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Swens, Alta, UT

Swens

3.6
3.6
107 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (801) 742-6014

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Izatt

  • Neighborhood

    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, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 107 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.4Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Utah

    Scenic View

  • Salt Lake City

    Scenic View

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  1. A

    Andy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This restaurant is placed in beautiful mountains of Alta. The view is beautiful. Staff was friendly and attractive.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service for my friends Birthday
  3. NC

    NancyC

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our family dinner at Swen’s. The ambiance was perfect and the food was delicious. We’ll be back soon!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    It’s comical how many flys there were in that restaurant. So many flies! Gross! Service was slow, food was mediocre. Not worth it!
  5. P

    Paul

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    We ordered a salad as the first course and a steak as a main course. Thet brought our salad and main course out at the same time. The server had no choice but to bring cookout at the same time since the kitchen cook the steak immediately rather than waiting till we started or salad. The food was good but not special
  6. B

    Baaaad

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    WILL NOT BE BACK. We’ve given Swen’s multiple tries… All of them terribly disappointing. Food flavors and preparation were off. Like you took one bite and thought “that’s weird” and didn’t want to eat any more. This happened for almost every item and at every visit (3 total). If the bad food doesn’t prevent you from dining here the BUG PROBLEM will! All of visits encountered a new issue; SWARMS of gnats, flying ants, flies, etc. all over the window next to your window table! I’m not talking about a couple insects that came in thru and open door. I’m talking about dozens of bugs dead and alive with you while you are trying to eat terrible food. HARD PASS this place.
  7. CR

    CherylR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was closed -- when we got there to check in we were told the restaurant wasn't open that evening
  8. TP

    TheresaP

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Food was good. Booked a table outside on their website. When we got there they said they did not have outdoor dining, even though people were dining outdoors. They did accomodate us. Bread plates were bought out after the bread was eaten. Dessert was served without utensils to eat it. Dirty tables just sat there while employees walked past it. Or sat and did something on their cell phone. Seemed like a lot of staff with 4 tables of diners there to have dirty tables to look at. Food was ok but I wouldn't waste the money to go there again.
  9. C

    Cooey2

    Salt Lake City

    75 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Unfortunately we were not able to eat in the main dining room because there was a special event scheduled for the restaurant that Saturday night (wedding - maybe). Because OpenTable automatically sends a message to the customer, we had no idea that the restaurant would not be available. The manager and staff were scrambling as best they could to provide us with "something" to eat and drink after driving a long way up the canyon to the location and having a reservation. The restaurant is located inside a lodge and so there were about 100 people that needed food and drink and we all were ushered into "The Gulch" - the bar of the lodge for pub food. We were compensated with a free dessert. We intend to return and enjoy the wonderful view of the mountains and delicious looking appetizers/entrees on the menu. Our hearts go out to the management and staff trying to accommodate what was an overwhelming situation. They did the best they could with what they had to work with and we appreciated their difficult situation.
  10. LK

    LindaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    3 entrees were not available but the chef graciously allowed us to order from other menu as well.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Meh wouldn’t come here again. Service was inconsistent and food wasn’t worth the price.
  12. EA

    ErikA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Amazing location. Perfect service. Mind-blowing bread. Please add vegetarian/vegan option!
  13. SO

    SophiaO

    Tahoe

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Mother's Day Brunch, poor service and poor food quality.
  14. Y

    Youaskedforthereview

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Slammed and understaffed on a Saturday night. Oh well. Reservation at 715, sat at 745. Dining room rather cold. Caesar great, chicken a bit salty but good. Chef Allie brought our food out which was a treat. Unfortunately, Spare ribs sold out, subbed NY in its place. Ordered medium, came well done and tough. Didn’t want to send back as it had already taken too long. Anniversary dinner saved by great company.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spent the weekend at snowpine lodge for Mother’s Day and ate at Swen’s for dinner and brunch. The food was fabulous! We had a reservation issue for brunch and the manager took care of it within minutes. All the staff was super friendly. Highly recommend.
  16. s

    saucequeen

    Salt Lake City

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Swen’s is a lovely restaurant with stunning views of the mountains of Little Cottonwood. We shared a veal schnitzel (it was ample for two) and it was about the best I’ve ever tasted. A tender, juice veal cutlet is pounded out, coated with traditional breading, then fried to that perfect golden brown. There is a remarkable little sauce on top with some red cabbage slaw, touch of caraway,a nice caper-dill chimichurri sauce and a sprinkle of toasted hazelnuts for crunch. Their new chef is skilled and thoughtful and service is both competent and friendly. We’re looking forward to a return visit soon, with friends.
  17. L

    Lacey

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    The Snowpine Lodge at Alta only has 2 restaurants. There is a bar with pub style food like pizza, burgers etc..or Swens. We opted for Swens. First we ordered a salad to split, but should’ve been told that it was really too small to share, literally a couple of bites each. About an hour later our entrees finally appeared. I had the salmon and my husband had the short rib. There was no bread on the table or anything else to tie us over while we were waiting for so long. The food was good when it was finally served and hot. The server apologized that she was the only one on duty but there were only 2 other tables in the dining room so I’m not sure what the problem was. If you stay at the Snowpine Lodge and know you’ll be hungry from skiing, I’d highly recommend you bring sandwiches and snacks, or eat early in the bar.
  18. NW

