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Top 5 Local Only Restaurants in Moab

Moab, Utah is a mesmerizing place to set your sights when it’s time to enjoy a well-deserved vacation. While your getaway promises to be packed with adventure and excitement, making the most of amazing dining opportunities is half the fun! When you’re looking for local favorites to enjoy, the following five Moab restaurant options are savory stops you just won’t want to miss out on while you’re in town.

The Cowboy Grill Restaurant

Situated within the iconic Red Cliffs Lodge, The Cowboy Grill Restaurant is a must-try eatery for those visiting Moab with every intention of making the most of the local dining scene. The Cowboy Grill Restaurant offers up a wide variety of savory menu selections paired perfectly with arch and cliff views enjoyed from a vantage point within a dining room showcasing 20-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows! Rustic décor is yours for the enjoying as well when you decide to din here. The Cowboy Grill Restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and many who swing by choose to go with savory seafood dishes or fresh game options. Whether you opt for the slow-roasted prime rib or a charcuterie plate, this is a restaurant that promises to please the palate. The Cowboy Grill Restaurant can be found off Milepost 14 at 9618 UT-128.

The River Grill

If ranch-style dining is very much a thing that would be a highlight of your Moab adventure and you could stand to go for savory menu options too, a stop at The River Grill is a must. This Sorrel River Ranch eatery is nestled within the greater 160 acres of ranchland that enjoy a place within driving distance of Arches National park. Guests who choose to dine at The River Grill will find themselves seated at tables with proximity to the Colorado River indulging their tastebuds with farm-to-table options that are one-of-a-kind. Many ingredients used in this restaurant’s dishes are grown right on-site and guests are invited to enjoy the results of garden harvests for lunch or dinner daily. Whether you order up the scallops or lamb, be sure to pair your plate with dessert. The cherry apricot ice cream is particularly delicious. The River Grill can be found at Mile 17 along Utah 128.

The Sunset Grill

Enjoying time at a locally-owned and operated restaurant in Moab is always a treat, but if there’s a chance to sprinkle in some history too, all the better. That’s exactly what you’ll find when you make the most of a meal at The Sunset Grill. Located at 900 N. Main Street, The Sunset Grill has been a great place to enjoy delicious dining in a western setting since first opening its doors in 1993. The Sunset Grill enjoys the title of Moab’s longest operating restaurant making a meal here that much more meaningful. From grilled Hawaiian tuna to honey butter chicken, The Sunset Grill offers up a variety of mouthwatering options, all of which can be paired with the perfect wine, beer, or handcrafted cocktail to match. Those stopping by with little ones will love that The Sunset Grill hosts a full kids’ menu too!

The Broken Oar

If you find yourself spending some time exploring exciting downtown Moab, make sure a meal enjoyed at The Broken Oar is included on the itinerary! Situated at 53 W. 400 N., The Broken Oar is a seasonally accessible restaurant that serves up lunch and dinner throughout the summer. Guests come this way to make the most of a menu that features bold western-influenced American fare complete with bold flavors and unique spice pairings. Smoked meat selections are popular at The Broken Oar while roasts, fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches, and wraps are also readily available. If you’re just dropping by to enjoy an appetizer or two, don’t leave without trying the battered mozzarella cheese curds.

The Desert Bistro

If fine dining from the comfort of a scenic patio sounds like your mealtime style, enjoying dinner at The Desert Bistro is just the ticket. Located at 36 S. 100 W., The Desert Bistro serves up everything from seafood and game to a wide variety of weekly specials crafted at the hands of talented and enthusiastic chefs! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian offerings at The Desert Bistro too making an ultra-popular stop in Moab. Reservations are highly recommended to guarantee you have a spot to dine in style upon arrival.

Book Your Moab Adventure Today

Enjoying time in Moab is always a memorable experience. The only thing that can elevate the experience further is knowing you’ve booked rental accommodations that keep you close to the fun and places you can’t wait to explore. That’s where the property professionals at Empty Spaces Vacation Rental Management come in. We’re here to make sure your rental booking is complete so when you arrive, you can focus on the fun. Reach out today to learn more about our many options!

