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“Best restaurant in St. George Utah area”

Xetava Gardens Cafe
Ranked #2 of 6 Restaurants in Ivins
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$15
Cuisines: Healthy, Bar, Cafe
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Locally owned cafe in the heart of the Kayenta Art Village. Specializing in local, grass fed beef, full espresso bar, wine and beer, and an eclectic menu. Patio seating available with incredible views, a menu that has something for everyone, including many gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options.
Reviewed 5 April 2014

This lovely café nestled near the red mountains offers outstanding food, wine selections, and views. Independently operated by a congenial couple, the brown ale pork, garlic chili lamb, and pasta dishes offered for dinner are extraordinary. Weekly specials complement the standards on the menu and often provide something out of the ordinary. The burgers here are fantastic, as are all the desserts. The chocolate cake is our personal favorite, though we have no complaints about the bread pudding or the chilled chili chocolate. Can you tell we eat here frequently?

Breakfast and lunch offerings are also excellent and provide variety from light to hearty. Xetava is a friendly, casual place that brings real sophistication to the food choices in the St. George area. We highly recommend dining there!

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1  Thank KayentaGail
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Xetava is located in a beautiful setting,has lots of ambiance and a unique, upscale menu. Our party of 4 well travelled seniors enjoyed the dinner experience overall, but...that experience fell short of expectations in some areas. First, the good news. Friendly staff, nice greeting, personable service, great flavors. Menus, both food and beverage, are relatively limited so suggest looking at the website before booking. Server Danielle was gracious and personable. Beverage orders were served efficiently with proper wine presentation. And food orders were taken in a timely manner. The bad news was that the wait for the food was way too long (well over half hour) and there was no check back from the staff to let us know the progress. When the entrees of mahi mahi, lamb and pork loin medallions arrived, they were all about room temperature and served on room temperature plates. It was disappointing to get great tasting food served luke-warm at best. The flavors were great, portions on the average size except the lamb at $34 was small. We shared a bread pudding for desert which was outstanding. Despite the long wait and lukewarm food, Xetava is still recommended.

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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Spectacular surroundings for a neighborhood cafe and art gallery! Just a few miles thru / past Santa Clara, UT ( northwest of St. George, UT ) which by the way is such a cute little town / village too! Wonderful decor, nice staff and really unusual food items! Outdoor seating on a really nice patio! We had breakfast, I had the "Johnolicious" wrap, lots of smoked turkey and pretty spicy!
My wife had the "Blue corn waffles with fresh fruits and real whipped cream! Don't miss the GREAT COFFEE each cup is made from scratch and has an espresso shot too! YUMMY! A bit spendy but well worth it... =) ALSO, BE SURE TO DRIVE UP TO THE END OF THE STREET ( 1 MILE...?) and SEE THE VALLEY VIEW!!

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Thank Deputy161
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Reviewed 7 December 2013 via mobile

The place is nice but the food is not good. I'm not into the whole earthy granola taste and that's what this reminded me of.

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2  Thank stgeezy13
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xetavagardens, Owner at Xetava Gardens Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Thanks for giving us a try. Fresh food and sauces made to order is not for everyone.

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

Xetava is truly a diamond in the rough. No other restaurant in the area compares. The food is amazing and the setting is breathtaking. I make a point to eat at Xetava every time I'm in St. George. The service is spectacular and the food is delicious. Perhaps a bit spendier than other local options, but you are truly getting what you pay for here. The meals are made with high quality ingredients and prepared professionally. They have a lovely selection of wines and beer, and serve Cafe Ibis specialty roasted coffees (yum)! The staff is warm, and accommodating, and you truly cannot beat the scenery! Xetava is a fantastic little restaurant nestled under a gorgeous red rock plateau, and is bound to be the dining highlight of your trip!

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Thank joiolds
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