Cucina Rustica

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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OT
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best all around dining experiences we've had, a wonderful way to celebrate a 30 year anniversary.

MW
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Highly recommend. We’ll definitely come again when in Sedona.

RB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around.

The staff is attentive but not obtrusive.
Food is delicious but not heavy.

MV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food good service the best girls night out for our trip to Sedona. We will return!

LB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate my friend's birthday. I had made a reservation and the table was ready for us. It was a very busy Friday night but we had good service with Donovan and the food was great.

AB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make this a dinner stop! Delicious food, friendly service and a great ambience.

SF
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around Will certainly be back soon soonm, if not sooner

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place to come. We drive up from Prescott for special occasions and no occasions to enjoy the atmosphere and the excellent food. Our waitress was most attentive, yet not invasive. She was helpful, and personable. You train your wait staff well!

We celebrated two birthdays in your relaxing and handsome back room, eating, drinking, laughing our way through another wonderful evening. Thank you!

KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This is a romantic restaurant with nice ambiance overall but the food was average ( 3 pieces of beet in our beet salad), especially for the price point. The service was fine, but not amazing ( we had to ask for napkins and side plates). It was so dark at our table that we had to use our phone flashlight.

RP
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great, ambiance was old world Italian style. Very warm and inviting. Our server was not up to par. We weren’t sure if he was new or just not part of the A-Team, but he HP was not very attentive. Other than that, a great meal in a charming setting. Will definitely go back.

MG
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. It always continues to be a great experience. The food is wonderful, as is the service. We always look forward to coming here

LA
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful, romantic setting. Menu has a good selection. Food is very good. Wait staff is friendly. Long wait time for food on the very busy night we were there.

MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service, menu options just right. food arrived quickly and hot despite full house. outstanding experience. thank you

JG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and very professional wait staff.

OT
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place we tried in Sedona. Went twice.

S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff!

BS
Edmonton
18 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful with great service.. love the patio

JB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Atmosphere was outstanding and prices were reasonable. Nothing better than that!

OT
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, delicious food. Waiter forgot to tell about the specials.

n
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is very nice. The food was excellent, and the service was friendly and attentive as well. We were all pleased with our meals, and would definitely return.

SP
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. We chose to sit outside, as the main dining room seemed a little noisy. All of the dishes that we selected were excellent. I particularly enjoyed the veal saltimbocca, which was superb.

As a frequent visitor to the US, I have often found the service in high-end restaurants to be obsequious (basically tip-chasing), which can compromise the dining experience. This was not the case at Cucina Rustica, where the service was excellent - our server was polite, well-informed and efficient, and contributed to our enjoyment.

m
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful meal. Expensive as in about $90 a person with an inexpensive wine (well all wines In Sedona seem to be obscenely overpriced, that is about three times retail) but we thoroughly enjoyed it.

T
Phoenix
112 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was perfect. Martinis excellent. The vitello Justino was delicious with tones of the grogonzola sauce throughout. Ambiance perfect for an Italian restaurant. One of my favorite venues in Sedona.

BT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food. Have celebrated 8 of our last 12 anniversaries there. Never disappointed

JA
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful place to have dinner. Quiet music and delicious food. Our waiter was knowledgeable on my wine selection and pair my meal. Thank you for a lovely evening.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

This was the second time we dined there in a week. First time was exceptional- the Service was great, food was great. The second time we dined there the service was completely different and not nearly as good. The waiter was not experienced at all, didn’t tell us the specials, drinks came after our salad came, we ordered anchovies for our salad and had to ask three different people to bring them to us which took about 10 minutes to get them. The lasagna came to us at barely room temperature, flavor was still good, but it would have been so much better had it been hot! We ordered desert and the waiter obviously forgot about it, finally got it. A completely different experience than the first time. The food was so good I would go there again and hope for a different waiter!!

TJ
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our whole experience was lovely! The staff was friendly and timely. The ambiance fantastic: quiet, romantic, beautiful guitar music playing...
It was as close to a perfect dining experience as one could ask for! Oh yes, the food was delectable! Thank you! BTW it was our first date so thank you big time! 😉

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Was very romantic and the food was great. Outstanding service.

JG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a fantastic dinner at Cucina Rustica. Everything was perfect to our table location, service, and quality food.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Extremely noisy environment. Dining companion's food had to be sent back because it was only lukewarm. Overall, a very disappointing dining experience.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here our last night in Sedona. This was the best meal I have had in a really long time. We started with an appetizer of mozzarella cheese wrapped in prosciutto and radicchio and drizzled with a date reduction sauce of some sort. It was delicious. I had the veal Parmesan. I could have licked my plate. It was that good. My husband had the lasagna. His was delicious as well. This was the 3rd Lisa Dahl restaurant we tried while visiting Sedona. This was our favorite. The service was just as good. I wish I remembered our waiters name. He was very knowledgeable about the food and the wine and gave us excellent advice. Thank you!

GS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!
Quiet Rustica Hour on the back patio and after, dinner.
Can’t beat it!!
Must stop place when we are in Sedona.

JL
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were visiting from out of town and bumped into someone who had eaten here the night before and just raved about how good it was. So we decided to check it out. We made a reservation but could only get late. We decided to go a little early and see if we could get in. No such luck but we ended up sitting at the bar to wait and were lucky to eat there too. Great food. Good service and friendly conversation. We would definitely go again when in town.

PM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, attentive service..all the details handled super well. a delight!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 25th anniversary in Sedona having dinner at Cucina Rustica at the advice of our hotel staff. We arrived a bit early and were seated right away in a private, cozy table. Everything from the staff, drinks, dinner, dessert and ambiance was top notch! We will be back!

LV
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and ambiance!! Lisa’s marinara sauce is the best!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Ambiance and food was excellent.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal outside with live guitar

GL
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Cucina Rustica and we were not disappointed. The food was fantastic, our server, Greg, was friendly and there when you needed him. The ambiance was like a Tuscan village restaurant. I would highly recommend this to anyone in the Sedona area.

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