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The 17 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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Sedona might be best known for its awe-inspiring red rocks, abundance of crystal shops, and plethora of outdoor activities – from the natural water slide at Slide Rock to the daring Devil’s Bridge hike – but it’s also a hotspot for great dining with high-end hotel restaurants, hole-in-the-wall eateries, and of course, all the restaurants that encompass Sedona-based and nationally recognized Dahl Restaurant Group. With so many options, it’s hard to go wrong, but here are our must-try picks from around the town.

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Tii Gavo

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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 chicken flautas and carne asada tortas to black truffled grilled cheese with sundried tomato and truffle guacamole.

Elote Cafe

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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, smoked pork cheeks with cascabel chile sauce, smoked brisket enchiladas, and buffalo mole poblano create a meal to remember. Save room for Mexican chocolate pie for dessert.

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The patio at Elote Cafe
Elote Cafe [Official Site]

Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits

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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 barn wood walls, a renovated fireplace, a reconditioned bar, and other charming details. The restaurant offers a must-try pecan-smoked prime rib on weekends, but all week long you can opt for the elk chops or bison pot roast on the dinner menu.

The exterior of a Western-style restaurant
Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits
Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits/Facebook

Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

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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 the seafood options include the jumbo grilled tiger shrimp and diver sea scallops. House specialties include pollo rustico with charred corn and roasted potatoes, and a steelhead salmon finished with roasted mushrooms and farro pilaf. The only thing that might outdo the food is the view.

Mariposa
Mariposa
Mariposa/Official Site

Creekside American Bistro

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Creekside American Bistro brings comfort foods such as braised short rib, shrimp and grits, and lamb adobo, as well as chicken wings, ahi tuna nachos, and a crabcake for more casual fare. Two patios boast views of Oak Creek. The daily breakfast menu features huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and French toast.

Creekside American Bistro
Creekside American Bistro
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Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante

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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

The Golden Goose American Grill

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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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René at Tlaquepaque

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Tucked inside the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village find Rene, a French restaurant for nearly 45 years with lunch and dinner worthy of any special occasion. Short rib agnolotti, Chilean sea bass with tomato-saffron sauce, and Kvaroy Arctic salmon with pickled green tomato chili relish 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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Tamaliza Cafe

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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 change based on what produce is available. Outdoor seating provides vista views.

Tamales at Tamaliza Cafe
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The Hudson

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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 ranges from house-smoked salmon, fresh mozzarella and basil, or one with Brie, apples, and fig jam. Thai scallops, barbecue-braised pork tacos, and chicken scaloppini are some of the favorites here.

The Hudson
The Hudson
The Hudson

Coffee Pot Restaurant

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Coffee Pot is the spot to go for a casual meal in friendly surroundings. Kids will love their selection of wild and wonderful omelets (they famously offer 101 options.) Visitors can also enjoy classic diner fare like waffles, pancakes, and breakfast burritos.

Tortas De Fuego 1 West Sedona

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Tortas de Fuego offers a pretty broad menu that includes quesadillas, tacos, and enchiladas, but the specialty here, of course, is the tortas. These sizable sandwiches come stacked with lettuce, tomato, beans, avocados, and jalapenos, plus generous portions of proteins like chorizo, steak, eggs, and more.

Pisa Lisa

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Pisa Lisa offers pizza for fueling up after a long day of hiking. Chef Lisa Dahl has built a menu of familiar favorites, including wood-fired pizzas, generous salads, and shareable Italian plates like burrata caprese and antipasti.

Hideaway House

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Dine on one of Hideaway Houses’ three open-air patios, each nestled among the trees with views of Sedona’s red rocks. This cozy treehouse-style restaurant serves fresh takes on pizza, with special attention merited for the roasted peach and pancetta pizza with seasoned ricotta and the date night salad pizza with prosciutto, fresh lemon, and arugula.

Cress on Oak Creek

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For a romantic, outdoor dinner in Sedona, there’s nowhere quite like Cress on Oak Creek. The fine dining restaurant is nestled right next to the babbling creek and surrounded by stunning greenery. The charming atmosphere is complemented by attentive service and a menu of unique items that include crispy octopus with stewed white beans and Spanish chorizo and roasted quail with a brioche and grape stuffing. 

An outdoor dining area next to a babbling creek
Cress on Oak Creek
L’Auberge Sedona

Butterfly Burger

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Butterfly Burger offers a cool, dark, loungey atmosphere that stands out in Sedona. However, like Lisa Dahl’s other eateries it’s the food that makes it unforgettable. Opt for the signature Butterfly Burger with Manchego cheese, peppered bacon, guacamole, and chipotle aioli, or try something new like the Mowee Wowee crafted with a mahi-mahi filet, house teriyaki with wasabi ginger sauce, and grilled pineapple. No matter what you choose, make sure to pair it with the cheese-smothered street tots. 

Shorebird Sedona

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This locals’ favorite brings a taste of the coast to the mountains of Sedona with a salmon mignon, an assortment of sashimi options, and tempura-battered avocado fries. Other favorites include the skirt steak with red chimichurri sauce, the pork chop with brandy-poached apples, and twice-fried chicken wings. The cocktails are also well worth a sip, with a variety of mouthwatering options like the white peach sangria, smoked blueberry sour, and espresso martini. 

