Nestled in the Wasatch Mountains between three world-class ski resorts is the small town of Park City, Utah. Originally a mining destination, Park City’s historic Main Street anchors the town connecting the disparate resorts into one bustling city. In addition to noted outdoor activities, summer art festivals, and the renowned Sundance Film Festival, Park City offers a range of unique fine dining experiences. We check out 10 of the best restaurants in the area.
Smoke Chipotle Black Mussels from Chimayo Image Courtesy of Bill White Restaurant Group
Hanging orbs and stars exuding a soft amber glow invite visitors into Park City’s Chimayo. Serving contemporary Southwestern cuisine, Chef Arturo Flores delivers innovative fare to loyal locals and foodie tourists. Crowd favorites such as London Broil of Elk and Lamb Osso Bucco highlight Flores’ dedication to regional game while their smoked chipotle black mussels illustrate the restaurants underlying southwestern flare. Part of the Bill White Restaurant Group, Chimayo’s cosy, intimate atmosphere and eclectic recipes encourages diners to luxuriate in their culinary experience.
An innovative four-course meal served in one of Deer Valley’s premier daytime Lodges, Fireside Dining channels local favorites from the European Alps. Each course is served from one of their stone fireplaces featuring everything from warm Swiss raclette cheese, cured meats, salads and hearty sides to fire-roasted leg of lamb and specialty entrees. The soft-glow and rich smell of wood burning fires creates an antique, intimate atmosphere reminiscent of rustic European outposts. Enhance this unique experience with horse-drawn sleigh rides or a mountain snowshoe before or after dinner. Fireside Dining’s alternative model creates a memorable experience where diners curate their courses.
Grappa Italian Restaurant Image Courtesy of Bill White Restaurant Group
Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Interior of Riverhorse's historic building
Grappa sits at the top of historic Park City’s Main Street in a small multi-level house with sweeping views of the bustling street below. Another famed restaurant in Bill White’s Restaurant Group, Grappa serves high-end Italian cuisine in a rustic farmhouse atmosphere. Consistently praised for their osso bucco, seared red snapper and seasonally inspired risotto, Grappa’s elegant presentation, attentive staff, and delicious creations earn them a reputation as one of the top restaurants in Park City.
One of the oldest and most distinguished restaurants in Park City, Riverhorse on Main opened on New Year’s Eve 1987. Located on historic Main Street inside Park City’s renovated Masonic Hall, Riverhorse on Main is a local favourite not only for the rich history the restaurant embodies, but also for the award winning food. Executive chef and co-owner Seth Adams, a renowned James Beard Celebrity Chef, creates eclectic American cuisine with a Southwestern or Asian flare. Their classic macadamia crusted Alaskan halibut and trio of wild game featuring buffalo, venison, and elk earn them countless accolades and loyal diners. They have also received the prestigious DiRōNA award.
Casual comfort and fine-dining converge in Talisker on Main’s elegant dining room, located in the heart of historic Park City. An open kitchen, outdoor patio and private room with lush contemporary décor ensure a perfect space for all diners. Talisker on Main prides itself on an ever-evolving menu, spearheaded by Executive Chef Clement Gelas, which offers seasonally changing regional cuisine. Talisker on main has earned ‘Best Restaurant in Park City’ by Salt Lake Magazine from 2010-2013. Expect to enjoy expertly presented, fresh dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.
Exterior View of The Viking Yurt Image Courtesy the Restaurant
The Viking Yurt
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian
Enveloped between snowy mountains far from the city below, The Viking Yurt offers a memorable Nordic mountain dining adventure that consists of a gourmet six-course meal. Long wooden tables adorned with glowing candles greet diners after their 23 minute sleigh ride up to the Yurt’s secluded mountain location within Park City Mountain Resort. A baby grand piano provides live music while the chef prepares typical Norwegian fare, such as winter white soup and braised short ribs. Established in 1999, The Viking Yurt has quickly become a staple of Park City’s unique winter dining experiences, earning them countless accolades.
Wahso Exterior Image Courtesy of Bill White Restaurant Group
Restaurant, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan, French, $$$
Another Bill White Restaurant Group standout, Wahso serves the finest Asian cuisine in Park City. Channeling Shanghai during the 1930s, Wahso’s menu is an eclectic mix of Asian cuisine with French influences. Polished wood décor augmented with jade table settings, ancient Asian artifacts, and curtained booths recall the Jazz-age orient. This Asian grill is noted for their pork short rib ramen and kung pao shrimp with coconut sticky rice. Their outdoor patio is perfect for lazy summer afternoons spent watching Main Street below and lights up with twinkling orange lights in the evening.
Cafe, American, Tea , Coffee, Vegetarian, Fast Food
In an unassuming green building overlooking a small lake sits Deer Valley Café. This small restaurant and specialty grocery is a local hot spot for healthy, delicious eats that can be enjoyed on their outdoor patio or carried out in a hurry. Serving breakfast, lunch and early supper, DV Café is known for their infamous Deer Valley Turkey Chili, which never disappoints, as well as perfectly cooked and sweetly seasoned bacon. Rotating specials, live musical acts and scenic views make DV Café a hidden gem at the base of Bald Mountain.
Inside the premier Stein Eriksen Lodge, Glitretind offers seasonal menus that showcase fresh, local ingredients prepared by Executive Chef Zane Holmquist. Framed by views of aspen groves in Deer Valley Mountain Resort Glitretind serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sweet creations like banana nutella cakes and savory dishes such as the Norwegian potato and bacon pancake have earned Glitretind the award as ‘Best Sunday Brunch’ in Utah. Their high-end dinner menu, world-class wine list, attentive staff and elegant atmosphere proclaim Glitretind as one of Park City’s premier dining experiences.
Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, American, Vegetarian
The restaurant located in the award winning Goldener Hirsch Inn serves contemporary Alpine cuisine with a seasonal spin. Traditional Austrian décor endows this lodge and restaurant with an old-world, rustic vibe that exudes a welcoming atmosphere. While they are renowned for their traditional cheese fondue and typical Austrian entrées such as Wiener Schnitzel with cranberry relish and brown butter, Goldener Hirsch also offers a range of American fusion dishes including lamb shank with sun choke risotto and roasted Brussels sprouts. Try their abbreviated après-ski menu for a quick bite or settle into a deliciously elegant dinner.