Dining

Dining Options Around Zion National Park

Vacations can be difficult to plan and while you are busy trying to book your hotels and write up your itinerary, dining options can get lost in the mix. After a long day of hiking the last thing you want to think about is where to go for dinner. There are plenty of Springdale restaurants around.  So to make planning your trip to Zion National Park easier, we have prepared a list of the best dining options around the park. This will take the work out of deciding where you and your group should eat.

Most visitors coming to Zion National Park will be staying in the nearby town of Springdale, which is flooded with amazing food options. Whether you are in the mood for spicy southwestern cooking, Italian pizza and pasta, or an American steakhouse, we have you covered with the best dining options around Zion National Park.

Each of these restaurants offers a unique experience combined with panoramic views of Zion. You will be able to soak in these picturesque views while enjoying your tasty meals. The restaurants on this list are the most preferred among locals and visitors coming to admire the beauty of Zion.

Coffee Spots Around Zion

Deep Creek Coffee Co.

If you are looking to get a jump start on your day before you explore Zion National Park, stop by Deep Creek Coffee Co. and get yourself a specialized coffee drink and homemade baked good. Their service is extremely fast so you won’t have to worry about beating the crowds at Zion.

They also offer lunch options in addition to breakfast, but most people are stopping here before they head to the park. Some say Deep Creek Coffee Co. is the best way to start your day in Zion. Deep Creek Coffee Co. is open Sunday through Saturday from 6:00am to 8:00pm.

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Perks at Zion

Perks at Zion is located at the entrance of Zion National Park. The location is perfect to start your day at the park or if you need an afternoon pick-me-up. The drinks are made to order and the breakfast sandwiches are made with fresh ingredients. Perks is attached to the Cable Mountain Lodge. During the season, Perks is open every day from 7:00am to 6:00pm. In the off season, Perks is open every day from 7:00am to 4:00pm.

Mom and Pop Diners Around Zion

Blondie’s Diner

Blondie’s Diner is a quaint mom and pop restaurant in the heart of Springdale. The building was once a family home repurposed into a quirky diner. Blondie’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu offers traditional options. On the lunch and dinner menus, you will find plenty of burgers and sandwiches.

For dessert grab a piece of apple or cherry pie, with a scoop of ice cream. Blondie’s is closed on Sundays, but is open from 11:00am to 8:30pm Monday through Saturday.

Bistros and Cafés Around Zion

Café Soleil

Café Soleil gives visitors fresh and tasty options in a varied menu. This café makes an effort to use healthy, organic and local ingredients. Café Soleil is known its exciting energy, not only in its atmosphere but also the food. You can stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options mixed in with traditional favorites.

Café Soleil is privately owned and ran by Chef Tamera Burton. Chef Burton includes gourmet panini sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, and pizza on her menu. If you are looking for light and delicious foods, Café Soleil is an amazing option. Café Soleil is open 7 days a week during season from 6:00am to 9:00pm. During the off season, Café Soleil is open 7 days a week from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

MeMe’s Café

If you want home-style cooking, go to MeMe’s Café. The restaurant was established in the summer of 2012 by Mechelle, also known as MeMe. You can stop by MeMe’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The classic breakfast options are served only until 11:30 am.

MeMe’s also offers an all-day breakfast menu that is full of plenty of sweet delights. They are known for their crepes, which are available in both sweet and savory options. Meme’s is open 7 days a week from 7:00am to 10:00pm.

Park House Café

The Park House Café is a wonderful choice for breakfast or lunch. The menu is inspired by healthy, vegetarian and vegan food. Visitors love the atmosphere and vibe of Park House Café. It is a quaint and cozy place that allows visitors to leave feeling refreshed by the healthy food options.

The menu is packed with fresh salads and sandwiches, made with locally sourced ingredients. This is a great place to start your day or to stop in after you have explored some of the canyon. The Park House Café is open Monday through Sunday from 8:00am to 2:00pm.

Bistro H

Bistro H is a cozy restaurant located near the entrance of Zion National Park. The menu is described as “California-influenced light Italian.” They have everything from casual drinks and snacks to fine dining and cocktails. In the morning they also offer an all-inclusive breakfast buffet to start your day off before heading to the park. Bistro H has a lovely patio area where diners can enjoy the food and the views of the canyon.

