Sedona is not only a spiritual mecca and a place of indescribable beauty, but also a place where you can find a wonderful variety of fine dining and casual good eats.
This list is by no means comprehensive, but rather a compilation of the restaurants that I’ve personally enjoyed while visiting, hiking, and picnicking in this beautiful red rock country. There are so many more. Enjoy my favorites, or find a few of your own!
I’m usually so busy taking pictures in nature I haven’t photographed many of these wonderful restaurants! More to come in the future!
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK
As you drive into Sedona along Highway 179 you’ll go through several roundabouts, and have an opportunity to enjoy the outlet malls, art festivals, wonderful coffee, chai, rock shops, and variety of others explorations. Here are a few of my favorites.
Oak Creek Espresso – This lovely coffee shop offers a variety of handcrafted, consciously sourced beverages as well as decadent, healthy, and gluten free quick breakfast items and treats. You can even buy handcrafted pottery from local artists, and the occasional cookbook. There is plenty of space here to meet, work, or simply sip in silent sweetness. I stop here often on the way in or out of town. The cashiers, cooks, and baristas add a lot of love!
Desert Flour Bakery – If you find yourself driving into Sedona and can’t wait to snack or eat, Desert Flour Bakery offers pastries, desserts, coffee creations, and great breakfast or lunch fare. Enjoy a latte with a chocolate croissant, or a freshly made sandwiches or salads. I’ve never had a meal I didn’t like here. Located along 179 on the way into town.
NEAR THE “Y”
The “Y” used to be a famous fork in the road that allowed you to turn right on 89A to travel up Oak Creek, or left to head along W89A into West Sedona. Now there is a roundabout, but the name hasn’t changed. Before approaching the “Y” there are many wonderful places to browse, shop, and dine.
The Hillside shops along 179 offer unique galleries and restaurants, along with plenty of art and walkways. Next up you’ll cross the creek and see Tlaquepaque on the left, an old Mexican-style arts and crafts village with good food, coffee, and sweet treats. Across the street, up the hill, there are more restaurants. You could spend hours exploring the arts, eating delicious meals, enjoying decadent treats, or sitting in sweet silence by the stream.
Javalina Cantina – This is one of my favorite restaurants in Sedona. Great food. Awesome view. What more could you ask? Fun and funky, the Javalina Cantina offers awesome Mexican food at reasonable prices and one of the best restaurant views of the red rocks. Dine on the patio next to the fountain, or inside in their colorful booths. Sip a margarita, or munch on chips, then have fun exploring the many fresh twists on Mexican fare.
Try their blackened sea scallop salad for a lighter meal, or their Rocky Point Fish Tacos (totally delicious), or for something new and amazing their grilled chicken and vegetable burrito. At the moment, friends and I are hooked on their Salmon Tostada plate! Mmm. I’m getting hungry! Located in the Hillside Shops along 179 just to the right of the Exposure Art Gallery. Great for birthday and other celebrations.
The Hideaway House – The Hideaway offers mouth watering Italian cuisine in a casual setting. You can dine indoors or better yet on their wonderful patio amidst the sycamore trees overlooking the red rocks and oak creek. Try the lasagne (either meat or vegetarian), their signature spaghetti, or my personal favorite, the vegetarian pizza with an anti pasta salad for two that could easily feed four people! No matter what you order you’ll savor every bite. The views on the patio can’t be beat. Tucked in a little plaza on the hill on 179 just a few yards uphill and across the street from Tlaquepaque, it is not the easiest to find, but well worth the visit!
Wildflower Bread Company – There’s nothing like homemade bread in the morning and Wildflower Bread Company offers both that and gorgeous views along with a full line of coffee shop treats, and artisan breakfasts such as their roasted tomato, feta, and egg sandwich. You can dine in or out in this cheerful and busy atmosphere all the while enjoying the vistas that keep visitors coming back for more! Fresh Soups, Salads, breakfasts, and more. Located in the Hilton Plaza (Shops at Pinon Pointe) above the junction between 89A and W89A.
