Cress Oak Creek (L'Auberge Sedona)
By far this restaurant was the most enjoyable dining experience. The food and service were above par, and the sounds of the creek next to us were soothing and relaxing.
This upscale restaurant is located in Uptown inside the L'Auberge Sedona hotel. They offer a Prix Fix menu at the Creekside or Ala Cart indoors and at the bar.
Tip: Valet parking is free with your dining receipt.
The Prix fix menu has many choices for starters, main dishes, and dessert. I picked Asparagus, Cornic Hen, and Black Velvet for my meal. My wife chose their Cress Salad, Seafood of the day, and Maze all day for hers. Each course was delicious and satisfying.
The Hudson is another excellent place for a meal with a view. It sits on top of a hill in downtown Sedona with a commanding view of the Red Rocks. They also have a large patio with heaters for cold weather.
We had lunch here and enjoyed a Pastrami Reuben and a Jucy Cheeseburger. Both were excellent. We also tried their draft beer.
After lunch, we walked down to the downtown markets and enjoyed a stroll before driving back to the hotel.
Airport Mesa Grill
We decided to grab dinner during sunset at the Mesa Grill. The food was about average, but we were there for the view. We tried the fish & chips and the petite filet. The filet was cooked right and tasty, but the fish was very dry and chewy.
Thai palace is a lucky accidental find. We were walking around in Uptown after a tour and looking for a good place for lunch. We came across a small strip mall with a small sign advertising the Thai Cuisine.
We both love Thai, so we followed the sign to a small maze that took us outside the mall to a parking lot and then to the restaurant. They had a patio, so we decided to sit in the fresh air and enjoy our lunch next to the zen garden.
We tried the Curry Rice with beef and Panang Curry. Both dishes were delicious. Thai food is known for being spicy. In this place, you can decide how spicy on a scale from 1 to 5. I chose 4 and my wife 2. Both came out just right.
For dessert, we shared a Banana Wrap. It looked like a Sushi Roll but with tasty banana and sweet sauce.
We ordered their Huevos Rancheros and Build-Your-Own Breakfast Burrito. For the burrito, I had many choices of fillings like bacon, sausage, or veggies. We had our breakfast with plenty of coffee.
The café was a walking distance from our hotel – and opened very early, so we ended up having breakfast here many times.
The coffee and food were great, but we really enjoyed the ambiance and the friendly service.
They also offer half-plates so won’t have leftovers to carry around. My favorite dishes were the build your own omelet and the Waffles.
Wildflower bread company
For breakfast, we tried the Roasted Tomato & Feta and the cinnamon brioche French toast, and for lunch, we tried the Roasted Sweet Potato and the Reuben sandwich. All were very tasty and satisfying.
Tii Gavin restaurant
The resort is nestled between canyons and red rocks, and the restaurant offers a great view and delicious food. While we are enjoying this amazing view at sunset, we enjoyed a New York Steak and Street Shrimp Tacos.
Interesting Facts: John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Elvis Presley, Johnny Depp, and Robert Deniro have all starred in movies shot in the Sedona area.
Creekside American Bistro
Another restaurant with great views. Sitting on the balcony overlooking Oak Creek, we enjoyed our leisurely dinner with more red rocks to admire.
Our curried lamb adobo and wild Alaskan kings were cooked to perfection and very tasty.
Reds at Sedona Rouge Hotel and SPA
The food here was excellent, but the drinks were just average. The official drinks menu was minimal, but when we asked, the bartender was willing to make anything we asked for.
I recommend the Eggs Benedict for breakfast and the Grilled Angus burger for lunch. During their happy hour, you get drinks and small plates for half price.
If you flew in through Phoenix, then you should try one of those places for your dining pleasure.
Compass Room at Hyatt Downtown
This restaurant is located on the top floor at the Hyatt hotel downtown and has a commanding 360-degree view of the Phoenix skyline.
SanTan Brewing at Sky Harbor Airport
On the way back and once we passed the security check, we had some time to kill and were hungry, so we stopped at this sit-down restaurant in terminal three.
We were pleasantly surprised. We ordered draft beers, Chandler Club, and Brewhouse Nachos. The beers were refreshing and tasty and the sandwiches very delicious.