While Sedona is known around the world for its stunning natural beauty, the city has also earned a reputation for its vibrant culinary scene, which features a diverse array of locally owned restaurants that cater to every palate and price point. Over the years, numerous top chefs and restaurateurs have settled in Sedona, where they channel their creativity into dishes that celebrate both regional and international flavors.

At El Portal Sedona Hotel, we love helping our guests plan an itinerary tailored to their interests. Here are a few of our favorite Sedona restaurants:

1- Elote Cafe– This award-winning restaurant features a menu that combines the timeless recipes of southern Mexico with the bold flavors of the American Southwest. Mouthwatering dishes incorporate seasonal, locally grown ingredients, and the cocktail menu boasts the finest tequilas and mezcal. Due to its popularity, dine-in is by reservation only and tables tend to book six weeks in advance, so be sure to call early to save your spot! https://www.elotecafe.com

2- Gerardo’s– With a menu focused on fresh pasta and outstanding pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven, this family-owned restaurant offers both traditional and modern Italian recipes with ingredients sourced from responsible producers. Gerardo’s features a pet-friendly patio. https://gerardospizzeria.com

3- Rene’s– Located just steps from El Portal in Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village, René’s has been acclaimed as Sedona’s most romantic restaurant. Led by the esteemed Chef Mercer Mohr, this award-winning restaurant offers elegant dishes that blend locally sourced ingredients with the rich, diverse flavors of the French Mediterranean. Ideal for special occasions or when you’re in the mood for an upscale experience, Rene’s also features a pet-friendly patio. https://renerestaurantsedona.com

4- Shorebird– This coastal-style eatery presents a modern take on classic Americana flavors with influences from traditional seafood and steakhouses. With menu offerings ranging from shareable plates to raw bar items to wood-fired meats, Shorebird is perfect for a delicious laid-back meal—pets are welcome on the patio, too! https://shorebirdrestaurant.com/locations/sedonahydson

5- The Hudson Located at the Hillside Shopping Plaza, this local hangout offers an inviting ambience, daily happy hours, and seasonal American fare with unique twists on comfort food. With its spectacular views of the red rocks, the Hudson’s patio has drawn local and national attention! https://the-hudson.popmenu.com

In addition to these and many other wonderful restaurants and cafés, Sedona offers a selection of local craft breweries, as well as wine bars/tasting rooms that feature fine wines from the Verde Valley and beyond.