AWARDS & REVIEWS


*2011 Best Wine List-Salt Lake Magazine*
- March 1st, 2011.)
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*Best High-Altitude Dining-City Weekly 2011 Dining Awards*
"Chef Kurtis Krause and manager/sommelier Peri Ermidis are quietly staging a revolution up at Alta, where their Shallow Shaft restaurant combines the beauty of a dining experience in Little Cottonwood Canyon with extraordinary food and wine. The wine list is one of the most inventive and interesting in the West. And tempting dishes such as crab & corn hush puppies, miso-sake marinated black cod, seared bison tenderloin with blueberry-sage butter, and wild salmon with yuzu beurre blanc ensure that no one is leaving Alta hungry. Plus, it all happens at a lofty 9,000-plus feet."

Just Talkin' 'Bout Shaft - Wining and dining with Alta-tude at 9,000 feet.
(As reported in The Salt Lake City Weekly - June 28th, 2007.)
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c2002 Zagat Survey of America's Top Restaurants

"The top 10 restaurants in Utah are... Shallow Shaft, Alta Ski Resort...[listed with nine other restaurants]."  (As reported in The Salt Lake Tribune January 2, 2002.)

The Salt Lake Tribune, July 20, 2001

"The Shallow Shaft strikes culinary gold in Alta."

The Event Newsweekly, July 29, 1999

"Main course selections at the Shallow Shaft are nothing less than an artist's masterpiece...  Timothy Garling has transformed the Shallow Shaft over the past decade from a simple steak house to one of Utah's finest, intimate gourmet restaurants." 

Salt Lake Magazine, July/August 1998

"The Shallow Shaft Restaurant has matured into one of Utah's best restaurants, with excellent cuisine in a casual setting." 

Zagat Survey 1997 Rocky Mountain Restaurants

"Small and unpretentious," the Shallow Shaft is the "top southwestern restaurant in Utah."


Zagat Survey 1995 Update Rocky Mountain Restaurants

"A cozy, dinner-only hideaway where classically trained chef Tim Garling turns out savory Southwestern dishes, runs an on-site poultry and fish smoker, rolls handmade pastas and designs delectable desserts; newcomers as well as long-term regulars are made to feel like family in this ski and summer season mountain dining room where you can mine a deep shaft of good cooking." Rating: "Don't Miss Under Any Circumstances."


Deseret News, July 30, 1993

In the Weekend section of the Deseret News, dining out writer Al Church, wrote, " Here we were, amid the splendor of Little Cottonwood Canyon, surrounded by a boisterous Saturday night crowd, complete with the singing of happy birthdays for unknown diners. Even the funky ski paraphernalia that lined the interior couldn't distract us. There was only the sound of "oohs" and "aahs" coming from our booth. There could have been an avalanche, a forest fire or other calamitous occurrence, and we would have been oblivious. This focus and concentration was somewhat unusual considering that the five of us have fairly well traveled and educated palates, having savored meals from San Francisco to New York and beyond. Our reverent silence threw our attentive and self-assured waitress. Only moments before we had been engaging in snappy repartee. Now we were quietly rhapsodizing about our entrees in hushed tones of awe. "Is everything all right?" she queried with genuine concern. We nodded in agreement, celebrating our wondrous dinner... First time visitors to the Shallow Shaft should not be put off by the breezy and funky decor or the fact that pizza is a featured menu item. Gourmet cuisine that is both creative and memorable is the true hallmark of the Shallow Shaft. Rating: Five Stars (highest)"


Utah Holiday, July 1992

In the July 1992 Issue of the now defunct Utah Holiday Magazine, Genevive Rowles warned readers, "Don't be mislead by 'steak house.' The Shallow Shaft may have been a steak house at one time , but today the aromas wafting from the intimate restaurant perched on a hillside overlooking Alta's gloriously wildflower-carpeted mountains hint of culinary creation bordering on the exotic... Chef Garling has an inspired way with flavor combinations that please and surprise, but never to the point of overkill. He uses herbs, spices, and cheeses native to the Southwest, and from Greek and Italian cuisines, the better to enhance food from as close as Utah and as far as Australia..."




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