Published April 2021
The Best Restaurants in Greater St. George, Utah
”Brandon O.Co-Author | Siftey Reviews
”Michele D.Co-Author | STG EATS
W e’ve joined forces with STG Eats (10+ year local expert) to create a guide of the best places to eat in Washington County or Greater Saint George. With a recent population surge, St. George is quickly becoming a haven for foodies too — not just outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, use this guide to find the best restaurants St. George offers!
Best Upscale Dining
#1. Wood Ash Rye
New American — $20 to $60 per person — St. George
Recommended dishes: Filet Mignon, Market Fish, Pappardelle Pasta, Pumpkin Pie
This is the only restaurant in St. George that we highly recommend! Chefs hail from the prestigious celebrity retreat Amangiri. Expect the dining experience to be reminiscent of classy eateries in larger metropolises. Think modern, beautifully presented comfort food. The fish is freshly caught, they make their own pasta, and source the finest ingredients. Each dish is made to order, so set aside one to two hours of dining. Don’t forget to order a few starters like biscuits or carrots. You’ll thank me later!
#2. Painted Pony
New American — $30 to $60 per person — St. George
Recommended dishes: Phyllo Baked Brie, Cheesecake Tower, Bacon Wrapped Duck
Come here for a fancy date-night or special occasion. Nestled in Ancestor Square off St. George Boulevard, this chic restaurant boasts an upscale menu. The quality is apparent in the freshness of the dishes, the presentation, and the elements. For instance, they fly in their Ahi tuna fresh, twice a week from Hawaii. No expense is spared.
New American — $15 to $40 per person — St. George
Recommended dishes: Butternut Squash Soup, Coconut Shrimp, Four Cheese & Pear Pasta, Hurricane Chicken, Lilikoi Cheesecake
The view at Cliffside can’t be beaten, sitting on top of the beautiful red rocks overlooking downtown St. George. We also love the ambiance and the modern decor. The food always comes out looking beautiful and tastes delicious too. Cliffside is one of our top choices for a night out in Southern Utah.
Best Casual Dining
#1. Rylu’s Bistro
New American — $15 to $30 per person — Santa Clara, UT
Recommended dishes: Seasonal Burger, Seafood or Steak Dishes, House-Churned Ice Cream
Located on the quaint main street of Santa Clara, Rylu’s is a charming place to enjoy lunch (Tues – Sat) or dinner (weekends only). This farm-to-table restaurant uses fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. Their menu changes seasonally, and we have loved everything we have tried. Here you will find colorful, healthy, and flavorful dishes.
#2. Pig’s Ear American Bistro
New American — $16 to $50 per person — Hurricane
Recommended dishes: Ribs, Mac N’ Cheese, Tiger Prawns, Steak Tacos, Bread Pudding
If you’re going to be anywhere near Hurricane, Pig’s Ear is a must stop! The head chef and owner has brought his years of experience working in restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area to Southern Utah. We have found the service to be great, the presentation excellent, and the food is delightful. Make sure to save room at the end of your meal for dessert, it is fantastic too!
#3. Red Fort
Indian — $15 to $25 per person — St. George, UT
Recommended dishes: Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, Coconut Korma, Garlic Naan, Mango Lassi
Red Fort is a sister restaurant to its northern counterpart, Bombay House. The menu, recipes, and owner are the same. The family originally emigrated to the USA from New Delhi and the restaurant gets its name from the historic Red Fort (Lal Quila). They serve authentic food from nearly every major region of India.
Best Fast Casual Dining
#1. Viva Chicken
Peruvian/American — $7 to $15 per person — St. George
Recommended dishes: Tacu Bowl, Quinoa Stuffed Avocado, Maracuya Juice, Pollo à la Brasa
If you’re looking for something fresh, different, and quick, Viva Chicken is at the top of our list. It is loved by both locals and tourists for its fantastic food and prompt service. Their menu is also very accommodating to special diets. Their rotisserie chicken is cooked over charcoal fire giving it a delicious flavor. They are also known for their sauces, which are a must-try! Viva Chicken has also won awards for being one of the cleanest restaurants in Southern Utah, which gives them extra points in my book!
#2. Hawaiian Poke Bowl
Polynesian — $10 to $20 per person — St. George
Photo Credits: Hawaiian Poke Bowl & Siftey
Recommended dishes: Spicy Ahi, Shoyu Ahi, and Kalua Pork Bowl
Southern Utah is far from the pristine fishing waters of Waimānalo, Oahu, but you would never know it! The owners are fishermen from Hawaii. Since 2011, they’ve been importing fresh Hawaiian fish, dock-to-table, within 24 to 48 hours of catch. If you’ve ever wanted to try amazing poke, come here and grab a sample. Better yet, buy a bowl! Besides seafood, you can also get authentic Kalua pork.
Mexican — $2 to $10 per person — St. Geroge
Recommended dishes: Sweet Carnitas, Carne Asada, Pollo Asado
Formerly a part of Irmita’s Casita, Angelica broke off and started her restaurant. It specializes in Mexican street food. Most come here for her inexpensive, flavor-packed Asador style street-tacos (meat-filled and cooked on a griddle) and fresh salsa bar. If you prefer burritos or quesadillas, they offer those Tex-Mex favorites too! We love the hole-in-the-wall, no-frills vibe. It’s a great place to bring your friends or the whole family.
Bakery — $3 to $8 per person — St. George
Photo Credits: @donutcritic
Recommended dishes: Sea Salt Caramel Donut, Key Lime Donut, Turkey Havarti Sandwich, Triple Baked Almond Croissant, Passion Fruit Tart
Farmstead Bakery is one of the newest restaurants in downtown St. George and such a welcome addition. Here you will find some very skilled bakers freshly making pastries and bread all day long. In fact, their head baker was on the USA Baking Team and has worked in some big restaurants in Las Vegas. They also serve pizza, sandwiches, salads, and coffee. Something unique is they don’t have a menu, each day you will find different baked goods with a few staple items.
2. Pinkbox Doughnuts
Bakery — $15 to $35 per dozen — Bloomington
Recommended dishes: Plain Face Doughcro, Crème Brulée, Goin’ Bananas, Carmelo, and Baby Got Razz
Pink Box is based out of Las Vegas Nevada, but they deliver to Southern Utah every other week. Expect light, airy, moist, and elastic dough with tons of gourmet flavors! Pickup is at the Westgate Hotel in Bloomington, just south of St. George on the Nevada/Utah border. Look out for a permanent location in St. George coming summer of 2021.
#3. TwentyFive Main
Bakery/Café — $2 to $3 per cupcake — St. George
Recommended dishes: Strawberry Cream Cupcake, Cinnamon Roll Cupcake, Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake
This fun downtown cafe serves pizza, salads, pasta, and sandwiches but the real reason we go there is for the cupcakes! They serve beautiful, moist, not overly sweet, perfect cupcakes. We have loved every flavor we have tried. These cupcakes are something you don’t want to miss!
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* IMPORTANT! Allergy options presented are based on speaking with the restaurant and/or online research. The actual food prepared in any of the listed restaurants may contain the following ingredients: milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, or other allergens. If you have a food allergy, please notify your server before consuming any food and be aware of cross-contamination. Thank you.