L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek
This upscale spot is one of the best in Sedona. In 2013, Conde Nast Traveler named it one of the top 10 restaurants in the Southwest. View the sun setting on Red Rock State Park through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and feast on delights like roasted pork loin with ricotta gnocchi and pickled blackberries, and Alaskan halibut with butternut squash ravioli and oyster mushrooms. Then, sit on the Veranda Bar, look up at the stars and sample some of the best local wines with your significant other.
What’s more romantic than sharing? Head to Red’s Lounge for an eclectic mix of modern American small plates like seared rare ahi tuna with soy almond sauce, petite salmon with whipped potatoes and a tomato tapenade, and scallop tacos. If you want a more filling but still romantic meal, order the caramelized sea scallops or oysters Rockefeller for a mouthwatering experience. Treat yourself to live music on Saturday nights, and enjoy Red’s famous creme brulee together in the cozy low lighting. Red’s is located just off of 89A near Rodeo Road.
Grab a bottle of champagne and head to Dan’s - it’s a BYOB spot, so you’ll save money and get to drink your favorite bubbly too. The interior of this European-style bistro is plain but pretty, and the food is fabulous. Try the Beef Bourguignon en Croûte or the rich Bouillabaisse. Don’t forget to finish your night with one of the daily desserts, served a la mode. Dan’s is located on 89A near View Drive.
Heartline is located one block east of Dan’s Bistro on Route 89A, and like it says on their website, don’t be fooled by the word cafe - it’s used to intimate the cozy atmosphere you’ll find within rather than the style of service. There’s much more than just coffee and croissants here: Don’t miss the tea smoked chicken dumplings, the lobster over potato blinis and the pulled pork with polenta. Heartline has an extensive wine menu with both local varietals as well as options from around the world. The beautifully plated desserts will leave you speechless. Sit on the romantic, lighted patio for top-notch ambience.
Spice things up with some fancy Mexican fare at Elote Cafe. Compared to others, the ambiance isn’t thrilling, but the romance here comes from food that tickles the taste buds. Anything here is tasty and their specialties are divine.Try the smoked pork cheek, lamb adobo or the restaurant’s namesake, elotes - fire-roasted corn on the cob with a spicy lime mayo and cotija cheese. Finish your meal with a delightful dessert. You’d be a fool to miss the sweet corn cakes with dulce de leche and vanilla bean ice cream, the Kahlua flan or the tequila-apple crepes with spiced pecans, cinnamon ice cream and goat’s milk caramel. Much of Elote’s produce is sourced from local farmers.
Thai Spices Natural Cuisine of Thailand
If you want to eat healthy but still indulge with your significant other, dine at Thai Spices. The interior is Asian minimalist and relaxing. Their famous dish is the barbecue duck, but if that’s too heavy for your romantic meal, any of the salads are fresh and light and the pineapple curry is ambrosial. Like many of Sedona’s other popular eateries, you can find Thai Spices on Route 89A, right next to the Crystal Magic shop.
Dahl and Di Luca
For sensational Italian food in an elegant setting, don’t miss Dahl and Di Luca. Tantalize your tastebuds with their signature chicken dish in a fragrant rosemary marsala wine sauce with pancetta and mushrooms, or the Manila clam linguine. End your meal with rich tiramisu and a cappuccino, Italian style.
Sit fireside on Tii Gavo’s warm brick terrace to dine in the shadows of Sedona’s famous red rocks on Boynton Canyon Road. If it’s a chilly night, you can still see the views from the dining room, which boasts floor to ceiling windows, a funky cabin vibe and bear skin rugs. The flavors are bold here, but everyone will find something they love at this upscale Southwestern-style eatery. For starters, enjoy a large selection of local wines and craft beers, or bravely sample the prickly pear margarita. Some of the best eats here are the Tii Gavo torta and the green chile pork.
Rene at Tlaquepaque
Rene was voted as one of the Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers by Wine Spectator magazine from 2007 to 2012, perhaps for their excellent selection but also likely for their candelabra-lit dining room and charming patio where you can sip on your wine. Feast on rich plates like stuffed cornish game hen, rack of lamb a la Rene and even antelope tenderloin with whisky juniper berry sauce. Rene will not disappoint for your relaxed but romantic night out.
Sushi lovers will love Takashi’s classic Japanese charm and style, which is apparent throughout the place. But if sushi isn’t your thing, no worries - Takashi has other traditional Japanese fare, including fantastic tempuras and teriyakis, and a delicious chicken katsu. If you’ve never had Japanese-style ice cream, this is the place to try it. Share the sampler and indulge your sweet tooth with ginger, green tea, plum wine and azuki bean flavors.