Breakfast at Indian gardens in Sedona

As Sedona is becoming a prime Southwestern vacation destination nowadays, it’s no surprise that more and more restaurants are beginning to pop up around town. What once started as a simple one stoplight town has now become a thriving tourist hotspot. Despite the small year round population of just 10,000, Sedona boasts an impressive number of unique local dining establishments. While some Sedona restaurants are highly regarded for their unique Southwestern cuisine, others are more well-known for offering fabulous views of the red rocks, and a few even feature a winning combination of both! While visiting this red rock wonderland, here are 15 fabulous restaurants you will want to keep in mind.

1. Indian Gardens

Indian Gardens in Sedona AZ

Indian Gardens, located in picturesque Oak Creek Canyon, is Sedona’s winning choice for both breakfast and lunch. With a health conscious menu, expertly crafted espresso drinks, friendly service, a relaxed shady garden patio, affordable prices, and early opening hours, there really is nothing not to like about this local gem. Whether you are in the mood for pancakes topped with berry compote & macadamia nuts, a homemade moist pumpkin muffin, or a filling breakfast burrito, you will find it all at Indian Gardens.

Grains and greens bowl at Indian gardens in Sedona AZ

The tasty Grains & Greens bowl – 2 eggs your way, avocado, butternut squash, sauteed kale and veggies, served with a side of hot sauce

Pumpkin muffin and espresso drink at Indian Gardens in Flagstaff, Arizona

The most delicious homemade pumpkin muffin and a creamy chocolate mocha!

Breakfast Burrito at Indian Gardens in Sedona AZ

The breakfast burrito at Indian Garden is a must try!

Indian Gardens in beautiful Oak Creek CanyonWhat to try: Grains and Greens Bowl, Breakfast burrito, Garden Pita, Dan the Man sandwich, a homemade muffin or slice of coffee cake, any espresso drink
Why it’s great: A scenic Oak Creek Canyon location, early opening hours so you can enjoy a quick meal pre-hike, the best espresso drinks in town, a focus on healthy ingredients, plenty of allergy friendly options including GF and vegan substitutions
Location: 3951 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Full review of Indian Gardens

2. Cucina Rustica

Cucina Rustica in Sedona AZ

Cucina is one of just a handful of Italian establishments in this region. Sadly, Northern Arizona is not known for being home to many decent authentic Italian restaurants. Cucina is owned by renowned Chef Lisa Dahl, who operates a number of other highly regarded Sedona dining favorites such as Dahl and Diluca and Mariposa, although Cucina is by far the best of the bunch. After a long day out exploring Sedona’s amazing trails, a nice hearty Italian meal is definitely the way to go!

Cucina is the best Italian restaurant in town due to the wonderful setting, service, and cuisine. Although Dahl and Diluca is more popular with tourists, Cucina offers a more rustic charm, along with friendlier service and a more welcoming laid-back vibe. The Primavera Al Pesto is a wonderful creamy pasta treat with the most delicious pesto sauce ever. Also – do not leave without trying out the wonderful dessert sampler!

Gorgeous dining room at Cucina Rustica in Sedona, Arizona

The gorgeous romantic dining room is perfect for date night!

Outdoor patio at Cucina Rustica in Sedona AZ

The gorgeous garden patio at Cucina – perfect on warm summer nights!

Tortelloni con Funghi Tartufo at Cucina Rustica in Sedona, Arizona

Tortelloni con Funghi Tartufo – an amazingly rich and delicious dish!

Delicious Fettuccine Primavera Al Pesto at Cucina Rustica in Sedona, Arizona

Delicious Fettuccine Primavera Al Pesto

A fantastic dessert sampler at Cucina Rustica in Sedona AZ

The wonderful dessert sampler features 3 of Cucina’s tastiest desserts!

