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The dining scene in Draper has grown exponentially over the past few years, giving us plenty of options to satisfy every craving. As a meeting ground for Salt Lake City and Utah County residents, Draper is the perfect place to catch up with friends but isn’t exactly a foodie destination.
But still, we firmly believe you shouldn’t settle for bad food. So we’ve created this guide to the 16 best Draper restaurants to help you navigate the options and experience food worth eating. A meet-up around the point of the mountain is never complete without great eats, so read on to discover where you can find them!
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First up on our guide to the best Draper restaurants is Gourmandise, a European cafe and bakery. Not only will you find a beautiful selection of pastries at Gourmandise, but you’ll also find one of the yummiest grilled cheese sandwiches around. G’s grilled cheese sandwich is served with fontina, gruyere, and parmesan cheese with dijon mayo on sourdough bread, making it flavorful and quite delicious. Pair it with a cup of their tomato basil soup (heavy on the basil, which we love) and you’re set to have a delightful eating experience. Pro tip: Gourmandise also has a drive-thru for those busier days.
$$$$ Patisserie/Cake Shop, Bakeries, Cafes
A relatively new Draper restaurant, Sauce Boss Southern Kitchen is more than meets the eye from the outside. Southern Kitchen is a popular dinner spot because they serve southern fare that is made fresh and from scratch. The plating and decor are simple, making the stars of the show the soul food and southern flavors, as they should be. Whatever you do, make sure to order the fried chicken with a side of mashed potatoes. The chicken is unbelievably moist, flavorful, and is served with a unique maple hot sauce that’s to die for. The mashed potatoes are some of the best you’ll ever have featuring buttery, garlic-laced red potatoes and piping-hot housemade gravy.
$$$$ Southern, American (Traditional), Desserts
Montauk Bistro is a historic and chic Draper restaurant serving up an eclectic menu of American and Southeast Asian dishes. Located in a residential area in Draper, Montauk has indoor and outdoor seating around their historic building that has been renovated with a minimalist interior to complement the impressive woodwork and leaded glass. Their ribeye burger is hands-down the best thing on the menu, made with grass and grain-fed beef, peppercorn aioli, caramelized onions, and Italian cheese. This burger is beyond flavorful, cooked to perfection, and definitely outshines the rest of the entrees. We also suggest ordering the lettuce wraps to share for a sweet and spicy precursor to your meal. Save room for dessert if you’re a lover of coconut sticky rice and mango.
$$$$ Asian Fusion, American (New), Cafes
Our go-to spot for a hearty salad, Cubby’s is not one to be overlooked as far as Draper restaurants go. The menu offerings are straightforward, bursting with fresh and bright flavors and made with wholesome ingredients. We highly recommend the tri-tip steak salad with greens, roasted bell peppers, slivered almonds, scallions, dried cherries, and feta cheese. We also recommend the wild rice and kale salad with extra limes instead of dressing. It’s flavorful, fresh, and filling—all the things a salad should be. An order of the sweet potato crinkle fries is mandatory, because life is all about balance. Cubby’s is a great place to visit for lunch with a friend, a colleague, or a date.
$$$$ American (New), Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches
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One of our favorite Draper restaurants, Spitz offers tried-and-true Mediterranean street food. Located right off I-15, this casual establishment specializes in the doner kebab as well as other unique entrees and sides. Order the street cart fries, with your choice of regular or sweet potato waffle fries topped with your choice of meat, and garlic aioli, feta, onion, green pepper, tomato, olives, and peperoncini. You’re also here for the doquitos, the Mediterranean spin on a taquito, and you should definitely finish off your meal with their cinnamon sugar pita chips served with a side of sweet cream. Spitz offers vegan-friendly dishes as well so don’t wait to give it a shot.
$$$$ Sandwiches, Mediterranean, Beer Bar
If you’ve been here for a while, you know our guide to best Draper restaurants wouldn’t be complete without Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade. SLC farmer’s market patrons will recognize the beautiful limeades filled with fresh mint leaves and thick lime wedges and will be pleased to know they can also be found in a Draper brick and mortar. Aside from their stellar limeades, Sweet Lake’s menu includes a handful of biscuit concoctions, organic wheat pancakes, and an open-faced sourdough toast with asparagus, egg, and parmesan cheese. We highly recommend The Hoss for a biscuit topped with fried chicken, egg, bacon, cheddar, and mushroom gravy in all its glory.
$$$$ Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches, American (New)
Fueled Fresh Kitchen serves up some of the healthiest and tastiest entrees in Salt Lake County, and is one of our favorite Draper restaurants. Serving up food that aims to make you feel good, Fueled Fresh Kitchen also offers open, modern seating that will satisfy a brunch group, a quick post-workout meal, or a casual dinner date. The entire menu is served all day so you can definitely order pancakes for dinner if you want to (you’ll want to). We recommend any of their delicious shakes if you’re needing something quick yet hearty. Looking for something more filling? You’re here for the Babe Bowl featuring salmon seared to perfection atop flavorful veggies and rice.
$$$$ Healthy, Salad, Brunch, Burgers
Even Stevens is one of the best sandwich places around, and definitely one of the best Draper restaurants with its inventive menu full of sandwiches, sides, and breakfast items. As another casual dining establishment, Even Stevens is perfect for family brunch, lunch with coworkers, or dinner with friends. You’re here for the Do Gouda or Hummazing Vegan sandwiches. But don’t hesitate to order the brava tots, a great and fun spin on the classic Spanish dish, papayas bravos. The tots are served with brava aioli and smoked paprika. If you venture out for breakfast, order the french toast—citrus-infused brioche topped with sugar and cinnamon, served with your choice of frosting or syrup. Pro tip: ask for two dollops of butter.
