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The Best Restaurants In Park City

Restaurants you can literally ski to, ramen for the cold nights, and more of our favorite spots in Park City, Utah.

Home to the biggest ski resort in the United States, Park City is a ski town at its core. What sets it apart from other small mountain cities is the creative energy brought in by the Annual Film Festival and the fact that it’s so accessible: it’s a quick 30-ish minute drive from Salt Lake City airport. 

Although snow brings the masses, Park City is an active town year-round, with more than 400 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. It’s not uncommon to see skiers at the bar, sipping on a crisp pilsner in baselayers and snow pants, or brunch patios filled with mountain bikers fresh off the trail. 

The center of town is Main Street, a historic mining district now lined with galleries, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. If you’re looking for a fancy dinner, this stretch is the most obvious place to go. Once you leave this somewhat touristy neighborhood, though, you can find fast-casual spots tucked into strip malls and hangouts where locals tend to eat. 

This list is divided into Main Street and Off Main Street, which includes Kimball Junction, Prospector, and the surrounding areas. One thing to keep in mind when visiting Park City is that restaurants often close during shoulder season (April-May and October-November), so plan ahead.



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If you only have time to visit one restaurant while you’re in Park City, prioritize High West Saloon. The hometown distillery delivers on mountain town perfection—the inside feels like an old-school saloon, the cocktails feature the best of High West’s whiskey lineup, and you can theoretically ski right up to the restaurant in the winter. The menu features elevated versions of pub food, including a housemade pretzel with whiskey-infused beer cheese and a burger topped with bourbon-braised onions and aged gruyère. It’s walk-in only, so get there early: during ski season, there will probably already be a wait at 5pm.


You can tell a lot about a restaurant by its most basic salad. At Handle, it’s one with just kale, topped with pine nuts and cheese, but it’s so perfectly dressed and seasoned that you leave remembering that plate of leafy greens for days. Each of the 15 or so dishes on the daily-changing menu follow a similar approach—the core ingredients shine through thanks to creative, and sometimes surprising, executions. The fried chicken, served with red pepper cream and dukkah spice, has some Mediterranean flavor, and a tangy cauliflower appetizer gets topped with a chili glaze and Sriracha vinaigrette. The dinner-only restaurant has an edgy yet laid-back feel to it, with intimate green booths, marble countertops, and soft pink accents.


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Walking into Grappa feels like entering a romantic Italian farmhouse. Every table on the three-level dining space feels private, and the outdoor patio is peaceful, surrounded by flowers and fountains. The menu features traditional Italian dishes, including eggplant parmesan, gnocchi primavera with wild mushrooms, whole-roasted game hen, and the restaurant’s signature osso bucco. Don’t miss the grapes and gorgonzola, a salad that has been on the menu since the restaurant opened in 1992—that sounds pretty retro, but it’s there because it’s still good. Grappa is open only for dinner, and you should make reservations a few weeks in advance during peak winter season.


Sushi in a land-locked mountain town might not be your first choice, but at Yuki Yama, fish is flown in daily for the extensive menu of hot plates, noodles, sashimi, and creative maki. Grab a tall booth for a date night or get a seat at the sushi bar to see the chefs in action. Start with the Yama-mame, Yuki’s spin on edamame that comes topped with garlic, togarashi, and cherry preserves, then try the wagyu beef tataki—served on a sizzling Himalayan sea salt block—and move on to the chef’s choice nigiri.


This historic restaurant is one of the town’s go-to special occasion spots, but it isn’t so fancy that you couldn’t show up for an après-ski meal (no ski boots, though). The menu has a lot of meat, including buffalo tartare and wagyu beef carpaccio appetizers, wild game, and hearty steak entrees, but this place isn’t only for carnivores—the ahi tuna, crunchy tofu, and mushroom and zucchini risotto are all excellent as well. If you can, score a seat next to the floor-to-ceiling windows—the second-story location gives you a perfect opportunity to do some Main Street people-watching.


