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Desert Bistro

36 South 100 West, Moab, UT 84532-2457
+1 435-259-0756
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Ranked #2 of 70 restaurants in Moab
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Southwestern, French, Seafood, Fusion
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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. Open seasonally (March through November) 5:30pm-9:30pm Tuesday through Sunday nights, closed Monday nights.
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91% Recommend
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Park City, Utah
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

Attractive venue in Moab. Prompt, competent service. Good food with some unique combinations, often quite spicy so be prepared. Attractively plated and good wine list (with the usual high Utah prices). An unusually good restaurant for an outdoor vacation destination in Utah.

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Columbia, MD
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91 reviews 91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I was surprised to find a foodie restaurant in the middle of no where but here it is. The menu has lots of interesting meals including fresh fish flown in from Hawaii and many meat dishes which are sourced locally. The service was very good and the food outstanding. As in all of Utah the cocktails are a little weak,... More

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Trondheim, Norway
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a hidden gem in Moab. Great food and great service. More expensive than most alternatives but well worth the extra bucks in my opinion. Not the place you'll bring the kids - but definately the place for a romantoc dinner for two or a dinner with friends. We'll be back!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

This small bistro serves the best food in Moab. Delicious appetizers and fresh fish flown from Hawaii make this place a fine dining establishment indeed. It is expensive but reasonable for what it serves. The service was friendly and knowledgeable. The interior is elegant as you would expect and has about ten tables altogether so reservations are strongly recommended. This... More

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Broomfield, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW via mobile

Four of us went to the Desert Bistro on the recommendation of the innkeeper at our B+B in Moab. The salads, main courses, deserts and service was superb. I thought at first the cost was on the high side, but after having one of best dining experiences of my life, the cost was well justified. All 4 people in our... More

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Kearney Ne
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

I swear, the only sincere friendly staff we've found in Moab. Unless you're wealthy not a family place. It's cozy intimate dining where the food tastes and looks like the food from fine chefs. We had the pork and chicken and it was wonderful. With one drink apiece and dessert be prepared to drop over 100.00 dollars for your meal.

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Can't believe there is such an outstanding restaurant in seemingly the middle of nowhere! What a huge surprise to dine at this foodie restaurant. This has a very creative menu with outstanding choices. Be careful not to eat too much of the home made bread with three choices of delicious spreads! Fantastic appetizers and good wine menu. A toast to... More

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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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104 reviews 104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is a restaurant that everyone would live to have in their neighborhood. The decor is southwestern yet it evokes a true bistro atmosphere an airy touch. the food is creative with such dishes as the sautéed calamari done with a proper amount of spice and offset with some wonderful avocado. From fish to fowl its a diner's delight. The... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

A perfect dining experience in the heart of Moab. After an awesome 4-day mountain bike expedition, we arrived in wonderfully funky Moab for some more adventures and make it to the Desert Bistro. We sat indoors as we'd had plenty of desert heat for the day. The chef is clearly very talented and thoughtful, offering delicious flavors, selections, and beautiful... More

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San Juan
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71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The place is nice enough, especially for a town like Moab, where you find very few decent restaurants. The $45 steaks were of excellent quality, but they were completely covered with sauteed peppers which rendered them totally tasteless. You can have the best quality steaks, but if you don't know how to prepare them, what is the sense? It is... More

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