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Swens, Alta, UT

Swens

4.4
4.4
96 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

A full-service restaurant located at the Snowpine Lodge in Alta, UT. Swen’s sophisticated menu features globally-inspired cuisine, with fresh, regionally-sourced ingredients, and an extensive wine and beer list. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly yet refined, with a bustling open-display kitchen and family and communal tables surrounded by elegant floor-to-ceiling windows. The stunning views and the sumptuous food and drink make dining at Swen’s an unforgettable experience.

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Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (801) 742-6014

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Izatt

  • Neighbourhood

    Salt Lake City

  • Parking Details

    Hotel Parking

  • Public Transit

    953 and 944 bus route from Cottonwood area.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Soup and Salad

Add chicken* 6, steak* 10, salmon* 10

  • Classic CaesarUS$14.00

    Romaine, Lemon, Parmigiano Reggiano, Croutons, House Made dressing

    • Vedge WedgeUS$18.00

      Iceberg Lettuce, Cherry Tomato, Red Onion, Mushroom - Bacon, Radish, Green Goddess Dressing

      • Winter KaleUS$18.00

        Kale, Black Tea Hydrated Craisins, Toasted Pine Nuts, Butternut Squash, Lemon Juice, Crispy Shallots, Maple, EVOO

        • Roasted BeetsUS$18.00

          Pine Nut Butter, Belgian Endive, Tarragon Crème Fraiche, Citrus

          • French Onion SoupUS$11.00

            Crostini, Gruyere Cheese

            Small Plates

            • Braised OctopusUS$19.00

              Miso Butterscotch, Crispy Potatoes, Chili, Ruby Red Grapefruit

              • Burrata and SunchokesUS$12.00

                Fennel, Citrus, Cress

                • Coffee Roasted CarrotsUS$12.00

                  Dates, Cumin, Granola

                  • Surf and Turf TartareUS$19.00

                    Chopped Beef, Cornichon, Pickled Mustard Seed, Shallots, Beet Cured Egg, Caviar

                    Large Plates

                    • Roast ChickenUS$29.00

                      Mashed Potato, Broccoli, Toasted Chili Crisp, Chicken Jus

                      • Bone in Short RibUS$36.00

                        Crispy Potatoes, Fresh Horseradish, Pickled Red Onion, Demi

                        • Pan Seared SalmonUS$32.00

                          Carrots, Ginger, Mushrooms

                          • Pork ChopUS$33.00

                            Granny Smith Apple Sauce, Brussels Sprouts, Parmigiana, Red Wine Demi

                            • Veal SchnitzelUS$31.00

                              Red Cabbage Kraut, Caraway, Spaetzle, Toasted Hazelnut and Caper Chimichurri

                              • Mountain TroutUS$32.00

                                Hatch Chilies, Broccoli, Huckleberry Beurre Blanc

                                Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                What 96 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                4.4
                                4.4 based on recent ratings
                                • 4.4Food
                                • 4.4Service
                                • 4.6Ambience
                                • 4.1Value

                                NoiseModerate

                                Loved For

                                • Salt Lake City

                                  Scenic View

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                                1. EA

                                  ErikA

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent food. Amazing location. Perfect service. Mind-blowing bread. Please add vegetarian/vegan option!

                                2. SO

                                  SophiaO

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall1food1service1ambience4

                                  Mother's Day Brunch, poor service and poor food quality.

                                3. Y

                                  Youaskedforthereview

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall3food2service3ambience4

                                  Slammed and understaffed on a Saturday night. Oh well. Reservation at 715, sat at 745. Dining room rather cold. Caesar great, chicken a bit salty but good. Chef Allie brought our food out which was a treat. Unfortunately, Spare ribs sold out, subbed NY in its place. Ordered medium, came well done and tough. Didn’t want to send back as it had already taken too long. Anniversary dinner saved by great company.

