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Dec 5, 2008 04:26 PM

Sedona recommendations?

My husband and I will be spending a few days in Sedona in February - does anyone have restaurant recommendations (either pro or con)? I want to make sure we don't end up in the tourist traps...


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  1. Do NOT miss Cafe Elote - in King's Ransom Hotel, on Highway 179 - closed Sun-Mon dinner only
    Other good spots - Heartline Cafe, Dahl & DeLuca, Coffeepot Restaurant (for breakfast)
    Rene's, Shugrue's, and fairly new, Main Street Cafe

    1. We were in Sedona two weeks ago and went to Shugrue's on a recommendation. My advise - run the other way as fast as you can ! I looked at the menu at the B&B. It sounded reasonable steaks and seafood, reasonably priced. When we arrived, we learned how outdated the menu was. The least expensive entree was $ 27 for a portobello mushroom something. The steaks were all in the $ 35 range - comparable to a Boston prime steakhouse. The prices ranged up to an eye-popping $ 56 and $ 66 for a filet mignon/Australian lobster tail combo. But we figured, we're on vacation - so don't worry. The waiter was very abrupt - when we chose not to order wine, his reply was, I assume you want tap water ? I ordered a ribeye steak. Not only was the steak overcooked, but it wasn't even a ribeye. The kitchen substituted a strip steak of just average quality. When I informed the waiter, he shrugged and said, the chef is from Texas (as if that made a difference). He asked if I wanted something else (without an apology) and when he came back, he said the chef was sorry I didn't like my ribeye. I replied, I would have liked it much better if it was a ribeye, All three entrees (steak, pork tenderloin and scallops) came out plated identically - mashed potatoes and green beans with a carrot slice). Must have been a sale on green beans at the market. Even the potatoes, promoted as garlic mashed were plain potatoes with no flavor. My wife ordered a cup of coffee. $ 3.50 for dishwater-weak java. We passed on the four or five pedestrian-looking desserts. When I told the owner of the B&B, he said he had a similar experience with substitution of an end cut for the ordered filet mignon.

      There are many great choices in Sedona. The following night, we ate at Dahl and DiLuca and had a spectacular meal. We also read (and heard) great things about Cafe Elota. Next time.

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        1. If you can get a dinner reservation at Garland's Lodge, take it. People wait for years to get reservations for one of their cabins, and the make available a handful of dinner reservations each night for those not staying at the Lodge. It's truly a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience and the food is fabulous.

          1. Thanks, folks. We changed our plans and ended up not going to Sedona after all. Hopefully these reviews will help other CHOWs.

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            1. re: truman

              Thanks for checking in. I appreciate the fact that you took time to acknowledge the recommendations, even if you didn't have a chance to take advantage of them. :-)

              1. re: hohokam

                This post has been VERY helpful to me as I am going to Sedona next week to celebrate a friend's birthday. We are definitely going to try Dahl & DiLuca's , but I am wondering if anyone has been impressed by L'Auberge, Hundred Rox, or Reds?

                1. re: kmama

                  Our first experience at L'Auberge was wonderful. We were staying at Enchantment but went for a great dinner there and sat creekside. I was so charmed, that the next time we traveled to Sedona, we stayed at L'Auberge. Our dinner that night was just okay. Did not particularly enjoy our room either. I don't know who the chef is, or if he or she has been a constant presence, but I would imagine that the quality of the meal is dependent on who's in the kitchen. I would only rely on feedback from recent diners.

                  1. re: susieQ49

                    Recently had lunch by the creek at L'Auberge, unfortunately the weather was cool and windy and there was surrounding noise from construction/expansion of L'Auberge. Our server explained that L'Auberge was merging with Amara Resort (next door) - their Chef was overseeing L'auberge, Hundred Rox and Orchards restaurants - may be stretched a little thin for hands on oversite.
                    I enjoyed cocktails and small plates at Reds, seemed like a lot of locals sit around the communal bar tables, made for great conversation. Service was a little shaky, bartender seemed anxious to take all customers he could while dining servers stood by and watched from an almost empty dining room.
                    Hit Elote on an 'off' night - place was packed - great green corn tamale, very mediocre and overcooked snapper. Blood orange margarita hit the spot.
                    Will definitely hit Kurts on my next visit.