Tii Gavo

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 chicken flautas and carne asada tortas to black truffled grilled cheese with sundried tomato and truffle guacamole.

Elote Cafe

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, smoked pork cheeks with cascabel chile sauce, smoked brisket enchiladas, 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]

Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits

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 barn wood walls, a renovated fireplace, a reconditioned bar, and other charming details. The restaurant offers a must-try pecan-smoked prime rib on weekends, but all week long you can opt for the elk chops or bison pot roast on the dinner menu.

The exterior of a Western-style restaurant
Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits
Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits/Facebook

Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

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 the seafood options include the jumbo grilled tiger shrimp and diver sea scallops. House specialties include pollo rustico with charred corn and roasted potatoes, and a steelhead salmon finished with roasted mushrooms and farro pilaf. The only thing that might outdo the food is the view.

Mariposa
Mariposa
Mariposa/Official Site

Creekside American Bistro

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 chicken wings, ahi tuna nachos, and a crabcake for more casual fare. Two patios boast views of Oak Creek. The daily breakfast menu features huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and French toast.

Creekside American Bistro
Creekside American Bistro
Creekside American Bistro/Facebook

Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante

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.

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

The Golden Goose American Grill

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.

A steak salad with an avocado slice in the middle
Golden Goose steak salad
The Golden Goose American Grill/Facebook

René at Tlaquepaque

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 nearly 45 years with lunch and dinner worthy of any special occasion. Short rib agnolotti, Chilean sea bass with tomato-saffron sauce, and Kvaroy Arctic salmon with pickled green tomato chili relish at dinner are just some of the star dishes.

An artfully presented seared sea scallops
Seared sea scallops at Rene at Tlaquepaque
Rene at Tlaquepaque/Facebook

Tamaliza Cafe

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 change based on what produce is available. Outdoor seating provides vista views.

Tamales at Tamaliza Cafe
Bill Addison

The Hudson

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 ranges from house-smoked salmon, fresh mozzarella and basil, or one with Brie, apples, and fig jam. Thai scallops, barbecue-braised pork tacos, and chicken scaloppini are some of the favorites here.

The Hudson
The Hudson
The Hudson

Coffee Pot Restaurant

Coffee Pot is the spot to go for a casual meal in friendly surroundings. Kids will love their selection of wild and wonderful omelets (they famously offer 101 options.) Visitors can also enjoy classic diner fare like waffles, pancakes, and breakfast burritos.

Tortas De Fuego 1 West Sedona

Tortas de Fuego offers a pretty broad menu that includes quesadillas, tacos, and enchiladas, but the specialty here, of course, is the tortas. These sizable sandwiches come stacked with lettuce, tomato, beans, avocados, and jalapenos, plus generous portions of proteins like chorizo, steak, eggs, and more.

Pisa Lisa

Pisa Lisa offers pizza for fueling up after a long day of hiking. Chef Lisa Dahl has built a menu of familiar favorites, including wood-fired pizzas, generous salads, and shareable Italian plates like burrata caprese and antipasti.

Hideaway House

Dine on one of Hideaway Houses’ three open-air patios, each nestled among the trees with views of Sedona’s red rocks. This cozy treehouse-style restaurant serves fresh takes on pizza, with special attention merited for the roasted peach and pancetta pizza with seasoned ricotta and the date night salad pizza with prosciutto, fresh lemon, and arugula.

Cress on Oak Creek

An outdoor dining area next to a babbling creek
Cress on Oak Creek
L’Auberge Sedona

For a romantic, outdoor dinner in Sedona, there’s nowhere quite like Cress on Oak Creek. The fine dining restaurant is nestled right next to the babbling creek and surrounded by stunning greenery. The charming atmosphere is complemented by attentive service and a menu of unique items that include crispy octopus with stewed white beans and Spanish chorizo and roasted quail with a brioche and grape stuffing. 

An outdoor dining area next to a babbling creek
Cress on Oak Creek
L’Auberge Sedona

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Butterfly Burger

Butterfly Burger offers a cool, dark, loungey atmosphere that stands out in Sedona. However, like Lisa Dahl’s other eateries it’s the food that makes it unforgettable. Opt for the signature Butterfly Burger with Manchego cheese, peppered bacon, guacamole, and chipotle aioli, or try something new like the Mowee Wowee crafted with a mahi-mahi filet, house teriyaki with wasabi ginger sauce, and grilled pineapple. No matter what you choose, make sure to pair it with the cheese-smothered street tots. 

Shorebird Sedona

This locals’ favorite brings a taste of the coast to the mountains of Sedona with a salmon mignon, an assortment of sashimi options, and tempura-battered avocado fries. Other favorites include the skirt steak with red chimichurri sauce, the pork chop with brandy-poached apples, and twice-fried chicken wings. The cocktails are also well worth a sip, with a variety of mouthwatering options like the white peach sangria, smoked blueberry sour, and espresso martini. 

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