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About Cucina Rustica

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.

7000 State Route 179 Ste 126A
Sedona, AZ 86351
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Thursday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

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

Happy Hour: Sunday - Thursday - 4:30pm-6pm

Cross Street:
Ridge Trail Dr

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(928) 284-3010

Website:
http://www.cucinarustica.com/

Entertainment:
Nightly entertainment from accomplished acoustic guitarists offering soft rock and classical Spanish guitar.

Catering:
Please contact us to discuss catering options which are most suitable for your event - from small private dinners to large al fresco events.

Executive Chef:
Lisa Dahl

Private Party Facilities:
We have our own private lot and offer valet parking on special occasions.

Private Party Contact:
Belynde Van Gelder: (928) 284-3010

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cucina Rustica Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (84)
Romantic (81)
Good for Anniversaries (74)
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Good for a Date (72)
Great for Outdoor Dining (65)
Creative Cuisine (56)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Neighborhood Gem (47)
Authentic (46)
Worth the Drive (45)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Quiet Conversation (40)
Cozy (40)
Live Music (35)
Notable Wine List (28)
Local Ingredients (24)
Casual (23)
Comfort Food (19)
Fun (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Business Meals (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Scenic View (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Happy Hour (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Healthy (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Organic (6)
People Watching (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Spicy (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Seasonal (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vegan (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

This was my first visit to Cucina Rustica & I was not disappointed. I had the CO lamb & it was delicious; the only disappointment was they were out of the scotch my boyfriend wanted.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful dinner with friends! Great gluten free options. Would definitely recommend!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Very Nice restaurant. Ambiance, food very excellent. Service 4 out of 5.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Amy, our server, did an excellent job. The outdoor table next to the fireplace was a perfect place for our first dinner in Sedona. Both of our pasta dishes were well prepared. Highly recommend.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had an amazing time on the patio on a Saturday night. The setting was perfect and it was a perfect place to spend an evening on our only night in Sedona. The food was excellent and our waiter, Greg, was fantastic and very attentive. This will be our first stop next time we make it to Sedona. What a great night!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great atmosphere...a little ways from the main part of town but well worth it. Very inviting and cozy dinning room. Nice wine list and food and service was top notch. Being a chef I love to experience dinning and this was a great experience!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic meal, great service, live musician.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great restaurant in a beautiful location. However, the fresh linguini was gummy and less than satisfactory. They made some fresh for me, but it was the same. I was disappointed to discover that the linguini was the only choice for fresh pasta. I changed my order to the chicken with orzo. The chicken and sauce were delicious, but the orzo pilaf tasted like it came from a box. My son's penne was nothing special, but again the chicken and sauce was great. I hope they find a new pasta chef before my next visit to Sedona

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I was very disappointed in the service! We had asked for Jesus - slow night so he couldn’t wait on us. Although he was there.

The server we got was fair-not very attentive. The server for beverages and cleaning - was walking around twirling his serving tray while comeing to tables. Not very professional for a Dahl restaurant.

Food was mediocre.

We were are Mariposa the night before and it was spectacular-so thought for sure this Lisa Dahl would be as good! We were wrong!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious food. Awesome ambiance. Music soothing and unobtrusive. Lovely choice for a romantic dinner.
If weather permits, dine in the outside garden. It is quieter.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A fabulous experience. Outdoor seating area was magical. Lights, fireplaces, fire sconces...it was just fantastic atmosphere. Food was very good if not excellent. Service was good, but server seemed in a hurry when dealing with us.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Live Music
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This is a fabulous place and a must visit when in Sedona. All the food and service is outstandingl

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Fun, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wish they had served some crusty Italian bread! Service was outstanding!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Scenic View
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 24, 2017

My wife make a point of going to Cucina Rustica every time we are in Sedona. This year we were able to get a reservation on Thanksgiving day and we had a fabulous meal. We both had the Thanksgiving meal with a couple of specialty margaritas.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I have lived in Sedona for 29 years and dined at Cucina Rustica many times. The restaurant seems to decline with every visit. This may well be my last. Admittedly, this was a Thanksgiving holiday visit, but you would think the restaurant would try to be at its best. Instead it was overcrowded and extremely noisy. We ordered cocktails (two brand name martinis). They were out of martini glasses, so they served lukewarm martinis in a whiskey glass (a first for me). The service was very slow and only our waiter spoke English. If the bussers spoke English it didn't show. Obviously, they did not properly plan nor did they have enough trained staff.

