Whether you’re in charge of the company holiday party or you need a place for your extended family to gather for dinner this holiday season, consider foregoing the stress of hosting an event (and a group the size of a small army) at your home and let one of these spacious venues do the work for you. You just do the mingling and the eating.
Clean, chic and modern, Blue Lemon in Highland is a great option for a classy but comfortable event. The large menu features healthy (but not weird-healthy), creative meals that will appeal to everyone. Blue Lemon also offers a great kids menu with items like Tuscan flat bread as well as classic mac and cheese. Entrees range from $8-$14.
2. Gloria’s Little Italy
Gloria’s serves authentic, made-from-scratch Italian food in downtown Provo. From the house-made pastas and sauces to the plentiful dessert bar, everyone will be leaving with a full belly. When it comes time to order dessert, ask for the Fuochi D’Artificio and thank us later. Entrees range from$12-$20.
3. Foundry Grill
Sundance is a must-see destination for out-of-towners, and Foundry Grill is a great gathering spot. The atmosphere is rustic and cozy, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot Robert Redford. Entrees, which change seasonally and include favorites like wood-fired pizza and baby back ribs, range from $17-$29.
Magleby’s is a local favorite. Luckily for you, Magleby’s now serves its famous French toast and buttermilk syrup all day. If breakfast for dinner isn’t your (or Aunt Rhonda’s) thing, choose from entrees like halibut and blackened chicken pasta. If it’s seafood you fancy, Magleby’s offers a seafood buffet every first Friday of the month. Oh, and don’t forget the chocolate cake. The menu ranges from $8-$17 for sandwiches and traditional entrees and goes up to $32 for buffets and prime cuts.
5. La Jolla Groves
One of Provo’s newer restaurants, La Jolla Groves has a fancy feel and a creative menu. La Jolla Groves serves New American food made with fresh, local ingredients as much as possible. Popular menu items include beef tenderloin medallions and cilantro butter-crusted salmon. Prices range from $10-$30.
6. Tucanos Brazilian Grill
You don’t have to know anything about Brazil to love a churrasco (Portuguese for barbecue). Tucanos offers a plentiful buffet of salads, fruits, veggies, breads and pastas, but the main reason people go is for the meat, which is continually brought to your table on a skewer until you put on the stop sign with your table’s wooden marker. Expect to eat more than usual and to be in a slightly busier-than-usual atmosphere. A full dinner churrasco is $21.95. Children 6 and under are free, churrascos for kids 7-12 are $8.95.
7. Harvest Restaurant
Harvest Restaurant at Thanksgiving Point serves incredible food in a nice, festive atmosphere. Guests can enjoy classic comforts like chicken pot pie, meatloaf and gourmet burgers or lighter fare like salmon and maple-pecan chicken. Prices range from $7.50-$14.50
8. Pizza Pie Cafe
If you’re looking for a completely casual atmosphere and menu, consider Pizza Pie Cafe, which offers a salad bar and a pizza buffet with more than a dozen kinds of pizza (plus dessert pizza.) Pizzas include traditional favorites like pepperoni and Hawaiian and also more unique toppings like scrambled eggs, potatoes and buffalo chicken. Adult dinner buffets are $8.25, kids 3 years old and up start at $2.50.