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Meet America’s Top 50 Independent Restaurants for 2024

FSR, July 10, 2024 | These beloved, indie-owned institutions showcase the best of the U.S. when it comes to culinary prowess, community building, and delivering exceptional dining experiences from coast to coast.

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Taste Utah Road Tour – Salt Lake County – Urban Hill

KUTV, July 3, 2024 | The Taste Utah Road Tour continues its flavorful journey across the Beehive State, and this time, host Katy Sine made a delicious stop at Urban Hill.

Nestled in the heart of Salt Lake City, Urban Hill is a vibrant restaurant that has quickly become a culinary hotspot, known for its innovative dishes and inviting atmosphere.

Urban Hill’s menu is a testament to the creativity and expertise of its chefs. Katy had the opportunity to sample a variety of dishes that showcased the restaurant’s commitment to using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

From appetizers to entrees, each dish was a work of art, both visually and in taste.

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As Post District nears its grand opening, only some restaurants will be ready

The Salt Lake Tribune, April 24, 2024 | Here is an update on the food and drink businesses that have already opened and are scheduled to open eventually in this high-end neighborhood, which is spread over nearly a full city block between 500 South and 600 South from 300 West to 400 West.

Urban Hill • This fine-dining restaurant, operated by the Park City proprietors of Hearth and Hill and Hill’s Kitchen, opened in 2022. Executive chef Nick Zocco was named as a regional finalist for 2024 in the esteemed James Beard awards earlier this month.

Price of eating out grows faster than price of buying groceries

KUTV, April 15, 2024 | Urban Hill, an upscale eatery nestled in downtown Salt Lake City, grapples with this reality.

“Our biggest cost is labor,” said Brooks Kirchheimer, co-founder of Urban Hill and its a parent company Leave Room for Dessert. Still, the restaurant remains committed to its employees, offering benefits like health insurance and 401(k) plans.

In the face of escalating costs, Kirchheimer continually assesses menu offerings to ensure viability. When the price of scallops soared last summer, he made the tough decision to remove them from the menu, prioritizing affordability for patrons. “If I’m not going to pay that, why would I expect a guest to pay that? It’s not the right thing to do,” he said.

Kirchheimer said his restaurant strives for the right combination of good food, good ambiance and good value.


Visit Salt Lake, April 9, 2024 | Chef Nick Zocco of Urban Hill.
This innovative New Mexico-born chef is making waves in local and national culinary circles as a James Beard Foundation Best Chef Semifinalist and winner of Outstanding Restaurant of the Year 2024 from Salt Lake Magazine. Chef Zocco spearheads the team at Urban Hill, a high-end downtown establishment. After distilling his culinary perspective at venues like Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill in Las Vegas, Chef Zocco is known for bringing the bright, earthy flavors of his home state to any menu he designs.

Two Salt Lake City chefs named finalists for James Beard Award

KUTV, April 6, 2024 | Two chefs in Salt Lake City have been named as finalists for a James Beard Award: Nick Zocco, executive chef at Urban Hill, and Ali Sabbah, chef and owner of Mazza.

The two are finalists for Best Chef in the Mountain Region which includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah.

“It’s incredible,” said Zocco.

While he has been working in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years, this is Zocco’s first nomination.

“I honestly have been super humbled by the whole thing,” Zocco said. “All that hard work has come to fruition in a sense.”

Two Salt Lake City chefs named James Beard Award finalists

ABC4, April 4, 2024 | The James Beard Awards are seen like the Oscars of the restaurant world, with the mission to recognize “exceptional talent and achievement in the culinary arts”.

One of the finalists from Salt Lake City is Nick Zocco, the executive chef of Urban Hill, which has been open for just over a year in the newly built Post District.

In an interview with ABC4, Zocco said when he grew up, he always knew he wanted to be a chef, and has spent over 20 years in the industry working in restaurants in New Mexico, Las Vegas and Utah.

He was excited to be a part of the team as Urban Hill opened.

Chefs from two Salt Lake City restaurants are regional finalists in the James Beard culinary awards

The Salt Lake Tribune, April 3, 2024 | Urban Hill, a fine-dining restaurant where Zocco is executive chef, opened in 2022 in Salt Lake City’s Post District.

On Wednesday, Zocco told The Salt Lake Tribune that he was “ecstatic” over his finalist nomination.