My wife and I ordered a Caesar salad and the rack of lamb (medium) with mashed potatoes and mushroom green peas. The salad was tasteless. The lamb was overcooked and meatless. The sides were unremarkable at best.

There was no ambiance. The room was dark and lifeless, but noisy, and we were sitting about a foot away from all the tables around us in every direction

Our bill (with tip) was $210.00. I have had bad experiences at this restaurant before, but returned because of an injury that kept me from going to much more pleasant dining experiences in Scottsdale , AZ. This was the worst of all my experiences at Cucina Rustica.

I've lived in Sedona for many years and I have seen many restaurants come and go. If Cucina Rustica can't get it's act together it will be headed the same way. Gone

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My first experience at Cucina Rustica was excellent, for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I'm looking forward to going back to try their Italian menu.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a terrific Thanksgiving meal on the patio, with pleasant guitar music, lovely setting, and delicious food. Having an authentic Italian waiter (Alessandro) was the frosting on the cake. We are already planning another trip to Sedona and this restaurant for next month.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great service and fabulous food. Short ribs were so flavorful and veal piccata was wonderful. Don't miss their chocolate gelato, it's sooooo chocolatey!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food always good. Love the outdoor patio. Service great! Good wine list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I am sorry, You just can enjoy a meal of a piece of meat the size of your thumb and it costing $40!

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food was excellent. Everything we had was delicious and perfectly prepared. Our server was not impressive, we seemed to be an after thought to him, but the food was so good we were able to ignore the sub-par server. Everyone else we interacted with was fabulous, only the server was underwhelming.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We have dined here for our anniversary for the past four years and at other times. They greeted us with a "happy Anniversary" and seated us in great corner table. In the other years they placed rose peddles on the table and had a little extra special dessert, but maybe the "special event" message wasn't passed on to our waiter. Food is always fantastic and music perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 20, 2017

This was our second visit to Cucina Rustica in 6 months and it was as good as the first time. One of the meals that is especially authentic and completely tasteful is the Classico Bolognese. And the deserts. Well, ooh-la-la. If we end up back in the Sedona area, it will be our restaurant choice for one of our nights.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

My wife and I visit Cuchina Rustica every year when we’re in Sedona. The service last night was excellent as always—thanks, Scott—and the menu this year seemed lighter and healthier than in years past. We’ve always had a good experience, and we recommend it highly.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food is very good, but the service lacks. This is our second time here and there were service issues both times. We waited a long time for someone to take a drink order, in fact we had to ask for someone to come and take it. Last time the bus boy was clearly off in his service and dishes were getting stacked in the corner of the room. The service was not up to par.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

A little disappointed this time. My Eggplant Parmesan was very good but my husband’s veal was a very small portion for the price and very plain tasting and the sides were not impressive as well. The first time we went the service was impeccable on the patio. This time the service was slow and a bit inattentive. The ambiance inside was too noisy and dark. If we come again, we’ll sit on the patio and avoid the veal.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

To whom it may concern, first and foremost the food was delightful. Now only if perhaps our service matched I would be happy to give a 5 stars. That being said, I am still trying to rehydrate myself from being so thirsty because we were neglected on being checked on once the food had been delivered. So, cheers to the chef for being on his A game!! We appreciate you!!!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Awesome restaurant. The food, the ambiance and the location. A little pricey but worth it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Overall good experience. Made 8:15 pm reservations and was not seated until 8:45 pm but the owner gave us a free appetizer which was very nice. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We were very excited for this dining experience that was highly recommended to us. Disappointing on multiple levels.....but, If you like The Olive Garden you’ll like this restaurant. Food is about the same with a better wine list. All the reviews set our expectations but after booking a reservation in advance, we still had to wait nearly 30 minutes for our table. A waiter finally acknowledged us and after delivering our wine (which were the same altho we ordered two different glasses of red), our appetizer was delivered to the couple next to us who had just been seated. :-( Our waiter tried to push another one on us but we were now over an hour into our dining experience and just wanted our entrees.) Shrimp and rice - meh! And pasta with prosciutto and mushrooms drowned in a cream sauce — no good. The waiter saved the evening with a complimentary chocolate cake dessert that was magnificent. The front patio was a fun atmosphere if the weather permits. The side room we were seated in was so dark we couldn’t read the menu. We must have ordered the wrong items. :-(

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We come to Sedona every 2-4 years and always make Cucina Rustica part of our plans. This trip of 6 Days, gave us time to visit this outstanding g restaurant twice!

