07 September 2017

The 15th annual Downtown Dine O’ Round, presented by Nicholas & Company, begins Friday, September 15. Diners can sample two-item lunches for $5 or $10 or three-item dinners for $15, $25 or $35 during a two-week span that includes three full weekends.

This is the first year Dine O’ Round will offer three tiers of dinner pricing to better accommodate a growing number of downtown restaurant options. Dine O’Round attendees may choose a three-course dinner for either $15, $25 or $35, depending on the cost of typical entrees. Sampling three selections at such a significant discount lets people experience a wider selection of tastes than a single dish. Some restaurants will choose to put one of their staples on the Dine O’Round menu, while others may change the choice daily or weekly.

Options range from gourmet - think Current, Finca, Copper Onion, Stanza - even the new White Horse Kitchen - to casual options. The unique concept of Dine O’Round is designed to attract new diners to restaurants they have yet to experience, or to re-visit old favorites. Newcomers this year include the aforementioned White Horse, plus Fat Jack's Burger Emporium, Rib and Chop House, Lake Effect, Carnegie's and HSL.

Diners are also offered the opportunity to “win dinner for a year” via a photo contest. Following the trend of diners posting photos to the social media network instagram, restaurant-goers can upload photos from their Dine O’Round experience to enter by using the hashtag #DineORound and tagging @downtownslc on instagram to be automatically entered to win.

The Alliance coordinates this event each fall to bring new people downtown, as well as encourage downtown residents and office workers to explore what the city has to offer. “Dine O’Round is important to encourage diners to try a new restaurant or return to an old favorite during the seventeen delicious days of the event,” said Nick Como, communication director for the Downtown Alliance. “Our fantastic restaurateur partners have elevated Salt Lake City’s brand as a culinary hotspot with quality dining options, culinary talent, and varied ethnic cuisines.”

The lunch crowd is not forgotten during Dine O’Round, with nearly half of the establishments putting together two-item meals for either $5 or $10. Adding lunch to the mix gives workers downtown, who often may not often venture beyond their building, a good reason to sample the wide range of tastes downtown.

Restaurant-goers do not need to sign up for anything, carry any cards or clip coupons. All one needs to do is ask for the Dine O’Round menu from their server. However, they are certainly not limited to just the special menu: often diners will add on additional appetizers or drinks to further sample additional flavors.

Dine O’ Round is made possible with strategic partnerships and corporate sponsorships with Nicholas & Company, City Weekly/Devour, OpenTable and Salt Lake Chamber.

Sample menus and participating locations can be found at