This list of 25+ best Sedona restaurants that locals love includes restaurants with the best views and entertainment and options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, Sedona restaurants with outdoor seating. These are some of the highest-rated and top restaurants in Sedona.
25+ Best Sedona Restaurants That Locals Love
Where to eat in Sedona for Breakfast and Lunch
The spots below include great places for a fresh cup of coffee, nutritious fresh-pressed juices and acai bowls, hearty breakfasts to fuel up after hiking and lunch cuisine for every craving.
Berry Divine Acai Bowls
Berry Divine offers some of the best acai bowls in the area. And a big acai bowl topped with fresh fruit, some honey and granola is so satisfying after a long hike. They also have vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options so you can make this spot work for most diets.
Black Potion Sedona
I loved the herbal tea here. They also offer great coffee with homemade syrups and a light selection of baked goods. This is a cute spot to stop into for some caffeine fuel before heading out on a morning hike. Plus, they offer aura photography, readings and a shopping area with local goods.
Casa Sedona Restaurant
The Casa Sedona restaurant is located in the Casa Sedona Inn, however, you can make a reservation to visit if you're not staying at the Inn. They received the Open Table Diners' Choice award in 2023 so you can trust that you'll be happy with your meal. They offer some unique brunch dishes like Sedona-style Eggs Benedict, Truffled Brie Scrambled Eggs, Mayan Quiche, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and their own mild Southwest Huevos Rancheros.
The entire ChocolaTree menu is 100% homemade, gluten and soy-free and as they put it "divinely inspired by nature." The stews and "comfort bowls" are calling my name. The menu is entirely vegetarian and almost all vegan with some exception for dishes that use dairy or honey, all of which is clearly noted on their menu. And while you're there you can shop for some chocolate to go.
Coffee Pot Restaurant
Coffee Pot Restaurant is like a big hug. It's great for a hearty post-hike breakfast or brunch. They do not take reservations, but expect the wait to go by quickly as the restaurant is pretty spacious. I recommend one of the tables in the covered outdoor seating area around the back. This is a more casual spot with some dishes that will stick to your ribs lol. Ryan devoured his Biscuits and Gravy and I had to have the Huevos Rancheros with the most giant fountain Diet Coke I've ever seen. They also offer 101 omelette combinations - so fun! You will definitely leave this place satisfied.
Indian Gardens Cafe & Market
Indian Gardens Cafe & Market is an adorable spot in Sedona. They have some great grab and go options, plus plenty of sit-down meal options for breakfast and lunch and a menu that caters well to vegetarians. They have indoor seating, but if the weather is good you must get a table on the back patio to enjoy the views and lovely landscaping. This is a great place to stop before or after visiting Slide Rock State Park, which is just 6 minutes north.
The Local Juicery is definitely what I was expecting when I first started planning a trip to Sedona. They offer fresh, plant-based, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and dairy-free milk beverages. You'll also find acai and oatmeal bowls, toasts and waffles, grab and go items like overnight oats, chia pudding, oat bars, paleo muffins, as well as simple salads and entrees and so on. Everything is super-food packed and they have wellness shots - I love getting a wellness shot or green juice when traveling for that extra boost of immunity goodness!
Red Rock Cafe
Home of the 3 LB cinnamon roll! Yes, you read that right. I am pretty sure Ryan wants to make a return trip to Sedona just for this giant cinnamon roll. In addition to all that sugar, they've got some other hearty breakfast dishes and a big selection of fresh salads and sandwiches for lunch.
Sedonuts & Coffee
Being from the Midwest I really appreciate a good donut and just haven't found a go-to donut spot near me now that I'm in NYC. So, once I saw the signage for Sedonuts & Coffee I knew we would be stopping to test them out. And these donuts delivered! We grabbed an extra for the road on our way out of Sedona to the Grand Canyon and I regretted not getting a few lol.
My recommendation is the yeast donuts (though by all means go with the cake ones if that's what you like!). I loved the maple donut and Ryan enjoyed his "Vortex" cinnamon roll - it was massive. We stopped by later in the afternoon (and it was still bustling) so we skipped out on getting any caffeinated beverages, but the coffee did smell amazing.
