Get to Know Salt Lake’s Diverse Dining and Nightlife Scene

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Tips on where to take your attendees when the meeting is over and the networking has just begun.

Salt Lake has a secret—but it won’t be one for much longer. Thanks to its eclectic and ever-growing culinary scene, the city is quickly becoming a dining destination to watch. It’s not just steak and potatoes that you’ll find in Utah’s capital. Think elevated takes on American classics, farm-to-table menus, vegan-friendly eateries, ethnic mainstays and some of the best Mexican food you’ll find in the country. If you’re looking for a place to treat your attendees to lunch or take clients out for dinner, here are a few places to start.


Recommend attendees start the day with breakfast at Pig & a Jelly Jar and they’ll thank you. This funky, Southern-inspired diner serves up hearty breakfast dishes made with local, organic ingredients.


For a mid-day meal, you can’t go wrong with a stop into Red Iguana, a local institution serving traditional Oaxacan dishes made from generations-old recipes. Tip: The moles are a must-try, as are the margaritas—if you’re in the mood to celebrate a work win. If attendees are short on time, suggest they pop into Bagel and Green for a legit bagel sandwich (a rarity west of the Mississippi).


Takashi is perfect for client dinners thanks to its upscale atmosphere and fresh Japanese cuisine. Have vegetarians or vegans on the guestlist? You won’t disappoint with a trip to downtown’s sleek Zest Kitchen & Bar (bonus: it’s gluten-free, too!) or Boltcutter. Both spots are located within easy walking distance from the Salt Palace Convention Center.


Despite what you may have heard, you can absolutely get a drink in Salt Lake. Attendees can sip craft cocktails at trendy Lake Effect; bond over drinks, shareable Asian fusion plates and a selection of lawn games at Purgatory; or slip in to The Rest (a speakeasy-style spot tucked away beneath the unassuming Bodega tavern on Main Street) for a low-key evening.

Come see what other delights Salt Lake has to offer your attendees.

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