Downtown Park City explodes with activity during the winter months around Christmas time and especially during Sundance. I recently spent a few days exploring the food scene on Park City’s downtown Main Street. I drank, I danced, I ate… a lot! And, I got a taste of some of the best restaurants and nightlife Park City has to offer.
Time can be of the essence when you are in town for only a few short days, so with the help of some Gastronoms, courtesy of Tastemade, I’ve complied a handy guide for you to explore and dine at your leisure. You’re only in Park City for a short while, so make those meals count!! To start, here are my top 10 restaurants on Main Street (and vicinity!).
10. Grappa – Named after the intense Northern Italian brandy, this Italian restaurant (part of the Bill White restaurant group), has gluten free options like Crispy Pork Belly and Filet Mignon. Perfect for pasta lovers – get the Lamb Tagliatelle or Lasagne ai Funghi! A romantic atmosphere for a decadent meal, it’s worth a visit!
9. Shabu – This highly recommended local favorite, is the original Park City Shabu on Main Street. Shabu shabu or Japanese “hot pot” is a meal that lets you be the chef, cooking the meat a your table, customizing your meal with homemade broths, made-to-order bento boxes and a variety of dipping sauces. Started up by two brothers with years of restaurant experience, come here for a unique “freestyle Asian cuisine” of sushi, sake, and gluten free options too.
8. Chimayo - Another Bill White restaurant, Chimayo offers great Southwestern inspired cuisine, in a cozy setting. MUST get the duck enchiladas. Also, the Elk entree was once voted best dish in all of Utah! It’s crazy good.
7. Maxwells Pizza - Great NY style pizza (Fat Kid Pizza) right here in Utah! Locals bar, lots of TVs + great beer selection. A casual place with a homemade Italian menu. Located in Kimball Junction, in the ground floor of Newpark Hotel - just 15 min drive from the downtown Main Street.
6. No Name Saloon - A great locals bar, No Name is known for their great buffalo burger and draft beers! If you’re not feeling the bar scene, try Butcher’s Chop House just up the street for more casual fare by the same owner.
5. The Silver - Offering fresh, seasonal progressive American food, a super sexy ambiance and an extensive wine and cocktail list. The food is classy (try the Mussels, Diver Sea Scallops!) Don’t forget to visit the upstairs bar which has a mini dance floor at night. It’s SO fun!
4. Zoom - Opened in 1995 by Robert Redford, Zoom is a Sundance-owned restaurant located at the base of Main St. and was once the location for the Union Pacific railroad depot. It’s a true staple of the Sundance Film Festival and features “sophisticated American continental cuisine.” Mountain cabin/ modern feel. Stop in for lunch for a treat or dinner if you like to splurge. Locals say, great mussels and Wagyu Bavette Steak.
3. River Horse – For an elegant and romantic meal, try River Horse. It was the first restaurant in Utah to receive the prestigious DiRoNA Award. Try the Trio of Wild Game; North American Buffalo, Venison Chop and Elk and the Halibut which are their signature dishes. Reservations are highly recommended.
2. Royal Street Café - Award-winning American fare located in Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley which is just a few minutes drive from downtown Main St. AMAZING views of the skiers and lifts at 8,100 feet – which you can watch from the outside patio. If you don’t ski, like me, you can sit outside and live vicariously through these cold-loving snow gliders. Get the House Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, Deer Valley Turkey Chili or Asian Grilled Chicken Salad. If you do happen to like to ski, it’s a perfect place to begin the day for a tasty lunch before or after hitting the slopes.
1. Windy Ridge Café - I didn’t get a chance to visit this cute spot, but local’s raved about their casual comfort food as an alternative to the higher end dining on Main St. Good for lunch or dinner or to just stop by for their deli or bakery to grab something quick on the go.