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“Good food but not inexpensive” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cucina Rustica

Cucina Rustica
7000 Hwy. 179, Village of Oak Creek, Sedona AZ 86351, Sedona, AZ 86351
+1 928-284-3010
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Ranked #8 of 164 Restaurants in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, Organic, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: In the lovely village of Oak Creek, Sedona you'll find a gem...The doorway to the imagination awaits you here. Old World decor with hand-crafted antique doors and ornate iron gates from around the world, draw you in then transport you back in time. The restaurant wraps its arms around you and settles you into a dining experience that many foodies seek out, but rarely find. The restaurant has won numerous awards of excellence for food and service, as well as Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 8 consecutive years. You will see Chef Lisa Dahl almost every evening visiting with guests, signing her award-winning cookbook, and in the kitchen paying close attention to every detail to ensure you'll have the most enjoyable dining experience.
WA, USA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Good food but not inexpensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This restaurant was within walking distance from our hotel, the Desert Quail Inn. It has outside seating but as it was windy we asked to be inside. Our hostess took us through the main seating area to a smaller room at the back. It was quite dark with curtains over the window. It was quite spooky really until another couple arrived. There was plenty of room in the main restaurant so I am not sure why we ended up closeted in the back. The service was excellent and choice of food was good. A little pricey for what we got, portions were not large. I think we would have had a better experience overall if we had been in the main room.

Visited April 2013
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St.Augustine
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Outstanding food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

We were in Sedona for 5 days. I read some of the reviews of this restaurant and most were very positive although a few poor ratings. We stayed at The Hilton Resort and Spa so this restaurant is very walkable from the hotel. We walked in on a Saturday with no reservations. Busy night so no tables available for a long time but we were offered a choice of a couple high tops or seats at the bar. We chose the bar. Service was excellent as well as the food. We ordered a shrimp pasta dish that was divine. I also had a side salad which was very fresh and the Dijon dressing lovely. Really don't miss this gem.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Delicious Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We came out for vacation, and made a reservation our first night here. We ate on the patio; great waitress, the Best food, great wine list, live music, awesome ambiance. We enjoyed it so much, we spent 3 more evenings here for dinner, and were absolutely thrilled each time, even with different rooms and waitresses. Each room has a little different rustic Italian feel to it. Their live music was
Very subtle and relaxing while eating. We can't wait to return to Sedona.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Too commercial with subpar food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

I was reminded tonight why I haven't bothered returning to Cucina; I treated some out of town visitors for dinner, hoping that Cucina might redeem themselves with regards to the quality of their food since my last visit.
Although the appetizers were quite tasty (with the exception of the caesar salad and the thick, heavy mayonnaise-like dressing), the dinner entrees were dismally disappointing. Two of the dishes were exceedingly salty - a repeat of my last experience.
I was very disappointed as I feel the dishes lacked a sense of refinement and the seasoning so heavy-handed as to seem amateurish and not the quality you would expect from the sister restaurant of the highly-esteemed Dahl & DiLuca.
On a more positive note, the service was great and the atmosphere lovely, but when you consider that the food should be the star of the show, it can be a huge letdown, no matter how stellar the service or fantastic the environment.
Suffice it to say it is highly unlikely that I will return; nor will I risk the chance of suggesting this restaurant to anyone whose palate recognizes and appreciates true (and delicious) Italian cuisine.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Southbury, Connecticut
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Quite possibly the best Italian meal that I've had in a restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We were taken to this restaurant by friends who live in town. The atmosphere, service, and food were all excellent. The buratta was like nothing I've had before- melt in your mouth! The melanzane was tender and very flavorful, and the pasta was done to perfection. Our friends had the lasagne which was also done to perfection. The cheescake that we had for dessert was creamy and flavorful; not too sweet. Though we chose basic meals, the menu is quite varied and the restaurant offers daily specials, as well. Live background music was also, provided by a very talented guitarist. A wonderful experience!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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