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The Park Cafe is a restaurant that has been a part of Liberty Park's culture since 1984. They serve great food at reasonable prices.

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Thomas Bracken


The Park Café has been a Salt Lake City favorite since it was founded in 1984. Legendary for great food, and even greater prices, you’ll always find a good-sized gathering of locals refueling happily. This is not a wimpy calorie-counters’ menu. 

What Makes It Great The Park Café’s food delivers the delicious punch you need before a day of serious powder or to replace the calories spent hammering mile after mile of steep singletrack.

The prices really are great at the Park Café. Breakfasts generally range from $6 to $8, while lunch is about the same. Even the burgers are inexpensive—the bacon cheeseburger is less than $8!

The atmosphere at the Park Café is definitely casual Salt Lake City (with a liberal lean). The service is excellent. There is both seating inside and outside on the patio, and if you have a well-behaved pup, they can sit out on the patio with you while you eat.

Liberty Park, the oldest park in Salt Lake City, is just across the street from the Park Café. A relaxed stroll around liberty Park is a great way to let your Park Café meal settle in. Liberty Park was founded in 1882. The 100-acre area is a favorite for walkers, runners, cyclists, families, dog owners, and the occasional barbecue king. Liberty Park is also the home of the Tracy Aviary, a beautiful exhibit of birds and their habitats along the Western Hemispheric Flyway.

The best time to head to the Park Café is during the week. It does get pretty packed on weekends no matter what time of day it is. The food is that good, and the prices are more than reasonable. Alcohol is not served at the Park Café. It is family friendly and a good place for you to replenish from the outdoors.

What You’ll Remember The menu is legendary. One of the Park Café’s perennial favorites—the Michigan Hash—is a big, delicious, filling plate built to deliver the nutrients that an outdoor enthusiast needs. When they say hash, they mean potatoes mixed with sausage, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and all of this is topped with cheddar cheese and two eggs. Be warned—a finished plate of Michigan Hash means a food coma almost every time, followed by a smooth, bonk-proof flow of all-day energy. Other selections include omelets, bacon and eggs, biscuits and gravy, sandwiches, and hamburgers. Lighter fare includes pancakes, French toast, soups and salads.

Who’s Going to Love It Other than vegans and folks who eat kale three times a day, everyone will love the Park Café’s menu of delicious comfort food at great prices.

Parking, Trailheads, & Hours The Park Café is conveniently located and very easy to find. It’s just minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. The easiest way to get there is to take 700e to 1300s. The café is on the corner of 600e and 1300s. It’s just across the street from the main entrance to Liberty Park. Street parking is free and plentiful in the area. Open from 7am to 3pm daily, the Park Café serves breakfast and lunch.

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Park Cafe

604 East 1300 South
Salt Lake City, UT, 84105
40.741364, -111.873671

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