“I think this is just a really good thing for Salt Lake City itself,” he said. “The culinary scene in Salt Lake City is changing pretty rapidly. … To be part of it is really exciting and fun. I hope we get more people out to Urban Hill and see what we’re doing because we have a lot of great people working behind us. Zocco continued, “I’m super thrilled obviously for myself but everybody else as well. Hope it brings some good luck to us down the road.”


Salt Lake Magazine, April 3, 2024 | The James Beard Foundation (JBF) just came out with their 2024 Restaurant and Chef Award Finalists. “The James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Awards are one of five separate recognition programs of the James Beard Awards. The awards recognize exceptional talent and achievement in the culinary arts, hospitality, media, and broader food system, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive.”

Urban Hill has been open for just over a year, and Chef Nick Zucco has already made an impact on the Utah local dining scene. With a modern menu that is deceptively simple, he brings southwestern flavors to the mix as well. Urban Hill was one of our restaurants to watch at last year’s dining awards, and it is nice to see them fulfill their early promise. Stop in for dinner. But also, don’t miss out on brunch

Two Salt Lake Lake City chefs progress to James Beard finals

Gastronomic, April 3, 2024 | The recognition for Zocco is the latest hat tip for the talented toque. Earlier this year, Urban Hill was declared Utah’s outstanding restaurant of the year by the Salt Lake Magazine; Zocco being a key component of that success.

Two Salt Lake City chefs named James Beard finalists

Building Salt Lake, April 3, 2024 | Two Salt Lake City chefs were named finalists for the prestigious James Beard award this morning, up from just one last year.

The list includes Urban Hill chef Nick Zocco, whose restaurant quickly became a fine dining anchor for the newly built Post District in its first full year of being open.

The James Beard Award is considered one of the highest honors in the restaurant world. The foundation named a longer list of semi-finalists earlier this year, which included a longer list of Salt Lake restaurateurs.

2 Salt Lake City chefs named James Beard Awards finalists

Axios, April 3, 2024 | Two Salt Lake City chefs on Wednesday were named James Beard Awards finalists.

State of play: Mazza Cafe’s Ali Sabbah and Urban Hill’s Nick Zocco are finalists for best chef in the mountain region, which includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

Other finalists are Brandon Cunningham from Social Haus in Montana; Matt Vawter from Rootstalk in Colorado; and Penelope Wong from Yuan Wonton in Colorado.
Why it matters: A James Beard award could elevate a chef’s career or lure more foodies to Salt Lake City.

Dinner and a Show: 8 places to grab a bite before your theater experience

Studio 5, March 7, 2024 | Urban Hill isn’t your typical steakhouse. You’re not just getting a huge slab of meat, but delicious flavors and tastes all around. Here’s why it’s a hit:

Highly Rated: Urban Hill has been making waves for the past two years. Trust the locals—they know their food!

Not Just for the Guys: While playfully called a “steakhouse for the girls,” it’s really for anyone who craves more than a plain slab of meat. Get ready for inventive dishes.

Utah’s best restaurants crowned in this week’s dining awards

Gastronomic, February 27, 2024 | It’s impossible to taste every plate and place. Trust me, I’ve tried. The dining awards are a temporal tip of the hat to the judging panel’s tastes of the past year; dining experiences that lingered long in the mind after the check was settled. It might not be your list, but this list was ours, the flavors that framed a year of eating around the Wasatch:


Salt Lake Magazine, January 26, 2024 | Last year, we named Urban Hill one of our four restaurants to watch. The Salt Lake outpost of Park City’s Hearth & Hill announced its presence with authority when it opened in the Post District in 2023.

Now it’s an outstanding representation of what can happen when dedicated owners put their money where our mouths are. Owner Brooks Kirchheimer and his family have hired the best in the business, namely, Executive Chef Nick Zocco and a supporting cast of service standouts. The food on the plate is bold, the delivery is educated and efficient without being officious or pedantic and the wine glasses are always full of selections from a daring list. Awards panelist Stuart Melling summed up our thoughts. “Everything they do is so high-end and thoughtful,” he says. “They actually pay their staff a living wage that translates into service quality. Every time I go, I inevitably have some weird question for the server like, ‘Is this preserved lemon in the jus?’ and they ALWAYS know the answer. I have yet to stump them.”

Read our first impressions of Urban Hill from 2023!

