Ruth's Diner

NileGuide Expert Says:

Located up beautiful Emigration Canyon, Ruth's offers scrumptious breakfasts in a gorgeous setting.

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2100 Emigration Canyon
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


+1 801 582 5807

NileGuide Expert tip:

For breakfast, visit during the weekdays if you can. Ruth's is just as popular with locals as it is with visitors and it is not uncommon to have to wait over an hour for a table on the weekends.


In a city with a strong, conservative tradition, Ruth was an early rebel. Originally serving burgers downtown during the 1930s, Ruth was known to help protect girls "of ill repute" and had no qualms about serving beers to miners and other "gentiles". Almost literally driven from town, she set up her new diner a few miles up Emigration Canyon in an old boxcar.

Though Ruth has since passed, her restaurant lives on today as one of Salt Lake City's favorite breakfast joints. Serving high-end, high-quantity diner food, this restaurant starts every breakfast with a serving of "mile high biscuits" that are to die for. Come a bit later for lunch and take a beer outdoors! Located right on a popular road biking route, many enjoy a hearty meal outside in the summer months.


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