We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Desert Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Southwestern, French, Seafood, Fusion
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
36 South 100 West, Moab, UT 84532-2457
+1 435-259-0756
Website
Today
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Now located in the heart of downtown Moab. We've moved out of the Ranch...
Now located in the heart of downtown Moab. We've moved out of the Ranch House and into our own charming, turn of the century building. Our new location offers quaint indoor dining combined with a beautiful, private outdoor patio. Our goal, as always, is to provide fresh, high quality, innovative food with friendly and attentive service. We appreciate you taking the time to visit us while in Moab! Reservations, while not always necessary, are highly recommended to ensure we have a table for you. November Hours: Open Wednesday - Sunday nights, Closed Monday & Tuesday nights. Last night of 2014 season: Saturday, November 29, 2014. Closed December - February Reopening in early March 2015
read more
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 582 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 443
    Excellent
  • 90
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
most interesting menu in town, but pricey

The menu here will not disappoint - eclectic, original and quite good. The service also was top notch. But it's also not cheap. So if your budget allows one expensive meal in Moab, go here, as opposed to Jeffrey's Steakhouse, which matches the Desert Bistro in price only.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
Dave S
,
Westchester, New York, United States
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
Add Photo Write a Review

582 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Westchester, New York, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The menu here will not disappoint - eclectic, original and quite good. The service also was top notch. But it's also not cheap. So if your budget allows one expensive meal in Moab, go here, as opposed to Jeffrey's Steakhouse, which matches the Desert Bistro in price only.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We enjoyed our dinner, Tenderloin and Barramundi. Excellent flavours, serving size not excessive. Service was good but no one at the desk to say thank you when we left.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

the Desert Bistro is an urban quality restaurant in a far away place. Quality, atmosphere, details, pace, all are professional grade. One more reason to return to Moab.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

What a wonderful restaurant! Better make a reservation, it gets busy fast. Truly gourmet. Service was great, too!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Destin, Florida
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Food was spectacular! Bacon wrapped dates will knock your socks off! Elk was so flavorful and like a filet, the filet tenderloin was perfectly cooked, and the chocolate cheesecake and cobbler pie were both delicious, top that off with wonderful coffee, delightful staff, and cozy atmosphere and you have yourself a magical meal! Loved it and will come back!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Excellent food, not creative, or original. Service of wait staff is conscientious, but missing the thoughtful touch.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We called ahead for reservations out of habit - when we got there, we realized they only have 7 tables! GREAT service and likely the best food you'll get in the area - definitely good for foodies. The bison dish was to die for! Bacon-wrapped dates were an amazing starter. Sides were a bit bland compared to our main dishes,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Layton, Utah
Top Contributor
336 reviews 336 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This is the best restaurant in Southeastern Utah. We were shocked at the professionalism of the wait staff when explaining the specials. The variety of items on the menu and the clever sauce/flavor combinations made it difficult to choose one item over the other. We chose two different fish specials and enjoyed both of them immensely. The Desert Bistro must... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
185 reviews 185 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Having read the reviews we thought we'd give this restaurant a try. They get very booked up so it is probably best to book ahead, especially at busy times of the year. By chance they had a table for us without booking and we sat outside in the covered conservatory which was nice as the weather was warm. The service... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Norwich, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We were somewhat taken aback by the sophistication of Desert Bistro but that is no criticism. But be warned, it is extremely expensive but the food is, as you would expect for the price, very very good. It has an air of exclusivity about it and the waiter certainly was very professional. It probably lacked warmth but if you are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Desert Bistro also viewed

 

Been to Desert Bistro? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 36 South 100 West, Moab, UT 84532-2457
  • Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Moab
  • Phone Number: +1 435-259-0756

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
  • Cuisine: Southwestern, French, Seafood, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Now located in the heart of downtown Moab. We've moved out of the Ranch House and into our own charming, turn of the century building. Our new location offers quaint indoor dining combined with a beautiful, private outdoor patio. Our goal, as always, is to provide fresh, high quality, innovative food with friendly and attentive service. We appreciate you taking the time to visit us while in Moab! Reservations, while not always necessary, are highly recommended to ensure we have a table for you. November Hours: Open Wednesday - Sunday nights, Closed Monday & Tuesday nights. Last night of 2014 season: Saturday, November 29, 2014. Closed December - February Reopening in early March 2015
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Desert Bistro staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?