The Best Fine Dining In Salt Lake City

Photo of Jonaki Mehta
6 December 2016

Salt Lake City may not be recognized as an international dining capital yet, but many of its restaurants wouldn’t be out of place in bigger cities like New York and Chicago. For some of the most upscale, fine dining experiences, Salt Lake City has plenty of great options. Here are some of the best.

View of Salt Lake Temple | © Jacqueline Poggie/Flickr

The Roof Restaurant

For a romantic dinner, The Roof is one of the best fine dining choices in Salt Lake City. Its incredible view of the Salt Lake Temple, especially at night when the lights of the temple illuminate through the glass windows of the rooftop restaurant, sets the mood perfectly. The Roof serves international cuisine in a buffet style, so the food is plentiful varies from day to day; they have a dessert buffet as well, to complement their delicious main courses.

Bambara | ©Liji Jinaraj/Flickr


On the ground floor of the Monaco Hotel, you can find Bambara. As the building was once a bank, the new decor celebrates the building’s history with an elegant look that pays heed to its history and creates an atmosphere that does the dining experience justice. This New American bistro is one that is especially known for its seafood and prime meat; the chef creates unique and aromatic flavors that make for a memorable experience, as do the specialty cocktails offered at the bar.

Five Alls Restaurant

The old-English decor in Five Alls makes for a rustic and charming dining experience. Established in 1969, this restaurant is one of the most well-known eateries in Salt Lake City. This family run business has warmth for a comfortable visit, the five-course meal experience for tradition, and an ambiance that is hard to find elsewhere.


Forage is the kind of restaurant that you might expect to find in an international dining capital, with fresh and unique ingredients like wildflower honey in a fish entree or a black walnut and beer puree. The flavors are bold, new, and refreshing for the adventurous diner. The three hour dining experience with a wine-pairing option and high-end service makes it a luxurious treat that make it unique to other fine-dining experiences anywhere else in the city.

Valter’s Osteria | Courtesy of Valteri’s Osteria

Valter’s Osteria

Valter’s Osteria is a downtown gem of a dining experience that will change the way you might think about Italian food as one of the most mainstream, familiar cuisines of the world. The small and close-together tables make patrons feel like they might actually be in a restaurant in Italy, enjoying pastas and sauces that pair beautifully with juicy meat options, or the perfectly complementary wine. The bread is baked and served fresh from the oven, the hand-made ravioli and gnocci are perfectly soft, and the sauces are rich and flavorful.

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