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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. 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 range of culinary options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here are eight of our favorites.

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1. Milt's Stop & Eat - $

356 S Mill Creek Drive, Moab

There are few things more rewarding in life than a chocolate milkshake, loaded Cowboy Burger and 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 located en route to the Slickrock Trail and has a tiny dining room that fills up quickly. 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 - $

57 S Main Street, Moab

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 the 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 an 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, such as 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.

Street view of Eddie McStiff's in downtown Moab.

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Doughbird in downtown Moab has delicious homemade doughnuts and coffee.

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Walking along Main Street in downtown Moab.

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3. Jailhouse Cafe - $

101 N Main Street, Moab

Jailhouse Cafe has been serving up pancakes, eggs and coffee in downtown Moab for more than 25 years. A mural on the side of this brightly colored eatery proclaims itself (accurately) as Moab’s Breakfast Place. Fuel up for your day on fluffy stacks of pancakes, savory egg scrambles and fresh fruit juices. Fans of a classic American breakfast will feel right at home in this cozy cafe. 

4. Antica Forma - $$

267 N Main Street, Moab

What would an adventure town be without a top-notch pizza place? Antica Forma's wood-fired Neapolitan 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.

5. Sabaku Sushi - $$

90 E Center Street, Moab

Sabaku Sushi offers a unique fusion of Asian sushi with a Southwest twist. It’s a rare opportunity to order fresh ceviche, maki sushi, vegetarian sushi — even elk tataki (lightly seared) — and cocktails all in the same sitting. Since 2010, Sabaku Sushi has been delighting customers with dishes that are as visually impressive as they are delicious. 

The chefs at Sabaku Sushi use only top-notch ingredients that are locally sourced, and fresh fish is flown in overnight. Anyone with eating restrictions will find the menu extremely customizable, with substitutions available for seaweed, gluten and other allergies. Visit this culinary oasis in Moab’s ‘Sabaku,’ the Japanese word for desert.

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From food trucks to fine dining, there’s no shortage of restaurants in Moab.

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6. Moab Diner - $

189 S Main Street, Moab

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 a 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 p.m. 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 such as 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.

7. Moab Brewery - $$

686 S Main Street, Moab

If kiddos are in tow and you need a low-fuss restaurant that still offers excellent beer choices for the grown-ups, check out the Moab Brewery. Their lengthy menu has something for everyone: kids, vegetarians, light eaters and gluten-free folks too. The real star, though, is their selection of draft beers which are brewed and bottled on-site. 

The Moab Brewery opened its doors in 1996 and remains the only microbrewery in Moab. Wash down your meal with a frosty glass of their popular Dead Horse Ale or award-winning Rocket Bike American Lager. Or grab a variety pack to go. Whatever you choose, the Moab Brewery is a refreshing stop.

8. Thai Bella - $$

218 N 100 W, Moab

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!

Inside the Moab Diner.

Thai Bella Restaurant in Moab.

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