Sedona Memories Bakery
If you're looking for a good sandwich spot, let me recommend Sedona Memories Bakery. The sandwiches are hearty, from the roast beef on buttercrust bread (yum!) to the vegetarian on 7-grain. You could easily split a sandwich and pair it with some of their chips or cookies at this casual spot. According to their Facebook page, they are only open weekdays from 10 am - 2 pm so plan accordingly to get your sandwich fix!
Sedona Restaurants that Locals Love for Dinner
Try any of these spots for a great dinner in Sedona! Many of these restaurants are also open for lunch too.
Centrally located in Uptown Sedona, 89Agave is a reliable go-to spot offering fresh Mexican favorites. This is one of the most fun restaurants in Sedona with unique cocktails like the Spicy Snoopy and Funky Cacti that you can enjoy on their lovely outdoor patio with red rock formations views.
The Cowboy Club is a family-owned restaurant and bar that features what they call "High Desert Cuisine,"which is really celebrating the best of the southwest. You can expect perfectly-cooked steaks and fresh seafood as well as wild game and house specialties like rattlesnake and cactus. The latter of which you can get for a discount during their version of happy hour, "Cowboy Hour." The vibe inside is cozy with their original wood walls and western memorabilia.
Cucina Rustica serves up rustic, Italian-Mediterranean dishes in their dining room that feels like an old villa in Tuscany. It's a fine-dining restaurant that really is gorgeous inside and has a lovely garden-style patio for dining outside, so if you're looking for romantic restaurants in Sedona, this is it! The dishes include locally sourced ingredients, fresh organic produce and sustainably raised meats making it one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Sedona. For me, it's all about the antipasti tapas and fresh pasta dishes.
They're located in the Oak Creek area of Sedona which is south of uptown and offers some slightly-lower priced lodging. We stayed here at the Element Sedona and really loved it.
Elote Cafe is one of the most popular restaurants in Sedona so you must be prepared to get a reservation here. They currently are reservation only for dine-in and open reservations 60 days out.The cuisine is inspired by the chef/owner, Jeff Smedstad's 20+ years of travel across Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, and his native Arizona. The result is seasonal, Mexican and Southwestern cuisine featuring locally-grown ingredients, plus a handpicked cocktail menu with the best tequilas and mezcal. Try the smoked pork cheeks and smoked brisket enchiladas!
The views here are so lovely and they know it because they have 3 open-air patios for dining that are nestled in with lots of greenery while you can take in the views of the red rocks. The cuisine is "curious country Italian" with lots of antipasto, pasta and pizza options along with more American bar fare like burgers and wings. It's definitely a spot with something for everyone. The housemade bread is a must!
Hiro's Sushi and Japanese Kitchen
If you're craving sushi during your visit to Sedona, then Hiro's is your pick! They offer really fresh, quality sushi and some unique Japanese dishes.
The Hudson has a great happy hour selection with cocktails and wine. I think this would be a great spot for a date night or if you were here for a girls weekend or bachelorette trip. The American eatery has an expansive menu with options for all with tons of bruschetta, whipped feta dip and more. Plus, the restaurant is nestled into a hillside and offers amazing views.
If you're wondering where do locals eat in Sedona? Here's an amazing Tex-Mex spot that came highly recommended by the staff at our hotel. It was the perfect meal on our first night in. The queso was delicious, the margaritas were strong and the fish tacos hit the spot. Also popular is, of course, the fajitas! Plus, the waitstaff was so friendly.
Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill
This is a Latin-inspired grill with bold flavors and creative dishes in an upscale ambiance. The views of Sedona are stunning as well making this dining experience really special.
Mesa Grill Sedona
Mesa Grill is a casual southwestern grill serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner. The views are really fun with the red rocks in the background, plus the small Sedona airport where you can watch a variety of small planes takeoff and land. So cool! It's definitely a spot that works well for catching a sunset.
Mole serves up the fine cuisine of Mexico and based off of reviews they are hitting it out of the park. The restaurant is located at the Arabella Sedona and they serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The prickly pear flan from their dessert list cannot be missed.
Pump House Station
The Pump House Station offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are well-known for their brunch as well as having one of the best burgers in the city. The ambiance is casual and cozy and a great place to recoup and refuel after a long hike.
Secret Garden Cafe
Every dish at the Secret Garden is made daily from scratch with fresh, nutritious ingredients. They also offer plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. The cozy bistro is located just inside the northern entrance of Tlaquepaque which means you can follow your meal with some shopping.
