Lunch Spots » Salt Lake City, UT

Lunch Spots in Salt Lake City, UT

Whether you are trying local favorites for the first time, or returning for your favorite dish, you are sure to enjoy the variety of lunch spots there are to choose from.
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The Lion House Pantry Restaurant

The Lion House Pantry Restaurant is a local legend for lunch spots. They are most famous for their delicious rolls, and have food fit for every taste and budget. Located on historic Temple Square, The Lion House once housed Brigham Young and his many wives. It is named for the two lion statues that stand guard at the front entrance to the house. Enter the Lion House Pantry Restaurant to the West side of the house, and enjoy homemade rolls, homestyle cooked entrees, and delicious pies and cakes for dessert. Dine in the historical dining room where pioneers from a past time dined with their families. Enjoy a taste of history when dining at The Lion House Pantry Restaurant.


With two downtown locations, Toaster's is an easy and convenient choice for lunch. Their gourmet sandwiches served with premium meats and cheeses are a popular choice, and will leave no question as to why they were voted the "Best In State For Sandwiches and Chips" by City Weekly 2010. Enjoy a variety of house coffee with your lunch, as well as a variety of tea. If you are a twitter user, you will want to follow them, as they post daily soups and specials for their twitter followers. A proud member of Local First Utah, they use local finds and ingredients whenever possible. They have also received the award for "Best Sandwich" three years in a row from Q Magazine. 

The Nauvoo Cafe

The Nauvoo Cafe is located on historic Temple Square in the old Hotel Utah building, now known as the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Voted the "Best Sandwiches In The City," The Nauvoo Cafe has a diverse selection of sandwiches, salads and soups. Enjoy local favorites like their oven roasted turkey, made to order specialty salad, or their raspberry bread pudding for dessert. Along with your sandwich, choose one of their many signature sauces, such as cranberry orange relish, big bold BBQ sauce or sweet and hot chipotle mayo. Enjoy views of the Main Street Plaza and Temple Square while you dine. If a quick lunch is what you are looking for, take-out is also available. 

The Tin Angel Cafe

Using fresh, local ingredients, the Tin Angel Cafe is one of those places that are a part of the heart and charm of Salt Lake City. The owner and chef, Jerry Liedtke, is familiar with the local growers and farmers, and scouts all of their products to use in his food creations. During Summer, the Salt Lake City Downtown Farmers Market is located across the street, making fresh ingredients easy to find and convenient to use. During the Winter, meats, cheeses and breads are popular items you will find at the Tin Angel Cafe. Unique dishes like roasted pepper hummus, bowl of zuppa, organic side salad and chicken and cambozola baguette are popular at this local restaurant. With their small plate specials, eating on a budget is easy here. 

The Metropolitan

The Metropolitan is a favorite choice for New American Cuisine. Soups, salads, sandwiches, pot pies, pizza and poached duck are all dishes you will find at this restaurant. With online reservations and to go options, enjoying the food is easy. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, The Metropolitan is a great option before enjoying an afternoon at the theater or just touring the city. The dishes are inspired using local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Housed in an old abandoned warehouse, it has been transformed into a beautiful dining room. The Metropolitan was named one of the "Top 100 Best Restaurants in The United States For The 20th Century" by the International Restaurant & Hospitality Rating Bureau.