By Melissa Hartwig Urban
I’m asked for dining recommendations in Salt Lake City ALL THE TIME, so it’s fitting that we’re finally making my guide to Whole30 dining in Salt Lake City available to you via our Whole30 Dining Guide series.
I’m sharing establishments that do awesome Whole30 meals, plus some of my favorite Food Freedom establishments. These are just my favorite choices; we have an incredible dining scene in Salt Lake City, and there are likely many restaurants that offer Whole30-friendly choices. And remember, this is just a guide, and not a substitute for your own research. Unless a restaurant is an official Whole30 Approved partner, it’s always your responsibility to ask questions about the menu, as items change often and seasonally.
This guide is current as of January 2019. Take care to verify with your server if you have reason to believe that the ingredients or preparation for a dish have changed since the time this guide was produced.
Whole30 Dining in Salt Lake City: Downtown
Laziz offers a modern twist on traditional Mediterranean favorites, and is the first Whole30 Approved restaurant in Salt Lake City! Just walk in and ask for their Whole30 menu for brunch, lunch, or dinner—no questions, substitutions, or hidden ingredients. See their Whole30 menu here.
Taqueria 27 has three locations: one downtown, one south in Holladay, and one east on Foothill. Almost all their protein is Whole30-friendly, they’ll do lettuce wraps instead of taco shells and cucumber slices instead of tortilla chips, and have tons of Whole30-compliant guacamole options. (And they make a lovely “virgin” margarita with sparkling water, lime juice, fresh limes, and salt.)
This sushi place is my favorite. They’re so badass they don’t have a website (and no, they don’t take reservations). They often have an hour-plus wait for dinner, but lunch is usually quieter. They have a few protein-style rolls on the menu, but will make any roll rice-less upon request. Skip ALL the sauces, BYO coconut aminos, and ask for fresh wasabi.
Fresh salads, bowls, and egg mixes with clearly labeled ingredients. Everything is totally customizable but you’ll have to ask about hidden ingredients in protein and dressings.
Whole30 Dining in Salt Lake City
A high-end American New restaurant using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. This place is date night heaven, but the best part is head chef Phelix Gardner has done a few Whole30s, and has several menu items that are easy to make compliant. (And if you’re living your food freedom, get the burger as-is, with the brown sugar coated bacon.
This breakfast joint does a la carte options and serves up my favorite breakfast salad. The sausage and bacon aren’t compliant, but their chicken salad is compliant (they make their own mayo!) and you can do eggs, hash, salad, and avocado with the homemade sherry vinaigrette for a light, fresh brunch.
Roots Café (Millcreek)
The owners are long-time friends of mine, and they do Whole30 breakfast-all-day and lunchtime options like nobody’s business. They only cook with EVOO and ghee, their sausage is homemade and Whole30 compliant, and you can order the Eggs Benedict on arugula right off the menu, no substitutions required.
Other Whole30-ish Fare and Food Freedom Eats
This is the perfect date-night or family dinner spot; the patio is lovely, the environment is just the right amount of fancy, and the food is delicious. Their Branzino is Whole30 compliant if you sub out the cous-cous, and the Spanish Octopus is a favorite, but I’m really just here for the oysters.
All the Coppers are delicious, but Onion has a delicious menu with simple, Whole30-friendly ingredients, and Kitchen has a salmon dish with zoodles right on the menu, and arguably one of the best burgers in the city.
Another burger favorite, but their “sloppy lamb” is also outrageous. (Note: this establishment is licensed as a bar, so ALL patrons must be 21+. Sorry, no kiddos.)