In all honesty, the food turned out at Sedona's top restaurants isn't entirely saintly – the talented chefs in this spectacularly situated resort town sometimes turn out delightfully decadent fare, such as the divine molten chocolate cake with caramel ice cream that thrills the sweet-toothed at Reds. But Sedona is generally a health-minded town, a destination of active spirits. And nearly all of the town's top restaurants balance deliciousness with nutrition, and strive to use fresh produce, locally raised meats and high-quality ingredients.
Here's a look at some of Sedona's best places to dine well, and a sneak peek at one of the more creative, guilt-free dishes for which each restaurant is known.
Romantics have long flocked to this swank, sumptuously decorated dining room for first-rate, country-inspired Italian and Mediterranean food, impeccable service and picturesque dining on a landscaped terrace with mesmerizing red rock views.
Signature Saintly Dish: Chile-orange-marinated grilled salmon with roma tomato-basil salsa.
With a name that suggests good health, this casual roadside eatery in western Sedona serves all kinds of good-for-you dishes, not only in its attractive, full-service restaurant but also in a gourmet take-out and market space, too. An organic garden in front of the restaurant yields produce used in many dishes.
Signature Saintly Dish: Thai-style vegetables with red curry sauce and steamed brown rice.
A hip, sleek bistro at the Mediterranean-inspired Sedona Rouge Hotel, Reds presents artful, globally inspired cuisine in a setting that can feel either easygoing or elegant, depending on your mood. Later in the evening, live music is often featured, giving the place a particularly festive feel. Another plus here is the well-chosen wine list.
Signature Saintly Dish: Seasonal achiote-rubbed fresh fish with Parmesan risotto, wild mushrooms and tomatillo sauce.
Rene at Tlaquepaque
Sedona's long-running favorite venue for a special occasion meal, Rene is set inside Tlaquepaque, a rambling, Southwestern-style market of art galleries and fine boutiques, right by the prestigious Los Abrigados Resort. Devotees like to dine in the serene, tree-shaded courtyard.
Signature Saintly Dish: Sautéed Rocky Mountain rainbow trout with toasted almonds and a wild rice cake.
The formal restaurant at the supremely luxurious 70-acre Enchantment Resort, Yavapai is dominated by huge windows that provide amazing views of dramatic Boynton Canyon. A solicitous, well-trained staff tends to patrons' every need. The wine cellar routinely receives major accolades from Wine Spectator Magazine.
Signature Saintly Dish: Cold-smoked and grilled buffalo tenderloin with roasted sweet potato-and-chorizo hash, braised Swiss chard and red wine jus.