Restaurant Reviews

Al fresco dining in Salt Lake

As winter turns to spring in Utah’s capital city, locals and visitors alike enjoy the warmer temperatures while dining on some of Salt Lake’s most beautiful patios. Fortunately, the city is home to a number of creative and authentic restaurants ready to welcome those looking for the finest in al fresco dining on patios featuring inspiring views, waterfalls, shady respite from the heat and a place for the pups.

Beneath the snow-capped peaks of the towering Wasatch Mountains that envelop the Salt Lake valley, various restaurants-both eclectic and traditional-are home to a wide array of patios featuring some of Salt Lake’s finest plates and pints.

Log Haven<log-haven.com>, just a few miles up scenic Millcreek Canyon, is a historic log mansion nestled in the Wasatch National Forest. Acclaimed as Utah’s most scenic and romantic restaurant, Log Haven offers cutting-edge cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and knowledgeable, professional staff. Specializing in innovative cooking featuring local produce and game, it is perhaps best known for its stunning patio at the base of a breathtaking waterfall that provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding wilderness for an unforgettable dining experience. Seating 80 guests, the patio is a great place to cool off on hot summer days and diners can enjoy live music on select evenings. Serving dinner nightly from 5:30 p.m. There’s even a specific patio just for dogs and their lovers.

6451 East Millcreek Canyon Road, SLC, UT 84109 / 801-272-8255 #loghavenrestaurant

Honoring year-round classical favorites and seasonal specialties from the Veneto region of Italy, VENETO Ristorante Italiano<venetoslc.com> offers a unique fine dining experience with handmade pastas, exclusive meats, such as grass-fed 100 percent Wagyu ribeye or dry-aged T-bone Piemontese beef, a noteworthy and award-winning wine cellar of over 600 selections and unmatched Italian service, all packaged in a small intimate setting that feels both comfortable and luxurious at the same time.  VENETO features two special outdoor dining areas; the back patio, seating 26, offers a beautiful and peaceful escape, while the front porch presents a more energetic experience, closer to city action for six lucky guests. On cooler nights, heating lamps and woolen blankets are offered. Serving dinner Tuesday – Sunday from 5:30 p.m.

370 East 900 South, SLC, 84111 / 801-359-0708 @venetoslc / #venetoslc

With sustainability and responsible commerce its guiding principles, Arlo<arlorestaurant.com> is an elevated casual chef-driven restaurant in the vibrant heart of the Marmalade neighborhood just a short walk downtown Salt Lake. The menu draws inspiration from a global palette, with contemporary food and drink, and an approach to hospitality that makes everyone feel welcome. Arlo’s patio seats 70 (56 with COVID restrictions) and features an inviting grapevine-covered pergola and canopy surrounded by an herb and vegetable garden. Most recently, a rooftop beehive was installed to help pollinate the area and provide honey to the restaurant. All are incorporated into Arlo’s wonderfully creative menu. Serving dinner Wednesday – Sunday and brunch on Sundays.

271 Center Street, SLC, UT 94103 / 385-266-8845 @arlorestaurant

Salt Lake’s original brewpub, Squatters<squatters.com> has been creating and providing award-winning cuisine and beer since 1989, both inside its three-story refurbished hotel as well as its warm and welcoming patio. Ideally located for a bite before a live performance at the Rose Wagner Theater or following a hike or mountain bike ride on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Squatters’ popular patios are dog friendly with a separate entrance. They seat 60 under shady awnings and cooling misters and can be booked for private events. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner daily.

147 Broadway, SLC, UT 84101 / 801-363-2739 @squattersbeers / #squattersbrewery

Patio dining is available at these restaurants and more, weather permitting. With the health and safety of all guests, Salt Lake restaurants and bars are following health guidelines as set forth by the State of Utah and the Salt Lake County Health Department.

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