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Salt Lake Magazine, January 26, 2024 | It’s the Eternal Question. “Where Should We Eat?”It’s a query that we ask ourselves as hunger sets in. It’s a question that couples and families text message around wildly as the dinner hour approaches. It’s a question that your out-of-town guests prod you with before arrival (but too late to make a reservation). The answer is often dull, “the usual spot” or “dunno, pizza?” Let’s remedy that. Eating out is about more than sustenance. It’s about company, friends and someone else doing the dishes. Each year, Salt Lake magazine gazes upon the dining landscape and presents its choices for our Dining Awards issue. These are experiences that will enliven your answers to the Eternal Question. They will challenge your palate with thoughtful and local solutions to the riddle. So without further fuss, we present our 15 Best Restaurants of 2024, including our Outstanding Restaurant of the Year, a collection of locales that are such standards that we name them Utah Classics, four restaurants to watch and five superlative standouts in the industry.


The Executive Chef from “Urban Hill” is nominated for his first James Beard Award

The Place, December 26, 2024  | SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –

Executive Chef Nick Zocco from Salt Lake City’s “Urban Hill” was recently nominated for his first James Beard Award.

The Award recognizes exceptional talent and achievement in culinary arts. Chef Nick is up for the award in the Mountain Region which includes Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Chef Nick joined us in our kitchen with a recipe for Golden Eagle Sablefish, which is known as the “wagyu of the ocean”. It is served at “Urban Hill” with potatoes, broccolini, gochujang citrus glaze, smoked bone broth dashi, and benne seed.

“Urban Hill” is an acclaimed fine dining destination and is helping to put Salt Lake City on the map as a nationally recognized hospitality destination.

Chef Nick has been at the helm of the restaurant since its conception and over the years has led the team to national notoriety, including being a favorite brunch spot of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City”.

It features an oyster bar, a wood-fired grill, curated wine selection, expansive lounge and private dining and patio areas.

Executive Chef Nick Zocco joined us with a recipe for Pacifico Striped Bass with Carolina Gold Rice, Cashew, Yuca, Artichoke, Pickled Onion, Cascabel Chili in Pineapple Sauce.


Salt Lake Magazine, January 25, 2024 | This week, the semi-finalist list for the 2024 James Beard Foundation (JBF) awards came out, and Utah came out with six illustrious semi-finalists. In the words of the JBF, “The James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Awards are one of five separate recognition programs of the James Beard Awards. The awards recognize exceptional talent and achievement in the culinary arts, hospitality, media, and broader food system, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive.” In other words, the awards are what I would term the Oscars of food in the United States.

Utah received some solid recognition this year in terms of semi-finalists. While the Mountain region overall is less represented in the general categories than major metropolitan areas on the coasts, it is worth noting that since the creation of the Mountain region, we’ve made a strong showing in our state.

This year, there are six semi-finalists from our great state, including Outstanding Bakery, Outstanding Hospitality, and Best Chef Mountain Region. So, with a virtual drumroll, here are this year’s James Beard Semi-Finalists from Utah.

Urban Hill has been open for just over a year, and Chef Nick Zocco has already impacted the Utah local dining scene. With a modern menu that is deceptively simple, he also brings southwestern flavors to the mix. Urban Hill was one of our restaurants to watch at last year’s dining awards, and it is nice to see them fulfill their early promise. Stop in for dinner, and don’t miss out on brunch.

Utah chefs and restaurants recognized in 2024 James Beard awards

Gastronomic Salt Lake City, January 24, 2024 |

The first big date on this year’s food calendar has arrived – today sees the wraps taken off the eagerly anticipated semi-finalist list for the 2024 James Beard Foundation (JBF) awards; the JBF ostensibly being the North American answer to Europe’s heavily worshipped Michelin awards. Say what you like about award contests and pageants – everyone wants to win one. And everyone puts the trophy on their mantle.

The unveiled list sees the Beehive receive six nods for excellence, across three categories. Four Utah toques get a hat tip in the best chef mountain region category this year; a geographic grab bag created in recent times that encompasses the talents of chefs from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.

The fourth name this year is Nick Zocco (pictured top) of Urban Hill. Zocco is the anchor of an excellent food and beverage team, making his way from Park City’s Tupelo, and the bright lights of Las Vegas before that. The menu at Urban Hill is unmistakably his, New Mexico fingerprints indelibly making a mark all over the place. I first previewed the restaurant in December 2022 with a follow-up piece on their brunch service six months later. I’ve been back time again these past twelve months – it’s my pick for Utah’s brightest restaurant right now (something I recently spoke about with City Cast here on this podcast about Michelin dining in Utah).

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Valter’s Osteria and SLC chefs named James Beard semifinalists

Axios Salt Lake City, January 24, 2024 | Six Salt Lake City restaurants and chefs on Wednesday were named 2024 James Beard Awards semifinalists.

