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Inexpensive Romantic Dining in Salt Lake City

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Amazing food, amazing ambiance and amazing service in an amazing location sometimes come with an amazing price, and many of Salt Lake's most romantic restaurants are also the most expensive. Many of us can't or shouldn't spend $150 or more on dinner for two. Don't despair - you can still take your date out for a memorable dinner with inspiration from this list of inexpensive romantic dining ideas for the Salt Lake City area. You can get out of all these places for about $30 or less per person, although some may have a few more expensive dishes on the menu.

Aristo's

Aristo's Salt Lake City

Aristo's serves beautifully prepared Greek cuisine in a lovely setting near the University of Utah.

224 S. 1300 E.
801-581-0888

Dinner entrees $10.95-$24.95

 

Bombay House

Bombay House

Bombay House serves some of Salt Lake City's best Indian food in an exotic and cozy atmosphere that could be considered romantic. I love the Tandoori chicken, and the huge, fluffy pieces of naan.

2731 Parleys Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
801-581-0222

Dinner entrees $9.95-$13.95

Copper Onion

Copper Onion

Copper Onion is one of SLC's most acclaimed restaurants, serving fresh, locally sourced American cuisine. It's a little pricey for the restaurants on this list, but it's one of the city's best dining experiences.

111 E Broadway
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801-355-3282

Small plates $7-$15, dinner entrees $15-$29

Eva

Eva SLC

Eva on Main Street serves a creative, well-executed menu of small plates and craft cocktails, in a hip and appealing atmosphere. Eva can get noisy, but it's sweet and romantic with enough of a twist to be interesting.

317 S Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801-359-8447

Small plates $3-$15

Ichiban Sushi

Ichiban Sushi

Ichiban, one of Salt Lake City's oldest sushi restaurants, is housed in a historic former Lutheran church. Its impressive interior is matched by beautifully prepared sushi, along with a large menu of classic and creative Asian dishes. Check the website for specials.

336 South 400 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801-532-7522

Dinner entrees $12-$35

La Jolla Groves

La Jolla Groves

La Jolla Groves at the Gateway is beautifully decorated with a lemon grove theme. The menu emphasizes light, healthy and fresh dishes. Recommended: beef medallions, cilantro butter-crusted salmon, lemon cake.

190 S. 400 W. (The Gateway)
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801-456-9500

Dinner entrees $13-$25.95

Meditrina

Meditrina Small Plates & Wine Bar

Meditrina Small Plates and Wine Bar is warm and cozy, with a menu of lovely tapas dishes perfect for sharing.

1394 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
801-485-2055

Small plates $3.50-$10

Oasis Cafe

Oasis Cafe

Oasis Cafe is lovely year-round, but especially when the patio is open. The menu includes lots of vegetarian but also non-vegetarian dishes. Some of my favorites are the chicken and goat cheese tamales, tomato fennel soup, and vegan chocolate cake.

151 S. 500 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84102-1906
801-322-0404

Dinner entrees $15-$23

Sapa Sushi Bar & Asian Grill

Sapa Sushi Bar & Asian Grill
Sapa doesn't impress from the outside, but the interior is gorgeous, with eye-popping blown glass chandeliers and beautiful detail everywhere you look. The spacious courtyard is even more impressive, with 300 year-old Vietnamese carved wood huts that were imported and meticulously reassembled at the site. The food at Sapa is creative, tasty and moderately priced. Recommended: Baja California Roll, Volcano Roll.

 

722 S State St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801-363-7272

Dinner Entrees $10-$20

Live Music

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Live music, especially if it's on the mellow side, adds something special to any dining experience. Lots of local restaurants offer live music, and you can check the Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune and City Weekly for listings. Here are some moderately priced but potentially romantic Salt Lake restaurants offering live music:

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