Which Sedona Fine Dining Restaurant Has The Best Red Rock Vistas?

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April 2021 Challenge

Which Sedona Restaurant Has The Best Red Rock Vistas?

There are two restaurants that offer fine dining and breathtaking views. One of those restaurants has only been open to resort guests during the pandemic. 

Mariposa - Overlooks Soldiers Pass

The other restaurant with unparalleled and breathtaking Mariposa Logoviews is Mariposa - Latin Inspired Grill.  Mariposa is currently open for dinner reservations every day except Tuesday. The hours of operation are on the website along with Guidelines and Dress Code... Yes! ...You will find an actual dress code!  More on that below.   

Prior to last week, it had been well over a year since we had a meal at Mariposa, partially because of the pandemic and also because it was one of the last restaurants to open during the pandemic. The opening date was June 25th, 2020. That being said, it is an extraordinary dining experience. I like to take special clients and also out-of-town guests here... Why? Just look at the views!  There are other restaurants with views but only Enchantment Resort and Mariposa have outrageous red rock views pictured in these images.

Soldiers Pass - Coffeepot Rock, The Sphinx, and the Mittens Red Rocks

A Re-crafted Dining Experience! 

Are you required to wear masks for inside dining?

In Sedona as in all of Arizona - mask guidance has been left to the business owners to decide.  Currently, Mariposa has instituted a "Mask-To-Table" policy.  You can find specific instructions on the website

Other changes that I noticed included 3 different areas to check-in.  There is a reservation valet at the entrance to the parking lot.  Without a reservation, there is no dining. The next check-in is at the edge of the courtyard, where you could have your temperature taken. This valet is in communication with the front desk and will let you know when your table is ready.  After you walk through the 1000 lb. artistic door, you arrive at the front reception area where you will be escorted to your table. Can you see the butterfly image?

The "Hours of Operation" and reservations are located here.  I must warn you that reservations might be 3 weeks or beyond during busy periods. So plan ahead! Other words to the wise, parties are limited to 6 guests. Another touch that the Dahl restaurants have is a shuttle service, but it must be reserved in advance also.  

Dusk at mariposa restaurant Latin Grill SellSedona.com

Dining Guidelines and Dress Code

The Dahl Restaurant Group takes every precaution to make sure your dining experience is COVID-free.  I really enjoyed the tables spaced a little further away.  It helps make your dining more private. The dress code is "Resort Casual". Jackets and ties are not required but the restaurant asks you not to wear, tank tops, cut-offs, short shorts, flip-flops, or sports branded sportswear.

All of these guidelines help to ensure a memorable dining experience. 

The wait staff is a unit of three servers.  These servers stay together and serve the same tables. They stick together as a unit and do not mingle with other work units. Our head waiter also let us know more about the "re-crafted dining experience".  Of course, the restaurant is not currently serving lunch and the menu has been streamlined so that work stations can be staffed by individuals or teams. These teams stay in that work area.

"Enjoy The Flavors of Life"

Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill Restaurant - courtesy of SellSedona.com Sheri Sperry Coldwell Banker Realty 928.274.7355

Clockwise starting at top left: First of all, there is an award-winning wine cellar. However, we chose a "Mariposa Whiskey Sour" and "Housemade White Sangria". For starters, we enjoyed "Cesare de la Casa" with a side of anchovies for Rick. For our main meal, we both chose the Filet Mignon Center Cut. The sides were family style. We enjoyed the Lemon Mashed Potatoes with Luscious Lobster Scampi.  This was featured on Travel Channel's Food Paradise.  Simply...."Luscious"!  Any time we get a chance to have "Elote" we will order it.  Of course, we couldn't pass up their wonderful desert cappuccino and complimentary Lemon Chiffon Cookie and Gelato, as well as a Flourless Chocolate Mousse with a side of Salted Caramel Gelato! YUM!

I can say that the dining experience I recently had was one of the best.  It tops even the past performance of this restaurant.  Lisa Dahl can be very proud of her staff in all phases of the restaurant operation. 

That Unmistakable Midas Touch 

As you scroll down the contact page on Mariposa's website, there is a section "Meet the Chef".  Chef Lisa Dahl has been a culinary trailblazer in Sedona for more than 25 years. I have been to every one of Lisa's five restaurants and have enjoyed memorable meals that I will never forget.  Lisa has her imprint on every aspect of the business from designing the meals to the interior and exterior touches.  Lisa Dahl has that unmistakable "Midas Touch".  

You can find the menus for Mariposa here. 

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One More Thing...

Are any Sedona restaurants ranked in the Top 10 most romantic restaurants of Arizona?

