Alta has a classic ski culture with cozy lodges for fireside dining, patios with views for bluebird days, casual family-style restaurants, upscale bistros, and laid-back slopeside aprés ski saloons and bars. From kick-starting your day with a shot of caffeine slopeside to shot skiing at a late-night aprés ski venue (and everything in between), there’s plenty of cafés, restaurants, and fun aprés venues to indulge in Alta! And … to set the record straight, you can get a drink in Utah!

Alta Ski Area Restaurants

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Albion Grill

Albion Day Lodge

Phone: (801) 832-1710

Monday-Friday: 8:30am to 5pm

Saturday-Sunday: 8am to 5pm

The Albion Grill is on the main level of the Albion Day Lodge near the base of Sunnyside and Albion lifts with indoor seating and the sunniest deck in town with views of Albion Basin and Devil’s Castle. Open for breakfast, lunch and grab & go snacks, you’ll find everything from pizzas, burgers, chili, soups, and deli sandwiches to hot drinks and cold microbrews. It’s where the ski school takes the kids so it can get busy but it’s quieter here than the Watson Shelter eateries. 

Alta Java

Albion Day Lodge

Phone: (801) 359-1078

Open Daily: 8 am to 5 pm

Alta Java serves up the best coffee in the Littlewood Canyon with delicious homemade pastries, biscotti, waffles, breakfast burritos, frittatas, and daily specials. Start the day or refuel with a three-shot latte or hot mulled cider while you soak up the sun and watch the skiers from the Adirondack chairs on Java Beach. 

Alta Lodge Dining Room

Phone: (801) 742-3500

Open Daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The Alta Lodge is a historic mountain lodge at the base of Wildcat and offers an affordable alternative to the on-mountain restaurants. The menu is limited but they offer great daily specials for a cozy sit-down lunch in the lodge dining room or a four-course dinner. The Alta Lodge is open year-round with brunch and lunch served on the sundeck in summer, live music, and tranquil Alta views. 

Alta Peruvian Lodge

Phone: (801) 742-3000

Open Daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy top-notch, family-style dining at the Alta Peruvian Lodge near the base of Wildcat. The lodge dining room serves a buffet breakfast, casual lunches, and family-style four-course dinners with a Grand Buffet Night on Saturdays. Don’t forget the fantastic aprés ski in the Peruvian bar on the second floor. 

Rustler Lodge Dining Room

Phone: (801) 742-4200

Open Daily for Lunch: 12 pm to 2 pm

Dinner: 6pm to 9pm

Alta’s Rustler Lodge (the “Best Kept Secret on the Mountain”) is located between the Wildcat and Sunnyside base areas with magnificent views of Eagle’s Nest from the dining room. Enjoy a casual lunch or delicious four-course prix-fixe menu and perfectly paired wine in an elegant setting, followed by upscale aprés ski in the Eagle’s Nest Lounge. 

Shallow Shaft

Phone: (801) 742-2177

Unfortunately, Shallow Shaft is closed for the 2021-22 winter season, but it cannot be excluded from the best restaurants in Alta. This independently-owned restaurant boasts the best casual fine dining in Little Cottonwood Canyon in a warm, rustic atmosphere with an award-winning menu, one of Utah’s best wine lists, and spectacular sunset views! 

Slope Side Café

Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge

Phone: (801) 742-2300

Open Daily: 7 am to 5 pm

The Slope Side Café is accessed from the patio of the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge just steps from the Collins and Wildcat ski lifts. They offer a great selection of breakfasts, soups, salads, burgers, coffee, and beer with outside seating for bluebird days and a games room to keep the kids entertained. 

Snowpine Lodge: Swen’s Restaurant

Snowpine Lodge

Phone: (801) 742-2000

Open Daily for Breakfast: 7am to 10am

Dinner Thursday-Saturday: 5pm to 9pm

Swen’s Restaurant offers a refined dining experience in the Snowpine Lodge, Alta’s first luxury ski lodge. The menu offers something for every palate from a children’s menu and simple fare to gourmet dishes, with an extensive wine and beer list for pairing. The setting is superb – modern rustic interiors, an open-style kitchen, and walls of glass with stunning views of the Alta ski slopes. End your evening with stylish aprés ski in the Gulch Pub. 

Top of the Lodge Restaurant

Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge

Phone: (801) 742-2300

Open Daily for Breakfast: 7 am to 10 am

Aprés Ski: 4 pm to 5 pm

Dinner: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

The Top of the Lodge Restaurant on the upper level of the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge serves breakfast and a four-course a la carte dinner in an inviting alpine setting overlooking the slopes of Alta. For family-friendly aprés ski and late-night vibes head to the Saloon.

On Mountain Cafes & Lunch Venues

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Alf’s Restaurant

Mid Mountain

Phone: (801) 799-2295

Open Daily: 10 am to 3 pm

Alf’s is a scenic ski-in lunch spot mid-mountain at the base of Alta Supreme and Sugarloaf Lifts with a great selection of grill options for hungry skiers, indoor and outdoor seating, and stunning views of Albion Basin and Devil’s Castle. A convenient pit stop for lunch, a hot drink, or cold beer! Be sure to check out the Alta history display and antique ski photos from the late 1800s.  