Love the fresh ingredients and the staff. First night we sat outside in the garden patio under the fantastic heaters near the outside fire pit. The second night we sat inside and both times enjoyed the local musician playing guitar

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Amazing!! We will be back anytime we are in the Sedona area!

Tags: Live Music, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Too dark to read menu.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Excellent! True to its description! Food fantastic, service impeccable, charming al fresco dining

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Perfect as always, food, decor, and service iss perfect blend

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Got off to a bad start because it was so dark that my wife couldn't read the menu. Also, the noise level was such that she had a hard time hearing me when I read the menu items to her. We had arrived early, and were seated promptly, but that didn't make things go fast. Waiter greeted us, promised to fill our water glasses, took our drink order, and disappeared. Twenty minutes later, just in time to stop us from walking out, waiter's partner arrived, apologized for waiter's absence, filled our water glasses, took our food order, and returned five minutes later with the drink ordered and with bread. This was the last time any water was added to the water glasses. Five minutes later the appetizer arrived. It was very good. Upon removing the empty appetizer dish the waiter promised the entrees would arrive within "a few short minutes". Fifteen minutes later, he returned, stating that the entrees would arrive "pretty quickly". The entrees arrived ten minutes later. They were both very good, but not as hot as they should have been. Also the amount of food was a little sparse, and one of the two scallops was tough.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I celebrated her birthday at Cucina Rustica and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience start to finish. We dined inside - the decor is "eclectic rustic Tuscan". Our hostess initially offered us a small corner table tucked in beside the fireplace, but when I asked for different seating she promptly (and graciously) made a "4-top" available. We were seated next to their musician (classical guitar) and were able to interact with him throughout our meal - super!!

The entire menu is excellent and we both enjoyed our entrees - mine was "Vitello Magellano" (veal scaloppine sauted with scallops, mushrooms & spinach and finished with brandy) and my wife had the "Maiele Grigliata" (an excellent grilled 10oz. pork chop accompanied by braised kale and a faro pilaf). My wife was served a large (and complimentary) piece of tiramasu for her birthday desert.

The outdoor patio is incredible as well and we (almost) regretted eating inside. Plenty of tiny patio lights, fireplaces, lots of greenery, etc. Both indoors and out, Cucina Rustica is an excellent choice if you're looking for fine Italian dining and great ambiance in Sedona. Great for a romantic dinner for two, evening with friends, etc.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very busy restaurant--overall it was good--I had lamb chops and my husband had short ribs. We were seated on the patio right by a wall, and on the wall there were bowls with fires going in them. This became a major distraction as the wind blew the flames very close to my husband's head. Luckily he was able to reposition his chair before his hair caught fire! It was very dark as well, couldn't really see my food overly well, but it did taste good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Cucina Rustica was a Beautiful Restaurant with different rooms & atmospheres!
It was our 45th Anniversary & I booked this dinner way in advance, as I read that they did special things for Bdays & Anniversaries-
However , they put us in a back room w the next table ( & only other people
in there) being 2 elderly women - I was Very disappointed - the message also got lost between the front desk & whoever took us to our table - no mention of Anniversary & no rose pedals-we felt also that we were being rushed !
The food was very good ,salad & appetizer portions were Very big & pricey! So Share!!
I wish I would have known about the different rooms - the front had a guitarist playing & beautiful lights all around, the next room had a stone fireplace on, the next had a lot of tables but seemed like a happy crowd - also a back outdoor area w heaters- ours was only 3 tables - looked like my grandmas dining room
The main meals were Excellent & the dessert we had Supmoni- I had asked about tortufo's which was chocolate covered ice cream with a cherry inside , ( which I explained to waiter) was told no they didn't have that , yet the spumoni came out chocolate covered & again very big that could have been shared! But pretty much the same as I was describing to him-that he said they didn't have-
All and All the food was good- but pricey even for Sedona- but it was so busy that messages were lost in translation - and wait staff , in my opinion should not have rushed us either!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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