"Ranking Arizona: Top 10 Romantic Restaurants for 2021"

Three of Sedona's restaurants are in that Top 10 ranking. There is no surprise that two are Lisa Dahl restaurants. 

4. Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

6. L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek

8. Dahl & DiLuca Restorante Italiano

When all is said and done,  I can depend on a wonderful experience at any of Lisa Dahl's five restaurants.  But this is the restaurant you want to take people who have not experienced Sedona.  The views are "Eye Candy" for red rock and nature enthusiasts. 

Mariposa is located near the "Y" which is now the Figure-eight Round-about.  As you head west from the "Y" on SR 89-A, you will see it on the right halfway up the hill. 

Map - Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, Soldiers Pass, Cottages at Coffeepot, Sheri Sperry Coldwell Banker Realty

NOTE: All information presented including, hours of operation, directions, website links, and menu information are deemed reliable but not guaranteed. You should check with the organizers, event and attraction website, or management, and organizing team for current information. SellSedona.com is not responsible for inaccuracies, or changes to the information provided. Information is provided as a convenience to you. Sperryr.com, SellSedona.com, Sedona-LIfestyle.com, Coldwell Banker Realty, and Sheri Sperry are not affiliated with or are provided any fees, promotions, or otherwise, for the information contained here. Mariposa's logo is from the Mariposa.com website.  


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Comments (40)

Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Sheri, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Apr 18, 2021 11:22 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sheri.

That looks like a place my wife and I would enjoy, thanks for sharing

Apr 18, 2021 01:49 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you, Nina.  Yes, you would enjoy each.  


Apr 18, 2021 03:36 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you, Hannah.  There is an actual restaurant here in Sedona named Elote and that is where I first heard of the dish.  It gets such rave reviews on social media that people come up from Phoenix just to go to the restaurant.  Fortunately now, they take reservations.  But that is another review! HaHa

Apr 18, 2021 03:40 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael, 

The view and fine dining complement each other very well. Interestingly enough, none of her other 4 restaurants have the"big view" as Lisa Dahl puts it!

Apr 18, 2021 03:42 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl,

It is hard not to enjoy yourself when you are surrounded by those views!  Thank you so much for the feature!  Have a great Sunday.

Apr 18, 2021 03:44 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Will, 

I am very sure you would enjoy the dining experience let alone the accompanying views.

Apr 18, 2021 03:46 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

I have no doubt you would enjoy it!

Apr 18, 2021 03:47 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good evening Sheri! Only vistited there once, but the cuisine was great!

Apr 18, 2021 10:02 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you for stopping by Rocky.  Have a great week!

Apr 19, 2021 08:21 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Goodness gracious, Sheri- Mariposa should hire you just for their marketing. I can see why it is such a special place, and I love the recrafted dining experience!


Apr 19, 2021 11:19 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Sheri wonderful write up about Mariposa!! I have not been there but look forward to going next time we're in the area.  We have stayed at Enchantment and the views are spectacular as well as the food.

Apr 19, 2021 12:51 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It sounds like this restaurant has it all and Sunday I hope I have the chance to visit such an establishment. Mondays are for magic, I hope you have a wonderful day😎

Apr 19, 2021 02:19 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I've been around the area so often but I really love it and I can't recommend get any more than I do already pretty adamantly! ;

Apr 22, 2021 09:00 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Sheri.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Apr 23, 2021 04:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri & Rick, what a great post, and sounds like a wonderful place to enjoy a celebratory dinner after closing!  

Apr 23, 2021 11:52 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I should be over in Sedona sooner than later as the pandemic gets handled better and better. I can't wait to do normal things again! :

Apr 25, 2021 09:56 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Laura,

We are pretty open and have been since about July of 2020.  Tourism is back to normal. May of 2020, we had inside dining following COVID guidelines. We did not have any spikes in Sedona.  We never had to wear masks outside unless we were in a crowd and there were no instances of that!  Many businesses still require masks but some grocery and other stores are optional.  Most restaurants ask you to wear your mask to the table then you can take it off.  Other than the occasional mask-wearing, everything seems back to normal!

Apr 29, 2021 09:18 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Anna, 

Enchantment is still one of my favorite places to go.  We feel like we are getting away!  It is about 25 minutes from our house because of the long Boynton Canyon drive.  Right now only guests can go through the gates. Restaurants are not open to the public. 

Apr 29, 2021 09:21 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 
You certainly explained all the guidelines for enjoying this spectacular culinary experience. So pretty looking around there! Lynn

Apr 30, 2021 10:04 PM