12 Most Romantic Restaurants in Sedona

January 15, 2022

Desert beauty, the towering majesty of Saguaro cacti, and the rushing streams of Oak Creek make for an unforgettable Sedona experience.

From Uptown to Tlaquepaque arts to hidden gems in Red Rock Canyon. We have the insider scoop on the most romantic restaurants in Sedona.

This Southwestern outdoor and wellness hub is the perfect destination for couples. Whether looking to relax, reconnect, or test their adventure skills.

After you and your adventurous lover get your fill of hiking, biking, and first-class pampering in Red Rock Country. It's time to set the stage for romance with spectacular views, mood lighting, and gourmet-worthy cuisine.

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Romantic Sedona Restaurants

Close up photo of a running fountain on the left with the entrance and sigh for Rene's in the background on a sunny day in Sedona, Arizona, USA

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Rene Restaurant

A verdant oasis of desert charm, elegant ambiance, and fine dining. Rene Restaurant has been delighting visitors of the Tlaquepaque Arts for over forty years.

First, wander through the Spanish-style courtyard. Letting the tranquil sounds and sights of the bubbling fountain and lush gardens wash over you. Meanwhile, prepare to experience Chef Walter's award-winning cuisine.

Opt for a crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, which pairs perfectly with their famous Dungeness Crab Cake. Or try their special occasion-worthy lobster salad tossed in creamy tarragon dressing.

Wine lovers will be pleased to see almost every menu item has a corresponding wine pairing. This makes it a breeze to decide which glass to select next. 

Signature standout entrees include their seared scallops or heavenly Colorado rack of lamb for two. It's carved tableside for maximum drama and served with mango chutney and mint hollandaise sauce.

Close up photo of a table full of salsas, pico, and other dips plus tortilla and chip and vegetables at El Rincon Restaurant in Sedona, Arizona, USA

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El Rincon Restaurant

Not every date night needs to contain a dozen roses and champagne. Sometimes all it takes to kick the romance into high gear is a few sneaky shots of tequila. Along with the rhythmic notes of flamenco music and some killer guacamole.

So say 'ole' to a night of margaritas and Mexican food when you and your honey head to El Rincon for a night of South of the border passion.

In their vibrant and colored patio, Dine al fresco gently warmed by heat lamps and covered by lush foliage. Or take your enchiladas and tacos inside, where you can revel in the authentic Mexican decor.

First, slowly sip your freshly made margarita containing homemade sweet and sour syrup (no bottled stuff here.) Then, debate how to commence your feasting.

Begin with El Rincon's famous guacamole dip with a special surprise ingredient. Next, move on to their otherworldly chicken and beef enchiladas, grilled fish tacos, and sublime sweet corn tamales. 

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If you are lucky enough to visit Tlaquepaque Arts during the summer months, be sure to snag a seat at El Rincon's patio bar. Don't miss out on listening to world-class flamenco music featuring master guitarist Gaetano.

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Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante

Although you'd never know it from their opulent decor and prestigious awards, Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante was once a drive-through!

Under the careful tutelage of restaurateur and Executive Chef Lisa Dahl, Di Luca has achieved the highest level of culinary excellence. As a result, it is continuously named one of Sedona's most romantic restaurants.

Soak in the silk drapery, exposed brick pillars, and crystal chandeliers adorn the dining room. Or, during warmer months, enjoy their flower-covered patio. Exuding a Mediterranean vibe that is guaranteed to instantly transport you to a Trattoria in Florence.

Lisa's specialties include her handmade angelic pasta, vegetable-forward Italian dishes, and succulent seafood offerings.

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Savor each bite of the warm seafood bruschetta served over grilled focaccia. Or get in your greens with Dahl's unique take on a Caesar salad. Featuring kale with shaved parmesan, magic mushrooms, and Marcona almonds.

For all-out marine decadence order the Calamari Capesante. It features a calamari steak sauté́ed dore style with lemon, garlic, parsley, and white wine. And accompanied by two jumbo diver scallops on a bed of angel hair. Or, for a vegetarian delight, try the spectacular grilled Portobello mushroom.

