Elote Cafe

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Sedona
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  • Don Z.
    "The Pork Cheeks and Corn Tamales are both to die for."(16 Tips)
    Marisa L.
    "Elote corn & avocado"(4 Tips)
    Marnie B.
    "The elote appetizer is fantastic, so flavorful"(3 Tips)
    Karinn C.
    "Elote appetizer is amazing!"(3 Tips)
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  • Flávia
    FláviaAugust 2
    The elote appetizer is amazing. The margaritas are top notch-- try the basil rosemary one if you like a little twist.
  • John R.
    Everything is just ok.
  • Paul M.
    Pricey, but wellllll worth it for the super delicious Mexican food. Loved the buffalo mole and carne asada.
  • Mila I.
    Mila IoffeApril 8
    Upscale Mexican food. Well worth the waiting time of 45min to be seated. Everything we tried was excellent. Elote corn, lamb, enchiladas, elote corn pie, guacamole.
  • Michael T.
    Elote, margaritas
  • Kris K.
    Kris KazianFebruary 12
    It is always a great meal and Guermo was an awesome server! Keep up the great work Jeff!
  • Mary L.
    Mary LohrmanJanuary 28
    Everything is great. Try the signature Elote. It is awesome! The sea bass was good, cooked just right and the sauce was amazing. The pork cheeks were also great.
  • Floris
    FlorisOctober 21, 2016
    Ok. Let me introduce to you: your perfect night. Appetizer: Elote (just do it). Main: Pork Cheeks. Desert: EVERYTHING. This place just has it all: atmosphere, good service and AMAZING food.
  • Don Z.
    Don ZirpolaJuly 7, 2016
    The Pork Cheeks and Corn Tamales are both to die for. One of the finest southwest restaurants, period.
  • Marisa L.
    Marisa LownJune 19, 2016
    Spectacular food! Limited hours (dinner only 5-9pm) but amazing & worth any wait. Enjoyed house made margaritas, the Elote corn & avocado aps, smoked chicken enchiladas & pork cheeks. Oh the dessert!
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha StevensMay 28, 2016
    Elote and guac. Need I say more?
  • Dima P.
    Dima PetevaMarch 26, 2016
    The smoked pork cheeks are ridiculously good. So are the desserts! It will be at least an hour wait, but so worth it and complemented by ginger margaritas and spicy popcorn.
  • Kelz H.
    Kelz HornJanuary 6, 2016
    Fantastic food, menu changes often.
  • Anjali M.
    Anjali ModiDecember 24, 2015
    The elote and the pastel de elote were amazing. Also try the guava jalapeño mezcal margarita while you wait
  • Caroline T.
    Caroline ToffDecember 5, 2015
    Get the lamb!
  • Dave Y.
    Dave YangOctober 27, 2015
    Elote! Corn is taken off the cob and served with lime/chicken stock reduction
  • Natasha W.
    Natasha WSeptember 20, 2015
    The best restaurant in Sedona, but still mediocre food. Good cocktails though.
  • Kim R.
    Kim ReedSeptember 6, 2015
    The pork cheeks are fantastic!
  • Chris S.
    Chris StotenJune 17, 2015
    Great favors, expect to wait
  • Karinn C.
    Karinn CologneMay 27, 2015
    Elote appetizer is amazing!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel StagnerMarch 26, 2015
    Well worth it. Delicious food. We had the Elote, guacamole, pork tamal, and smoked chicken enchiladas. All were amazing. The margaritas are also very good and they have a nice selection of tequilas.
  • Karla R.
    Karla ReddropMarch 22, 2015
    The food is great but the hour to two hour wait is rough. Why don't they use both patios to expedite service
  • Tejas J.
    Tejas JariwalaFebruary 21, 2015
    Smoked chicken is the best worth the wait 👍👍
  • Julie F.
    Julie FronseeFebruary 5, 2015
    A Fodors choice and completely deserving. Try the elote (a creamy corn salsa)...a hit with everyone at the table. And the scallops were corn crusted and flash fried to perfection.
