July 22, 2022
Most people visit Sedona for its stunning red rock formations or spiritual vortexes and probably pay not as much attention to finding the best places to eat there. Although I wouldn’t call Sedona a foodie’s paradise, the Red Rock City certainly offers a diverse spectrum of exciting good eats as well as fine dining restaurants for your special celebrations.
From the house of the best omelets for breakfasts to a cozy Parisian bistro for dinner, from a traditional Italian kitchen to a vibrant Argentine grill, Sedona presents some of the best places to eat for any palates and occasions. From the some of the best Belgian waffles outside of Europe to one of the best wood-fired pizzas outside of Italy, these amazing places to eat in Sedona are full of surprises and demand an adventurous mind as well as a hearty appetite.
Table of Contents
- Best Places to Eat a Casual Lunch or Dinner in Sedona
- Best Places to Eat a Romantic Dinner in Sedona
Best Places to Eat Breakfast or Brunch in Sedona
Coffee Pot Restaurant
Hours: Daily 6am – 2pm
Coffee Pot is, without any doubts, the best breakfast/brunch restaurant in the entire Sedona area. It is also known as the house of 101 omelets where you order by the number and substitutions are not allowed. My wife’s favorite is #32, avocado, mushroom, spinach, and cheese. My favorite is #41, zucchini, mushroom, spinach, tomato, and cheese.
Besides omelets, be sure to try their Belgian waffles which are every bit as good as those that I’ve had in the streets of Brussels. For a taste of Mexican fare, get their breakfast burritos or huevos rancheros.
Coffee Pot is also famous for their coffees, which are better than many of the national brands. If you like their coffee, it is for sale in the gift shop that is attached to the restaurant. You can pick up one of their unique signature coffee mugs there as well.
Hours: Daily 7:30am – 9pm
While Creekside America Bistro Sedona is opened for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the strength of their menu is definitely in their breakfast and brunch. I went there for lunch once and had the hot Memphis chicken sandwich which was really mediocre and was not spicy hot as it was supposed to be. So I would recommend this restaurant for their breakfast menu items only.
My favorite is the broken yolk sandwich (pictured above). An over easy “broken” egg together with bacon, cheese, avocado, and tomatoes are served in toasted sourdough bread. The dish comes with a nice garden salad tossed in apple vinaigrette. This is good stuff! They are also known for their Chilaquiles, a traditional Mexican breakfast of corn tortillas served with eggs, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese over a bold green chili sauce. Their huevos rancheros is also one of the best in town.
Red Rock Café
Hours: Daily 7am – 2pm; closed Tuesday
If you are staying near the Village of Oak Creek or driving up the SR 179 from the Phoenix area, then Red Rock Café is the perfect spot for breakfast before heading over to the Bell Rock and other attractions.
Almost everything on Red Rock’s menu is good, but they are best known for their Southwestern fares and Mexican specialties. The blue corn huevos rancheros (pictured above) is the best in town. Their skillets are the top local favorites which feature a potato medley topped with eggs, cheese, and pico de gallo smothered in a rich and bold house rancheros sauce.
If you are looking for a hearty breakfast to load up on carbs and protein before your strenuous hike, get their grande burritos which is made with three eggs and a choice of four ingredients and is served with hash browns or home fries.
Best Places to Eat a Casual Lunch or Dinner in Sedona
Dellepiane Sedona Argentine Grill
Hours: Tue 5pm – 9pm; Wed – Sat 11:30am – 9pm; Sun 11:30am – 8:30pm
Dellepiane Argentine Grill, aka Dellepiane Burger, is a vibrant and casual Latin-themed restaurant perfect for either lunch or dinner. My wife and I really enjoyed the upbeat Latin music when we had lunch there, and on selected nights, there is live music to accompany your dinner.
While Dellepiane offers a wide selection of burgers – which are some of their specialties – I am there for (and recommend) their Latin fares. Their empanadas are some of the best that I’ve had in Arizona, which is famous for Southwestern cuisines. I highly recommend getting their empanadas combo which offers a choice of any two of their empanadas plus a side salad or fries.
