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The Best Restaurants in Moab

Post-fun meals in Moab are an essential part of the adventure. Recharge your energy, enjoy a cold one (or two), and refuel at some of Moab's best restaurants.

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Downtown Moab   |  Austen Diamond

After a day of biking along endless slickrock bluffs or hiking narrow canyons, you'll have worked up a mighty appetite. Moab has a surprising diversity of culinary options for fueling your morning, enjoying a lunch break or recharging after a day of adventure. Here are five of our favorites.

1. Milt’s Stop & Eat

There are few things more rewarding in life than a chocolate milkshake, a loaded Cowboy Burger and a basket of onion rings at Milt’s Stop & Eat after a long day of playing in the Moab desert. Moab's oldest restaurant has been serving food since 1954 — and has the original Formica counters to prove it. Milt's has reached cult status among tourists and locals. The fries are hand-cut, the malts are made to order and the burgers come loaded with everything from onion rings to grilled pineapple. Eating here is like turning back the clock. 

Milt's is conveniently located en route to Slickrock Recreation Area and has a tiny dining room that’s typically full. There’s also a pick-up window if you choose to eat at the outdoor tables. Along with being stewards of Moab nostalgia, owners BC Laprade and Danelle Ballengee buy local dairy products, grass-fed beef and desert-grown produce. The lines can be very long, but don’t get discouraged — the shakes are worth the wait!

2. Eddie McStiff’s

Eddie McStiff’s is a Moab staple. The restaurant first opened its doors in 1991 and has since become a go-to for bar food, beers and cocktails. It’s a great gathering place to watch a game with friends or check out live music. Kids love it for pizza and pasta. Eddie McStiff's is located in the heart of downtown and the bright green exterior paint makes it hard to miss. Yes, the place can get crowded, but a rambling layout — including upstairs lounge — and quick service make it a good bet for even the busiest season.

Eddie McStiff’s offers classic bar food, but it’s got an upscale side too (entrees cost around $15 each), with dishes like salmon cakes, Burrito Mulege and a miso tofu wrap. They also offer a gluten-free menu. The restaurant sources its food from local producers, like Creekside Lane Farms and the town’s Youth Garden Project. McStiff’s makes their dough daily from scratch and grinds the meat for their burgers in-house. To top it off, all of the oil the restaurant uses is turned into biodiesel.

People enjoying the many shops and restaurants in downtown Moab.

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Street view of downtown Moab.

Photo: Austen Diamond

3. Moab Diner

A hearty breakfast at the Moab Diner has powered countless mountain bike adventures, Jeep tours and rock climbing sessions. Known for generous portions, affordable prices and retro-desert-hip vibe, this diner is one of the very best places in town to take in big calories without sacrificing taste or quality. And it's not just a breakfast joint —  excellent diner-style food is available until 9 pm. You’ll be excused if you partake of a second breakfast after the day's activities are done. 

Some of the most memorable meal options include the sourdough French toast, steak burritos and the just-right hash browns. Dinner options like the ribeye steak and the smothered Moab melt (a roast beef, cheese and green chili sandwich) hit the spot, especially when paired with the pie ala mode for dessert. And if you're not in the mood for a full meal — or you have just enough room for a little extra after your meal — the ice cream shop serves an assortment of flavors and sundaes. 

4. Thai Bella

Not expecting Thai food in Moab? How about really good Thai food? Thai Bella is a town favorite and it isn't just a novelty. The cuisine is rich, flavorful and authentically Thai. It's also one of the best places for vegetarians to gorge themselves on delicious stir-frys, noodle dishes and a variety of soups. Curry dishes, uncooked spring rolls and tempura dishes are popular. Of course, there are plenty of meat options such as cashew chicken and beef noodles. 

Besides the great food, the service is noted for being friendly, quick and attentive. The outdoor seating area has ample shade and is decorated with flowers and very Moab-ish rock gardens. Thai Bella is a nice variation to pub-powered food, but you’ll need to be careful when selecting your spice levels — the hottest level is as scorching as Moab’s summer sun!

5. Antica Forma

What would an adventure town be without a top-notch pizza place? Antica Forma's wood-fired Neopolitan pizzas are legendary. They are more Italian than American in style, meaning they are big on flavor and less-focused on heavy amounts of dough (they are also available gluten-free). The Funghi and Capanna pies are among the best they offer. 

Besides pizza, Antica Forma offers pasta dishes, sumptuous appetizers and crisp salads. The calzones are heaven-sent after a big day of biking or climbing. As a bonus, the restaurant's ambiance (and welcome air-conditioning) is casual but classy, anchored by the impressive woodstove behind the counter. It's a friendly, relaxed place that has become one of Moab's favorites.

Thai Bella Restaurant in Moab.

Thai Bella Restaurant in Moab.

Inside the Moab Diner.

Basecamp Moab

Moab is surrounded by a sea of buckled, twisted and worn sandstone sculpted by millennia of sun, wind and rain. A drive on Main Street solidifies Moab's reputation as a major hub for outdoor recreation. The town is bustling with mountain bikers, river rafters, climbers, canyoneerers, hikers and off-roaders who have come to play.

Despite its status as an outdoor recreation mecca, Moab is also a place known for its wide open spaces and many nooks and crannies where one can escape the rest of the world.

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