  • Shaun B.
    Shaun BurnettSeptember 6, 2014
    The salsa was incredible. The lamb was enough to split with someone, and had a tasty sauce.
  • Tessa M.
    Tessa MalayanAugust 24, 2014
    The wait was an hour but there's a bar you can order drinks from an a patio seating area. The smoked pork cheeks were amazing and so tender. The elote was good, but not as amazing as described by all.
  • Joe E.
    Joe EllisAugust 18, 2014
    Oh my, such an amazing meal. The namesake street corn is a great start. Smoked pork cheeks are a fine entree. Oh, the kids menu is as good as the regular menu. Plus the margaritas, and the cookbook.
  • Ken M.
    Ken Mooney's Irish PubJune 25, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for The El Keno Margarita.
  • Jo L.
    Jo LamoureuxJune 22, 2014
    Try the elote corn and the pork cheeks were great.
  • Ken M.
    Ken Mooney's Irish PubJune 1, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Green corn tamale appetizer and carnitas for the entree and Crepes for dessert
  • Robert C.
    Robert CostelloMay 21, 2014
    Try the Green Corn Tamal or the Etole
  • Misty M.
    Misty MuscatelMarch 27, 2014
    I'm commenting again...this place just rocks. Go here if you are in town!
  • Misty M.
    Misty MuscatelMarch 27, 2014
    The lamb. Holy cow!
  • Misty M.
    Misty MuscatelMarch 27, 2014
    Worth every second of the wait. The elote is amazing to start but you MUST try the ahi tacos. Order 2x if you have more than 2 people. And the lamb is an absolute must have. 5 stars!
  • Ken M.
    Ken Mooney's Irish PubMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Must try the green corn tamale, carne asada, and crepas for desert.
  • Greg
    GregMarch 9, 2014
    As everyone here says "the elote" is a must and I agree. Limited vegetarian options.
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse MorganJanuary 24, 2014
    Great food, gets busy fast.
  • Tobey S.
    Tobey SteinmanDecember 18, 2013
    Best Restaurant on my entire trip to AZ. GET THE ELOTE!
  • Ken M.
    Ken Mooney's Irish PubDecember 15, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Go for the Crepas
  • Mike M.
    Mike MalcangioSeptember 28, 2013
    Halibut mole was AMAZING.
  • Kathleen L.
    Kathleen LuntSeptember 27, 2013
    Order the Elote (Mexican street corn)! It's absolutely delicious. Don't let the old hotel exterior fool you..the inside is awesome!
  • Ken M.
    Ken Mooney's Irish PubAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Split an appetizer with your date, I recommend the Carne Asada and Carnitas, then split the Crepas de Cajeta.
  • Leonard M.
    Leonard MillerJuly 18, 2013
    Best M Mexican food I have had since Lad Cruces, New Mexico
  • anne N.
    anne NicoleJuly 15, 2013
    Elote appetizer is a MUST!! Also, very good margaritas!! Hint: try their free popcorn while you wait. .. very unique and flavorful.. if you like the seasoning(and you will) they have it for purchase
  • Heather C.
    Heather CooanJuly 1, 2013
    Worst Mexican restaurant ever...major let down.
  • Keke
    KekeJune 21, 2013
    Elote CORN appetizer is exquisite
  • Andy S.
    Andy ScottJune 16, 2013
    Not worth the wait. Food was average. Margaritas good.
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SJune 16, 2013
    Awesomely strong margaritas! The food is hot from the kitchen mmmm...
  • Olivia P.
    Olivia PorteousJune 13, 2013
    We got there at 8:30pm and walked right in :D...Food was great! Margaritas Amazing! We had the Blood Orange & Cucumber specials!
  • Kristi M.
    Kristi MarchesaniMay 29, 2013
    The elote dip is divine.
  • John B.
    John BeelerMay 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A cup of decaf Firecreek house-roasted coffee and the Canela ice cream is the perfect finish to any of the excellent entrees...
