I have the best time when I go out with my kids one-on-one! It is so fun to chat with them uninterrupted and enjoy their individual personalities. On a girls’ night with my Sweet Diner, we went out to eat at Brio Tuscan Grille, a first visit for us. Have you been there? They have two locations in Utah and many throughout the United States. We went to the Salt Lake location at City Creek.
We were grateful to be welcomed warmly by the hostess and seated quickly. The interior was warm and classy with fresh white tablecloths and the employees all finely dressed in white shirts and slacks. Our server was friendly and had several recommendations for us since it was our first visit. We found him to be attentive throughout our meal, quickly refilling our drinks and checking to make sure our food met our expectations. I loved that he treated my daughter very respectfully like a young lady. That’s worth points in my book.
The menu is filled with a variety of Italian dishes including pastas, however the emphasis is on grilled specialties and steaks. The kids menu is fantastic! Two out of three of my kids gets really tired of the typical kid menu fare, so when we run into something with choices, we get excited! In addition to grilled cheese, pepperoni pizza, and the like, they also have grilled salmon, chicken parmesan, and more. They offer two different sizes of meals…”Bambino Bites” with smaller portions and “Meals for Kids” for larger appetites. Sweet Diner (a salad-lover), was especially exited to see salads on the kids menu.
Crab & Shrimp Fonduta ($10.95) – This appetizer was HEAVENLY for a seafood-lover like me. Served warm, it had a fontina cheese base and was loaded with whole shrimp and crab meat and topped with tomatoes and herbs. Our only complaint? Not enough of the thin Parmesan-herb flat bread (very thin like pita chips), but our server quickly remedied that and brought out more when we needed them.
Lobster Bisque ($5.95) – No soup on the kids menu, so Sweet Diner ordered this from the adult menu. It was a large serving and filled with both lobster and shrimp. I thought it was rich and delicious. Sweet Diner liked it, but not enough to eat the whole bowlful.
Insalata Bambino ($1.95) – You can’t beat the value on this one…$2! This is pretty much a junior version of their chopped salad with choice of dressing (Sweet Diner chose Ranch). It features greens, tomatoes, olives, croutons, and fontina cheese and is delicious (much more so than this picture conveys!). I just love a chopped salad – you get all the flavors in every bite!
Shrimp Mediterranean ($15.95) – Four huge spicy grilled shrimp on a bed of broccoli, asparagus, spinach, & tomatoes atop an orzo & farro pilaf. It is then drizzled with pesto vinaigrette and sprinkled with Feta cheese. There are a lot of ingredients in this lighter dish and they all come beautifully presented together. The shrimp are just slightly spicy and wonderful. The vegetables and pilaf were a good compliment to the shrimp, but once the shrimp were gone, the rest of it lost its excitement and needed the vinaigrette to give it a boost in flavor.
The desserts looked amazing, but we didn’t get the chance to try them on this visit. They have petite desserts starting at $2.99, as well as full-size desserts. Love that! Sometimes you just want a little sweet ending.
I was really pleasantly surprised by the delicious food, elegant presentation, and classy service at Brio Tuscan Grille. The prices are higher than some Italian chains, but I also felt like Brio was a step up from something like Olive Garden. The atmosphere was calm and fairly quiet, so it’s a good choice for a date night or business lunch.
Brio Tuscan Grille
80 Regent St
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Entree Price: $$$
Average Fork Rating: 4
Mrs. Diner: 4
Sweet Diner: 4