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Favorite Park City Spots

There’s never a dull day in Park City with all the amazing history, restaurants, bars, events, galleries and more. Here are a few of my personal recommendations.

RESTAURANTS
Afterword
Afterword is located on Heber City’s Main Street featuring the ingredients of American producers in globally-inspired dishes. Chef/owner Matt Harris learned to cook and rose to top chef in choice restaurants, including Deer Valley’s own St Regis.
afterwordrestaurant.com
435.615.7700
 
Blind Dog
A fun local’s restaurant with a great diverse menu from steak to seafood to sushi. Their bar is also a great place to hang out.
blinddogpc.com
435.655.0800
 
Burgers and Bourbon at the Montage
While all the restaurants are fabulous at the Montage, there’s just something about taking America’s favorite classics to the next level. Try the fried pickles.
montagehotels.com/deervalley/dining/burgers-bourbon/
435.604.1300
 
Cafe Terigo
This is my favorite lunch spot in Park City — but now I go there for one of the best comfort food dinner’s too. It tastes like the best home made dinner you’ve ever had.
cafeterigo.com
435.645.9555
 
Cortona Italian Cafe
Cortona brings authentic Italian cooking to Park City. Dinner begins at 5pm when rustic Italian family dishes are served. And, you’ll love the gelato made in house from scratch.
cortonaparkcity.com
435.608.1373
 
Courchevel
Named for Park City’s sister city in the French Alps, Courchevel offers innovative French-European food that is simply wonderful. It’s located in the historic Coal & Lumber building where Main Street meets Heber Avenue.
courchevelbistro.com
435.572.4398
 
Deer Valley Cafe
Everyone knows that Deer Valley is famous for their food. And, this cafe knows how to make the perfect lunch. Plus, you can come say hello to me since my office is just upstairs.
deervalley.com/dining/wheretoeat/grocerycafe
435.649.1000
 
Este Pizza
Yes! We have New York Style pizza right here in Park City. This delicious pizza (with gluten-free and vegan options) is exactly what everyone is asking for.
estepizzaco.com
435.731.8970
 
Firewood
Offers an unique dining experience where food is cooked over an open flame from a 14-foot custom made grill as the centerpiece of the restaurant. It’s the idea of Chef John Murcko who has an impressive resume, from Bill White to Talisker restaurants and was voted Best Chef in Utah of 2011 by Salt Lake Magazine.
firewoodonmain.com
435.252.9900
 
Five5eeds
Open daily from 7:30 am to 3 pm, Five3eeds has a nourishing and flavorful menu that satisfies. The dishes are crafted from the best in local, seasonal produce with a nod to the owner’s Australian foodie culture. They have created a great environment for food, lifestyle and serious coffee.
five5eeds.com
435.901.8242
 
Fletchers
Park City’s newest hit restaurant named after their beloved rescue dog, Fletcher. Boasting produce from nearby farms practicing sustainable agriculture and expertly-handcrafted cocktails too from their renowned Chef Scott Boberek.
fletcherspc.com
435.608.6488
 
Freshies
Shore to door in 24! This is truly the best lobster roll I’ve ever had — right here in Park City! They fly in fresh lobster daily and have created a Maine waterfront menu that will bring you back for more … and more … and more.
freshieslobsterco.com
435.608.6488
 
Goldener Hirsch
This Deer Valley hotel has a great ambiance, and the restaurant has been winning awards since 1995. Chef Ryan Burnham has led the way for a couple years combining his creative cooking vision with traditional Austrian dishes. And, it’s a favorite place to go after skiing for apres ski.
goldenerhirschnn.com
435.645.9555
 
Grappa
You’ll love the setting of this Italian restaurant at the top of Main Street. And in the summer, dining on their tiered decks is one of my personal favorite settings. They are known for their elegant Italian dishes, including one of my all-time favorite grapes and gorgonzola salads.
grapparestaurant.com
435.645.0636
 
Handle
Named best restaurant in Park City as well as top 25 in Utah by the discriminating Salt Lake Magazine. You’ll love the entrees driven by the seasons and sourced from local and regional ingredients at the height of freshness. Award-winning Chef Briar Handle is an artist and a favorite.
handleparkcity.com
435.602.1155
Harvest
This little cafe is located in the historic Rio Grande building at 820 Park Avenue. The food is fresh, from local providers and honestly makes you feel good. They claim their food is made with “love, enthusiasm and passion,” and it’s true.
harvestparkcity.com
435.604.0463
 
