As Going Local has previously highlighted, Salt Lake City is home to a variety of restaurants, some more obvious than others. Tucked inside of The Little America Hotel in downtown is a surprise which is open to the public, and not just hotel guests. Lucky H Bar & Grille sits just past the grand lobby of the hotel just off of 500 South and Main Street, easily accessible from the freeway and all three lines of TRAX at the Courthouse station. It may be in the shadow of The Grand America, but it is not short on niceties.
Lucky H has a luxurious atmosphere, but it’s not over the top, with light fabric and paint tones and dark wood. In keeping with the mountain surroundings, there are lodge-style lights and chandeliers, including a large antler ceiling fixture to light the main dining room.
But a restaurant is nothing without great service and great food, even if it has a stunning atmosphere. However, Lucky H Bar & Grille has the distinct advantage of being a part of a well-regarded boutique hotel family which is known for their quality of service and attention to detail. This also translates into the restaurant itself, seeing as many of the staff work for both. The wait staff is particularly friendly, and they know the menu and cooking procedures inside and out. This is a massive help if a client has any dietary restrictions and figuring out what ingredients are in each dish, which is helpful when with a large group traveling from out of town who may be unfamiliar with the cuisine and preparation methods.
Our waiter was Exhibit A of these traits. She continually checked in on us without being invasive, and answered all of our questions easily. This alone made the service memorable for all the right reasons.
This quality extends to all operating hours in the restaurant. Lucky H offers a breakfast buffet 7 days a week, a lunch buffet 5 days a week, and dinner service 7 nights a week. The dinner menu is particularly delightful, with seafood starters, a variety of soup and salad, entrees, “Sterling Reef & Range Selections,” specials, and desserts. Many of these items are locally-sourced, contributing to a high degree of freshness which many inland restaurants cannot match.
Lucky H makes fresh bread served at all of the tables; it comes in large, fluffy rolls with butter. The crab cakes made a delightful first impression as a starter. The French onion soup and chowders continue to add to the goodness of the overall meal. Seafood dishes include locally-caught trout, while the halibut is sourced from Alaska. Steaks are premium-sourced and prime, with delicious accompanying side vegetables. Sterling Reef and Range are extra-special entrees combining seafood and steak, and the Lucky H Special proteins are locally-sourced classics.
Finally, the palate-cleansing desserts here finish off a great meal, again with a lot of great classic dishes. Chocolate ganache and creme brulee are both delicious, as are the bread pudding and cheesecakes. Everything has a local flair and tastes great.
Combining Utah hospitality with great food and a soft, relaxing atmosphere is the hallmark of Lucky H. We in Salt Lake and at VIP Limousine look to service as a priority in all that we do, because impressions from local companies matter. This restaurant epitomizes these qualities, and we certainly recommend Lucky H Bar & Grille for a great meal.