Cucina Rustica

4.5
1746 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really fantastic food and great service. Ambience is very good as long as you don't have a seat facing the parking lot. Highly recommend.

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Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance , excellent service and delicious food. Well worth the short drive from Sedona !

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JB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early reservation so the restaurant was delightfully quiet and lovely. Excellent food and ambiance. We visit each year and have always had a great meal.

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PN
New England
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are terrific. But...both times the dim lighting creates real discomfort trying to read the menu. If you are not seated directly under one of the wall sconces you struggle to read. Both nights I saw 5-6 tables within my view have to pull out cellphones and turn on the flashlight function....exactly what we did. This applied to a wide range of ages, not just older people.

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JK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Visiting the area all I can say it was beautiful and food was extraordinary comment have been better

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L
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a fan of Mariposa, I was eager to try another restaurant created by the same chef, and was not disappointed. The food and service were excellent and we loved the fact it was quiet enough to have a conversation, so rare these days. The menu offers a wide array of choices. The grilled artichoke with basil aioli was fantastic.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the nicest restaurants I have eaten at in Sedona area. The ambiance sets this place apart from others. Great service and excellent food. We ate everything and left clean plates. I highly recommend trying this place.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience

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MS
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first experience at Cucina Rustica though we have eaten at other of Lisa Dahl’s Sedona restaurants. Located in a strip shopping center, you would think you’ve entered an Italian villa. An all-around great experience. Excellent service, great food. A very good wine list.

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KL
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service, great food and very nice wine. These folks know how to please.

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S
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful dining inside, food was ok but not great.

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JG
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb first visit! Keith was the epitome of the fine wait person, almost anticipating our every need request. I enjoyed the Alaskan halibut, she tried the veal scollopini. Both met our high anticipation! Made for a great date!

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KH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding italian dishes - combination of trusted familiar dishes and a nice mix of unique original recipes.
Wait staff is excellent- Tyler was attentive without being intrusive- great place for a special occasion.

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant. We go there from Phoenix several times a year. We were just there for my wife's birthday. The food was excellent. Tyler our waiter was superb and we valued his opinions of the specials. We'll be back again for the amazing food.

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GF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our last night on vacation in Sedona and we wanted a special dinner. We loved absolutely everything about this place! We had amazing authentic fresh food and excellent service! The restaurant is upscale and incredibly beautiful inside and the live musician played many of our favorite tunes. Our waiter answered all our questions and we thoroughly enjoyed our appetizers, dinner, drinks and dessert! A real treat and wonderful way to spend our last night in lovely Sedona! Thank you! <3

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MM
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food, main course (veal) was a bit on the salty side. Excellent service provided by our waiter, Eric! Overall I would recommend this restaurant and would go back next time I visit Sedona

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JA
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We visited Cucina Rustica as a family of four who was celebrating a birthday. We were seating about 15-20 minutes after our reservation time (no problem). Our table was good, if not a little cramped/too close to the tables next to us. The Caesar Salad for the table was good. The bread was good and the olive oil dip was tasty (a little bit of a kick to it which I liked, but my kids not-so-much). Dinner was good with perfect portion sizes (not too much and not too little).

Likes included the ambiance, there was a gentleman playing classical guitar which was at a great volume so that it fit perfectly in the background while also allowing us to converse (I wish more restaurants would employ the same live music volume level as Cucina Rustica), the food was good, wine list was good (a little pricey, but it's Sedona so I understand) and the attitude of the service staff was great.

Improvements could be made to the speed of service (attentiveness was a little spotty - water glasses empty for a while, plates could've been cleared more quickly, check took some time to receive, etc.) as well as the arrangement of the tables.

Overall we enjoyed our dinner and would definitely recommend.

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PD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cucina Rustica is the perfect place to celebrate the New Year!

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SW
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frankly, we were surprised at how nice Cucina Rustica really is. It starts with the decor which is nothing short of amazing. The service was top-notch and very attentive. The food was even better. Sedona has three very good Italian restaurants, at least that we've tried, there may be more. Definitely worth a return trip.

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D
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine and dessert. Great staff and service. Quaint and cozy

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Visiting from Montana & this restaurant & food were a highlight of the trip. Atmosphere was amazing. Food delicious. 2 of us were celebrating bdays & were given dessert . Drinks were amazing. Staff was outstanding. Highly recommend!!!

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LI
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

They lose a star because the Angel Hair Pasta served with the Cioppino was over cooked/mushy. Angel Hair is probably too thin to serve with this dish, luguini would have been a safer choice.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Pasta was over cooked and service was lacking

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MG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful dining experience for a birthday celebration.

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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the restaurant appeared to be very crowded with many people waiting to be seated we were seated immediately, possibly because we made our reservation through Open Table? The food was great - very good Italian.

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Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable meal lovely holiday decorations added to the nice evening

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San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Eggplant and veal were watery and the pasta was gummy. The famed mother red sauce was flavorless. The artichoke and sauce to dip the bread in was good.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place. Service was excellent and most of the meal was excellent. The entrees were a little disappointing as the fresh pasta was not great... it was a little mushy and mealy. The calamari, salad, and dessert were great. The wine and coffee were also excellent.

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RC
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambience was perfect.

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NE
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were ignored for about 15 mins after being seated, but our server was busy w several big tables. Because we were just two, we were frequently forgotten about. His right-hand girl was better than him! Food was expensive but absolutely perfect. Everything from polpette appetizer to chicken parm and veal Marsala was delicious. Also had lavender panna cotta for dessert which was HUGE wine pours fair (per glass). Will def return next time in Sedona!

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, delicious food. We will be back!

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MF
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

The food here was tasty, but a bit pricey to be feeling ill afterwards, and definitely needed to be properly cooked, as the salmon was half raw in the center.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We looked forward to returning to this lovely restaurant. Unfortunately our experience was spoiled soon after we arrived. We were a bit early and took the opportunity to wait for our table at the bar.
I was looking forward to a glass of champagne to start the evening. One bar tender handed us the bar menu and then disappeared the other bar tender ignored us completely continuing to dry glasses. After 15 minutes the original bar tender returned and asked us why we hadn’t asked the other bar tender for service!!! We said we tried but he ignored us.
I felt deeply disappointed by the rudeness and inconsiderate behavior. The rest of the evening was fine , attentive waiter good food. But I went to bed angry.
I did send them an email about my experience but have not heard back. Too bad

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DR
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lydia was our waitress and was very attentive unprofessional.

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A
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First class restaurant, owned by celebrity chef Lisa Dahl. Great variety of food, all of which was delicious. Pretty and unique inside, good service. Outstanding food and presentation. Prices upscale but fair for this type of dining experience.

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AV
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went here for Christmas dinner. The decorations were beautifully done and had a man playing guitar and singing, was perfect volume and ambiance. Our waiter was friendly and paid attention to detail. Our food was great and had lots of options was difficult to choose. My dad had the Lasagna and was superb!
I would go back again!

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CH
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas dinner is hard to do but they did a good job and the service staff at all levels were very attentive and cheery even though they were having to work on a holiday. Menu was not fixed but had limited and new items versus the regular menu which was a little disappointing since we were from out of town and had looked forward to trying some of the regular menu items. We still found a good selection and had a good meal - hot this time and served in good time. Very cozy and warm for a holiday evening.

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NP
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very knowledgeable and attentive server. My dining companion left her phone and wallet at the restaurant. The next day both were safe and sound.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great! As was our waiter, Jose, and the rest of the wait staff. However, we were arrived at the restaurant, Shelly the hostess was unwelcoming, abrasive and rude. It really started us off on the wrong foot and set a less than pleasant tone for the evening.

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