Porcupine Pub & Grille
3698 E Fort Union Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Primary Phone: (801) 679-1337
Fax: (801) 942-5572
Porcupine Pub & Grille - Cottonwood
Pub & Grill Porcupine
Parking: Lot, Free
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Deli, Family Style, American, Sandwiches, Bar & Grills, Pizza
Price Range : Average
Good for Kids: Yes
The Porcupine Pub came highly recommended by friends who swear it's the greatest place they've ever been. I have to assume that they don't get out much because I thought this restaurant was just okay (and that's being generous).
The airy, mountain cabin style atmosphere is great even in the summer (ask to sit outside on the small upper deck), but I can imagine it would be really great after a day of skiing. Parking is a real issue here so park along the road if you can (or risk getting stuck in the far too cramped parking lot).
After a brief 10 minute wait we were taken to our table in the upstairs loft area. There are several large wooden booth seating areas that are really nice if you are dining with a big group. Our server was very professional and had a funky look and vibe that totally added to the atmosphere. She somehow was always there when I needed a refill and I never once had to ask for one (and I drank like 8 glasses of their delicious iced tea). The service was absolutely top notch and some of the best I've ever had anywhere.
The menu is small but varied. The weak link are the salads, there's no simple salad option, they are all crazy combinations (even the caesar is only available with spicy dressing and it has artichokes in it, for example). The pizzas looked the best (we didn't order one), but I'll try one next time I eat here.
We opted for the artichoke dip appetizer ($13), the ribs ($20) and the grilled shrimp caesar salad ($17). Let me say that while the food was quality was high across the board, the prices were in outer space -- to the point where I left the restaurant angry about how expensive our meal was. I understand that quality food comes with a higher price, but the portion size of my salad in particular was outrageous. OUTRAGEOUS. Six little shrimp, three artichoke hearts, and about 12 bites of lettuce in a teeny tiny bowl was not worth $17. Heck, that was a $6 salad, tops.
The dip was okay but again, the portion was far too small. To make up for the small amount of dip, our plate was packed with garlic cheese bread (which admittedly was delicious). I would've preferred more of the cheesy artichoke goodness than bread. We ran out of dip way earlier than we did the bread. The ribs took a long time to prepare, and I wish our server had alerted us to this fact ahead of time instead of 10 minutes AFTER we had ordered. The wood roasted veggies were the best part about the meal. They had a interesting sweet wood flavor to them and they were killer good. My salad was advertised as "spicy" in big red letters on the menu so I was apprehensive but it was no problem for me to eat. I had forgotten this it Utah, home of the blandest of the bland food!
The food was good but not really memorable or something that I'll crave. I won't beg to go back here but I would if my friends wanted to.
12/13/2010Provided by Citysearch -
It's a hard menu to choose from. For some reason nothing stands out because everything seems equally good.I usually end up getting the fish tacos and rock shrimp because they are both so delicious.
The prices are on the high-end while still being reasonable ($50-$70 for two), but you get what you pay for. They have excellent service and the staff has mostly been there long term and are very friendly. The atmosphere is really warm and inviting. Their bathrooms are always clean...bonus!
A loved local place in SLC!!!
I love the porcupine..great ambiance.. great food... and a great selection of beers on tap. Their brunch on saturday and sunday is always a favorite. Everything is moderately priced and if your not satisfied they will fix it! Tuesdays are a good day to go in because it is $2 beer all day and if you make it there at 4 to 6 on monday thru friday...their apps are half off! Great place to go after you come down from the slopes! Definantly will go back!
11/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is an AWESOME restaurant. It is always crowded, but there is usually not a very long wait for smaller groups. They serve large groups also, but if you have 6 or more in your party, I highly encourage a reservation. Porcupine is very reasonbly priced and the service is top-notch.
The food and beer selections are extensive and incredible. They have a variety of microbrews, national and international beer choices. My wife and I are vegetarians and the menu options have quite a variety for us as well. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, try the Red Pepper Hummus, Smothered Black Bean Burrito, and Portabello Jack...f'ing delicious!
It is located at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. In Winter, they get a lot of skiers, while in Summer they get a lot of bikers and climbers...so there is always a cool, outdoorsy crowd there.
The ambience is great, with an outdoor patio, on the inside they have a cool bar with a lot of varied paintings on the wall. They also have a good sized loft that can seat a number of people. They have a lot of T.V. screens throughout the restaurant, usually playing a football or basketball game, or SportsCenter.
