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 in 2017.

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.

2018 Dining Awards Winners

2018 Hall of Fame Winners

Restaurants named to the Salt Lake magazine Hall of Fame  have demonstrated high quality of food, service and ambiance consistently for a significant number of years.

2018 Readers’ Choice Winners

Best Restaurant—Salt Lake City: HSL

Best Restaurant—Park City: Silver Star Cafe

Best Restaurant—Provo: Communal

Best Restaurant—Moab & Southeast Utah: Hell’s Backbone Grill

Best Restaurant—St. George & Southwest Utah: Painted Pony

Best Restaurant—Ogden and Northern Utah: Tona Sushi

Best Restaurant in Utah: Pago

Best Restaurant Discovery: Trestle Tavern

Best Indian Restaurant: Bombay House

Best Chinese Restaurant: Mandarin

Best Mexican Restaurant: Red Iguana

Best Southeast Asian Restaurant: Chanon Thai Cafe

Best Japanese Restaurant: Takashi

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Mazza Cafe

Best Quick Eats: East Liberty Tap House

Best Lunch: Plates & Palates

Best Breakfast: Bake 360

Best Comfort Food: Hub & Spoke Diner

Best Wine: Pago