Park City’s Best Restaurants for 2012 – Fine Dining, Lunch, and Libations
Park City, Utah has some really amazing restaurants. Whether you are a local resident, looking to take your family here for vacation, or just want to get out of the valley for some fresh air and fab food, you will definitely not want to miss any of these restaurants.
I now present you with my favorite restaurants in Park City for 2012.
Park City’s Best Restaurants – Fine Dining
For Park City’s best fine dining, I’ve chosen restaurants that boast above and beyond professional friendly service, delectable fare, and unique romantic environments.
If you haven’t been to Riverhorse yet – you really need to make a reservation (today!) and enjoy one of Park City’s most romantic restaurants. I think it’s so romantic and so great, in fact, that I am actually planning my wedding there in Sept. In 1995, the Riverhorse became the first restaurant in Utah to receive the DiRoNA Award. This very prestigious honor, dedicated to “excellence in dining”, was bestowed that year on only 223 restaurants from throughout all of North America. The Riverhorse has maintained this distinguished honor each year since. In addition, Riverhorse is the only restaurant in Utah to ever receive both the DiRoNa Award and the Mobil Four Star Award. Reservations are highly recommended. I can honestly say that Riverhorse will blow you away with their friendly service, savory entrees, and easily the best food in Utah.
Everyone I talk to agrees – Chez Betty is hands down one of the best restaurants in Park City, and more impressively, Utah in general. I have eaten at Chez Betty over a dozen times and not once have I not been thoroughly pleased and blown away. Chez Betty has the best service staff, most talented chefs, and a really enjoyable warm environment. What I love about Chez Betty is the super long time local staff who remain friendly, down to earth, and never stuffy. Again – reservations recommended.
Talisker on Main is a truly fantastic restaurant that has some seriously mouth watering food. I also just adore their cute atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and beautiful open kitchen. Chef John Murcko is becoming somewhat of a local celebrity around town – known for his passion of local food sourcing and fusion menu offerings. There are also intimate private dining tables in the wine cellar in back, along with a fabulous outdoor patio with a stone fireplace. For a more in-depth description of our first experience, check out our review: A Mouth Watering Experience at Talisker on Main.
Park City’s Best Restaurants – Lunch Favorites
For lunch favorites – I picked local hot spots that Parkites often find themselves frequenting. These places are all consistently fantastic, quick, and offer really great menus for mid-day dining.
I sincerely love everything about Cafe Terigo, but I have to say, there is no better spot in Park City to grab lunch with clients, a date, or your family. I also highly suggest Cafe Terigo for the most fun outside dining in Park City. Café Terigo is a contemporary high-quality cafe that serves hearty cuisine inspired by Northern Italy and Southern France. Café Terigo is also open seven nights a week for dinner from 5:30 p.m. and six days for lunch, Monday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m
A hand’s down local favorite – Windy Ridge restaurant is off of Main Street, has ample parking, and a superb lunch menu! It also boasts one of Park City’s best bakeries, complete with fresh pies, cakes, fine pastries and unique dessert to go. Their deli case is stocked daily with fresh salads, sandwiches, and other specialty items for the gourmet on the go. During the summer months, Windy Ridge’s extensive patio seating attracts visitors and locals alike.
The atmosphere at Full House is bright and open, with warm lighting and a sushi bar at the back of the restaurant. Full House is a really affordable lunch spot, perfect for family finding and mid-work day munching. No joke – I think I eat at full-house at least a few times a month. I highly suggest their slippery shrimp! Full House also has some delish sushi at great. Check out our review here: Full House Asian Bistro Review
Park City’s Best Restaurants – Brew Pubs & Distilleries
Utah’s got a bad rap when it comes to libations. But don’t despair, Park City is a good time and offers a ton of local brews, spirits, and the only ski-in ski-out distillery in the world.
Okay – I’m totally biased on this one. I love whiskey and I love Park City’s town lift. Therefore, I LOVE High West Distillery which has both of those things! High West is Utah’s first distillery since the 1870′s, and the only ski-in gastro-distillery in the world. Located in Old Town Park City, at the bottom of Quittin’ Time ski run and next to the Town Lift, High West Distillery and Saloon is an intimate gathering place serving small plates of nouveau Western fare, a full selection of fine wine and spirits, and our own small-batch, mountain-crafted, award-winning whiskeys and vodkas.
Wasatch became Park City’s first brewery since Prohibition in 1986. Featuring hand-crafted brews and ales such as Polygamy Porter, 1st Amendment Lager, and Evolution Amber Ale, Wasatch Brew Pub and Brewery has become a staple of any visit to Park City. Wasatch Brewery is also a notable mention on our favorite lunch spot – we highly recommend both their food, and their beer! Don’t forget to get a growler to bring back home for Apres Ski!
Located in Kimball Junction, Red Rock Brewing Co. is a fun, family restaurant with hand-crafted sodas for the kids and brews for the sophisticated beer lover. If you’re looking for a change from the high-priced fine dining of Main Street, then escape to Red Rock where you won’t break your budget or your spirits.