A themed restaurant makes dinner an experience!
We all love a good theme, whether it’s for parties, home décor, style, or even restaurants. There’s something about a dining experience that really embraces a theme. Utah is home to some incredible themed restaurants and eateries that will add some fun to your family night out.
Studio 5 Food Editor Chelsea Fairbourn has curated a list of Utah’s most unique experiential eating options.
Find more recommendations from Chelsea on Instagram, @yourgirlneedsfood.
6 Themed Restaurants to Try
Experiential eating, often found in themed restaurants, goes beyond the food itself. It’s about creating a full sensory experience, where the atmosphere, décor, and ambiance transport you to a different time or place. As Chelsea puts it, “It can be highbrow, and then you can be eating food from a bucket like a horse trough almost. So it’s really dynamic.”
Up in northern Utah, you’ll find the delightful Prairie Schooner restaurant. It offers a unique experience where you eat inside covered wagons, bringing to life the spirit of the Wild West. While the food is fairly traditional, with a focus on steakhouse classics, the ambiance and atmosphere make this a memorable family outing.
By the Bucket
By the Bucket is a fun and creative dining experience. As the name suggests, you they serve your favorite spaghetti dishes in buckets. You can choose your sauce and add-ins, and don’t forget the side of garlic bread to complement your bucket of spaghetti. It’s perfect for families with big appetites.
If you’re looking for a more refined dining experience, Tuscany is an excellent choice. This restaurant offers a fine dining experience with a Tuscan-inspired atmosphere. The menu features classic Italian fare, including house-made pastas, appetizers, and entrees. It’s an ideal spot for a romantic date night or a special celebration.
Billy Blanco’s is a restaurant in Park City that seamlessly combines Mexican Cantina vibes with a garage roadhouse aesthetic. This unique fusion creates an atmosphere that’s visually stimulating. The menu features a wide range of Mexican Cantina staples, including burritos, tacos, and fajitas. And for those looking for something different, there are burgers and other options to satisfy every palate.
If you’re in the mood for something sweet and whimsical, Pink Sweets in Riverton is the perfect destination. This charming café is a haven for pink-themed desserts and drinks. Everything in the restaurant is pink, creating a playful, Instagram-worthy setting. From milkshakes to pastries and specialty desserts, Pink Sweets is a delightful spot for a girls night out or a sweet treat with friends.
Brooker’s Founding Flavors
For history buffs with a sweet tooth, Brooker’s Founding Flavors is a must-visit. This ice cream parlor takes its theme seriously, immersing visitors in a Founding Fathers-inspired setting. Employees dress up as historical figures, and the ice cream flavors are named after famous figures from American history. It’s a fun and educational experience, and the ice cream is delicious to boot.