Go to this restaurant for the wonderful outdoor tables surrounded by pretty plants and next to historic buildings. The restaurant itself is in a 1896 house built by Moab pioneers. The view on the canyon on the other side of the valley is appeasing.
The food is quite standard Mexican, and it is cheap. Our waitress was very nice. They offered us a free dessert of Mexican pastries that was delicious.
This little restaurant is so adorable with its elongate room open to the outside and decorated with bright colors. Moreover, the food is excellent and the owners so nice and enthusiastic about their business, doing everything to please their customers. A Mexican feast! A restaurant not to be missed in Moab!
Favorite Dish: The fajitas were fantastic! The margaritas were excellent too.
This nice little restaurant is set in the historic jail of Moab and offers good American (eggs+bacon+potatoes and many variations) breakfasts starting at 7 am until 12. A great way to start the day if you are sure to loose the pounds hiking or biking the trails around Moab!
See update below!
This restaurant seems to be popular as each time we tried to get in there were a lot of people waiting. They do not take reservation except for groups of 6 or more. The location is overlooking Moab with an amazing view on the whole valley (photo). You go to this restaurant for the view.
Anyway, we get there for a second attempt, a Monday night at 6 pm (early, and it's Monday, so we had hope to get in). The hostess is quite cold in greeting us. While she leads us to our table, we notice in the main room that there is a table free with an amazing view right up at the window. She leads us to another room where all the tables with views were taken and we could not see any of it. Without counting that the atmosphere in that room ressembled that of a senior home. So we ask if we could get a table with a view, right next to the window. After a while, they tell us all they have is a table in a room in the sun where it is very hot, or on the terrace which is in the sun as well. So we point out that table we saw when we came in. They say that they want to put 6 people there, not just 2. Note that they never say that particular table is reserved. We explain again: we are here for view, we are problably going to spend $150 at their restaurant with wine, and we think we deserve that particular table, the only one left with a view and not in the sun. And we emphasize that that particular table is the same size as the one nearby where only couples are seated. No way, they did not want to give us the only good table they had left. Me and my husband were not good enough for them. We left. And yes, the table we wanted was still empty of people.
Favorite Dish: Did not get to taste anything as we did not get the table we wanted.
UPDATE! The owner of the Sunset grill contacted us recently (April 2006) after reading my negative review above. His email was really nice, he excused himself, said that this should not have had happened, and that the situation would be rectified. He even offered to give us a free diner next time we go to Moab! So, I am holding off my judgement on that restaurant. It was all the fault of the incompetence of one hostess. I look forward giving it another try next time we go to Moab!
Excellent beer! Yes, the local Moab beer is really good. Yes, i know it is Utah, and the Mormons tried for a long time to lower the alcohol content, but these days are over, and to prove it, try the Moab Stout, one of the best beer I have ever had.
Excellent burgers in this nice pub, good atmosphere, very nice staff. They also have pizzas, steaks and seafood.
We found that Sunday morning, many places were not open for business, and thus we ended up at the Red Rock Bakery on Main Street. Once you opened the door and walked in, you were greeted with the warmest, most delicious smells. We ordered a brown bag lunch, made on homemade bread and even grabbed a couple of cookies (fresh baked of course)...one pumpkin chocolate chip, the other macademia raisin.
Wanna sit and eat with a hot cup of coffee and check your V-mail? No problem...Red Rock is also an internet cafe.
Favorite Dish: The cookies were fabulous and the sandwhiches were dlightful.
Great restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There's a patio bar for kicking back after a hard day climbing, biking, hiking, or rafting. Internet Cafe. Very laid back, very friendly staff. Everybody has a story to tell. Named after the Slickrock critter......fictitious animal dog/lizard, thing. You have to go there to know what I'm talking about!! The food is kind of American, mexican, southwest......burgers, pasta, chicken, salads, wraps, burritos, etc.
Favorite Dish: Buckwheat pancakes....never had them before and haven't had them since. They were delicious!!
This is a great restaurant at which to have dinner if you feel like getting a little dressed up. It's a wonderful place to spend the evening...enjoying good food, good wine and a very cozy environment. The restaurants is set in a charming home with dark wooden floors and is comprised of a few small rooms for dining. The wall are white and sage color and decorated with tasteful Native American artwork. The dinning tables are set with white table cloths and birch-colored wooden chairs - simplistic and elegant. The service is very good and the food was excellent. Enjoy!
Update: I recently visited Moab again (August 2008) and decided to return to the Desert Bistro. My experience the second time around was fantastic. It even supassed my first dining experience there. There menu changes seasonally, so I had the chance to try a few new dishes. I 100% recommend this restaurants. The food is delicate and a pure joy to all senses. The service is refined and attentive.
Favorite Dish: Here are samples from their menu. Delicious!
