-line everything. Quality speaks for

  • Chic pizza in Bountiful. Arella’s pies appeal to pizza purists, traditionalists and adventurers, with wood-fired crusts and toppings that range from pear to jalapeño.

  • Chef Milo Carrier has created a destination in a small, charming house at the top of the Marmalade neighborhood. A fresh approach and locally sourced ingredients are the root of a menu that bridges fine and casual dining, at once

  • The menu is not frighteningly authentic or disturbingly Americanized. Dishes are chef-driven, and Chef James seems most comfortable in the melting pot.

  • Avenues Bistro

    This tiny antique storefront has a new owner—Chef Mike Ritchie, proprietor of Fireside on Regent. The place has been decluttered and the menu has been revamped, but the charm is intact. Rabbit pot pie, lobster beignets, Moroccan-spiced duck and crafted chicken hash are some of the upscale yet homestyle dishes on the menu.

  • It’s a restaurant and brewpub, with the emphasis on small plates and late hours. The food is inventive, the beer is good and—big plus—they serve cocktails as well as brew at this neighborhood hot spot.

  • Baja Cantina The T.J. Taxi is a flour tortilla stuffed with chicken, sour cream, tomatoes, onions, cheddar-jack cheese and guacamole. Salt Lake Magazine’s Dining Guide is a select list of the best restaurants in Utah, curated and edited by Salt Lake Magazine's editors.

  • Chef Nathan Powers makes decisions about food based on sustainability and the belief that good food should be available to everybody. Using a Burgundian imagination, he turns out dishes with a sophisticated heartiness three times a day. Salt Lake magazine’s

  • Billy Blanco’s Motor City Mexican. The subtitle is “burger and taco garage,” but garage is the notable word. This is a theme restaurant with lots of cars and motorcycles on display, oil cans to hold the flatware, and a 50-seat

  • An Anglo-Indian teahouse, Lavanya Mahate’s (Saffron Valley) latest eatery draws from intertwined cultures, serving tea and chai, English treats and French pastries with a hint of subcontinental spice.

  • The kitchen offers imaginative selections even though the dark wood and cozy ambiance look like an old gentlemen’s club. Don’t miss the Dreamloaf, served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes. Salt Lake magazine’s Dining Guide is a select list of the

  • Blue Iguana This colorful downtown restaurant has a charming downstairs location and patio, and has been a Salt Lake staple for decades. Enchiladas, tacos, and “jengo” nachos—piled high on a platter—are all good, as are the margaritas. A nifty addition:

  • Blue Lemon’s sleek interior and high-concept food have city style. Informal but chic, many-flavored but healthy, Blue Lemon’s unique take on food and service is a happy change from downtown’s food-as-usual.

  • This mom-and-pop place is short on chic, but the food on the plate provides all the ambiance you need. Try the scallion pancakes, try the Shanghai Fat Noodles, heck, try the kung pao chicken. It’s all good.

  • Bohemian keeps a firm connection to its cultural history—so to go with the wonderful Czech beer, you can nosh on potato pancakes, pork chops and goulash. There’s also plenty of American beer fare.

  • Boltcutter Not just vegetarian, but vegan—the boltcutters refer to setting free the animals. Mexican flavors spice up the menu of tacos filled wiwth seitan or mushrooms and there’s a lit of agave spirit drinks. So hip there’s no listed phone. The

  • This biryani mainstay is sublimely satisfying, from the wise-cracking Sikh host to the friendly server, from the vegetarian entrees to the tandoor-grilled delights. No wonder it’s been Salt Lake’s favorite subcontinental restaurant for 20 years. 

  • Meat, meat and more meat is the order of the day at this Brazilian-style churrascaria buffet.