Why it matters: The James Beard Foundation each year celebrates the top restaurants and chefs across the country. The honor could elevate a chef’s career or lure more foodies to an eatery or city.

Between the lines: Utah received fewer nods compared to last year’s 11 restaurants and chefs nominated as semifinalists.

Despite working in restaurants for over 20 years, Urban Hill executive chef Nick Zocco said he never imagined becoming a James Beard semifinalist.

The fine-dining establishment opened to much fanfare in the up-and-coming Granary District just over a year ago. Zocco said he’s proud of what he and his team have accomplished in a short amount of time.

“I kind of just created something that I think is a little bit more diverse than what Salt Lake has seen over the past 10 years or so,” he said, referring to the restaurant’s Southwestern flair and attention to ingredients. “I want to see Salt Lake grow into a big culinary destination,” he said.

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Two Utah restaurants, 4 chefs named as semifinalists in prestigious James Beard awards

Salt Lake Tribune, January 24, 2024 | Two Utah restaurants and four Salt Lake City chefs have been named as semifinalists for 2024 in the esteemed James Beard awards, which “recognize exceptional talent and achievement in the culinary arts,” according to the The James Beard Foundation’s website.

Four Utah chefs were included among the 20 regional semifinalists in the Best Chef: Mountain category, which covers Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming:

• David Chon, Bar Nohm, 167 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City.

• Dave Jones, Log Haven, 6451 Mill Creek Canyon Road, Salt Lake City.

• Ali Sabbah, Mazza Cafe, 1515 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City. (Sabbah was a finalist last year, the first from Utah to get such an honor.)

• Nick Zocco, Urban Hill, 510 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City.

Leading the Vanguard for Wine at Urban Hill in Salt Lake City

Wine Spectator, January 24, 2024 | Salt Lake City isn’t known as a wine destination, thanks to Utah’s control-state laws, but some select restaurants are leading the vanguard for exceptional, diverse programs in the state capital. One such spot is Award of Excellence winner Urban Hill, located within a newly built residential district in the heart of downtown, where the comfort and heartiness of Southwest cooking melds with techniques from across the globe.

“The wine scene in Salt Lake City is as explosive as ever,” said Bijan Ghiai, wine director for the restaurant, which opened in late 2022. “From the outside looking in, I am sure it seems a bit restrictive in comparison to many other states, but I think that is only an opportunity for us in this industry and community to get creative.”

Fab Flavors of 2023

Utah Stories, December 29, 2023 | Urban Hill is an eye-popping restaurant that opened this year making a mark in the new, $200 million Post District development that’s revitalizing the gone-to-seed Granary District. There are so many tantalizing options for the taste buds on the Urban Hill menu, not to mention an enviable wine and beverage list. But my favorite dish there is Executive Chef Nick Zocco’s Roasted Chicken entree. The half-roasted, skin-on chicken was cooked to perfection and served Middle Eastern style with Moroccan couscous, fava beans, sauteed farm greens, harissa, and natural jus which was poured onto the chicken by our server, Cameron, at the table. It’s the winner of this year’s Chicken Challenge – a contest that runs continually in my mind. 

Chef's Roll featuring Urban Hill


Chef’s Roll, November 29, 2023 | Urban Hill is the fine-dining concept of Utah-based restaurant group Leave Room for Dessert Eateries from rising restaurateur Brooks Kirchheimer (Utah Business‘ “40 Under 40” for 2023). Running the immaculate bar program is Bijan Ghiai, bar director at Urban Hill, who has been working behind the bar since he was 19 years old.

Ghiai started working at a locally-owned Utah-based winery, La Caille, where wine quickly became a passion. Ghiai’s depth of wine and spirits has evolved over the years and has influenced the selection at Urban Hill, which pays homage to bio-diverse and low-intervention wines.

Regarding spirits, Ghiai focuses on having an array of classic offerings while showcasing unique liquor and aperitif selections, many of which he had to newly establish through the state of Utah’s rigorous DABS. Think special Italian amaro and Caribbean rum pours, while on the cocktail side, off-menu specials like the Kalamata olive dirty martini.

We spoke to Ghiai about running a bar program in Salt Lake City and his favorite cocktail as of late.

Five steaks worth splurging on around Salt Lake City

Gastronomic Salt Lake City, October 27, 2023 | Urban Hill’s 20 ounce ribeye ($110) is sourced from Creekstone Farm and is the prime choice. The sharable steak is dry-aged for 28 – 32 days and is plated with whipped potatoes and peperonata sauce. It’s perfectly grilled over the wood-fired grill. For sure consider asking for a kitchen-facing seat so you can watch the action directly over the impressive Grillworks setup.

