Southern Utah + The Parks

Restaurants in Southern Utah + The Parks

Springdale comes alive in the evenings when residents gather here for sweet-potato tamales and fresh tilapia. The restaurant, located at the entrance to Zion National Park, also hosts rotating art exhibits and live music from the likes of Willie Waldman Project, a local favorite.

Milt’s Stage Shop serves great steaks and prime rib.

Located at the entrance of the park, this eatery serves huge portions of food, like a massive Cowboy Ribeye. Try something local, like the Honey Pecan Utah Mountain Trout with lemon honey butter.

Kids will love the authentic western woodsy décor complete with mounted elk and deer, antler chandeliers, and a great view of the surrounding pine forest. Locals swear by the perfectly cooked petite fillet.

Come in for a taste of real western barbecue (it’s in the mesquite).

The hidden restaurant is worth finding, even on the darkest nights when you’ll have to watch for wildlife crossing the road. The Western-saloon exterior is a somewhat incongruous prelude to the cooking of Hungarian chef Imi Kun, whose goat-cheese spaetzle is out of this world.

Long live the cake parlor—thanks to this lovely spot and its daily selection of house-baked cupcakes, from orange blossom to peanut butter cup. Savory items include pressed sandwiches, pastas, and salads.

This laid-back spot has been around for more than 20 years. Don’t miss the slow-cooked-pork burritos—and make sure to eat them on the patio, which has views of the red rocks and mountain peaks.

Soak up expansive views of the valley and dine on hearty southwestern fare while atop a red-rock promontory inside historic Goulding’s Lodge. In the dining room, check out the knickknacks related to old western movies that were shot in the area.

For a breakfast of biscuits and gravy or eggs Florentine, drop into comfy Cedar Creek Restaurant, which is popular all day long.