A private table with small string lights and a candle against a stone half wall with black chairs at Cucina Rustica in Sedona, Arizona, USA

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Cucina Rustica

Nestled into the quaint community of Oak Creek, Cucina Rustica is another Lisa Dahl venture. Primarily credited with bringing fine dining to Sedona.

So, abscond with your lover for an evening of European-inspired romance. Meanwhile, savor revelatory Italian dishes at your reserved table.

Meanwhile, as you enter this storied establishment, you will feel whisked away to your own Tuscan holiday under the sun. Twinkling light fixtures, floral upholstered chairs, and Romanesque-inspired fountains add to the romantic appeal.

Old-world charm infuses everything at Cucina, from the decor to the tapas-inspired Mediterranean plates.

Looking to sample a little bit of everything? Then order the sumptuous Mediterranean sampler plate. Loaded with lemon hummus, Dolmas, imported feta, olives, artichokes, all served with homemade rosemary grilled focaccia. 

For a heartier entree, devour layer upon layer of Lisa's famous lasagna. It features house-made bolognese sauce, Italian sausage, ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. 

A wide shot of a couple sitting in the outdoor dining area of Che Ah Chi with large red rock formations behind the brick building in Sedona, Arizona, USA

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Che Ah Chi

Are you seeking to truly sweep your significant other off their feet with some stunning views? Then, get ready for some awe-inspiring scenery when you enjoy an incredible meal at Che Ah Chi. This romantic Sedona restaurant showcases enthralling views of both the Red Rocks and Boynton Canyon. 

Prime your palate for creative American cuisine with just a touch of Southwestern influence at this premier spot. Enjoy unobstructed views framed by their floor-to-ceiling windows and sophisticated furnishings. Meanwhile, perusing their acclaimed wine list. 

Recently awarded the Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence. Therefore, a supper here is the perfect occasion to treat yourself to a reserve bottle of Cabernet.

Let the flavors of regional ingredients like Arizona Wild Mushrooms bloom on your tongue when you order the gnocchi. Served with white asparagus, English peas, and toasted manchego to start. 

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For some Navajo-inspired flavor, relish bites of the Bison tartare, served with Fry Bread crackers and cured egg yolk remoulade.

Save some room for the protein-forward main event. A tender pepita-crusted Chilean Sea Bass atop quinoa tabouli, cucumber velouté, and tender greens.

Wide shot of the out door dining area at Salt Rock Kitchen on a sunny day with the rocky Sedona landscape in the background in Sedona, Arizona, USA

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Salt Rock Kitchen

Breathtaking Red Rock views, the freshest ingredients, and a plethora of delicious drinks make Salt Rock Kitchen a go-to for any Sedona special occasion.

Have your camera at the ready as you'll want to document every inch of Salt Rock's spacious patio, featuring string lights, outdoor water features, and cheery yellow Adirondack chairs.

The restaurant's menu is a mesmerizing amalgam of fiery flavors from the Southwest and cooling, casual Californian tastes.

Hunker down with your honey bear and order a signature margarita such as the aptly named 'Sun Devil' containing Astral Blanco tequila, passion fruit, luxardo maraschino, chipotle, lime, and spiced salt or the refreshing Prickly Pear martini.

Satisfy your hunger when you order their skillet street corn covered in garlic mayo and cotija to share, as well as the inventive pork belly tostada.

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Lastly, round out your fiesta with a mix of fish and short rib tacos and an addicting entree of Gulf shrimp served with coconut milk, Guajillo chile, and kale. 

Exterior view of Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill at night with its large glass windows and soft light in Sedona, Arizona, USA

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Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

As beautiful as its Spanish namesake, meaning 'butterfly,' Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill is the Sedona go-to restaurant for a romantic experience.

Surprise your lover with the staggering scenery of the majestic Red Rocks. Then, continue to marvel in awe at the panoramic views available from every table at this 6,500 sq ft eatery.

Mariposa is homage to South American cuisine and culture and features a 1,000 lb door handcrafted from African and South American stone. As well as two dramatic glass-enclosed wine vaults, a wood-fired grill, and a burning oven.