It’s clear chef Nick Zocco and his team have things dialed in on that grill. “Our preference is based on the fact that we can offer to our consumer an outstanding cut of beef and keep our price point relative to the market,” says Zocco. “With flavors coming off our [grill] a combination of oak and applewood, we also add mesquite charcoal to our fuel mix. These three components offer an exceptional flavor profile you will not find from a regular gas grill or broiler. It adds the primitive aspect of our ancestors. We can control the steaks cooking with higher heat or just a little more smoke to make this one of the best steaks we have to offer.”

Urban Hill Smash Burger


Gastronomic Salt Lake City, September 25, 2023 | Over to the Post District now and a recent addition to a fresher menu at Urban Hill. Chef Nick Zocco’s burger uses a smash stye patty before leaning into Zocco’s Southwestern roots with hatch chiles. Also joining the fray, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, American cheese, pickle, and lemon rosemary fries with malt vinegar aioli.

Chef Zocco was eager to explain the orgins of this one with me, writing, “Our burger was inspired by the burgers I grew up eating in New Mexico. It’s a traditional burger that keeps things fairly simple, but well prepared. It’s really the green chile that makes the burger what it is. If not for the high quality chile with some good level heat, it’s not going to be the same.

Our burger also adds smoked thick bacon, not something you will find on every burger in New Mexico, but bacon is alway welcome in my belly and in my opinion! This adds that extra level of fat, salt and smoke. We choose to use a brioche bun made here in SLC from Stoneground Bakery. It holds up and offers a nice soft chewiness to the texture and soaks up all the juices! Our beef is Niman Ranch beef, ground in small batches at local beef company Wasatch Meats. Typical blends include chuck, round. ribeye cap and what’s referred to as ‘steak trim’. Niman Ranch offers high quality products from a network of small Ranchers, and they truly care about sustainable and humane agricultural practices.”

Camera-hungry mothers and Easter bunny scares on the latest episode of ‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’

Deseret News Salt Lake City, October 18, 2023 | Next, we find Whitney Rose and her husband, Justin, at Urban Hill, one of Salt Lake City’s newest and hottest restaurants. They order filets and discuss the state of their marriage, which I have no problem with, but they do it just a few inches away from patrons at other tables and it would be tough for me not to eavesdrop if I was one of those other patrons.

Urban Hill is a foodie’s heaven – Pacifico Striped Bass recipe by Urban Hill restaurant

The Place, October 17, 2023  | SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Award-winning Hearth and Hill restaurant and Hill’s Kitchen cafe & catering are known as gathering spots in Park City.

Now the local owners are bringing their vision to a beautiful new restaurant in Salt Lake City called Urban Hill.

It features an oyster bar, a wood-fired grill, curated wine selection, expansive lounge and private dining and patio areas.

Executive Chef Nick Zocco joined us with a recipe for Pacifico Striped Bass with Carolina Gold Rice, Cashew, Yuca, Artichoke, Pickled Onion, Cascabel Chili in Pineapple Sauce.

Experience fine, family dining in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City

Good Things Utah, June 17, 2023 | SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Urban Hill combines great food with good vibes for a delightful dining experience.

While Urban Hill is one of downtown Salt Lake City’s newer fine dining destinations, it’s creators are not new to Utah’s culinary world. Restaurateur Brooks Kirchheimer has experience managing some of the best resort restaurants in Utah as well as developing his own delicious destinations – Hearth and Hill, and Hill’s Kitchen – both located in Park City’s Kimball Junction area. For Kirchheimer, it’s all about family dining.

Taste Utah gives us a sample of the menu and atmosphere available at Urban Hill.

URBAN RENEWAL Vital, Vibrant Cuisine & Ambiance at Urban Hill

Utah Stories, June 9, 2023 | Well, it took me a while to get there. But well worth the wait was a visit to Urban Hill restaurant, which opened back in December on the new, $200 million Post District development that’s revitalizing the gone-to-seed Granary District. In December, Park City’s family-owned restaurant group Leave Room for Dessert Eateries (LRFDE) launched Urban Hill, an eye-popping eatery and bar that would be right at home in any of the world’s glitzy urban centers. 

