Pago in Salt Lake

Pago, Salt Lake City UT

Reviewed by Becky

Pago is a unique spot for Salt Lake City diners. It provides fresh and local gourmet cuisine in the popular neighborhood of 9th and 9th. They use the ‘farm to table’ restaurant model, going back to the basics and staying local. The goal is to limit the human impact on the environment—less flying, driving and fuel consumption (all of which leaves a smaller “eco-footprint”). Farm-fresh fare is also packed with nutrients, doesn’t have to be sprayed with chemicals to protect it for the long haul to the restaurant, and just plain tastes good. Everybody wins, from farmer to chef to diner.

At Pago, their small restaurant gives off an exclusive feel, yet they provide friendly and knowledgeable service. I recommend making a reservation because of the size of the dining area. All of the food that Pago serves is locally produced and seasonal, so their menu changes.

I tried their lunch when they first opened and was really impressed. I ordered a beet salad that was delicious. It seems like beets are gaining in popularity because I’m seeing them on menus everywhere. I also enjoy the beet salad at Purple Sage in Park City and Haven in St. George.

Most recently we ate dinner with a group of our closest friends to celebrate our friend, Evan, who was in town. Evan is a sommelier and works at Quivera, a vineyard in California. We brought with us some wine from his vineyard to enjoy with our meal and also enjoyed some excellent champagne that they had at Pago.

We all ordered different dishes and tasted some of the best flavors of Salt Lake foods. I enjoyed the Quail stuffed with Moroccan spiced Couscous. Others tried the hand-made Pasta and Wild Mushrooms, the Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato hash over Winter Greens, and the house Corn Chowder. We also all enjoyed the bruchetta and the muffins made with local Barely Buzzed Beehive Cheese.

Some of the local food providers for Pago include Amano Chocolate, Beehive Cheese Co., Bell Organics, Canyon Meadows Ranch, Clifford Farms, East Farms, Keith Bryce, Morgan Valley Lamb, Utah Brewers Cooperative, Taylor Made Beef, Tea Grotto

878 S 900 E
Lunch: Tuesday – Friday 11am – 3pm
Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday 5pm – 9pm (Until 10pm Saturday & Sunday)
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11am – 3pm
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Comments (6)

  1. I really enjoy your photos and reviews! I was wondering if you'd mention whether a place might be a good option for vegetarians/vegans. in future reviews. Either way, loving your site. :)-Mandi

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