If you’re looking for the best places to eat in Kanab, Utah, you’ve come to the right place! There are many great restaurant options in Kanab, especially considering that Kanab is a small town.
We love Kanab and visit often. We even built an Airbnb there – so check it out if you’re looking for somewhere great to stay!
In this article, you will find all of the breakfast spots, lunch/dinner restaurants (both casual and fine dining), coffee shops, dessert destinations, and where to get drinks in Kanab. We will share our favorites, as well as recommendations from Kanab locals!
Our Personal Favorites:
- Wild Thyme (delicious food)
- Iron Horse (for the theatrics)
- Peekaboo (good pizza)
- Brown Box (cookie skillets & Jalapeno grilled cheese)
- Soda Fountain (ice cream)
- Sunny Creek Coffee or Willow Canyon Outdoor (for coffee)
- Big Al’s (for diner food)
Best Places to Eat in Kanab, Utah
Casual Eats in Kanab
These restaurants are less expensive than other options and are casual and very kid-friendly!
1. Houston’s Trail’s End
Houston’s is on the main strip in Kanab and has been around since 1945. It has a fun Western theme, with Wild West decor throughout the restaurant and waiters who dress the part as well.
It is very kid-friendly and has many big booths with high backs. Kids’ meals are reasonably priced.
There are a wide variety of options on the menu, and the portions are generous.
Menu options include the famous chicken-fried steak, nachos, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, vegetarian options, wraps, salads, and other home-cooking delights. And if you save room for dessert, Houston’s is well-known for its tasty pies.
Open daily from 3-9 PM. Closed on Sundays.
2. Big Al’s Burgers at the Junction
Big Al’s is one of our favorite quick bites in Kanab. It is an old-school diner with great food (think burgers, fries, shakes), good prices, and short wait times.
It is very kid-friendly, and you can choose to eat inside, outside under an overhang, or take your food to go (you can order at the counter or go through the drive-thru). Make sure to try the fry sauce.
“Everyone from Kanab knows that Big Al’s Junction is the best burger spot and the cool kid hangout – even long after you grow up!”
Open daily 10 AM-9 PM (10 PM on Saturdays). Closed Sundays.
3. Adria’s Restaurant
Adria’s opened for business in March of 2022. It is the place to go for comfort food. The restaurant is in an old, historic building, and the location is known for serving tour buses and large groups.
If a tour bus is coming to Adria’s (which is quite frequent), you can choose a dish from the main menu or eat the food on the buffet that is being served for the tour group.
Adria’s offers a full bar with wine, beer, and spirits.
Open T, W, TH 8 am-2 pm, 5-8 pm, Friday 4-10 pm, Saturday 8 am-10pm, Sunday 8 am-8:30 pm. Closed Monday.
Check the Facebook page for current hours because they vary.
4. Lotsa Motsa Pizza
Lotsa Motsa is a family-run restaurant serving up fresh pizza, calzones, salads, and more. Their daily lunch buffet is available on weekdays and is only $5.95 for all-you-can-eat pizza and salad bar!
There is also a Pizza Hut in Kanab, but if you are like us, we prefer supporting local and trying new things (avoiding chains) as much as possible, especially when we are traveling.
Open daily 11 AM – 9 PM. Closed Sundays.
5. Angel Village Cafe
Angel Village Cafe is at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. They offer a daily vegan lunch for just $5.
The cafe has both indoor and outdoor seating and overlooks the lower canyon offering beautiful views while you dine.
The menu changes daily but consists of a main dish, two sides, fruit, salad, and dessert. Water and a coffee bar are available, as well as a soda machine.
We tried the $5 lunch after doing a tour and some hiking at Best Friends. We wouldn’t eat there again, but it was cheap and had nice views!
Open daily 11:30 am – 1 pm.
More Delicious Restaurants in Kanab
You will pay a bit more for food at these restaurants, but it’s worth it for the delicious food and unique ambiance!
6. Wild Thyme Cafe
Wild Thyme is a frequently recommended restaurant, and for good reason. Organic, local ingredients (including from their on-site garden) are used to create made-from-scratch dishes focused on local Southwestern flavors.
