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The Deer Valley Seafood Buffet in Park City, Utah has been on my husband's wish list for years. This year, we finally made a reservation for us and our children (ages 8 and 11) to celebrate his January birthday. Was it all he hoped and dreamed it would be? Yes it was.
The Zagat Restaurant Guide lists the Deer Valley Seafood Buffet as one of “America's Top Restaurants.” It's a great choice either for the end of a ski day or as a stand-alone experience.
But should you bring your kids?
We took our children and had a wonderful time! They loved the Deer Valley Seafood Buffet and I'm pretty sure that we have now spoiled them for all other buffets. They are still talking about how great it was. More about that later…
The seafood buffet would have made an impressive and memorable date night too. The restaurant is a grown-up kind of place with soft lighting, live classical music, a good wine list and an exciting, ever-changing menu for sophisticated palates.
The Deer Valley Seafood Buffet menu changes every week. You'll always be able to find crab legs, shrimp, oysters on the half shell, prime rib and other favorites on the menu, but most of the appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts are different every week.
Nearly everything is served in sample portions on small plates, making it easy to try a little of everything without filling up too quickly. Servers on the buffet are agreeable about adjusting portions up or down upon request.
My husband checked the menu every week from the time we made our reservation until our meal. It was a fun way to build up to his birthday celebration. Click here to see this week's menu.
The Seafood Buffet is obviously not ideal for vegetarians or vegans, but there is a selection of menu items for those who fall into this category. Menu items that are vegetarian or vegan are noted on the buffet. There is also a variety of options for meat eaters who don't care for seafood.
Make reservations before you go. The Seafood Buffet is open on weekend evenings and some holidays from December through March, and is popular. Reserve online or call 435-645-6632.
What to wear?
Deer Valley is a luxury resort, but the Seafood Buffet is pretty casual. The Saturday evening we were there, we saw a little of everything, from jeans and tees to semi-formal. Smart casual will be just about right.
Children are welcome!
Both of our children are picky eaters and our son is a vegetarian (long story), so we had serious doubts about whether or not they would enjoy the Deer Valley Seafood Buffet.
We were surprised and delighted when both our children loved the Seafood Buffet, and were exceptionally well behaved throughout the meal. We have to give Paula, our server, a lot of credit for this. She established a rapport with our children right away and challenged them both to try at least two things they had never eaten before. They accepted the challenge, and between them sampled escargot, cauliflower fennel soup, bacon wrapped scallop, prime rib, a variety of local cheeses and… Deer Valley's chocolate snowball.
Other kid-friendly fare regularly included on the menu: macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, fresh fruit, bread and jam, crab legs, shrimp, baby back ribs and lots of desserts.
Good to Know
Where: Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley. Follow the signs to Deer Valley and you can't miss it.
When: Thursday-Sunday, from about mid-December through late March
How Much: $68 per adult, $34 per child (12 and younger). Prices do not include beverages, tax or gratuity.
How Long: 1-2 hours
Amenities: Free and convenient self parking in the evening. Coat check. There are a variety of shops and services at Snow Park Lodge, but most were closed by 6 pm.
Disclosure: We were hosted at the Seafood Buffet by Deer Valley for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
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