Sedona Alfresco: The Local’s Guide to Favorite Outdoor Dining Spots

Kimberley Lehman

Greetings foodie adventurers and sunshine lovers! As Sedona locals, we know that a great meal isn’t just about the food. It’s about the atmosphere, the views, and the pure joy of munching on your favorite dish while nature serenades you with beauty. If you’re in search of the ultimate dining experience amidst the magnificent Arizona sky, you have certainly come to the right spot.

Here you will find an array of amazing options that are sure to delight your taste buds and satisfy your hunger. Whether you prefer a casual or upscale atmosphere, there is a restaurant here that is perfect for any occasion and guaranteed to provide an unforgettable meal under the infinite expanse of the azure Arizona sky. Grab your sunglasses, and let’s get started!

1. The Hudson

Our first stop is none other than The Hudson. Think of this as the triple threat of dining—impeccable food, upscale ambiance, and jaw-dropping views. Grab a spot on the patio, and when your eyes are done feasting on the red rock vistas, treat your taste buds to some of the best contemporary American cuisine Sedona has to offer.

2. Elote Cafe

Next, we’re heading to Elote Cafe, an institution in Sedona. You’ll fall in love with their authentic Mexican flavors and outdoor seating that takes in Sedona’s spectacular sunsets. And if you’re an elote (Mexican street corn) fan, you’re in for a real treat! Just remember to arrive early; this place is no secret.

3. Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

Our next stop, Mariposa, isn’t just a dining experience; it’s a culinary event. Each dish is a masterpiece of Latin-inspired flavors. And the views? They’re as intoxicating as their signature cocktails. If you fancy sipping a margarita while watching the sun paint the sky in hues of pink and orange, Mariposa’s your spot.

4. Mesa Grill

We’re taking the alfresco dining experience to new heights at Mesa Grill. Perched near Sedona Airport, you can enjoy Southwestern cuisine while watching airplanes take off and land against a backdrop of red rocks. As far as unique dining experiences go, this one’s right up there. Literally!

5. Cress on Oak Creek at L’Auberge

Halfway through our list, we’re taking a detour down luxury lane. Tucked away in the picturesque setting of Oak Creek, Cress on Oak Creek provides a tranquil atmosphere with its sycamore trees creating a lush canopy for guests to enjoy while savoring mouthwatering dishes from their exquisite menu. Diners will be charmed by the serene environment and tantalized by the delightful culinary creations that this remarkable restaurant has to offer. A meal here might be a splurge, but trust us, it’s worth every penny.

6. Creekside American Bistro

As locals, we have a soft spot for Creekside American Bistro. It’s that perfect blend of casual and classy, and their creekside patio is a breakfast haven. Their locally-sourced, seasonal menu keeps us coming back for more. Is it a locals’ favorite? You bet your bottom mimosa!

7. Secret Garden Café

Nestled in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, the Secret Garden Café is like a hidden oasis of culinary delights. The charming outdoor setting will transport you straight to Europe while you enjoy their farm-to-table dishes.

8. Outlaw Grille

Now, what’s a list of outdoor dining spots without a good ol’ American grill? The Outlaw Grille may be a casual joint, but its burgers and BBQ ribs are seriously good. The backyard-style patio adds to its charm, making it an ideal spot for a laid-back lunch.

9. Tamaliza

Tamaliza is proof that size doesn’t always matter. This delightful, family-run eatery provides an enchanting outdoor patio where you can enjoy some of the greatest tamales to be found. With its unpretentious and flavorful menu options, it’s no surprise that we adore this small establishment.

10. ChocolaTree

We’re rounding off our list with a treat for the health-conscious. ChocolaTree is an organic, vegetarian restaurant with a serene garden setting. The offerings on their menu may be good for you, but they are also packed full of amazing flavors that will make your taste buds come alive with delight. Each dish is sure to tantalize and excite your senses, so get ready to experience all the deliciousness that this delectable selection has to offer. The combination of healthiness and flavor is sure to leave you feeling satisfied and content.

And there you have it, folks! From upscale eateries to cozy cafes, these are the local’s favorite outdoor dining spots in Sedona. So grab your sunscreen, pack your appetite, and get ready to explore Sedona’s culinary scene under the blue Arizona sky. Bon appétit, or as we like to say here in Sedona, happy trails to your belly!

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