Cafe Diablo

4.2
312 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southwest
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  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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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Neighborhood
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Parking details
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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on July 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great food and great service. Highest rating.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Marvelous food and service. Ask for Tifanie best server there

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2.0Dined on July 5, 2018

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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1.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 30, 2018

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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2.0Dined on May 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

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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2.0Dined on May 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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1.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Food was poorly prepared, very disappointing. My braised lamb shank was tough

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Absolutely delicious Southwest cuisine. Impecable. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

This restaurant is the jewel of the high desert! The herbs and spices used in each dish awaken the palate—salmon, rack of ribs and the lamb shank gave our tastebuds an everlasting memory. To top off this meal, the group shared the key lime cheesecake—oh so good. Our server, Alicia, was attentive to our needs in every way possible. Don’t miss this remarkable dining experience!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Superlative creative food. We are on the terrace with views of Kate afternoon sun on red rocks.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food, professional staff and chef, great presentation of food, the best place around

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our food was disappointing. One of the four meals was great, the butternut ravioli, the salad was fine, but our disappointment was with the lobster Mac and cheese, and a wild mushroom salad and a crab stack. I would avoid those items. The lobster was dry and soaked in a sea of oil-butter for the Mac and Myers.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Excellent find in the little town of Torrey UT. Definitely try the Snake Cakes and the Shrimp appetizers. The Beef Medallions entree was very tast and cooked perfectly - medium rare. The Cream Jalepeno microbrew draft beer was a real treat - very crisp and refreshing with some heat on the back end. A Foodies delight in the middle of nowhere on your tour of Capitol Reef National Park. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Very large portions. I ordered the ribs and was shocked to see a giant full rack rolled up like a rug. It was HUGE. I would have never ordered this much food if I knew it was that large. It was so large that I attempted to finish it the next day on a picnic lunch and only finished 1/2 of it. This is the only nice restaurant in Torrey and you need reservations.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Absolutely delicious ....interesting menu....the pecan crusted chicken breast was so yummy w garlic mashed potatoes and and tasty roasted corn w green chiles....and the 4 cheese Mac and cheese was wonderful too. Everything was excellent....friendly staff and good service.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

We had a wonderful meal at Cafe Diablo. Being from Boston, I am somewhat spoiled with food choices and restaurants. I have to say that this was one of the best dining experiences I have had. Everything was fresh and prepared beautifully.

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1.0Dined on May 1, 2018

The soup we had was much too thick and too salty; the amuse bouche (a “Mexican bruschetta”) was obviously not made fresh. The toasted bread was very cold and soggy, the restaurant had made them ahead of time and stored them in a fridge.
My wife ordered glazed ribs which were (a) overly sweet, (b) braised/greasy, subpar garnish.
I ordered the Chile rubbed tenderloin. Only two small medallions were served, they were slightly over cooked (medium vs med. rare), the hollandaise over the steak was much too thick (more like a paste than a sauce), and the garnishes were poor. The flavor of the meat was good, once the hollandaise paste was scraped off.

Our entrees cost about $34 a piece... we expected much better quality for that price.

The service was OK.

My wife barely touched her ribs... we got out of there and went somewhere else to grab a bite to eat at a much more reasonable cost. Highly advise staying away.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

First, there are few restaurants in Torrey. I looked up on Trip Advisor for "best restaurants" in Torrey & was surprised to read the raving reviews. Coming from Portland, OR & being vegetarian we were elated with the delicious food. The spinach salad with mushrooms wrapped in a spinach wrap was amazing. We also had each a glass of wine - reasonably priced, split a delicious layered mouse for desert & main course- rissoto & ravioles. We would have come back a second night, but would have needed more Veg options. Delicious! You will not be disappointed.

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