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Swens, Alta, UT

Swens

4.8
4.8
178 Reviews
$50 and over
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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (801) 742-6014
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 178 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Utah

    Best Ambience

  • Utah

    Great for scenic views

  • Salt Lake City

    Best Ambience

  • Salt Lake City

    Healthy

  • Salt Lake City

    Great for scenic views

  • Salt Lake City

    Contemporary American

178 Reviews
  1. BrianH

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner at Alta ski area with friends and family

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  2. Brent

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal. The squash bisque, duck and roast chicken were perfectly cooked and packed with flavor. Beautiful view of the mountains and friendly, impeccable service. Highly recommend.

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  3. MelissaG

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing way to celebrate Valentines! Food and service was top notch!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After a full day of skiing at Alta, this was exactly how we needed to end our day while waiting on traffic to clear. The food was amazing, service was great, it was truly an amazing experience!!

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  5. Sctraveler

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and attentive service as always! Hope to return soon

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal and service…. Would definitely go back!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    There were three of us. One of us ordered the pork chop with mussels as the starter. Both were excellent. One ordered the smoked duck. That too was excellent. I ordered the salmon which was good but not great. No veggies with the salmon so need something to accompany if you order that. Wine was quite good.

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  8. Yves

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, particularly the Nieman Ranch Pork Chop. Very tasty and creative specialty cocktails. The service could have been more attentive and friendly.

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  9. marcg

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great food. Best at snowbird/ Alta. Our server, Alyssa,was the best— totally into it. The pork chop was outstanding— perfectly cooked, beautifully prepared. Talented Chef.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails were good. Every dish we tried was delicious. Highly recommend the mussels and beet appetizers. The chateaubriand and whipped potatoes were excellent. Waiter was very knowledgeable and service was prompt. We dined on a Monday night and it was quiet but still felt like a lively atmosphere. Will definitely be returning!

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  11. Helane

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and portions were generous. The service was attentive and professional. We had a lovely evening and dinner.

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  12. Audra

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    2nd dining experience at Swen's this vacation. Nothing but the ravest of reviews! The food was top notch, service very attentive. Nice menu. Had a great time. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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  13. PeterC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best food sourced from the best places in the country cooked to perfection and an amazing atmosphere

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  14. Audra

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went on Friday night 7 pm. Table was ready and waiting for us. Staff was wonderful. Very attentive. Food was amazing! very good. We were very happy with our experience. Highly recommend.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our dining experience. The gluten free baguette with mussels was delicious. The flourless chocolate cake with strawberry ice cream was the perfect way to top off the evening.

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  16. MichaelB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alyssa is a superb and knowledgeable server. Food was superb.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, good service, ok food. One of the nicer restaurants in Alta

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  18. SAdiner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Would recommend visiting during daylight to watch skiers if visiting during the winter.

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  19. SarahK

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in Salt Lake City area

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  20. KarenA

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service. The mussels weren't very good or fresh . My friends were not happy with the ciappiono. The squash soup was yummy. The duck was delicious. Christmas ambiance was beautiful. We love SPL..

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  21. DavidW

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff - great service- food was excellent.

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  22. Paul

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place for a family (who has a little money to spare) and/or a very romantic spot for couples. The care given by the servers and the chefs in the kitchen was obvious. Every plate was yummy, not over-sauced, simple and elegant. The place ain't cheap -- nor should you expect it to be with the level of quality -- but for a very special night out, it's worth it. The potato-encrusted salmon was savory, but the crusting did NOT overwhelm the subtle taste of the salmon. And the pork chop was off-the-charts delicious. There are a couple of over-the-top offerings we didn't try that were into the triple digits (giant steaks for multiple people), but overall excellent.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceeded my expectations! The menu has changed and the food was perfect.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was horrible- brought bread plates for main dishes we were all sharing. Then brought salad forks for dinner - forgot steak knives, never came to check on us.

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  25. TrishW

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambiance is great but the quality of the food and the slow service definitely make it not worth the high resort pricing. The salmon and the $72 steak were overcooked. We waited a very long time for our entrees. Very nice waiter but the kitchen seemed overwhelmed.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is delish! Gorgeous views and friendly staff.

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  27. JanD

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been at Swen’s many times over the years. Always great

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  28. ecss

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We had Thanksgiving dinner at Swens and it was a very disappointing experience. The food was almost inedible. Lots of it was dried out, cold, and lacking flavor. For what we paid, I was expecting a very high quality meal and experience, but was really let down. Overall, really disappointed, would not recommend.

