Cafe Diablo

4.2
324 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southwest
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Nestled below the Boulder and Thousand Lake Mountains in Southern Utah, Cafe Diablo offers a fresh dining experience that celebrates the outdoors and the red rock wonders that surround us. Dine outdoors on our patio or indoors in our local art gallery and enjoy a seasonally inspired menu with a casually sophisticated ambiance.

The human tongue has roughly 10,000 taste buds. Our aim is to excite all of them! By showcasing local flavors and ingredients, we create dishes that please the palate and the eye. And after the main meal, may we suggest you save room for dessert. We make all of our pastries and ice cream on the premises daily, and they are simply scrumptious.

What makes dining at our restaurant so special? At Cafe Diablo, we believe a superb meal requires 4 ingredients:

A blending of tastes that delight, energize and yet comfort the palate.

A plate that pleases the eye and makes you want to take a picture before you dive in.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Southwest
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Hours of operation
Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(435) 425-3070
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jermaine Bond
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Catering
Weddings, Corporate Retreats, Movie Sets, Birthday Parties, Roundups, Open Houses, Barn Dances... Cafe Diablo caters everything from picnic baskets to parties of 250 or more. We love food, and we’ll bring our passion and enthusiasm to your gala to make your event amazing. Come by or call and tell us about your event and give us your ideas. We'll listen and show you what is possible. If you can dream it, we can make it happen. Our goal is to make your special day distinctive, festive and stress free!
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Easy access gravel lot. Motorcycles should park in the smaller west lot.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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CS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We first visited Cafe Diablo almost 20 years ago and always wanted to come back as we enjoyed it so much. However, our recent visit was disappointing. The food was just o.k.--nothing special; and the service was slow. The drinks were especially bad; I got a strawberry basil mojito for $12 that was tiny and mostly ice; the couple sips I did get tasted syrupy and apparently they forgot the rum altogether. While the food and service wasn't bad, it was not worth anywhere near what we paid. Oh well -- at least we have great memories of our first visit all those years ago....

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JF
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The rattle snake appetizer was very nice, however
I ordered the ribeye steak and it was very tough and even difficult to cut
I told the waitress when she ask how the meal was and was met with indifference
I guess they feel the clientele is so transient they don’t care

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Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Beautiful spot. Nice folks. Decent wine selection. Bland food.

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SK
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn't believe how amazingly delicious absolutely everything was!!!! A quiet little town with one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in!!!

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H
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 4. M# of the meals were over the moon good. The ribs were not as good as expected. The deserts were among the best we have ever had.

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Beautiful view from patio.

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Key West
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We had read the reviews and asked the desk clerk at Austin's Chuckwagon where we stayed for a recommendation for dinner. We were sorely disappointed with the farm-raised elk sirloin, the most expensive item on the menu. It appeared to have been mechanically tenderized and unfortunately tasted like no other elk we've eaten (and have eaten quite a bit). The cherry sauce with crumbled blue cheese was a lovely accompaniment, however we told the waitress of a nut allergy and it arrived with pine nuts that we scraped off rather than wait for one of two re-cooked entrees since we were carrying two Epi-pens. The accompanying asparagus substitution and the hash brown potatoes were quite delicious. All in all, an overall poor value, although the Torrey area Capitol Reef National Park visitors are a somewhat captive audience. It may be the best in town, but readers want to compare to national and international, and not Torrey standards when selecting a restaurant. Two people seated near us commented that the lobster macaroni and cheese (our second choice) was light on the lobster and hot peppers, and heavy on the pasta.
We could only recommend this restaurant if you are in Torrey and nowhere else.

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DH
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was extremely slow due to lack of staffing. We waited over 20 minutes to be acknowledged.

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GH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A pleasant surprise for us in tiny Torrey Utah. very creative food prepared with care and some passion. great service. overall ambiance left a bit to be desired but fine. give it a try

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c
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

8 yezr ago, it was fantastic. Now, even late (9), nobody, and yes, the food was very good, but too classical. It was a deception.

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m
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose this restaurant as the grand finale for our trip to Utah and we were glad we did. We enjoyed our lovely seating in the garden. As the other reviews have mentioned, the food was innovative and delicious. We decided to go all in and ordered 6 dishes for the two of us, so we could eat leftovers on our long drive the next day. We were glad we did! So many yummy choices and the food was almost as good (even cold) the next day. The empanadas, Mexican Raviolis, butternut squash risotto, firecracker asparagus—we loved it all. Our prickly pear chocolate cake was a work of art in addition to a feast for our taste buds. Our wait staff was wonderful and made the whole experience even more special.

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Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant has high ratings and we were not disappointed. For cocktails, we enjoyed the Prickly Pear Mezcal Margarita and the Bloody Margarita, both rimmed with black salt. The Prickly Pear was very sweeter - a bit too sweet for my liking. We recommend the rattlesnake cakes with ancho-rosemary aioli. They were nicely seasoned and tasted great. The empanadas appetizer was good too; the best part of this dish was the black bean sauce with desert onions. The entrees we tried at our table - San Saba Pecan Chicken, Pumpkin Seed Trout, and Pomegranate & Chipotle Glazed Ribs - were all very good. The ribs portion was generous - too big to finish. I ordered the Watermelon, Feta, and Arugula salad. The arugula was excellent however some of the watermelon was over ripe and a little off-taste. The restaurant has very simple, no frills decor and pleasant, efficient service.

