Nestled in the red rocks of Arizona
, Sedona can lay claim to being in one of the most beautiful locations in the USA
. Sedona as a city also delights, with art galleries, resorts and, of course, restaurants aplenty. Here are the top 10 dining spots to explore while you’re here.
Restaurant, Steakhouse, American, $$$
Two dining experiences in one, the Cowboy Club
has something for everyone, and food that will blow your (ten gallon) hat off. The main Cowboy Club restaurant, originally a meeting place for the first settlers of Sedona, offers country and western-themed upscale steakhouse dining, alongside a number of signature dishes such as their cactus fries and rattlesnake combo. Its private dining room offers a high-class version of the same food for cowboys with real class, with sophisticated service and intermezzos between courses.
Restaurant, Contemporary, American, $$$
Making the most of its Red Rock views, Ken’s Creekside
offers two Red Rock view patios. Even inside the restaurant, however, you cannot fail to have a good view in such amazing surroundings. The executive chef does his upmost to match this natural beauty with a selection of beautiful dishes, all part of menus that change weekly to ensure that what you are eating is at its freshest and most seasonal. No wonder Ken’s is so popular with Sedona locals.
Cafe, Bistro, Italian, American, Fusion, Contemporary, $$$
A café and bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, Golden Goose
is there for whenever you want good food in an intimate and casual environment, maybe accompanied by a few of their signature, handcrafted cocktails. The food offers contemporary twists on American and Italian
classics; plus a weekly live music calendar and great happy hour deals make this one of Sedona’s premier places to hang out.
Cafe, Mexican, Contemporary, $$$
food is the fruit of head chef Jeff Smedstad’s decade and a half traveling through Mexico to get to the heart of its culture and its cuisine. This passion and knowledge feeds into every dish served here, all upscale versions of some of Smedstad’s favorite dishes from his extensive travels. Elote Café has been written about all over America, and anyone visiting Sedona should definitely make a visit to find out why it is so famed from New York to Phoenix.
Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge
Restaurant, Bakery, Contemporary, American, $$$
Found among the lovely Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge
, a sixteen-cabin lodge in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon, the dining service of Garland’s makes an already great location wonderful. A small and select restaurant, it offers a standard breakfast menu, but it is the special dinner service that is worth the visit alone. A new prix fixe
set menu is presented every day by chef Brian Widmer, with an emphasis on sharing tables and making new friends over great food in a casual but elegant setting.
Restaurant, French, $$$
One of Sedona’s finest restaurants for 35 years and located in the sedate Tlaquepaque Arts Center, René offers French
fine dining with Southwestern twists that are alternately delicious and adventurous, but always carefully and lovingly presented by its superb (and award-winning) team. Whether for a special occasion or if you just fancy a little elegant dining, René is a must.
Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, American, French, Fusion, $$$
Condé Nast Traveller
one of the Southwest’s top ten restaurants, and it is impossible not to agree with them. With floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning vistas of the Sedona sycamore forests, and the food a contemporary US spin on French
dining, it is really a restaurant to remember. The menu changes seasonally to highlight the finest wild game in the winter and local produce in the spring, summer and fall, eaten on its experience-making patio. Whatever the season, though, world-class service and food is guaranteed.
Oak Creek Brewery and Grill
Restaurant, Pub, American, $$$
Sedona’s only brewpub, Oak Creek
combines master brewing skills with wood-fired and rotisserie food, creating a unique experience in the city that has a great reputation with microbrew fans across the state. The menu of rustic, carefully cooked versions of American classics is a perfect accompaniment to their prestigious selection of ales.
Cafe, American, Contemporary, $$$
A Sedona staple, the Heartline Café
is to be found beneath West Sedona’s ‘Thunder Mountain’, an evocative location that the cafe makes the most of with its ‘secret’ garden. How secret the garden actually is debatable, however, it really is a wonderful place to dine, with farm-to-table fare served from scratch every day to ensure the finest, freshest flavors every time. Friendly and helpful service comes as standard.
Dahl & DiLuca
Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, Fusion, $$$
An Italian ristorante
infused with incredible levels of Mediterranean charm, Dahl & DiLuca
is all about award-winning Italian food and wine served alongside a beautiful fountain over a backdrop of piano and bass music. The effect is enough to sway even the most unwilling romantics into loving the restaurant. Opulence is the word that best describes this place, which gives you a real taste of ‘la dolce vita
‘ right in the heart of Arizona.