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.


West Sedona

Barking Frog Grille

We settled into a long room with a fireplace on one end and shared a fresh Rotisserie Chicken Club Salad along with the delicious Plantain-Encrusted Swordfish. The fish was topped with a mango-pineapple salsa spiced with red chili sauce and ­complete with a side of saffron rice and crisp green beans. The evening finished with a gooey cookie sundae. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., for lunch and dinner. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc, DC • 2620 W. AZ-89A (928-204-2000) (Moderate to Expensive)

Bella Vita Ristorante

Executive Chef Andrea Di Luca’s menu focuses on homemade pasta, fresh seafood, meats and desserts made in house. Wanting to sample a bit of everything, we ordered the Rughetta salad. A nest of purple radicchio arrived filled with green arugula and aged pecorino and drizzled with lemon dressing. Next we had the Melanzane Rollate antipasti (Italian for appetizer). It featured sautéed eggplant rolled with ricotta, marinara and pesto. Our choice of entrée was the Tutto Mare: sautéed prawns, deep-sea scallops, calamari, clams and mussels piled on top of freshly made pappardelle all in a tomato-herb broth. The Torta di Cioccolato dessert was too tempting to pass up, so we shared a slice of the flourless, bittersweet chocolate cake, which is served with strawberries, mint leaves and a side of whipped cream. Open daily, 4-9 p.m. (10 p.m., Friday and Saturday), for dinner. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc, DC • 6701 AZ-89A at Sedona Pines Resort (928-282-4540) (Moderate to Very Expensive)

Café José

Coffee shops are the great equalizers, where a working man on a budget can feast like a king, and a billionaire can eat to his heart’s content, extending his fortune for having saved a few bucks. The selection here is tremendous, and so are the portions. Open Monday through Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner; open Sunday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner. MC, Visa, Disc • 2370 W. AZ-89A (928-282-0299) (Inexpensive)

Che-Ah-Chi

Enchantment Resort’s signature restaurant updated its menu this summer to incorporate Chef David Schmidt’s BOWA (Best of What’s Available) philosophy, so expect plenty of seasonal changes. Take note: The new menu also features lower prices. Our favorite market plates (think appetizers) include Gina’s Homemade Burrata and the Baby Beets 3 Ways. The branzino entrée features European sea bass, warm potato salad, bacon and sugar-snap peas. If you are in the mood for meat, try the lamb sirloin served with cucumber, mint, tomatoes, red onion, Greek yogurt, feta and olives. But the menu item that took us all by surprise was the server-recommended housemade tagliatelle with chanterelle mushrooms, lobster sauce and tarragon. The pasta comes in two sizes, and the flavors are so memorable that we were still talking about it days later. Open daily, 6:30-11:30 a.m., for breakfast (Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for brunch); 5:30-9:30 p.m., for dinner. Reservations recommended. No athletic attire. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc, DC • 825 Boynton Canyon Road at Enchantment Resort (928-204-6000) (Moderate to Very Expensive)

ChocolaTree Organic Oasis

Who isn’t focused on eating healthy nowadays? Chocolatree satisfies your wholesome, organic, vegan, gluten-free cravings with dishes like the Mushroom Fantasy featuring sautéed mushrooms in a garlic-almond sauce served over wild rice. We also like the Mediterranean Wrap: veggie humus, falafel pate, tomato, clover sprouts, cucumber and greens served in a crunchy wrap with creamy garlic dill sauce on the side. When you’re finished, check out the market and the selection of raw chocolates, which are made on site. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner. MC, Visa, AmEx • 1595 W. AZ-89A (928-282-2997) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

Coffee Pot Restaurant and Gift Shop

If you’re a breakfast lover, there’s no spot in town quite like the Coffee Pot, which has been giving Sedona mornings a jump-start since the 1950s. It’s all comfortingly familiar; what you might not expect is the inventiveness of the 101 omelets that are the Coffee Pot’s signature. We love the fluffy, veggie-rich Zucchini, Mushroom, Spinach, Tomato and Cheese Omelet, served with a choice of crispy hash browns (our pick), home fries, grits or cottage cheese, plus toast or a homemade biscuit. Patio dining is available. Open daily, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., for breakfast and lunch. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc • 2050 W. AZ-89A (928-282-6626) (Inexpensive)

Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano

One look at the lush interior – part intimate stone wine cellar, part luxurious rococo Italianate villa – and you’re in another world. We loved  the seafood-rich Cioppino – fresh homemade fettuccini cooked al dente and awash in giant prawns, green-lipped New Zea­land mussels, bay scallops and clams – and an intensely rich, beautifully presented Vitello Botticelli, with shrimp delicately arrayed over thinly sliced, perfectly sautéed veal with mushrooms, tantalizingly spiced with thyme, basil and garlic in marsala sauce. Open daily, 5-10 p.m., for dinner. Reservations suggested. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc • 2321 W. AZ-89A (928-282-5219) (Moderate to Expensive)

Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen

Gerardo Moceri opened his first Italian restaurant in Payson in 2000 and now has added a second location in Sedona. We started with the tender, lightly battered calamari fritti. Then it was on to a traditional margarita pizza topped with fresh basil and baked in the restaurant’s new brick oven. The pizza had a thin crust with just the right amount of cheese. For dessert we ordered the semifreddo with fresh Nutella cookies. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 3-9 p.m., for dinner. MC, Visa • 2675 AZ-89A (928-862-4009) (Moderate to Expensive)

The Golden Goose American Grill

We love the bistro-like atmosphere, dog-friendly patio and intimate bar (with an extensive offering of dessert coffees) at Golden Goose. If you like salads, the restaurant’s lunch menu offers more than a dozen varieties, including our favorite, the Crispy Chicken Pecan. Mixed greens are topped with crispy chicken, candied pecans, dried cranberries and blue cheese. Honey-mustard dressing is served on the side. Feeling adventurous? The ostrich burger is highly recommended. It tastes like a very lean beef burger. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (9 p.m., Friday and Saturday), for breakfast, lunch and dinner. MC, Visa, Disc • 2545 W. AZ-89A (928-282-1447) (Inexpensive to Very Expensive)

Heartline Café

This eatery’s intimate courtyard, complete with tables topped with mason jars filled with fresh flowers, has become our midday escape. And here’s the deal: You absolutely want to build your day – and your entrée choices – around the homemade Mocha Mousse Pie. The pie features a dark-chocolate cookie-crumb crust topped with espresso-chocolate mousse and garnished with a mint leaf, raspberries, blackberries, raspberry sauce and chocolate sauce. If we hadn’t been full from lunch, we would have undoubtedly ordered a second slice. Speaking of lunch, the menu at Heartline is refreshingly creative. Breakfast is served until 3 p.m., and we recommend the Crab Benedict if you’re in the mood for eggs. You can also order the restaurant’s famous Local Pecan Crusted Trout, but we fell hard for the messy-but-yummy Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich. If you like Italian meats, indulge in the Torta Rustica: capicola, ham, pepperoni, salami, provolone and olive tapenade baked inside a poppy-seed roll. All sandwiches include a side dish, and we can never make up our minds between the baked-in-house sweet-potato chips and the tangy red cabbage slaw. Do what we do: Visit often and alternate between the two. Patio dining available. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for breakfast and lunch; 5 to 9:30 p.m., for dinner. Reservations suggested. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc • 1610 AZ-89A (928-282-0785) (Inexpensive to Very Expensive)

Hiro’s Sushi Bar & Japanese Kitchen

Nestled in West Sedona you’ll find a quaint sushi restaurant offering a little something for everyone. Entrées include a sweet chicken teriyaki served over steamed white rice and sprinkled with sesame seeds. If you fancy a fresh bite from the sea, Hiro’s serves up a selection of sushi nigiri, sashimi and various specialty rolls. Our taste buds were pleased with two classic sushi options: a California roll and savory albacore tuna nigiri. For anyone who wants to try a little bit of everything, we suggest ordering one of the restaurant’s bento boxes. Open Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for lunch. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. To 1:30 p.m., for lunch. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 5-9 p.m., for dinner. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc • 1730 W. AZ-89A (928-282-8906) (Moderate to Expensive)

Huevos

Enjoy a rustic yet upscale dining experience inside one of Sedona’s oldest landmark buildings. The menu features decadent breakfast classics with a southwestern twist. Try the Friends with Bennies, a pair of perfectly poached eggs resting on a bed of veggies and potatoes all topped with chipotle-hollandaise sauce. It’s our new favorite way to start the day. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 7-11 a.m., for breakfast. MC, Visa, AmEx • 1405 W. AZ-89A (928-282-1593) (In­expensive to Moderate)

India Palace

We are big fans of Indian cuisine, and lucky for us, some of the best curry dishes we’ve ever had can be found right in our own backyard. A recent meal began with Vegetable Pakoras, fried mixed-vegetable fritters that are crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. The best way to eat Indian cuisine is family-style, so we shared several dishes including Vegetable Korma, Saag Paneer and Madrasi Lamb. The Vegetable Korma consists of big chunks of veggies in a delicately spiced cream sauce. It’s intensely flavorful and best when ordered spicy. Saag Paneer is also a popular menu item, and it features cooked spinach, homemade cheese and cream, all seasoned with aromatic herbs. If you’re new to Indian cuisine, this is definitely the first dish you want to try. The Madrasi Lamb includes boneless lamb meat and shredded coconut cooked with curry and spices. A side order of saffron rice and naan, a leavened flatbread, rounds out the meal. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for lunch; 5-9 p.m., for dinner. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc, DC • 1910 W. AZ-89A in the Bashas’ shopping center (928-204-2300) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