Baldy Brews

Watson Shelter

Open Daily: 9:30 am to 4 pm

The Watson Shelter is located mid-mountain near the Collins Angle Station and below the top of Wildcat Lift and is the perfect place to take a break from the slopes (accessible for intermediate and expert skiers). Baldy Brews has an espresso bar, tea, and cocoa to warm up, refreshing local beer on tap, and a basic menu with baked goods and daily specials. There’s indoor and outdoor seating on the snow and a slopeside window for grab-and-go food. 

Collins Grill

Watson Shelter

Phone: (801) 799-2297

Open Wednesday-Sunday: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

The Collins Grill is a European-style bistro perched at 9,300 ft on the 3rd floor of Watson Shelter with panoramic views of the Wasatch Mountains. Trade your ski boots for slippers and enjoy an elevated Alta dining experience with a changing chalkboard menu of small plates and appetizers, daily specials, wine, beer, and aprés cocktails. 

Watson Café

Watson Shelter

Phone: (801) 799-2296

Open Daily: 10am to 3:30pm

The Watson Café takes up two levels of the Watson Shelter with indoor seating, an outdoor deck, and views of the Alta ski slopes, Mount Superior and Mount Baldy. They have a classic ski café menu with Utah’s best 100% grass-fed beef burger, hot drinks, cold beer, and grab-and-go items to snack on the slopes. 

Mid-Gad Restaurant

Snowbird Resort

Phone: (801) 933-2222

Open: Daily for Grab & Go – 9 am to 3:30 pm

Lunch – 11 am to 2.30 pm

If you’re exploring the slopes of Snowbird, the only mid-mountain stop for a refuel is the Mid-Gad Restaurant located at the top of Snowbird’s Mid-Gad chairlift.  It’s easily accessible for all skiers and snowboarders with indoor and outdoor settings to refuel with gorgeous canyon views. 

The Summit at Snowbird

Snowbird Resort

Open Daily for Grab & Go: 9 am to 3.30 pm

Lunch: 11am to 2.30pm

For a unique experience ride the Aerial Tram to The Summit perched at 11,000 feet on the top of Hidden Peak at Snowbird Resort, accessible to skiers and non-skiers via the tram. Trade the traditional ski mountain fare of hamburgers, fries, and fast food for a French-inspired menu, warm cast iron desserts, and cold mountain brews.

Aprés Ski in Alta

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Eagles Nest Lounge

Rustler Lodge

Phone: (801) 742-4200

Open Daily: 3pm to 11pm

The Eagles Nest Lounge in Alta’s Rustler Lodge offers quieter, laid-back aprés ski in an upscale setting with cozy couches, a welcoming wood-burning fireplace, and panoramic views of the Alta Ski Area. There’s a wide selection of liquor, fine wines, and beer to warm your ski bones. 

Gulch Pub

Snowpine Lodge

Phone: (801) 742-2000

Open Monday-Thursday: 2pm to 9pm

Friday-Sunday: 12 pm to 9 pm

The Gulch Pub is another Alta favorite for an upscale aprés experience. The atmosphere is cozy with leather sofas, bistro-style tables, a wood-burning fireplace, and big views! They offer a unique aprés ski menu with small bites, big bites, and dessert so you can stay settled or continue the evening with sumptuous fine dining at Swen’s. 

Sitzmark Club

Alta Lodge

Phone: (800) 707-2582

Lodge Guests Only for the 2021-2022 Winter Season

The Sitzmark Club is a classic and intimate ski bar in the historic Alta Lodge named one of “10 great places for aprés-ski nightlife in North America”. Unfortunately, the Sitzmark Club is only open to Alta Lodge guests for the 2021-2022 winter season but as one of the coziest ski bars in Alta, it’s worth adding to your wish list. 

The Peruvian Bar

Alta Peruvian Lodge

Phone: (801) 742-3000

Open Daily: 3:30pm to 10pm

Hang with the locals, meet fellow skiers and soak up great mountain views, live local music, delicious aprés drinks, and shotski boards at the Peruvian Bar, or P-Dog as we call it here in Alta. This eclectic aprés ski hangout is a local favorite and one of the liveliest aprés ski bars in Alta.   

The Saloon at Goldminer’s Daughter

Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge

Phone: (801) 742-2300

Open Daily to 11pm

Lodge Guests Only for the 2021-2022 Winter Season

For family-friendly aprés ski (and a great ski-in lunch!), the Saloon at Goldminer’s Daughter goes unbeaten! Just steps from the ski mountain The Saloon has big comfy couches, a crackling stone fireplace, pool tables, and a menu of starters, small plates, and the famous Goldminer’s pizza.

Dining & Aprés Ski at Snowbird Resort

Alta is a skiers-only resort, but Snowbird Resort is rated one of the top 5 freeride destinations in the US and Alta Chalets has luxury ski-in/-ski-out Snowbird condos within walking distance to Snowbird’s restaurants and aprés ski bars. From casual coffee shops and pizza places to retro 70s grills and intimate bistros, you get to enjoy a variety of restaurants and aprés ski bars steps from home when you stay in Snowbird with Alta Chalets.