There are ample selections, including beef, fish, and chicken dishes, gluten-free entrees, as well as vegan and vegetarian options. Make sure to save room for a homemade dessert.
We have eaten at Wild Thyme once, and everyone in our group of four rated our meals 10/10, and we all ordered different things.
Wild Thyme offers indoor or outdoor seating, and the outdoor patio is dog-friendly. They also offer micro-brews, wine, and cocktails.
Open daily 11:30 AM – 9 PM.
7. Rocking V Cafe
Rocking V has a unique and eclectic vibe and has a wide variety of menu options – burgers, pasta, bison, ribeye, enchiladas, and vegetarian/vegan options as well.
You will not find WiFi in Rocking V, as they set out to create a relaxing environment filled with cool art and good music where people can disconnect and enjoy each other’s company.
Rocking V also serves a variety of beer, wine, and mixed drinks.
“Rocking V has a great mix of things on the menu, including steaks, pasta, salads, and burgers. And they have a neat art gallery upstairs that you can wander through while you’re waiting for your food.”
Open Thursday-Monday 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
8. Sego Restaurant
Sego Restaurant offers new American cuisine with unique flavor pairings. The restaurant was opened up by well-known area chef, Shon Foster. If you are looking for unique dishes and a warm ambiance, Sego is the place to go.
Sego also offers a full-service bar with cocktails, wine, and beer.
“Sego is for sure my favorite [restaurant in Kanab]. It’s a small shared plate style, so you can try lots of different dishes each time. They have very sophisticated combinations for their specialty dishes and fly in their fish and shellfish overnight from all over. They serve wine and local beers and have the craftiest craft cocktails in town!”
Open Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday 5-9 PM. Closed Sunday & Thursday.
9. Iron Horse
Iron Horse is the place to go if you want BBQ and classic American sides. There is also a bar with mixed drinks, wine, and beer.
The ambiance here is very themed and fun. We enjoy eating outside here so our kids can play while we wait for our food.
“Iron Horse is where I go when I want BBQ, smoked brisket, and mashed potatoes type of stuff. The best part about it is the fun atmosphere, both inside and out. It’s a good time for both kids and adults alike!”
Open Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 AM to 10 PM. Closed Sunday and Monday.
10. Peekaboo Canyon Wood-Fired Grill
Pizza and a view anyone? Peekaboo Canyon Wood-Fired Kitchen has internationally-inspired dishes and amazing pizza from their wood-fired oven. The food is all vegan or vegetarian, but we didn’t even realize that until after we finished our food. We are not vegan or vegetarian, but still thought it was delicious!
The restaurant has an excellent outdoor eating area with nearby red rock views. They put up a wind block and have heaters that make outdoor dining pleasant even on colder days.
Peekaboo also offers a full-service beverage menu, including wine, craft cocktails, and beer.
If you want some entertainment before or after your meal, walk over to the Little Hollywood Museum right next door! It is a fun (and free!) attraction for all ages.
Open daily 12-3 PM, and 4-9 PM. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
11. The Dining Room at Parry Lodge
Parry Lodge is a historic hotel in the heart of downtown Kanab. It is listed on the National Historic Register. The on-site restaurant is a great spot to eat both for lodge guests and for those who are not staying.
Enjoy a homestyle American breakfast buffet or a delicious lunch or dinner.
We think the food and service at Parry Lodge Restaurant are excellent and the historic ambiance is neat.
“The restaurant at Parry Lodge is my favorite in town. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
They have good-sized portions and the prices are good. The food is great, and you get a lot more food for your money compared to other places.”
Open daily from 7-11 am for breakfast, 11 am – 3 pm for lunch, 5-10 pm for dinner (dinner is not served on Mondays & Tuesdays).
International Food in Kanab
12. Vermillion 45
Vermillion 45 is a bistro serving home-style French, Belgian, and Italian dishes, as well as fresh seafood and steaks.
The restaurant was opened in 2014 by a native Belgian who was missing the traditional cuisine found in Belgium and France. The chef at the restaurant was trained at the French culinary academy and ran an award-winning restaurant in Paris!