Judi’s Restaurant & Lounge

sm Hottips logoIn the Sedona restaurant scene, there’s something to be said for longevity. Judi’s has been in the same location – tucked in the corner of a commercial center – since it opened 20-plus years ago. It’s locally famous for its baby-back ribs, so we ordered a half-rack with a side of sweet-potato fries. The ribs quite literally fell off the bone, and even though they were slathered with a generous portion of sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce, we couldn’t stop ourselves from dunking the tender pork in the extra sauce served on the side. Open Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., for lunch and dinner. Reser­vations suggested. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc, DC • 40 Soldier Pass Road at La Pasada Plaza (928-282-4449) (Moderate to Expensive)

Mesa Grill at the Sedona Airport

Whet your appetite with delicious red rock views visible from the inside and outside of this restaurant. We dropped in for lunch and tried the dry-rubbed barbecued pork ribs, a delightful dish that comes with sides of mouthwatering jalapeno slaw and crispy fries. We also gave the fish and chips a whirl: Parmesan-breaded red snapper, fried to perfection with a heaping cup of tartar sauce for deep-sea dipping. Let your taste buds fly first class at Mesa Grill. Open daily, 7 to 11 a.m., for breakfast; 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for lunch; 4-9 p.m., for dinner (9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday). MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc • 1185 Airport Road (928-282-2400) (Inexpensive to Very Expensive)

Nick’s on the West Side

This local’s joint has a reputation for breakfast served all day, authentic Mexican dishes, cold beer and fair prices. Our recommendations include the Chili Cheese Rellenos served with red and green sauce, rice and black beans. The N.Y. Steak Sandwich is another favorite. Cooked to order, the sandwich is served with fries and cole slaw. Wash it all down with a glass of Oak Creek beer.  Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to close, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., for breakfast and lunch. MC, Visa, Disc, AmEx 2920 W. AZ-89A (928-204-2088) (Inexpensive to Expensive)

Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar and Grill

sm Hottips logoOlde Sedona’s menu includes southwestern specialties, steaks, ribs and fish. We stopped in for lunch and sampled the Homemade Chile Rellanos smothered in a smoky enchilada sauce and stuffed with cheese, served with rice and beans. We also tried the crispy fish tacos in soft flour tortillas – both dishes were more than we could eat for lunch, but they hit the spot. The bar, out of view from the dining room, features live entertainment and dancing seven nights a week. There’s also rooftop and patio seating. Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. (11 a.m., Saturday and Sunday), for lunch and dinner. Visa, MC, AmEx • 1405 W. AZ-89A (928-282-5670) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen

Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen has never been your usual pizza joint – but it’s even less so since the menu was revamped. Wildly creative pizzas still take center stage, but now it’s as much about the organic and gluten-free ingredients and the crust varieties as it is the dozens of toppings. During our most recent visit, we were feeling adventurous and ordered a Chipotle & Chicken pizza. Spicy chipotle sauce takes the place of traditional red sauce, and the pie was topped with free-range chicken, chewy mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, red and yellow bell peppers, jalapenos and caramelized onions, which added a hint of sweetness. Order this colorful pizza if you’re in the mood for something spicy – these jalapenos don’t take prisoners. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., for lunch and dinner. Reservations suggested. MC, Visa, AmEx, DC • 1855 W. AZ-89A (928-282-4140) (Inexpensive to Moderate)

Reds Restaurant

Anyone who thinks Sedona dining is all about southwestern cuisine and kokopelli décor need only stop into Reds Restaurant to realize they don’t need to travel to Phoenix for sophistication. It’s a local tradition to begin dinner with Chef Ron Moler’s Cavatappi & Cheese skillet: a modern take on macaroni-and-cheese with the welcome addition of diced ham and roasted jalapenos. For dinner, we ordered the 12-oz. Aged Grilled Rib Eye. The steak was big, flavorful and covered in a peppery jus. For dessert, we couldn’t pass up one of the menu’s signature items, the Molten Chocolate Cake. Open daily, 7-10:30 a.m., for breakfast; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for lunch; 5-9 p.m., for dinner (10 p.m., Friday and Saturday). Bar menu served all day. Reservations suggested. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc • 2250 W. AZ-89A at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa (928-340-5321) (Inexpensive to Very Expensive)

