It pays to stick around through the shoulder season.
As the leaves change, the snow falls, and another Park City winter fast approaches, the region’s award-winning restaurants are serving platters full of food and drink specials this fall. From the can’t-miss Monday-Tuesday-Thursday combo at Bill White’s Grappa, Windy Ridge Café and Ghidotti’s restaurants, to the Mega-Mind Trivia tournament and $5 selections at the Brass Tag, to a costumes-encouraged Halloween Party and locally inspired Beer Dinner, there’s plenty to enjoy in town before the resorts open for the winter season.
“This community of restaurants has somehow turned the shoulder season into something really special for the folks who stick around here through the fall,” Park City Area Restaurant Association executive director Ginger Wicks said. “It just shows how much our chefs and bartenders and restaurant owners are all part of this community – not to mention their charm and creativity. We’re all looking forward to seeing our neighbors join us this fall.”
Here’s the restaurant-by-restaurant rundown, each a member of the Park City Area Restaurant Association. A few will have modified hours or will temporarily close for routine maintenance and cleaning before the start of the ski and snowboard season.
Check with individual restaurants or the PCARA website for the most up-to-date information on closing dates and fall hours:
This playful, modern cantina featuring Mexican eats, burgers and a bar, will be open seven days a week through the fall season: Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It’ll be closed Nov. 27-28.
This upscale destination serving creative Southwestern fare around a warm fireplace will be open seven days a week through the fall: Sunday-Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5-10 p.m. It’ll be closed Nov. 24-28.
The Bill White Farm Stand
Pick up fresh eggs, local honey, crisp produce, Bill White Ranches beef, bakery special, plants and more. The stand is at the Park City Farmers Market ever Wednesday from 12-5 p.m., and at Bill White Farms at 5373 Highway 224 on Fridays from 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Blind Dog Seafood & Raw Bar
This award-winning destination for inventive meat, seafood and sushi is open Tuesday-Saturday at 5 p.m. It’ll be closed Nov. 1 for a private event and on Thanksgiving.
The Brass Tag
Show off that big brain of yours at Mega-Mind Trivia, every Wednesday from Oct. 23-Nov. 27 from 6-8 p.m. Each $5 team buy-in in this tournament-style event will go toward local charities. And be sure to bring more than just one Lincoln: A range of apps, beers and wines will also be on offer for $5.
Closed for the shoulder season beginning October 26th and reopening with its famed Italian fare on November 27th.
The club at the Empire residences is open Wednesday-Saturday coffee and pastries from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch available from 12-2 p.m., and for dinner from 6-9 p.m. It’s open for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The club closes for the shoulder season from Oct. 28-Nov 26.
Deer Valley Grocery~Café
This gourmet spot will be open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. serving specialty coffee drinks, soups, chilies, stews, salads, paninis, homemade breads and other bakery items, plus gourmet grocery selections and specially prepared take-away entrees and desserts, as well as wine, beer and liquor.
Closed for the shoulder season. This market-driven eatery with seasonal American menus, located at Canyons Village will reopen for ski season.
Fuego Bistro and Pizzeria
This neighborhood Italian bistro, one of Park City’s most affordable restaurants, will be open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
This upscale spot for Italian classics is making things simple – and delicious – with $5 Thursdays: Dig into dishes like chicken parmesan with farfalle, penne Bolognese, or spaghetti and meatballs for just $5, salads and calamari for $5, wines and local seasonal beer for $5, and a nightly dessert special for – yes – $5.
The restaurant will be open seven days a week through the fall: Sunday-Wednesday from 5-9:30 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 5-10 p.m. It’ll be closed Nov. 27-28.
The famed restaurant at Stein Eriksen Lodge is open through the fall.
Monday is locals’ night at this Italian mainstay. Enjoy entrees like horseradish-encrusted salmon or herb-and-garlic rubbed chicken for $14, grilled sirloin for just $15 – all served with delicious sides – plus fresh pastas for as little as $12, and a selection of four house wines at $6 each.
The restaurant will be open seven days a week through the fall: Sunday-Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5-10 p.m. It’ll be closed from Nov. 24-28.
And be sure to mark your calendars: Eat, drink and be scary at Grappa’s Halloween Party on Thursday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $75 and include food and drinks. Costumes are encouraged. For tickets visit bwhalloween.com.
Hearth and Hill
Hearth and Hill will offer Industry Night on Tuesdays offering happy hour pricing on happy hour specials all night long. Sundays at Hearth and Hill will offer Steak Nachos, a shot and a draft beer for $7.
High West Saloon and Distillery
High West Saloon will be closed starting November 16th and reopening for dinner service on December 4th. The General Store will remain open 7 days a week including Sunday for liquor sales. The annual Repeal Day party at HW Saloon Saturday, December 7th.
11:00am-9:-00am Sunday -Thursday
11:00am-10:00pm Friday & Saturday
High West Distillery will be closed starting November 1th and will reopen on December 5th. The General Store will remain open 7 days a week including Sunday for liquor sales.
11:00am-5:00pm Wednesday through Saturday
10:45am – 4:00pm Sunday (last seating for brunch at 2:00pm)
Thursday evenings – High West Supper Club 6:00-9:00pm starting December 5th.
The Nelson Cottage will offer prix-fixe dinners starting December 20th.
Main Street Deli & Eatery
Check out the new daily menu, featuring breakfast staples, gourmet sandwiches, house-made soups and sides, and a full salad bar, every day through the shoulder season from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Red Tail Grill
The rustic gastropub at Canyons Village is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Get $25 off any dinner of $75 or more at this family-owned mainstay. Shabu will be serving its renowned Japanese fare with sushi and shabu-shabu Thursday-Monday starting at 5 p.m.
This go-to spot for classic pan-Asian dishes and fresh sushi will be open seven days a week through the fall: Sunday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. It’ll be closed Nov. 27-28.
Troll Hallen Lounge at Stein Eriksen Lodge
Enjoy seasonal spirits and light fare at the lounge, which will be open through the fall.
This stylish, upscale restaurant and bar serving globally inspired cuisine is open for dinner through October from Wednesday-Sunday from 5:30-9:30 p.m., and for brunch Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Starting in November, the restaurant will be closed for dinner on Sunday.
Closed for the shoulder season. But don’t fret: This elegant bistro with the 1930s Shanghai vibe, regularly ranked one of the top restaurants in Park City, reopens for the winter Nov. 29.
Windy Ridge Café
It’s Taco Tuesday at Windy Ridge Café! Choose from savory chicken, beef, veggie, fish and shrimp tacos – each for just $2 to $3, and served together family-style. Plus cans of Model Especial are only $2.50, Tecate tall-boys $4, and martes margaritas for only $5.
On Oct. 24, beer dinner returns for its fourth year at Windy Ridge Café. From 6- 9 p.m., enjoy a delectable four-course dinner accompanies by six uniquely brewed Wasatch & Squatters Brewery beers. Tickets are $70 and are available at www.cafebeerdinner.com.
The café will remain open seven days a week through the fall season: Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’ll be closed Nov. 27-28.