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.
The other restaurant with unparalleled and breathtaking views 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.
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.
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"
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?
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.
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