Cafe Diablo: "Best in Torrey" Torrey Restaurant Tip by goodfish

Torrey Restaurants: 6 reviews and 14 photos

  Sope Camerones, Cafe Diablo
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  • Sope Camerones, Cafe Diablo - Torrey
      Sope Camerones, Cafe Diablo
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  • Rattlesnake cakes, Cafe Diablo - Torrey
      Rattlesnake cakes, Cafe Diablo
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  • Coconut calamari with fruit, Cafe Diablo - Torrey
      Coconut calamari with fruit, Cafe Diablo
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  • Firecrackers, Cafe Diablo - Torrey
      Firecrackers, Cafe Diablo
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  • View from the patio: Cafe Diablo - Torrey
      View from the patio: Cafe Diablo
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Waaaay out here in the middle of nowhere is an upscale cafe which could be a destination in-and-of itself. No kidding; it's listed in New York Time's "1,000 Places to See in the U.S. and Canada Before You die". This was our "splurge" meal on the last night of a two-week hiking trip in Utah and the perfect ending to a fabulous vacation.

We showed up shortly before the switchover from lunch to dinner menus so kicked back with a couple of craft beers at a table in the sunshine. The patio is very pretty, surrounded by plush green lawn (rare for Southern Utah), flower beds and a few shade trees. Looking over the menu we decided to make dinner of shared appetizers - delivered one at a time - so we could explore a variety of interesting small-plates:

Thin, chewy rattlesnake cakes with ancho-rosemary aioli, pesto and red cabbage
Sope Camarones: shrimp, sofrito and pipian sauce with fruit-and- watercress salad in a masa cup
Coconut calamari: with pineapple, mango and kiwi salad
Firecrackers: 3 varieties of deep-fried, sweet-and-spicy fingers made with potatoes, shrimp or chicken.

Oh my.

Everything was alive and kickin' with flavors and textures, and beautifully presented. And fresh? When the chef trots out to hack off a handful of herbs planted among the flowers, you KNOW it's fresh. They even have their own greenhouse. To top it off, a complimentary plate of cotija-sprinkled pickled veggies and hearty bread is delivered to your table after ordering to keep you busy until the first course arrives. Pleasant and attentive waitstaff, too.

The only downside? We were too full for one of their killer desserts. Damn.

The skinny:
Our small-plate selections were all under $12.00
Cuisine type: creative Southwestern
Very, very busy during peak-season dinner hour - make a reservation!!!
Full bar list including wines and microbrews
Open seasonally from about mid April to end of October
Casual: lots of Capitol Reef park-goers in hiking boots and cargo pants
11:30 am ? 10:00 pm, 7 days a week

Address: 599 West Main Street, Torrey, Utah
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Phone: 435.425.3070
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 5
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 23, 2012
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Comments (2)

  • LeslieofTodd's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    I'm drooling!

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Feb 19, 2015 at 2:06 AM

      Haha! We just did this one a 2nd time on the latest trip and while not quite as stellar as the first time, still yummy.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    I want to go here - NOW!!!

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Jan 20, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      Sarah, I surely hope that it's still as good 'cause we plan to be through Torrey again this fall and it's on the do-again list!


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