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Moab is a beautiful city that is conveniently located right next to one of our nation’s most beloved national parks. And its close proximity to Arches makes me think that a lot of you reading this are probably planning an upcoming trip or vacation to the area. So today I have something that should help you plan your trip.
This is a list of some of the best restaurants around Moab to grab lunch. I’ll give you a summary of each restaurant's style, their address, a link to their website, and even a review that other customers have left so you can see what other people have had to say about them. And on top of that I will also let you know anytime you can use our convenient digital GiftYa gift cards at any of the locations on the list today.
What I like about GiftYa is that they can really take some of the financial headache out of planning a trip. Since you can just put the money aside in advance, you don’t have to worry about the mental math you have to do to keep track of how much you are spending at each place while you are supposed to be enjoying your vacation. And in addition to that, their all digital format means that you never have to worry about losing them, or forgetting to pack them in the chaos of packing and getting ready for your trip.
But enough about how convenient GiftYa are for planning a vacation, let’s get right to that list of great places around Moab to grab a hot lunch that brought you here in the first place!
397 N Main St | Moab | cravemoab.com
Sweet Craving Bakery & Bistro is one of the best spots in all of Moab to grab a fantastic lunch. They offer both breakfast and lunch menus so if it’s early enough in the day you will want to be sure to try one of their fantastic cinnamon rolls while they are fresh out of the oven. But if you are just interested in going at lunch time, they have plenty of great options as well.
They have a wide selection of salads, wraps, sandwiches, and all kinds of speciality paninis. In particular people really seem to enjoy the strawberry chicken salad and the Moab cristo panini. But if you are feeling inventive with your order, they also offer plenty of options to build your own panini. They let you choose every part of it. The bread, the cheese, the meat, the sauce, and even what veggies you think would be good.
And one of my favorite things about Sweet Cravings is that they recently started doing online ordering on top of the typical dine-in experience that they offer. And I think this is especially convenient for any of you who are planning a trip to Arches and don’t want to waste any of the time you could be using to backpack around or explore the park.
You can just place your online order in advance and have it waiting hot and fresh for you when you pull into the parking lot. There’s no reason to be wasting any of your precious vacation time waiting around the restaurant for them to prepare your meal. With online ordering you can be as efficient as you possibly can be, and spend more of your time enjoying Arches or any of the other great activities there are around Moab.
“Definitely Yes! Your visit to Moab is not complete till you stop here. Great selection of sandwiches, hot and cold, vegetarian or not, all homemade and made from scratch” - Yelp Review
267 N Main St | Moab | anticaforma.com
Antica Forma means “the old form,” so you can be sure that they are going to be creating delicious and authentic Italian style cuisine. And you can get all kinds of Italian classics that make for a great and filling lunch. They of course have incredible pastas and salads that will make a great lunch for anybody.
But if you are planning on having lunch in a group they also happen to offer fantastic Neapolitan style pizza. And Neapolitan pizza is pretty similar to the New York style pizza that most of us in the United States are used to. The big difference is that Neapolitan style pizza is served with a thin crust, a unique tomato sauce that is all topped off with mozzarella cheese.
And Antica Forma really takes making pizza about as seriously as anybody possibly could. They use a special caputo flour to make the dough for the pizza. And they even prepare it over 24 hours in advance so that way it has plenty of time to chill in order to bring out as much flavor as possible.
They make and stretch their own mozzarella cheese everyday, and they even make their sauce with tomatoes grown on the volcanic plains on the southern side of Mt. Vesuvius. And I think you are going to be really hard pressed to find more authentic Italian style pizza anywhere outside of Italy than you are going to get at Anica Forma!
“I was lucky to find this place across the street from a motel I was staying at. Delicious Neapolitan style pizza. Pastas looked great too. I had the piccante. The bread was cooked perfectly with nice spotted char on the bottom. The homemade mozzarella is delicious.” - Yelp Review
78 N Main St | Moab | moabgarageco.com
Moab Garage Co is pretty much going to have the standard classics you expect from a cafe style restaurant. Which mostly means that you can get a great collection of different sandwiches. They have everything from a meatball sandwich on Texas toast to a vegetarian sandwich that is packed full of all kinds of fresh vegetables.
And they also happen to have a good selection of salads and even some street tacos. If you are trying to get a quick lunch with your whole family then you will be glad to hear that they also have a full kids menu at lunch time as well. Which I think makes them a great choice for families and anybody with children in their dining party who is looking for a great lunch around Moab!
