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“Experience of a lifetime” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fireside Dining at Empire Canyon Lodge Restaurant

Fireside Dining at Empire Canyon Lodge Restaurant
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Ranked #43 of 265 Restaurants in Park City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Empire Canyon Lodge
Description: Fireside Dining offers local favorites from the European Alps in the heart of Deer Valley Resort. Fireside Dining at Empire Canyon Lodge features four courses served from our five stone fireplaces. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings during ski season, from 5:45 p.m. 9 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Free parking available. Adults $63, Children $30 (11 years and younger), prices do not include beverages, tax or gratuity.
Park City, Utah
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Experience of a lifetime”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

The fireside dining at Deer Valley (Empire Lodge) is such a wonderful experience. Roasts are cooking over an open fireplace, soups, stews, salads, etc. are so wonderful. Especially fantastic is the dessert buffet. It's a must to go there.

Visited December 2012
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Charleston, South Carolina
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Always a treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Empire Canyon lodge transforms into an attractive and high quality restaurant at night. Reserve well ahead

Visited February 2013
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Columbus, OH
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Delicious dinner at Deer Valley”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

My husband and I had dinner at Fireside dining last night, and it was a very nice experience. Reservations were made no problem, and they were even able to seat us a little early. Nice table by the windows, we could see the sleigh rides pass by. As previous reviews have stated, it is basically a 4 station buffet, with different dishes by each of the fireplaces. The raclette cheese is delicious, along with the bread, cold cuts, mustard, and pickled onions that go with it. The veal stew is excellent. The venison medallions were PERFECT, not overcooked and very tender. The lamb was ok, the au jus that went with it helped out the taste a lot. The desserts were delicious, I highly recommend the little maple cookies in the shape of stars. Feather-light and so delicate! Wine list was not very impressive, fairly limited, especially the wines by the glass. Service was very attentive. There were some groups of children, but no major problems. The price was a little high for the food quality. Overall, I recommend going there once for the experience and great food, but it's not necessarily a place I need to go again.

Visited March 2013
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179 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“More hype than good food.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

I read the reviews and was a bit surprised at the overal dining experience. The atmosphere is nice and the concept of meals prepared by the open fireplace is unique. Beyond that it is a very expensive buffet. Food was slighly above average. A good place I'd you have a large group, but if you want a great meal then there are many nice places in Dowtown PC for less money in my opinion.

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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Park City
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“If you like strong flavors, you will love this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

I ate here with my husband, sister and brother-in-law. We all really enjoyed the meal. It was pricey - wine prices are pretty high - but it was definitely worth it. Next time, I'll be sure to wear something that expands around the waste (a dress, or an elastic waistband under a sweater). Other people have described how it works and what kinds of food are available, so I'll make some other notes.

I'm kind of surprised people bring their kids here. Don't get me wrong, I understand why it would seem like a good idea: a sleigh ride and food cooked over fires. Sounds fun! But if you don't like lamb, or good cheese, or hearty stews and vegetable dishes where they let the veggie shine, then you won't like this. I don't know a single kid under the age of 15 who would like anything other than the dessert fireplace. In fairness, though, the dessert fondue might possibly be worth the price of admission. Possibly. Admission is pretty expensive.

If you DO like roasted butternut squash soup (for instance) that isn't overloaded with cream - a soup where the squash is the star - I think you'll like the food here. They had a carrot and potato mash that was spectacular. The lamb was perfectly cooked, and the veal and mushroom stew was to-die-for. For those who have moral problems with veal, their veal is free-range. This means no broken legs or containment. All four of us went back for seconds on the potato-encrusted Utah trout. Normally, I like trout. I LOVED this trout. The ingredients are local and organic for most things on the menu.

On tripadvisor, I like to check the reviews that give a poor rating. If most of the people giving a poor rating are unreasonable, then you can tell that the place is pretty good. Seriously, read the Terrible and Poor reviews for this place. I don't think they are unreasonable, but most of them have kids. One person thinks the cheese smells terrible (and there is only one kind!). Yes. It's a raclette. Another says it's an overpriced buffet with only salami at the cheese station. That's a straight up lie. I'm not sure why someone would lie about it, but I think that person had kids. I can understand: if you were there with someone who prefers chicken fingers, then you might not enjoy the experience as much. Maybe you didn't notice the pancetta, prosciutto, several kinds of bread, house-made pickles, pearl onions, housemade mustards and preserves and peppers, etc. Anyway, if you like food with bold flavors, you have some money to spend, and you want to do it in a relatively unique environment? Definitely check this place out.

  • Visited February 2013
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