Sound Bites Grill – Sound Bites offers casual fine dining with stunning Red Rock views inside and on the patio, as well as some of the best entertainment in the area. Enjoy original and classic entrees, fine wines, craft beers, vegan entrees, and delicious desserts. Located in the Hilton Plaza (Shops at Pinon Pointe) above the junction between 89A and W89A.
Tlaquepaque is Sedona’s arts & crafts village. Wander through shops and galleries, and stop to eat at one of the many wonderful restaurants. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed.
Oak Creek Brewing Company – The Oak Creek Brewing Company is located on the second floor with views of the gorgeous Red Rocks. Their gold medal winning beers are brewed on site and their mesquite fired grill produces fantastically flavored pizzas, cedar planked fish and Angus steaks. Great sandwiches, salads, pizzas, barbecued ribs, and much more! The atmosphere is pleasant and if you can get a seat near one of the huge windows you’ll have a great view too!
The Secret Garden Cafe – Tucked in by the fountain and moose statues in Tlaquepaque, the Secret Garden offers delicious homemade sandwiches and salads, near the rose garden, amidst a sweet indoor/outdoor garden setting. Great food. Great coffee, amazing desserts, and a lot of love make this place truly special.
How Sweet it Is – Affectionately known as the candy store in Tlaquepaque – Sedona’s arts and crafts village – How Sweet it is offers not only a huge variety of candy, but also delicious ice cream, smoothies, hot drinks, and anything that you might need to make life a little sweeter! You’ll see all sorts of specialty candies here. Great stop to make while you’re browsing the delightful shops.
Uptown is one of the most established tourist areas in Sedona with its old western storefronts, modern art, and plenty of places to walk, shop, and dine. Enjoy a stroll along this historical strip of land with its amazing red rock views either on your way up or back from a drive up Oak Creek Canyon .
Sedona Fudge Company – As you drive back down the creek through Uptown after a long day of playing in the creek, you might just have a craving for homemade fudge! And if you don’t, a visit to this shop where you can see it being made will surely tempt you to enjoy a little more sweetness in your life. The fudge and other chocolate creations are decadently rich, and offered in a variety of amazing flavors!
Canyon Breeze – Located in the touristy uptown shops along 89A, Canyon Breeze has delicious sandwiches, salads, pizza, and other casual fare. This open air restaurant is surrounded by fun shops, and offers beautiful views of the red rocks on the back patio. There is a coffee shop and an ice cream shop in the same plaza, and clean restrooms. If you’re lucky, you may find live entertainment.
OAK CREEK – 89A
What could make a drive up Oak Creek Canyon even better? Very little except stopping to pick up a picnic lunch, dining under the trees on a gorgeous patio with forest all around, or sipping a little seasonal cider on the veranda. Life is, after all, is lived most fully when you sample the delights along the journey.
Indian Gardens Oak Creek Market – When I’m driving or hiking along Oak Creek I often stop at Indian Gardens (left side of 89A, up the creek a ways) and buy a great breakfast, sandwich, salad, or soup. They have wonderful homemade cookies, gourmet sodas, fruit, cheese, (wine if you must!), coffee creations, some of the best fresh pressed apple cider in the fall, and delicious hot cocoa in the winter! Great prices and a sweet outdoor dining area under the trees, amidst greenery in the back make it a blissful slice of heaven. Everything is made with love!
Briar Patch Inn – Briar Patch Inn offers one of the most delightful brunches in Sedona. Usually reserved for the Inn’s guests, you may be able to make reservations if they have available slots. Homemade food and rustic tables on the lawn overlook the creek in and idyllic setting. There is often music playing along with the soft breeze and buzzing of the bees. Creek side on 89A.