“Stopped in for lunch and a mocha. We had the Turkey Gouda sandwich and mochas. Both were prepared well and very tasty. Great spot with a good vibe.” - Yelp Review
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4 S Main St | Moab | pastajays.com
As the name might suggest, Patsa Jay’s is an Italian restaurant that has plenty of great pasta dishes. And they have been serving exceptional Italian food for over 29 years now. And if you go to their website you can read the story of the owner’s culinary training. The “long story short” version of it is that the owner (Jay) learned the art of Italian cooking from his mentor Sonny in California.
But the important part is that Sonny comes from a long line of incredible Italian chef’s. In fact his great-grandmother was the cook for the first king of the United Countries of Italy (Victor Emanuel the Second). So you know that the Italian food at Pasta Jay's is going to be some of the most authentic Italian food you can find anywhere in the country. I mean how much more authentic can you get than somebody who’s training comes from the first King of Italy’s personal chef?
“We loved this quaint restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was even better. Our waitress gave us some great recommendations for food. It all tasted fresh and home made. We definitely will stop here again!!” - Yelp Review
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57 S Main St | Moab | deweysmoab.com
Dewey’s Restaurant and Bar opened its doors back in 2020. And in the short time that they have been open, they have quickly become one of the area’s favorite spots to grab a great lunch. And it’s easy to understand how when you learn that the head chef has been cooking and working in restaurants for over 30 years. And that experience really pays off.
They serve your standard American style cuisine that likely consists of many of your favorites. Which means that they have a great offering of different salads, sandwiches, appetizers, and entrees. They even have some popular Mexican dishes like fish tacos and quesadillas. And I think that makes their menu readily accessible to almost any group of diners. So whether you are backpacking around Arches all on your own, or you are on a full on family vacation, I think they will have just what you are looking for for lunch.
“Everything was delicious here that my husband and I ordered. Service was great. Every time we saw a plate passing by we would say "oh that looked good, we need to try that next time we come here". You won't be disappointed” - Yelp Review
189 S Main St | Moab | moabdiner.com
If you are just looking for some filling American style cuisine at a fair price for lunch then the Moab Diner is going to be a great spot for you. They have tons of appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers for lunch that should fit the bill of what you are looking for. But if you want, they also have plenty of great dinner options you can order like roast beef and chicken fried steak.
They even have specific heart healthy options that feature salads, soups, and veggie sandwiches. And on top of all of that, they also have a kids menu so you don’t have to worry about buying a full adult sized portion of food if you are planning on stopping in for lunch with the whole family!
“I was vacationing in Moab and had to check out this retro diner while I was there. I got the Smothered Moab Melt and it did not disappoint. While it was a tad messy, it was perfect after a day spent hiking at Arches National Park.” - Yelp Review
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Street Address | Moab | subway.com
Subway is one of the most popular fast food chains in the country. But what I think makes them stand apart from all the burger joints is that you really can eat pretty healthy at Subway. Since you get to pick every part of what goes into your meal, you can make it as healthy as you want to. You can go with a whole grain bun, lots of vegetables, and fat free dressing.
Or you can go with a steak sub on the Italian herb and cheese bread with as much mayonnaise as you want. I think the fact that you get so much control over what your meal really helps make them one of the best choices for lunch in the whole Moab area.
But more than that, I think they make a great option anytime you are planning on spending the whole day out on the trails exploring or backpacking around Arches. You can get a whole footlong sub to enjoy at lunch time, without having endless garbage to worry about when you are done, which just helps make it easier for everybody to help keep our national parks clean. The amount of food you get compared to the amount of waste it produces makes them a great choice for anybody planning on having lunch while out on the trails.
“The cleanest, friendliest and best run Subway I've ever been in. They had a big line of people yet moved them through quickly and were extremely friendly to each customer.” - Yelp Review
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And that concludes my list of all of the great places around Moab that you can find a great lunch. I hope this list helped you narrow down your search, but if you didn’t see exactly what you were looking for here, be sure to check out our other great articles on the best restaurants around Moab, and the best breakfast places you can find near Arches.
And if you are still in the planning process for your vacation or trip to Arches be sure to check out our great articles on all the great places there are to stay around the area, the best hikes you can find around Moab, and even the best activities the area offers!