What to try: Fettuccine Primavera Al Pesto, Tortelloni con Funghi Tartufo, Dessert sampler
Why it’s great: Delicious authentic Italian fare, a beautiful dining room and outdoor patio, works with local companies and uses organic ingredients when available
Location: 7000 AZ-179 #126A, Sedona, AZ 86351
Full review of Cucina Rustica 

3. Hideaway House

Hideaway House in Sedona AZ

Hideaway is a popular summer hangout in Sedona due to a winning combination of top knotch views, hearty entrees (which are just perfect for refueling post-hike), and a laid-back tropical vibe. Hideaway specializes in what they call “curious Italian cuisine,” and is the place to go if you are looking to indulge in some tasty snacks and appetizers like homemade pizza, garlic cheese bread, and grilled cheese. Everything at Hideaway is made fresh in house, so you will find no frozen or canned ingredients here – the soup stock and bread are even made in house!

Garlic cheese blossom at Hideaway House in Sedona, Arizona

The tasty garlic cheese blossom appetizer is definitely the perfect way to start any meal at Hideaway!

Salad and soup at Hideaway House in Sedona AZ

A veggie filled salad and delicious homemade minestrone soup served with mini grilled cheese!

Cheese pizza at Hideaway House in Sedona AZ

Delicious cheese pizza!

Great views from the Hideaway House in Sedona AZ

Amazing red rock views from the patio at Hideaway.

What to try: Homemade cheese pizza, minestrone soup with mini grilled cheese, garlic cheese blossom
Why it’s great: Features a diverse menu of comfort style Italian foods with several vegetarian options, features a unique design and layout, a gorgeous outdoor patio with great red rock views, patio is shady and breezy for the hot summer season
Location: 231 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336
Full review of Hideaway House 

4. The Hudson

Outdoor dining at The Hudson in Sedona AZ

As one of Sedona’s newcomers to the restaurant scene, The Hudson does not disappoint whatsoever in the food or ambiance departments. Both the cuisine and views here are fabulous: a rare treat in a touristy area like Sedona. The Hudson offers both tourists and locals a nice classy dining experience with an upscale casual feel, without the stuffy air of most fine dining establishments. The menu at Hudson is amongst the most creative in town, with an abundance of interesting choices sure to please even the pickiest diners.

Spinach artichoke dip at The Hudson in Sedona AZ

Treat yourself to the wonderful spinach artichoke dip!

Turkey burger at The Hudson in Sedona AZ

The Hudson offers a number of burgers, sandwiches, and salads for those seeking a light lunch

Butternut squash ravioli at The Hudson in Sedona AZ

The homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli is the highlight of The Hudson’s creative menu

Cozy outdoor seating at The Hudson in Sedona AZ

The cozy outdoor patio seating makes The Hudson a perfect choice for a long, relaxing lunch

Beautiful scenery from The Hudson in Sedona AZ

Check out these incredible red rock views!

Gorgeous red rock scenery from The Hudson in Sedona AZ

One of many red rock formations that can be enjoyed via the patio at The Hudson

What to try: Butternut Squash Ravioli, Four Cheese Spinach Artichoke dip, Parmesan Chicken Sacloppini
Why it’s great: Delicious creative cuisine at affordable prices, great happy hour deals, a gorgeous dining room overlooking the red rocks, a nice outdoor patio with great scenery, attentive service, upscale without a stuffy vibe
Location: 671 AZ-179 D, Sedona, AZ 86336
Full review of The Hudson 

5. Che-Ah-Chi

Scenic outdoor dining at Che Ah Chi in Sedona AZ

Che-Ah-Chi is the main restaurant at the beautiful Enchantment Resort, an amazing Sedona property which often books out months in advance due to its’ gorgeous setting and wonderful amenities. At Che-Ah-Chi, you will be able to treat yourself to chef inspired cuisine while gazing out at the towering red rocks via the floor to ceiling windows. If weather permits, you can enjoy even more tremendous views via the best outdoor patio in Sedona. Everything is perfect at this restaurant, including the service, decor, and food. Che-Ah-Chi is hands down the best place for a relaxed, scenic breakfast in Sedona. While dinner is also great, breakfast is a much better value as you can enjoy the same views without the insane upcharge.

The Smiling Skillet (eggs, turkey bacon, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus, and bell peppers, served with the most delicious house made hot sauce, is a must try!