    1 person found this helpful

  29. Sergio

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is comfortable, cozy, very well decorated. It has an open kitchen and with great mountain views. We been at Swen's many times and we always enjoyed the food. This time we tried the Pork Shank which tasted more like a soup with the wine jus killing the rest of the flavors. The "Wasatch Bolognese" is a ragù with mixed meats which was just OK for my taste (I'm Italian). The wine selection is quite large with many options.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was not hot. The waitress was MIA, no coffee refills, no check to see if anything was needed, like jam, ketchup, etc. Had to ask someone who was walking by if we could get a to go box and bill. Really strange!

    2 people found this helpful

  31. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We planned our anniversary weekend to be up at the snowpine. Reserved a room along with made a reservation at swens weeks before along with having a confirmation request the night before. Only to find out the restaurant was closed when we showed up to our reservation. Had to drive all the way down the canyon to enjoy a celebratory meal. No compensation given for the inconvenience.

    2 people found this helpful

  32. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was here right when they reopened from mud season and they didn’t seem ready. Food was just ok, and that’s talking about elk, which I love. Ate breakfast here twice too. They didn’t have they buffet offered online either time and their a la cart was limited. Got the French toast twice. First time it was so good, second time was like a warmed up piece of yesterdays cooked in the microwave with unmelted cream cheese frosting. Not great. They don’t have a barista but offered a latte which was a lukewarm cup of milk with a little coffee in it. Didn’t enjoy that so asked to replace with just drip. I’d say if you can’t offer what you are normally able to, then create something new or don’t reopen until you can continue the same excellence you’re known for.

    2 people found this helpful

  33. AndreaB

    Portland

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked reservation from their website which linked to open table for 10:00 am and drove over an hour to find out they arent open at 10 am and we didnt have a reservation. The staff at hotel was very rude and mocked us like we were idiots.

    2 people found this helpful

  34. jasonm

    St. Louis

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We received one out of 4 main meal before we received our salads and our appetizers. Everything was over cooked except for the steak. Never had a manager come by and talk to us about all the issues. Luckily the server was at least professional. Would never eat here again. Even if I do stay at the hotel again.

    2 people found this helpful

  35. MimiJ

    Palm Springs

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good. Service was very bad. The lack of care with greeting, knowledge and service was so disappointing. We have eaten here many times. But this last weekend the service was awful. The service Staff at the restaurant avoided eye contact, as if they did not want to get caught and have to help the customer. We cancelled reservations on a few nights , as we were staying at Snowpine and ate in the bar, as the bar staff was all about taking care of the customer.

    2 people found this helpful

  36. CYT4

    Atlanta Metro

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    An average breakfast buffet, and I get that you are paying for location, but $62+ for breakfast for 2 adults and 1 child is hard to swallow.

    2 people found this helpful

  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The dining room was at 50% capacity when we arrived @ 7:15 and did not get more crowded. It was unexplainable that it took over 2 hours to serve the main course. Our waitress disappeared for 30 minutes at a time. There were few tables occupied in her section. We were the last table sitting at 9:00 but no service, no main course until we shouted across the room to the open kitchen. Our waitress appeared from the back with our cold $210 Wagu Tomahawk steak for 4 and sides, put them on the table and left. She may never have come back with plates and silverware if we didn’t shout out out to the kitchen staff again for help. I have had many bad service experiences in Snowbird/Alta dining but never paid as much for the experience. It seems clear that the management team has lost control or does not care about their customer experience. It’s a shame because even a low level of polite and attentive service would add to the limited dining options at the top of the Canyon.

    2 people found this helpful

  38. tcljmk

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful night at Swens. Got there early enough to enjoy the beautiful views. Two of us had the Bolognese, which was excellent- great flavor - one of the best bolognese we both have had. Our server was friendly and helpful. Only issue was the two desserts we ordered were not available and they were out of decaf coffee. But we were so full we were kind of glad as we really did not need any more food.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. LocalGuide

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hard to believe this is the main restaurant at a $1000/night lodge. The crispy cauliflower appetizer was stodgy and greasy, portion size was way too big, higher quality and much less quantity would have been much preferred. Suggest the chef looks at quality tempura for inspiration. The chicken was acceptable, but nothing special. The braised pork was tender. Neither of the entrees seemed to be assembled with finesse or care and were both very heavy on the stomach. Limited choice beyond steaks. The staff were very pleasant

    2 people found this helpful

  40. CYT4

    Atlanta Metro

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere but overpriced food that should be of higher quality (e.g. $14 for share side of truffle fries that were foodservice-grade)

    2 people found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Swens is rated 4.8 stars by 178 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Public Transit
    953 and 944 bus route from Cottonwood area.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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