LRFDE Co-owner Brooks Kirchheimer and his talented team previously opened the wildly popular Hearth and Hill in Park City, and then Hill’s Kitchen cafe and catering. About LRFDE’s foray into SLC with Urban Hill, Kirchheimer said, “Salt Lake is one of the country’s most vibrant, fast-growing cities, and we’re eager to provide a fun, energetic gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. As a homegrown group, we’re excited to bring the community an upscale hospitality experience that blends local sourcing with traditional and innovative dishes and beverages. We want to help SLC stake its claim as a serious culinary city, and for the Granary District to join the ranks of Denver’s RiNo and Chicago’s Fulton Market as a major hub for culture and commerce.” Mission accomplished, I would say. 

Brunch now on the menu at one of Utah’s very best restaurants

Gastronomic SLC, June 8, 2023 | Hand on heart, brunch never finds me in my cheeriest of moods; forced from comforting covers, usually dragged to a menu of ineffectual coffee and poorly executed eggs. As much disdain as I have for the brioche, I have logarithmic levels of lividity for a clumsy sunny side up.   If you see me out in the weekend world before noon, know that I am more than likely unhappy with the state of affairs.   There’s always an exception to the rule though.  A couple of Sundays ago Urban Hill took the wraps off their new brunch service, and hot damn, even this bleary eyed brunch denier could get on board.

With Bijan Ghiai (formerly Pallet, Copper Onion) at the wheel behind the bar, it goes without saying the lineup of eye openers are intelligent and balanced.  The bloody Mary might be the best in the city – there I said it. Actually someone else said it to me, and I tend to agree.  It’s a grown up reworking of those nightmarish interpretations spiked with strips of bacon and miniature cheeseburgers.  Here the drink is given an umami slap, literally around the glass with green salt – dried and ground sea beans to you and me.  On top, shiso leaf, parmesan cracker and salty sardine.  You’ll forget the swanky digs of the restaurant when you lick the glass clean. Ok, maybe just me.


Salt Lake Magazine, June 5, 2023 | Urban Hill was one of my top restaurants to watch when it opened late last year. And they have lived up to my expectations. So when I heard that they were launching Urban Hill brunch on the weekends, I have to confess, I got really excited. The menu takes a charming journey from the ocean to Chef Zocco’s native New Mexico, with a sweet taste from childhood thrown in for good measure.

But before we get into the food, we must talk about the most important element of brunch: the cocktails. On the Urban Hill Brunch menu, they are called “restoratives,” which makes me feel so much healthier in my day drinking. Bijan Ghiai, the beverage manager, put together a creative and playful beverage menu that now extends to brunch. My Urban Bloody Mary was salty and sharp with a brush of heat from the horseradish, which I love. I’m always on the hunt for the most savory, spicy Bloody Mary, and this one filled the bill. Bonus points: it was a work of art. Topped with a shiso leaf, pickled Spanish piparras peppers, and, best of all, a smoked sardine, it checked every savory box. I would come back for this cocktail alone. Another unique restorative at Urban Hill Brunch is the Café Brûlot which fed my morning coffee addiction and paired it with cognac. The spiced amaretto crema and mole bitters rounded things out. 

The Post District is poised to be the new “it” neighborhood in Salt Lake City

Utah Business, March 17, 2023 | It’s an early Thursday evening inside of Urban Hill, and the recently opened restaurant is bustling. Urban Hill employees—or “associates,” as they are referred to here—mix cocktails at the bar and prep dinners at the raw bar attached to the open kitchen. Bottles glisten inside a sparkling wine room lined wall-to-wall with hand-selected flavors, and the sommelier is on-hand to discuss which wine pairs best with each menu item. 

Patrons are spread out around the restaurant. Some are sitting bar-top watching the action unfold; others are nestled in tables by the fireplace in a space connected to a spacious patio—one of two spots in the fine-dining restaurant designed specifically to host events. 

Though busy, the atmosphere is calm and collected, comfortable yet glamorous. Dining inside of Urban Hill feels like being let in on a secret that soon enough, everyone will know. 

The Salt Lake Tribune, December 4, 2022 | Urban Hill is set to open this month downtown, in the new Post District development.

The company that owns two of Park City’s better-known restaurants — Hearth and Hill and Hill’s Kitchen — is getting ready to open its first restaurant in Salt Lake City, in a new downtown development.

Urban Hill, set to open Dec. 15, will be located at 550 S. 300 West — one of the first businesses to open in the Post District, a major development that’s been in the works for more than two years.

“We’ll be the first restaurant in a part of Salt Lake that we’re quite confident and optimistic will become a very vital, energetic part of the city,” said David Kirchheimer, co-owner of Leave Room For Dessert Eateries, the group that owns all three restaurants.