Southwestern Utah Restaurants

In the southwestern corner of the state, reflecting the pioneer heritage of the region, traditional and contemporary American cuisines are most common, followed closely by those with Mexican and Southwestern influences. St. George and Springdale have the greatest number and diversity of dining options. Around St. George there are a number of restaurants that serve seafood; keep in mind that at nicer restaurants the fish is flown in daily from the West Coast; at the less expensive locales the fish is usually frozen. Because this is conservative Utah, don't presume a restaurant serves beer, much less wine or cocktails, especially in the smaller towns, and don’t be surprised if you are carded no matter what your age. Most restaurants are family-friendly, and dress tends to be casual.

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  • 1. Capitol Burger

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    This cheerful food truck, which doles out superb burgers with imaginative toppings, along with fries and soft drinks, parks in different parts of Torrey (often...Read More

  • 2. Centro Woodfired Pizzeria

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    You can watch your handmade artisanal pizza being pulled from the fires of the brick oven, then sit back and enjoy a seasonal pie layered...Read More

  • 3. Chak Balam

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    But for a smattering of colorful papel picado (cut paper) flags strung along the ceiling and some neon Mexican beer signs, this unassuming eatery on...Read More

  • 4. Color Ridge Farm & Creamery

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    Husband and husband Joseph Shumway and A. C. Ivory operate this hip artisan ice cream shop adjacent to the Wild Rabbit Cafe and Shooke Coffee...Read More

  • 5. Deep Creek Coffee Company

    $ | Café

    Stop by this cheerful coffeehouse with hanging plants and several tables on a spacious side patio to fuel up before your big park adventure...Read More

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  • 6. Escalante Outfitters Restaurant

    $ | Modern American

    This warm and inviting log cabin–style restaurant—operated by a popular tour operator that also runs a camp store and cabin and camping compound...Read More

  • 7. Farmstead

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    This hip sidewalk café and bakery on the ground floor of a downtown St. George apartment building is a pleasing option for both decadent sweets—think...Read More

  • 8. Hell's Backbone Grill

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    On the stunning grounds of the Boulder Mountain Lodge and a frequent James Beard Award semifinalist, this remote eatery—its creative, oft-changing menu is inspired by...Read More

  • 9. Kiva Koffeehouse

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    This fun stop along scenic Highway 12, 13 miles east of Escalante, was constructed by the late artist and inventor Bradshaw Bowman, who began building...Read More

  • 10. Rylu's Bistro

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    In a handsomely restored little house in the tree-lined, historic village of Santa Clara—about 15 minutes west of downtown St. George—this sweet, cozy neighborhood restaurant...Read More

  • 11. Tandoori Taqueria

    $ | Fusion

    The unfussy downtown eatery with indoor and outdoor tables has a novel concept, a fusion of Mexican and Indian cuisine, with creative tacos...Read More

  • 12. The French Spot

    $$ | French

    This tiny takeout patisserie in the center of downtown is a favorite stop for lattes and cold brew; crepes and salads; heartier dinner specials...Read More

  • 13. The Painted Pony

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    A charming patio overlooking Ancestor Square with contemporary Southwestern art on the walls provides a romantic setting for enjoying contemporary American fare with an emphasis...Read More

  • 14. Torrey Grill & BBQ

    $$ | American

    Located a little west of town in the middle of Thousand Lakes RV Park, this festive barbecue joint offers chuckwagon-style indoor and outdoor...Read More

  • 15. Wood Ash Rye

    $$$ | Modern American

    With a white-tile open kitchen, marble tables, and a wood-beam ceiling, this scene-y farm-to-table restaurant and bar in the swanky Advenire...Read More

  • 16. Xetava Gardens Cafe

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    This beautifully designed adobe oasis in the Kayenta Art Village in Ivins, about 10 miles northwest of St. George, offers gracious indoor and outdoor seating,...Read More

  • 17. Bristlecone

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    Drop by this airy, contemporary, downtown coffeehouse—which adjoins a yoga studio that offers a wide range of classes—for the best espresso drinks in town, including...Read More

  • 18. Bulloch's Drug Store

    $ | Café

    Built in 1917 and remodeled to retain its historic character, this landmark building in downtown Cedar City contains an old-fashioned drug store...Read More

  • 19. Burr Trail Outpost & Grill

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    Local cowboys still pony up to the back porch for meals at this laid-back restaurant and adjacent coffeehouse trading post with indoor and outdoor seating...Read More

  • 20. Chef Alfredo's Ristorante Italiano

    $$ | Italian

    With linen tablecloths, a decent wine list, soft background music, and authentic Sicilian-style food, this restaurant tucked away in a strip...Read More

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