Moab may be known as an adventure destination town, a sort of grubby outdoorsy person’s mecca–but that doesn’t stop it from having some pretty swell fine dining. The top five will wow you with excellent food, views, service, and memories. If you’re in Moab for a wedding, planning to propose, or just celebrating being in this marvelous red rock wilderness area, you might as well live it up with a chichi dinner to boot.
Exactingly prepared, their American-style Japanese Wagyu beef draws raves for good reason. The beef is from Snake River Farms in Idaho, which raises their cattle sustainably. The restaurant’s ambiance is classy and inviting, and libations in their Ghost Bar are very much for grown-ups.
Elegant. Distinctive. Scrumptious. Using fresh local ingredients, they hand craft each plate with care. Desert Bistro offers up a unique Moab dining experience that is a visual as well as gastronomic feast. They’re open seasonally March-October, so plan accordingly.
For views, this dining establishment really can’t be beat. Perched high atop a hill overlooking Moab, the one-time Uranium King Charlie Steen’s residence now sports a dining room with linen tablecloths, dishes that are pleasing to the eye, and a romantic atmosphere. Try their white chocolate cheesecake for a truly remarkable taste sensation–it’s light n’ fluffy!
This place puts the fancy in fancypants. Located at the swank Sorrel River Ranch, the restaurant gets its name from the mighty Colorado River, which splashes nearby. Romantic dates and good first impressions are reasons to come here. They have a nice little wine menu as well as a special Thanksgiving feast every year.
Spendy and very local (hello, rabbit quesadillas), Buck’s has a casually upscale Western feeling that keeps you relaxed while enjoying some excellent grub. They pride themselves on blending American cuisine with Southwestern pizzazz. Doesn’t matter if you’re a Stetson sorta guy or a Prada sorta gal–your personal dress code is welcome here. Bonus: they have a kids’ menu to please those often picky lil’ ‘uns.
Okay, so this is bonus #6! Locals are thrilled with the addition of a real sushi restaurant in Moab. And do not be alarmed at the thought of getting fresh sushi rolls in the desert–this is the real deal. An Asian/Southwest fusion concept propelled the two American sushi chefs who created Sabaku. If sushi is your thing, this is the place to go in Moab. For local flavor, try their locally-raised elk tataki.