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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cucina Rustica

Cucina Rustica
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Ranked #20 of 194 Restaurants in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, 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 10 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. Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday 4:30-6PM.
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66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2008

Oh wow! What delicious food. Cucina Rustica, Dahl & DiLuca is marvelous. Dahl & Di Luca have another restaurant in West Sedona, but this delight is actually in the Village of Oak Creek, at the foot of the Hilton Resort & Spa.

First, the restaurant is beautiful. Second, the service is great and friendly. There is a warmth about Cucina Rustica service that other fine dining restaurants shy away from unfortunately. I can only say that everything we tried on the menu, and we tried a lot, was excellent. My husband had the special pork chops which were large and cooked to perfection servced with asparagus and mashed potatoes. I had the veal saltimboca which was prepared as it should be and the sauce was not heavy. The three chocolate dessert would make you weep it was so good. Yes, it is expensive, but boy is it ever worth it. Definately make reservations if you want to get in.

2 Thank darlinbeck
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Sedona, Arizona
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“concerning prices”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2008

We do go to Cucina Rustica every time we visit Sedona (about once a month). Regarding the prices: I guess to us they are not outrageous because we do what we always do at restaurants--we both have the salad (house salad is excellent); split the entree (chef does this & adds extra vegetables & roasted potatoes or whatever is included with the meal for no extra charge); also, fill ourselves up with the excellent bread & dipping oil.

Husband's only complaint: They don't have Corona beer! I always get a couple glasses of wine & we still do fine in regards to price with splitting.

3 Thank Suzanne5654
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New Hampshire
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“very disappointed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2008

We were highly dissapointed in this restaurant. First we were placed at a table in a room where a party of 57 were seated one half hour later, we were not told this in advance. Service was fair and the food was over priced, average quality at best and the portions were small. There are restaurants in this area of far greater value.

5 Thank wayno53
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Rhode Island
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2008

We went with a party of ten. Everyone was impressed with the service, food and atmosphere. Wait staff were attentive, food was served in a timely manner--they didn't rush you or make you wait. Definitely go!

1 Thank segRhodeIsland
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New Hampshire
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best in Sedona Area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2008

We have vacationed in Sedona for the past several years and feel that Cucina Rustica is the best restaurant in the area. We have never had a meal that was not well prepared or less than satisfactory in any manner. Service has always been excellent. Admittedly, it is a bit pricey, but the quality and fabulous dining experience make it well worth the dollars.

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