  • John B.
    John BeelerMay 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Arrive no later than 6 to be seated between 6:30 and 7:00
  • Jeb B.
    Jeb BApril 28, 2013
    Dinner with Joe Biden. Pork cheek is the bees knees.
  • Dulcinea G.
    Dulcinea GonzalezApril 21, 2013
    They should pay people to eat here. Go anywhere else. Even Chevy's slays this place.
  • Taylor G.
    Taylor GoochApril 20, 2013
    Enchiladas were great. I would never wait 1.5 hours for that again though. Go right when it opens!
  • Ken M.
    Ken Mooney's Irish PubApril 19, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    When there is a long wait go next door to Mooney's Irish pub and come back to Elote
  • Hillary F.
    Hillary FishApril 14, 2013
    Best authentic Mexican food ever. The wait is WELL worth it. The FEW people that said it is not are absolutely clueless.
  • Ken M.
    Ken Mooney's Irish PubApril 13, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The ginger margaritas are the best
  • Ashley
    AshleyApril 13, 2013
    White peach margarita is amazing!
  • Ken M.
    Ken Mooney's Irish PubApril 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for the ginger margarita. Fresh!
  • Anne-Elizabeth
    Anne-ElizabethApril 3, 2013
    Long wait. The food had great flavor - but was luke warm. Skip the "roasted" beet salad - pretty much 3 slices of pickled beets with some greens.
  • Ken M.
    Ken Mooney's Irish PubApril 3, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Everything is great!
  • Ken M.
    Ken Mooney's Irish PubApril 3, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    It's an hour and a half wait so put your name on the list and head next door over to Mooney's Irish Pub and have a few drinks while you are waiting.
  • Kelli T.
    Kelli TolockaMarch 24, 2013
    Long wait...average food. Not worth it.
  • Ashley 🎀
    Ashley 🎀March 23, 2013
    Sooooo worth the wait. Must get the Elote dip. Best Mexican food I've ever had, and I'm an AZ native. A must eat place in Sedona.
  • Chad F.
    Chad FullerMarch 23, 2013
    Best Mexican food ever!!!
  • Karly K.
    Karly KMarch 22, 2013
    you're going to wait at least an hour for a table. but try the elote & it'll be worth it :)
  • Josh S.
    Josh SMarch 14, 2013
    Unfortunately, it really wasn't worth the 3 hour wait.
  • Angie E.
    Angie ElliottMarch 13, 2013
    Skip the lamb shank. The smoked pork cheeks were so very tender but the sauce was not for me. The signature appetizer, Elote, was also not for me.
  • Angie E.
    Angie ElliottMarch 13, 2013
    Get the red sangria - it's delish! And don't pass on the popcorn, it's seasoned and addictive. Make sure your phone is charged so you can play a game while you wait for your table.
  • Liza
    LizaMarch 10, 2013
    Anything corn corn corn!
  • Marie T.
    Marie TrepanierFebruary 16, 2013
    Worth the wait!
  • April H.
    April H.January 13, 2013
    Scallops and blood orange marg! Also have to try the elote app.
  • Heather d.
    Heather de la RivaJanuary 12, 2013
    Everything is truly amazing!! The seafood tacos will blow your mind...
  • Jason S.
    Jason SerraOctober 5, 2012
    Get the Elote! Wow...what a great place to eat!
  • Harry B.
    Harry BurgessSeptember 12, 2012
    Best food ever
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SmithAugust 11, 2012
    La plata margarita special, elote, tamales, carne asada, pastel de elote, cafe elote... All so good! Get there early because the line is no joke
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BellAugust 9, 2012
    Try the Pastel De Elote
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BellAugust 9, 2012
    Try the Crepas De Cajeta
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BellAugust 9, 2012
    Try the tamales
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BellAugust 9, 2012
    Try the carne asada
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BellAugust 9, 2012
    Try the Elote
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisAugust 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Seared Sea Scallops - Served with Grandma’s corn cake and Mole Verde
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Pastel De Elote - Corn cake with sweet corn ice cream, berry jam, house made dulce de leche, whipped cream and freeze dried corn kernels. Amazing.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Smoked Pork Cheeks
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Carnitas - Melts in your mouth. Yum.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Elote
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Guacamole
  • eva c.
    eva chenMay 27, 2012
    ELOTE CORN NOM NOM NOM
  • Michael V.
