Whipping up a feast—a must during the holidays—may not be at the top of your list this season. After all, Park City's snow-capped mountains and hoppin' town tend to draw us away from the kitchen as we time spent on the slopes... or the trails...or at the theater... or the local après shindig or... Thankfully, Park City restaurants have it covered. Following is just a sampling of the smorgasbord of options for festive dining specials from Christmas to New Year's Day. (For a complete rundown of dining options in and around Park City, visit our Restaurant Guide here.)
Escala Provisions Restaurant at Hyatt Centric Park City
Christmas Eve: Buffet, $55 per person, $27.50 for children ages 6-12
New Year’s Eve: Buffet, $65 per person, $32.50 for children
A great option for families staying in Canyons Village, Escala brings classic fare to diners on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. The dinners will feature selections such as mustard-crusted prime rib, cranberry glazed ham, Mary’s chicken with a sour cherry reduction, and herb-crusted salmon, plus an array of sides and starters such as bacon mac and cheese, corn pudding, celery root and pear soup, salads, breads, and a host of pies and cakes for dessert. New Year’s Eve features special desserts including chocolate fondue and fig-bread pudding with eggnog sauce.
Powder at Waldorf Astoria Park City
Christmas Eve: Family-style prix fixe; $69 per person, $34 for children ages 4-12
Christmas Day: Three-course prix fixe; $55 per person, $35 for children
New Year’s Eve: Five-course prix fixe, $95 per person
Also set in Canyons Village, Waldorf Astoria's Powder is offering three special family prix fixe experiences. Christmas Eve features a modern mountain menu driven by the holiday season and the finest ingredients, including lobster-tuna salad, Niman Ranch roasted lamb loin, and five spiced-roasted butternut squash soup, followed by seared diver scallops, duck two ways (breast and confit), wagyu bavette, and dessert of Vienna-style cheese cake.
Tuck into a Christmas Day lunch full of inspired selections, starting with a choice of lobster lemon grass soup or roasted brussels sprout salad, followed by a choice of rack of lamb, salmon filet, roasted organic chicken breast or mushroom ragu. For dessert, choose between praline white chocolate mouse, raspberry mascarpone or flourless chocolate terrine.
Powder's famed New Year’s Eve celebration opens with caviar blini and oyster, followed by a choice of yellowfin tuna and scallop tartare or beets and goat cheese. Enjoy porcini mushroom consommé and a champagne intermezzo, then an entrée of either venison and veal loin or Chilean sea bass, followed by New Year’s Surprise for dessert featuring Tahitian vanilla, fromage blanc and raspberries.
Christmas Eve: 3-course prix fixe, $48.75 per guest
NYE: 3-course prix fixe, $79.75 per guest
If you want to get away from the resorts and the bustle of Main Street, head over to Grub Steak where a large fireplace and Western memorabilia create a cozy atmosphere. For the holidays, the steakhouse is serving a pair of sumptuous three-course dinners. On Christmas Day, start with your choice of baby romaine Caesar salad, wild rice and mushroom soup, or Park City’s best salad bar, followed by an entrée of Snake River Farms slow-roasted pork loin with cabernet jus and a choice of side, plus chocolate crème brûlée for dessert.
For New Year’s Eve, choose between the Caesar, wild rice and mushroom soup, or the salad bar, followed by surf-and-turf of herb-roasted striploin with a forest mushroom demi glace and Maine lobster tail. Dessert is a classic: chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream and fresh berries.
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, NYE: Nightly specials, plus regular menu
The charming, European-style lodge's award-winning restaurant, the Goldener Hirsch will be offering nightly specials in addition to its regular à la carte menus, including selections such as Maine lobster, 22-ounce dry-aged bone-in ribeye, Maui Nui Axis venison, foie gras with burgundy winter truffles, and a selection of domestic and imported caviar with traditional accompaniments
Fireside Dining at Empire Canyon Lodge
New Year’s Eve: Adults $100 per person, Children (6-11 years) $40, Children (5 years and under) $10. Prices do not include beverages, tax or gratuity
Tucked away in the heart of Deer Valley, Fireside Dining draws inspiration from the Alps, serving up sumptuous fare all cooked over stone fireplaces. This unique dining experience is a must in Park City and there's no better time than New Year's Eve. This year's menu offers a selection of salads and soups, dinner specials including wild boar schnitzel, almond flour-dusted trout, veal and wild mushroom strew, hand grated Rösti potatoes, fire-roasted lamb leg, juniper-rubbed prime rib, purple potato gnocchi, Seahive Cheddar and miso butter, and roasted butternut squash. If you're feeling adventurous, we suggest booking a horse-drawn sleigh or trekking up to dinner on snowshoes! (Reservation: 435.645.6632)
Finally, if you'd rather have a more private dining experience in the comfort of your own home, but aren't keen on cooking yourself, check out the holiday takeaway menus from Deer Valley Grocery Café where you can find a host of delicious dishes including Niman Ranch beef short ribs, wild mushrooms soup, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, and roasted butternut squash plus numerous, mouth-watering desserts. (Orders must be placed by 6 p.m. Dec. 21, and picked up by 6 p.m. Dec. 23, 24 or 25).