Discover the aromas and flavors of dishes from Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. All made with local, organic, and sustainably sourced ingredients. 

Continue the evening theme and select a bold Argentinian Malbec for imbibing with your array of tapas.

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House favorites include the homemade empanada sampler, the grilled Spanish octopus, accompanied by garbanzo purée, fennel slaw, and baby Peruvia peppers, and the tropical-inspired atun parfait.

For a filling carnivore-worthy main, opt for the Cubano Skirt Steak served with chimichurri sauce. Or save a cow and chow down on the equally satisfying fire-roasted poblano pepper. Thoroughly stuffed with quinoa, roasted vegetables, and jack cheese, then garnished with romesco sauce.

Close up photo of a table setting with two glasses of water, a glass of wine, and a martini from Cress on Oak Creek in Sedona, Arizona, USA

photo credit: Misael Acevedo Santiago via Facebook

Cress on Oak Creek

A magnificent cascading creek and an intimate candlelit table for two await you and your beau at Cress on Oak Creek.

A luxury dining experience that promises to woo even the most finicky of foodies. Cress boasts an impeccable natural ambiance nestled along Oak Creek at the revered L'Auberge resort.

Pop a bottle of bubbly and rev your tastebuds for epicurean ecstasy as you trade bites of seasonal dishes. All infused with European flavors and homegrown herbs.

Select either the prix fixe menu or the luxurious 'Creekside Reserve' option. In addition, you'll be treated to a private dinner service and a special tasting menu from the Chef. Of course, complete with pairings from their wine cellar. 

Moan over mouthfuls of porcini-crusted scallops, thyme poached peach burrata salad, and seared duck confit. Served with spiced lentils, cherry tomatoes, rosemary jus, and goat cheese crumb. 

Out door dining area with wicker seats and lots of greenery at sunset with the rocky Sedona landscape behind it at The Spot at Seven Canyons in Sedona, Arizona, USA

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The Spot at Seven Canyons

Feeling peckish after a long afternoon on the green? Retire those clubs and grab your cutie for a refined yet relaxed meal at The Spot at Seven Canyons.

Exciting flavor reigns supreme here! You can expect reimagined Southwestern-inspired plates from the brilliant mind of Chef Kirk.

Unwind with a leisurely lunch or sumptuous dinner with your love as you take in the surrounding mountains. Observe the native stone fireplaces and antique wood architecture set the Spot apart. 

Catch up over a glass of Merlot or a refreshing cocktail. Meanwhile, cozying up by the outdoor firepit, or snag a leather-bound seat at the bar.

Split an order of finger-licking good Korean BBQ Beef Sliders with Thai Chile Slaw to pique your appetite. Then contemplate the merits of their cornmeal-crusted fish tacos vs. their signature achiote chicken sandwich. In the end, ordering both.

A bar with marble and wood counter tops and wine glasses hanging upside down from a shelf plus wooden stools and tables next to large windows at The Clinkscale in Sedona, Arizona, USA

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The Clinkscale

Nothing amps up the amorous appeal like a night on the town with built-in hotel accommodations. Tie one on for the evening when you and your sweetheart hightail it to The Clinkscale.

Built over a century ago, the Clinkscale's red facade and black and white awning beckon you into its historic interior. Every inch of the restaurant broadcasts vintage charm. From its white tin ceiling to its mosaic-clad bar where they shake up the most delectable craft cocktails. 

Whether an anniversary or special date night, commemorate your special occasion with a citrusy 'Arizona Mojito.' Featuring white rum, lime, and prickly pear syrup. Alternatively, keep it classic with a Dirty Mouth martini. 

Relish the sophisticated yet unfussy American cuisine, including highlights such as beer broth braised mussels. Served with chile bacon, scallions, rosemary, and a creamy roasted tomato poblano soup.

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Don't load up on too many truffle fries, as you'll want to save some room for their sweet and custardy peach cobbler bread pudding. Aptly served with homemade vanilla gelato. 

