Anyone who has a vegan or vegetarian in the mix should head straight to 501 On Main. The menu, which has plenty of options for meat lovers, too, offers healthy, seasonal dishes. The cozy atmosphere houses a friendly staff, who welcome you to relax for a lighter meal. Fresh salads, soups and dishes all highlight local produce, and the menu offers classic options like fresh veggie risotto (which is a house favorite) and steak and blue cheese salad. Don’t be afraid to indulge in the wine, which has no sulfites added and is from sustainable vineyards. 501 can easily accommodate gluten-free diners as well. The restaurant offers two levels for dining in an airy, light space as well as a deck overlooking Main Street. If you can, save room for dessert. The brownie sundae is amazing and a great treat after a satisfying meal.
This established, family-run restaurant is the place to go for fine dining in an upscale, yet hip, setting. The 22-year-old business has recently joined forces with Alpine Distilling to provide a new twist on your dining experience. Notice the tin-pressed ceiling in the historic building that once housed a department store as you take a front-row seat to the action on Main Street. Start with a signature cocktail or a bottle from the Wine Spectator-awarded list. A diverse menu of traditionally prepared, classic and playful cuisine is now crafted for family dining and sharing plates. The Utah red trout entrée is a local favorite, but there is something for everyone on the menu, including gluten-free options. For a truly unique experience, book a tasting in the Alpine Distilling tasting room where you can custom craft your own signature gin to enjoy with your meal.
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.
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. They also use 100 percent grass-fed beef. 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 Saturday night. Chef Scott Boberek aims for simple but masterfully prepared meals.
If you have never ventured away from Main Street and sampled the sushi and steaks at Lespri, you are missing out on Park City’s best-kept secret. Lespri is a quiet refuge where you can sit back, relax and enjoy an exceptionally crafted meal. The sushi is artfully prepared in the intimate sushi bar with unique combinations and special house-made sauces infused with fresh ingredients that will delight your taste buds. If it’s a steak you’re craving, Lespri specializes in USDA Certified Prime meat. Only the top 2 percent of all meat ever receives this certification. The artful seasonal salads are beautiful and delicious. Don’t miss sides like Boursin-whipped potatoes and the decadent mac and cheese. The impressive wine list offers an incredible variety of choices and rare, hard-to-find bottles. Dine at the sushi bar, get cozy in the booths in the lounge or appreciate the wine collection in the main dining room.
Trained by Japanese master Nobu Matsuhisa, Shabu’s chef/co-owner Bob Valaika brings Asian fusion cuisine to Main Street Park City. Every dish is crafted with incredible skill and precision, and each bite is bursting with flavor. Start your Shabu experience with a curated sake from the most extensive list in Utah. The Blistered Green Beans and Firecracker Shrimp are two signature dishes that cannot be missed. Shabu’s sushi is outstanding and artfully created, and there are also many options if you are craving something warm and hearty. Try the Miso Glazed Cod, a gorgeous, flaky fish with a delicious miso sauce served with wok-seared vegetables. Shabu opened in 2002 and is owned by brothers Bob and Kevin Valaika, who love playing in Park City’s mountains almost as much as they love wowing their guests. Get Shabu to-go by calling Mt. Express. View the full menu at shabuparkcity.com.
Spin Cafe is a fun and casual American restaurant in the beautiful Heber Valley, just 15 minutes from Park City. The vibe at Spin is fun, hip and friendly. The from-scratch eclectic menu covers favorites like grass-fed bison burgers, house-smoked barbecue and hand-cut fries but also includes modern dishes such as a Thai-inspired tamarind rice bowl and fresh four-cheese ravioli in sage butter. And it’s all with a fresh, creative spin. That alone would be enough to satisfy, but Spin Cafe also tempts with top-notch house-made gelato. The gelato is made fresh daily, from scratch, in small batches. Gluten-free, vegetarian and kids’ menus are available. Spin offers Utah beers on tap, creative house cocktails and a food-friendly wine list.