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The Best Restaurants Near Zion National Park (Full Guide!)

Last Updated on April 25, 2024 by Kelly

After a busy day hiking at Zion National Park, we were definitely famished and ready for a good meal! The last thing we wanted to do was sit around hungry while trying to find a place to eat. If we were going to make a plan for our hikes, then it makes sense that we should also make a plan for our meals! When we visited Zion National Park, we ate at some amazing restaurants. In this post, we’re sharing our picks for the best restaurants near Zion National Park

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Full day of hiking at Zion!

Eating in Zion National Park and in Springdale

While you’re visiting Zion National Park, you have two options:

  1. Eat inside Zion National Park
  2. Eat in the nearby city of Springdale, Utah

The restaurant choices inside Zion National Park are limited, but they are convenient. If you’re ready to leave Zion, there are many more options in Springdale.

In the sections below, we’ll share all about restaurants for both locations.

Restaurants Within Zion National Park

If you’re looking for a bite to eat within the park, you have two options: Red Rock Grill and Castle Dome Cafe. Both restaurants are located at the Zion National Park Lodge. To access these restaurants, just take the shuttle to the Zion Lodge stop.

The Red Rock Grill is more formal, but the dress code is casual. The restaurant has views of the floor of the canyon. This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner items include options such as the Kolob Rosemary Grilled Chicken and the Red Rock Bison Cheeseburger.

The Castle Dome Cafe is more casual and serves food like burgers and hot dogs. It’s a quick service restaurant and fairly affordable. They are open for breakfast and lunch. There’s no indoor dining, but there is some outdoor patio seating. There’s also a beer garden cart that is served on the patio. The Castle Dome Cafe is a seasonal restaurant, so check their hours of operation in advance.

Zion National Park was one of our stops during our three-week road trip to Utah and Arizona. Be sure to read that post to discover all of our favorite stops!

Tips for Eating Inside Zion National Park

The first thing you have to consider is taking the shuttle. Stopping for a meal at the lodge may not be convenient depending on your hiking plans. Once you hop on the shuttle, you have to ride in the route’s single direction. (You are required to get off the shuttle when you arrive back at the park entrance, and then you’ll need to wait in line to get on the shuttle again.)

So if you want to complete a hike at the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop and then eat at the lodge, you can’t just go backwards a few stops to the lodge. You’ll have to ride the shuttle back to the entrance, wait in line (if there is one), and then ride the shuttle up to the lodge again. That might take an additional 45+ minutes to get to the lodge.

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Keep the shuttle direction and schedule in mind as you plan your day! If you won’t be near the lodge at meal time, we recommend you bring a sandwich with you to the park. It might help to keep your food in a backpack that has a compartment for cold foods along with an ice pack. (So helpful in the summer!) Just be sure to leave no trace and pack out what you pack in. 

Be sure to check out our favorite things to do in Springdale!

Best Restaurants Near Zion

Most dining options for Zion National Park are located within the town of Springdale, which is the town right outside of the park entrance. When we visited Zion National Park, we got to eat at a lot of the restaurants in Springdale. Here’s our list of some of the best restaurants near Zion National Park to check out. These restaurants are all located within two miles of the park entrance to Zion National Park.

Zion Pizza & Noodle Co.

Distance from the park entrance: 1 mile

Zion Pizza & Noodle Company was once an old church and is now an awesome place to grab a pizza and a pint! Their menu consists of homemade pizzas and lots of pastas. We ordered the White Sun Pizza (garlic infused olive oil, spinach, pineapple, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, cheddar & parmesan cheeses) and we thought it was delicious! Our server was also super helpful with our toddler, so we found this restaurant to be very kid-friendly. 

If you’re visiting during peak season, you’ll find that this is a very popular restaurant. They consistently had long wait times during our week in Zion, so we made a plan to go right when they opened for dinner in order to get a table right away. It was the perfect place to eat after hiking in Zion!

White Sun pizza at Zion Pizza and Noodle Company in Springdale Utah
White Sun pizza at Zion Pizza and Noodle Company

If you do find that there is a long wait for a table, you can always grab ice cream next door at Zion Park Gift & Sweet Treats. (It’s okay to have ice cream before dinner when you’re on vacation, right?) 

scoop of chocolate ice cream at Zion Gift Shop and Sweet Treats in Springdale Utah
Scoop of chocolate ice cream at Zion Park Gift & Sweet Treats

Meme’s Cafe

Distance from the park entrance: 1.2 miles

The crepes at Meme’s Cafe are delicious! They offer both savory and sweet crepes, and all of their food is made from scratch. We went for lunch and tried the Meme’s Veggie Delight Crepe (seasonal vegetables, spinach, cheddar, & roasted red bell pepper aioli). It was the perfect way to sneak in some veggies while eating out on vacation. If you have a sweet tooth, their Very Berry Crepe looked amazing.

Meme's Veggie Delight Crepe in Springdale, Utah
Meme’s Veggie Delight Crepe

Cafe Soleil

Distance from the park entrance: .3 mile

Cafe Soleil is located super close to the park entrance. We stopped by the cafe on our way back to the hotel after a long day of hiking in the hot sun. We grabbed a cold fruit smoothie and it was very refreshing. Cafe Soleil emphasizes healthy and organic ingredients, so it’s a great spot to refuel after a day full of hiking. They offer a lot of sandwiches and wraps, so it’s also a good place to stop by to pick up a to-go lunch to bring into the park. 

