Planning Your Convention Stay: Dining for All Budgets

Dining in Salt Lake City, Utah

One of the best things about traveling is experiencing new, delicious food from local eateries. Conversely, one of the best parts about hosting our associates in our hometown of Salt Lake City for the ASEA 2017 Global Convention is knowing all the best spots to find those mouth-watering local eats.

We’re full of recommendations! So hang onto your forks, foodies. Here are 13 restaurants all within a mile (as the crow flies) of the convention center, sorted by the highest rating and the average price range.

$ – Under $10

Looking to save your spending money for the ASEA Store? Then you’ll definitely want to check out these low-cost joints that are high on flavor.

The Robin’s Nest – This lunch spot features unique, gourmet sandwiches unlike anything you’ve ever had before.

  • Distance from Convention Center: 0.4 miles
  • Type of Cuisine: Sandwiches, salads, and soups

Bruges Waffles & Frites – These aren’t your mother’s waffles. They come adorned in all types of sweet and savory toppings; be sure to save room for fries, too.

  • Distance from Convention Center: 0.4 miles
  • Type of Cuisine: Waffles and fries

Even Stevens Sandwiches – Not only is the food great, but for every sandwich sold, this restaurant donates a sandwich to a local non-profit.

  • Distance from Convention Center: 0.9 miles
  • Type of Cuisine: Breakfast, sandwiches, and salads

Buds – For all the vegetarian and vegans out there, this restaurant can whip you up a killer plant-based sandwich that even your meat-eater friends will love.

  • Distance from Convention Center: 1 mile
  • Type of Cuisine: Vegan and vegetarian sandwiches

$$ – $10-30

The average restaurant in Salt Lake falls right in this price range, so there were a lot of great options to choose from, but you’ll only find the best of the best below.

Chile-Tepin – Stop in to this tasty restaurant for delicious, authentic Mexican food in a vibrant atmosphere.

  • Distance from Convention Center: 0.3 miles
  • Type of Cuisine: Mexican food

R&R BBQ – This is hands down the best barbecued brisket you can get in the state of Utah.

  • Distance from Convention Center: 0.8 miles
  • Type of Cuisine: Barbecue

Red Iguana – A local favorite, this place is always busy but always delicious.

  • Distance from Convention Center: 1 mile
  • Type of Cuisine: Mexican food

Purgatory – This may be a bar, but they take pride in serving flavorful fare that is definitely Instagram worthy. 

  • Distance from Convention Center: 1 mile
  • Type of Cuisine: American, Bar

$$$ – $31-60

Whether it’s a team dinner or a pre-award ceremony feast, treat yourself with these upscale dining options.

Texas De Brazil – This is basically an upscale version of Tucanos – lots of meat and a buffet of Brazilian dishes.

  • Distance from Convention Center: 0.2 miles
  • Type of Cuisine: Brazilian steakhouse

Valter’s Osteria – Valter himself put together this menu of delicious family recipes and seasonal dishes perfected for your palate.

  • Distance from Convention Center: 0.3 miles
  • Type of Cuisine: Italian

Takashi – Known for the best sushi in Utah, this place gets pretty busy but does accept reservations.

  • Distance from Convention Center:  0.4 miles
  • Type of Cuisine: Sushi bar

Pallet – Everything from the food to the cocktails to the décor and service make this restaurant an experience to remember.

  • Distance from Convention Center: 0.4 miles
  • Type of Cuisine: New American

$$$$ – Above $61

Looking for the best of the best?  There’s only one restaurant nearby in the highest price range, but what this section lacks in quantity, the restaurant below makes up for in flavor.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Steak cooked to perfection in butter? Yes please.

  • Distance from Convention Center: 0.3 miles
  • Type of Cuisine: Steakhouse

Are you drooling yet? Because we sure are! Safe travels, and we will see you soon for the best ASEA Global Convention yet!