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Sundance til dawn

Your Very Unofficial Guide to Late Night Fun at Film Festivals Worldwide

For Foodies

By Lisa Lindo

What an amazingly crazy, busy day we had today. They scheduled us back to back to sit and chat with the meal makers in town. We met with Scott Benson who's the Chef at Lespri, Head Chef Seth Adams at Riverhorse, the Manager at Shabu, the Manager at Grappa, and Park City staple Chef Arturo of Chimayo to kibbitz on the planned spreads for the course of the fest. It was a great excuse to sample the best of the culinary options in town, and we're thrilled they all took the time to sit down and break bread. 

Sundance itself is a never-ending buffet of yummies laid out at almost every event, cocktail soiree, and VIP Lounge. But if you are in the mood to really have you some eatery, here are the places you want to check out. We really hate being on film, honest, but for you, we made an exception.


Open at 5 p.m. nightly in the winter and 5:30 p.m. nightly in the summer. 435-645-0636 151 Main Street

Grappa is consistenly ranked one of the best restaurants in town. If you’ve never been to Grappa before, it is truly unlike any other restaurant. Dining is set on 3 different levels in a historic boarding house from Park City’s mining days. The interior of the restaurant is warm, with original and historic pieces throughout. The second level is open in the center, looking down on the main level. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer lovely views of Main Street making Grappa a memorable Park City experience. They have a mostly Italian infused menu of pastas and signature entrees. Menu favorites include Osso Bucco, seared Duck Breast, Filet Mignon Toscano and Horseradish Encrusted Salmon.
“Bill White’s signature restaurant raised the stakes of dining in Park City
from the moment it opened. Imagine yourself in a rustic but elegant 
Tuscan farmhouse with fresh wildflowers cascading over the sun-drench decks 
in summer. Table service is as good as it gets and dishes like the grape salad 
with gorgonzola, roasted walnuts, and champagne vinaigrette or the osso buco 
are simply sensational. Grappa’s wine list is one of the best in the state, especially for 
hard-to-find Italian wines. Reservations are a must, and deposits are required during the
 Sundance Film Festival when it’s the place to be seen.”
~ Salt Lake Magazine

Chef Seth Adams at Riverhorse/Nikki Beach

435-649-3536 • 540 Main Street
Located in a modern, upstairs space halfway up Main Street, Riverhorse features an expansive high ceiling dining room with an abundance of daytime light streaming through both the large windows and from a lovely skylight in the ceiling. This, combined with the exposed brick, give Riverhorse the feeling of a downtown loft in SOHO. There is a private dining room available for smaller parties, and the restaurant itself features a deck that overhangs Main Street. Long-time local favorites like the Macadamia Nut Crusted Alaskan Halibut, or the Beef Filet Mignon, are always available. 

Riverhorse was the first restaurant in Utah to receive the DiRoNA Award. This very prestigious honor, dedicated to “excellence in dining," was bestowed that year on only 223 restaurants from throughout all of North America. Riverhorse also received a huge honor in the hospitality industry, when it was selected by the Mobil Travel Guide as one of the top 108 restaurants in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, again the first restaurant in Utah to ever receive this highly coveted award. In fact, Riverhorse is the only restaurant in the state to ever be honored with both the DiRoNA Award and the Mobil Four Star Award.

Chimayo with iconic Park City Chef Arturo Flores

435-649-6222 • 368 Main Street

Chef Arturo captures the best characteristics of the cuisine of the Southwest and rolls them seamlessly together with the more refined and elegant style of French-American gastronomy. Their medieval Mediterranean decore features a rustic and elegant interior with a roaring fireplace, stone walls, southwest tiles and wooden beams. An expansive, award winning wine list is available, along with top shelf margaritas and imported beers. Their stuff is zestful and spicy, and you're gonna need reservations way ahead of the festival to get in to this people watching spot.

Lespri Prime Steak & Sushi Bar

435.649.5900 • 1765 Sidewinder Drive

Sushi bar, wine bar, steakhouse. It's located only a minute from Main Street and all the festival venues. They infuse special curries, lemon grass ginger, and other unique twists on traditional sushi dishes, and Chef Scott Benson has bent over backwards to make sure his sushi is sustainable. Glutten free attendees have plenty of options on the menu, and their roasted coconut salmon with pineapple salsa is really delicious. It's also a great place to rent a private room for a smaller more intimate group dinner. He serves what is considered in the top 2% of USDA Prime meat quality worldwide, the highest sushi grade fish selection and Robert Parker of Wine Spectator says they have a 90 point+ wine list.

Lepsri's Private Dining Room Is Available For Events

Main Street Pizza & Noodle

530 Main Street • 435.645.8878

We love this place because it is open til 3 a.m., and it's on Main Street. At the end of a late night of partying and schmoozing sessions you usually need some nourishment. The good news is that they do have more than pizza. They serve up great pastas and large salads, but think about ordering their pizza 'cause it's fab. 

Even waiting in line for a table there can be a networking opportunity. Pretty much everyone there is in town for the festival, so don't forget to have business cards on you. When in Park City, the chance to make serious contacts is always present, so take advantage of that time. 

One night of the festival, a few of us kept the party going dancing in the hallway of the restaurant after it closed. Very silly, all of us. But as we mention alot on this site, you don't just dance at Sundance, you celebrate life and friendships dear.