Salt Lake Magazine’s 2019 Dining Award Winners

People, prices and politics all play a role in the differences diners are seeing in old favorites and new entries. Remember, “This is a bar, not a restaurant; This is a restaurant, not a bar?” Remember “Where’s the beef?” Remember the buzzword “fusion?” Now many restaurants do double duty as restaurant and bar. Now restaurants must include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options on their menus. Most notably, chefs are using ingredients and techniques from ever-more exotic places. However, you feel about globalization, the world is now one big pantry. Salt Lake magazine Dining Award winners pull flavors, ingredients and techniques from cuisines all over the world, becoming ever more particular in the source of their ingredients. Take a peek into the pantries of Utah’s best restaurants.



We asked you, dear readers what you thought about where to eat around the state. Our survey got a huge response, with more than 600 of you responding. There are some old favorites and newcomers and even one tie among your choices which, thankfully, did not include any chain restaurants.

  • Best Restaurant Salt Lake City — Log Haven, 6451 Millcreek Canyon Rd., SLC, (801) 272-8255
    Best Restaurant Park City — Silver Star Café, 1825 Three Kings Dr., Park City, (435) 655-3456
    Best Restaurant Red Rock— Hell’s Backbone, 20 UT-12, Boulder, (435) 335-7464
    Best Restaurant Ogden — Tona Sushi Bar & Grill, 210 25th St, Ogden, (801) 622-8662
    Best Restaurant Provo — Communal, 102 N. University Ave., Provo, (801) 373-8000
    Best Restaurant St. George  — Painted Pony, 2 W. St. George Blvd., St. George (435) 634-1700
    Best Restaurant in Utah — Plates & Palates, 390 N. 500 West #100, Bountiful, (801) 292-2425
    Best Undiscovered/Discovery — Trestle Tavern, 1513 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City (801) 532-3372
    Best Indian — Bombay House 2731 Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, (801) 581-0222
    Best Chinese — Mandarin, 348 E. 900 North, Bountiful (801) 298-2406
    Best Japanese — Takashi, 18 W. Market St., Salt Lake City, (801) 519-9595
    Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern — Mazza, 912 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, (801) 521-4572
    Best Mexican — Red Iguana, 736 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, 
    (801) 322-1489
    Best Southeast Asian — Sawadee & Somi TIE
    Sawadee, 754 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City (801) 328-8424
    Somi, 1215 E Wilmington Ave., Salt Lake City, (385) 322-1158
    Best Breakfast  — Ruth’s Diner, 4160 Emigration Canyon Rd., Salt Lake City (801) 582-5807
    Best Lunch —Plates & Palates, 390 N. 500 West, Bountiful, (801) 292-2425
    Best Quick Eats — East Liberty Tap House, 850 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, (801) 441-2845
    Best Comfort Food — Silver Star Café, 1825 Three Kings Dr., Park City, (435) 655-3456
    Best Wine List — Pago, 878 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, (801) 532-0777

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Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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