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Local cuisine, American, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Casual yet contemporary dining near the entrance of Zion National Park. Friendly service and freshly prepared dishes, The Spotted Dog Cafe is a favorite for world travelers and locals alike. Join us and see why we have been a popular stop while visiting Zion National Park for over 35 years.
PRICE RANGE
$13 - $32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
American, Healthy
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Super convenient location - 3rd shuttle stop from Zion. Got there 90 minutes before our reservation, but thankfully they were able to seat us. Hearty and tasty meal made for a perfect ending to our long day of hiking. We had the sauteed mushrooms (kids...LOVED it), caesar salad, duck, trout, and pasta. All delicious! Service exceptional and water glasses were kept filled to quench our thirst.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your kind and generous review. Your enjoyment of your healthy dining experience is our sole priority, and we are thrilled that we checked all of your boxes. The Spotted Dog Team

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Spotted Dog has a wonderful environment, especially when seated near a window as the views are spectacular. We were seated straight away as we had reservations (a good idea), and the staff/waiter was prompt. We had appetizers, drinks, great meals (really great) and desert....All of these parts of the meal were wonderful! We felt very relaxed during dinner and enjoyed our conversations with the waiter and a few staff members. We will most definitely return and would encourage others to check it out!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for letting us and the world know that you had a memorable dining experience while in our care. Our mission is to create a pleasant experience that mirrors the incredible scenery that surrounds our restaurant and campus. We are thrilled that our talented...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was very good. The service was excellent. The prices on the food were moderate, but the prices for drinks were rather expensive. Atmosphere is congenial. Parking is in short supply. We had to park a block away and walk to the restaurant.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your honest review. We are pleased to hear that you found the food to be very good, and the accompanying service to be excellent. We apologize that you had a difficult time finding parking. Our neighboring hotel has plenty of parking to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner here one night and our dining experience was awesome . The food was outstanding and given the high quality of our meal, we found it to be very reasonable. Service was excellent too! Don't miss this dining gem!

Date of visit: June 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review and endorsement. Your kind words humble our team. The Spotted Dog Team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were quickly seated for dinner around 6:30 on a Sunday without reservations. Genuinely pleasant and attentive server. Many great options on food and drink menu. Food (trout & pasta purses) was delicious! View from back dinner room great.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience here at The Spotted Dog. Our red meated trout is encrusted with toasted pumpkin seeds to give it a wonderful texture that brings out the beautiful locally raised fish filet. The pear and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outdoor seating available either in front by the street or in back (quieter). Inside it was a bit loud (very popular place). Food was fantastic, we ate there three nights in a row. At least 3 great vegetarian options, which is really unusual! Staff also...very friendly and professional. We also had the breakfast buffet three days in a row, especially enjoyed all the fresh fruits.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for letting us know how pleased you were with your multiple dining experiences here at The Spotted Dog. We set out this season to increase our vegetarian options and we are thrilled to hear that you and your guests found our vegetarian creations...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice ambiance, delicious food. Our server had amazing recommendations. My husband and I shared the brie and chutney appetizer which I highly reccomend. I had the red trout and my husband had the wild game meatloaf. Very quality food.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your generous review. Our talented team's goal is to help our guests have a wonderful dining experience that adds to the incredible atmosphere of the surrounding Zion National Park. Our pumpkin seed encrusted local trout and our wild game meatloaf are two...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place says it is casual, but we felt it was more upscale. All of the staff was extremely personable and professional. We went early for dinner, and were seated right away. The food was excellant, and if we were in Springdale longer we would...have returned. Other restaurants in town claimed to be fine dining, but totally missed the mark conpared to Spotted Dog.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Your generous review humbles us. We are also grateful that you and your guests gave us the opportunity to show you what a great job our talented staff in front of the house and in the back of the house can do. The Spotted Dog...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family of six adults had dinner on our last nite at Zion, and the Spotted Dog was amazing. Their dinner menu had an assortment for everyone, and the food was perfectly cooked, service was wonderful, and the ambience was very nice. I highly recommend...making a reservation when in Zion. This is a 5 star restaurant..do not miss.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for letting us know we checked all the boxes for your family of 6! We appreciate your kind words and generous endorsement! The Spotted Dog Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was delicious and reasonably priced. We started with crab cakes which were almost 100% crab, and very good. My husband had pecan encrusted red trout and I had a salad with chicken and Gorgonzola cheese - both delicious. It was very busy but...the wait time was reasonable. Our waiter Freddie was very funny and engaging.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for letting us know you found value in your dining experience here at The Spotted Dog. We like to say our crab cakes are all killer, no filler. Nothing worse than being excited about a dish only to be disappointed with the substance....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful restaurant. We had the trout and meat loaf, and while they were good, they were not spectacular. I did see some dishes at another table, especially the ahi tuna, which did look spectacular. They have an outdoor seating area, but it...is a little cramped off a parking lot. I would definitely go again to try other dishes.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your honest review. We hope to see you again so you can journey beyond our most popular dishes and into the spectacular realm. The Spotted Dog Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent restaurant in very busy Zion Canyon. From our server McKenna to the restaurant manager and everyone else the service was fantastic and the food even better. Great stop after a long day in Zion NP!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Our incredible staff knows firsthand that it takes a team to deliver a world-class dining experience for our guests. From the front of the house crew that is on full display, to our talented team of chefs and kitchen support staff, our goal has always...More

Reviewed May 25, 2022

The Spotted Dog has an elegant restful atmosphere and we had a table inside with a window view of the cliffs. The AC worked well on a very hot day. The Southwest Chicken with wild rice and fresh mango avocado salsa was sooo good! My...husband had the boneless beef short ribs which were very tender and flavorful with fingerling potatoes and vegetables. We enjoyed it so much that we came for dinner again on another evening. The chocolate lava cake and ice cream is a great dessert. Reservations are recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your 5-star review! We feel honored that you enjoyed your dining experience so much the first time that you returned for a second evening. Thank you for your trust and support. We use organically raised, hormone-free airline chicken breast, and finish it...More

Reviewed May 21, 2022 via mobile

This menu features fresh & creative twists on classic dishes. My teens were very unsure of this restaurant, but they ended up loving it as much as we did! We had Brie & chutney appetizer, meatloaf, short ribs, trout & tuna. We all pretty much...licked our plates. Our server was excellent with recommendations & made sure our glasses were always filled.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2022

Thank you for telling us, and the world, that you were happy with your dining experience here at the Spotted Dog. Satisfying the sophisticated pallets of teens can be a challenge, and we are thrilled to hear that everyone in your family was pleased with...More

Reviewed May 15, 2022 via mobile

To the Spotted Dog…don’t ever change. We have been coming here for years and enjoy it immensely every time. From the absolutely lovely patio, the professional staff, and the upscale comfort food, this restaurant is the definition of a treat. The exquisite views and visits...from hummingbirds while you dine, are the cherry on top.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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James W, General Manager at Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2022

Wow! Thank you for your generous review and endorsement! We feel honored that you and your guests return year after year to our restaurant! Professional staff and upscale comfort food are descriptions we think we strive for every day. We are thrilled to hear that...More

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We allow service dogs per Utah law in a dining establishment. We offer take away service from 5 pm -6 pm, and again from 8 pm-9 pm. Kindly The Spotted Dog Team
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Hello and thank you for your inquiry about our COVID protocols. Yes, our talented and hard-working frontline continues to wear masks in addition to fortified sanitizing of all surfaces and contactless and disposable menus... More
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Spotted Dog is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5