5 Restaurants In Utah You Have To Try

We love to try new restaurants and Utah has no shortage of fun restaurants to try. Our favorite kind is fast casual, but we also like to go to some sit down restaurants. All of the following have vegan options and are some of our favorite places in Utah to eat.

Thai Siam

Bowl of Thai Siam's yellow curry with vegetables

Thai Siam is a Thai restaurant located in Draper, Utah. It is a nice, sit down restaurant. We love to go for dinner and get the family sized dishes. Our favorite thing to share is the Gang Ga Ree (Yellow Curry).

It comes with jasmine rice and we substitute the chicken for other vegetables. When they make it this way it comes with potatoes, carrots, red peppers, green peppers, zucchini, and onions. The yellow curry has a little spice to it that we love, but it's not too spicy. You can ask them to make it spicier if you prefer that though. This dish costs us about $15 and we always have enough leftovers to have it again the next night. Other dishes we've ordered and liked are the green curry, pad se iw, and the tempura veggies.
The only downside to this place is that they have a sticker up front that says "free wifi", but when you ask for the password, they don't have it. If you're a vegan, you'll enjoy reading about all of their vegan options.

Zao Asian Cafe

Zao Asian Café is all about fresh and healthy Asian food. You can get a rice bowl, tacos, salad, bahn mi, or soup. Our favorite is the rice bowl with yellow curry and veggies. We just wish they would switch out which veggies they have and cook them a little longer.

Top your meals off with one of their Maine Root sodas. These sodas are made with fair trade organic sugar. Make sure to get the root beer, as it’s our fave. For two people to eat here without the soda, it’ll cost you about $15.

Costa Vida

You can’t live in Utah and not eat at Costa Vida. Years ago a restaurant named Café Rio started up and really brought Mexican food back to the state. The story goes that the owners got divorced and one partner kept Café Rio and the other one started Costa Vida. I personally think the flavors went with Costa Vida.

What’s good here? Everything! Literally. We generally get a burrito, salad (large and small), tacos, or enchiladas. When you compare Cafe Rio to Costa Vida, you’ll find that they have shorter lines, a staff that speaks better English, a cleaner restaurant and better tasting tortillas. For two people to eat here, you can expect to pay between $15 and $20.

Pizza Studio

We love pizza just like everyone else! This is the type of restaurant where you walk through the line cafeteria style, see the ingredients in front of you and have it made before your eyes. Each pizza is 12” and you get unlimited toppings. You first pick the type of crust that you want and then you pick out your toppings. It’s about $8 for each pizza and it comes out fast!

Vertical Diner

This is a hip little restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah. Everything on the menu is plant-based, which makes it a vegan restaurant. These are hard to come by in Utah, so it makes it pretty unique. They have many different things on their menu, but we always stick to the all-day breakfast section. Our favorite entrees have been:
  • The Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • The Gravy Train (Hash browns with gravy, peppers, and onions. We take out the tofu and sausage.)
The menu has food items that are not typically vegan, like meat and cheese, but they are all made from plant products. It is a very reasonably priced restaurant for being a sit down. It's about $6-10 per plate, depending on what you order. The servers are super nice and the food comes out quickly!

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