Cucina Rustica

4.4
1470 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
As if being in Sedona wasn’t magical enough- when you pass through the outdoor gates of Cucina Rustica you enter a restaurant unlike most others. The restaurant wraps its arms around you and settles you into dining experience that many foodies seek out but rarely find. Couples and large parties enjoy unobstructed service and ambiance. The tone of the restaurant is rich warm colors of the Mediterranean woven into the four dining rooms, uniquely separate but locked hand in hand to each other. Owner and Chef Lisa Dahl designed the restaurant with old world doors, lighting, windows for peek-a-boo openings, iron work, 4 fireplaces, 2 fountains and 2 magnificent patios. The large L-shaped bar area is vibrant, subtly lite and serving Wine Spectator list wines and fine cocktails while the sounds of the chef’s on the line ebb and flow in the background.
When you dine at Cucina Rustica the world is a million miles away.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Happy Hour: Sunday - Thursday - 4:00pm-6pm
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Phone number
(928) 284-3010
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lisa Dahl
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Private party facilities
We have our own private lot and offer valet parking on special occasions.
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Private party contact
Belynde Van Gelder: (928) 284-3010
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Catering
Please contact us to discuss catering options which are most suitable for your event - from small private dinners to large al fresco events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ridge Trail Dr
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Entertainment
Nightly entertainment from accomplished acoustic guitarists offering soft rock and classical Spanish guitar.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was good but together with the service did not warrant the price.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful restaurant...lovely ambiance and the food was amazing!

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Server was none attentive. Food was expensive yet mediocre. Small portion.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Favorite restaurant in all of Arizona. Ambiance and cuisine are above and beyond.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We had a wonderful meal and experience at Cucina Rustica. The ambience is upscale, cozy, quaint, artistic and romantic. We had wonderful meal of the homemade tortellini and linguine and amazing tiramisu. Just perfect and delicious. My husband said it was the best pasta he had ever had and he wanted to return on our next trip to Sedona. We lives this place. Go and have a great meal for yourself.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Cucina Rustica is one of our favorite restaurants and we dine there often. Whereas the food was as delicious as usual, it was not our most memorable dining experience. Our server was not as good as most other servers we've had there (had not ever seen this server before so maybe a new employee). Also, the chairs were terribly uncomfortable with the back of the chair being hard iron. The shape of the chair backs hit your back in a bad place.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

This beautiful restaurant does not disappoint. The atmosphere is beautiful, the service is top notch, and the food is exceptional. Looking forward to my next trip to the Sedona area to dine at this lovely restaurant!

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2.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Serious quality control issues in the kitchen is required

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

We had an outstanding dining experience. The service, atmosphere, live guitarist, and food were excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was fabulous and homemade. We sat on the patio where they had a jazz guitarist playing. The atmosphere and ambiance were perfect. I would definitely recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Scott was very accomadating. We were outside and had to move inside...all went amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

This is our favorite restaurant in Sedona. Our group of 6 all loved their food. Our service by Joe was outstanding. We'll be sure to request Joe as our waiter on our next visit. Thank you for making it special Joe!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Food was good. But our server Tyler was amazing. Was knowledgable but not stuffy, had a good sense of humor and made the experience.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

When i advised wait person that the broccoli that i requested, was not soft... he stated he doesnt cook the food and went back to talk to the chef to replace the vege. NOT PROFESSIONAL!
We came to restaurant due to a referral from someone in Prescott. If we were going back to Prescott, i would advise this person Not to recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Great food, good wine list - excellent service!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Great ambiance. Very romantic, and food was great!