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Guest Reviews

Casi W. Nov 25, 2022

This is a great rental. It was well stocked, clean and in great condition. The layout is great. We were a family of 4 so everyone got their own room and bathrooms had dual vanities. There is another bathroom with shower downstairs that we did not use. This could comfortably accommodate 3 couples; 4 if wouldn't mind using the bunk bed room. The kitchen was well stocked. We only cooked one evening but kitchen had everything we needed including common spices and some olive oil. Condo had shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, hand soap, dish soap and Keurig coffee pods. Condo is close to main part of town so we could have easily walked but Moab wasn't busy during our visit so we were able to easily find parking and drove most places. Cruiser bikes looked to be in good condition but we did not use them. The pool is closed for the winter but the hot tub worked and was well maintained. Garage at the condo was tall enough to accommodate our SUV with topper box and garage opener is included. Property management was by "Empty Spaces Vacation Rental Management." They were very professional and communication was excellent. That part of the experience exceeded a typical "host" for a VRBO. I wish they managed more properties in other locations (they manage some in Crested Butte, Havasu and Grand Mesa). I would absolutely stay at this condo again.
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Kimberly P. Nov 26, 2022

This property is located within waking distance to Main street downtown and is just a short drive to all things fun outdoors. It is very clean and has great amenities. Our kids loved the little play area! They felt they had their own special space away from us parents. This property really has all you need for a great vacation!
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Danielle A. Oct 14, 2022

This was our first stay in a VRBO and it was exactly what we were hoping it would be. Super quick response from management, very easy process all around. Would definitely stay here again.
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Mark H. Oct 15, 2022

We were a group of two families with 4 adults and 3 children (11, 11 and 13). The house is well decorated, very clean and provided comfortable furniture for both relaxing and sleeping. There is also ample parking for up to 4 vehicles (2 car garage + 2 driveway spots). We had two cars, a RZR and trailer all of which we were able to fit at the property. The back patio overlooks a park with several trees which in my opinion is one of the best patio views in the development. Communication with the rental management agency was very clear and made that part of the experience effortless. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend this property.
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James H. Oct 15, 2022

Lots of amenities and very welcoming upon arrival. Excellent communications. Thanks!
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Jenna R. Sept 26, 2022

We’ve stayed in hotels and condos in Moab and this was our best location yet. The condo is great with enough room for friends and family to all be together and enjoy each other’s company, but with rooms and bathrooms that allow for some downtime. We chose this unit because it was right next to the pool and we had kids with us. Best choice ever. We could be cooking on the grill while the kids (older kids) could swim. The kitchen was very well stocked and there were loads of towels and even games to play. We would come back to this property again for sure.
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Jenny P. Aug 30, 2022

Amazing house! Pool, kids play ground and spa were amazing. House is extremely clean, organized and exactly as shown in pictures.
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Angel G. Aug 21, 2022

Great stay. Communication was great.
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Daisy L. Jul 24, 2022

Awesome stay for our annual family trip! At first glance, it looked small (like the yard and pool etc) but once we got going we found it to be more than enough for our family and we had quite the clan. The pool is great for families with kids because there is a large step/pad on one side where my two year old could walk around and still be in the pool with everyone else. The yard has a fun playground for toddlers, and a nice lounge area where we played games. The house was super clean and comfortable, and great for the family to hang out. Parking galore. Plenty of things we needed like towels and blankets, etc. Great hosts! The location is good too, not far from stores or attractions like the London bridge. Would absolutely stay again if we come back to Havasu!
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Wendy and Ron Sept 18, 2022

We absolutely loved this vacation rental! From the minute we walked in we knew it was the place for us. CLEAN and stocked with everything we could possibly need. We have extensive experience with vacation rentals, both managing and renting properties . This property exceeded our expectations and we will be back!
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