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 Haven6451 Millcreek Canyon Rd., SLC, (801) 272-8255
  • Best Restaurant Park City — Silver Star Café1825 Three Kings Dr., Park City, (435) 655-3456
  • Best Restaurant Red Rock— Hell’s Backbone20 UT-12, Boulder, (435) 335-7464
  • Best Restaurant Ogden — Tona Sushi Bar & Grill210 25th St, Ogden, (801) 622-8662
  • Best Restaurant Provo — Communal102 N. University Ave., Provo, (801) 373-8000
  • Best Restaurant St. George  — Painted Pony2 W. St. George Blvd., St. George (435) 634-1700
  • Best Restaurant in Utah — Plates & Palates390 N. 500 West #100, Bountiful, (801) 292-2425
  • Best Undiscovered/Discovery — Trestle Tavern1513 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City (801) 532-3372
  • Best Indian — Bombay House 2731 Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, (801) 581-0222
  • Best Chinese — Mandarin348 E. 900 North, Bountiful (801) 298-2406
  • Best Japanese — Takashi, 18 W. Market St., Salt Lake City, (801) 519-9595
  • Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern — Mazza912 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, (801) 521-4572
  • Best Mexican — Red Iguana736 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, (801) 322-1489
  • Best Southeast Asian — Sawadee & Somi TIE
    Sawadee754 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City (801) 328-8424
    Somi1215 E Wilmington Ave., Salt Lake City, (385) 322-1158
  • Best Breakfast  — Ruth’s Diner4160 Emigration Canyon Rd., Salt Lake City (801) 582-5807
  • Best Lunch —Plates & Palates390 N. 500 West, Bountiful, (801) 292-2425
  • Best Quick Eats — East Liberty Tap House850 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, (801) 441-2845
  • Best Comfort Food — Silver Star Café1825 Three Kings Dr., Park City, (435) 655-3456
  • Best Wine List — Pago878 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, (801) 532-0777

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