Westgate Smokehouse Grill Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence

The Westgate Smokehouse Grill, located on the property of Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa, has received the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

For the past 4 years, TripAdvisor has distrusted the Certificate of Excellence to top-rated businesses around the world. This is the first award for the Smokehouse Grill.

For a restaurant to earn the Certificate of Excellence, they must meet TripAdvisor’s highest standards. To qualify, the restaurant must maintain a rating of 4-5 stars on TripAdvisor.com. Then, the website uses a formula to determine the restaurant’s popularity and tenure.

TripAdvisor provided the Certificate of Excellence to Westgate specifically for “consistently earning top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers”.

Food and Beverage Director for the Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa, Mike Lodge said, “We are extremely excited to be recognized by TripAdvisor. We pride ourselves on providing an unforgettable dining experience coupled with outstanding customer service. Our team members put their utmost effort in producing a mouthwatering menu of fantastic food, and it shows.”

Although this is their first TripAdvisor award, the Westgate Smokehouse Grill has received local recognition for their delicious BBQ. In 2014, the restaurant received 2nd place in the Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards for Best Barbeque. In the past they have won a variety of contests including: 2013 Editor’s Choice Award for Orlando Eats Magazine, America Online’s Best Barbeque in Orlando, Best Barbeque at the Gatlinburg Ribfest (for their location in Gatlinburg), and Best Food Award for the Central Florida’s Chef’s Associates.

President of TripAdvisor’s business division, Marc Charron shared, “TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence.”

In addition to their honor on TripAdvisor.com, Westgate Resorts will receive a plaque to display at the resort.

Lodge concluded, “We always knew that our barbeque was very special. Now, our guests will too.”