Mocha french toast at Che Ah Chi in Sedona AZ

The Mocha French Toast is incredible!

Scenic views at The Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona

Check out these amazing red rock views!

What to try: Mocha french toast, Smiling Skillet
Why it’s great: Features the best views of Sedona’s red rocks in a romantic setting, exquisite food and service, great house coffee
Location: 525 Boynton Canyon Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336

6. Bella Vita

Bella Vita Ristorante in Sedona AZ

Bella Vita is the second best Italian restaurant in Sedona, next to Cucina Rustica. While not as extravagant as Cucina, the food at Bella is just as good, and the low-key, non touristy setting is definitely a bonus after just a few days in busy Sedona. Pricing is high as is the case in almost all of Sedona, although the authentic cuisine and romantic ambiance make up for the upcharge. Bella Vita is located in the Sedona Pines Resort, far away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy Uptown Sedona, making it a good choice for a date or quiet night out.

Mushroom pasta at Bella Vita in Sedona AZ

The Pappardelle Funghi, a delicious mushroom in a champagne and truffle cream sauce, is outstanding! What a treat after a long day on the trails!

Fetuccini alfredo at Bella Vita in Sedona AZ

Great Fettuccine Alfredo!

Flourless chocolate cake at Bella Vita in Sedona AZ

Treat yourself to a slice of flourless chocolate cake!

Beautiful dining room of Bella Vita in Sedona AZ

What to try: Pappardelle Funghi, Fettuccini Alfredo, Tortellini, Torta di Cioccolato
Why it’s great: Authentic tasty Italian cuisine, attentive service, romantic & non-touristy ambiance
Location: 6701 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Full review of Bella Vita 

7. Miley’s Cafe

Mileys Cafe in Sedona AZ

Miley’s Cafe is the best choice for authentic Mexican cuisine in Sedona. While Javelina and Barking Frog are much more popular with tourists (which is quite understandable due to the more vibrant setting), Miley’s is the real deal. For the best burritos and enchiladas in town (they are fabulous!!), bypass the more touristy options and head straight over to Miley’s. Miley’s is located in the Village of Oak Creek, nearby several of Sedona’s best hiking trails including Little Horse, making it the perfect option for anyone heading out this way for the day. Really, what’s better than a hearty Mexican meal after an exhausting hike out in the desert?! Fuel up with some hearty Mexican fare at Miley’s after your red rock adventures – you will not be disappointed!

Enchiladas at Mileys Cafe in Sedona AZ

The spinach enchiladas are the must try at Mileys!

Dining area of Mileys Cafe in Sedona AZ

Simple no-frills dining at Miley’s. Not overcrowded and no long wait as opposed to the popular Uptown restaurants.

What to try: Spinach enchilada, Chicken Chimichanga
Why it’s great: No frills, just fantastic Mexican food at fair prices, located nearby great area hikes, not overcrowded or touristy, quick & convenient
Location: 7000 AZ-179 Suite 108, Sedona, AZ 86351
Full review of Miley’s Cafe 

8. Pisa Lisa

Pisa Lisa in Sedona Arizona

If you are craving some pizza after working a sweat up on a Sedona trail, Pisa Lisa is the place to go. Another of Lisa Dahl’s restaurants, this one features outstanding wood fired pizzas, available in a number of tempting creations featuring all sorts of cheese, meats, spices, and veggies. For vegans, they offer an outstanding vegan pizza which includes their famous Mother sauce, olive tapenade, grilled eggplant, artichoke hearts, arugula and pine-nuts – it’s a must try for any veggie lovers out there! The setting here is pretty simplistic – Pisa Lisa is simply a great place to enjoy a quick and tasty bite to eat after spending the day exploring this beautiful area of the Southwest.

Delicious cheese pizza at Pisa Lisa in Sedona AZ

The cheese pizza is the best in town!

Cute holiday decor at Pisa Lisa in Sedona AZ

Cute holiday decor at Pisa Lisa -check out the old-fashioned coca cola decor!