Harvest is at the bottom of Main Street, and you should post up on the patio to enjoy a flat white and acai bowl with a mountain backdrop. There’s a range of healthy brunch dishes on the menu and most can be made vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free. The Buddha Bowl of Goodness, with brown rice, butternut pumpkin puree, oven-roasted tomatoes, fermented cabbage, and miso ginger dressing, showcases what Harvest is all about: combining farm-fresh ingredients into beautiful, flavor-packed dishes.


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In Utah, it’s actually illegal for alcohol to get discounted at Happy Hour (it’s a bummer, we know). But at this Italian restaurant within the Park City Peaks Hotel, you can get half off appetizers and pizzas from 4-5pm, which does line up well with the end of a ski day. Individual wood-fired pizzas and easy-to-split appetizers, like shishito peppers and spinach artichoke dip, make Versante great for groups. We like the Spiro pizza (named after a popular mountain bike trail nearby), topped with prosciutto, roasted pistachios, baby arugula, and truffle honey. Versante is one of Park City’s best summer dining options, thanks to its expansive, grassy patio with picnic tables and lawn games, although winter is almost as fun with an ice-skating rink and fire pits in the same location.


Tupelo, where the chef uses produce from his own backyard to make most of the restaurant’s Southern-influenced comfort food, is one of the best options for a special occasion meal off Main Street. The ambiance is a mix between sophisticated library and industrial loft, with dark wood tables, moody lighting, exposed brick, and leather chairs. Dishes change seasonally, but it’s always a good idea to order the buttermilk biscuits with honey butter, whatever salad they’re doing, and the roasted trout entree. Don’t skip the cocktail list, which features drinks concocted with syrups using local honey and garnishes picked from nearby farms.


We love Hearth and Hill for date night cocktails, casual group dinners, or anytime the parking hassle of Main Street sounds daunting. The menu offers plenty of shareable items, including a rich and creamy truffle mac and cheese that pairs well with the more-healthy beet, apple, and yam-topped Refuel salad. There’s a mix of entrees, ranging from Korean fried chicken to short rib tacos, but our go-to is the H and H Burger topped with pimento cheese and a huge slab of bacon. Check out the build-your-own Old Fashioned option, where you can choose the spirit, sweetener, bitters, and even garnish from a list of choices. Hearth and Hill is also a worthy Sunday brunch consideration—the cinnamon roll with brown butter frosting is wildly good.


Yuta at The Lodge at Blue Sky Auberge is a 25-minute drive from downtown Park City, but it’s worth it for an all-out splurge meal at a stunning resort. Yuta, which means “mountain top” in the indigenous Ute language, feels special and completely remote, with dining room windows that overlook the surrounding Wasatch-Uinta Mountains. The chef incorporates influences from the diverse populations that have lived in the area and utilizes the on-site garden to create a menu featuring things like bison tartare, wild mushroom soup, and roasted sea scallops that get cooked in the kitchen’s large wood-fired hearth.


Hana Ramen Bar is in a bare-bones space in an office park next to a Taco Bell, and serves the best ramen in town. The chef spends 3-5 days perfecting the rich tonkotsu broth that serves as the base for its noodle dishes. On a single-digit night at 7,000 feet, nothing beats the spicy tonkotsu, made with braised pork belly, bean sprouts, and red pickled ginger, and for vegans there’s an 18-ingredient ramen made with oat milk broth. Soup and noodles are the star, but Hana also offers a few appetizers and curry items to round out your meal—get the spicy gyoza, topped with homemade chili garlic chips.


Basically everybody in Park City knows and loves Five5eeds, an Australian-owned brunch spot. The wait can be long (over an hour on the weekends), but stick it out for the excellent “brekkie” dishes. Get your name on the list and head straight to the coffee bar for an americano or cold brew while you wait. The dining room has a mix of small bistro two-seaters, high tops, large round tables, and even a secluded nook with a bar counter. Once you claim a spot, order the pancake topped with bright berries, a large dollop of mascarpone and jam, and colorful flowers. Even if you’ve had dozens of avocado toasts in your life, their version—topped with mint, feta, chili jam, and an optional egg or thick-cut bacon—will still impress you.


