This 21-year-old family-run restaurant is the place to go for fine dining in an upscale yet hip setting. It is located in a historic building that once housed a department store — notice the tin-pressed ceiling as you take a front-row seat to the action on Main Street or the open kitchen. Start with a signature cocktail or a bottle from the Wine Spectator-awarded list. Then order from a diverse menu of simple, classic and comfortable cuisine (local and sustainable food is sourced from the Wasatch Mountains whenever possible). The Rocky Mountain trout entrée is a local favorite, but there is something for everyone, even gluten-free diners, on this menu. The space is well-suited for all, from large groups out for a celebratory dinner to couples looking for an intimate meal by the fireplace to friends meeting up for drinks and tapas at the bar.
Since 1983, Baja Cantina has been serving affordable Mexican cuisine in a family-friendly environment at the base of Park City Mountain Resort. After a day of playing in the snow, stop in for lunch or dinner to warm up inside the quaint and festive bar and restaurant. The bar is fully stocked with a large selection of tequilas and a margarita menu to match. For the daring: Try a Coronita tipped over into any margarita for a memorable (or not so memorable!) libation. Start with the cantina taquitos or chicken flautas, both local favorites, and order from a full menu of classic Mexican fare. Baja Cantina serves fresh fish tacos daily and also has a menu for los niños. This long-standing Park City establishment will satisfy everyone’s Mexican craving.
Find the best barbecue in the West at Bandits’ Grill & Bar. The famed family-owned barbecue destination has become a legendary spot for savory wood-fired staples in Park City, making it an ideal choice for families and friends, as well as locals and tourists alike. Enjoy rotisserie-smoked ribs and mouthwatering seafood and steaks, plus fresh salads, wraps and delicious sandwiches. For those on the go, speedy lunch specials are also available, and Bandits’ boasts the friendliest — not to mention tastiest — post-work hangout. If you’re feeding a large crowd, Bandits’ has you covered. They offer full-service catering and can accommodate parties and large groups downstairs in the Hide Out. Come hungry and leave happy.
Fried chicken and beer. Is there anything better? The owner of Sammy’s Bistro proves affordable food can be delicious with his new concept, Bird & Barley. Serving Southern fried chicken, ribs, rotisserie chicken and beer, this place is about tasty comfort food in a casual setting. Choose to eat at the restaurant or take your food to-go. With family style options and pricing (their eight-piece fried chicken is a steal at $28), Bird & Barley is the perfect choice if you want a home-cooked meal but don’t feel like cooking. The $9.95 plate meal comes with a meat and two sides, like macaroni and cheese, broccoli slaw or roasted beets. Don’t eat meat? The vegetarian plate comes with three sides, or “put a bird on” any salad for a lighter meal. If you’re a beer aficionado, then Bird & Barley is a must-stop, with some exclusive brews, such as Wasatch Brewery’s Jalapeno Cream Ale.
Located in a historic home on Main Street, Bistro 412 serves seasonal French dishes in a cozy American bistro setting. Chef Adam Ross has been instrumental over the years in keeping the menu fresh and the food quality high. Using sustainably raised meats, poultry and seafood, and as much locally sourced produce as possible, Bistro 412 features delicious gastronomic delights such as braised lamb shank, curried mussels, beef bourguignon and pan-seared duck. Intimate seating and French flair provide the perfect ambiance for a great meal, a romantic date night or an entertaining night out with friends. During the winter months, this cozy dining room is ideal for an intimate dinner. Enjoy live entertainment weekly in the Bistro 412 Bar upstairs, where you can also enjoy the same delicious menu for dinner, a lighter selection and one of the largest liquor selections in Utah.
Tapas are popular for a good reason. They always encourage socializing, because the focus is not on a full meal set before you, but on the ability to share many tasty plates throughout one dinner. Bodega on Main fills that void for Park City. A summer vacation to Spain inspired restaurateurs Nicholas Smurthwaite and Paola Bello to open this modern-style Spanish tapas bar that mixes traditional plates with new twists. Just steps from Main Street, this lively outpost is a superb choice for a night out, whether that’s a large gathering or an intimate date. The concept is simple: good food, drinks and great service in a relaxing setting. Favorites include clams, calamari, lamb lollipops, croquettes and the only paella in town. A healthy wine list includes several Spanish wines. The rustic and welcoming vibe is achieved through the use of wood planks and metal — it’s both hip and cozy at the same time.
Boneyard Saloon & Kitchen offers a great bar and restaurant for locals looking to get off Main Street. Like most great hidden gems, this gastropub is a favorite among all types for its wood-fired cooking and elevated bar food. But it still retains its locals-only feel, with its long bar and community tables. Nestled in an old lumber yard revamped with lots of metal and wood, Boneyard prepares most of the dishes in a custom-built, wood-fired charcoal grill. Find great burgers, classic steaks and juicy ribs, with deep depth of flavor from the grill’s heat and smoke, cooked by chef Chris Parker. With a beer selection that boasts 90 varieties and uncommon craft cocktails, find anything you desire, day or night. Boneyard is also a perfect spot to watch any game, with two 75-inch big screens and four 65-inch TVs.