What to try: you cannot go wrong with the basic cheese, also be sure to try some homemade gelato for dessert!
Why it’s great: the best place in town for quality pizza
Location: 2245 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

9. Chocolatree

Chocolatree in Sedona Arizona

Chocolatree is not only a vegan paradise in Sedona, but also one of only 2 restaurants which offer a 100% gluten-free and organic menu. For anyone seeking an allergy friendly meal, Chocolatree is definitely the way to go. The creative (and delicious) food offerings and beautiful shady outdoor patio really make it a great choice for anyone, whether or not you are following any specialty diet. Their desserts are just wonderful – the tempting assortment of all different types of healthy & decadent chocolate truffles and treats (all chocolates are made on-site) will greet you right when you walk in. It’s impossible not to pick up a few treats to go!

Asides from healthy smoothies, teas, health shots & elixirs, Chocolatree also offers a full breakfast & lunch/dinner menu. Their unique take on classic dishes (using no gluten or dairy) is quite impressive – you will find a number of traditional dishes on the menu, only they are made using non traditional ingredients, and surprisingly, taste pretty close to the real thing in comparison. For breakfast, try the buckwheat waffles. For lunch, try one of the burritos or the Saag Paneer.

Sedona 2012 Burrito at Chocolatree in Sedona AZ

The Sedona 2012 Burrito – a live tomato wrap stuffed to the brim with quinoa, potato & carrot, wild rice, mushroom sauce, pico de gallo, onion, garlic, guacamole, mama’s hot sauce, creamy vegan cheddar & honey mustard – so good!

Papa's Potato soup at Chocolatree in Sedona AZ

Try out a bowl of delicious homemade soup. Pictured here is Papa’s Potato – very filling and delicious!

Garden patio at Chocolatree in Sedona AZ

Relaxed garden patio at Chocolatree in Sedona AZ

What to try: Sedona 2012 Burrito, Maca smoothie, Elote Bliss, a chocolate truffle or 2
Why it’s great: 100% organic & gluten-free, beautiful shady outdoor garden patio, delicious chocolate treats, healthy, yet still delicious cuisine, lots of interesting health elixirs and drinks to test out
Location: 1595 West Hwy 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Full review of Chocolatree

10. Elote

Elote Cafe in Sedona Arizona

The line at Elote, Sedona’s most popular tourist restaurant, often begins to form an hour before opening, especially during the peak summer season. Is it worth the wait? If you are craving some tasty Southwestern style cuisine, then yes, you should definitely give Elote a try. The restaurant is named after their signature appetizer the Elote, and I can say that this creamy street corn dish smothered in mayo, lime, and cojita cheese definitely does not disappoint!

Everything on this small menu looks pretty tempting in all honesty, and after trying out a few delicious entrees, I can say that the food really is worth the hype. And the complimentary chips and salsa appetizer offers just the right amount of crunch and spice to keep you munching on them the entire meal! Although the interior space is nothing to write home about, the outdoor patio features some nice red rock views, which you will be able to take full advantage of if your visit falls anytime other than the cool winter season.

Chips and salsa at Elote in Sedona Arizona

Elote’s chips and salsa are so addictive!

Chicken enchiladas at Elote Cafe in Sedona AZ

Delicious chicken enchiladas!

Chille Relleno at Elote Cafe in Sedona AZ

The Chille Relleno – an amazing vegetarian dish!

Views of the red rocks from Elote Cafe in Sedona AZ

A hint of red rock view from the Elote dining room. Sit outside on the patio for better views!

What to try: The Elote, Chile Relleno, Smoked Chicken Enchiladas
Why it’s great: Interesting and tasty Southwestern cuisine, the famous Elote appetizer, quick service
Location:  771 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336

11. Salt Rock Southwest Kitchen

Great views dining at Saltrock Southwest Kitchen in Sedona AZ

Salt Rock is both a delicious and scenic find in Sedona. Located in the Amara, a beautiful Kimpton resort, Salt Rock offers an attractive laid-back, non stuffy vacation vibe, making it a great choice whether or not you are staying on-site. A fantastic outdoor patio complete with relaxing red rock views and picturesque desert landscaping, make Salt Rock the perfect choice for a long lazy vacation lunch. The highlight here is a wonderful 3 course Prix Fixe lunch menu which includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert for just 25 bucks – a real steal in this pricey vacation town.