Sure, you can find things like chicken parmesan and fettuccine alfredo on Bartolo’s menu, but most of the Italian-inspired dishes have a twist. Start with the beet tomato burrata with pickled beets, tomatoes, and dried strawberries. The chef creates a new pasta weekly, but some of the standbys include rigatoni bolognese with slow-cooked angus beef and pork meat and the pistachio pesto mafaldine with tomatoes, squash, and zucchini. This sunny Kimball Junction restaurant feels like your friendly neighborhood bistro, with long, group-friendly tables and a buzzy open kitchen. Bartolo’s also has a solid brunch menu, which includes fancy egg dishes (smoked trout benedict) and breakfast classics (biscuits and gravy).


When The Pendry Park City opened in 2021, it brought four new restaurants to the Canyons base of Park City Mountain Resort. One of those was Dos Olas Cantina, a Mexican restaurant where you could clip out of your skis and get to a mezcal cocktail and barbacoa nachos within minutes. You’re at a ski resort hotel, so expect entrees in the $20+ range, but portions are substantial. The menu features things like tinga del pollo tacos and cauliflower con mole alongside tacos and fajitas. In the summer, the large patio is the perfect setting for sipping a skinny mamacita margarita while dipping chips into the house guacamole.


This casual Mediterranean spot is a solid takeout or group lunch option for salads, big platters, and pita sandwiches. The bowls (chicken, falafel, veggie, or lamb shawarma) come with a surprising number of sides, including roasted cauliflower or beets, pickled cabbage, Israeli salad, harissa yogurt, and a ton of sauces. Order extra toasted pita (for $1) to soak up every bite of the hummus and pickled slaws. Although they have a few sidewalk tables in the summer, the dining space is pretty limited.


After quad-burning days on the slopes followed by maybe a little too much après, sometimes you just need food that’s easy, kind of healthy, and fast. For that, look no further than Vessel, a casual lunch and dinner spot that reminds us of a modern cafeteria. Opt for one of the salads or pre-composed bowls like the Med 6.0, with falafel, couscous, cashew caesar broccoli, or see what looks good in line and build your own with a protein like shredded chicken, steelhead trout, poke, and more. Consider adding on one of the vegetable sides, a glass of the on-tap kombucha, and baked goods from local Süss Cookies.


A small Utah town might be the last place you’d expect to find decent Nashville hot chicken, but Pretty Bird has nailed it. Inside, it looks like a futuristic version of a fast food restaurant, with bright white walls, neon signs, yellow plastic chairs, and a touchscreen order system. The options are pretty straightforward: chicken nuggets, a fried chicken sandwich, and chicken tenders. The sandwich best showcases the sweet, salty, and spicy chicken, topped with coleslaw, house pickles, and the tangy mayo Pretty Bird sauce. Choose your spice level, ranging from no spice to Hot Behind, and be prepared for the consequences—we recommend medium to get a little bit of heat without missing out on the flavor. Tack on a side of crinkle-cut fries to anything you order.


The Riverhorse on Main team also runs this casual spot, where you can sit down for lunch or just grab a to-go coffee and premade meal from the wall fridge. After a big morning on the mountain, the SaltBox breakfast burrito hits the spot, filled with sausage, eggs, and crispy polenta bites, or you could recover with a Power Breakfast, a warm bowl with dark greens, broccoli, avocado, and a hard-boiled egg. Check the chalkboard for daily specials, like brioche french toast and braised beef short-rib grilled cheese, which are often even better than dishes on the actual menu. There are only a handful of tables inside, but during the warmer months, there’s a nice courtyard with picnic tables out back.


You might quickly browse Twisted Fern’s menu and think “this looks familiar,” but when you take a second look, there are some interesting twists here. The fried brussels sprouts are topped with an apple fresno hot sauce, garlic-lime emulsion, and pickled vegetables and the ravioli come stuffed with spinach, white beans, and roasted delicata squash. The menu changes often to showcase local in-season produce, but some of the mainstays are musts, including the smoked trout dip, made with cured Utah trout, and the three-cheese mac that combines cheddar, fontina, and gruyère from a nearby creamery. The minimalist dining room is bright and open with great natural light, and the restaurant has the added bonus of a great patio in the summer.


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