Wide shot of the outdoor dining area at Casa Sedona Restaurant, tables with white cloths and large red umbrellas covering them with lots of trees surrounding the dining area in Sedona, Arizona, USA

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Casa Sedona Restaurant

Seeking a five-star brunch destination to fuel up pre-Sedona hike? Named one of the U.S.'s most romantic inns by the Travel Channel, the Casa Sedona Inn is a desert nirvana designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright protege.

So watch your partner gasp in awe as they catch unbelievable views of Thunder Mountain, Cathedral Rock, and Lizard Head. Brunch at Casa Sedona is a full-on affair. Therefore, come hungry and prepared (we highly suggest reserving your table ahead of time). 

Nothing beats dining outside on their vibrant floral-filled Juniper Garden patio during the warmer months. Meanwhile, on colder days, soak in the heat from the interior dining room fireplace.

Celebrate your day of outdoor adventure to come with a Sedona Mimosa. Then, treat yourself to a deliciously decadent order of truffled Brie scrambled eggs or Baja Chili Rellenos.

Meanwhile, those with an unquenchable sweet tooth will fall in love with their signature cinnamon, raisin, and walnut french toast. Or their incredibly fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes.

The front of the Elote Cafe, beige walls, red and brick accents with a Rocky Mountain behind it and pink flowers close to the camera in Sedona, Arizona, USA

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Elote Cafe

Vibrant flavors influenced by the traditional markets of Mexico are given the gourmet treatment at Elote Cafe. Helmed by Chef Jeff Smedstad, this is one romantic Sedona restaurant not to be overlooked.

Food-focused couples will go crazy for Elote's authentic cuisine. Culled from Smedstad's over 20 years of travel throughout Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, and Arizona.

Let the cozy red leather booths and exposed brick interior entice you. Meanwhile, noticing the aroma of poblano peppers and fire-roasted corn scenting the air.

As expected, Elote leans heavily on tequila and mezcal drinks, made exclusively with natural ingredients. So sip away on a guava and serrano margarita. Or opt for a spicy roasted pineapple mezcal made with chipotle chile powder.

Must-try plates include the restaurant's namesake, Elote a botana (small bite) of fire-roasted corn. It's dusted with mayonnaise, lime, hot sauce, and cotija cheese crumbles. As well as their traditional green corn tamale served with mole verde, crema, and pico de gallo.

For a hearty main, the buffalo mole poblano is to die for. Similarly, the smoked pork cheeks with corn cakes and buttermilk cumin drizzle will have you licking your plate clean. 

Close up photo of an orange bar with black seats and the beautiful rocky Sedona landscape in the background with a blue sky at Sound Bites Grill in Sedona, Arizona, USA

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Sound Bites Grill

Live music, patio views, and weekly wine tastings make Sound Bites Grill a hotspot for Sedona visitors and locals alike.

Situated uptown, Sound Bites may not have the pedigree of a celebrity chef. But as one of the region's only live music venues, they are always buzzing with energy and excitement.

Check their performance schedule ahead of time. So you and your pumpkin can prepare for anything from Esteban's acoustic guitar to comedy or magic tricks.

Soak in the towering Red Rock views outside and enjoy an ice-cold beer or two. Then, tuck into some Rascal Flatbread. It features shrimp, applewood bacon, heirloom tomatoes, gouda, fresh parmesan, and pesto.

Seafood is sensational here, so don't be afraid to sample the fresh Veracruz Red Snapper. Or go for broke with their trademark Baby Back Ribs, served with bbq or mango habanero sauce. 

Vortexes, rock formations, and the quiet mystery of the desert unfold to make Sedona a place of passion and natural beauty. It is no wonder couples from all over go to what's often heralded as one of the U.S.'s most beautiful cities.

Reignite your love under the majestic shadow of the Red Rocks. Or make unforgettable memories at Airport Mesa. As day turns to night, don't let your amor extinguish. Head to any of Sedona's romantic restaurants for your fill of food, scenic views, and intimate ambiance. 

From va va voom Valentine's Day dinners to celebrity-worthy brunches. Sedona's romantic restaurants bring magic to any special culinary occasion. 

Which is Your Favorite Romantic Sedona Restaurant? Did We Miss Any?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Written By Isis Maya

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