The character of Park City has been greatly influenced by its location in the Wasatch Mountain Range giving the city a feeling isolation although the city is only 32 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City.
Although the city is now mostly a resort town known for its great skiing and other outdoor activities, its mining roots keeps the town from being too yuppified and maintains a friendly and down-to-earth feel. This binary phenomenon is also reflected in the Sundance Film Festival when celebrities come in droves to celebrate both accomplished filmmakers and relatively unknown talents.
Quite a small town, it is difficult to divide Park City itself into districts. Still, there are a few areas of town with distinct personalities.
The Main Street area is the center of Park City. Its Victorian buildings and colorful storefronts make the area quaint and picturesque. The Egyptian Theatre Company is located here where many films for the Sundance Film Festival are screened. The nightlife of Park City is most vibrant on Main Street. Here you can get drinks from the Wasatch Brew Pub or any number of other bars and restaurants late into the night. Main Street is also the center for shopping and contains many art galleries and boutiques such as Mary Jane's and Bunya Bunya , among other independent stores.
Additionally, Main Street tends to be be where many of the cultural festivals are held. The Park Silly Sunday Market, the parades at July 4th Park City's Traditional Independence Day Celebration and the Miner's Day Parade and Celebration , and the Kimball Arts Festival all take place on Main Street.
A much newer area of town than Main Street , Prospector Square is a planned business community and has a more formal feeling. The layout and buildings are less unique than in other parts of the city, but the grounds are well maintained. Numerous hotels are also located in and around this area.
Prospector Square is busier during the day due to its business emphasis. Still, there is a lively restaurant scene which includes Windy Ridge Cafe and Blind Dog .
The three main ski resorts, Canyons , Deer Valley Resort , and Park City Mountain Resort all are fabulous ski resorts in the winter and full of festivals and summer activities in the summer. A lively and festive atmosphere is maintained year round.
Kimball Junction is north of the city, located near Utah Olympic Park and encompasses the Tanger Outlet Center . Along with outlets for many big clothing brands, this area is also filled with chain hotels and restaurants for a taste of the familiar.
There are numerous smaller cities surrounding Park City, although the Heber Valley, with Heber City and Midway are the biggest ones of note. Just south of Park City and with great golfing and skiing of their own as well as some cute shops and cafes, they provide an alternative to or a great short trip from Park City. With a slightly more "country" feel than its northern neighbor, Heber City hosts the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship & Country Festival and Heber City's Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair .
Dining in Park City can range from being a cosmopolitan experience to a jeans-and-sweatshirt affair, with over a hundred bars and restaurants to choose from.
The main thoroughfare running through downtown is Main Street , where the highest concentration of restaurants can be found. The oldest of these is Red Banjo Pizza Parlour , which has been family owned and operated since 1962. You can't miss the building- it is bright red with white trim, and patrons can enjoy fresh hand-tossed pizzas whole or by the slice on the second-story deck overlooking the street. Another "come as you are" establishment is Copper Creek Pub & Grub , where you can play a game of pool or watch the game. If you're really hungry, try their famous "Chubby Melt" - a half-pound of ground chuck patty between two grilled cheese sandwiches, covered with grilled onions, mushrooms, and thousand island dressing. Of course, if you're looking for a real sports bar, the best place to watch a game would probably be Doolan's Sports Bar & Grill , where you'll find 23 TVs, 13 of which are plasmas, and one 108-inch big screen.
Feeling more upscale? 350 Main specializes in seafood served with an Asian flair. Don't leave without trying the Black Sesame Sea Scallops. Along the same lines, you can find many international cuisines on one block. Kampai is the place to go for Japanese food, and locals flock to this humble establishment for the sushi. Bangkok Thai on Main , just a few steps away, has been hailed as the best Thai in Utah. Go down one block and you'll find Cafe Terigo , a Park City favorite for contemporary European cuisine. On warm days, be sure to get a seat at the small shaded patio. Grappa , located near the bottom of Main Street , where the buildings start looking more residential, is one of the finest restaurants in the city, where patrons can enjoy a glass of wine while sampling the freshest Italian cuisine. Another highly acclaimed restaurant is Chimayo , which serves excellent Southwestern fare in charming rustic surroundings. Meat lovers should head straight to Claim-Jumper Steakhouse or Butcher's Chop House & Bar , where they can satisfy their red meat cravings with thick, juicy cuts of meat, grilled or roasted to perfection. A must-stop destination is Zoom , located in a building that used to be a Union Pacific Depot. Owned by Sundance mogul Robert Redford, this trendy restaurant brings creative cuisine to the base of Park City's historic Main Street .
The eastern area of Park City between downtown and Kearns Boulevard is known as Prospector Square. The restaurants and eateries out here are good alternatives if you want to avoid the throngs of people flocking to Main Street . Blind Dog , a restaurant which encompasses multiple styles of cuisines, has won awards for their wine list, steaks, and crab cakes. They also have an outstanding sushi bar. Adolph's is a Swiss chalet of sorts, and its cozy exterior, romantic candlelight, and delicious food make it perfect for dinner and drinks after a day on the slopes. Windy Ridge Cafe serves up hearty comfort food in an upscale setting, while Wasatch Bagel Cafe is a good place to go for a quick tasty bite.
Traveling south of downtown to the Deer Valley area, you'll find gems such as Olive Barrel , nestled high in the mountains, or the Goldener Hirsch Restaurant , located in the inn bearing the same name. There they serve European cuisine on fine bone china at carved tables imported from Austria.
No matter where you go in Park City, you're bound to find a restaurant to suit your taste and budget.