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Desert Bistro

36 South 100 West, Moab, UT 84532-2457
+1 435-259-0756
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Ranked #3 of 71 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. July & August Hours: Open Tuesday - Saturday nights, closed Sunday and Monday nights. September - October Hours: Open Tuesday - Sunday nights, Closed Monday nights.
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91% Recommend
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I consider this a French Southwestern fusion with touches of Hawaii! The fresh fish from the Islands was outstanding, if a bit pricey. I was in Moab for two nights and had dinner both nights here. I was pleased with both meals - the preparation and presentation, the flavors, and the service were all outstanding. If you enjoy good food,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Excellent service very knowledgable staff the guy that served us offered advice and options on food and wine. Food was abit all " fur coat and no knickers" as in the description described the dish beautifully but when it arrived it didn't wow you as much. But the food was good. The bread was excellent with 3 different dipping items.

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Top Contributor
233 reviews 233 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We like fine dining every now and then, and that was not so easy on our US trip. But Desert Bistro was an excellent exception. Small place (less than 10 tables inside - plus a terrace, I think) so reservations are recommended. Very friendly staff, really excellent food and wine, a great experienced. Not very cheap, but worth it.

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Capolago, Switzerland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

We love it, exceptional food with a twist, great location overlooking a garden and wonderful service. Try the daily specials as they are delicious, both fish and meat dishes recommended. We went there 3 times out of 5 evenings in Moab. You must go.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This restaurant is awesome - who would've expected such fine dining in the middle of the desert. The presentation is the some of the best I have ever seen. B is a fantastic waitress. I would highly recommend this place.

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Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We went to this restaurant with high expectations because of all the reviews we've read. The menu is not for kids. Our boys succeeded after long deliberations. The food is delicious because chef knows what he is doing. Fine combinations of different flavors on one palette. The staff is very professional and friendly. We sat in the patio which was... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We walked on based on a TripAdvisor review and recommendation from our B&B. The food was fabulous. However, you will pay for it. I would venture to say its more than a bit overpriced. However, after a long day, the waitstaff was attentive and we enjoyed everything we tried. The bread alone is worth the visit!

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We hadn't booked a table but were lucky enough to get one immediately, outside the front door, rather than wait an hour for one up back. We made the right decision. Only three tables, cool and nice and quiet. Service was very attentive. Food was about the best we had in our 4 week trip covering several States. We remember... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

After an exciting day in Arches National Park seeing as many arches as we could and walking seven plus miles to see them in a balmy 95 degrees we were ready for a really nice dinner. We'd had dinner at the Cowboy Grill the night before at Red Cliffs Lodge (we're staying there - see separate review), so we went... More

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LaQuinta, CA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a small owner run restaurant in the heart of Moab. The dining room is lovely and there was also a patio. The food was delicious and a work of art. I just wish they would open a restaurant in my home town!

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