Downtown Salt Lake City has a wide variety of dining venues, from mouthwatering steak to fast food. Many restaurants are within walking distance of the conference hotel or accessible via lightrail (TRAX). The information below provides a handful of details. For a complete list of options by cuisine or location, go tovisitsaltlake.com.
The Closest, Quickest Food Available
JB’s Restaurant is located on the Plaza hotel property. They offer a breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet in addition to menu items. This is convenience at its best.
Inside the Family History Library: For those who really don’t wish to quit researching but absolutely must find something to eat….you will find a small vending area on the first floor of the library, which offers a variety of frozen and packaged foods. You will also find the daily newspaper posted along the wall to read, plenty of tables and chairs, a change machine, and two microwave ovens available along with handy things like plastic forks and napkins. You may purchase something there or bring your own. Obviously, no library materials are allowed inside the eating area, and no food is allowed outside the eating area.
Store it in your Room: One of the advantages of staying at the Plaza is the microwave ovens and refrigerators in every room. With a Harmon's grocery store just a few blocks east of the Plaza, this is an even handier option than before.
City Creek Center
Directly south-east of the Plaza is a two-square-block complex which include shopping, dining, and entertainment, along with beautiful pathways, fountains, and the restored creek that originally wound its way through that area.
Dining: There are a variety of restaurants located throughout the property, from the yummy Blue Lemon to Johnny Rockets or The Cheesecake Factory.
Food Court: The City Creek food court is located on the east side of the center. You can take a stroll past the historical sites on South Temple, or meander through the City Creek shopping areas. If you prefer to ride, take any TRAX line Southbound (traveling east at boarding) to the next stop (City Center); this will place you nearest the east entrance to the City Creek food court.
Dining at Temple Square
Temple Square Hospitality offers a variety of restaurants within a few blocks of the Plaza. The Nauvoo Cafe ($) is located in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, just one block east of the Plaza and offers quick cafeteria-style/food-to-go dining. On the top floor of that same building, The Garden Restaurant ($$) and The Roof Restaurant ($$$) provide great views along with great food. The Garden is more casual with American Cuisine. The Roof accurately describes itself as “Utah’s premier gourmet dining buffet,” and the price reflects it. Still, if you have your significant other along and want a romantic view and an elegant meal, The Roof Restaurant is a don’t-miss experience.
Just east of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building you will find the Lion House and Beehive House, two historical buildings that once belonged to Brigham Young. Turn left on the small path to the west of them to find the Lion House Pantry, which features “home-style fare” in the basement of the Lion House.
More information about each restaurant, the prices, and the menus are available online. See Temple Square Dining.
LDS Church Office Building
The cafeteria in the LDS Church Office Building is available to all Family History Library visitors. You may pick up a pass to eat there at the main floor desk in the FHL. From there, head east through Temple Square and continue out the east gate to the tall office tower to your left. Alternately, you can walk north to North Temple and then east to the building. Either way, it is about 1.5 blocks; the address is 50 East North Temple. As you enter the lobby, a hostess should be available to provide directions to the cafeteria, which serves both lunch and dinner for fairly reasonable prices. If you have time, ask about taking the elevator to the 26th floor observation decks for a beautiful view of the city.
A little over one-half mile southwest is The Gateway–an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment area. The Gateway offers a wide variety of dining venues from Applebee’s to the Rumbi Island Grill. You will find a Japanese sushi bar, a Pub & Grub, and even a Brazilian Grill. A complete listing, along with detailed maps of both levels, may be found on their website.
Food Court: The Canyon Creek Cafe Food Court is located directly west of the Planetarium off 100 South. There you will find several fast food options such as Orange Julius, Subway, and Taco Time.
To get to the Gateway, walk west on South Temple to 400 West and turn left. Or board the Northbound Blue TRAX line (actually headed west when you board) at the Temple Square Station directly in front of the hotel and exit at the Planetarium Station (2nd stop).