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About Cafe Diablo
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.
Torrey, UT 84775
Hours of Operation:
Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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!
Easy access gravel lot. Motorcycles should park in the smaller west lot.
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Diablo Ratings and Reviews
This was opening night for Diablo after two months off. The crowd was larger than they expected...mostly locals. The one waitress handled the situation with grace and charm. Appreciated the owner/manager chatting up the tables and lending a hand to the waitress.
Cheers!! Welcome back!!!
The food, service, and ambiance were excellent. I'm deducting one star because this restaurant includes the tax amount when calculating suggested tips. Most people wouldn't intentionally, and shouldn't, tip on tax, so this practice misleads the consumer. I spoke with the manager about this to see if it was an innocent mistake, and it wasn't. Not a big deal, but irritating nonetheless.
We went here on a recommendation from a friend and were really pleased to have done so. This place is a treasure. Really good food, excellent service and a great evening out. We'd read mixed reviews on this place - some sites posted very poor reviews, others very good ones. Having been there, I suspect the negative reviews had an agenda. What makes this place all that more special is its location; almost the last thing you'd expect to find in such an out of the way place.
Located in the very small town of Torrey, UT, this restaurant has a very unusual and creative menu. The presentation of the meals was spectacular and fun. Unusual menu items included game meats and rattlesnake! Though we did not try the rattlesnake, we were really glad we ate there.
We had a wonderful dinner at Cafe Diablo. We shared a salad and then both had the pecan crusted chicken. It was so tender we hardly needed a fork. It was served with seasonal veggies. A complimentary bruscetta was very good. Reasonably priced wine was a plus. We topped the evening with a sensational apple dessert. We would certainly go back again.
We have been to this restaurant in the past and thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service. This time, the service was slightly off. The salmon that three of us ordered was dry and overcooked. The chicken was also dry. It was almost as if our orders had been left sitting before delivery. Granted, it was a busy night, but we were very disappointed. We will probably not return when we are in the Torrey area.
Amazing food!! Very creative and delicious. Recommend the Creamy Jalepeno beer on draft. Smooth & creamy with a light to medium kick. Also recommend the Elk Tenderloin medium rare (don’t be afraid of this one! Go for it!). Anything on the menu is really excellent. We eat there EVERY time we’re in Capitol Reef :)
We have enjoyed Cafe Diablo many times in the past. This visit, however, was a disappointment. We had a reservation and arrived a few minutes early. We were seated promptly, enjoying the ambiance and the fabulous artwork. However, we waited 10 minutes or more for a server to come to our table, even though two parties who were seated after us at nearby tables received immediate service. My husband finally flagged down the hostess, who said she would find our waitress. She came back. saying the waitress was very busy and she would send someone else. He appeared in a few minutes and was not a regular waitperson (not wearing a name tag, a Utah requirement for wait staff). The service was then good and I saw him waiting on other tables near us as well. The food, however, was not what we expected or had enjoyed in the past. I had a lamb shank, which was very large and strong tasting. I think it may have been a sheep shank rather than lamb shank. It was served with hominy, which was too salty to eat. My husband had beef filets, which he enjoyed, but his mashed potatoes we also too salty to eat. The food at Cafe Diablo is always creatively plated, but this time it seemed that more effort had gone into the decoration of the plate than what was on it. It was quite, and hopefully they were just having an off night. We ate there in the Spring and the food was delicious. We will probably go back another time when we are in town and hope for service and food that is up to their usual standard.
Despite being located in the small town of Torrey, UT; this is a restaurant that would be a success in any big city. The food was creative and beautifully presented. The only problem I had was the portions were huge! The lamb, elk and beef were all excellent.
I booked this restaurant for my 60th birthday based on the reviews. I really enjoy delicious, inventive, beautiful food. This place hot it out of the park. Creative without being weird, just very, very delicious. The wait staff was welcoming, patient, and knowledgeable. I would recommend it highly to anyone and everyone. I still can't believe this fabulous restaurant is in the tiny town of Torrey, Utah!
This restaurant was reviewed positively and as travelers we were dependent on written reviews. My husband and I had a terrible experience. The service was extremely slow. We were virtually ignored throughout our meal. That being said the alligator cakes were good and they served a complimentary bruschetta which was delicious. A good beginning and then it was all downhill. The chicken was rubbery and tough and the salmon was overlooked and so spicy, we couldn't taste anything else. Once the waitress finally came and asked about our meal, we told her how bad the entrees were. We didn't get charges for our entrees which was a really nice response but the waitress disappeared and we were never able to thank her. I would not recommend this restaurant.
We were visiting the Mighty Five national parks in Utah for a week and this night we stayed at a resort just outside Torrey near other restaurants but after reading Cafe Diablo's TripAd we booked a day ahead of our arrival date to assure seating. The creative food menu was the draw too. We shared a delicious Buffalo tartare. My husband henjoyed the elk sirloin while I dined on a very good pumpkim seed trout but the Au Gratin potatoes were the best ever! Good wine and chocolate souffle dessert. However, the service was slow, beginning with waiting too long after being seated in a non-descript, too brightly lit dining room. We arrived after sunset so didn't sit ooutdoors on a chilly evening.
Cafe Diablo has an interesting menu but tends to be a little too 'cute' with the selections. There aren't many choices in this very rural tourist area of Utah and Diablo is definitely worthwhile. Our visit this time (we have a second home near there) was a bit of a disappointment. The service was slow and not very professional (dish clearing, etc) and our order of rare Tuna was way overcooked. However, the owner quickly fixed that with another order properly cooked and comped us for the Tuna. On the service issue, it is a bit understandable as it is hard to find good help in this area.
We made reservations through Open Table and had very high expectations reading other people's reviews. For starters, a gentleman in a suit (Maitre d'?) barely greeted us as he seemed very caught up with other tables. I told him we had a reservation but he didn't want to hear about it or cared so he told us to pick any table just as if we had walked in. Bear in mind I asked for a table outside and it was obvious they didn't "reserve" a table for us. So what's the point of them asking on Open Table for preferred seating options? Our waitress was very nice and the menu seemed creative and interesting. When food arrived we realized it was just rethoric. The firecrackers lacked taste. No spice or seasoning. Battered nicely but no flavor. Very disappointing. My husband's empanadas were ok, not great. We've had better empanadas off of food trucks near our home. My raviolis were too soft and not balanced. Too much filling. My husband was happy with the quality of his meat (ribs) but didn't care for the sauce. Beautifully presented though. The wine list is discreet. A couple of good wines in between some budget conscious labels. We can't even remember what we had for dessert. Not memorable.
Read lots of good reviews so expected good food and service. We were left waiting at the entrance for 3-4 minutes without acknowledgement despite being seen by a waitress. They may have been short staffed as we waited to order drinks and then food. Hubby ordered the elk steak which was smothered in a sauce to the point that the taste of the meat was totally obscured. I ordered lobster and was then told they'd sold out. 2 main courses and 2 glasses of very disappointing wine came to $80.
Disappointing meal at Cafe Diablo. Service was very friendly but a bit slow despite a quiet night. The drinks were variable - the Margarita was great but the Mojito was basically some rum with Sprite and two mint leaves. The food was the main issue though - the menu promised much but failed to deliver. A free southern bruschetta was a nice touch and very tasty, but the trout dish was overcooked and poorly conceived, with an overload of sunflower seeds and unappealing cold sides (especially the courgette salad). The elk sirloin was pricey and also not great. It arrived on the well done side of medium despite asking for (medium) rare, and the roast potato side was somewhat dry and probably diced too small. Given the great reviews maybe an off night (or night off) for the chef, but we wouldn't go back.
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