Lamb’s Grill Cafe

Coffee shop | Diner | Greek
One of the best


A grand old diner / coffee shop in the heart of Salt Lake City, Lamb’s Grill Cafe is a square meals bastion that seems never to change. Even after the family that started it nearly a century ago sold the place back in 2011, subsequent visits have confirmed that it’s the same straight-shooting eatery. Enter through a long front room that takes you past an interminable counter with thick upholstered stools and you will find yourself in a rather romantically-lit dining room where the tables are covered with thick white cloths and the room tone is as serene as a tabernacle.

It is a place to eat such comfort-food fare as Greek chicken with lemon caper sauce, triple lamb chops, mountain trout or chicken-fried steak with garlic-tinged whipped potatoes. Meals come with sesame-seeded Greek bread, which is at once wispy and chewy — great to use for mopping gravy or for eating with or without butter.

If Utah has one distinguishing culinary characteristic (other than scones and fry sauce to accompany French fries), it is a love of sweets. You will appreciate that at Lamb’s in the dark, chocolaty five-layer cake thick with icing, in the aromatic baked apple, and in the unusually al dente rice pudding heaped with powdered cinnamon.

What to Eat
Lamb’s Grill Cafe, Lamb Chops
Lamb Chops
There is plenty of meat on this trio of triple lamb chops, accompanied, of course, by mint jelly.
Lamb’s Grill Cafe, Rice Pudding
Rice Pudding
Every good diner needs to have its own rice pudding. Lamb's does not disappoint.
Lamb’s Grill Cafe, Navy Bean Soup
Navy Bean Soup
The soup of the day when Jane and I ate at Lamb's most recently was Navy bean: thick and creamy, filled with good-sized cubes of pink ham.
Lamb’s Grill Cafe, Greek Chicken
Greek Chicken
Grilled boneless breast of chicken comes with a lemony sauce punched up with capers. Those are real -- and real good -- mashed potatoes that come alongside.
Lamb’s Grill Cafe, Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake
This somewhat pale photo does not do justice to the deep, dark chocolaty nature of Lamb's five-layer cake.
Lamb’s Grill Cafe, Greek Bread
Greek Bread
All dinners are accompanied by plates of Greek bread loaded with flavorful sesame seeds. There is nothing spectacular about it, but it is rather addictive -- a yeasty joy to have from start to finish.
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Monday7 am - 9 pm
Tuesday7 am - 9 pm
Wednesday7 am - 9 pm
Thursday7 am - 9 pm
Friday7 am - 9 pm
Saturday8 am - 9 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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