Welcome to Vertical Diner Salt Lake City

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Great food! Great people!

We believe that eating a plant based diet will positively change the world environmentally, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively! We pride ourselves in providing food services in a format that is easily accessible for all people. Vertical Diner is "Great Food! Great People!"


  • “Top Ten Vegan Wings” - PETA

    Salt Lake City offers one of the finest vegan havens in the country with the Vertical Diner. The restaurant’s Buffalo Tigers—described as “chicken” tenders tossed in a spicy Buffalo-style sauce....

  • “The Dude Cakes Abide” - City Weekly

    Despite my carnivorous tendencies, Utah's vegan restaurants and I are simpatico. Nothing quite revs up my culinary engine like trying plant-based cheesecake and learning...

  • “Meet the Vegan ‘King’ of Utah” - vegnews.com

    We sit down with Brandt at one of his many meat-free enterprises, and discusses how he is helping to change the perception of vegan food in the city best known for its snow-capped mountaintops and religious persuasion....

  • “Top ten faux chicken sandwiches” - PETA

    Forget Popeyes and Chick-fil-A—the best “chicken” sandwich is a delicious one for which no one had to die. Expand beyond those basic, boring options and try something vegan! Lucky for y’all, we have some of the best vegan chicken sandwiches....


Form of Payment

All major credit cards and cash.


Please only certified service dogs.

Wheel Chair Access

We have full access to our restaurant.


We offer catering services for your event in our restaurant at our location “Vertical Diner Salt Lake City in The Jade Room” which seats 40 guests. We also offer off site catering for groups as large as 500 guests. We offer small event services and Private Chef services.

Please contact Ian Brandt at 801-259-3106 or at ian@elevatedcuisine.com to arrange services for your event

Vegan and Gluten Free Options

We have a full plant based menu with 90% of the menu as gluten free available.

Special Dietary Restrictions

We would love to prepare your special requests. Please advise that if we are busy, special menu variations may take a little more time to prepare.

Organic and Local

Vertical uses 30% organic ingredients. Vertical also sources local produce seasonally.


Everyday from 9am-10pm


Free 20 parking spots in front and 6 spots on the east side parking lot Addition Free parking on Washington Street directly to the west of Vertical Diner Salt Lake City.


We offer 75 comfortable seats in our main dining room. We have an east and west patio each serving 25 guests on each.

“The Jade Room” is available to reserve for 40 guests for no additional costs.


234 West 900 South


4 blocks east of the downtown core

4 blocks east of The Salt Palace

8 blocks from The Vivint Arena

SLC Airport 15 minutes

Draper 20 minutes

Ogden 30 minutes

Park City 30 minutes

The Jade Room

Our private dining room is the name- sake of the iconic Jade Cafe which operated at this location for 60 years.

The Jade Room can seat 40 guests with the adjoining patio that can seat 25. We can reserve this room for birthday parties, wedding receptions, business socials, corporate luncheons and many other special occasions.

We create unique menus drawing from the culinary traditions of Vertical Diner and our sister restaurant Sage’s Cafe. Our beautiful lighted bar creates the mood for a great social affair. Great Food! Great People!


Vertical Diner is all about “Great Food! Great People!” We serve breakfast all day, vegetarian comfort food made with wholesome ingredients. Vertical Diner serves about 30% of the menu organic ingredients. We are so excited to serve our guests and create a memorable dining experience that draws nostalgia from the past mixed with modern culinary traditions. We want to serve you!


We only take reservations for groups of 8 or more. We appreciate any advance notice for large parties. Its our goal to serve your group in the best way possible.

Make reservations >


Vertical Diner coordinates outside catering with Sage’s Cafe and Cali’s Natural Foods to create brilliant, spectacular events like delicate weddings and on-site educational private chef events. We love to prepare healthy foods! Call Ian at (801) 259-3106.

Schedule a private event with us >

Our Story


Vertical Diner was born in Salt Lake City, Utah at the base of the The Rocky Mountains. This vertically enhanced landscape formed the name Vertical Diner. Vertical Diner has a big vision and is dedicated to reach new heights and expand the mind to the stars! Vertically!


Vertical Diner first started by Ian and Kelsey Brandt as The Greens Vegetarian Food Cart in 1998 at the SLC Farmer's Market. In 1999, Ian and Kelsey started Sage's Cafe at 473 east 900 south in Salt Lake City.

Sage's Cafe was an all vegan restaurant with a focus on seasonal, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Great relationships that were made with local growers at the Salt Lake City Farmer's market helped keep the Sage's Cafe kitchen fresh. Over the years to come, Sage's Cafe had become one of the top vegan restaurants in the US, written about in the Washington Post, Bon Appetit Magazine, Veg News, Sunset, and all of the local papers and press.

In 2007, Vertical Diner was opened in an old 50's diner in a warehouse and industrial district in SLC. The Vertical became very well received and was a nice option for more affordable vegan cuisine with breakfast all day. At the time Sage's Cafe was a bit too expensive and was so vegetable driven that it didn't appeal to all of our guests. Vertical filled this gap perfectly.

In 2007, Cali's Natural Foods opened to support the production of foods at Vertical Diner. Cali's eventually has become a source of vegan specialty products for Vertical Diner and the many other accounts it serves in Salt Lake City. In 2010-2013, Ian Brandt opened Cafe SuperNatural which was a vegan spa cuisine restaurant. It was very well received but just didn't have enough business and closed in 2013. Vertical Diner ended up in the Sage's Cafe's 2nd location at 234 west 900 south.

In 2017, Sage's Cafe moved back downtown to 368 east 100 south. Vertical Diner thrived at this location to a level that we had never seen before. In 2018, a tough decision was made to close down the 20 year old Sage's Cafe. Vertical Diner and Sage's Cafe merged concepts, recipes, equipment and staffing. Vertical Diner became even more popular and successful.

Cali's Natural Foods increased commercial accounts to some noteworthy clients and has become a successful food processor. The next big move for Vertical was on January 2nd of 2019, while living in Eugene, Oregon, Ian Brandt decided it was time to expand Vertical Diner to Portland. Brandt had this plan for 16 years and felt like the timing was right and finally after 16 years of searching found the perfect location. After 6 months of remodeling, Vertical Diner Portland opened on July 8th, 2019 at 8124 sw Barbur Boulevard. Sage's Cafe and Vertical Diner made a full circle connection with Sage Brandt, 20 years old now and the namesake of Sage's Cafe, opened operations at Vertical Diner Portland as General Manager.

As the name suggests “Vertical Diner” is unlimited in potential!

Coming Soon: Vertical Diner swag

We have available T-shirts, bumper stickers, gift certificates, pancake mixes and other items too!


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Vertical Diner Salt Lake City

234 W 900 S Salt Lake City 84101
(801) 484-8378
HOURS: Everyday from 9am-10pm