Salt Lake City Weekly

December 2015

“Remember that I was looking for a change from routine pub fare? Well, here’s something you don’t see on most pub menus: ahi spring rolls ($13.99). Simply put, this is an excellent appetizer, but one plentiful enough to serve as an entree. It’s a very large spring roll cut into eight manageable pieces, full of sushi-grade ahi tuna, shredded cabbage, carrots, cilantro, basil, mung bean sprouts and scallions, all swaddled in a thick wonton and nori wrapper, then flash-fried and served with a heaping mound of jasmine rice topped with a pineapple slice and pickled ginger. The spring rolls also come with a couple of tasty dipping sauces: One is a dark soy-based sauce and the other, my favorite, is a hotter-than-Hades wasabi aioli that instantaneously clears the nasal passages.”


August 2015

“Open daily for lunch and dinner, along with weekend brunch, Porcupine Pub and Grill is a casual and community focused eatery. The restaurant sits in the shadows of the Wasatch Mountain Range at the mouth of the Big Cottonwood Canyon. Its location just outside of the city and at the base of a popular outdoor recreational area is ideal, and it appeals to city goers, families, and outdoors enthusiasts alike.

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, boasting the feel of a ski lodge and matching decor. The menu offers classic American fare and varies throughout the day. Diners can choose to sit in the warm and relaxed interior dining room or on the outside patio that overlooks the mountains”.


August 2014
“Located near the opening to Big Cottonwood Canyon, eating at Porcupine almost makes you feel like you’ve escaped on an upscale wilderness retreat. With an interior that looks like a large log cabin, it feels warm and cozy inside. The restaurant is often bustling with activity, even close to closing.

The menu offers a wide variety of foods, ranging from sandwiches to pasta to filet mignon, in addition to daily specials like a tasty beer-battered asparagus appetizer. The restaurant’s namesake dessert — a chocolate porcupine — is both adorable and tasty, and comes with ice cream.”

The Well Traveled Wife

April 2014
“you can’t go to to salt lake without a stop at porcupine grille. it is one of my family’s favorites, so i was excited to come do a feature! it’s a favorite among locals and tourists, since it’s right at the base of the canyon leading to some of the best skiing in the state (snowbird, alta, and brighton.) we have had  many great meals here after a long ski day, and it always hits the spot!”

Salt Lake Tribune

August 2005
“Whether you’re looking for a lively dinner spot or casual spot for lunch, Porcupine Pub & Grille has plenty to offer in the way of food, drink and good service. With brunch service starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, it’s also a nice prelude to a day up nearby Big or Little Cottonwood Canyons.”

City Weekly Summer Guide

June 2006
Porcupine Pub & Grille has plenty of meat- free options, served alongside burgers and ahi tacos to munch on while you take in gorgeous mountain and valley views.”

Deseret News restaurant critic

November 2001
“Great spot for getting cozy.
You’ll get your standard grille and pub stuff, but with personality and style. The bustling atmosphere, the sports on the TV’s and the hearty food make for a homey, friendly get-away I could surely get used to.”

Salt Lake Magazine

Sept/Oct. 1999
“Modern Southwest atmosphere” with “varied, exotic menu selections.”

City Weekly’s Best of Utah

Voted “Best Afterglow” 2006

Sports Guide 2004

Voted “Best Apres Ski”

Transworld Magazine

“One of the top 5 things to do in Utah.”
(The first 4 are snowboarding)

Ski Utah Dining Guide

“One of Utah’s Most Unique Dining Experiences.”

CNS Art & Soup 2005

“Best Southwest Soup”
Roasted Jalapeno Potato