The desert southwest has dynamic places to eat. There are plenty of locally owned restaurants that have helped put Yuma on the map. Each dining establishment has its own flavor and vibe. I highly recommend checking out each of these restaurants and enjoying all that each spot has to offer. 

JT Prime

JT Prime - When looking for a unique dining experience, with top notch food, head over to JT Prime. This pop up restaurant by Chef Alex Trujillo has creative cocktails that pair well with the delicious meal options. Make sure to plan ahead and make reservations. 


The Garden Cafe

The Garden Cafe - The Garden Cafe is family owned and operated and located on Madison Avenue, downtown Yuma. This special spot is open Tuesday - Sundays from October through May. This restaurant is a staple of Yuma and offers breakfast and lunch. A few of the menu items that are a must to try are the tortilla soup, the Pollo Plate and any of the desserts. Believe me, the desserts are incredible! Reservations are a great idea for this location, too.


A&R Grill

A & R Grill - If you’re in the mood to watch a sporting event and enjoy a good meal, go to A & R Grill. This restaurant has several beers on tap. A few recommendations for what to order are the grilled chicken tacos, nachos and you can’t go wrong with ordering a burger. 


El Charro

El Charro - Yuma is definitely known for its Mexican food. El Charro opened its doors in 1949 and is still owned and operated by the family, three generations later. For an appetizer, give the Toasted Cheese Tortilla with green chiles a try. Order the Salsa Inez and the folded taco dinner or if you have a large appetite go with the chimichanga. 


Course Flat Top Grill

Crouse’s Flat Top Grill - Another locally owned restaurant that is not to be missed is Crouse’s Flat Top Grill. Expect large portions and very flavorful food. This restaurant is known for their delicious bbq. Try the different bbq sauces and don’t forget to try their slaw. I am a huge fan of the pulled chicken tacos!


Ronnies Pizza

Ronnie’s Pizza - A casual dining spot that is not to be missed is Ronnie’s Pizza. This restaurant has offered east coast flavor in the west since 1980. The pizza slices are generous and delicious. This restaurant offers seating, but you can always call in your order ahead of time and pick it up. 



Bernardo’s - Keeping with the Italian theme, Bernardo’s is a favorite to many locals. This restaurant is located in the Foothills and specializes in steak sandwiches, strombolis and pizza. A favorite menu item of mine is the Bomb Steak Sandwich. You’ll be so happy you checked out this spot!


River City Grill

River City Grill - Maybe you’re in the mood for a fine dining experience with an option for outdoor dining? Then River City Grill is the place for you. This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. The menu has everything from fish, stek, incredible pastas and everything in between. The restaurant can meet many dietary restrictions. A lunch favorite of mine is the River Wrap and if dining for dinner the Blackened Salmon .I do recommend making reservations. 


Rolls & Bowls

Rolls & Bowls - Sushi with a Mexican food twist is available at Rolls & Bowls. With two locations, one in the Foothills and the other in San Luis, the restaurant offers Japanese food with Mexican flavor. Rolls & Bowls is very involved in the community and enjoys highlighting local artisans. 



Eduardo’s Mexican Food - Authentic Mexican food can be found downtown at Eduardo’s. The patio is just the place to dine during the cooler months in the desert. Eduardo’s offers traditional Mexican food while also offering healthy options as well. This is also a great spot to catch an Arizona Cardinals game!

You can count on a great meal at each of these restaurants. It is wonderful that Yuma has so many delicious options for dining. Stop in and check out each of these restaurants! 

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