The art of ambiance: Oteo captures a tasteful environment

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Locals head to Oteo for the food — and the unique dining experience is a bonus.

The Utah County Oteo family has put their heart and soul into creating an inviting, homegrown environment that matches their locally-sourced, flavorful fare. We chatted with Mosi Oteo, manager and son of head chef Sam Oteo, about how he created the the cool and cozy environment.

Wooden wonder

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Rustic wooden tables and chairs are relaxed, just like the menu’s tacos — which are best eaten with your hands.

Seeing red 

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Red accents, like the bar stools, are used throughout the restaurant. Using this bold color stimulates the appetite and provides a vivid pop of color.

The fine print 

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“Our food is humble food,” Mosi said. “We take simple ingredients and prepare them right.”

The menu is designed in a similar vein. Contained to one-page and in all lowercase letters, diners aren’t overwhelmed with a novel of choices, just a few hand-picked selections. Plus, because the menu evolves according to what is in season and customer requests, it’s easy to modify.

The restaurant’s exterior signage is also lowercase, continuing the casual theme.

Making the rounds

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Before modern civilization, families would gather around a campfire to eat their meals. Round tables are a throwback to this concept.

“Round tables are great because everyone is seen and involved,” Mosi said.

Stepping up to the plate

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At Oteo, the ingredients are simple, but the presentation shines. Each dish is plated to perfection on a simple white canvas.

Oteo (139 S. Street Street, Lindon) is open Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

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