Sedona Restaurants

About This Guide

These listings are a selective guide to area restaurants. All were visited anonymously, and the blurbs reflect independent judgments; no fees were paid for inclusion. Price ranges, necessarily somewhat subjective, are: Inexpensive = $10 or less, Moderate = $11-20, Expensive = $20-30, Very Expensive = $30 and up.


Village of Oak Creek

Blue Moon Café

A funky, down-home, finger-lickin’-good eatin’ place for when you’re in a hurry but still thinkin’ tasty. Low prices and no-frills decor here, but who ever said good meant frilly? A wide menu with lots of different pizzas, salads, burgers and subs. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (8 a.m., Sunday), for breakfast, lunch and dinner. MC, Visa • 6101 AZ-179 (928-284-1831) (Inexpensive)

Cucina Rustica-Dahl & Di Luca

Fine dishes include Penne Don Quixote, grilled chicken and mushrooms with a spicy chipotle cream sauce, and, on request, homemade ribbon pasta and Veal Magellano, a thinly sliced veal with scallops sautéed in brandy sauce. For dessert, try a warm flourless chocolate cake with vanilla bean gelato, drizzled with hearty bourbon and more chocolate. Open daily, 5 p.m. to closing, for dinner. Reservations recommended. MC, Visa, AmEx ­• 7000 AZ-179 at The Collective Sedona (928-284-3010) (Moderate to Very Expensive)

Full Moon Saloon

Don’t let the name fool you. This upscale saloon definitely features beer, wine and cocktails, but when your stomach starts growling, you can nosh on more than pretzels. Check out the juicy burgers, flat-bread pizzas and spicy chicken wings, all served until close. Open daily, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., for lunch and dinner. MC, Visa • 7000 AZ-179 at The Collective Sedona (928-284-1872) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

 Juniper Bar & Grill at Sedona Golf Resort

Come here for casual dining before or after hitting the links at the Sedona Golf Resort. We visited for breakfast and enjoyed the mild Eggs Benedict and yogurt parfait with homemade granola and fresh fruit, all while basking in the breathtaking views of the course and Bell Rock. The grill also features a full bar and a large patio so you can have a round after shooting one. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., for breakfast and lunch. Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc • 35 Ridge Trail Drive at The Sedona Golf Resort (928-284-2093) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

 J Wine Bistro

The menu here focuses on seasonal ingredients. If you’re sick of the same old calamari appetizer, try the squash blossoms, delicate tempura-battered flowers filled with fragrant lemon-scented ricotta and served with a mild beet dip. The entrées are billed as “petite,” but we found the portions to be satisfying. We opted for the Portabella and Polenta along with the Filet Mignon. The portabella dish was a vegetarian’s dream: a thick slab of polenta stacked with a toothy portabella mushroom, roasted tomato and sautéed spinach. It was all served over butternut-squash purée topped with melted mozzarella and a tomato béchamel. The 6-ounce steak was cooked perfectly medium rare at our request and was served over a sweet-potato purée with a mélange of green lentils, charred broccolini and shiitake mushrooms that had been drizzled with a red-wine and truffle-oil reduction. Desserts are homemade at J Wine, and there was only one option during our visit, a chocolate lava cake. The rich, gooey cake arrived with two flaming cubes of sugar resting in dollops of whipped cream. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 5-9 p.m., for dinner. Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC • 7000 AZ-179 at The Collective Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek (928-641-6587)

(Moderate to Expensive)

Maria’s Restaurant & Cantina

sm Hottips logoMexican and Native American art and artifacts hang on the clay-colored walls trimmed with brightly stained wood paneling, lending an air of authenticity to this local favorite; it just feels real. The meals certainly are: delicious and bountiful, with much to choose from in both Mexican and American cuisine, including a luscious Sedona Wrap of marinated chicken, roasted peppers and assorted vegetables. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc • 6446 S. AZ-179 at Castle Rock Plaza (928-284-3739) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

