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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

Michell O. 6/27/2022

This is the most clean Airbnb I’ve ever stayed in. The house is extremely stunning and cozy. It’s so we’ll cared for and clean that the sheets smelled like Softener. The amount of detail in that house has is something to really appreciate. The movie theater is wonderful alongside with the pool. Oh! And it’s fully stocked with everything you need . This house was one of the best. Looking forward to stay here again in the future. Everything was smooth and communication with the host was great 10/10

Catherine A. Jun 16, 2022

Upon arrival we were thrilled with the cleanliness of this unit! I have never been in a rental cleaner than this! Not one stray hair or fuzzball could be found. This rental has anything and everything you need! The kitchen is fully equipped with any small appliance you would need, a multitude of cooking spices, oils and nonstick spray. Aluminum foil , sandwich bags, sharpies and batteries were even available! The beds, couch and furnishings were comfortable and felt great after our long days exploring the area. Even the 2 foldaway beds were a hit with a couple of our teenagers. In the garage we were happy to have available a bike repair stand and multiple bike tools, including a standing pump and wrenches. Also available in the garage was a giant Jenga set and a cornhole set that our teenagers had a ball with having nightly tournaments. It’s perfectly located in my opinion. It’s a quick bike ride or drive to town and to area attractions. We were primarily there for mountain biking, but also visited Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. We also took a rafting trip on the Colorado River. This was the best trip we’ve had in years and that is mostly due to this rental! We had no issues and no complaints! Great job hosts! You are truly making vacation dreams come true!

Sarah L. Jun 11, 2022

Stress free vacation! All the family was able to be together in one location. Normally we have a caravan of travel trailers where everyone goes and hides to get out of the heat. Being able to eat together, watch movies together and get on the razors and ride right to the trails made all the difference. My grandkids didn't want to leave, neither did my nieces. They loved the pool and bike ride to the yogurt shop. Perfect location, tons of parking for several trailers, excellent customer service and very clean. I would stay a hundred times more!

Lily A. Jun 7, 2022

We booked this house to come together for my daughters 8th birthday celebration at the lake, and wow were we impressed! Beautiful home, very modern minimalist style. All amenities provided! No need to bring toiletries they have the best products! The kitchen is fully stocked, you’ll have enough dishes for 20 plus! Exceptionally clean! The showers are like a spa, and they have soft water so, you come out with super soft skin. The backyard is an oasis, for all ages. The kids and adults can all enjoy at the same time! You will love this place. It’s close to the lake and the AC is always at the perfect temp! We will be booking this palace in the future for sure!!!!

Nathan M. May 6, 2022

This property was everything it was described as. Spacious, clean, great spaces for gathering. We stayed 3 nights here with 21 people and we had a blast. About a ten minute drive from the “downtown” area of lake Haveasu. I couldn’t be more pleased with the property. Overall it made our trip and we had a wonderful time. Would absolutely return!

Kimberly C. May 27, 2022

We all loved our visit to Moab. It was comforting to come back to this place after a day in the elements, feeling like we were luxuriating after working out hard. This place is well stocked. From the kitchen appliances, cookware and even condiments to the linens and bathroom soaps and lotions, we kept commenting that this was the best stocked vacation rental any of us had experienced. Having the garage to store our bikes and other gear made it easy to come and go. The team we texted with about questions or reports about problems were always responsive and accommodating. We recommend this place without question.

Carlos S. Apr 24, 2022

Beautiful, clean home with perfect location. Everything was 5 minutes away. The master bedroom bed was very comfortable. Communication was incredibly prompt. The blender was broken and after letting the hosts know, they had it replaced within the hour without even being asked, which was super appreciated. We highly recommend!

James L Feb 9, 2022

We had a blast! Totally exceeded expectations! This property is really a big “compound” with two houses. Super clean, comfortable and spacious. It has a luxury resort feel, which made for an incredibly relaxing weekend even with a really large group. There are so many places to sit and relax with the group or on your own. Coolest amenities we liked were: **The pool and hot tub - pool has a waterfall plus it was heated and big enough for our large group. Gorgeous place for a night time swim. **Movie & Game Room - loved the movie-size projection screen. Great for watching football while playing pool, air hockey, etc **The private electric gate - has a door opener and gate that lets you drive several cars right up to the doors in between the two houses plus 2 garage parking spots. Very convenient for unloading and for securely parking a boat trailer or RV. This house was immaculate and well taken care of. Definitely coming back next time we’re in Havasu. Highly recommended!

Nicholas H Jan 11, 2022

Airbnb • Entrada 602
We have stayed in Airbnb’s all over the world! We really loved this one. I think it’s well rounded and precisely what anyone needs; whether that is for large groups, couples, romantic, homey, open, cozy, functional etc. it’s a bit off town so perfect for quiet and calm. We did hear neighbors a few times, it was never at night. We slept well, there are many beds to choose from certainly. Laundry room is accessible and convenient to bedrooms. Decorating is lovely and charming. Kitchen is great, and stocked for anything you’d like to cook basically. It is clean and very well kept… NO SHOES! Remember that rule! It’s why we rented… It should be a rule anywhere. The national parks are all within driving distance and often quite dirty. This is an excellent rental and we would stay here over and over. I have rarely felt as such for other locations or home. Thanks

Russ P Dec 01, 2021

VRBO • Entrada 602
This is a sweet property in a cool little subdivision. Perfect for groups 5-10 people who need a place to stay while enjoying Moab