                                4. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Minneapolis

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Spent the weekend at snowpine lodge for Mother’s Day and ate at Swen’s for dinner and brunch. The food was fabulous! We had a reservation issue for brunch and the manager took care of it within minutes. All the staff was super friendly. Highly recommend.

                                5. s

                                  saucequeen

                                  Salt Lake City

                                  33 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  33 reviews

                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Swen’s is a lovely restaurant with stunning views of the mountains of Little Cottonwood. We shared a veal schnitzel (it was ample for two) and it was about the best I’ve ever tasted. A tender, juice veal cutlet is pounded out, coated with traditional breading, then fried to that perfect golden brown. There is a remarkable little sauce on top with some red cabbage slaw, touch of caraway,a nice caper-dill chimichurri sauce and a sprinkle of toasted hazelnuts for crunch. Their new chef is skilled and thoughtful and service is both competent and friendly. We’re looking forward to a return visit soon, with friends.

                                6. L

                                  Lacey

                                  Philadelphia

                                  31 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  31 reviews

                                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                                  overall3food4service2ambience5

                                  The Snowpine Lodge at Alta only has 2 restaurants. There is a bar with pub style food like pizza, burgers etc..or Swens. We opted for Swens. First we ordered a salad to split, but should’ve been told that it was really too small to share, literally a couple of bites each. About an hour later our entrees finally appeared. I had the salmon and my husband had the short rib. There was no bread on the table or anything else to tie us over while we were waiting for so long. The food was good when it was finally served and hot. The server apologized that she was the only one on duty but there were only 2 other tables in the dining room so I’m not sure what the problem was. If you stay at the Snowpine Lodge and know you’ll be hungry from skiing, I’d highly recommend you bring sandwiches and snacks, or eat early in the bar.

                                7. NW

                                  NWRN

                                  Jackson Hole

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 17, 2022

                                  overall3food1service3ambience3

                                  The food was awful. The drinks were awful. I ordered the salmon eggs Benedict. The salmon was crusty and old. They played it with two pieces of toast covered in old smoked salmon with Bernaise and non cooked poached eggs on top. It was also cold. Ones of the grossest looking and tasting meals I think I’ve ever had. Just take this off the menu or learn how to cook! Awful!

                                8. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Salt Lake City

                                  2 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on April 17, 2022

                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                  Easter brunch. Good service. View amazing. Food was either ok, good, or great depending on what people ordered. Would come back again.

                                9. JB

                                  JanetB

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 17, 2022

                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                  We had a good time and the service was really great. We had a table by the window that looked out on the ski hill. Beautiful Day. My only complaint is that both of our entrees had poached eggs and they were SERIOUSLY undercooked. Everything else was great

                                10. MG

                                  MelissaG

                                  Denver

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 2, 2022

                                  overall3food2service3ambience4

                                  The appetizers were the only good thing and the view. My trout had no flavor and alittle undercooked. I had to return my dirty martini tasted nothing like it. For the price we're not satisfied. Also when we got the bill we gave the card and thought our server ran it through. She never asked of we were staying there she just assumed. We got a call from her saying she didn't have our card. So we called back and had to give it to her over the phone. Overall experience was subpar.

                                11. JL

                                  JennyL

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 26, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent service, excellent food, excellent setting. Cocktails at the bar before dinner were delicious and expertly crafted. We are looking forward to enjoying another nice dinner at Swens the next time we visit Alta!

                                12. p

                                  poppyb

                                  Portland

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on March 25, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Definitely the best dining in the Canyon! We had great service and every dish was unique and delicious.

                                13. U

                                  Unfortunate

                                  Salt Lake City

                                  20 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  20 reviews

                                  Dined on March 25, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  After a super fun day spring cross country skiing at Alta, we had a drink at the Snow Pine hotel at the bar the Gulch and then had an early dinner at Swen‘s. Loved the view, service and food was incredible! This is one of my new favorites. Everybody you gotta come up the canyon and get here! You won’t be disappointed. We had the pork chop, mountain trout and roasted carrots as well as the winter kale salad. Unbelievable!