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Two of four guests loved their meals, linguine clam was okay bland and fish haddock special cold and over priced.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Great meal, our waiter Eric was a sweetheart. Looking forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The live music was relaxing and nice.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Amazing service, amazing food

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was good as well as drinks
Here with seven people to celebrate year of success
Waitress was bad. Waited a long time for her to come by - she gave us menus then left for 10-15 minutes. Then she came back and said did we want to order anything. I said how about drinks and she was condescending and sarcastic. Then I had to go up to the bar to check because it took so long.
No water either.
Dinner can’t put in reasonable time but we had to ask for bread etc

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great food and people

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great food! Sat on the patio and it was beautiful with all the plants & lights. Waitress was not as attentive as we would of liked, but she did get us taken care of.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The meal was great. We were disappointed that the bar area, for happy hour, was so small.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The ambience was lovely until a very loud group arrived and then you couldn’t get away from the voices of the loud talkers who felt everybody needed to hear their conversation. And their kids. It went from the most lovely dining experience I had all week to “I can’t wait to leave“. Somebody should’ve told them to lower their voices.

Otherwise the food, the service, the atmosphere – all were exquisite

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

My sister and her husband enjoyed their meals but my husband got way over cooked pasta and some broken mussel shells in his cioppino. My sister thought The tiramisu was the best she ever had.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We always make it a point to dine at Cucina Rustica on our yearly trek to Sedona and it never disappoints. The wonderful ambience and authentic Italian dishes are fabulous. One of our favorite Italian restaurants in the country. We highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

My wife and I travel a lot and we were both impressed with the quality of the food and with our waiter who was very professional while still making us feel like family. From start to finish the food was delicious. Make sure you try the Mediterranean Tapas appetizer. It set the standard for the entire dinner. Very nice ambiance with a gentleman playing very mellow background music near by. We won't miss a chance to go there again. PS They even brought out a desert with a candle on it, as that night was my wife's birthday.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Beautiful decor and high quality food at a reasonable price. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed a cool summer breeze and a fantastic view.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary there. As always,the food was delectable. When I made the reservation, I indicated it was our anniversary, and they put rose petals on the table. They also gave us a free dessert. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Not as good as last time. The only disappointing thing was that I requested potatoes instead of rice and underneath my chicken/shrimp there was still some rice. No big deal but I think it was a little unprofessional to randomly scrape the rice away rather than just re-plate. What if my request had been based on an allergy instead of a preference? Having said that, the dinner was good.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

While driving through Sedona we stopped for my husbands birthday as the ambiance is great. Without question this was an amazing meal. The food and service were top shelf. The drinks were generous and the Italian food authentic. An amazing experience!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Very good experience at this restaurant with fantastic service. The stuffed mushroom appetizer was great as was the starter salad. Had the special of the day - a chicken Marsala dish which was great. Finished with homemade tiramisu and enjoyed all of it. Great experience overall.

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Have really enjoyed CR in the past, but this last experience was less than satisfactory. I ordered the raddicio wrapped shrimp. Sorry, nothing worse than over cooked shrimp,. Just sad, and for the price, not worth it. Friends heading this way in July. Won't be one of our stops.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Great experience sitting on the patio ...had live music that was just the right amount

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Delightful service and ambiance with delicious food!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The service was precise and amazing! We loved the food as well as the restaurant decor and feel. We had a great night there!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This is a beautiful restaurant. From the parking lot, in the patio, and looking out at the patio, the trees and lights are beautiful.

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1.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We went for the guitarist who was wonderful. The venue was fine. The service was awful. The waiter insulted my mother in law, was sullen and unhelpful answering our questions about the menu. The food was common and poorly represented by the menu. The wines were grocery store quality and the Prosecco nearly flat. When the waiter finally returned to take our dessert order he was curt. He left the bread plates, empty wine glasses, and salt on the table when he served the dessert. Do not waste your time on this place.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Our waiter Tyler was great until we used a coupon for 10% off and he kept on pointing out what the bill was prior to discount. I stated to him I understood and knew we needed to tip on the before bill, he became VERY obnoxious and stated he wasn't pointing that out and that he only meant people forget credit cards, NEVER in my 60 years on this world have I ever left a credit card at a restaurant. He just turned what was a great night into a TERRIBLE ending! And by the way I still tipped him 20% and truly wish I didn't. He needs to be told to not do that EVER EVER again.

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