This traditional family owned and operated Italian restaurant serves authentic favorites in a cozy, intimate atmosphere. Run by Paola Bello and chef Nicholas Smurthwaite, Buona Vita brings you a tradition of fresh Italian cuisine to the heart of Park City. Loyal patrons come for signature dishes, such as the caprese with fresh buffalo mozzarella, and the Alla Nona — spicy sausage ravioli reminiscent of a recipe from an Italian grandmother. Of course, the standout of the menu is some of the finest and heartiest pasta dishes in town, with scratch-made sauces. The extensive menu offers something for everyone, from pizzas to gluten-free options. A broad wine list accompanies this home-style cuisine, and with friendly service you will leave feeling like part of the family.
At Burgers & Barley, just because it’s fast doesn’t mean it’s not made fresh. This quick take-out or dine-in restaurant in Prospector offers house-made specialty burgers alongside an impressive beer selection. The 8-ounce burgers are made with fresh, local beef and served on bread made by a local bakery. Whether you are a meat lover or a vegetarian, or anything in between, you will find a large selection of items to choose from, including veggie burgers and chicken sandwiches. Specialty burgers offer unique options, but there are also snacks (think corndog nuggets and fried green beans), salads, soups, and mac and cheese. The prices are very reasonable (nothing on the menu goes over $15) to feed a family of any size. Hungry for dessert? The fried Oreos are hard to beat.
Burgers & Bourbon offers the best of what we love about classic American cuisine. Gourmet burgers, fresh-cut fries, hand-spun shakes (both spiked and classic) and craft spirits. The restaurant’s signature burgers are made fresh with a proprietary blend of the finest farm-raised beef, topped with a selection of local artisanal cheeses and served on freshly baked potato buns. The extensive spirit collection celebrates America’s distillers, both old and new, whose artful techniques produce a stunning array of craft spirits. In tribute to their passion behind the craft, the bartenders serve iconic drinks inspired by old-fashioned favorites, like the Old-Fashioned, Mint Julep and Manhattan. With more than 100 bourbons and whiskeys, the collection will impress the most selective spirit aficionados. Vegetarian and seafood options are available, too.
If you’re looking for the place where in-the-know Park City residents go for steaks and seafood, then Butcher’s Chop House & Bar is it. Situated on Main Street and overlooking the ski bridge and Town Lift, the restaurant boasts one of the best locations in town. Butcher’s is a true chophouse, so make sure to order from The Butcher’s Block, their steakhouse menu that includes your meat and two signature side dishes. The prime rib (12 or 16 ounces) is a popular choice. For something lighter, choose seafood, such as halibut or crab legs. Not only is Butcher’s the perfect spot for après-ski, but it’s also an ideal choice if you like to eat late. The bar (where locals often sit for its three big-screen TVs) offers a large dining menu until 1 a.m. Along with a wide variety of craft beers, edgy cocktails and extensive wine list, you’re sure to find a vibrant nightlife with amazing mountain views as you sip the evening away.
This family-run restaurant set in a brick building on historic Main Street has been a Park City staple for more than 28 years. Owner and chef Ed Axtell and his daughter Carly prepare hearty cuisine inspired by Northern Italy and Southern France, served in a cozy yet contemporary setting. Cafe Terigo is a perfect spot to catch up with friends for lunch, glass of wine in hand, or linger over your dinner, illuminated by the light of flickering candles. This laid-back eatery is known for its wine list and signature bread pudding, but make sure to sample the gourmet main entrees. Salads and sandwiches are the stars at lunch, as well as pizzas. At dinner, find entrées such as house-made pastas and the popular herb-breaded Utah trout. A heated outdoor patio means you can enjoy people-watching at the historic Main Street locale when the weather permits.
Cena Ristorante and Lounge serves up a delicious blend of cuisine and atmosphere for the finest in Park City dining. With an Italian-inspired menu and warm hospitality, this award-winning eatery strikes a scrumptious balance of comfort food and culinary sophistication. The neighboring lounge’s copper-topped bar and windows-to-the-slopes backdrop lend themselves to a lively après-ski gathering or lunchtime pints and pizza. Head to this mid-mountain destination for a meal anytime. The breakfast buffet is an unbeatable way to start the day. At dinner, not-to-be missed dishes include tender pork osso buco and the delicious brick-oven pizzettas. In this intimate atmosphere, don’t be surprised if Executive Chef Chris Wellmon appears tableside for a chat. From the first sip of award-winning vino to the last spoon of gelato, you will be pleased with this choice.
