The Secret Garden Cafe is a casual, cozy cafe located in the beautiful Village of Tlaquepaque in Sedona, Arizona. This beautiful dining, shopping, & arts village is home to a number of galleries, charming restaurants with outdoor patios, and boutique shops. The lovely outdoor patio and great food make Secret Garden well worth a visit on your Sedona trip, just expect to pay a premium (like you will everywhere in this tourist town).
Secret Garden offers a large menu of American and Southwestern style dishes. Both healthy fare (like veggie filled salads and sandwiches) and fun appetizers (try the delicious spinach artichoke dip) give plenty of options for everyone, from the hiker looking for a carb heavy meal after a long day of exercise, to the health conscious diner seeking a guilt free meal.
The Secret Garden is one of the area's best choices for those seeking a gluten-free or vegetarian meal, as there are plenty of options for both diets. Menu items that can be made vegan or gluten-free are marked as so, and there is a pretty decent variety of selections. They serve delicious gluten-free pancakes in the morning. Bread is made fresh daily. Eggs are cage free. And Secret Gardens uses local produce when available.
The deep dish Quiche and Sourdough French Toast are also favorites on the breakfast menu. As a downside, breakfast is only served from 8-11, and it can be quite hard to get up that early on vacation! However, an excellent espresso menu is there to help perk you up. Plus, Sedona is typically much less crowded in the morning. Consider a nice breakfast & coffee pre-hike to wake yourself up and fuel up for the long (and oftentimes tiresome) journey.
If you find yourself visiting for lunch, the Turkey Burger and Hummus Pizza are both decent choices. Or you might want to consider a veggie loaded salad. For dinner, you will get to choose from a more diverse menu which includes comfort style appetizers, flatbreads, and a nice range of entrees with a bit of something for everyone. A few sample options include Pan Fried Chicken Breast, Northwestern Pacific Salmon served with asparagus, black rice, and a slightly spicy cream sauce, and a Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper.
As you can see, Secret Garden offers quite a variety of selections for everyone, even the pickiest eaters.
Pricing is quite high and service is slow, which is not all that unusual in Sedona.
Service was very slow and the restaurant was extremely busy on a weekend afternoon, with every table both inside and out filled. Secret Garden should only be visited if you have an open schedule with plenty of time available.
Secret Garden has a casual, relaxed vibe, which really compliments the laid-back vibe of Sedona perfectly. It's a nice restaurant to slow down and enjoy a meal in a peaceful, non-rushed setting. This makes it a great choice after a long day exploring the gorgeous trails found all over Red Rock country (you must check out Devil's Bridge before leaving).
There are trees and fountains all over the outdoor patio, giving it a tranquil, oasis in the desert vibe. Even the sunniest days will not be a problem with all the lush landscaping.
Overall, Secret Garden Cafe is a nice dining choice in Sedona. While it is far from the best restaurant in town, the lovely patio setting & diverse menu make it worthy of a stop if you have the extra time. If you have limited time, there are better restaurants to check out, however, it's a great addition for those on longer trips looking for more options.