A major urban area in the Great Basin with a backdrop of beautiful mountains, early settlers turned Salt Lake City’s inhospitable valley into the thriving metropolis it is today. While Utah might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of haute cuisine, there’s healthy competition for fine dining opportunities. Fuel up your private jet and bring an appetite; Salt Lake is ready to please your palate.
Restaurants to Look Forward to When You Charter a Flight to SLC
The Roof Restaurant
Boasting great views of Temple Square and its grand architecture, The Roof Restaurant in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building offers a memorable dining experience with an upscale epicurean buffet featuring American and international entrees, starters and desserts. Despite the variety of dishes to choose from, there’s one problem: everything is delicious. Items on the revolving menu include gourmet salads, shrimp cocktail, salmon, artisanal cheeses, prime rib and much more. The stars of the establishment are the deserts, of which you’ll find between 20 and 25 of the temptations. The selection is more magnificent during special occasions.
When you eat at Valter’s Osteria, one of the last things on your mind might be your meal. A white-tablecloth Italian restaurant with an open kitchen, Valter’s grabs you by your senses and doesn’t let go. From the moment you walk through the door and are greeted with a hearty, “¡Buonasera!” you’ll feel like part of the family in Valter’s Tuscan hometown. As you feast on dishes like ravioli 4 formaggi, gnocchi pomodoro e pesto, or risotto alla giardiniera, you’ll be treated like a celebrity. There’s a great chance you’ll have the opportunity to chat with maestro Valter, who clearly loves what he does. Leave room for the complimentary hot chocolate and biscotti.
Set just outside Little Cottonwood Canyon, La Caille in the foothills of the Wasatch Front transports you to a fairytale-like setting with its 18th-century chalet exterior and regal interior. With more than 22 acres of formal gardens, peacocks, and a bubbling stream, merely visiting the grounds is a jaw-dropping experience, especially when the flowers are in full bloom. La Caille offers elegantly-prepared fine French cuisine in a romantic setting, such as its signature rack of lamb, escargot, bouillabaisse, beef tenderloin, foie gras, burrata salad, and crème brûlée. The restaurant also serves brunch and has several options for young diners in the children’s menu.
When you visit Franck’s, there’s a rule of thumb that locals follow: always try the soup. Located in a Holladay-area refurbished cottage, the restaurant delights with an ever-changing menu of fine American dishes with a French twist, such as duck breast with potato au gratin, Franck’s meatloaf, and Southern fried chicken. The restaurant also hosts special events, such as Beer Dinners, Tasting Tuesday, and Wine Dinners. The intimate setting turns a normal night into an extraordinary experience. Make reservations early. Franck’s only has about 50 seats and, at the time of publication, closes at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and at 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.