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! Super chef brought in from NY and very inventive and inspired.

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MS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent and nicely presented. Service was good. A hidden gem. Would definately dine here again.

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Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This was so disappointing. Ordered the rib eye and it was the worst steak I have ever had. Not only was half the steak a solid piece of fat, but what meat there was was incredibly tough and chewy. Could barely cut it with a knife. My wife got the lobster Mac and cheese which was also a total disappointment. Lobster chunks were very tough and flavorless. I’m going to assume that it was frozen lobster chunks. The Mac and cheese was swimming in butter/oil.

We felt very bad for the servers because we could hear all of the other tables around us talking about how bad their meals were. In fact, the chef told our server that he’s totally frustrated with the Rib Eye because there are so many complaints. Although, if it’s that bad I’m not sure why he still serves it or (at the very least) let my completely ugly piece of meat out of the door.

Earlier that day, we talked with a local in Torrey who said Diablo has gone completely down hill since the new ownership and that we shouldn’t go there. We should have listened to them.

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RY
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful find in tiny Torrey, UT. Rattlesnake cakes and shrimp & crab tower were amazing!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Highest rating.

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SP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous food and service. Ask for Tifanie best server there

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SM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Used to come here a lot back in the day. All of the creativity and love is missing from this restaurant. Food is slopped on the plate and the flavor has changed from bold to "not offending anyone with taste". A real shame that this place has gone downhill.

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RB
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Really overpriced poor quality food.
Used to be a very decent restaurant. Now with new ownership it is not worth it.
Wait staff not attentive.
Would NOT accomodate vegan/vegetarian requests.
Skip it and go down to Hells Backbone grill 30 miles south

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the patio. Beautiful garden and lovely views. Definitely sit outside. Interesting menu and good food.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Yummy!!! Upscale food in a relaxed little town between National Parks! It made for a nice change on our trip!!!

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MG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived late, after closing time, and were treated like family! Best meal of the trip.

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in an unexpected place. We discovered this place in 1999 during a national park tour. An excellent, creative menu and delicious food. If you are in the Torrey area look no further for a great dining experience.

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best meal we have had on a 2,000 mile road trip around South West USA! We all chose the Chicken and greatly enjoyed it. Good craft beers too.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate here twice, and both times the food was great. The portions are generous, (especially the crab and shrimp stack and the ribs), and the elk steak is delicious!
Service is friendly and efficient, the margaritas and desserts are delicious, and the outdoor patio is relaxed and lovely, with flower borders and views of the canyon.

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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really surprising find in the middle of....well, nowhere. If you are anywhere near Torrey or visiting Capitol Reef please plan on dining here. It’s an eclectic menu with great preparation and presentation. Portion sizes are very large. Try the elk but no matter what you order you will be pleased

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Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Torrey for two nights and ate both evenings at Diablo! It was wonderful, from the service to the food, to the outdoor seating. We recommended it to the other couples staying at our bed and breakfast lodging.

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B
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find if you are in this part of Utah. The food is great but you need a hearty appetite since the portions are large. We ate there both nights during our stay in Torrey. A food gem.

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SH
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly fine in small town near Capitol Reef Nat. Park. Elk steak was excellent. Nice wine selection (hard to get wine in small town Utah restaurants) and the service was excellent. Recommend for those vacationing near the park,

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MJ
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a celebration dinner for my husband graduating from medical school at Cafe Diablo. The food was all delicious and beautifully presented! We ate outside on the patio and loved the views. It couldn't have been a better evening!

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E
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Cafe Diablo service was nice, but the biggest disappointment was on the flavors. We had the Asparagus Firecrackers and there was no fire. The empanada's were the highlight. The standing ribs had a very sour flavor that was not appealing.

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TI
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was pricey. The presentation of the entree’s was good. However, I had the ribs and these were AWFUL (greasy, mixed with water). Ribs were not really edible.

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MM
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we have had in a restaurant during our 16 day travels! Meal was outstanding! Sorry we didn’t have room for dessert! The lamb shank meal was not only delicious but the presentation beautiful!

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R
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Diablo is always a good choice, do recommend reservations, many come expecting a table, just so many seats. Limited menu, some good choices, all are well presented. The food is good, but not as good as years ago. Desert chef has also changed. Good selection of drinks, moderate pricing, servers are well trained and try hard to exceed expectation. But servers are overworked because Diablo still is the best in town, and the word gets around. Good dining but not great, but it could be again.

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T
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was cold when it arrived.Bland seasonings on meat and veggies. Taste did not match price poiint.

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GW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and loved the setting. . Was a real treat to eat at this upscale, 'foody" restaurant in the middle of Torrey, Utah. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves while having these very intense and interesting conversations. I asked my sons at one point, "My God, where did all these people come from?!"

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S
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had an excellent meal. I had the ribs and my wife had the lamb shank. The meat was so tender it literally fell off the bone! The portion was large too!

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Terrible service. Waitress avoided us rather than tell us our food would be delayed.

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O
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you are looking for dinner in Torrey, make a beeline for the Cafe Diablo. This chef-inspired menu is way beyond what you would ever expect to find in Torrey. Great wine list too. It offers traditional menu items with a southwestern twist. Yummy!

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