Desert bistro
The adventure continues...

Karl and Michelle Kelley invite you to join us for some gourmet southwestern cuisine in our new digs!  This charming building which the Desert Bistro now calls home (since 2012) was built in 1892 as the original dance hall in Moab.  A pretty colorful history:  it became a private home/ranch for the Wilson brothers and then the Holyoak family for a large portion of it’s life; it has housed many businesses over the past few decades including a mortuary, law offices, the first location for the AdVertiser, a feed store and a popular restaurant in the 90’s called the Fat City Smokehouse.  We’re excited to share our new space with all of you, so come join us for some fun & flavorful food!

A little history...

The Desert Bistro opened in September 2001 in a quaint little spot on Center Street.  We moved into the Grand Old Ranch House at Moab Springs Ranch in February 2005 and spent 7 wonderful seasons in that lovely oasis.  For a couple of years, we have been looking for a new place to call home and were thrilled when we found this charming little building right in the heart of downtown, yet a block away from the hustle & bustle of Main Street.  We spent the fall and winter renovating the building & installing a commercial kitchen as well as 2 outdoor patios.  The remodel was extensive, but we feel the warmth, charm & character of the building were very much retained.  

Our goal...

To excite your senses with some “out of the norm” and adventurous food all while enjoying a relaxed atmosphere with friendly, attentive service.

Open early March through late November
Closed December - February

September & October 2014
Open Tuesday - Sunday nights 5:30pm - 9:30pm

November 2014
Open Wednesday - Sunday nights 5:30pm - 9:00pm

We will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day this year!
Thursday, November 27, 2013
A set 4 course dinner will be featured.
Reservations will be required.  We will be accepting reservations from 4:30pm - 7pm

Our last night of the season will be
Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Reservations are highly recommended
E-mail: (please allow a minimum of 48 hours notice for e-mail reservation requests or changes)
Phone:  435-259-0756

 Now located in the heart of downtown moab
 36 south 100 west
Top: Painting of Desert Bistro by Bonnie Griffith. See her art at
Below Painting:
*Fresh Halibut Entree
*Amuse Bouche
*Pepper encrusted Sea Scallops

*Tomato Caprese
*Homemade Bread
*Fresh Seafood
*Wine Cellar