Relics Restaurant & Roadhouse at Historic Rainbows End

It’s true that the name Relics harks back to the past – the building is one of the more storied in Sedona history. It served as a private home, a general store and for exterior scenes in the 1965 film The Rounders. It was also recently confirmed haunted by The Travel Channel. The cuisine, however, is very much of the here and now. One thing that never gets old is a satisfying Prime Rib, the pot o’ gold at this Rainbows End. Open daily, 5-9 p.m., for dinner. MC, Visa, AmEX, Disc, DC • 3235 W. AZ-89A (928-282-1593) (Moderate to Very Expensive)

The Sundowner

It’s easy to drive right past The Sundowner without realizing it even exists – this place is a true locals’ watering hole. The menu is basic, inexpensive and tasty. Think burgers, fries, onion rings, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, fish tacos, hot pastrami, corndogs, salads and appetizers. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., for lunch and dinner. Cash only. • 37 Navajo Road (928-282-1858) (Inexpensive)

Szechuan Chinese Restaurant

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Lauded as the best Chinese food in Sedona for many years now, the menu here focuses on creative sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri sushi and Chinese favorites like chow mein, fried rice and beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, tofu and vegetarian dishes. We started our meal with a Rainbow Roll. The colorful sushi roll features a crab stick and cucumber topped with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, red snapper, cooked shrimp and avocado. It’s drizzled with teriyaki sauce and served with pickled ginger and wasabi. For our entrées, we branched out and tried a few dishes we had never tasted. The Kung Pao Beef featured tender, thinly sliced beef stir-fried with peanuts, water chestnuts, green and red bell peppers, and dried red chiles. Finally, it was on to the Sesame Chicken, one of the most popular items on the menu. Battered chicken is stir-fried in a honey sauce and topped with a sprinkling of white sesame seeds. It’s sweet. It’s tangy. What more could you ask for? Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. (9:45 p.m., Friday and Saturday), for lunch and dinner. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc • 1350 W. AZ-89A in Old Marketplace (928-282-9288) (Inexpensive to Expensive) www.szechuansedona.net

Thai Spices

We visited this tiny, 19-year-old establishment on a weeknight, and it was bustling with diners. We started with soup: Tom Kah, an ingeniously delectable blend of spices, vegetables, lemon grass, cilantro and lime juice in a coconut milk broth. Our main course was Thai Duck Curry. We happily feasted on the dish – moist duck pieces swimming in coconut curry with chunks of pineapple as a sweet counterpoint to the spicy garlic, lime, basil and onion. We had to taste the Thai iced tea. The strong, sugary tea was a perfect foil for the spicy food, and it satisfied our sweet tooth. Open Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for lunch; 5-9 p.m., for dinner. MC, Visa, Disc • 2611 W. AZ-89A (928-282-4422) (928-282-0599) (Inexpensive)

Tii Gavo

Dining at Enchantment Resort always feels like an occasion. Tii Gavo, the resort’s most casual restaurant, boasts 180-degree red rock vistas and an incredible terrace. Chef David Schmidt’s menu at Tii Gavo offers up soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads and entrées for lunch and dinner. We began our meal by sharing the Tii Gavo Margherita Flatbread. The rectangular flatbread, which is more substantial than pita bread but not quite as thick as pizza crust, is topped with a slightly spicy, peppery tomato sauce, fragrant basil and chewy burrata, a fresh Italian mozzarella cheese. Next we shared the Smoked Free Range Chicken. We were absolutely floored by the smoky flavor and moist deliciousness of this dish. The chicken arrives sizzling in a small skillet and resting atop creamy yellow corn grits (sublime), juicy pearl onions, colorful olives and queso cotija. A garlic jus is drizzled over the top. All of Tii Gavo’s desserts are made in-house, and the Canyon Crunch Chocolate Torte is a favorite among the waitstaff. Our only regret? Not ordering one for each of us. Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., for lunch and dinner. MC, Visa, AmEx, Disc, DC • 525 Boynton Canyon at Enchantment Resort (928-282-2900) (Moderate to Expensive)

Tortas de Fuego

The six tables at this small Mexican joint fill up quickly with locals and visitors feasting on favorites such as burritos, enchiladas and $1 crunchy tacos. But we head to the eatery for its namesake item: tortas, or Mexican sandwiches. There are no fewer than 20 to choose from, but our favorite is the spicy Torta de Fuego topped with pork, steak, ham, bell pepper, lettuce, grilled onions and a jalapeno mayonnaise. Wash it down with a Mexican Coke. Open daily, 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner. MC, Visa • 1630 W. AZ-89A (928-282-0226)  (Inexpensive)


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