“There are some people who stay in Kanab just to enjoy this unique little restaurant. There is a pleasant outdoor venue and a friendly wait staff. The food and wine, along with the venue, remind us of some of our dining experiences in Europe. Yes, the food is not inexpensive, but some things are just worth paying for.”
Open Wednesday-Sunday 5-10 PM. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
13. Havana Cabana Taste of Cuba
Cuban food isn’t exactly what comes to mind when you think of Kanab, but if you’re looking to fuel up with some authentic food after a day of hiking, Havana Cabana is an excellent option!
Open 11:30 AM – 9 PM Tuesday-Friday. 8 AM – 9 PM Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
14. Escobar’s Mexican Restaurant
We love Escobar’s thanks to its tasty food, good service, and casual atmosphere. The authentic Mexican menu offerings keep Kanab locals and travelers alike happy. Escobar’s also serves beer, but unfortunately no margaritas.
“Go to Escobars if you want Mexican food. Their BBQ chicken salad and shrimp tacos are the best. Rosa, the owner, still takes every table’s order and her husband, Leo, heads up things in the kitchen and comes in early every day to personally make their secret salsa recipe.”
Open daily 11:30 AM – 9 PM. Closed Tuesdays and Saturdays.
15. Don Beto’s Mexican Food
Don Beto’s opened in the fall of 2023. It can be considered fast food, as you either order through the drive-through or at the counter, and the food comes out fast. However, you can dine in and enjoy your meal in the restaurant if you’d like to.
They have an extensive menu with lots of choices. We have eaten there once so far and thought the food was delicious!
Open 7 am – 8:30 pm daily.
16. Fusion House
Fusion House is an Asian Fusion restaurant serving vegetarian dishes, fusion platters, Japanese curry, Udon, noodle soup, seafood, and more.
Open Tuesday-Saturday 5-9 PM. Closed Sunday and Monday.
17. Coyote Sky Tacos
Coyote Sky Tacos is a vibey food truck serving fresh vegan tacos. The taco truck is often accompanied by live music on the weekends.
Check the Coyote Sky Facebook page for their latest location updates and hours.
Breakfast, Brunch, Coffee & Sweets
Your go-to spots if you’re looking for a delicious and hearty breakfast, a delicious brew, or a sweet treat.
18. Jakey Leigh’s Coffee Shop
Jakey Leigh’s is a great place to enjoy coffee and breakfast. Inside the shop can get crowded, but there is a large patio with outdoor seating (and heaters for colder months!).
Open Monday-Friday 7 am-2 pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday.
19. Kanab Creek Bakery
Kanab Creek Bakery has a line out the door most days for a reason!
With fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch dishes, Kanab Creek Bakery is the place to go for pastries, breads, breakfast, lunch, or brunch. They also serve coffee and tea.
The aroma of freshly baked breads and pastries entices you to stay and enjoy your meal with good company!
Open Wednesday-Sunday 8 am-12 pm. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
20. Willow Canyon Coffee Shop
Don’t be fooled by the location of this coffee shop! Although it is located inside Willow Canyon Outdoor Co. (which is the go-to place to get any gear you need for your area adventures), the drinks are just as good (if not better) as any other stand-alone coffee shop.
Enjoy a delicious made-to-order latte, espresso, coffee, or tea while you peruse the selection of outdoor books and gear.
Every drink I have ordered from Willow Canyon has been a 10/10. And they are one of the only coffee shops in the evenings if you need a late-in-the-day pick-me-up.
Open daily 7:30 am-7:30 pm.
21. Sunny Creek Coffee
Sunny Creek Coffee has two locations. The first is a beautiful coffee shop on the east side of town that is attached to Kanab Outpost/Tour Co. This location is a great spot to get some work done or enjoy your coffee with good company. Online ordering is available at this location.
The second location is a coffee trailer downtown across the street from Kanab Drug. This location is good for taking your coffee on the go.
I have gotten coffee at Sunny Creek a few times. I had one miss, but every other time my drink has been a 10/10.
Coffee Shop Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 7 am – 2:30 pm. Closed Tuesday/Sunday.
Coffee Trailer Hours: Monday-Friday 7 am – 2:30 pm. Closed Saturday/Sunday.