    NWRN

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    The food was awful. The drinks were awful. I ordered the salmon eggs Benedict. The salmon was crusty and old. They played it with two pieces of toast covered in old smoked salmon with Bernaise and non cooked poached eggs on top. It was also cold. Ones of the grossest looking and tasting meals I think I’ve ever had. Just take this off the menu or learn how to cook! Awful!
  19. VB

    VictoriaB

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Easter brunch. Good service. View amazing. Food was either ok, good, or great depending on what people ordered. Would come back again.
  20. JB

    JanetB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We had a good time and the service was really great. We had a table by the window that looked out on the ski hill. Beautiful Day. My only complaint is that both of our entrees had poached eggs and they were SERIOUSLY undercooked. Everything else was great
  21. MG

    MelissaG

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The appetizers were the only good thing and the view. My trout had no flavor and alittle undercooked. I had to return my dirty martini tasted nothing like it. For the price we're not satisfied. Also when we got the bill we gave the card and thought our server ran it through. She never asked of we were staying there she just assumed. We got a call from her saying she didn't have our card. So we called back and had to give it to her over the phone. Overall experience was subpar.
  22. JL

    JennyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, excellent food, excellent setting. Cocktails at the bar before dinner were delicious and expertly crafted. We are looking forward to enjoying another nice dinner at Swens the next time we visit Alta!
  23. p

    poppyb

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely the best dining in the Canyon! We had great service and every dish was unique and delicious.
  24. U

    Unfortunate

    Salt Lake City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After a super fun day spring cross country skiing at Alta, we had a drink at the Snow Pine hotel at the bar the Gulch and then had an early dinner at Swen‘s. Loved the view, service and food was incredible! This is one of my new favorites. Everybody you gotta come up the canyon and get here! You won’t be disappointed. We had the pork chop, mountain trout and roasted carrots as well as the winter kale salad. Unbelievable!
  25. DW

    DonW

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  26. y

    yummy

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Nice and convenient. Food was tasty. Funky service, took forever and several asks to get a water refill (important after a day of skiing) but polite overall.
  27. S

    Scottyp

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great option in the Alta valley. We took a break from our meal plan at the Alta lodge one night and glad we did. Alta Lodge is fantastic food. Swen's just added more atmosphere. Only gripe, took a long time to get our beverage order. In fact, it came at the same tome as our first course. All-in-all great experience...
  28. KS

    KatS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My 4th time back here! Service was excellent, our waitress was very attentive. My brother got a short rib that he found to be a little fatty/grisley, but other than that, food was excellent - my salmon was perfectly cooked, and all the apps and desserts we got were delicious! Great ambience, crowded but not too noisy, and decorated nicely. Love the big windows with views of Alta.
  29. JH

    JHalf

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very friendly and attentive wait staff.
  30. H

    Holly

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening at Swen's. We had a delicious dinner (my husband had the veal schnitzel and I had the pork chop). Both were outstanding. The servings were large which I'm sure is appreciated by the many hungry skiers who dine there. Our server was personable and committed. She was a pro. Five stars, all the way!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We first visited in 2020. Our last trip in 2021 to Alta didn’t allow a dining opportunity. Do to regulations only people staying at the hotel could dine there. The service at this visit was inadequate . We asked for water several times to no avail. The octopus app was overcooked . The ceviche has no flavor. Am attempt at a White Russian cocktail was off mark, so was the expresso martini. When you’re positioning your establishment as elite You should deliver at least adequate service and exceptional food from the seating to the meal very average at best.
  32. BC

    BrianC

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and tasty food. Generous portions. Many entrees were nut free, big bonus.
  33. DB

    DouglasB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food , ambiance and our service and reception was beyond expectations , our server Brenna was excellent and couldn’t have been more helpful
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The waitress was lovely but the kitchen, overwhelmed, lost our order and it took over an hour to be served. they graciously gave us a 50% discount.
  35. MC

    MarkC

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Swen’s and boy what a pleasure. Everything from the warm demeanor and pleasant attitude of our waitress (Madeline), delicious appetizers, main courses (braised short rib & pork chop) and lastly the ambiance was exceptional. This place is a must! Cheers, Mark/Chrissy
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance and excellent service!
  37. A

    Altadreamer

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for our family. Our waitress Ella was awesome! Super attentive and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend Ella!
  38. j

    johnh

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place
  39. k

    katiel

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Great atmosphere but food was definitely not worth the price. Small portions and not that good. Our waiter Connor was awesome though
  40. JS

    JacqS

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and creative food. Brenna provided excellent fine-dining level service. There is a cute bar next door where they were playing live music. Overall a great date-night experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

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

Swens is rated 3.6 stars by 107 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 PM


Google Map for Swens

10420 Little Cottonwood Rd, Alta, UT 84092

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Salt Lake City

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Public transit

    953 and 944 bus route from Cottonwood area.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Izatt

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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