L'Auberge de Sedona (301 L'Auberge Lane, off N. Hwy. 89A one quarter mile north of the Y, 928/282-1661, www.lauberge.com) prepares outstanding French cuisine in an elegant setting. Open daily for breakfast ($15-20) and lunch ($20-25) at the Terrace on the Creek. In the evening, you dine indoors (or on the Terrace in summer) with a choice of dinner entrees ($30-40), a tasting menu ($75), and tasting menu with wine pairings ($120). Reservations should be made for dinner, but aren't needed for breakfast and lunch. Evening dress code is business casual.
The Orchards Bar & Grill (254 N. Hwy. 89A, 928/282-7200, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $13-21) prepares creative regional American fare—chicken, ribs, fish, pasta, pizza, and sandwiches—using fresh ingredients.
Gallery on Oak Creek Restaurant (310 N. Hwy. 89A, 928/282-4828 or 866/455-6610, www.amararesort.com, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $17-30) at the Amara Creekside Resort serves creative American and Southwestern food. Artwork decorates the interior. You'll have a view of the red rocks from both the indoor and patio dining areas.
Steak & Sticks (Los Abrigados, 160 Portal Lane, 928/204-7849, daily except Tues. for dinner, $14-30) features steaks, lamb, chicken, fish, and Sedona's only billiard club. Joey Bistro (Los Abrigados Resort, 160 Portal Lane, 0.2 mile south on Hwy. 179 from Hwy. 89A, 928/204-5639, daily for dinner, may close Wed. Feb.-May, $9-26) offers tempting Italian pasta, meat, and seafood dishes.
T. Carl's (Radisson Poco Diablo Resort, two miles south on Hwy. 179 from Hwy. 89A, 928/282-7333, ext. 235, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $17-26) offers an extensive menu of Southwestern and continental dishes. There's a Sunday buffet for $20. The restaurant is named after Sedona Schnebly's husband.
Yavapai Restaurant (Enchantment Resort, 525 Boynton Canyon Rd. off Dry Creek Rd., 928/204-6000, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $23-38) serves fine American and Southwest cuisine. You can dine inside or out on the terrace and take in beautiful canyon views. On Sundays, you can enjoy a jazz buffet brunch for $34.50. Reservations should be made for all meals.
Garland's Oak Creek Lodge (7.7 miles north of Sedona on Hwy. 89A, 928/282-3343, $30-38) prepares memorable American regional cuisine for breakfast and the four-course dinner during the April to mid-November season; reservations required.
Junipine Cafe (Junipine Resort, 8 miles north of Sedona on Hwy. 89A, 928/282-7406, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, may close some days in winter, $10-18) serves continental and Southwestern fare.
Cowboy Club (241 N. Hwy. 89A in Uptown Sedona, 928/282-4200, daily for lunch and dinner, $14-33) features "high desert cuisine" of Western-style steak, ribs, chicken, and fish) for dinner, as well as lighter fare for lunch.
Canyon Breeze (300 N. Hwy. 89A in Uptown Sedona, 928/282-2112, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $6-10) has great views of Red Rock country from the deck out back, along with such popular fare as sandwiches, pizza, fajitas, and tacos.
Judi's Restaurant (40 Soldier Pass Rd., 928/282-4449, Mon.-Sat. for lunch and daily for dinner, $11-22.50) is a long-running dining spot that's popular with the locals. You can choose from many seafood and meat dishes, a few pasta entrees, plus Judi's famous deserts. Judi's husband Larry is in the restaurant business too—he runs Keiser's West, described below.
Shugrue's Hillside Grill (Hillside Sedona at 671 Hwy. 179, 928/282-5300, daily for lunch and dinner, $19-48) prepares seafood, such as the signature flame-broiled shrimp scampi, along with pasta and meat dishes.
Sedona Airport Restaurant (928/282-3576, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $11-22) offers creative dining while you watch the planes come and go atop Airport Mesa. It's especially good for breakfast. Follow Airport Road to its end from W. Hwy. 89A.
Heartline Cafe (1610 W. Hwy. 89A, 928/282-0785, daily for lunch and dinner, $15-27) serves meat, seafood, and vegetarian items "with a twist."
Coffee Pot Restaurant (2050 W. Hwy. 89A, 928/282-6626, daily for breakfast and lunch, $3.50-11) has both indoor and patio dining. The menu features 101 varieties of omelets; kids may go for #101 with peanut butter, jelly, and banana.
