Vernal Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Vernal

April 14, 2018 Harland Bartelt

Vernal, the county seat and largest city in Uintah County is in northeastern Utah, United States, about 175 miles (280 km) east of Salt Lake City and 20 miles (32 km) west of the Colorado border. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 9,089. The population has since grown to 10,844 as of the 2014 population estimate.
Things to do in Vernal

1. Spoofs Coffee Drive Through

215 W Main St, Vernal, UT 84078-2505 +1 435-789-1154
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4 based on 6 reviews

Spoofs Coffee Drive Through

Reviewed By DCtopcat - Washington DC, District of Columbia

This was our "go-to" place for quick, tasty coffee and excellent muffins during our stay in Vernal. They also have a full list of other coffee drinks and make them to order. The have drive-through service as well as a couple of picnic tables for planning your day. The people were extremely friendly and nice too!

2. Antica Forma

251 E Main St, Vernal, UT 84078-2605 Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 435-374-4138
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 357 reviews

Antica Forma

Reviewed By Mrellgee - Edwards, Colorado

This review is not about the food since we did not have any. This rated best of Vernal is a one star for me. We arrived at a restaurant that was nearly empty and was presented with a menu and water.

We waited and waited and waited across from the entry and no one cared to show up and take our order or acknowledge our presence.

We left

3. Vernal Brewing Company

55 S 500 E, Vernal, UT 84078-2736 Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Brew Pub, Bar, Contemporary, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 435-781-2337
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 381 reviews

Vernal Brewing Company

Nestled in downtown Vernal, Utah within the heart of Uintah County is a craft beer brewery and gastropub that is an icon of the area. In addition to brewing and canning quality craft beers to be sold in-house and distributed across Uintah County and the Salt Lake Valley, we host a restaurant/gastropub with dining options ranging from comfort food and appetizers to local favorites. Exceptional food, craft beer and a place to enjoy it with friends and family is something that owner, Ginger Bowden, has always gravitated towards. This love fueled Ginger's passion and desire to create a unique experience for the Uintah Basin. Welcome to the Vernal Brewing Company. We're happy to serve you and strive to give you a great dining experience!

Reviewed By ckaep - Craig

It has been a long time since I have been wowed by an establishment. This was it. Atmosphere, music, food, staff, customer service and most importantly beer were above par. Nothing like a day of mountain biking followed by good food and did I mention BEER!? We will be back!

4. Spoof's Coffee & Tea Shop

38 E Main St, Vernal, UT 84078-2602 Seating Breakfast +1 435-789-1154
Excellent
34%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
8%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 12 reviews

Reviewed By David J

I love coffee huts - those little 200 square foot places, with drive thru on both sides. This one in Vernal (Spoof's) is perfect. Easy in, easy out. Just one window, but they come out the the cars that are in line, when they're busy. So, they get you through fast. The coffee is excellent - my sugar-free vanilla lattes were just the way I like them. I got one every morning I was in Vernal. The staff was exceptionally personable and efficient.

5. Plaza Mexicana

51 E Main St, Vernal, UT 84078-2601 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 435-781-2931
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 175 reviews

Plaza Mexicana

Reviewed By Carfull

I liked it here very much, especially the Pollo de Molé, which was full of flavor and the perfect consistency. The restaurant is on Main Street, and cozy, with on street parking. We were seated quickly, and enjoyed the colorful hand-carved booths, and painted tables. The service was only average, and there is no wi-fi provided.
The menu is typical Mexican fare, and there were plenty of choices. Again, if you like molé, get it here.

6. Shivers n Jitters Espresso

88 S 500 W, Vernal, UT 84078-2543 Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Breakfast, Drinks SGD 9 +1 435-781-1900
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5 based on 2 reviews

Shivers n Jitters Espresso

Shivers n Jitters is a Small town coffee shop with the taste of Italy. Beans are fresh roasted and baristas are well trained. VOTED PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD, we pride ourselves on being able to do it your way. We love children and we have lots of lushness for them. Tropical Snow shave ice, fruit smoothies cookies and muffins. Biscuits and gravy, Chai Tea in Oregon and Big Train. Blended drinks of all kinds Pepsi products and tea in hot, iced, blended or flavored. Shivers n Jitters has been doing coffee and liqued treats in the Basin for 22years. We are HOME TOWN PROUD and would love a chance to add to your Utah experience.

Reviewed By 3coxfam - Vernal, Utah

These ladies know their stuff!! Excellent service with a smile and polite conversation. They always get it right. Love tho place, Starbucks couldn't even come close to competing!!!

7. Quarry Steak House

29 S Vernal Ave, Intersection of Main Street and Vernal Avenue, Vernal, UT 84078-2627 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout American, Steakhouse, Bar Dinner, Lunch 435-789-BEER
Excellent
24%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
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Poor
7%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 293 reviews

Quarry Steak House

Reviewed By llongbusta - Fort Collins, Colorado

Went for dinner after recommendation from hotel staff for a steak. Server tried to talk us out of the local beer, very odd. Ordered Filet Migon medium rare, arrived well. No apology from server. Waited for over 20 minutes for server to return for payment. Finally paid with cash and counted our losses. It was so bad the table next door commended us on actually paying the bill.

8. Betty's Cafe

416 W Main St, Vernal, UT 84078-2510 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout American, Cafe, Diner, Delicatessen Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 435-781-2728
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 165 reviews

Betty's Cafe

Reviewed By sueprc - prescott,arizona

Place was jammed and well worth the wait for food which was fantastic. Fried potatoes were crispy, gorgeous like you never see any more...not frozen hash browns. Fluffy omelettes and delicious raspberry jam with the toast. Fun slogans on the wall. We were told Betty is in her 80s and she bothers to do it up right- a bit of home town Americana. Can't wait to get back.

9. Swain Brothers

1684 W Highway 40, Vernal, UT 84078-4126 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available American, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 435-781-8700
Excellent
58%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 70 reviews

Swain Brothers

Reviewed By Winger63 - Meridian, ID

We decided to eat here based on reviews from Trip Advisor. We were disappointed. We both ordered steaks. The steaks were under cooked and the potatoes were cold. This was surprising seeing we were still eating our salads when the brought out the main course. Our server acted like it was such a pain to have guests and we were cutting into her time. We do not recommend this restaurant

10. Cafe Rio

1205 W Highway 40, Vernal, UT 84078-2981 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Southwestern, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 435-781-8100
Excellent
30%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 142 reviews

Cafe Rio

Reviewed By JimSTL1021 - Saint Louis, Missouri

We stopped in to Cafe Rio for a late lunch after seeing all the cars in their parking lot. We didn't know what to expect but found the freshly prepared Tex-Mex style food to be tasty and quickly prepared with friendly service. Lots of families take advantage of their diverse menu selections. We sampled both the chicken and the pork quesadillas which came to the table hot and cheesy. All in all an unexpectedly pleasant experience.

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