Finding made-from-scratch food at a sports bar is rare, but Drafts isn’t a typical sports bar. This gastropub at Westgate Resort gives its food a gourmet twist. Don’t miss the Tachos, tater tot nachos covered in a smoky Gouda sauce, bacon, green onions and sour cream. Order from six types of wings — from the no-heat garlic-Parmesan to the spiciest ghost barbecue — plus handcrafted burgers and homemade pizzas. If you are famished after a big day on the slopes, then Drafts’ Best of State award-winning burgers will hit the spot. Choose from a proprietary blend of 100 percent Angus beef, chicken, bison or veggie, and pick your bun, including pretzel, wheat or a lettuce wrap. A great kids’ menu means this place is perfect for a family night out. Featuring more than 50 beers and a fully stocked bar, Drafts is also a lively choice for watching a game on 17 big-screen TVs.
Step into Edge Steakhouse, and you may feel like you’ve been transported to Chicago or New York. This upscale contemporary steakhouse at Westgate Resort brings a big-city feel to the mountains. Oenophiles will be pleased with one of the most comprehensive wine lists in Park City, with an in-house sommelier to help select a bottle. Edge is all about its Snake River Farms wagyu, Miyachiku purebred Japanese A5 wagyu and Niman Ranch certified Prime aged steaks, hand-selected by Chef Wayne Christian and butchered in-house. The exclusive rib cap he serves is carried only by chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Thomas Keller. À la carte steaks are accompanied by sides like the black and white truffle mac and cheese or the Caesar salad, prepared tableside. Make sure to sample Christian’s inventive entrées, like the lobster and black truffle risotto or the appetizer scallop with popcorn puree.
This well-known pizzeria from Salt Lake City brings its family-friendly, casual dining to Park City. With big New York-style slices made from fresh, high-quality ingredients, Este keeps customers coming back for more. Here you will find salads; make-your-own pizzas, calzones, stromboli and even vegan buffalo wings (served with vegan ranch dressing, too). Este’s menu aims to please any type of eater. For meat-lovers, the Vortman comes piled high with pepperoni, ham, sausage, homemade meatballs. Or choose to go vegetarian with the Green 4: spinach, tomatoes, red onions and garlic. Vegans won’t be left out, as Este offers five varieties of pies just for them. Don’t miss the breaded and baked ravioli to start or the zeppoles (Italian doughnuts) to finish. Eat in or take out. Either way, you’ll be satisfied with well-made food prepared by locals who know how to do it right.
If you’re looking for a hip place that offers something for everyone, Fletcher’s should be your pick. The sleek downtown restaurant serves small plates if you just want to share some snacks and drinks. But there are plenty of main-course options for a longer evening out, too. Gluten-free? No problem. The restaurant specializes in making sure those who skip gluten don’t feel left out and offers many innovative options. The owners aim to create a restaurant and lounge dedicated to making people happy, and they have done that by providing fresh, local and all-natural dishes using ingredients from nearby farms practicing sustainable agriculture. The handcrafted cocktails won’t disappoint you, either. Enjoy them in the two upper dining floors, or in the lively lounge downstairs, where there are DJs every Friday and Saturday night. Chef Scott Boberek aims for simple but masterfully prepared meals.
There’s a reason Fuego is Park City’s favorite neighborhood Italian bistro. With affordable prices and a family-friendly atmosphere, this is the place to go for any occasion. A lunch for large groups, an evening out with the kids or even date night are all good reasons to choose this pizzeria and Italian bistro, which is always easy on the wallet. Make sure to select from one of their many pizzas, cooked perfectly crispy in a wood-fired oven. The Wasatch — with a honey-tomato-chipotle sauce, mozzarella, pancetta, pineapple and cilantro — is a favorite. If you’re looking for something hearty, the Pollo Pompeii is a house specialty — lightly breaded chicken is sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes, cream, Parmesan, spinach, mushrooms and a side of pasta. Fuego’s has a long list of sandwiches and salads, a full bar and a great wine selection, so there is something for everyone.
Experience fresh, seasonal cuisine, impeccable service and breathtaking scenery at the Glitretind, located slope side at Deer Valley Resort. Thanks to the expansive windows overlooking the mid-mountain, there’s no need to leave the day’s action for a great meal. Stay outside and take in the majestic scenery from the deck seating — cozy fire pits will warm you up — or move inside, where the inviting lodge decor is befitting of this five-star resort. Corporate Chef Zane Holmquist focuses on seasonal menus and fresh, local, sustainable ingredients for his award-winning dishes. Don’t miss Glitretind’s legendary daily skier’s lunch buffet, full of fabulous eats. In the afternoons, find a vibrant après-ski scene with live music, and on Sundays, head here for Utah’s best brunch. The restaurant also presents a renowned wine cellar with more than 10,000 bottles to accompany the award-winning cuisine.