Hearth + Hill
Since opening in Kimball Junction in early 2019, Hearth + Hill was instantly one of my favorite restaurants run by two of my favorite Parkites Brooks Kirchheimer (owner) and Jordan Harvey (executive chef). Their food and drinks are delicious – and they try to make each patron’s experience as memorable as possible at reasonable prices. You’ll love this place.
hearth-hill.com
435.200.8840
 
High West Distillery
Best location in town at the bottom of the Quittin’ Time ski run and next to the Town Lift, High West Distillery is Utah’s only whiskey distillery and serves some of the best food in town. Just listen for the feet-stomping beat of American roots music inviting you in.
highwest.com
435.649.8300
 
Lespri
If you’re looking for the perfect steak or freshest sushi, Lespri is it! The small dining room makes this restaurant unique in Park City and the personalized service a delight.
lespriprime.com
435.649.5900
 
Midway Mercantile
Every friend I have that lives in Midway has a standing weekly reservation at the Midway Mercantile. I personally love the chance to dine there whenever I can as the food is amazing. They have a variety of items on the menu that will please everyone.
midwaymercantile.com
435.315.4151
 
Nosh
Known for trying to make the best falafel, Nosh has developed their menu around Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Famous for their Chicken and “Fawaffle” dish. You have to try it!
noshpc.com
435.800.2086
 
Reef’s
There’s always a warm, friendly feeling when you walk in this restaurant as it’s family-owned and run. Enjoy the freshly made Mediterranean, European and Middle Eastern cuisine.
reefsrestaurant.com
435.658.0323
 
Riverhorse
Sit above Main Street and enjoy a wonderful meal — and typically a singer sitting at the piano. It’s a great experience.
riverhorseparkcity.com
435.649.3536
 
Ruth’s Chris
While we don’t usually do chains in Park City, Ruth’s Chris is the wild exception. You’ll not only love the location in the Hotel Park City with huge mountain and ski resort views, but the food and steaks are stand-out. We held my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary on their deck, and it was perfect.
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435.940.5070
 
Shabu
We are lucky to have a lot of options for fantastic sushi in Park City – and Shabu takes it one step farther with creative Asian cuisine. Everyone who experiences Shabu is an instant fan and looks forward to a second visit.
shabuparkcity.com
435.645.7253
 
Silver Star Cafe
Located above the Park City golf course in the Silver Star development, you’ll get a great meal in a beautiful setting. During the winter, you can ski into this restaurant.
thesilverstarcafe.com
435.658.1570
 
St. Regis
Head to the St. Regis to dine at RIME for sustainably caught seafood and locally sourced meats arriving fresh each morning.  Or, I enjoy sitting on the deck taking in the views and enjoying their more casual dinner at Brasserie 7452.
stregisdeervalley.com/terrace-cafe
435.940.5774
 
Vessel Kitchen
This is a great place for a quick, healthy meal to eat in their restaurant or grab on-the-go. They offer fresh ingredients, farm-to-counter and great taste — and some of the best cookies I’ve had in a long time.
vesselkitchen.com
435.200.8864
 
Wahso
A unique Asian Grill with great food. In the summer you can sit on the deck above Main Street and be sure to go on Wahso Wednesdays.
washo.com
435.615.0300
 
Yuki Yama Sushi
Flying fresh fish in, they offer traditional Japanese sushi and noodle dishes, as well as more creative, modern sashimi plates and hot dishes.
yukiyamasushi.com
435.649.6293
 
Yuta
Located in Wanship at the Lodge at Blue Sky is currently my favorite splurge restaurant. Their words describe it best: “Helmed by James Beard Award-Winning Executive Chef, Galen Zamarra, dining at Blue Sky is inspired by—and revolves around—the incredible ingredients found throughout our lush mountain landscape.”
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866.296.8998
 
 
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BARS
Butchers
You’ll love sitting in the big windows watching the skiers come down the hill or people walk by. Be sure to order the Chophouse Burger. You can never go back!
butcherschophouse.com
435.647.0040
 
