Payson has the reputation as a small town, but its restaurants pack some pretty big flavors. Whether you’re in the mood for a scoop of ice cream, a fresh taco or even just an old-fashioned hamburger, Payson has some fantastic dining finds.
Here are the top 10 restaurants in Payson according to reviews from Yelp users.
-- Kurt Hanson, Daily Herald
10. Daley Freez
With more than 50 years of service under its belt, the Daley Freez in Payson has been serving up classic-style burgers and shakes to thousands upon thousands of hungry customers.
Location: 50 E. 100 North, Payson
Yelp review: The best place to eat in Payson Utah. Awsome fries and the best pastrami burger ever. They also have great malt shakes and old fashion sodas. – Paul W.
This food truck based out of Payson serves up grade A tacos and Mexican food. Don’t forget to try the steak tacos for a fantastic feast.
Yelp review: Very good if your craving that authentic street taco flavor. I've tasted quite a few street tacos all over the state, and I'd have to say this falls in my top 3 favorite places at best. – Jared F.
8. Don Chuy’s Taco Shop
Whether you want a shrimp cocktail or a massive enchilada, Don Chuy’s packs a truckload of flavor into every bite.
Location: 1024 W. 800 South, Payson
Yelp review: Super friendly service, huge portions, and everything came out quickly. Jesus helped us at the counter and he was really knowledgeable about the menu. Couldn't ask for anything better. – Gina S.
7. Cabana Grill
In case you haven’t noticed, Payson does Mexican food very well, and Cabana Grill is no exception. The burritos are beastly and the guacamole is to die for.
Location: 75 S. Main St., Payson
Yelp review: This is an awesome little Mexican Restaurant run very well by a couple. The food is excellent - very experienced cook, who worked many years in Park City. The Chimichangas and Chili Rellenos were amazing. They have a super yummy salsa bar. You definitely get your money's worth. An unexpected jewel in Payson, Utah. Don't miss out if you happen through it or nearby. – Nathan G.
6. Fat Jack’s Pizza
A great pizza starts with a great crust, as is the case at Fat Jack’s Pizza. Whether you want a western style or supreme pizza, every slice is a delight at Fat Jack’s. And according to Brandon Flowers of The Killers, they have the best ranch dressing in the world.
Location: 40 S. 100 West, Payson
Yelp review: When it comes to pizza in Payson, Utah, this place is at least two notches above the rest! I'm giving Fat Jack's 5 stars because they have super speedy delivery and amazingly cheesy pizzas and bread sticks. – Kristy L.
5. Cabana Mexico
Not to be confused with Cabana Grill, and though it’s only been open since late 2017, Cabana Mexico has fantastic street tacos, tostadas and burritos that are sure to be filling.
Location: 75 S. Main St., Payson
Yelp review: Yummy! Great food, service and atmosphere. We got one of each section and all were amazing. The tacos had great flavor and the guacamole is to die for! – Ashlee E.
4. Dalton’s Steakhouse
You haven’t lived until you’ve had Dalton’s Steakhouse. Whether you want smoked salmon, tender brisket or perfect pulled pork, Dalton’s is a must have staple of southern Utah County.
Location: 20 S. 100 West, Payson
Yelp review: We had a wonderful dinner here. The food, service, and atmosphere were all great. The hostess was particularly friendly and the owner was amazing. He was out talking to everyone and even sat down at some of the tables just to chat with patrons. He made it obvious that he really cared about his customers. – Donna F.
3. El Tapatio
You haven’t had El Tapatio until you’ve had fajitas served in a grilled pineapple boat. Meat, cheese and veggies are piled into a half of a pineapple. And if that isn’t tempting enough, try their carne asada or fresh mole.
Location: 47 S. Main St., Payson
Yelp review: One of the best places to go eat in Payson! Food is amazing as well as the service, definitely worth the trip. – Kelsey C.
2. Eli’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Sodas
Nothing beats an old-fashioned ice cream shop of the good old days when Payson was smaller and had just a single stop light. Whether you want an ice cream sandwich between two donuts, a classic root beer float or just a single scoop of vanilla, everything is premier quality, and will leave you begging for more.
Location: 7 S. Main St., Payson
Yelp review: Every time we go we enjoy the staff, and the ice cream. We have always been ice cream snobs, I usually only eat Tillamook Ice cream from the store but after having BYU Creamer ice cream fro Eli's I never want any other ice cream. Take your kids with you and take a look around the historic building that used to be a bank, and don't forget to check out the vault. – Darren F.
1. Tadka Indian Restaurant
Not only is Tadka Indian Restaurant the No. 1 restaurant in Payson for Yelpers, but many peg it as one of the best Indian restaurants in the state. Once you’ve had a bite of butter chicken or a spoonful of chicken curry, you just might agree.
Location: 952 E. 100 North, Payson
Yelp review: Wow, who would have thought, good Indian in Payson, great buffet, butter chicken heaven. Nice staff and all the Indian fixings. Great quiet music with pleasant booths and not too busy on a Saturday afternoon. Come and enjoy. – Cameron W.