Sedona Pizza Company
Located in Uptown Sedona you can enjoy indoor and outdoor dining at Sedona Pizza Company while you indulge in some cheesy slices. They make authentic Napoletana style pizza so it's cooked in an 800-degree wood-fired oven with high-quality ingredients. Expect thin, foldable slices with some blackened char spots on the crust. Yum!
Tamaliza Cafe serves up home-style Mexican cuisine and gourmet tamales. They are making the dishes from scratch and super-fresh every day. Plus, they will tweak the menu dependent upon what produce is available. They have a colorful dining room and you get a great bang for your buck with the dishes here. This is one of the best casual restaurants in Sedona.
Vino di Sedona
Vino di Sedona is a unique place in that it's a fine wine and craft beer bar, plus a wine store with over 900 wines from around the world, including a vast selection of Arizona wines. I'd recommend picking up a bottle of your favorite Arizona wine to bring home as a memento!
You can enjoy wine tastings and head out to their spacious patio where they have live music every night, plus on Saturday afternoons. That's a true vibe! For your meal, I recommend getting a selection of their small plates and charcuterie to split.
The Best Sedona Restaurants with A View
Including some of the restaurants listed above, these are some of the best restaurants in Sedona with a view.
- 89Agave Cantina
- Creekside American Bistro
- Indian Gardens Cafe
- Hideaway House
- The Hudson
- Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill
- Mesa Grill
Check out these Sedona Packing Essentials
Crossbody or Belt Bag
This crossbody bag is the perfect dupe for the iconic Lululemon bag that's always out-of-stock and just a fraction of the cost with 100% of the same usefulness! At this price you can grab it in 2 colors and pack up your must-haves for the hike, like snacks & sunscreen.
The best dang hiking boot
These are my go-to hiking boots and they come in a wide variety of colors. They break in quickly, are comfortable, and most importantly, keep your ankles safe during hikes! Plus, at under $100 they're a great deal. Order them now to break in before hikes.
I love a sunscreen stick for hikes and Supergoop is one of the best brands out there for all skin types. With the stick it's easy to reapply so keep it handy and apply regularly to the spots that are most exposed like your shoulders, nose and tops of your ears.
Unique Places to eat in Sedona
If you would like a unique dining experience in Sedona, here's a few restaurants that I just had to add to this guide, but felt like they deserved their own category. Drumroll please...
The Blue McDonald's
Built in 1993, the McDonald's in Sedona does not have the signature yellow arches - instead they are a bright turquoise blue. The reason being that the city officials believed the usual yellow shade would clash with the natural red rocks surrounding the city. Cute, right? You can find this McDonald's located at 2380 W US Hwy 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 and you might just see some teens getting photos like we did.
The other most unique McDonald's that I've personally seen is the one in Freeport, Maine near the LL Bean store that's built into an historic old home. Read my Maine road trip guide.
Rainbow Trout Farm
At the Rainbow Trout Farm you can fish for your own meal! Established in the 1950's from freshwater springs flowing from the nearby Oak Creek Canyon wall, they've since built additional ponds and raise rainbow trout hatched from eggs on the farm to their full dinner size. They do not use any hormones or antibiotics.
For just $1.50 you receive a fishing pole, bait, bucket and net. Each fish caught is an additional $1.00. You can pay an additional fee for the fish cleaning service. If you or your kids have always wanted to try fishing and catching your own meal this is a great place to give it a try and so unique.
What kind of food is Sedona known for?
- Sedona is absolutely known for its amazing Southwestern food. Think fresh, homemade guacamole, tamales and Huevos Rancheros. But that's not all -
- The wine! Sedona is part of the Verde Valley wine trail so you can expect some amazing, locally-grown wine while dining.
- Healthy and nutrient-dense meals. Being surrounded by such a beautiful space and all the opportunities for outdoor fun means many people are living active lives in Sedona and fuel themselves with sustainably sourced proteins and plant-based meals like what you can find at Local Juicery and Indian Gardens to just name a few.
- Fresh grilled steaks and wild game! You can find a great, juicy steak here in Sedona as well as some unique wild game meats like bison, elk and rattlesnake all available at Cowboy Club. Bison chili is my personal favorite!
These are some of the best restaurants in Sedona including local favorites, restaurants with the best views and entertainment and options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I hope you find some you love for your next visit to Sedona. You can save the Pin below to reference this post later!
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