                                14. DW

                                  DonW

                                  Washington DC

                                  7 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on March 20, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great food and service.

                                15. y

                                  yummy

                                  San Diego

                                  13 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  13 reviews

                                  Dined on March 18, 2022

                                  overall4food4service3ambience3

                                  Nice and convenient. Food was tasty. Funky service, took forever and several asks to get a water refill (important after a day of skiing) but polite overall.

                                16. S

                                  Scottyp

                                  Phoenix

                                  4 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on March 16, 2022

                                  overall4food5service3ambience5

                                  Great option in the Alta valley. We took a break from our meal plan at the Alta lodge one night and glad we did. Alta Lodge is fantastic food. Swen's just added more atmosphere. Only gripe, took a long time to get our beverage order. In fact, it came at the same tome as our first course. All-in-all great experience...

                                17. KS

                                  KatS

                                  Pittsburgh

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 12, 2022

                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                  My 4th time back here! Service was excellent, our waitress was very attentive. My brother got a short rib that he found to be a little fatty/grisley, but other than that, food was excellent - my salmon was perfectly cooked, and all the apps and desserts we got were delicious! Great ambience, crowded but not too noisy, and decorated nicely. Love the big windows with views of Alta.

                                18. JH

                                  JHalf

                                  Philadelphia

                                  3 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on March 12, 2022

                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                  Very friendly and attentive wait staff.

                                19. H

                                  Holly

                                  New England

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on March 11, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We had a lovely evening at Swen's. We had a delicious dinner (my husband had the veal schnitzel and I had the pork chop). Both were outstanding. The servings were large which I'm sure is appreciated by the many hungry skiers who dine there. Our server was personable and committed. She was a pro. Five stars, all the way!

                                20. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Pittsburgh

                                  1 review

                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 10, 2022

                                  overall2food2service1ambience2

                                  We first visited in 2020. Our last trip in 2021 to Alta didn’t allow a dining opportunity. Do to regulations only people staying at the hotel could dine there. The service at this visit was inadequate . We asked for water several times to no avail. The octopus app was overcooked . The ceviche has no flavor. Am attempt at a White Russian cocktail was off mark, so was the expresso martini. When you’re positioning your establishment as elite You should deliver at least adequate service and exceptional food from the seating to the meal very average at best.

                                21. BC

                                  BrianC

                                  Salt Lake City

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 9, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great service and tasty food. Generous portions. Many entrees were nut free, big bonus.

                                22. DB

                                  DouglasB

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 6, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great food , ambiance and our service and reception was beyond expectations , our server Brenna was excellent and couldn’t have been more helpful

                                23. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 27, 2022

                                  overall3food5service3ambience4

                                  The waitress was lovely but the kitchen, overwhelmed, lost our order and it took over an hour to be served. they graciously gave us a 50% discount.

                                24. MC

                                  MarkC

                                  Miami - Dade

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on February 25, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This was our first visit to Swen’s and boy what a pleasure. Everything from the warm demeanor and pleasant attitude of our waitress (Madeline), delicious appetizers, main courses (braised short rib & pork chop) and lastly the ambiance was exceptional. This place is a must! Cheers, Mark/Chrissy

                                25. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Seattle

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on February 25, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Beautiful ambiance and excellent service!

                                26. A

                                  Altadreamer

                                  New England

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 17, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great experience for our family. Our waitress Ella was awesome! Super attentive and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend Ella!

                                27. j

                                  johnh

                                  New York Area

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on February 14, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Love this place

                                28. k

                                  katiel

                                  Minneapolis

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 4, 2022

                                  overall3food2service4ambience4

                                  Great atmosphere but food was definitely not worth the price. Small portions and not that good. Our waiter Connor was awesome though

                                29. JS

                                  JacqS

                                  Los Angeles

                                  8 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  8 reviews

                                  Dined on January 22, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Delicious and creative food. Brenna provided excellent fine-dining level service. There is a cute bar next door where they were playing live music. Overall a great date-night experience.

