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The 12 Essential Restaurants in Sedona, Arizona

Where to find mole-braised short ribs, shrimp and grits, and creekside pork chops in the staggeringly scenic desert destination

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Just south of Flagstaff, Arizona, sits one of the most stunning areas of the country. Sedona offers red sandstone formations that carve out canyons and buttes that are particularly stunning at sunrise and sunset, when they glow in oranges and reds. Technically, the rocks are part of Arizona’s Red Rock State Park, a 286-acre nature preserve along the banks of Oak Creek. Here, a look at where to fuel up before or after striking out on a hike.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tii Gavo

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525 Boynton Canyon Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336
(888) 250-1699
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Tii Gavo means “gathering place,” and this restaurant, with an outdoor terrace and fire pits overlooking the red rocks of Sedona, sits inside the Enchantment Resort. Casual fare ranges from stuffed peppers and tamale bowls with mole-braised short rib to ahi grilled churrasco with creamed local greens and street tacos.

2. Elote Cafe

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350 Jordan Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 203-0105
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Wildly popular Elote Cafe moved into the heart of Sedona with chef and owner Jeff Smedstad’s menu culled from 20-plus years of travel across Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, and his native Arizona. Lamb adobo with an ancho chile sauce, Niman Ranch skirt steak with pasilla chile sauce, braised beef short ribs stuffed into a roasted poblano chile, smoked brisket enchiladas, corn-crusted scallops, and buffalo mole poblano create a meal to remember. Save room for Mexican chocolate pie for dessert.

A rustic restaurant patio
The patio at Elote Cafe
Elote Cafe [Official Site]

3. Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits

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241 N State Rte 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-4200
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The Cowboy Club’s long history started in 1946 when it opened as a saloon and pool hall that attracted Hollywood’s Western stars from Burt Lancaster and John Wayne to Donna Reed and Joan Crawford while they filmed in the red rocks of Sedona. The tavern became The Cowboy Club in 1993, retaining restored barnwood walls, a renovated fireplace, a reconditioned bar, and other charming details. The restaurant offers pecan-smoked prime rib on Friday nights and buttermilk fried chicken on Sundays. Try the elk chops or bison pot roast on the dinner menu.

The exterior of a Western-style restaurant
Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits
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4. Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

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700 AZ-89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 862-4444
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Over the past 20 years, chef Lisa Dahl created a restaurant empire in Sedona. In 2015, she opened Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, with dishes from Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay guiding her menu. A filet mignon comes with a Gorgonzola chipotle sauce, while a seafood trio comes with cold water lobster tail, hokkaido seared sea scallops, and jumbo grilled tiger shrimp. House specialties include pollo rustico with charred corn and roasted potatoes, and a steelhead ocean trout finished with a cilantro-mint pesto and frijoles negros with quinoa pilaf. The only thing that might outdo the food is the view.

Mariposa
Mariposa
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5. Creekside American Bistro

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251 AZ-179
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-1705
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Creekside American Bistro brings comfort foods such as braised short rib, shrimp and grits, and lamb adobo, as well as a grilled bruschetta board for two, ahi tuna tacos, and a crabcake for more casual fare. Those views of Oak Creek can be seen from two patios. The weekend brunch features huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and a Sriracha chicken and rice bowl.

Creekside American Bistro
Creekside American Bistro
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6. Heartline Cafe

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1610 AZ-89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-3365
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For more than 25 years, the Heartline Cafe has been a mainstay in Sedona with its patio dining and wine lists. A rainbow trout comes with a pecan crust while a mustard peppercorn tops the tenderloin. For something a bit more local, try the tequila lime-marinated salmon with ancho chile aioli.

Heartline Cafe
Heartline Cafe
Heartline Cafe

7. Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante

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2321 AZ-89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-5219
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Chef Lisa Dahl serves Italian dishes from her childhood at Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano. Dahl makes her grandmother’s tortellini with prosciutto and green peas in an alfredo sauce, vegetarian portobello mushroom grilled in a house marinade, and salmon with a Neapolitan limoncello reduction sauce. Live jazz and a deep wine list round out the restaurant.

Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante
Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante
Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante

8. The Golden Goose American Grill

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2545 W State Rte 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-1447
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Steaks, seafood dishes, and burgers make up the menu at the Golden Goose American Grille. Hash brown-crusted Scottish salmon, pecan-crusted trout, a delmonico cut of rib-eye, and a porterhouse pork chop join meatloaf, chicken fried chicken, or chicken marsala on the menu. Try the smokehouse bacon cheeseburger.

A steak salad with an avocado slice in the middle
Golden Goose steak salad
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9. René at Tlaquepaque

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336 AZ-179
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-9225
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Tucked inside the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village find Rene, a French restaurant for more than 35 years with lunch and dinner worthy of any special occasion. Stuffed acorn squash, roasted duck with wild rice and mushroom cake, and seared sea scallops over a prickly-pear beurre rouge at dinner are just some of the star dishes.

An artfully presented seared sea scallops
Seared sea scallops at Rene at Tlaquepaque
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10. Tamaliza Cafe

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1155 W State Rte 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 202-9056
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Tamaliza Cafe is a family-owned, counter-service Mexican restaurant that specializes in tamales. Diners can order vegan, vegetarian, chicken, pork, and beef varieties, but options do change based on what produce is available. Outdoor seating provides vista views.

Tamales at Tamaliza Cafe
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11. Timo

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160 Portal Ln
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 203-5334
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Located at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, Timo offers a wine bar that uses a wood oven to cook dishes. Elk and buffalo meatballs, a pan-seared salmon with a white truffle-mango relish, and lemon oregano chicken make the menu, but save room for tres leches cake and warm bread pudding. Bonus: Wine tastings take place every Friday through Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m.

Timo
Timo
Timo

12. The Hudson

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671 AZ-179 D
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 862-4099
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This cozy American eatery has the feel of a neighborhood gem with its industrial-chic dining room and a deck overlooking the red rocks of Sedona. Mark and Lisa Shugrue opened the Hudson in 2015 and brought on chef Jeff Storcz to create sophisticated comfort food. Pick three bruschetta, which range from house-smoked salmon or a pancetta, mascarpone, and black fig variety to those topped with mushrooms or Brie, apples, and fig jam. Thai scallops, barbecue-braised pork tacos, shrimp pasta, and butternut squash ravioli are some of the favorites here.

The Hudson
The Hudson
The Hudson

1. Tii Gavo

525 Boynton Canyon Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336

Tii Gavo means “gathering place,” and this restaurant, with an outdoor terrace and fire pits overlooking the red rocks of Sedona, sits inside the Enchantment Resort. Casual fare ranges from stuffed peppers and tamale bowls with mole-braised short rib to ahi grilled churrasco with creamed local greens and street tacos.

525 Boynton Canyon Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336

2. Elote Cafe

350 Jordan Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336
A rustic restaurant patio
The patio at Elote Cafe
Elote Cafe [Official Site]

Wildly popular Elote Cafe moved into the heart of Sedona with chef and owner Jeff Smedstad’s menu culled from 20-plus years of travel across Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, and his native Arizona. Lamb adobo with an ancho chile sauce, Niman Ranch skirt steak with pasilla chile sauce, braised beef short ribs stuffed into a roasted poblano chile, smoked brisket enchiladas, corn-crusted scallops, and buffalo mole poblano create a meal to remember. Save room for Mexican chocolate pie for dessert.

350 Jordan Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336

3. Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits

241 N State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
The exterior of a Western-style restaurant
Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits
Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits/Facebook

The Cowboy Club’s long history started in 1946 when it opened as a saloon and pool hall that attracted Hollywood’s Western stars from Burt Lancaster and John Wayne to Donna Reed and Joan Crawford while they filmed in the red rocks of Sedona. The tavern became The Cowboy Club in 1993, retaining restored barnwood walls, a renovated fireplace, a reconditioned bar, and other charming details. The restaurant offers pecan-smoked prime rib on Friday nights and buttermilk fried chicken on Sundays. Try the elk chops or bison pot roast on the dinner menu.

241 N State Rte 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

4. Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

700 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Mariposa
Mariposa
Mariposa/Official Site

Over the past 20 years, chef Lisa Dahl created a restaurant empire in Sedona. In 2015, she opened Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, with dishes from Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay guiding her menu. A filet mignon comes with a Gorgonzola chipotle sauce, while a seafood trio comes with cold water lobster tail, hokkaido seared sea scallops, and jumbo grilled tiger shrimp. House specialties include pollo rustico with charred corn and roasted potatoes, and a steelhead ocean trout finished with a cilantro-mint pesto and frijoles negros with quinoa pilaf. The only thing that might outdo the food is the view.