On the lighter menu, Bistro H offers a variety of burgers and flatbread pizzas. For the main courses, Bistro H offers Pork Milanese, Salmon Pesto and a Chefs Roast of the Evening. They are open Monday to Sunday for breakfast starting at 7:00am to 10:00am, and open again for dinner at 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

American Grills Around Zion

Red Rock Grill

The Red Rock Grill is in the main lodge in Zion Canyon. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The views of the canyon from the dining area are absolutely stunning. On the menus you will find steaks, Alaskan Salmon and vegetarian dishes. Among the favorites are the Navajo Tacos. Red Rock Grill offers a formal dining area as well as a seasonal open-air terrace. Red Rock Grill is open from 6:30am to 10:00pm year round with varying hours in the winter. 

Arkansas Al’s Steakhouse

Arkansas Al’s Steakhouse is located in the Majestic View Lodge. Guests will find it very convenient but it is still a great option for those not staying in the lodge. The menu offers a variety of American cuisine and pairs well with the rustic atmosphere of the restaurant. The dining room is spacious and provides a great view while dining.

Arkansas Al’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – with dinner starting after 4pm. On the menu they have steak favorites such as the Kansas City Cut New York Steak and seafood options like the Rainbow Trout. Arkansas Al’s also offers chicken, pork, and pasta dishes. Arkansas Al’s is open year round with daily hours of noon to 8:00pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to 8:00pm on the weekend.

Porters Smokehouse and Grill

Porters Smokehouse and Grill is a cowboy-style restaurant near the Bumbleberry Inn. In typical western fashion, Porters Smokehouse serves hearty meals that won’t have you leaving hungry. The menu is stacked with combinations of steak and fish, such as the Prime Sirloin Steak & Catfish. They also have old-time favorites like Pot Roast and their Famous Buffalo Meatloaf.

If you are starving after exerting all your energy at the park, stop by Porters Smokehouse and Grill for large portions of comfort food. Porters is open 7 days a week from 7:00am to 8:00pm, and stays open an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays.

Southwestern Inspiration Around Zion

Oscar’s Café

Oscar’s Café is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. You can stop at Oscar’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trip to Zion. They promise you won’t leave hungry, offering large portions to satisfy your appetite. Oscar’s offers their take on the classics inspired by Mexican and Southwestern cuisine.

Some of the favorites on the menu include Oscar’s Burritos and Chimichangas, Shrimp Tacos, and Killer Ribs. From the décor to the food, Oscar’s does a great job creating an authentic atmosphere. Oscar’s Café is open 7 days a week from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

Bit & Spur

Bit & Spur was created in 1981 and has been under current ownership since 1992. Something unique about Bit & Spur is that the restaurant recycles over 90% of its solid waste and donates frying oil to local vegetable oil car owners. The main dining room hosts a rotating art show, supporting local artists.

A standout on the menu is the Sweet Potato Tamales and the Bit & Spur Ribeye. Bit & Spur usually has some kind of soulful live music to go along with its rustic appearance. They offer Utah Microbrews on tap that pair well with the social atmosphere. Bit & Spur opens at 5pm for 7 days a week, with special winter hours of 5pm to 11pm from Friday to Sunday.

Whiptail Grill

Whiptail Grill serves Mexican fusion cuisine in a repurposed gas station. Its original use was a Texaco and was built in the summer of 1965. The atmosphere alone is enough to draw visitors in but the food is what really gives them a unique experience. On the menu you will find Hand Made Goat Cheese Chili Relleno and Spaghetti Squash Enchiladas.

For beer lovers, Whiptail Grill offers plenty of local brew to try. Whiptail also offers Squatter’s & Wasatch, and Moab brewery options on tap. Their hours of operation are 12pm to 8pm for 7 days a week.

Italian Cuisine Around Zion

Juniper

If you are in the mood for pizza the locals will recommend you make a stop by Juniper’s. Though they are new in town, having just opened this past summer, they have quickly become a crowd favorite. The pizza and pasta are made fresh in-house. Juniper’s typically has a special of the night which can range from Spicy Chicken Florentine to Creme Brule desert. A lot of places close up for winter but Juniper’s offers special winter hours, 7 days a week from 4pm to 9pm.

Zion Pizza & Noodle Company

Another great Italian option is Zion Pizza & Noodle Company. They stay very busy and you will have to stand in line to order, but people who go here will tell you it is worth a wait. The restaurant is a former Mormon church built in 1930. The atmosphere is welcoming and allows visitors to blend in with the locals.