                                30. LR

                                  LaurieR

                                  Los Angeles

                                  6 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on January 17, 2022

                                  overall1food3service1ambience4

                                  Very, very slow service. Drinks took 45 minutes. It took an hour for our server to come back to say they were our of one of our entrees. My fish was supposed to come with broccoli. Not on my plate. When questioned about it our server said it was not on the menu. When we pointed it out, she said, oh sorry. At no time we’re we offered another drink. It was not even busy. Because it took 15-20 minutes to get any attention, we got up to leave to signal we were ready to go. I think they may have been short staffed in the kitchen.

                                31. S

                                  Swens

                                  New York Area

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on January 17, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Food and service were great. I would highly recommend Swens.

                                32. B

                                  Bben

                                  Salt Lake City

                                  5 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on January 16, 2022

                                  overall3food2service5ambience5

                                  Short Rib was overcooked. 4 carrots for $12. Bacon on 1/8th head of lettuce for salad was burned. Great waitress, food disappointing.

                                33. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Columbus

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on January 3, 2022

                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                  We made a reservation, drive there and they informed us upon arrival the reservation was canceled due to COVID. Would have been easy and nice to be informed prior.

                                34. DS

                                  DennisS

                                  Minneapolis

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on December 17, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  I highly recommend Swens. The food was great and the staff was very friendly! It is probably the best value in Alta.

                                35. SB

                                  SallyB

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on December 17, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We always look forward to eating at Swen’s. The food is tasty and the ambiance can’t be beat!

                                36. T

                                  Tomm

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on December 12, 2021

                                  overall1food1service4ambience4

                                  Table for 2 is 4 feet across, I felt like I was sitting closer to someone I was not having even having dinner with. Not at all intimate as we had to talk loudly just to hear each other because of the distance between us. Very limited menu for a high end resort hotel. Pork chops? Schnitzel? The carrot appetizer that was highly recommended was grossly undercooked and very tough. Service was nice and friendly. Slightly understaffed as most places are currently. Decor and ambiance were overall very nice. They certainly need to up their game with a more diverse menu to include several seafood entrees, a couple of red meat entrees (maybe even elk or bison) as well as an interesting poultry entree. Appetizers were limited as well.

                                37. CE

                                  CarolE

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 25, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Beautiful setting, great food, good selection of wine/spirits, wonderful service. We will be back!

                                38. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Charleston

                                  3 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on November 21, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Perfect evening

                                39. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Salt Lake City

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 14, 2021

                                  overall5food3service5ambience5

                                  The food was delicious but very salty. My husband and I had the Halibut and it was very flavorful and perfectly cooked but salty.

                                40. KS

                                  KimberlyS

                                  Salt Lake City

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on October 24, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We reserved a 7:45 p.m. slot in hopes of achieving a more intimate dining experience, and it was just that! The food and service was fantastic, and we will absolutely be returning.

                                Safety precautions

                                • Cleaning & sanitising

                                  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                • Physical distancing

                                  • Limited number of seated diners
                                  • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                  • Extra space between tables
                                • Protective equipment

                                  • Waitstaff wear masks
                                  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                • Screening

                                  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                  • Staff temperature check required

                                FAQs

                                Swens offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 742-6014.

                                Swens is rated 4.4 stars by 96 OpenTable diners.

                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                Booked 4 times today
                                Google Map for Swens

                                10420 Little Cottonwood Rd Alta, UT 84092

                                Additional information

                                • Neighbourhood

                                  Salt Lake City

                                • Hours of Operation

                                  Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  Contemporary American

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Dining

                                • Dress Code

                                  Casual Dress

                                • Parking Details

                                  Hotel Parking

                                • Public Transit

                                  953 and 944 bus route from Cottonwood area.

                                • Payment Options

                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Executive Chef

                                  Alex Izatt

                                • Additional

                                  Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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