Part of the charm of National Park stays is the evening cookout. When the weather is right and that is the case in Zion most of the time, you can't beat it. The setting is stunning so even a fancy restaurant would have a tough time beating the view and there's something about sitting outside as the day cools off into night and enjoying a hearty meal, especially after a day of hiking. Though we have a small backpacking stove, we also brought our three burner stove for our car camping meals which makes preparation a lot easier and quicker.
Favorite Dish: Though we mixed it up more on this trip than on prior ones due to the six month length, we did a fair amount of pasta meals. I am half of Italian descent and I like cooking. I try to make it healthy (whole wheat pasta, olive oil, tuna or beans) but Doreen seems to think it's pretty tasty too. Tuna fra diavlo is a favorite at home and camp. Saute some garlic, basil, and hot chillies in olive oil. Add a can of tuna and a can of crushed tomatoes. Let it simmer while the water boils for the pasta. Add it and sprinkle with good pecorino cheese. Oh, good luck finding that in Utah!
This cafeteria style restaurant is located immediately outside of the South Entrance to Zion NP. There was a good selection of reasonably priced dishes and beer on tap. You can also sit outside on their patio and enjoy a view of the mountains.
We enjoyed the gyros and Karoake which occurs on every second Saturday night.
This is a classic national park restaurant with huge timbers, high ceilings and a beautiful view of the canyon. The food is reasonably priced and substantial. In the evening, be sure to get a table on the deck and watch the deer come to the front lawn to feed.
Favorite Dish: The buttermilk biscuits at breakfast are absolutely the best I have ever had.
GOOD FOOD. They make everything fresh and in decent portions. It's a small and cozy place right outside the park. Great service and moderately priced.
Favorite Dish: I had their chicken burrito and it was good especially after a long day hike.
Oh the Mean Bean..what delightful coffee. So delightful in fact that at the end of our trip we circled back to Springdale to pick up some coffee to take home, and tragically they were closed! (Come before noon off season)
The night we stayed in Springdale we popped by here in the morning for some coffee to go, (they do not have to go cups, well not plastic reusable ones with a Mean Bean logo, but they totally should! ) But I digress...the coffee is amazing! It's Organic, I loved it, I would go back to Springdale just for it...and I did... Anyway pop in, get some, enjoy!
Favorite Dish: coffee coffee coffee!
National Park grub is often sort of expensive and nothing to write home about but that's OK - it's not why you're there, right?
We had breakfast at Zion Lodge's Red Rock Grill one morning and found it so crowded, noisy and pricey that we skipped it the rest of our time there.
The Castle Dome Cafe (next to the lodge giftshop) had a decent selection of quick food (sandwiches and soups) and beverages, including beer). Eat inside or on the big, sunny patio: you'll have a better chance of getting a good seat during off-peak hours. Better yet, pack your sandwich for a picnic on the trail. Open April - Oct.
Otherwise, drive into Springdale for more options.
Some restaurants in Springdale do not open until 4/5 pm. Switchback has breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was suprised how good lunch was here- I think it must be the best place around zion- nice patio, great food.
Favorite Dish: Lunch:
Port. Mushroom sandwich w/peppers, tomato, mozzarella.
Visit the Zion Canyon Visitors Bureau for an extensive list of places to eat in Springdale. Here you will find a list of about 18 eating establishments with their phone numbers, addresses, type of food to be found, and web addresses if there is one. Here are examples of five of the entries on their page.
Bar G Chuckwagon 55 North 3700 West, Hurricane, UT 84737, (435) 635-5800, E-mail: email@example.com. Cowboy supper and live western show. Re-live yesteryear as the Bar G wranglers sing songs of the old west, mixed with lots of cowboy humor. FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT!
Bit & Spur Mexican Restaurant & Saloon 1212 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-3498. Beautiful garden or indoor dining, state liquor license. Rated excellent by Zagat Survey. Call for reservations and dates for live entertainment. Open at 5:00 PM daily.