Miley’s Café

If you’re a fan of omelets and pancakes, Miley’s Café is your place: The eatery serves breakfast all day long. Miley’s offers more than a dozen different omelets as well as homemade blueberry muffins, Mexican breakfasts (think chorizo and huevos rancheros) and, our personal favorite item, thick, golden Belgian waffles served with warm syrup. The best part about this café? The attentive service. Take two sips of your coffee, and someone is right behind you, ready to top it off. The café also serves sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, pasta and Mexican entrées. Open daily, 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner. MC, Visa • 7000 AZ-179 at The Collective Sedona (928-284-4123) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

Minami

A comfortable, relaxed atmosphere makes the sushi bar a perfect setting for striking up conversation. The sushi menu includes cooked, raw and vegetable selections; all those we sampled were fresh and tasty, with the Soft Shell Crab Roll a particular favorite. If sushi’s not to your taste, don’t overlook other fare, like the teriyaki dinners, tempura or yakitori. Steamers offer another tempting option. Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for lunch. Open Monday to Saturday, 5-8:30 p.m., for dinner. MC, Visa • 6586 S. AZ-179 (928-284-0684) (Moderate)

Oak Creek Espresso

This eatery long ago garnered a local following due to its single-origin, craft-roasted coffee and homemade muffins the size of your fist. The coffee shop also serves brunch daily. Two of our favorite items are the quiche and the Breakfast Ciabatta. The quiche comes in meat and vegetarian varieties, and it’s made fresh daily. The Breakfast Ciabatta features scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and your choice of applewood-smoked bacon (some of the best bacon to be found in Red Rock Country), turkey bacon or smoked ham. And no matter what time of the day you visit Oak Creek Espresso, you’d be remiss to not at least share something from the pastry case. Open daily, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., for breakfast and lunch. Visa, MC • 6500 AZ-179 (928-284-5282)

(Inexpensive)

Pago’s Pizzeria & Italian Cuisine

This Village of Oak Creek family-owned-and-operated institution received a facelift in early 2017, giving it a modern European vibe. The menu, however, still features Old World favorites such as the eggplant parmesan topped with a sweet marinara sauce and served with a side of penne pasta. All entrées are served with minestrone soup or antipasto salad – order your salad topped with the restaurant’s signature creamy feta dressing. The pizzas and calzones at Pago’s are also top notch and feature homemade dough and sauce. Save room for a slice of Italian Lemon Cream Cake, one of our favorite desserts in the VOC. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for lunch (noon, Sunday); 5 p.m. to close, for dinner (8 p.m., Sunday). MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc 6446 AZ-179 at Castle Rock Plaza (928-284-1939) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

PJ’s Village Pub and Sports Bar

This local watering hole serves outtasight bar food, but the burgers are the thing. Each burger is made from one-third-pound of certified Angus beef and served on a brioche bun. If you love meat, try the Boomer Burger, which is topped with American and Swiss cheeses and grilled pastrami. It’s all served under neon bar signs and lovingly assembled walls of baseball memorabilia. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., for lunch and dinner. MC, Visa • 40 W. Cortez Drive (928-284-2250) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

Red Chopstick

sm Hottips logoFrom a menu offering a broad choice of three Chinese cooking styles – Hunan, Szechuan and Mandarin – with a sprinkling of dishes from Thai and Vietnamese origins, we selected two entrées that both impressed with intensely fresh vegetables, fragrant meats and fresh seafood. The Sizzling Plate Delight mixes sautéed chicken, beef, shrimp and pork with fresh mushrooms and a sauce that perfectly flavors the steamed rice. The Crystal Shrimp and Scallops in a light sauce was very satisfying. Open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (10 p.m., Friday), for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., for lunch and dinner. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc • 65 Bell Rock Plaza (928-284-9088) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

