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Park City Area Restaurant Association

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The Park City Area Restaurant Association is a 501(c)6 nonprofit comprised of more than 70 Park City-area restaurants, created to promote the world-renowned eateries that have made Park City and the surrounding region a destination for gourmands across the globe.

The PCARA welcomes and celebrates cuisine that is not only original but is also served in a friendly resort-town atmosphere that offers an escape from the mundane.

The PCARA believes that if diners want great food, carefree relaxation and a refreshing break from the ordinary, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, they can hardly do better than Park City.

The organization’s chefs and restaurants have racked up dozens of honors and recognitions, from coveted James Beard Awards — the culinary equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes — to stacks of Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, to even an appearance on Food Network’s famed “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Here’s a rundown of the awards presented to Park City restaurants, which together represent just a small slice of the world-class dining that can be found in Park City:

  • The honors of Best Lunch and Best Salad were awarded to Café Terigo by Park City’s Best Awards.

  • Caterers of Cuisine Unlimited raked in the awards in 2014. It was named a Western Region Finalist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Dream Big Award. It was also recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing, privately-owned enterprises, and Cuisine Unlimited president Maxine Turner was named International Businesswoman of the Year by the Organization of Women in International Trade.

  • The on-mountain food at Deer Valley Resort has been named the best in the nation by the readers of SKI Magazine every year but two since 1989, and it topped the list again in the latest rankings for 2017. Royal Street Café, located mid-mountain, was named the home of Best Slope Side Lunch by Salt Lake Magazine.

    • The Mariposa continuously earns “extraordinary to perfection” ratings from Zagat and Award of Excellence honors from Wine Spectator for its wine list. It was named a best restaurant in Utah by Salt Lake Magazine, a top-10 restaurant by OpenTable, and in 2015 it was presented a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the second year in a row.

    • Deer Valley’s Seafood Buffet and Fireside Dining also earned Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence in 2014 and 2015, as well as Award of Excellence honors from Wine Spectator. Fireside Dining was named a top-10 restaurant by OpenTable. Seafood Buffet earned top marks for best seafood in Utah from Salt Lake Magazine and Best Seafood Restaurant in Park City’s Best Awards.

  • The Farm was named one of Utah's 25 Best Restaurants in 2015 and Best New Restaurant in Utah in February 2012 by Salt Lake Magazine.

  • The Goldener Hirsch Inn brings the cozy, refined comfort of an Alps-style lodge to Deer Valley Resort. It was named Best of State in 2016, a “best boutique hotel” by the World Ski Awards in 2015, a Four-Diamond recipient from AAA, and it’s twice been named best restaurant in Park City by Salt Lake Magazine. It’s also racked up honors from Wine Spectator.

  • Grub Steak earned its third straight TripAdvisor Award of Excellence in 2016.  It also won the Golden Spoon Award from the Utah Restaurant Association in 2014, and owner Hans Fuegi was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Grappa was named the source of Best Italian food in Park City’s Best Awards.

  • Salt Lake Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards named Handle Best Restaurant in Park City in 2017.

  • High West Distillery and Saloon was named one of 24 “outstanding bars” in the country by the James Beard Foundation, whose awards are the culinary equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes. It has also been named Park City’s best restaurant by the readers of City Weekly, Best Cocktail by Park City’s Best Awards, and Whiskey Pioneer of the Year in 2011 by Malt Advocate Magazine.

  • No Name Saloon was named the home of Park City’s Best Burger and Best Bar in 2016 for the fourth year in a row by the Park Record.

  • Riverhorse on Main has racked up a long list of accolades. It once again earned in 2016 coveted four-star and four-diamond ratings from the Forbes Travel Guide and AAA. It is one of fewer than 800 establishments to be crowned a “DiRōNA Restaurant,” which shows the restaurant passed a rigorous and anonymous third-party inspection evaluating ambience, cuisine and service. It is also an annual stop on the James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour, and it’s been recognized for “best ambiance” by Stay Park City, “most romantic restaurant in Utah” by Flipkey/TripAdvisor, “best Park City icon” by Salt Lake Magazine,” best restaurant for Après Ski in Park City” by Outside Magazine, and one of “5 Must-Visit Restaurants in Park City” by Resort Property Management.

  • Silver Star Café was featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in May 2014 for being a “tucked away hidden-gem” and “local favorite.” The cafe’s accolades include Best Dining View and Best Outdoor Dining in 2016 – the latter for the fourth year in a row – from the Park Record, and recipient of Trip Advisor’s Award of Excellence every year since 2013. 
  • Stein Eriksen Lodge was named a Forbes Four-Star destination, and was ranked the home of the best Bloody Mary by Salt Lake Magazine in 2016. In 2017, the Utah Restaurant Association, in partnership with Devour Utah magazine, named Executive Chef Zane Holmquist Chef of the Year in the Utah Restaurant Industry Awards.
  • Glitretind Restaurant was awarded Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence in 2017, an award they have received consistently since 2007. Additionally, the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRōNA) awarded the restaurant with the DiRōNA Achievement of Distinction in Dining, one of the most respected awards in the dining and hospitality communities.

  • Squatters Roadhouse Grill earned Best Family Restaurant by Park City’s Best Awards.

  • Park City’s Best Awards named Sushi Blue the home for Best Sushi.

  • Tupelo was recognized as one of Utah’s 15 Best Restaurants in 2017 by Salt Lake Magazine and awarded Best New Park City Restaurant in the Salt Lake Tribune’s first SALT Awards in 2016.

  • Windy Ridge Bakery and Café was named Best Bakery by Park City’s Best Awards.

About the Park City Area Restaurant Association

The Park City Area Restaurant Association is the umbrella organization for more than 70 restaurants in Park City, Utah. The organization supports and promotes the large variety of award-winning restaurants in the Park City area. Every year, thousands of residents and visitors are exposed to Park City’s eclectic dining options through a variety of events that the Park City Area Restaurant Association hosts. The events include Savor the Summit, Park City Dine About and Online Cocktail Contest.

For interviews or to learn more about the PCARA, contact Christa Graff, of Graff Public Relations, by calling435-640-7921 or emailing

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