Bumbleberry Restaurant, Playhouse & Gifts 897 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-3611. Featuring the Bumbleberry Playhouse. Dining at its best, superb Bumbleberry pie, unique gifts and live theatre during the season. An experience to remember.
Majestic View Lodge, Steakhouse and Saloon 2400 Zion Park Blvd., PO Box 420, Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-0665, Fax (435) 772-0308, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Steakhouse and saloon featuring prime steak, elk, buffalo, ostrich, seafood, chicken and vegetarian plates. Southwest trading post, north American wildlife museum.
Mean Bean Coffee House 932 Zion Park Blvd. #3, Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-0654. Serving organic gourmet coffee & espresso drinks, and fresh pastries. Indoor and outdoor seating. Open early, closing late. Great views and great music.
The only place I know of to get food inside the park is at the Zion Lodge. I had a decent breakfast there and they also serve lunch and dinner. There are a number of dining options in the nearby town of Springdale. I have tried Pioneer Restaurant, and Amigo's. Both were okay.
Favorite Dish: I had a basic breakfast (eggs and bacon). It was okay.
After our first exhausting day of travel and exploring we stumbled into the Pizza & Noodle Co. for something quick and easy. We were delighted to discover it was also quite tasty. We sat on the patio in the warm evening air and kicked back with a Utah style ( which means not so much alcohol) Apricot Beer. It was a nice way to wrap up a very busy day. I was so tired I didn't even realize that it was a converted Mormon Church until we passed by the next day...maybe it was because it was dark out....
The way the Co works is that you get some menus, pick a seat and then order at the counter. Your food is brought out to you. Indoor seating is also available, as well as a small bar area.
Favorite Dish: We had the Focaccia, which was great. I also would have liked to try the Thai Chicken Pizza. Sounded interesting....
We had a wonderful lunch on the Patio at the Red Rock Grill. The weather was perfect and the view gorgeous. The Patio overlooks the lawn and the Giant Cottonwood tree in front of the lodge. Not to mention the gorgeous red rock cliffs that surround you. It was very relaxing and enjoyable.
There is also a very pretty indoor dining room in the event it's too hot or it's rainy.
Favorite Dish: Lou and I both had Lemonade. I had a delicious salad with grilled chicken and Lou ordered the hot wings.
Win and I stopped after a great afternoon of Jeeping in the Zion Park area for a bite to eat.
ZION PIZZA & NOODLE - that's the ticket. I saw there was another review of this restaurant and the guy had bad things to say. He is completely wrong.
Try the Pilsner Utah Beer. It was great! I don't remember the name of the beer but it was outstanding.
I had a pepperoni pizza. I am a pizza fanatic to say the least! This pizza was outstanding!
Check out the nice picture gallery next door - pricey but free to look at.
They have Italian dishes available too. Just drive outside (South) Zion Park (by the Visitor's area) to Springdale.
You won't be disappointed. I wasn't.
At the end of our trip, we circled back to Springdale (it was our favorite Utah town) for lunch. We decided on Oscar's for 2 reasons, heated outdoor seating, and I had read some great reviews. It was a nice relaxed atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: We both got the famous garlic burgers. They were tasty, but a word of caution, they have mustard on them. Nowhere on the menu does it mention mustard. If you aren't a fan (i hate the stuff) ask for yours without. FYI They also have mayo on them...(unnecessary condiments in my opinion!) I had to send mine back, I hate doing that, I always feel like such a heel, but they were really nice about it. They brought me a new one, condiment free. With your burger comes sweet potato fries, yum.
The restaurant was large and airy. We enjoyed fresh sea-bass fillets and vegetables. The service and atmosphere were pleasant. With still half a bottle of red wine left, we requested a cheese board, which was not on the menu. The waiter informed that it was not the season for cheese, disappeared and reappeared with a fabulous selection of cheese.
We went here on two occasions. The second time because the first time was good. On the first visit we sat in the main part of the restaurant and washed down fajitas with Corona beers. On the second visit we sat under a verandah at the back of the restaurant and washed down fajitas with less Coronas, because the service was not so prompt. Get there early in mid-week when the restaurant is not so busy, its typical US Mexican that we don't get in the UK.