Smoothie Cafe Soleil in Springdale, Utah
Smoothie for the walk back to the hotel at Cafe Soleil

Oscar’s Cafe

Distance from the park entrance: 1.1 miles

Oscar’s Cafe is a great place to stop by if you’re looking for Mexican. Their Pork Chili Verde Burrito looks amazing. They also have a good burger menu. (I’d like to try the Garlic Burger.) They have outdoor seating on a beautiful patio. 

Sol Foods Market

Distance from the park entrance: 1.2 miles

We ate at Sol Foods Market multiple times during our trip! It might not be on your radar as a “restaurant”, but they have a deli counter in the back of the store that sells paninis, pizzas, sandwiches, and soups. When all the restaurants were packed, we would go to Sol Foods and have a yummy meal within 15 minutes of ordering. They even have a microwave you can use if you purchase any frozen dinners and want to eat it there. We also liked that they have outdoor patio seating, so we were able to eat right there. A couple of times we also ordered our meal to-go and brought it back to the hotel. We visited Zion with our toddler, so we definitely appreciated being able to have a quick meal when everything in town was so busy.

pizza at Sol Foods in Springdale, Utah
Margarita Pizza at Sol Foods

King’s Landing Bistro

Distance from the park entrance: 1.8 miles

If you’re a foodie, you’ll want to check out King’s Landing Bistro. They are definitely one of the best restaurants near Zion National Park. They specialize in creative cuisine and they utilize seasonal foods. Currently (at the time of this posting) they are open Monday through Saturday. An example of some of their menu items includes:

Starter: Puff Pastry Tart (caramelized onions, roasted mushrooms, burrata cheese, red grapes, basil pesto, & vincotto)

Entrée: Pork Porterhouse (duroc pork, roasted cauliflower, brussel sprouts, bacon lardons, seasonal chutney, & basil pesto)

Dessert: Affogato (espresso, vanilla ice cream, & spiced cookie)

They have an excellent wine menu too. This restaurant would be perfect for a date night! 

Bit & Spur Restaurant and Saloon

Distance from the park entrance: 1.4 miles

The Bit & Spur Restaurant and Saloon’s menu focuses on Mexican and Southwestern flavors. Everything on the menu looks good, and I’d especially like to try the sweet potato tamales and the carne asada. They also have an excellent margarita menu!  

Whiptail Grill

Distance from the park entrance: .5 mile

The Whiptail Grill is conveniently located close to Zion’s park entrance. It was an easy place for us to walk to for a meal. We asked our server what was the most popular dish, and she pointed us to the Famous Goat Cheese Chile Relleno. It’s a roasted anaheim chili stuffed with jack cheese and goat cheese. It’s fried in bread crumbs and served with roasted tomatillo sauce, cucumber salsa, and pico de gallo. This was one of our favorite foods of our entire road trip! Order it! 

best restaurants near Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah
Famous Goat Cheese Chile Relleno at Whiptail Grill

Thai Sapa

Distance from the park entrance: .2 mile

The menu from Thai Sapa includes foods from Thailand, Indochina, and Japan. They are also located incredibly close to the park entrance, so it’s really easy to walk there after leaving the park for the day. 

Zion Canyon Brew Pub

Distance from the park entrance: <.1 mile

This is one of the most popular restaurants in Zion National Park. The Zion Canyon Brew Pub is located literally right next to the park entrance. It’s super convenient to grab a beer and meal here after a day of hiking and exploring. They are also Southern Utah’s first microbrewery. With the canyon walls as a backdrop, you can’t get a better view while sipping a cold beer. They have burgers, sandwiches, and salads. 

Zion Brew Pub in Springdale Utah

Switchback Grille 

Distance from the park entrance: 1.5 miles

The Switchback Grille is an American Steakhouse. They only use USDA beef, and they offer a variety of delicious sides (like au gratin potatoes or creamed spinach). They also have a complete menu of dessert wines, so I pretty much can’t think of anything better to polish off a day at the park. 

Where to Get a Quick Meal Near Zion National Park

When we visited during peak season, the restaurants near Zion were flooded with people. Many of the restaurants were quoting more than an hour wait time to be seated! On multiple occasions, we went to Sol Foods for a quick meal. At the very back of the grocery store, they have a complete deli that has an excellent sandwich menu and a lot of hot food options. We had paninis, pizzas, and soups. They also have some patio tables, so it made it a really quick place to grab a bite. Whenever we were in a hurry, we would go there to eat!

Cafe Soleil also had a solid sandwich menu and they were located closer to the park. We found it easy to stop by there on the way in or out of the park and get something quick to eat.

Looking for a hotel near Zion? We stayed at the Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn and Suites, and we would recommend it to others!



We spent nearly a week in Springdale and enjoyed many of the restaurants in town. We thought Springdale was a really walkable city, so it was great to have so many restaurant options within walking distance of our hotel. We hope this list was helpful in planning where to eat while you are visiting Zion National Park.

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Hi, I’m Kelly!

After studying abroad in Spain, I became passionate about international travel. Since then, I’ve traveled to 6 continents and 36 states within the United States. When I’m not travel blogging, you can find me hiking, reading books in Spanish, or playing cribbage. I hope my blog inspires you to see the world!