Salt Lake City is home to plenty of professionals and businesses. Like any great metropolitan area, this also means that there are tons of terrific restaurants around town. Whether you are looking to enjoy some Asian cuisine, or want the best burger in the state, downtown SLC is home to a wide variety of establishments that can appease any palate. Next time you and some coworkers are taking a lunch in Salt Lake City, check out some of these incredible bars and restaurants…
One of the best establishments to pop up in Salt Lake City over the past couple of years is Lake Effect, which can be found between West Temple and 2nd West on 200 South. The first thing that you’ll notice about Lake Effect is that the atmosphere is absolutely incredible, with beautiful interior decorating that is reminiscent of 1940’s bar halls. The food at Lake Effect is Latin inspired and features burgers, tacos, salads, and large plates to share.
The absolute cream of the crop at Lake Effect, though, is their signature cocktails, which rival any other bar in the city. Lake Effect is proof that Salt Lake has plenty of more incredible bars to give us. Check out more about Lake Effect’s story, here.
Alright, this one is cheating a little bit, as it isn’t right downtown. However, if you’re willing to venture a little south, Lucky 13 is one of the gems of SLC, located next to a Trax station and right across the street from the Bee’s stadium on 1300 South. Lucky 13 is notable for being the home to the award-winning burgers that are heralded as some of the best in the Western United States (which pretty much means some of the best burgers on the planet).
For non-meat eaters, the black bean burger patty is just as good as their normal beef patties, and adventurous eaters can partake of their rotating specialty meat. While Lucky 13 is less spacious than some of these options, they have an extensive patio with room for larger parties. We also couldn’t mention Lucky 13 without a shoutout to Jay, who is one of the most creative and phenomenal bartenders in SLC.
There’s a general belief that you can’t get good seafood in an inland state. This is understandable but is disproven if you know where to look. When you are looking in Salt Lake City, you should be looking at Current (or Undercurrent, next door), which is located at the easily remembered address of 300 South and 300 East.
Current has delicious non-seafood options but is notable for shipping in their seafood every day. Their oysters are the freshest that you can get this far away from the coast. In addition to amazing seafood, Current has extensive outdoor seating and has a variety of amazing craft cocktails.
Of all of the lunch options on this list, Martine is the smallest, coziest establishment, and is located on 100 South, just east of Main Street. This intimate cafe offers Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, which is usually served tapas-style. However, there are entrees available for more standard lunch fare.
What makes Martine stand out is its decor, which is made up of dark wood and is often lit by candles. Pretty much any review of Martine will tell you that the service is phenomenal, and hardly matched. It’s important to note, though, that reservations are usually recommended, as seating is limited.
Sushi is one of the classic business lunches, and nobody in SLC, or Utah in general, does sushi better than Takashi, which is located right in the heart of downtown on Market Street, just west of Main Street. Of all the sushi joints in Salt Lake, Takashi is very fresh and high quality, with their skilled sushi chefs being very capable of custom orders. The ambiance at Takashi is also excellent, as the decor involves plenty of lanterns.
One of the only downsides about Takashi is that it is incredibly popular (and for good reason!). Because of this, you want to make sure that you arrive there early so that you can beat the lunch rush. As opposed to some other downtown restaurants, there are no reservations.