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Cucina Rustica

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Italian, Mediterranean, Tuscan, Sicilian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
About
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 13 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
PRICE RANGE
US$14 - US$35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Tuscan, Sicilian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I made my reservation for dinner on May 28 on March 20th. I received no call nor an email that they had indefinitely closed the week before. Lisa Dahl's other 4 restaurants in the area are open. I received both a text and email on...the 27th from Open Table requesting that I confirm my Friday, May 28th dinner reservation. And yesterday I received an email asking me how my dinner was :-( As my family was reading the closure notice on the door, another family arrived to the same fate and as I was departing the parking lot, I saw another car pull up. At the restuarant we ended up finding at 7pm on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend; they told us they had been receiving a lot of unhappy walkins from others who had not been notified by Cucina Rustica.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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ChefLisaDahl, Owner at Cucina Rustica, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Sandy, we apologize for your inconvenience. We had notified all guests with reservations and are not sure why you did not get one Please accept our apologies. If possible, please message us at jay@dahlemail.com with details of your reservation and an email address so we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I made reservations last month here because we heard that the great restaurants have no reservations. I got a call yesterday saying they had to cancel my reservation because they were having to close due to not enough employees to properly service...us. I am so sad and hope that these good people are able to reopen soon. I am giving them 5 stars on everything anyway because, as a business owner I understand what they are going thru.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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ChefLisaDahl, Owner at Cucina Rustica, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for the cancellation. We will be back soon and greatly appreciate your kind gesture. When you can visit us, please introduce yourself so we can thank you in person and make certain you have a wonderful meal,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had our groom's dinner here and absolutely LOVED it!! The food was excellent and the atmosphere was amazing. The servers were very attentive! We could not have asked for a better evening. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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ChefLisaDahl, Owner at Cucina Rustica, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Aaron, thank you for your visit and very nice review. We are happy to see you enjoyed our food, atmosphere and service so much. Next time you come back, be sure you introduce yourself so we can thank you in person! We look forward...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best restaurant I have been to period. Food was so outstanding. Staff was amazing. Drinks went diem easy. Our waiter was so accommodating. The chef came out to the tables and was so personable. I highly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2021
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ChefLisaDahl, Owner at Cucina Rustica, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Rhonda thank you for your 5-star rating! We're happy to know you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you back again some day in the near future!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful, delicious dinner at Cucina Rustica. When we visit Sedona, my husband and I always dine at Cucina Rustica aa well as at Dahl and Deluca. We sat outside surrounded by colorful lights in the lovely patio. Our server, Shanea, was friendly...and made us feel welcome. We both had the Chilean Sea Bass which was fresh and creative. Toward the end of the evening, Ms Lisa Dahl greeted us as she passed our table. I am so glad I had the opportunity to tell her how much we admire her and enjoy dining at her restaurants. We especially extend our thanks for the efforts she and her staff make to ensure that guests have a safe dining experience during these difficult times. They adhere to all the recommended covid-19 restrictions including face masks and distancing. Having just resumed dining out, I am grateful to the Lisa Dahl team for following the guidelines.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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ChefLisaDahl, Owner at Cucina Rustica, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Diane. Thank you for your visit and very nice review. We are happy to see you enjoyed our food, atmosphere and service so much. We're happy to hear you felt comfortable in our restaurant with the Covid-19 precautions we are taking. Next time you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would give zero star if I could. We made a reservation for two tables for 6 each more than a month ago for 5/18 for a very special celebration. I even called personally and spoke with someone at Cucina Rustica to make sure everything...was good with the reservations for the special celebration dinner. We also received emails on Monday 5/17 asking us to confirm our reservations and to let Cucina Rustica know we were still planning to come. We were very disappointed to show up at our reservation time to find that the restaurant was locked with a note on the door indicating due to staffing shortage, there are closed on Monday and Tuesday. We certainly understand the challenge with COVID, but why didn’t the restaurant notify us is beyond our comprehension (they certainly have our email address). There was another couple who showed up at the same time as us yesterday and they drove all the way up from Phoenix only to find out the restaurant was closed (they also have a confirmed reservation). Reading the past reviews, there are other customers who experienced the same disappointment. It is totally unprofessional and only shows how Cucina Rustica does not care one bit about customer service. We have never had any experience with any restaurants like this. Don’t go here unless you want to be disappointed. There are plenty of restaurants in Sedona that will treat their customers far better than Cucina Rustica.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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ChefLisaDahl, Owner at Cucina Rustica, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Elsa, we apologize for your inconvenience and wish we could have notified you sooner about the situation. Please accept our apologies. If possible, please message us at jay@dahlemail.com with details of your reservation and an email address so we can get back to you with...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful find in Sedona! The interior was garish Italian, but in a good way, and was dark and cozy. It appeared there were a lot of different rooms and we had a great table. It was our anniversary and everyone from the hostess...to the server acknowledged it. There were rose petals all over our table!! The food was magnificent. Mussels appetizer was to die for and the caesar salad was crisp and not overdressed. Entrees were equally as good. We splurged on an expensive bottle of wine and it was well worth it, recommended by the sommelier when our first choice was not available. The tiramisu is a must have for dessert. A really A+ experience!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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ChefLisaDahl, Owner at Cucina Rustica, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Ali. Thank you for choosing Cucina Rustica for your anniversary and for this very nice 5-star review! We're happy to know you enjoyed the messels and salad and had a great wine with it all. We hope to see you back again some day...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

How excited we were to dine at Cucina Rustica! Despite confirming with the restaurant that we would be there, we were so disappointed to pull up and see the restaurant was closed due to lack of staff. While I empathize that it is difficult to...get help these days, it would have been proper for the restaurant to call us and let us know. We scrambled around looking for a place to eat at the last minute, adding stress to what was supposed to be a relaxing getaway.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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ChefLisaDahl, Owner at Cucina Rustica, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mrs. DLC. Thank you for booking your reservation with us. We are so sorry about that situation and also if it wasn't handled perfectly. Of course as soon as we realized we were not going to be able to staff the restaraunt properly we immediately...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our dinner at this restaurant. The waiter was very attentive and gave us good suggestions re our order. Highly recommend the bruschetta and the eggplant parm. We also had caesar salad and that was fine although a few pieces of lettuce were...a little "tired." My husband had the lasagne and he liked it especially since it had adequate amount of beef in the sauce. The bartender makes a good mixed drink! And for dessert we had the flourless chocolate cake with caramel ice cream. All in all, an excellent meal. We highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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ChefLisaDahl, Owner at Cucina Rustica, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Shirley! We are thrilled to hear you and your husband loved your visit with us. Thank you for all the nice compliments. We are glad your meal was perfect from start to finish and that you enjoyed our mixed drinks as well. Hopefully soon...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we come to Sedona this has always been one of our favorite restaurants to dine at. Unfortunately since our last visit in late 2019 things have changed and not for the better. The quality of food has declined sharply much to our disappointment. I...had chicken parmigiana which was served with little sauce that had almost no flavor. The portions of chicken and pasta were very small and flavorless. Such a disappointment!! I told the waitress the quality of food has declined markedly. She mentioned they were having problems securing and keeping staff. Lisa Dahl you have a lot of work to do to bring this restaurant up to previous standards. We ate at Bella Vista Restorante a few nights before and were served outstanding food in large portions. I guess that will become our favorite Italian restaurant in Sedona from now on.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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ChefLisaDahl, Owner at Cucina Rustica, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Ray. We greatly appreciate your many visits but are sorry to hear you didn't feel your most recent meal was ideal. We rarely hear comments like that but please accept our apologies if something may have gone wrong. Please know our portions and recipes...More

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