Ogden Restaurant Week
The fifth annual Ogden Restaurant Week takes place April 6-15.
Whether you’re in the mood for sandwiches or sushi, pizza or pasta, burgers or burritos, Ogden Restaurant Week offers foodies and bargain-hunters alike the chance to explore the menus of some of Northern Utah’s best independent and locally owned restaurants at a fraction of the usual price.
“Ogden Restaurant Week offers a dining option for every budget and price point,” says Sydnie Furton, marketing and public relations manager for Visit Ogden. “This is a spectacular event that shows how delicious and affordable independently owned restaurants are in downtown Ogden.” Diners can enjoy a two-course lunch for $10 or a three-course dinner for $17 at dozens of downtown-area eateries.
Local restaurateurs inspired by the success of restaurant weeks in other cities came together in 2013 to help support downtown Ogden and highlight the area’s culinary variety. “There is something for everyone,” Furton says. “There’s anything from burgers to sushi, farm-to-table to quick-serve, and romantic night out to family night out.”
Since its inception, the number of participating restaurants has more than doubled. Attendance is also growing as more people from outside Ogden discover the tradition. In fact, Alex Montanez, owner of Rovali’s Ristorante, says about 40 percent of his guests during restaurant week are new patrons.
“People from outside of Ogden are really quite surprised about the variety of food we have, the different flavors, types of cuisine and customer service,” Montanez says. “There are so many excellent restaurants in downtown Ogden. It’s one of the best-kept secrets.”
A Few of the Participants
Some of the participating restaurants for 2017 include Rovali’s Ristorante, Tona Sushi Bar and Grill, Sonora Grill, Roosters Brewing Company, Lucky Slice Pizza, Pig & A Jelly Jar II, Hearth on 25th, Even Stevens Sandwiches, and Zucca Trattoria.
Chase Burch with Lucky Slice Pizza and Montanez with Rovali’s Ristorante say their restaurants offer new menu items specifically for the event.
“It’s a new experience for people who have been attending our restaurant and for those who are trying it for the first time,” Burch says. “I think it offers them a fresh new perspective on the culinary arts that are alive and well in Ogden.”
Even though the eateries are located in the heart of downtown Ogden, they are easy to access. Ogden has plenty of free parking and a Frontrunner station within easy walking distance of the restaurants.
A Restaurant Week flag displayed outside each location makes it easy to identify participating restaurants. Attendees can review the participating restaurants and featured menu items in advance of the event at ogdenrestaurantweek.com.
Furton recommends making reservations (when available) for the busy weekend dinner hours. She also suggests adding an activity to your visit. The Junction is located near many of the restaurants and has a movie theater, bowling, indoor surfing and skydiving, climbing, and more.
But the best advice may be this from Burch: “Come with an open mind and an empty stomach.”