$$$$ Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches, Salad
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For the perfect breakfast or post-workout spot, head to Protein Foundry, one of the best Draper restaurants. With minimal seating and trendy decor, Protein Foundry is a popular spot for açaí bowls, protein shakes, and gourmet toast. Each item on the menu is simple, flavorful, and robust and our recommendations are as follows: first, PB Edge protein shakeout with your choice of milk, banana, strawberries, blueberries, organic peanut butter, and chocolate whey protein. Second, Cali gourmet toast with sprouted wheat-berry bread, cottage cheese, sliced avocado, extra-virgin olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, seas salt, and crushed pepitas. Third, we have heart eyes for the Chocovado açaí bowl.
$$$$ Juice Bars & Smoothies, Acai Bowls
Walk into Oh Mai and you’ll feel as though you’ve walked into a small Vietnamese market, where the food is hot and some of the very best in Draper. With its simple decor and minimal seating, you know the food is the priority here. To eat, you’ll find banh mi, vermicelli noodle salads, and other various Vietnamese items covering the menu. We suggest ordering the S2 Bahn Mi—honey glazed pork on an 8 inch baguette with cucumber, cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon, black pepper, jalapeños, and chili-lime fish vinaigrette. Oh Mai is an easy choice for a delicious lunch or dinner with its incredible flavors and fresh ingredients.
$$$$ Vietnamese, Asian Fusion, Sandwiches
Looking to settle a sushi craving at a restaurant in Draper? Look no further! Wasabi is the best Japanese restaurant in Draper, offering a range of entrees from sushi rolls and noodles to bento boxes. This small yet airy space features a gorgeous cityscape mural that makes the entire experience fun and inviting. We recommend ordering the TNT roll (watch out! this one will be on fire, literally), the Valentine roll (it’s sweet and spicy at the same time), and last but definitely not least the Draper roll (a tribute to the city and topped with four different types of fish). These rolls are creative and flavorful, and we can’t wait to have them again.
$$$$ Japanese, Sushi Bars
Welcome to Wildside Bowls—a darling, colorful stop serving up some of the best smoothie bowls in Utah, and easily earning a spot on our guide to the best Draper restaurants. If you’ve ever visited the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, you’ll feel like you’re back as soon as you walk through the doors of Wildside Bowls. What stands out here is the açaí bowl named Wildside Bowl with blended açaí, your choice of milk, apple juice, strawberries, bananas, and an organic coconut base topped with strawberries, blueberries, bananas, granola, and raw honey. If you haven’t had the chance to dive into an açaí bowl before, we HIGHLY recommend diving headfirst into this bowl. We also love the P.B.A açaí bowl, for our peanut butter lovers.
$$$$ Acai Bowls
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Oak Woodfire Pizza Kitchen is one of the best Italian restaurants in Utah, and definitely one of the best Draper restaurants. With its modern farmhouse decor, a fiery brick oven, and soul music playing overhead, this is bound to be one of the coziest dining experiences you’ll have in Draper. We suggest ordering the Margherita pizza and the baked goat cheese appetizer for authentic Italian flavors and locally sourced ingredients. The Margherita pizza has incredibly fresh basil and mozzarella, and is salted to perfection. If you’re looking for a heartier dining experience, order the Oak burger, an 8oz brisket burger with bacon, raclette cheese, romaine, pickles, malt vinegar mayo, and ketchup. No matter what you order, you’ll love dining at Woodfire Pizza Kitchen.
$$$$ Pizza, Burgers, Sandwiches
Cultivate Craft Kitchen is one of the top three Draper restaurants, and is perfect for the refined palate. Located on a high peak in Draper, this restaurant pays homage to the rich farming history of the community, both in menu items and design. These modern dishes capture the flavors of each season and left us particularly obsessed with each one. It is a little pricier than other restaurants in Draper, but the flavors of these dishes make it worth the splurge. To start, order the cauliflower (Korean-fried cauliflower, sweet gochujang, marinated cucumber) or the trio of carrots (honey-cumin glazed, roasted carrots, housemade carrot crisps, black volcanic salt, heirloom carrot puree). As for entrees, be sure to order the wild mushroom pasta or the burger.
$$$$ American (New), Tapas/Small Plates
Ridge Cafe earns the number two spot on our guide to the best Draper restaurants, and for good reason! Ridge Cafe gives you a little slice of Park City without having to drive too far, and offers a warm, laid-back atmosphere you’ll love. Located at the top of Suncrest, Ridge Cafe looks like a little ski lodge you’d take shelter in after a day on the slopes and serves handcrafted Mediterranean fare. Their Sunday brunch menu is incredibly tasty and one of our very favorites. Be sure to order their ricotta pancakes or their chicken fried chicken entree for some of the best chicken, biscuits, and gravy you’ll ever come across. We also recommend visiting for dinner on the weekdays to try their many pizzas, made from scratch and cooked inside their beautiful brick pizza oven.
$$$$ Pizza, Italian
The Charleston is a hidden gem and hands-down the best restaurant in Draper, Utah. Residing in a two-story pre-Victorian brick house, many mistake this delicious restaurant for a wedding venue or historic home. With its vintage modern ambiance, it’s the perfect spot for a cozy Saturday brunch or an intimate dinner date. The food here is unforgettable and each plate, from appetizer to entree, is thoughtful, full of flavor, and made to perfection. For brunch, you’re here for the Pain Perdu, brioche French toast made with vanilla paste, orange zest, honey, and butter, and served with berries (no syrup needed)! We also recommend The Charleston eggs benedict. For dinner, make sure to order the gaucho steak and the Thai coconut halibut. These entrees are a little pricey but well worth it. We promise.
$$$$ American (New), French, Italian
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