The 10 Best New Restaurants In Salt Lake City, Utah

Photo of Heather C. Hamblin
9 February 2017

Salt Lake City boasts an impressive restaurant scene that continues to gather strength, with a plethora of new restaurants, new chefs and a growing population of ‘foodies’. With the wonderful backdrop of the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains, Salt Lake City is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet dinner in stunning surroundings. We take a look at ten of the top new restaurants in Salt Lake City.

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Even Stevens

Everyone can appreciate a good, no-frills sandwich. Even Stevens, the ‘sandwich shop with a cause’, nobly donates their wares on a 1:1 ratio between paying customers and a person in need within the community. Warm your soul and your insides with the JP Grilled Cheese, consisting of white cheddar, cream cheese, and fiery garlic roasted jalapenos on thickly sliced French bread. Enjoy a satisfying lunch that attends to both your conscience and your appetite.

Even Stevens, 414 E 200, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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Courtesy of Even Stevens

Waffle Love

Waffle Love is not what one could characterise as a bricks ­and­ mortar restaurant. The goodies from this food vendor can only be accessed when you know the location frequented by the truck that day, often nestled in a grocery store parking lot. Although the food truck trend is certainly not new to the rest of the country, Utahns seem to just recently have seen the light. A steaming, crispy on the outside, soft in the middle waffle can be topped with a variety of fresh fruits and tempting confections. Try the waffle with Biscoff cookie spread, juicy raspberries, and fresh whipped cream. Follow them on Instagram or Twitter to find out where they’ll be next.


Restaurant, Mexican, Fusion, $$$
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Alamexo is one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in Salt Lake City. The décor is effortlessly chic, but simultaneously warm and inviting, with oddly charming skeletal masks on the wall, molcajetes on each table and bright, Latin colours. Particular local favourites include their fresh, home­made chips, and spicy green salsa. The rest of their locally sourced, in season menu is always full of exciting fusions and flavours, encouraging you back muy pronto.


Bar, Bodega, Grocery Store, Contemporary, Pub Grub, $$$
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The word Bodega has been used for centuries as a name for a small grocery store in Spanish speaking neighbourhoods. It seems only fitting therefore, that Bodega would open downtown with a low­lit, boutique feel, serving up innovative tapas and killer craft cocktails. During your visit, enter through the door in the back and go downstairs to their speakeasy, ‘The Rest’. Grab a drink from their award­ winning mixologist, relax, and drift away from the stresses and strains of the week.

Copper Common

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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The team behind the popular Copper Onion have created something truly wonderful in Copper Common, located right next door. They opened Copper Common to a community with high expectations, all of which have subsequently been met. This bar­ with ­food concept restaurant is the perfect place to keep the night going after catching a movie or a show downtown. Offering fine, carefully crafted dishes until late in the evening, why not enjoy small plates such as their school lunch inspired, ‘tots’ with garlic aioli, home­made pickles, or go for a full-size entrée like their melt-in-the-mouth lobster spaghetti with chilli drizzle.

From Scratch

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, Dessert Shop, American, Fast Food, Dessert, $$$
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Though this building has seen a myriad of restaurants and nightclubs come and go in recent years, the arrival of From Scratch signals a new era of consistency and sophistication. From Scratch is a farm­-to­table restaurant that makes everything, as the name suggest, from scratch. Pizzas, pastas, burgers and even condiments are lovingly prepared the old-fashioned way, by diligent staff that are not only highly trained with an astute understanding of flavour, but also highly-accommodating. After you’ve indulged in their delicious and preservative-free fare, don’t leave without trying one of their famous desserts. Between the buttermilk panna cotta and the espresso chocolate mousse, there’s no possibility of leaving with an unsated appetite.


Harbor are committed to providing the land­locked valley with fresh seafood flown in daily, prepared in creative ways with a gentle nod to classical French techniques. The wine list is substantial and the wait staff friendly and enthusiastic, willing to discuss choices or recommended exceptional dishes. Harbor has gone above and beyond to make itself known and loved in the neighbourhood, with great success.

Harbor, 2302 Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Rye Diner and Drinks

Diner, Restaurant, Asian, Fusion, $$$
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Truffled mac and cheese is just one of the upmarket home-cooking classics on offer at Rye Diner and Drinks. This new restaurant assumes no airs and graces, committed to serving simple food prepared well, with dynamic and luxurious twists. Start your morning off with a cup of their Charming Beard coffee, and a home­made pastry. If you’re craving something a little heartier, opt for one of their soft egg scrambles, with a colourful handful of chives and a smooth dollop of crème fraiche. Their carefully considered menu is the brainchild of a Takashi deserter and balances Asian influence with homemade comfort.

Sage’s Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, Vegetarian, $$$
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Sage’s Cafe delighted the downtown community by becoming one of the few vegetarian restaurants in Salt Lake, before promptly shutting its doors a few years ago. Much to the delight of their disgruntled patrons, they reopened in the old Jade Café building in the up­ and ­coming Central Ninth Business district. Dedication to imaginative, organic, seasonal vegetarian selections is their trademark, provided to delighted guests in a much larger space than their original establishment. Check them out on Meatless Mondays for a 25% off special and go for the mushroom stroganoff.


Bar, Restaurant, Mexican
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TACO TACO is not your ordinary taco store, but rather a fusion of fine-dining with the easy, hold-in-the-hand taco that everyone knows and loves. A particular favourite is their zucchini blossom taco with roasted jalapenos, topped off with a choice of freshly made salsas available for liberal drizzling on the bar. Enjoy a cold Tecate as you while away an afternoon and enjoy a slice of Mexico.