Whether you want to meet friends for an after-work drink and snack at the bar, have a quick lunch or gather with a few friends for dinner, Twisted Fern is a new favorite for Park City locals. This inviting neighborhood eatery was a welcome addition to town when it opened last spring. Chef Adam Ross takes an innovative approach with his lunch, dinner, après and cocktail menus. Making almost everything in-house, from the potato chips to all the sauces, he sources seasonal ingredients and lets veggies shine with his fresh menu. While the food is certainly sophisticated, there is still a warm, open vibe, allowing families and the après ski crowd to feel comfortable. Look for local beers and an unpretentious wine list to accompany the meal. Don’t miss the chicken fried portabello served with a green peppercorn gravy. Desserts like a fry bread sundae are worth saving room for.
This established family-run restaurant is the place to go for fine dining in an upscale yet hip setting. 350 Main 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 traditionally prepared, classic and playful cuisine locally sourced when possible. The Rocky Mountain trout entrée is a local favorite, but there is something for everyone on the menu, including gluten-free options. The space is well-suited for large groups with private dining options to intimate dining in large cozy booths. This season’s must-try is the Maine lobster cocktail featuring chef Matthew’s great-grandma’s recipe for cocktail sauce.
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.
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. 710 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.
Apex has offered guests and locals classic continental cuisine in an unforgettable mountain setting, with a relaxed yet refined dining experience. Chef Christian Ojeda is excited now to offer guests something new that continues to celebrate a classical ambiance while featuring an innovative American menu. Find typical steakhouse classics like an ahi tuna tartare served with a tomato soy vinaigrette and a spicy tapioca puff, as well as a modern take on a roasted Alaskan halibut, topped with charred onions soubise and a red pepper nage. Exceptional steaks cut from small family farms, ingredients from artisanal producers and the freshest seafood are prepared expertly by Ojeda and his culinary team. The restaurant’s impressive wine list is suited to match the concept of Apex Steak with an expansive collection of reds from around the world, with a focus on California cabernets for the new menu.
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.
Located in a historic home on Main Street, Bistro 412 serves seasonal French dishes in a cozy American bistro setting. Using sustainably raised meats, poultry and seafood, and as much locally sourced produce as possible, Bistro 412 features delicious gastronomic delights such as lamb shanks, curried mussels, beef bourguignonne and cast-iron duck. Intimate seating and French flair provide the perfect ambience for a great meal, a romantic date night or an entertaining night out with friends. Enjoy live entertainment weekly in the Bistro 412 Bar upstairs, where you can also enjoy the same delicious menu for dinner, a bar menu with a lighter selection of foods and one of the largest liquor selections in Utah.
Blind Dog is a seafood and steakhouse located just a two-minute drive from Main Street. Serving hungry tourists and locals since 1998, Blind Dog has become a dining institution not to be missed on a visit to Park City. The laid-back but on-point service in this cozy but lively establishment will have you savoring prime steaks, fresh seafood and delicious comfort food dishes like their signature mac and cheese, dreamloaf and crab cakes. But don’t miss starting with the fresh oysters that Blind Dog is famous for. Enjoy some of the best sushi in Utah in their sushi bar, or discover the top-shelf bar, which has bartenders creating seasonal cocktails as well as offering a large range of premium wines, sakes and beers. This “go to” dining spot has been featured in Food and Wine as the “locals’ best kept secret.” It’s a secret no more, so ensure you make a reservation to experience this iconic dining establishment.
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, Boneyard lets you find anything you desire, day or night. It 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 takeout 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 corn dog 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 200 bourbons and whiskeys, the collection will impress the most selective spirit aficionados. Vegetarian and seafood options are available, too.
With great steaks comfortably priced, this family-friendly steakhouse by Diversified Bars & Restaurants (a DBR joint) is located at the base of the town ski lift with spectacular mountain views of Park City Ski Resort. End your day on the slopes as you cruise over the town bridge and head in for après ski. Butcher’s is a true chop house serving Chicago Stock Yards all grass-fed beef. Enjoy a full dinner as every plate includes two signature side dishes. That’s right, no additional charges for sides. For something lighter, choose from select seafood dishes along with the king crab legs. Butcher’s is one of few in town serving a full late-night menu until midnight. The separate bar area boasts a 166-inch projection TV for sports and special events. With its wide variety of beers, unique and fresh craft cocktails and an extensive wine list, you are sure to find a vibrant nightlife scene. Dining room reservations recommended, bar walk-ins welcome.
In the heart of Historic Park City, Café Terigo is a well-established family owned restaurant where chef Ed Axtell and his daughter, Carly, prepare hearty dishes inspired by foods of northern Italy and southern France. The atmosphere is cozy and timeless, affording intimate seating as well as large groups and private dining room options. Local favorites include Herb Breaded Trout, a variety of fresh house-made pastas and their signature bread pudding with butter rum sauce. Café Terigo is a perfect spot to meet up with friends for dinner and a bottle of wine from their extensive wine list, or grab a quick lunch. The good food and the familiar, friendly staff keep locals and visitors coming back year after year for a memorable experience.