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Deer Valley Dining

Deer Valley Dining

Food and skiing go hand in hand. To complement our review on Skiing Deer Valley, here’s my Deer Valley Dining Guide.

Deer Valley Dining Guide

First off, let’s talk bubbly. Leave it to Deer Valley to have a champagne yurt on the property!
The Montage hotel hosts the Veuve Clicquot champagne yurt. Located at the base of the yurt is an oasis of chic. Sip bubbly while the kids are in ski-school? Yes, seems like a good idea to me.


Every family deserves a special dinner and sleigh ride at Deer Valley. Fireside Dining will likely be the experience your kids remember for years to come. Inspired by favorites from the European Alps, this restaurant is a true delight. Start with the Swiss raclette cheese. I could easily make a meal of that alone paired with charcuterie and bread, But I always save space for the roast lamb and stews. Everything is served from five stone fireplaces. Go ahead, you’ve earned it after a long day of skiing!

veuve clicquot champagne yurt
Fireside dining at deer valley

Fireside Dining is located on the upper mountain area at Empire Canyon Lodge (Book here: 435-645-6632). Don’t forget the sleigh rides after dinner. Our kids will never be too old for a horse-drawn sleigh ride, jingle bells and all. For adults the buffet is $63, Children (12 years and younger) are $30.

One last tip from my server, “Most people go in order...cheese, stew, lamb, fondue.” That’s a great way to navigate this buffet. Or double-down on cheese and skip the chocolate fondue (I’m not a huge chocolate fan).

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seafood buffet oysters

I’ve experienced the Fireside dining before, it’s a favorite at Deer Valley. Now I have a second spot that will be on my “must experience” itinerary—the Seafood Buffet.
Located in the Snow Park Village base area, this is a seafood lovers’ paradise. (book it here 435-645-6632).

This Zagat-rated buffet has a cornucopia of underwater delights. I started with the poke bar and then got seriously sidetracked by the selection of four varieties of oysters. There are mountains of shrimp, soups, fish, and steamed delights too. Yes, there are non-seafood options. But why? Save a little room for dessert, or don’t and just gorge on oysters like I did. Priced at $68 per adult and $34 for kids 12 and under, this is a relative value. Especially since I consumed 12 oysters. Don’t judge.


Normally when I ski with Mr. Momtrends, I snack thru lunch or grab a quick bowl of chili somewhere. He doesn’t like to waste time on things like food while skiing (but he will let me take water and pee breaks). Thankfully on this trip, I was with a group of women. Our midday break was spent with a gourmet lunch at the Royal Street Café.

crab tower

Located mid-mountain at Silver Lake Lodge, the Royal Street Café is the spot to refuel in style. If you can, nab a table in the sun and watch the skiers come in. Don’t miss the Fresh Dungeness Crab Tower. It’s a vertical explosion of goodness. All the things I love piled high: avocado, tomato, pea sprouts, crispy spiced won tons, sauces of wasabi, soy and sweet chile. I had a little love affair with this dish. It’s that good.

Other can’t miss spots include Stein Erickson's Golderner Hirsch. Find out more here.
Want to get back to the ski coverage? Head here for more ski tips for your Deer Valley vacation.

TIP: When you book lodging, call and make dining reservations so you don’t miss out.

This is not a sponsored post. The trip was part of our Ski Utah coverage this year. Travel arrangements were made by Utah to facilitate this review.

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