22. The Soda Fountain
At first glance, Soda Fountain does not seem like a place that would serve ice cream, but don’t be mistaken!
Soda Fountain is inside Kanab Drug, which is a drugstore, pharmacy, gift shop, and ice cream parlor all in one. They also serve sandwiches and pizza. It is the place to go for anything you need!
We love the ice cream at The Soda Fountain and enjoy the sandwiches as well. There is a nice patio out front with good views. Head around back to see a cool mural on the wall.
Open Monday-Thursday 11 AM-9 PM. Friday & Saturday 11 AM-10 PM. Closed Sunday.
23. Brown Box Bake Shop
The hardest part about visiting Brown Box Bake Shop is deciding what to order. From homemade ice cream to freshly baked cookies and cinnamon rolls, it is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Our favorite is the cookie skillet – sooo dang good.
Brown Box also offers a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, soups, and salads.
“Brown Box is the newest place in town. It has homemade ice cream (yum!) and awesome paninis.”
Open Tuesday-Thursday 11 AM – 9:30 PM. Friday-Saturday 11 AM – 10 PM. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
24. The Cave Cafe
The Cave Cafe is a local food truck, located at the Moqui Cave along Highway 89, serving grilled paninis, smoothies, and açaí bowls!
A great stop if you are visiting the Moqui cave or coming back from Zion or Bryce.
Open Monday-Thursday 11 AM -5 PM. Friday & Saturday 11 AM -7 PM. Closed Sundays.
Bars in Kanab
There are not any bars in town, but the following restaurants serve alcohol:
- Adria’s Restaurant – beer, wine, mixed drinks
- Escobar’s Mexican Restaurant – beer
- Iron Horse – beer, wine, mixed drinks
- Peekaboo Woodfired Grill – beer, wine, mixed drinks
- Rocking V Cafe – beer, wine, cocktails
- Sego Restaurant – beer, wine, cocktails
- Wild Thyme Cafe – microbrews, wine, cocktails
The 7-Eleven gas station on Fairway Drive in Kanab has a good selection of beer and seltzers. If you want to purchase liquor or wine, you can find it at Kanab Liquor Package Agency or at the Border Store in the nearby town of Fredonia, AZ.
Looking for a fun bar experience nearby? Check out the longest bar in Arizona at Buckskin Tavern in Fredonia!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Best Options for Food on the Go?
- Soda Fountain sandwiches
- The Cave Cafe (food truck with grilled paninis and smoothies)
- Brown Box Bake Shop grilled cheese and soup
- Angel Village Cafe (Best Friends Animal Sanctuary) $5 vegan lunches served daily
- Kanab Creek Bakery
- Jakey Leigh’s Coffee Shop
There are a few chain fast food restaurants in town, including:
- Champ’s Chicken (inside Glazier’s Market)
- BluTaco (also in Glazier’s Market)
- Pizza Hut
Restaurants in Kanab, Utah with Outdoor Dining?
These restaurants offer outdoor seating:
- Lotsa Motsa Pizza
- Big Al’s Burgers at the Junction
- Peekaboo Woodfired Pizza (good views, nice ambiance, heaters)
- Iron Horse (neat ambiance)
- Soda Fountain (views)
- Rocking V Cafe
- Wild Thyme (nice views, heaters)
- Escobar’s Mexican Restaurant
- Jakey Leigh’s
- Kanab Creek Bakery
- Havana Cabana
What are the Grocery Stores in Kanab?
There are two grocery stores in Kanab – Glazier’s Market and Honey’s Marketplace.
There is also a Family Dollar and a few gas stations in town.
Which Restaurants in Kanab, Utah Are Open on Sundays?
You may have noticed that many of Kanab’s restaurants are closed on Sundays!
Here are the restaurants in Kanab that are open on Sundays:
- Adria’s Restaurant
- Wild Thyme Cafe
- Rocking V Cafe
- Vermillion 45
- Escobar’s Mexican Restaurant
- Kanab Creek Bakery
I hope you enjoyed this roundup of restaurants in Kanab, Utah, and all of your questions about where to get food, drinks, and dessert are answered! Happy travels… and happy eating!