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Desert Bistro

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$$$
French, Southwestern, Seafood, Fusion
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36 South 100 West, Moab, UT 84532
+1 435-259-0756
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
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. HOURS: Open Wednesday - Sunday nights, Closed Monday & Tuesday nights. Open seasonally March through November
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food, freindly staff

We enjoyed this restaurant, the food was ambitious and well done and the service was attentive. Our only complaint was that the food was a bit overcomplicated for us - sauces, chutneys and other bits and pieces tended to rather overwhelm the taste of the food - but it was an enjoyable experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Susan S
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed this restaurant, the food was ambitious and well done and the service was attentive. Our only complaint was that the food was a bit overcomplicated for us - sauces, chutneys and other bits and pieces tended to rather overwhelm the taste of the food - but it was an enjoyable experience.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

This was a highlight of my trip to Moab. Charming setting in Moab's first dance hall. The presentation and service were top drawer but the food puts it over the top. I had an Australian fish dish that was served with a tart sauce that was almost too much, but wasn't, stretching the boundary in a delightful way. I always... More 

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Edinburgh
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This restaurant lived up to its reputation of excellent food - for our mains our party of three had the buffalo, the pork loin and the mahi mahi and first class service. Unfortunately our meal was spoilt by three very loud Californian gentlemen who dominated the dining room with their raucous laughter and swearing making conversation difficult. I realise that... More 

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Nonette, France
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

A Moab mainstay for a long time (20 years almost, IIRC), this is fine dining at a reasonable price. Great for couples celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Reservations recommended.

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Austin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

Be sure to make reservations in advance though we were lucky to score last minute seats at the bar on a rare rainy Moab night. Food and atmosphere were upscale but casual post-hiking dress code is fine. Ceviche and entree choices of Bison filet and pork belly were well prepared... And unique. Expect High prices but we felt we got... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Make a reservation! We didn't and amazingly got lucky- walking in just as another couple had cancelled. Our waitress knew the menu inside and out, made great recommendations and both of our meals were spectacular. My favorite part was the prosciutto wrapped dates with goat cheese. The restaurant is small and lovely- it appears that the back patio would be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We recently had the pleasure of dining at the Desert Bistro. Its a bit pricey but you get what you paid for. Four of us all had different meals and we all raved about the quality and taste. We ate there twice in a week, liking it so much the first time we dined that we rebooked for a few... More 

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We were so glad we made reservations at the Desert Bistro. Although it was very expensive, it was well worth it! The food was delicious and the presentation was spectacular. Hats off to the chef! A word of advice...the knives have heavy handles so be careful. We witnessed at least 5 knives hitting the floor. It became comical with each... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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91 reviews 91 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We made a reservation on the same day and they told us it was very busy and the first available table was at 20:45 But it was worth waiting so late to dine at the Desert Bistro. Great appetizers, nice wine and some superb daily specials. If the daily special entree is Bison don't hesitate it is finger-licking good!

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Heber City, Utah, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I visited this restaurant with some clients of mine but only after calling several times during the day hoping to get a reservation. The restaurant was completely filled and we just lucked out late in the evening to have a table open up for us. It was worth the wait. The food was as good or better than any you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, 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. HOURS: Open Wednesday - Sunday nights, Closed Monday & Tuesday nights. Open seasonally March through November
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?