Mixed green salad at Saltrock Southwest Kitchen in Sedona AZ

Fresh greens as a healthy starting appetizer

Egg salad sandwich at Saltrock Southwest Kitchen in Sedona AZ

The Egg salad sandwich served with tasty homemade fries – a great vegetarian option

Corn soup at Saltrock Southwest Kitchen in Sedona AZ

The delicious Southwestern style roasted corn soup!

S'mores desert at Saltrock Southwest Kitchen in Sedona AZ

The S’mores desert is one unique choice to top off a great meal!

Flourless Chocolate Torte at Saltrock Southwest Kitchen in Sedona AZ

The decadent flourless chocolate torte!

Dining room at Saltrock Southwest Kitchen in Sedona AZ

What to try: Roasted Corn soup, Egg Salad, S’mondae Vanilla, Flourless Chili Chocolate Torte
Why it’s great: Delicious, creative regional Southwestern cuisine, great Prix Fixe lunch and dinner menus, a laid-back vacation vibe, a beautiful outdoor dining area
Location: 100 Amara Ln #101, Sedona, AZ 86336

12. Barking Frog Grille

Barking Frog Grille in Sedona AZ

Barking Frog Grille, a great Sedona Southwestern themed restaurant, really stands out in town due to its’ gorgeous 8000 square foot dining room, designed by famous architect Bob McIntyre (who also worked on Sedona’s popular Tlaquepaque arts and crafts village). You can really tell that Barking Frog’s designers put massive effort into creative a distinctive space, as opposed to the standard chain template that many restaurants in this area use. While Sedona offers no shortage of beautiful outdoor patios, most restaurants are lacking in terms of nice indoor dining space, however, this is definitely not the case with Barking Frog! While many of Sedona’s outdoor based restaurants disappoint during the winter season, Barking Frog shines as a great year-round dining destination.

Asides from the delicious standard Tex-Mex fare, you will be able to try a few regional specialities such as
a Prickly Pear martini and Nopales Cactus fries with sweet prickly pear dipping sauce! You will find various taco combinations available, enchiladas and burritos, and even a few American dishes. Plenty of items can be made gluten-free or vegetarian. Like the food, the service is also exceptional. While many restaurants in Sedona offer wonderful food, Barking Frog is one of just a handful which also offers a wonderful dining experience.

Chips and guacamole at Barking Frog Grille in Sedona AZ

You cannot go wrong with the housemade chips and guacamole!

Chicken nachos at Barking Frog Grille in Sedona AZ

Chicken Nachos – what an appetizer!

Veggie tacos at Barking Frog Grille in Sedona AZ

Any of the taco combinations are sure to please! So delicious!

Southwestern themed decor at Barking Frog Grille in Sedona AZ

One of many gorgeously designed dining rooms at Barking Frog

Patio at Barking Frog Grille in Sedona AZ

Barking Frog features a gorgeous patio for the warmer season.

What to try: House guacamole, cactus fries, Smoked Mushroom & Butternut Squash tacos, Pacific Seabass tacos
Why it’s great: A massive, gorgeously designed dining room, several beautiful outdoor patios, many creative
local dishes, big servings and affordable pricing
Location: 2620 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Full review of Barking Frog Grille

13. Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen

Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen in Sedona, Arizona

Picazzo’s is a really unique Arizona chain as the menu is 100% gluten free! However, just because Picazzo’s offers gluten-free Italian food does not mean that you have to skip the bread, pasta, pizza, and desserts! In fact, nothing is off limits here! Picazzo’s somehow has found a way to create gluten-free versions of every Italian food possible – bruschetta, pizza, lasagna, ravioli, even tiramisu! Now you can enjoy all your favorite Italian dishes, only without the gluten. Many dishes can also be made vegan, thereby also making Picazzo’s a great choice for anyone avoiding dairy and/or meat.