700 AZ-89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

5. Creekside American Bistro

251 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336
Creekside American Bistro
Creekside American Bistro
Creekside American Bistro/Facebook

Creekside American Bistro brings comfort foods such as braised short rib, shrimp and grits, and lamb adobo, as well as a grilled bruschetta board for two, ahi tuna tacos, and a crabcake for more casual fare. Those views of Oak Creek can be seen from two patios. The weekend brunch features huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and a Sriracha chicken and rice bowl.

251 AZ-179
Sedona, AZ 86336

6. Heartline Cafe

1610 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Heartline Cafe
Heartline Cafe
Heartline Cafe

For more than 25 years, the Heartline Cafe has been a mainstay in Sedona with its patio dining and wine lists. A rainbow trout comes with a pecan crust while a mustard peppercorn tops the tenderloin. For something a bit more local, try the tequila lime-marinated salmon with ancho chile aioli.

1610 AZ-89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

7. Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante

2321 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante
Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante
Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante

Chef Lisa Dahl serves Italian dishes from her childhood at Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano. Dahl makes her grandmother’s tortellini with prosciutto and green peas in an alfredo sauce, vegetarian portobello mushroom grilled in a house marinade, and salmon with a Neapolitan limoncello reduction sauce. Live jazz and a deep wine list round out the restaurant.

2321 AZ-89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

8. The Golden Goose American Grill

2545 W State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
A steak salad with an avocado slice in the middle
Golden Goose steak salad
The Golden Goose American Grill/Facebook

Steaks, seafood dishes, and burgers make up the menu at the Golden Goose American Grille. Hash brown-crusted Scottish salmon, pecan-crusted trout, a delmonico cut of rib-eye, and a porterhouse pork chop join meatloaf, chicken fried chicken, or chicken marsala on the menu. Try the smokehouse bacon cheeseburger.

2545 W State Rte 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

9. René at Tlaquepaque

336 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336
An artfully presented seared sea scallops
Seared sea scallops at Rene at Tlaquepaque
Rene at Tlaquepaque/Facebook

Tucked inside the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village find Rene, a French restaurant for more than 35 years with lunch and dinner worthy of any special occasion. Stuffed acorn squash, roasted duck with wild rice and mushroom cake, and seared sea scallops over a prickly-pear beurre rouge at dinner are just some of the star dishes.

336 AZ-179
Sedona, AZ 86336

10. Tamaliza Cafe

1155 W State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Tamales at Tamaliza Cafe
Bill Addison

Tamaliza Cafe is a family-owned, counter-service Mexican restaurant that specializes in tamales. Diners can order vegan, vegetarian, chicken, pork, and beef varieties, but options do change based on what produce is available. Outdoor seating provides vista views.

1155 W State Rte 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

11. Timo

160 Portal Ln, Sedona, AZ 86336
Timo
Timo
Timo

Located at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, Timo offers a wine bar that uses a wood oven to cook dishes. Elk and buffalo meatballs, a pan-seared salmon with a white truffle-mango relish, and lemon oregano chicken make the menu, but save room for tres leches cake and warm bread pudding. Bonus: Wine tastings take place every Friday through Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m.

160 Portal Ln
Sedona, AZ 86336

12. The Hudson

671 AZ-179 D, Sedona, AZ 86336
The Hudson
The Hudson
The Hudson

This cozy American eatery has the feel of a neighborhood gem with its industrial-chic dining room and a deck overlooking the red rocks of Sedona. Mark and Lisa Shugrue opened the Hudson in 2015 and brought on chef Jeff Storcz to create sophisticated comfort food. Pick three bruschetta, which range from house-smoked salmon or a pancetta, mascarpone, and black fig variety to those topped with mushrooms or Brie, apples, and fig jam. Thai scallops, barbecue-braised pork tacos, shrimp pasta, and butternut squash ravioli are some of the favorites here.

671 AZ-179 D
Sedona, AZ 86336

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