After my climb up the Bell Rock, I had their Cubano sandwich for lunch. It was made with marinated pork, smoked Cuban ham, cheese, pickles, a bold mustard, and their house Cubano sauce. It was hearty, delicious, and almost out of this World. I’ll be sure to get this again the next time I’m there.
Hours: Thu – Sun 4pm – 9pm; Fri – Sat 11:30am- 10pm
Pisa Lisa is a creation of Sedona’s celebrity chef Lisa Dahl and is well known for their wood-fired pizzas. The pizza crust is thin and airy. The edges are slightly burnt and crispy. The pizzas are fresh from the oven and fills the air around your table with that distinct wood-fired aroma.
For red sauce pizzas, I love their margherita and primo portobello. For white sauce, try the funghi decadente. For apps or sides, I highly recommend their homemade meatballs which are some of the best that I’ve had. The meatballs are soft and flavorful; their signature Marinara sauce is so good that you will soak up every drop of it with your pizza crust.
They have two locations – West Sedona and Village of Oak Creek. Seating is first come first served only. Reservations are not accepted. Online ordering for takeout is available.
Hours: Daily 7:30am – 9pm
Mesa Grill is located just adjacent to Sedona Airport and offers a spectacular view of the airport’s runway and its surrounding red rock formations. It is a perfect place to grab a delicious meal before or after your Airport Mesa hike. But be sure to go there with a hearty appetite as their portions are huge.
My wife ordered the Mesa Fish-Wich which came with several pieces of parmesan crust red snapper that were fried to perfection. It came with a jalapeño slaw and a choice or soup or fries.
I had the foot-long chili cheese dog which was made with an all-beef hot dog sitting atop a subtle serving of chili, topped with melted cheese, and garnished with crispy onion straws. A generous serving of fries accompanied the dish.
Mesa Grill is also known for their St. Louis pork ribs and Carne Asada. Their “Smashed Burger” made with prime Angus beef is another excellent choice. This restaurant is almost always busy, and especially during peak seasons. Reservations are highly recommended.
The Vault Uptown
Hours: Mon – Thu 11:30am – 9pm; Fri – Sun 11am – 9pm
Both the indoors and patio seating of The Vault Uptown offers unapparelled views of the Sedona red rocks as well as a vibrant yet cozy atmosphere.
Their signature lunch favorite among both locals and tourists alike is the mushroom burger. Top quality ground beef topped with bacon, mushrooms, cheese, arugula, and onions is sandwiched in a bolillo bun and served with fries.
For apps, I love their Buffalo wings and their famous “trash can nachos”. My favorite dinner entrée is their baby back ribs in a tangy and mildly spicy barbecue sauce. Steak lovers will enjoy their prime filet mignon or bone-in rib eye. For seafood, I highly recommend getting the pistachio crusted seabass.
Reservations are highly recommended. Online ordering for takeout is available.
Oak Creek Brewery and Grill
Hours: Mon 11:30am – 3pm; Tue-Sun 11:30am – Close
Located inside the popular Tlaquepaque Village, Oak Creek Brewery and Grill offers a wide selection of craft beers and a full bar in a vibrant and casual atmosphere. While most bars in Sedona that I’ve been to offer mediocre “bar food”, Oak Creek cooks up some of the best cuisines that you can taste in the red rock city.
For apps, my personal favorite is their signature Oak Creek hot wings which, to me, has the right level of heat that gives my palate a strong kick, but it is not overwhelming. One of the local favorites is the Baja burger which is loaded with pepper jack cheese, avocado, chipotle sauce, cabbage, and cilantro.
The last time I was there I ordered the Red Rock Rack of Ribs which were so tender that the meat fell off the bone with the touch of a fork. The barbeque sauce was tangy, savory, and not too sweet. The portion was huge – I ordered a half rack and it was the perfect size for me.
Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 9:30pm; Sat – Sun 8:30am – 9:30pm
Shorebird Sedona enters into my radar because it is one of the very few (if there are even more than a couple) American restaurants in Sedona that serve good quality sushi – for a change of scenery and a change of taste. You can eat only that many burgers, ribs, steaks, pastas, pizzas, etc. You see what I mean?
One of their signatures is the Catalina Roll, made with blue crab, cucumbers, yellowtail, and avocado. For nigiri sushi, get the seared ahi tuna or yellowtail with ponzu sauce. Their sesame seared tuna tataki sashimi is another good choice.
For traditional American cuisines, the braised Angus short rib is one of their best known house specialties. Meat lovers will enjoy their wood-fired filet mignon or rib eye steaks.
Best Places to Eat a Romantic Dinner in Sedona
Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill
Hours: Sun – Thu 11:30am – 9pm; Thu – Sat 11:30am – 10pm
Mariposa is probably the most iconic restaurant in Sedona. This is also the signature restaurant of celebrity chef Lisa Dahl. During peak seasons and especially on weekends, reservations need to be made weeks in advance. The moment you pull into the parking lot, you’ll see the stunning architecture of the restaurant as well as the breathtaking views that it offers. My wife and I were there early for our reservation, but we enjoyed our time taking pictures outside the restaurant and exploring its patio area.
Mariposa is a Latin inspired grill that offers bold flavors with a Southwestern twist. One of their most popular house specials is the Cubano skirt steak, which is chargrilled to a perfect medium rare, sliced, and topped with house made chimichurri. The dish is complemented with a serving of roasted potatoes that are slightly crusted on the outside but soft, moist, and fluffy inside.
They also have daily specials that are not on the menu and you server will let you know what they are. The night we were there, the tiger prawn and salmon was the special of the day and it was very good. I know some of you might be skeptical about having seafood in the desert, but believe me, this dish was good, and the seafood tasted fresh.
If you have time for just one fine dining experience, then without a doubt, this is it! Just remember to make your reservations early to avoid disappointment.
Dahl and DiLuca Ristorante Italiano
Hours: Sun – Thu 5pm – 8:45pm; Fri – Sat: 5pm – 9:45pm
Dahl and DiLuca is another creation by celebrity chef Lisa Dahl and this restaurant is focused on Italian fine dining. It is a white-tablecloth type of fine dining restaurant and dress code is strictly enforced. The décor of the restaurant is cozy and elegant, with a sophisticated yet unpretentious atmosphere.
For apps, absolutely get the calamari served with lemon capers aioli and their signature Marinara sauce. It tasted like the same Marinara sauce that they serve their meatballs with in Pisa Lisa, which is delightfully delicious.
For main course, my wife loves their Vitello Botticelli which is a scallopini of veal sauteed with mushrooms in a Marsala wine sauce and accompanied by succulent prawns and orzo pilaf. I had a grilled halibut complemented by a pair of jumbo prawns served atop a bed of orzo pilaf. Both dishes were almost heavenly, and service was close to impeccable.
They are opened for dinner only and reservations are required. Maximum party size is six. Takeout is available on a limited basis only.
Rene at Tlaquepaque
Hours: Daily 5pm – 9pm
Rene, located in Sedona’s iconic Tlaquepaque Village, is a charming and romantic French restaurant serving continental cuisine with a Southwestern twist. They offer both indoor and patio seating, all with white tablecloth and an elegant setting. This is a perfect date night spot.
For apps, my wife always get their classic French delicacy of escargots served with garlic parsley butter. I also recommend the blue crab stuffed peppers.
Their famous house special is the 32-ounce prime bone-in Tomahawk steak for two carved tableside. For a lighter appetite, get the filet mignon. Vegetarians will absolutely love their mushroom strudel baked in vegan pastry and served with farm-fresh vegetables. For seafood, my top choice is their panko-crusted seabass.
They are open for dinner only and reservations are highly recommended. Takeout is not available as of this writing.