And, unlike some flavorless, cardboard tasting gluten-free foods, the fare at Picazzo’s is actually pretty good, and even those not following a diet are sure to appreciate the tasty cuisine. As an added bonus, Picazzo’s uses organic non GMO ingredients. Picazzo’s offers a nice casual dining layout and a pretty outdoor patio complete with a firepit & a even a hint of red rock scenery. The wonderful daily happy hour deal featuring half priced appetizers (3-6pm daily) is the best deal in town!

Hummus appetizer at Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen

Picazzo’s delicious homemade hummus, served with Azuki bean chips and fresh veggies!

Meatball appetizer at Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen

Try the turkey meatballs!

Spinach garlic bread with gluten-free bread at Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen

The super creamy, delicious spinach artichoke dip, served with homemade gluten-free focaccia bread and veggies!

Gluten free cheese bread at Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen

Picazzo’s cheesy garlic bread is so delicious – it’s hard to believe it is gluten-free!

Vegan ravioli at Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen

Delicious ravioli topped with a vegan cauliflower and roasted garlic Alfredo sauce

Outdoor dining at Picazzo's in Sedona, Arizona

The beautiful outdoor dining area

What to try: Any pizza, Shrimp Scampi, Chicken Picatta, Vegan roasted cauliflower and garlic Alfredo with butternut squash ravioli, spinach artichoke and cheesy bread apps, Mama’s Meat-zaballs, Ultimate Brownie
Why it’s great: Amazing happy hour deals, organic ingredients, endless allergy friendly options, fantastic service, a beautiful outdoor dining space, spacious and cozy dining room
Location: 1855 W. Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

14. Creekside

Creekside restaurant in Sedona AZ

Creekside is one of the more relaxing choices in town for breakfast as it does not get as overly crowded as the more popular diners. Creekside offers a beautiful outdoor patio which faces a prominent red rock formation, so you can enjoy a delicious brunch while taking in some fabulous views of Sedona’s gorgeous landscapes. Service is always
great here, and the food itself is delicious and well presented. Creekside maintains an elegant feel, without feeling snooty. Creekside offers a sizable menu for both vegetarians and gluten-free diners, thereby making it another good
choice for anyone with allergies or specific food concerns. Also be sure to try out the new Creekside coffee, featuring some of the best espresso drinks in the area.

Great breakfast at Creekside restaurant in Sedona AZ

Veggie scramble at Creekside in Sedona AZ

Leafy patio at Creekside restaurant in Sedona AZ

The patio at Creekside is so quaint and relaxing

Snoopy rock formation from Creekside restaurant in Sedona AZ

Great views of the “Snoopy” rock formations! Each Sedona red rock has a unique name based on the shape they resemble.

What to try: Sonoran breakast burrito, Breakfast tacos
Why It’s great: a beautiful patio with great red rock views, delicious food and affordable pricing, late breakfast hours (served until 2pm everyday), nice happy hour specials, exceptional service, fantastic espresso
Location: 251 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336
Full review on Creekside 

15. Heartline Cafe

Heartline Cafe in Sedona AZ

Heartline Cafe serves up some tasty breakfast fare in a unique & colorful setting. This little gem is a great addition to any Sedona trip itinerary. Health conscious diners will appreciate the cafe’s commitment to serving fresh local ingredients and produce. Enjoying breakfast in the beautiful outdoor garden is a must! A visit to Heartline truly starts the day off on a relaxing note, the perfect energizing meal before embarking on a hike out in the beautiful Sedona wilderness. Great service and a nice local attitude make Heartline a worthy addition to any trip itinerary. Another bonus of choosing Heartline is the great house coffee which saves you some precious time as there is no need to waste time stopping somewhere else!

Breakfast burito at Heartline Cafe in Sedona AZ

Breakfast plate at Heartline Cafe in Sedona AZ

Patio at Heartline Cafe in Sedona AZ

What to try: Check out the Sunday brunch featuring an assortment of pastries, various egg Dishes, vegetarian selections, fresh roasts and seasonal specialities for just $19 a person.
Why it’s great: Delicious breakfast, great service, nice local charm, uses organic and local ingredients, great dark roast house coffee
Location: 1610 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Full review of Heartline Cafe