Junipine Cafe – Junipine is a beautiful resort along the creek. Their restaurant is cozy, inviting, and airy. Wood flooring and a casual atmosphere make you feel comfortable while you dine on flavorful meals. The menu is scrumptious and if you like, you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy the fresh air. A perfect place to stop for a cup of hot tea after a nice hike, or for a nicer dinner after you clean up a bit. Or better yet sip a cup of coffee on the patio and have a civilized breakfast here after a night of camping. Located along Oak Creek (north 89A) on the west side of the road in the Junipine Resort.
Butterfly Garden Inn – This sweet set of cabins also has a little shop where you can get really great coffee up the creek and a variety of snacks. I like to stop here while enjoying a drive up to the rim or beyond. The innkeepers are delightfully friendly whether you’re a guest or just stopping for a warm drink.
WEST SEDONA – W89A
West Sedona is where many of the locals live. You’ll find shops, restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores here too. Grab takeout and drive up to Airport Mesa for a great sunset picnic, or dine in. Enjoy the exploration. Here are a few of my favorites.
Coffee Pot Restaurant – Home of 101 Omelettes and just about everything else you’d expect in a local diner… and more! Coffee Pot Restaurant is the favorite breakfast and lunch gathering place for visitors and locals alike on West 89A. The atmosphere is casual and there is a wide variety of choices, among them the Famous 101 Omelettes. I loved the buckwheat pancakes with blueberries on top, and the bacon and eggs are always great. Why not have them all! For lunch you can order breakfast or try a variety of delicious homemade favorites. My latest love is the Mexican Tuna Melt with homemade salsa! The coffee will keep on pouring. If you can get a seat on the back patio you’ll love it. Coffee Pot has been a Sedona favorite since the 1950’s and still offers great food at great values. Check out all the portraits of famous visitors on the wall as you walk in and enjoy the unique artistic gifts in the onsite shop.
Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen – Picazzo’s offers Pizza’s, pastas, delicious salads, healthy grain bowls, and much more! Home of one of my dear vegan, soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free friend’s favorite pizza, we enjoy a healthy meal there often with friends.
Euro Deli – Euro Deli offers fine European gourmet foods. The chicken salad tastes like my Polish Grandma’s, and much of the food reminds me of the simply tasty fare I grew up with. There are tables inside and out if you’d rather sit and dine on site, or you can grab water, beverages, and a picnic lunch on your way up Dry Creek Road before hiking. Located at the intersection of West 89A and Dry Creek Road.
Whole Foods – Most of you are familiar with this healthy chain grocery store. If you’re in need of a gourmet picnic, stop at their salad bar for a variety of healthy options, or pick up some wine and cheese for a sweet sunset. Tables available if you’d like to dine on site. Located along West 89A.
Vino de Sedona – Just when you thought your day in Sedona couldn’t get any better, you wander into Vino de Sedona. Enjoy one of over 800 fine wines or craft beers, fancy kombucha (for designated drivers), gourmet cheese platters, and tapas in this casually elegant wine tasting shop. Amazingly talented local musicians often play here, giving you plenty of reason to stay and chat with friends – old or new. Watch a game, listen to live music, or just stop by for an casually elegant sip and snack. After an hour in here, you’ll feel like you’ve met a new family in Sedona. Along W89A.
ChocolaTree – ChocolaTree offers raw and vegan delicacies, raw gourmet chocolates, and a whole host of other goodies that are so healthy you can leave the guilt at home! Here you’ll find delicious meals that really are too healthy to be true. I once had a sprouted quinoa salad with raw sliced veggies and some sort of amazing ginger dressing. Another time their ginger carrot soup soothed my soul. Their chai is awesome, and oh… the raw chocolates were good! Take a few to go… Stop by often. The menu changes from time to time. Located along West 89A.
Judi’s Restaurant & Lounge – If you want something slightly fancier than many of the other places I’ve listed here, Judi’s has a great sit down dinner, and is a favorite with the locals. Try their famous baby back ribs for dinner, or order the delicious pasta or one of their many other flavorful dishes. Dine inside in an elegant but casual setting, or sit outdoors under the stars and next to the flowers. I hear lunch is great here too.