Red Rock Cafe

This unassuming cafe, located next to Weber’s IGA grocery store, serves up some of the best breakfast in the VOC, as evidenced by the wait time on weekends. We find ourselves craving the blue-corn huevos rancheros topped with black beans and a homemade, spicy green ranchero sauce. Breakfast comes with your choice of hash browns or home fries; we prefer the latter dish with its combination of gold, purple and sweet potatoes. Other favorites include the build-your-own burritos, Southwest eggs benedict, and the country biscuits and gravy. Don’t miss out on 99 cent mimosas on the weekend and the larger-than-life cinnamon rolls that have been known to feed four people. Open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (7 a.m., Saturday and Sunday), for breakfast and lunch. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc • 100 Verde Valley School Road (928-284-1441) (Inexpensive)

Redstone Bar & Grill

Located at Oakcreek Country Club and boasting beautiful views of the green, this eatery is already popular with golfers, but locals and visitors should be aware of the fantastic sandwiches and full bar. The BLTA – bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado on multigrain bread – is a favorite and so is the French Dip topped with provolone and served with a side of au jus. Both sandwiches are  piled high and accompanied by your choice of fries, sweet-potato fries or salad. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., for breakfast and lunch. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc 690 Bell Rock Blvd. at Oakcreek Country Club (928-284-1010) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

Serenitie Restaurant & Burger Bar

Formerly the Schoolhouse Restaurant, Serenitie features dinner favorites such as Free Range Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Demi Braised Pork Osso Bucco, but we’re most excited about the burger menu. The burgers are made with a blend of natural beef brisket, chuck and sirloin. Our hands-down favorite is the Soldiers Pass, which is topped with beer-infused cheddar, smoked bacon, watercress, tomato relish, porter mustard, black-garlic mayo and – drum roll, please – a fried egg. All of the burgers are served with shoestring fries. Open Thursday through Monday, noon to 9 p.m., for lunch and dinner (burger bar), and 5-9 p.m., for dinner (dining room). Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc 7000 AZ-179 at The Collective Sedona (928-284-2240) (Moderate to Very Expensive)

ShadowRock

Located inside Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, ShadowRock offers patio dining with a view of the adjacent Sedona Golf Resort or a cozy dining room with live music several nights a week. (The restaurant also boasts a Starbucks coffee bar.) Start with the Guacamole Crisp featuring grilled parmesan flatbread topped with mozzarella and herbs, and served with a generous scoop of house-made guacamole. For dinner, we recommend the “Chop Block” Meat Loaf. The bison meatloaf is topped with a mushroom ragout and served with mashed potatoes. The Filet Steak topped with an Argentinean chimichurri sauce and served with blue-cheese roasted potatoes is another favorite. Try the New York Cheesecake for dessert. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner (lounge is open until 10 p.m.). MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc • 90 Ridge Trail Drive at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock (928-284-4040) (Moderate to Very Expensive)

Tara Thai Cuisine

Let’s be honest here. Tara Thai Cuisine is pretty bare-bones in terms of atmosphere. But locals and visitors alike don’t flock to this eatery for the ambience. At Tara Thai, it’s about some of the most consistently tasty Thai food in northern Arizona. All dishes are cooked to order here, so if it’s busy, be prepared to wait. We have a slew of favorites at this restaurant, but we always start with an order of spring rolls. When it’s time to order your entrées, you can’t go wrong with the Pad Thai or the fragrant Tom Ka Gai soup, but we recently discovered two new favorite dishes: Sweet Grand Canyon Curry and Pla Rhad Prik. The former is a green curry with your choice of beef, pork or chicken swimming alongside carrots, squash and bok choy in a slightly spicy curry. The Pla Rhad Prik is a delicate white fish fried until it’s crispy and topped with veggies and a special sweet-and-spicy chili sauce. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for lunch; 5-9 p.m., for dinner. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc, DC • 34 Bell Rock Plaza (928-284-9167) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

The Village Grind Coffee and Eatery

Visit this cheerful, airy spot for an espresso and a muffin in the morning or stop by for lunch where soups, salads and sandwiches are on the menu. If you’re in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, try a two-scoop affogato featuring vanilla gelato with a double shot of espresso. It’s best enjoyed in the eatery’s grassy courtyard. Open daily, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., for breakfast and lunch. MC, Visa, AmEx • 7000  ­• at The Collective Sedona (928-284-2883) (Inexpensive to Moderate)


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