06/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Please stay away. This is one of my fave places and it's always crowded enough without you! :-) Did one of the reviewers say ""overpriced""??? You've got to be kidding me!!
The Porcupine NEVER disappoints. I love the food. I love the atmosphere. I love the location. I love the service. This is one of the best places in Utah to get a great meal, at a great price and have a great time! Keep up the good work and I'll keep coming back for more!
03/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Yes you can go there with a large party. We go there 3 to 5 times a month with about 20 people at a time. Just like any restaurant you may have to wait a little longer. This place has the best sandwiches and salads not to mention the fabulous Beer. If you ski or snowboard this is the best place to stop after a long day on the hill.
02/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was actually considering going here for my birthday. Since reading the comment about not being good about large groups I've changed my mind. I'm sure the porcupine is a great place, however, I do think that it's just good customer service to cater to the customers even if it's a large group and split the bill. And I felt the need to comment after the ignorant comment about it being their problem? You seem a little bent about someone else's experience, are you working there or something? I've worked as a waitress, a server that can't split the bill is an inept one. Large groups are not just for Denny's and the problem was the restaurant.
07/20/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This is one of my favorite places to eat, drink beer, and be social. The food is consistantly good, the service is always friendly and the atmosphere is fun. Even if you have to wait for a while to be seated, there is usually room at the bar to eat an appetizer if you're starving, get a drink, and you'll probably meet someone new. People go there all the time after a day skiing/snowboarding by themselves, so sit down and chill out for a bit. Whats better then great food, friendly service, fun atmosphere, and meeting a new friend??
So, to the person complaining about bringing 17 friends to a restaurant that you admittedly knew didn't take reservations....um, what aren't you understanding here? Let me help you out: simply, the problem was you.
04/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
If you're bringing 17 people to dinner and they don't take reservations- go to Denny's. Come on, be realistic. Also, take note....DON""'T BRING 17 PEOPLE TO DINNER AND SPLIT CHECKS.....THAT'S EVERY BIT RUDE. It's the equivalent then of being sat 8 tables at once. GET OVER YOURSELF.
02/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
My friends and I allways stop here after a great day on the slopes. Tuesday is our favorite day to stop by after rideing. The beer is $2 bucks and between 3 and 5 oclock the appetizers are half price. You can't beat the price or the location (the bottom of big cottonwood canyon) and the food is allways good. Do your self a favor and order the nachos you won't be disapointed. We love this place!!
12/12/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I met 17 friends at Porcupine Grill for my birthday. They don't take reservations, we called an hour ahead to be put on the waiting list. We waited 45 more minutes. We did not have enough tables. One person had no surface. He asked for one more table, the staff refused. Our server said he could not separate our check. The manager said that if we were willing to wait an extra 20 minutes at the end of dinner, our server could separate the check then. They acted as though they were doing us a favor, and were very put-out by us. Our server brought us one check and it took us a half an hour to identify our orders. It took the server another 45 minutes to separate the check. I will never go there again. I have never been treated so badly in my life.
05/25/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Really not that impressed. We waited about 40 minutes for a table...and we had a reservation! On a weekday!! Then it took over half an our to get our food. I think we only saw our waiter twice during the entire visit. -Once to order our food, and once to get our check. Not very good service, and a little overpriced. Try a different restaurant, don't waist your time.
08/19/2004Provided by Citysearch -
I have been going to the Porcupine for over 3 years now. The fish tacos are excellent and the philly cheesesteak rocks! The brunch is the best for the value, the portions are huge, and they have something for everyone. My personal favorite is one of the many fine brews they have on tap along with the Big Cottonwood Burger! The atmosphere is always fun and diverse. Perfect for a summer salad, as well as the hellfire wings after a day in the snow.
10/20/2003Provided by Citysearch -
my boyfriend and i are in slc on a business trip and we found porcupine pub and grill through citysearch. after reading the many good reviews, especially the review on the great hot wings, we decided that it would be worth trying out. my first impression was not great because of the atmosphere- looks like a bar/diner rather than a cozy pub. but the waitress was super friendly and the food was excellent. we tried the hot wings, with the hellfire sauce, and i was in tears. it was the best wings that we have ever had. very hot, beware. we also had the 4cheese pizza, yum. the blue cheese was not that impressive. overall, it was a great find. definitely worth checking this place out if you are in the neighborhood.