For the brew lovers, you will find a beer garden in the back of the old church. Featured on tap are Micro Brews including Squatters, Wasatch, and Uinta. This back area is screened in and shaded. Zion Pizza & Noodle Company is open seasonally 7 days a week starting at 4pm daily.

On the Finer Side Around Zion

King’s Landing Bistro

King’s Landing Bistro is known for offering creative dishes that are sure to satisfy after a busy day. Chef King and Chef Nguyen will give your taste buds plenty to talk about when you dive in to their flavor-packed dishes such as Smoked Marrow Bones, Fried Quail, and Charred Spanish Octopus. Make sure you save room for dessert and give the Classic Apple Crisp or Sticky Toffee Pudding a try. King’s Landing opens every day at 5pm.

Spotted Dog Café

Spotted Dog Café is an American Bistro located in Flanigan’s Inn. This restaurant prides itself on local produce and hormone-free meats. Along with its traditional dining area, the Spotted Dog comes with a European-style sidewalk café.

The menu boasts several regional specialties including Red Trout, Braised Lamb Shank, and Seared Muscovy Duck Breast with Cherry Gasrtique. It is important to note that the Spotted Dog Café does have limited hours November through March, opening at 5pm daily.

Switchback Grille

The Switchback Grille is the original prime steak and fresh seafood house of Zion. In the dining room you will find commissioned art by renowned Utah artist Kirk Randal. This is an upscale dining experience you won’t want to miss if you are coming to Zion. Some of the highlights on the menu include the Daily Cut, Daily Fresh Fish, and Pan Seared Sea Scallops.

If you still have room for dessert be sure to try the Chocolate Gateau or the Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding. During season from March to November, Switchback Grille is open daily from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. In the off-season from December to February, Switchback Grille is open Thursday to Sunday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Moki

Moki uses local ingredients and “cage-free cooking” to put their own spin on traditional American cuisine. The kitchen is led by award-winning Chef Adrian Carpenter, who pulls inspiration from European techniques to stylize his creations. Crowd favorites include the Apple-mustard Glazed Duroc Pork Chop and Fried Hot Chicken.

Top your meal off with some Warm Chocolate Cake or Local Apple Crumble. Moki is located adjacent to Desert Pearl Inn and offers a breakfast buffet for guests staying in the hotel. The breakfast buffet at Moki’s is open daily from 7:00am to 10:00am. For dinner, Moki is open Thursday through Monday from 5:30pm to 10:00pm.

Dessert Around Zion

Springdale Candy Company

What is the best thing to treat yourself to after a long day of hiking? Ice cream of course! Located in downtown Springdale, Springdale Candy Company is the go-to place for those trying to satisfy their sweet tooth. They offer a variety of chocolate candy and ice cream.

One of their most popular treats is their Kookie Balls made up of chocolate fudge, milk caramel and crushed Oreo cookies – these Kookie Balls will not disappoint. Springdale Candy Company is guaranteed to be open every day until 8:00pm.

Hoodoos

Hoodoos ice cream parlor offers visitors a wide selection of cold treats. They have gelato, smoothies, ice cream, soft serve yogurt, milkshakes and sundaes. Hoodoos is part of an all-in-one general store, deli, coffee shop and ice cream parlor. It is located within a quarter mile from Zion National Park’s south entrance. Hoodoos ice cream parlor is open from 8:00am to 8:00pm.

Brews Around Zion

Zion Canyon Brew Pub

The Zion Canyon Brew Pub is a great place to grab some food and a beer. It features the locally handcrafted ales of Zion Canyon Brewing Company. There is nothing like a cold beer after a strenuous hike. If you make it over to Zion Canyon Brew Pub you will get live music, wonderful view of the canyon, made-from-scratch local bites, and plenty of handcrafted ales.

The menu features a Buffalo Meatloaf and Paradox Steak Frites. After your day exploring the canyon be sure to head over to Zion Canyon Brew Pub, grab a pint and enjoy the views. Zion Canyon Brew Pub is open from Monday to Sunday from 11:30am to 10:00pm.

Springdale, Utah has so many tasty options for you to eat at during your trip to Zion National Park. You can start your day in the early hours at one of the many breakfast joints and buffets, making sure to grab a coffee to wake up while you beat the crowd to the park.

For lunch you can find a quick stop for a bite to eat or sit down at a casual restaurant before you head back out to the park. When you are finished with exploring Zion, head back over to Springdale for a quiet evening of fine dining or enjoy live music at one of the local hotspots. Whatever your culinary desires, Springdale has you covered.