10 Eateries To Spice Up Your Desert Vacation In Moab, Utah

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Downtown Moab is home to one of the most eclectic collections of coffee shops, restaurants, and local eateries in the American Southwest. Situated perfectly alongside the Colorado River in the middle of a beautiful vast desert landscape, Moab is a world-class destination for rock climbers, four-wheelers, mountain bikers, tourists, and general outdoorsy-folk alike. Such a distinct population gives Moab a unique flair that is easily seen in its local cuisine options.

Read on to find out about the ten best places to eat in Moab:

1. Quesadilla Mobilla

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Quesadilla Mobilla is a food truck born of a desire for varied and quality food options after a long day of adventuring in the Moab backcountry. These days, the Quesadilla Mobilla food truck is located just a block north of Moab’s city center and can be found dishing out delicious and unique quesadillas along with a variety of sides and desserts. Quesadilla Mobilla’s options are reasonably priced and its hearty servings make the truck an obvious choice for a post-hiking meal. Whether you’re a fan of the simple cheese and tortilla quesadilla or you’re up for something new, Quesadilla Mobilla is the food truck for you!

Quesadilla Mobilla

Address: 95 North Main St. Moab, UT 84532

Website: Quesadilla Mobilla

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2. Moab Brewery

Moab Brewery, Moab UT
Source: Photo by Flickr user Roy Luck used under CC BY 2.0

Although Utah may have some unique alcohol laws, its microbreweries are some of the best in the country. The Moab Brewery is conveniently located in the heart of Moab and serves up large portions and world-class beer. This traditional American restaurant features a classic menu of everything from burgers to pasta to nachos, but its beers are one of a kind. The Moab Brewery has a wide variety of award-winning beers on tap and available in their store for purchase. The restaurant is kid, vegetarian, and gluten-free friendly, making it the perfect place for a family dinner or a night out with your adventure buddies.

Moab Brewery

Address: 686 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532

Website: The Moab Brewery

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3. Eddie McStiff’s Restaurant and Bar

Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed

Eddie McStiff’s Restaurant and Bar boasts a delicious menu fit for a hungry adventurer and a top-rated bar. Eddie McStiff’s menu is long and thorough, offering everything from pizza and burgers to Mediterranean and Tex-Mex. Visitors to the restaurant come for the food and stay for the fantastic atmosphere, including a wonderful outdoor patio that’s perfect for enjoying the desert nightlife with your travel buddies.

Eddie McStiff's Restaurant and Bar

Address: 57 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532

Website: Eddie McStiff's Restaurant and Bar

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4. Moab Coffee Roasters

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Moab Coffee Roasters on Friday, June 26, 2020

The Moab Coffee Roasters is located right off of Main Street and is a local’s favorite. The small coffee shop roasts and grinds beans in store and can serve up any caffeinated drink you can think of. The Roasters also offer light breakfast and snack options in the morning and a great selection of gelato in the afternoon. Free Wi-Fi and covered outdoor seating make the Moab Coffee Roasters a popular hangout in the morning before the day’s adventures or on a rainy desert day.

Moab Coffee Roasters

Address: 90 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532

Website: Moab Coffee Roasters

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5. Eklecticafe

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Come try our Monte Cristo sandwich and have a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup! Mmm, mmm good!

Posted by Eklecticafe on Monday, October 6, 2014

Eklecticafe is perhaps Moab’s most quirky eatery. The cafe is home to a lovely garden, a wide range of collectibles, and delicious food, making it a cozy hangout for locals and visitors alike. The menu is reasonably priced, the servings are big, and they cater to gluten-free eaters and vegetarians/vegans, so there is sure to be something for everyone!


Address: 352 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532

Facebook: Eklecticafe

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6. Moab Diner

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Your taste buds called… They said they want Moab Diner for lunch today . Check out our website : moabdiner.com/Home #MoabDiner #MoabUT #AmericanDiner #UtahEats #MoabEats

Posted by Moab Diner on Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The Moab Diner is your classic 1950’s diner experience in the heart of the Utah desert. This eatery serves up all-day breakfast and a lengthy list of menu options, making it the classic American restaurant. The Moab Diner is the best place to enjoy your reasonably priced, yet filling meal in old-school vinyl booths before you head out on your next adventure.

Moab Diner

Address: 189 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532

Website: Moab Diner

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7. Desert Bistro

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

If you’re looking for upscale cuisine in a quaint environment, the Desert Bistro is the restaurant for you. With cozy indoor and outdoor seating, the Desert Bistro is the perfect place to enjoy fine dining in Moab. Although you’ll pay a bit more for a meal at the Desert Bistro compared to other eateries in town, when you dine at the Bistro, your food will be incredibly well prepared and worth the extra investment. The Desert Bistro is a must-visit for the foodie in your travel group!

Desert Bistro

Address: 36 S 100 W, Moab, UT 84532

Website: Desert Bistro

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8. Arches Thai

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

We heard you guys loved outdoor patios. So we've opened our gorgeous & cool patio for the season. Come and enjoy your favorite Thai food today at Arches Thai!

Posted by Arches Thai on Friday, April 2, 2021

This restaurant in the heart of Moab serves up some of the most authentic and mouth watering Thai food around. Arches Thai boasts a lengthy menu with options for everyone and a mouth-watering dessert line-up. Arches’ generous portions and wonderfully crafted dishes will have you ready to come back for more!

Arches Thai

Address: 60 N 100 W, Moab, UT 84532

Website: Arches Thai

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9. The Jailhouse Cafe

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The Jailhouse Cafe will be opening for our 28th year of business March 5 2021. Would you like to join our successful...

Posted by Jailhouse Cafe on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Jailhouse Cafe is easily the best breakfast place in town. The cafe serves up reasonably priced eggs, pancakes, and just about any other breakfast foods you can think of in a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. The service is spectacularly quick and the portions are generous, making the Jailhouse Cafe a perfect eatery for busy (and hungry!) travelers heading into the desert backcountry. The Jailhouse Cafe is only open for breakfast, so be sure to head there before your day’s adventures!

The Jailhouse Cafe

Address: 101 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532

Facebook: The Jailhouse Cafe

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10. Zax Restaurant & Watering Hole

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

One of our new additions to our 2022 season menu. Chimichurri Cauliflower Steak served on top of a bed of rice and seasonal vegetables. Yummy!!!!! #vegetarian #vegan #newaddition #zax #zaxmoab #moab #moabutah

Posted by Zax Restaurant on Monday, March 14, 2022

Zax Restaurant & Watering Hole boasts a relaxed atmosphere that is family friendly. Choose a meal off of their extensive menu, or opt for the All-You-Can-Eat Pizza, Soup, and Salad Bar. The menu offers classic American cuisine at a great price. The Restaurant bar, aptly named the Watering Hole, also contains Moab’s largest selection of local Utah microbrews in addition to its exhaustive list of mixed drinks. Whether you’re looking for an evening of family fun or a relaxing spot for a drink with friends, Zax is the place for you!

Zax Restaurant & Watering Hole

Address: 96 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532

Website: Zax Restaurant & Watering Hole

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Eat well in Moab!

IMG_8315 Arches National Park ~ Moab, Utah
Source: Photo by Flickr user Bettina Woolbright used under CC BY-ND 2.0

While you might be in Moab to experience all that the desert landscape has to offer, be sure to spend time in town every day and try out these fantastic local eateries. Moab’s mix of restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops offer something to please everyone in your group. Whether you’re looking for gourmet fine-dining, quality ethnic food, or a classic American restaurant that serves up generous portions, Moab has something for you!

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