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“Can not believe this place...it runs on pr evidentally not food” 1 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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions
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.
Parkers Cove, Nova Scotia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Can not believe this place...it runs on pr evidentally not food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We dined here tonight..three of us. First in the door the greeter who seated us was totally "out of it". We watched as he seated others in the same off hand, can't be bothered attitude and their expressions. The waiter didn't have the specials down. I overheard them from another waiter and changed my order to one of the specials which the other waiter described to others.
appetizers: bruschetta...tomato topping was ice cold. Have had it in Italy and cheap Italian restaurants and it was far superior. PEI claims were a bad choice which we knew since no seafood is available there unless FROZEN..according to waiter.
Main course filet mignon was only decent entrée, we all tasted it. I had the Cornish game hens which were said to be quail and than Amish hens. Again heard this from the other waiter.
The faro and brussel sprouts were good.
Service was prompt.
Crème Brule was just adequate. Much better at much less overpriced restuarants.
Décor was lovely. Service was prompt. Elder gentleman at the door when we left was quite polite and outgoing.

There is no way this restaurant would be rated where it is in Sedona. I think some people just think they don't "understand" the food. or are sheep following along.
This restaurant is just plain awful. The chef was present as she came out to talk to another table.
Dinner was over $200...the little Mileys café in the same shopping center has better food.
My son is a CIA trained Gourmet chef so I'm not unfamiliar with good food.
I have never felt compelled to write a bad review of a restaurant, always figuring it was a bad night..but this is the exception...I see some other reviews are the same...

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Outstanding Italian in a shopping center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

After driving from Tucson to Sedona, we wanted something close to the Canyon Villa B & B where we were staying (see the review). The Innkeeper recommended Cucina Rustica and boy was he correct. Outstanding Italian food. Not inexpensive but worth every penny (not outrageous either). Fresh ingredients, excellent flavor, great service.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Disappointed visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I was looking forward to an awesome meal after reading the reviews. I love Italian food with a flair. Unfortunately, we ended up with a mediocre expensive meal. My pasta was a pastie, tasteless mess. It was the most expensive meal of our vacation and not worth the money.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Thornton, California
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Service terrible”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Beautiful setting. Warm patio fireplaces. Food well prepared and presented. But our waitress was terrible. Short and seemed stressed, yet she had time to stand in back corner with other staff taking.

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Fairfield, Ohio
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Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Superb meal in a beautiful setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

This is a place for a special night out. The staff was very helpful and attentive. The food was across the board delicious, including the desserts. I especially loved the decor; you were really transported to Italy.

Tip: Go over dark falls to really feel immersed in the environment.

Visited January 2014
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