- Pumpkin mascarpone ravioli with toasted pine nuts in a maple brown butter (source - Desert Bistro)
- Crab Cakes served with pineapple ancho chile beurre blanc & pineapple salsa (source - Desert Bistro)
- Baked Brie in puff pastry stuffed with sun-dried tomato pesto, served with fresh fruit and crackers (source - Desert Bistro)
- Organic mixed greens with gorgonzola, toasted sesame seeds, parmesan aged balsamic vinaigrette (source - Desert Bistro)
- Butter leaf with fresh red pears, jicama & candied walnuts in pomegranate dressing (source - Desert Bistro)
Entrees- Smoked Elk Tenderloin wrapped in bacon with caramelized onions in a huckleberry, chipotle pepper & port wine sauce, served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes & grilled marinated vegetables (source - Desert Bistro)
- Grilled Duck breast served over truffled mushroom risotto with parmesan, onion, a hint of lemon, balsamic and sage (source - Desert Bistro)
- Pistachio crusted Lamb loin served with fresh mint & chipotle pepper demi-glace, potato gallette & sautéed vegetables (source - Desert Bistro)
- Baked Acorn Squash stuffed with wild rice, roasted fennel, hazelnuts, apples, raisins & cotija cheese, served with a Frangelico liqueur & saffron sauce (source - Desert Bistro)
Branding Iron Steakhouse, on the corner of Route 191 and Spanish Trail Road serves a really mean steak.
We were in Moab, Utah for a Land Rover Rally, and after having run the trails all day,w as looking for a really good steak. Close to where we were staying, the Branding Iron is a sure bet.
Pretty non-descript as far as decoration. Certainly a Western-style steakhouse atmosphere. The staff was very friendly and the food prepared perfectly to order.
Favorite Dish: Try their Super Burger, or sample one of Utah's local wines.
On Main Street in downtown Moab, this charming little restaurant may be overlooked. Take another glance...and sit a spell.
I've found in my travels that often times, the smallest packages offer the largest tastes! Miguel's is no different. The food is undeniably fresh, and cooked perfectly.
Certainly the best Mexican food we had on our Westward trip.
Favorite Dish: We had to start with one of the Margaritas (with your choice of tequilas). I tried one of my favorites...a chicken fajita (marvelous). My husband had a seafood burrito that was practically the size of a football!
Highly recommended. Open at 5:00 pm everyday for dinner.
Just on the outskirts of downtown Moab, Moab's Daily Grind offers fresh ground and brewed coffees of all sorts.
Along Route 191, Moab's Daily Grind sits just back from the parking lot. There is a window int he front to place your order, and a drive through window along the back of the building.
I tried the caramel mocha, my husband, of course, black. Both very satisfactory. Also had to indulge in chocolate covered espresso beans. Caffiene jolts do not get any sweeter than this!
it's a cute little place, very cozy! they have all variety of baked stuff (people get up at 5am to bake everything).
Favorite Dish: I loved the bakery and their homemade healthy muffins.All of us were happy!?! hehehe..and everything is very cheap
This is a nice restaurant located on the main street in the south part of Moab. It has outdoor seating. The interior is very dark and has a large table for a group with blue lights that light everything. Normal lights are over the booth tables.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. Also easy to find and get their attention.
I ordered the Big and Nasty appetizer and the Baby Back ribs. The ribs were way over cooked. However, the sides it came with were amazing. Perfectly cooked sweet potato and rice and beans specially done with some hot peppers. You do have many other sides to choose from, the dinner comes with two sides and corn bread muffin.
Favorite Dish: The Big and Nasty appetizer was excellent. It is a large plate of french fries, smothered in pulled pork, beans and cheese. Out of this world.
Would definitely go back just for this and the sides. Try something besides the baby back ribs.
The nice plus about hiking trips is burning tons of calories and getting to eat anything I want to. We hit the Blu Pig mighty hungry after a long day at Arches and left feeling like well-stuffed hogs. BBQ is one of those cuisines that you just can't make to please everyone; people like what they like as far as spices and sweetness, wet or dry, etc. so if it ain't like home, it just ain't right, you know? So you have to have an open mind when braving the brisket in the Great Unknown.
If you aren't a carnivore, stop reading - this is not the place for you. They do their own smoking and the menu runs the gamut of chicken to ribs to catfish. We both ordered up pulled-pork sammies - huge, on soft, toasted asiago buns topped with slaw - and sweet 'tater fries. The pork comes dry and we had fun trying out the three sauces on the table. Neither of us could finish the buggers but we'd seen this applewood-roasted pecan pie on the menu and had to give THAT a shot. OMG. Folks, save room...
All-in-all, nice place with a good selection of bottled beer served up with frosty glasses, outdoor patio, and blues on the sound system: what's not to like? We ate early so service was quick, friendly and attentive - can't answer for what it's like on a busy night. They also have a menu for little buckaroos, and you can get your order to go. Open at 4:00 Mon - Sat, 11:00 on Sunday.
It was good in 2004 so we came back in 2011. This is the only microbrewery in the area and a good place to refuel and rehydrate post-hike, float, bike or climb. The menu runs to standards like salads, sandwiches, burgers and a few entrees, and the craft brew list from ales to stout. We landed in here twice: the first night for salads, and the second for the ribs we recalled as yummy 7 years earlier. Nope, they hadn't lost the touch. The Husband's gazpacho plate of greens with blackened tilapia and jalapeño cornbread, and my almond chicken with soy ginger vinaigrette were both winners, and the pork ribs with Jack Daniel's sauce were bone-suckin' wonderful. Beer? What's not to like.
Service all three times was cheerful and prompt - although it can be a busy place during the dinner hour. Vegetarian options are available for non-carnivores, and there's a kid's menu for small fry. Stop into the small retail store for picking up pint glasses, t-shirts or a growler-to-go for your campsite, or the gelato freezer up front for a cone. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week: come in your cargos and boots.
The head-banging music on the website's home page is a bit much but you can hit the mute button. :)
Favorite Dish: Ribs. Yummy.