Boneyard
You’ll love the atmosphere and the great food from Park City’s favorite chef Jerry Garcia who uses a custom-built, wood-fired charcoal grill to prepare bar food like none other.
boneyardsaloon.com
435.649.0911
 
The Cabin
Relaxed haunt featuring brews, bites & live-music nights in comfy brick-&-wood digs with a patio.
thecabinparkcity.com
435.565.BEER
 
No Name Saloon
The quintessential Park City bar. “Helping people forget their names since 1903.”
nonamesaloon.net
435.649.6667
 
Prime Steak House
The small piano bar at this restaurant is a local’s favorite spot to relax.
primeparkcity.com
435.655.9739
 
The Spur Bar & Grill
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and dancing – it just can’t get any better. They have a great menu featuring famous wings, classic ‘Spur Burger’ and brick oven pizza. I personally enjoy their nightly music.
thespurbarandgrill.com
435.615.1618
 
 
 
GALLERIES
Trove Gallery
Representing a contemporary and eclectic mix of art, CODA Gallery welcomes the whole family for a colorful and uplifting experience.
troveparkcity.com
435.655.3803
 
JGO Gallery
JGO Gallery showcases emerging and mid career artists with art work that reinterprets American western art motifs. JGO Gallery has a strong commitment to promoting contemporary artists who produce work with strong concepts, technical expertise and aesthetic excellence.
jgogallery.com
435.649.1006
 
Julie Nester Gallery
Specializes in contemporary art encompassing a diversity of styles including figurative, abstract and landscape. The gallery offers an exceptional selection of original paintings, mixed media prints, photography and sculpture.
jgogallery.com
435.649.4893
 
Meyer Gallery
At the Meyer Gallery, you will see work by artists who are included in important American museum collections including the Smithsonian, Cleveland Art Museum, Chicago Museum of Art and Boston Museum of Art.
meyergallery.com
435.649.8160
 
Terzian Galleries
Terzian Galleries represents established and emerging artists with a contemporary spin. Terzian Galleries brings solid art knowledge to Park City’s art scene.
terziangalleries.com
435.649.4927
 
 
 
PARK CITY HISTORY

Park City has become a world-class summer and winter destination since it was established 135 years ago. Perched in the Wasatch Back mountains, Park City ranges from 6500′ to 10,000′ and is 7000′ at Main Street. The population is about 8,000 in Park City proper with the population of Summit County 36,000.

Park City was founded in 1868 as a silver-mining town by prospecting Army soildiers who discovered rich silver veins in the hills above the town. By 1900, it was booming with 10,000 residents and 100 saloons.

Early Park City miners used what were called “longboard snowshoes” in the 1880’s for transportation to the mines, and by the 1920’s skiing was becoming a recreational sport. Scandinavian miners built a jump on the Creole Mine dump, (now the Creole ski run to the Town Lift), and held jumping tournaments.

The last surviving mining company in Park City, United Park City Mines, turned to skiing with help from a federal loan meant to revive economically depressed rural towns in 1963. The $1.2 million dollars bought a gondola, base and summit lodges, a chairlift, a J-bar, and a nine-hole golf course. The resort was called Treasure Mountain Resort.

The Royal Street Land Company acquired the rights to develop Deer Valley in 1975 and within a year unveiled a proposal for a six-phase project to accommodate 12,000 skiers. The development not only included the original Snow Park, but also Bald Mountain, Flagstaff Mountain, and Empire Canyon. Deer Valley resort opened in December 1981 with five chairlifts and thirty rails. It included the Snow Park and Silver Lake lodge along with the “Burns” and “Carpenter” lifts. By the late 1980s, Deer Valley ski area was recognized as one of the country’s elite skiing areas.

In March 1985, Park City Ski Area held its first World Cup ski race on Willy’s run when another resort cancelled. Craig Badami, the lively son of the then-resort owner, pulled out all stops. He featured rock bands, street dances, speed skiers, skydivers, and – oh yes – world class ski racing. The first event drew 12,000 spectators – a North American record.

In 2002 both Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley became a field of dreams for American athletes at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. In the fall of 2014, Vail purchased Park City Mountain Resort and will be managing it in conjunction with Canyons. The town of Park City has never looked back!