If you select a restaurant based on the number of cars in the parking lot thinking that “if that many people eat there, it must be good,” at some point you’ll find yourself dining at La Hacienda. And if you check out the licenses plates on the cars, you’ll find out there’s an equal number of locals and tourists who know La Hacienda is the place to munch down on some great Mexican food!
The original labor of love of renovating a fire-damaged building and getting the new restaurant up and running was the job of Jeff Davis and his brother Jim. While Jim decided landscaping was more to his liking and left the restaurant after about three years, La Hacienda is still a family affair. Jeff and his wife Lauren own and manage the busy restaurant. Their son, Jarrod, is the Spanish-fluent kitchen manager and chief cook.
While the menu has evolved some over the years, the theme has always been Mexican. From 1981 to 1991 they served breakfast, lunch and dinner and were open from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. The restaurant kept over-the-road truckers happy by serving liver and onions, chicken fried steak and other American fare along with Mexican dishes, but in 1991 the Davis’ stopped serving breakfast, dropped all but token America meals from the menu, and remodeled into one of most popular restaurants in Moab. Menu selections include fish, pork, beef, and chicken tacos, faJitas, burritos, chili rellenos, and house specialties such as Crab Lupe, Lobster Enchiladas, Camarones Vera Cruz, and Pollo Estofado. La Hacienda serves up good-sized meal at very affordable prices. They are open for breakfast only on Saturday and Sunday (from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) and the restaurant is open nightly until 10:00 p.m. La Hacienda is a state liquor licensee.