Keiser's West (2920 W. Hwy. 89A, 928/204-2088, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—except no dinner on Sun., $7.50-19) cooks up great breakfasts and also draws the crowds for its steak, seafood, pasta, barbecue, and Mexican entrees.
In the Village of Oak Creek, Desert Flour Bakery & Bistro (Castle Rock Plaza, 6446 Hwy. 179, 928/284-4633, daily for breakfast and lunch, Wed.-Sat. for dinner, $9.50-14) prepares wood-fired pizza and such entrees as steak and salmon along with specialty breads, baked goodies, sandwiches, and salads.
Rene at Tlaquepaque (Tlaquepaque, 0.3 mile south on Hwy. 179 from Hwy. 89A, 928/282-9225, daily for lunch and dinner, $20-36) serves outstanding continental cuisine in an elegant dining room and on Patio Azul. Specialties include Colorado rack of lamb, roast duck with sun-dried cherry sauce, seitan tofu Wellington, and flambe deserts.
The Hideaway (Country Square shopping center on Hwy. 179, 0.2 mile south of Hwy. 89A, 928/282-4204, daily for lunch and dinner, $10-12.50) serves sandwiches for lunch and fine Italian food for dinner. There's a lounge upstairs and the main dining room below. Decks on both levels overlook Oak Creek and are very popular with diners.
Dahl and DiLuca Ristorante Italiano (2321 W. Hwy. 89A, across from Safeway, 928/282-5219, nightly for dinner, $11-28) features a chef from Rome who prepares central and northern Italian cuisine such as the popular veal and fettuccine cioppino dishes. Diners enjoy live music and a choice of indoor and patio seating.
Pizza Picazzo (1855 W. Hwy. 89A, 928/282-4140, daily for lunch and dinner, $12.50-23.50) serves award-winning gourmet pizza.
Cucina Rústica (Tequa Plaza, 928/284-3010, nightly for dinner, $16-26) in front of the Hilton in the Village of Oak Creek offers superb Mediterranean cuisine. The romantic dining rooms, two with fireplaces, seem right out of a European castle. On summer evenings, many diners enjoy being outside on the patios. The menu changes frequently but always features veal and fresh fish; you can even order take-out.
Pago's Pizzeria & Italian Cuisine (Castle Rock Plaza in the Village of Oak Creek, 928/284-1939, daily for lunch and dinner, $10-18) fixes chicken, veal, seafood, pasta, calzone, pizza, and subs.
El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano (Tlaquepaque, 928/282-4648, daily for lunch and dinner, $4-15) serves excellent food, including fruit chimichangas and Navajo pizza, with indoor and shaded patio seating.
Javelina Cantina (671 Hwy. 179 in Hillside Sedona, 928/203-9514, daily for lunch and dinner, $11-17) prepares a variety of popular standbys and new specialties, including fish tacos, chili rellenos, and fajitas.
Casa Rincon & Tapas Cantina (2620 W. Hwy. 89A, 928/282-4849, daily for lunch and dinner, $4-21.50) features Southwestern and Mexican cuisine including such favorites as fajitas and grilled Oak Creek trout. Bands or entertainers perform most nights.
India Palace (1910 W. Hwy. 89A in Bashas' Shopping Center, 928/204-2300, daily for lunch and dinner, $8-15) uses wonderful spices in a north India style. There's a good-value buffet option at lunch, and a choice of entrees and set meals at dinner.
Also in Bashas' Shopping Center, Peking Inn (928/282-3118, daily for lunch and dinner, $7-15) serves Mandarin, Szechuan, and other Chinese cuisines. Both lunch and dinner have buffet and a la carte options.
Takashi Japanese Restaurant (465 Jordan Rd. in Uptown Sedona, 928/282-2334, Tues.-Fri. for lunch, Tues.-Sun. for dinner, $18-24) serves a variety of Japanese styles and sushi.
Thai Spices (2986 W. Hwy. 89A, 928/282-0599, Mon.-Sat. for lunch and dinner, $6-12.50) cooks flavorful fresh Thai food and offers many vegetarian items. It's next to the White House Inn.
Mandarin House (6486 Hwy. 179 in Village of Oak Creek, 928/284-9088, daily for lunch and dinner $6-23) offers Mandarin, Hunan, and Szechuan cuisines.
Sasaki Japanese Restaurant (65 Bell Rock Blvd. in the Village of Oak Creek, 928/284-1757, daily for dinner, $13.50-45) features a large menu.
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