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2018 Dining Award Winners

The Bigger Picture: What do we talk about when we talk about food?

Evaluating restaurants used to be pretty simple—take the food on the plate, the way it was served and the ambiance in which it was served, add it up and you could express your opinion in a number of stars. But as our understanding of cuisine has broadened to include issues of ethical sourcing, environmental sensitivity, politics and cultural authenticity, the question of which are the best restaurants has become more complicated and subjective than ever. With all that in mind, these are Salt Lake magazine’s picks for the top restaurants in Utah.

This year, in addition to awarding the year’s best restaurants, we celebrate those who expand the food community to the whole community and recognize those whose contributions go beyond the plate. Click here to find out about those winners.

DINING AWARD WINNERS

HALL OF FAME

Each restaurant in Salt Lake magazine’s Hall of Fame has received consistent awards for excellence over a period of years.

  • Log Haven: 6451 Millcreek Canyon Rd, SLC, 801-272-8255
  • Takashi: 18 W. Market St, SLC, 801-519-9595
  • Aristo’s: 224 1300 East, SLC, 801-581-0888
  • Hell’s Backbone Grill: 20 UT-12, Boulder, 435-335-7464
  • Red Iguana: 736 N. Temple, SLC, 801-322-1489
  • Mazza Cafe: 1515 S. 1500 East, SLC,  801-484-9259 and  912 E. 9th South, SLC, 801-521-4572
  • Squatters Pub Brewery: 147 Broadway, SLC, 801-363-2739

READER’S CHOICE

  • Best Restaurant—Salt Lake City
    • HSL: 418 E 200 South | SLC | 801-539-9999
  • Best Restaurant—Park City
    • Silver Star Cafe: 1825 Three Kings Dr | Park City | 435-655-3456
  • Best Restaurant—Ogden
    • Tona Sushi: 210 25th St | Ogden | 801-622-8662
  • Best Restaurant—Provo
    • Communal: 102 N. University Ave | Provo | 801-373-8000
  • Best Restaurant—Moab & Southeast Utah
    • Hell’s Backbone Grill: Boulder Mountain Lodge | 20 UT-12 | Boulder | 435-335-7464
  • Best Restaurant—St. George & Southwest Utah
    • Painted Pony: 2 W. St. George Blvd. #22 | St George | 435-634-1700
  • Best Restaurant in Utah
    • Pago: 878 S. 900 East | SLC 801-532-0777
  • Best Undiscovered Restaurant
    • Trestle Tavern: 1513 S. 1500 East, SLC | 801-532-3372
  • Best Indian Restaurant
    • Bombay House: 2731 Parleys Way | SLC | 801-581-0222
  • Best Chinese Restaurant
    • Mandarin: 348 E. 900 North | Bountiful | 801-298-2406
  • Best Japanese Restaurant
    • Takashi: 18 W. Market St. | SLC | 801-519-9595
  • Best Mexican Restaurant
    • Red Iguana: 736 W. North Temple | SLC | 801-322-1489 | 866 W. South Temple | SLC | 801-214-6050
  • Best Southeast Asian Restaurant
    • Chanon Thai Cafe: 278 E. 900 South, SLC 801-532-1177
  • Best Middle Eastern Restaurant
    • Mazza Cafe: 1515 S. 1500 East | SLC  | 801-484-9259 | 912 E. 900 South | SLC  | 801-521-4572
  • Best Breakfast
    • bake 360: 725 E. 12300 South | Draper | 801-571-1500
  • Best Lunch
    • Plates & Palates: 390 N. 500 West | Bountiful | 801-292-2425
  • Best Quick Eats
    • East Liberty Tap house: 850 E. 900 South | SLC | 801-441-2845
  • Best Comfort Food
    • Hub & Spoke Diner, 1291 S. 1100 East | SLC | 801-487-0698
  • Best Wine
    • Pago: 878 S. 900 East | SLC | 801-532-0777
Mary Brown Malouf :Mary Brown Malouf is the Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.