How to Get the Most out of Historic Main Street
Of course you’ll visit Historic Main Street—everyone does, and so should you. It’s the main drag of what’s known as “Old Town”. If we were gnarly miners in the late 1800s, we’d be drinking in saloons, gambling, and maybe even hanging out in brothels. These days, you’ll still find several bars on Main Street, but they’re scattered amongst galleries, high-end shops, and super posh restaurants. The area is nestled into the mountains, among cute and colorful homes built during the early 1900s mining boom.
With dozens of restaurants, a surprising number of art galleries and countless shops, it’s easy to stroll into some gems, even by accident. But it’s equally easy to find yourself unimpressed with yet another tacky t-shirt shop or real estate office selling time shares. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
Here are some of the highlights we suggest our out-of-town friends visit, and as a Stay Park City patron we’ll freely share them with you. Many of these recommendations are also highlighted in other sections, such as food and drinks.
Local Tip: It’s fun to walk and explore Main Street. But for the non-walkers, look for the Historic Main Street Trolley, offering free rides that span the length of the popular area.
— Best of Main Street Restaurants —
$$$$ Contemporary country-kitchen ambiance, and the most delightful tapas. Fresh local offerings, bistro-style seating, this is a true favorite.
$$$ For the intimate Italian café experience, check out Terigo, located mid-Main Street. Set in a charming brick building (with outdoor patio) you’ll find the surroundings to be romantic, as well as the food. Locals love the casual feel and frequent the lunch menu salads.
$$ Affordable Italian with indulgent wood-fired pizzas. Casual, classy and kid-friendly, this place will make Mom and Dad feel like they’re having a grown up dinner even with the kids in tow.
$$$$ A high-ceilinged atrium inside and seating that overlooks Historic Main Street on the outdoor deck, Riverhorse has won many awards for overall dining experience. Fine dining and extensive wine list. Locals know to frequent the Sunday brunch.
$$$ This is a local favorite. The ambiance is refined yet casual, the prices reasonable (which is not easy to say in relation to “Main Street”), the portions generous, and their American Western Cuisine is innovative and delicious.
$$$$ Bill White, Park City’s legendary restaurateur, lives up to his reputation with the Chimayo. The setting is festive and authentic, and the food is incredible (although you pay the price for it!). We love the signature margarita and the elk. We go here when someone else is buying.
$ Looking for cheap food, cheap beer and lots of locals? You’ve found it at Davanza’s. The pizza is actually quite good, and we highly recommend the tacos, French fries and fry sauce. The casual atmosphere is decorated with unique beer paraphernalia.
$ This is a good option for a quick lunch, or a meal on the go. The menu offers a nearly overwhelming variety of quality sandwiches on excellent bread. You could come here weekly for a year before ordering the same sandwich twice.
$$$$ Washo serves an eclectic and artistic mix of Asian cuisine influenced by French cooking techniques. This is another excellent Bill White restaurant offering five-star ambiance, five-star cuisine and five-star prices.
$$ Quality sushi located on the backside of lower Main Street without Main Street tourist prices. Offering a fun and energetic vibe with specialty rolls like Jessica Albacore, Tropic Thunder, and Chuck Norris, you’re bound to have a good time.
$$ A family friendly restaurant with delicious speciality pizzas. You order at the counter and find a seat, which is great if you’re not looking for full service. This is a popular tourist spot based on location, price, taste, and is family approved.
$$ The warm, soft lighting and ambiance makes this a festive choice year-round. Perfect for a date night or family dinner—share traditional Japanese sushi, specialty sakes, and other contemporary dishes derived from Korean and Japanese roots. Found in the middle section of Main Street, this is a great place to start your evening. Reservations are recommended.
— Best of Main Street Bars —
$$$$ Whiskey! This distillery is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. It’s got an Old West feeling, as the building itself used to be a stopping point for miners and their horses. Try a specialty whiskey drink even if you aren’t into that sort of thing. Distillery tours are available.
$$$$ A solid restaurant choice for steak and seafood, with a very comfortable bar. Casual enough for anyone, yet slightly sophisticated. Located at the base of Park City Mountain’s Town Lift. This place allows kids on the periphery of the bar (technically in the restaurant), which can be helpful if you’ve got the family in tow.
$$ The most popular bar is clearly the No Name, known by locals as “The Alamo”. This draws a slightly younger and louder crowd and has pretty good food, generally speaking. If you need a crowd to feel like you’re at the center of things, this is your place. Look for the deck overlooking Main Street on the second floor. As you wind through the establishment, you’ll find all kinds of old Park City memorabilia.
$$$$ A hip new scene in Park City. This is a great one to try if you’ve never been before. Great tapas, and an amazing, loungy ambiance. A newcomer, this place has already made a name for itself. Get a drink, or eat a full meal.
$$$ An intimate bar, garnished by dark wood and dimmed lights. You can’t beat this ambiance. You’ll find music on the weekend with a relatively low cover. The crowd here depends on the band.
$$$ Ya wanna dance? This is one of your only options. It can be easy to miss this venue because it’s really just a door on the east side of Main Street that leads downstairs into a secret music venue. But, surprisingly, they figured out how to lift the ceilings so it not the slightest bit dark or claustrophobic.
— Best of Main Street Coffee —
$ A charming teahouse and bookshop in one. Choose from their assortment of loose-leaf teas, even mixing them up for a unique blend. While you enjoy your drink, peruse a selection of used books, local crafts, and baked goods.
— Best of Main Street Art —
J GO Gallery is an intimate space filled with exciting artwork by contemporary artists who are reinterpreting Western art themes in bold and unexpected ways. Tucked away in an alcove of the gallery’s historic building space is the Wonderbox, a small room filled with strange objects of art and curiosities, where you can find a souvenir like no other.
The windows of Gallery MAR are continually changing creative installations that attract visitors into the bright and modern gallery space filled with equally interesting contemporary artwork.
Your visual sense will be rewarded with this fun and colorful collection of art by primarily Utah -based artists, and your taste buds will be satisfied by the numerous bowls of candy placed throughout the gallery.