Ruth's Diner

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Ruth's Diner is charming restaurant located in Emigration Canyon serving award-winning comfort food.

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Thomas Bracken


Ruth’s is a family friendly restaurant and has been a tradition for many families for quite some time. It’s a very popular spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, so you may find yourself waiting for a bit to get seated, but it’s well worth your visit. Make sure you visit this fantastic restaurant while planning to do some serious hiking or climbing.

Ruth’s Diner is known throughout the Salt Lake Valley as THE place to eat a nice hearty breakfast. You can also save the Ruth’s experience for dinner as a reward for a ride, hike, or climb well-done. Located in gorgeous Emigration Canyon, Ruth’s is comfort food at its finest. For breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, Ruth’s is very, very tough to beat.

What Makes it Great

Ruth’s Diner is Utah’s second oldest operating restaurant and was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives with Guy Fieri. It has a rich history. You can read more on the fun history of the restaurant here. The menu at Ruth’s is a collection of family favorites and comfort classics from the family cookbook. Forget about the weenie calorie- and carb-counting. Remember—you put in the miles (or vertical feet) to earn yourself a filling, delicious home-cooked meal. That’s just what Ruth’s is famous for. Favorites include the mile High Biscuits and Gravy, the Emigration Scrambler, the Deep-Fried Mac and Cheese, and, of course, Ruth’s famous Meat Loaf.

Ruth’s prices are quite reasonable. Breakfasts range from $6 to $12. Servings are very generous. Lunch, which consists mainly of sandwiches, burgers, and a few Mexican items, falls into roughly the same range. Dinner entrees fall between $12 and $19. Be prepared to spend $40 on your (very impressed and completely full) lunch date.

What You’ll Remember During the warmer times of the year, you can enjoy some live music while seated outside in the patio area and enjoy the spectacular views of the canyon. The Stuffed Pork Chop does quite nicely for dinner. The 12-oz. center cut bone-in pork chop is stuffed with roasted tomatoes, spinach, cream cheese and pine nuts with a Dijon brandy, and green peppercorn cream sauce. The mashed potatoes and asparagus sides add a nice finishing touch. After some adventuring in the outdoors all day, you won’t feel bad indulging in this delectable dish.

Who’s Going to Love It The rice-cakes-only health food fanatics will find Ruth’s a bit rich, but everyone else loves it. 

Parking, Trailheads, & Hours To get to Ruth’s Diner from Salt Lake City, go east on 800 South, and it’ll turn into Sunnyside Avenue. Go past the University of Utah student housing on your left, and then past Hogle Zoo and This is the Place Monument. Continue up the canyon less than two miles and Ruth’s Diner will be on your right. Parking is free and plentiful. After breakfast, lunch, or dinner, a drive up Emigration Canyon is always a sight-seers treat. Watch out for road bikers in the summer, though—they ride for miles to conquer Emigration. Ruth’s is open daily from 8am to 10pm.

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Ruth's Diner

4160 Emigration Canyon Road
Salt Lake City, UT, 84108
40.76168, -111.780384

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