Where Locals go to eat in Sedona

As promised in my complete guide to Sedona, Arizona this is the foodie’s guide to where to eat in Sedona! I will cover all the meals and even snacks because there is some fantastic food to be eaten and I want to make sure you know where to visit! The restaurants below are what we found or was recommended to us as the best places to eat in Sedona.

Breakfast in Sedona

Cress on Oak Creek at L’auberge

The smoked trout eggs Benedict at Cress at L’Auberge de Sedona

The first couple mornings of our stay we had breakfast at our hotel’s restaurant Cress on Oak Creek. You couldn’t ask for a more serene setting to enjoy a huge (and expensive) breakfast. It is a bit pricey, but the servings are huge, and the food is fantastic!


The ONLY reason Starbucks makes the list is because of the fantastic view from its outdoor seating area overlooking the magnificent red rocks. If you’re looking for a quick breakfast with a view in Sedona stop into Starbucks!

Hard to beat the view from Starbucks in Uptown

Briar Patch Inn

A highly recommended spot for breakfast or brunch in Sedona is the secluded Briar Patch Inn. If you aren’t staying at the Inn, you must call ahead and make a reservation. As you are leaving Uptown Sedona going towards the canyon, the Briar Patch Inn is located on the right-hand side just outside of town.

Lunch in Sedona

ChocolaTree Organic Eatery

Another spot that came highly recommended is ChocolaTree Organic Eatery. This vegan restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and if the weather cooperates a beautiful garden to eat your meal in.

Indian Gardens

Dan the Man sandwich from Indian Gardens

On the edge of town heading towards the canyon, you find a cute little area that has the Indian Gardens market and restaurant and the best jewelry store in the city, Garland’s. We had lunch twice at Indian Gardens because it was so good! Specializing in sandwiches and salads there is something for everyone, but I was a huge fan of the “Dan the Man” chipotle turkey sandwich! Indian Gardens is also a great place to pick up some souvenirs before you return home!

Dinner in Sedona

Elote Cafe Sedona

Although we were unable to try it, Elote Cafe Sedona came highly recommended from some of the residents we spoke to. Elote seats diners in waves, so to make it in the first wave, you need to be in line by around 4. During the week we were there 4 PM is when the monsoons came in almost like clockwork, so we chose other restaurants where we didn’t have to wait outside.


HUGE bone-in pork chop and truffle mac and cheese from Mariposa

Mariposa is a Latin fusion restaurant just to the west of the Y roundabouts. I recommend reservations, so you get a table outside because the view is one of the best in Sedona. If you don’t have a reservation, not to worry there are a few high-top tables that are community styled dining, so your party of two or four may get company from another party of two or four. We met a lovely group of people that either live in Sedona full time or the majority of the time, which was perfect for more recommendations on places to eat in Sedona!

Paleo Brio

Paleo Brio caught our eyes when we drove by it the first day in Sedona. Both Mallory and I have done the Paleo Diet, and personally, I enjoy it because it focuses on meats and veggies, but red wine is also allowed! The atmosphere of Paleo Brio was one of the most unique of any restaurant I’ve been to – the décor was like Rainforest Café with a caveman twist and the food was fantastic. I highly recommend the marrow shooters to start, and the bison with sweet potato hash for your main course.

Snacks and Dessert in Sedona

Local Juice

If you are in need of a mid-afternoon pick-me-up and want to keep it healthy stop by Local Juice. With a huge selection of juices, smoothies, and coffee it will be difficult to choose what you want. We got a juice here one afternoon, and it was delicious.

Berry Divine Acai Bowls

The Brazilian bowl at Berry Devine Sedona

Another healthy option is Berry Devine. They serve Acai bowls and have a unique soft-serve base that surprised me by how good it was! Be careful not to eat too fast I got some terrible brain freeze because the bowl was so good!

Where to eat in Sedona

I could go on and on, but the restaurants above were either recommended by locals, or we tried them ourselves. There is a thriving foodie scene and plenty of places to eat in Sedona, so you really can’t go wrong. I will say we ate at Oaxaca the first night we were there and it wasn’t very good. There were fruit flies in my margaritas, and the fajitas were nothing to write home about.


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