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.
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....
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
Beautiful spot. Nice folks. Decent wine selection. Bland food.
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!!!
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.
Great food and service. Beautiful view from patio.
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.
Service was extremely slow due to lack of staffing. We waited over 20 minutes to be acknowledged.
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
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.
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.
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.
Amazing food! Super chef brought in from NY and very inventive and inspired.
Food was excellent and nicely presented. Service was good. A hidden gem. Would definately dine here again.
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.
Delightful find in tiny Torrey, UT. Rattlesnake cakes and shrimp & crab tower were amazing!
Great food and great service. Highest rating.
Marvelous food and service. Ask for Tifanie best server there
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.
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
Love the patio. Beautiful garden and lovely views. Definitely sit outside. Interesting menu and good food.
Yummy!!! Upscale food in a relaxed little town between National Parks! It made for a nice change on our trip!!!
We arrived late, after closing time, and were treated like family! Best meal of the trip.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Food was cold when it arrived.Bland seasonings on meat and veggies. Taste did not match price poiint.
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?!"
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!
Terrible service. Waitress avoided us rather than tell us our food would be delayed.
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!