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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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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, 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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  • 474
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  • 98
    Very good
  • 36
    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
High class establishment

Ate at the bistro twice. Food is fresh and well prepared. The lamb was excellent. Have some fresh fish flown in from the pacific. Not cheap, but the food and price are on the same level. Great place for a nice, high class meal. You need to make reservations.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Newnan, Georgia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Newnan, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Ate at the bistro twice. Food is fresh and well prepared. The lamb was excellent. Have some fresh fish flown in from the pacific. Not cheap, but the food and price are on the same level. Great place for a nice, high class meal. You need to make reservations.

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Richland, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We both had their special, Hawaiian Mero fish. I had never heard of the fish. “It’s a sea bass of sorts,” explained the waiter, “fished sustainably off Hawaii.” “Fished ostensibly off Hawaii?” I asked, leaning over and cupping my ear. I'm getting a little deaf. “Well…they tell us it’s from Hawaii”, the waiter responds. A steely Chablis accompanied dinner. My... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Accept this is a more expensive place to dine than the normal restaurant in Moab but you are rewarded with a great atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable staff and excellent food.

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Atascadero
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We went here for my birthday dinner. It was very nice and cozy inside. We were a little early for our reservation so the owner made sure we had something to drink and were comfortable while we waited for our table to be ready. My husband had the "Bacon-wrapped bison filet" and thought it was wonderful, I had the fish... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Moab is a destination for adventure and scenery, not for fine dining. Desert Bistro is the exception. We have returned to it over a number of years and have always found the food excellent and the service outstanding. We have never had a bad meal here and the menu is always complex and interesting. Reservations are highly recommended; obviously other... More 

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Napa, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Lovely interior, felt cozy. Looked like nice outdoor dining under a roof with heaters. Service was as good as it gets. Dinner was quite good but pricey. Wine list is also good but very pricy.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This was our most expensive meal in Moab, and it was excellent! I highly recommend reservations. They were booked and I hear they usually are. We sat on the back patio. Being cold isn't an issue since there are fleece blankets on each chair and also tall heaters dispersed around the patio. Wine selection looked nice, although only a handful... More 

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Grasping the totality of the offering was taxing. The number of ingredients in every dish, coupled with the detailed 6 specials, meant choosing a dish was a slightly overwhelming experience. There were some very interesting and unusual ingredient combinations but the choice was made and we were not disappointed at the quality and flavour combinations provided. Attentive service was provided... More 

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beaver creek, colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

We ate there last night. The owner and staff were friendly and competent. The food was outstanding. We started with seared scallops and delicious crab cake muffins followed by a wonderful fish special. The key lime tart providers the end of a perfect meal. The atmosphere was lovely too.

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Langley, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Thirsty after a day at the Arches we started with martinis and proceeded to enjoy a delicious meal. Because it was windy we ate indoors but there is a charming patio which is usually a comfortable space to enjoy their drinks and food. Engaging staff and an eclectic menu make this a destination restaurant.

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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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic

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?