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Unique Sedona Restaurants: Artsy Cafes & Award-Winning Eats

Posted by: Arabella Hotel Sedona
10 Apr
Unique Sedona Restaurants: Artsy Cafes & Award-Winning Eats

Explore Culinary Bliss at Unique Sedona Restaurants with Beautiful Views

Sedona's creative, chef-driven culinary scene is garnering more acclaim every year, and the city is quickly becoming one of the country's top foodie destinations. It doesn't matter what you're hungry for, you'll find unique Sedona restaurants that offer a tempting variety of treats: family-friendly diners, authentic global cuisine, impeccable steaks, fresh seafood, and fine wines. Most restaurants feature views of the red rocks, beckoning diners to linger and enjoy every bite of their meals. Whether you're looking for a quick cowboy-inspired lunch or a romantic dinner for two, discover mouthwatering Sedona cuisine at some of our favorite restaurants including our very own Eloté Café.

Eloté Café: Travel-Inspired, Modern Mexican & Southwestern Cuisine

Discover a creative, award-winning interpretation of food from Southern Mexico and the American Southwest at Eloté Café, found right here at Arabella Sedona. Chef Jeff Smedstad's take on the flavors of the region brings out the boldness and fresh flavors of locally-grown produce, from bright chiles and golden corn to the moles of Mexico. Enjoy artisan cocktails made with premium tequila and mescal, perfectly paired with the season's cuisine. Relax on the outdoor patio and savor the red rocks views. Browse the dinner menu for a tantalizing glimpse of Eloté Café's entrees, all served with refried black beans and rice:
  • Smoked Chicken Enchiladas: House-smoked organic free range chicken with salsa verde and chipotle crema.
  • Tacos de Buffalo: Braised buffalo short ribs with traditional mole Poblano.
  • Lamb Adobo: Braised Superior Farms lamb shank served with sweet & spicy ancho chile sauce.
  • Green Corn Tamal: Fresh corn, green chile and cheese tamal served with salsa verde, roasted tomato chipotle sauce and crema.
  • Sea Bass Asado: Grilled adobo seasoned wild corvina sea bass with salsa verde and lime aioli.
  • Smoked Pork Cheeks: Heritage pork cheeks served with cascabel chile sauce, grandma's corn cake and buttermilk cumin drizzle.
  • Eloté: Fire roasted corn with spicy mayo, lime and cotija cheese.
  • Chipotle Shrimp: Grilled Shrimp with roasted tomato chipotle sauce and chipotle crema served on grandma's corn cake.
  • Carne Asada: Grilled all natural beef skirt steak with red chile sauce, rajas and Point Reyes blue cheese

Mariposa: South American Fine Dining in a Romantic Bluff-Side Setting

Perched on a bluff with panoramic red rocks views, this upscale restaurant showcases its spectacular views with floor-to-ceiling windows and soaring architecture. There's also an expansive outdoor patio. Start with gourmet, Latin-inspired tapas like fried avocados or handmade empanadas. Share Ecuadorian-style shrimp ceviche or mussels with chorizo - or save them all for yourself. Dinner options feature prime meats and seafood, like French-cut veal chops and cold water lobster tail. Love wine? Don't miss the dramatic glass-enclosed wine vaults that house over 600 bottles of wine.

Indian Gardens Café & Market: Canyon Views of Oak Creek's Cliffs

Grab a seat on the leafy patio at this casual café in Oak Creek Canyon and enjoy views of the soaring cliffs. Just four miles north of Sedona, this funky little oasis feels like a hidden sanctuary in the wild scenery of the canyon. It's actually a historic general store, and it's a great stop for artisan sandwiches, garden salads, wraps, and soups. You'll also find specialty coffees and craft beers. Pick up apples to go or linger with an ice cream cone at this only-in-Sedona fan favorite.

The Hudson: Elevated Comfort Food in Sedona's Hillside Shops

With a big outdoor deck and an imaginative menu, this neighborhood mainstay feels chic and modern. It's also very popular, so arrive early and enjoy a few cocktails before your meal - the deck is a fantastic place to unwind. Fun and friendly, The Hudson offers tasty bites like smoked salmon bruschetta, crab-stuffed mushrooms, and house-roasted prime rib sliders. For entrees, you'll have trouble deciding between raved-about eats like the Thai scallops and BBQ braised pork tacos with avocado-tomato salsa.

Gerardo's Italian Kitchen: Neapolitan-Style Pizza & Italian Home Cooking

You'll probably have to wait for a table at this popular restaurant, which doesn't take reservations. But locals agree: it's worth the wait. Chef Gerardo Moceri crafts authentic Italian cuisine with art and style, and the restaurant's charming ambiance is the perfect pairing. From the house-made mozzarella to the wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, every element tastes like it was lovingly prepared. The pasta is also homemade, including Mama Pearl's Florentine ravioli. You'll also find hand-stuffed calzones, gluten-free pasta, and Sicilian-style chicken Parmesan.

Adobe-Style Sedona Hotel in Gallery Row with Free Hot Breakfast

Home to the award-winning Eloté Café, our welcoming hotel connects you with the true spirit of Sedona. Discover stunning views of the red rock countryside and a relaxing setting with two pools and two hot tubs. Stay next door to the Hillside Shops, where you can walk to unique Sedona restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. Wake up to a complimentary hot breakfast every day around our courtyard patio with all of your favorites, including fresh waffles, scrambled eggs, and homemade muesli. Embark on a multi-sensory adventure to Sedona and find a new balance here with us in the high desert.
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