6 Unique Salt Lake City Restaurants – Downtown Dine-Around

Salt Lake City’s dining scene is sizzling hot, serving up everything from Greek small plates to Bohemian gastro pub grub, pork belly BLT’s to polenta and spezzatino. Th e next time you’re searching for something new, try one of these foodie favorites.

Fireside on Regent is the perfect stop before a show next door at the Eccles Th eater. Chef/Owner Michael Richey creates “approachable” new American cuisine and central Italian wood fired pizza and house-made, extruded artisan pasta. For a quick bite, check out their Urban Picnic small plates menu, and save room for Raspberry Sky Rose ice cream from their classic soft -serve ice cream machine.

For craft cocktails and nightly specials like Mexi-Monday, Tasting Tuesdays and Th irsty Th ursdays, Lake Effect is the place to go. Housed in a renovated historic building, Lake Effect has an impressive floor-to-ceiling bar with rolling library ladders, a literal “book” of cocktail and craft beer offerings that complement a menu of tapas, tacos, croquetas and Catalan Flatbread. Entreès include Sea Bass a la Plancha, Paella and Pulpo & Chorizo.

Chef/Owner Manoli and his wife Katrina practice the “Law of Xenia,” or Greek hospitality at Manoli’s, their delightful neighborhood restaurant.

Offering modern interpretations on classic dishes like Dolmathes and Htenia (seared scallops served atop yellow split pea puree with micro greens and citrus-ouzo vinaigrette), Manoli’s celebrates Greek food, one small plate at a time. Winner of the 2017 SLC Dining Award, the light-filled, simple space is as fresh as the food. Manoli’s is open for dinner and weekend brunch.

Across from Liberty Park, you’ll find Tradition, a haven for comfort food and craft cocktails. With the aim of “taking things back to how they should be done,” owner/chef Max Shrives and partner Ashton Aragon have succeeded in creating a comfortable atmosphere accessible to everyone, and a menu of simple, elegant, beautiful food. The menu has a sassy, southern fl air—try their Fried Green Tomatoes or the Crispy Confi t Fried Chicken with Thai Basil Slaw. Th e Chicken & Dumplings are not your grandma’s version—Tradition turns up the flavor with vibrant Togarashi Broth and Rainbow Carrots. Save room for one of Max’s famous pies.

Trestle Tavern, a charming cottage tucked next to King’s English Bookshop, is a casual neighborhood tavern serving Bohemian-inspired food, craft beers and ciders. Inspired by his Czech heritage, owner Scott Evans of Pago Restaurant Group and partner Jameel Gaskins have created a cozy retreat for friends and family to enjoy small plates, pierogies, sandwiches and mains like Chicken Paprikash and Beef Goulash.

Marco and Amy Stevanoni have brought Verona to Utah at Veneto, a charming, intimate restaurant that reflects their passion and commitment to Italian cuisine and lifestyle. Dining at Veneto is like being a guest in the Stevanoni’s home, surrounded by warm antiques and artwork. Th ere is always an Italian chef, ensuring that the flavors of Risotto al Tartufo Nero, Tagliere Salumi Misti and other classics are genuine. An extensive wine list and a “no-tipping” policy are just more reasons to visit.

Fireside On Regent
126 Regent Street Salt Lake City, UT 801-359-4011
firesideonregent.com

Lake Effect
155 West 200 South Salt Lake City, UT 801-532-2068
lakeeffectslc.com

Manoli’s
402 E Harvey Milk Blvd Salt Lake City, UT 801-532-3760
manolison9th.com

Tradition
501 East 900 South Salt Lake City, UT 385-202-7167
traditionslc.com

Trestle Tavern
1513 South 1500 East Salt Lake City, UT 801-532-3372
trestletavern.com

Veneto
370 East 900 South Salt Lake City, UT
801-359-0708
venetoslc.com