So you are here for the great indie films but no one should watch anything on an empty stomach. And while the popcorn looks tempting (not), how about enjoying a real meal from one of Utah’s dining establishments instead.
Here’s a handy list of some well-known and some lesser-known dining locales near some Sundance venues.
Want specific recommendations on genres, big groups, price ranges or other specifics? Tweet me @slclunches with your parameters and I’ll make custom recommendations for you and your group.
In Park City, where the true Sundance experience happens, the following restaurants are open to the general public.
- Baja Cantina
- Bangkok Thai
- Billy Blanco’s
- Bistro 412
- Blind Dog
- Brass Tag at Deer Valley Resort (Closed Jan. 22 - Jan. 28 (reopening Jan. 29)
- Cisero’s Ristorante (Open for lunch. Closed for dinner until Jan. 26 (reopening Jan. 27) Nightclub closed Jan. 23 to 28 (reopening after 6 p.m. Jan. 29).
- Eating Establishment (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day)
- Good Karma
- Grub Steak
- Lespri Prime Steak Sushi Bar
- Squatter Roadhouse Grill
- Sushi Blue
- Talisker on Main
- Wasatch Brew Pub
- Windy Ridge Bakery and Café
- Yuki Yama (Open Jan. 22 to 27 for lunch from 11:30am-4 pm and dinner 5 – 11:30 pm. Then back to normal business hours, open seven days a week 11:30 am-3 pm for lunch and 5-10 pm for dinner.)
- Zoom (Normal business hours, but please note: Lunch is first come, first serve. Dinner is reservation only with first come, first serve service at the bar and counter.)
The Fox School of Wine will be presenting a pair of delectable events during Sundance:
For the festival opening on Jan. 22, the school’s Table of 12 will host “Taste of Hollywood,” an intimate wine and food experience that will turn the spotlight on wines made by celebrities. The wines will be paired with gourmet food complement their star quality. The event runs from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tickets cost $40, register at foxschoolofwine.com.
And on Jan. 24, the school’s Weekend Wine Series hosts “Wines in Film,” featuring wines seen in movies and made by movie stars. The wines will make you a part of Sundance, but without the parking challenges! Tickets cost $25, register at www.foxschoolofwine.com.
Salt Lake City
Back by popular demand, Visit Salt Lake is again supporting the Salt Lake City Festival Café in downtown Salt Lake January 23-31, hosted by Sicilia Pizza Kitchen at 35 West Broadway.
The Café will offer live music on Sunday from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and all other evenings from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. There is no entrance fee and it's open to the public, but seating is limited.
- Friday, January 23 / Juana Ghani / World Acoustic Punk
- Saturday, January 24 / Devil's Club / Local All Original Americana/Folk Band
- Sunday, January 25 / Triggers & Slips / Old School Country W/ Rock And Psychedelic Undertones
- Monday, January 26 / PENDING
- Tuesday, January 27 / John Thomas Draper / Acoustic Blues, Roots, Alt-Country, And Rock
- Wednesday, January 28 / The Fence / Alternative, Indie, Jazz, Pop Rock
- Thursday, January 29 / Dusty Boxcars / Acoustic Blues, Roots, Alt-Country, And Rock
- Friday, January 30 / B. D. Howes Band / Adult-Contemporary-Classic Rock
- Saturday, January 31 / Mark Dago / Fun, High Energy, Video Game Inspired Hip Hop
The Cafe will be open Sundays until 9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday until 10 p.m., until 11 p.m. on Thursday and until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Other SLC spots near Broadway Theatre and Rose Wagner venues
Alamexo: Transforming Latin American cuisine at lunch and dinner is this restaurant’s goal.
Les Madeleines: A French pastry shop just across from the downtown library, you’ll also find delicious breakfast and lunch items and a welcoming atmosphere.
Toasters: If you are at a showing around breakfast or lunchtime, this is the place to go. Great food and a fun, sporty stop.
The Judge Cafe: Great stop for breakfast and lunch including salads and sandwiches.
Spitz: Not authentic doner kebab but still super tasty sandwiches, salads and fries. Full bar and patio.
Martine: This newly remodeled gem of a restaurant serving great salads, sandwiches and tapas for lunch and dinner. Excellent wine list.
Himalayan Kitchen: Ahh, the smell of curry quickens the senses (and irritates those seated next to you for the next 2-3 hours!).
Eva: Great tapas and wood-fired pizzas in a hip location. Do not miss the Brussels sprouts…yup, I said Brussels sprouts.
Eva’s Bakery: A delicious French-style bakery, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Thursday through Sunday.
Finca: A recent move downtown has made this a very hip and happening location. Spanish-inspired tapas, pinchos and an excellent bar make it the perfect place to relax before, after or between shows.
La Barba: Located inside Finca, this coffee shop offers pastries and churros from Finca’s pastry chef along with coffees and drinking chocolate. Open early and late, it will be your go-to spot all day and night.
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