    Michael VirziMay 24, 2012
    Come early, plan to wait. You won't be disappointed. Outstanding food and service. Try the guac app & the chile relleno.
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMay 12, 2012
    Try the Dirty Grey Goose Martini - Who are we kidding? This isn't dirty. And it isn't a martini. Double Grey Goose Rocks, 'cause that's what Carlo is having.
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMay 12, 2012
    Try the Smoked Pork Cheeks - Jovial Jim's Smoked Pork Cheeks = Served with slow-simmered tomato sauce, Green Chile corn fritters, lime aioli and dry Jack Chicharron 18.00
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMay 12, 2012
    Try the Carnitas - Alice's Carnitas = Slow-roasted all natural pork shoulder served with Arbol salsa, Guacamole and Pico de Gallo 18.00
  • Vanessa W.
    Vanessa WhiteMarch 9, 2012
    You'll probably have to wait...but it's okay, because there's delicious free popcorn while you do.
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonFebruary 1, 2012
    Try the Chili Relleno
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonFebruary 1, 2012
    Try the Pork Cheeks
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonFebruary 1, 2012
    Try the Elote
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonFebruary 1, 2012
    Try the Chicharones
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MontrieDecember 29, 2011
    Buy the cook book and get a picture with Jeff the chef and signed copy
  • Molly E.
    Molly EdwardsDecember 9, 2011
    This is a must for dinner when you come to Sedona! Try the Elote and Roasted beet salad.
  • Sandy P.
    Sandy PiehlDecember 3, 2011
    Duck tacos and the chocolate dessert fantastic. Worth the wait.
  • Tim C.
    Tim ConnorNovember 24, 2011
    Amazing Carne Asada
  • Joanie M.
    Joanie McCollomNovember 6, 2011
    For dessert, get the Mexican chocolate with Almendrado. Outstanding!
  • A G.
    A GOctober 15, 2011
    Great carne asada! Try the pastel de elote
  • james W.
    james WilliamOctober 10, 2011
    Simple the best Mexican type food in Arizona. I would call this Southwestern cuisine.
  • Mari-Lyn H.
    Mari-Lyn HarrisOctober 2, 2011
    The best Authentic Mexican Food
  • Marnie B.
    Marnie BeeSeptember 16, 2011
    The elote appetizer is fantastic, so flavorful
  • Amiee K.
    Amiee KrasnerSeptember 11, 2011
    Corn app... Most amazing corn dish I've had in a long time.!
  • Zach Brutsche M.
    Zach Brutsche ManagerSeptember 9, 2011
    This is my favorite restaurant here. The braised pork cheek is one of the ten best things I have ever eaten, anywhere. Get ready for a long wait to eat; bring friends, or make some on the patio!
  • Michelle J.
    Michelle JacobySeptember 4, 2011
    The carne asada is to-die-for!
  • Hillary M.
    Hillary MorissetAugust 20, 2011
    Try the blood orange margaritas, elote appetizer, and lamb adobe Sooooo amazing.
  • Jade M.
    Jade MeskillJune 19, 2011
    Extremely long wait, but well worth it. Carnitas were amazing, but don't leave without trying the Pastel de Elote for dessert. Unbelievably amazing!
  • Ahsan A.
    Ahsan AwanApril 16, 2011
    Best food in Sedona.
  • Jody M.
    Jody ManleyNovember 21, 2010
    A gem in a town with surprisingly few good restaurants. When we walked in at 6:15 pm Sat night, the wait was already 90 mins. But it was definitely worth the wait. The food is THAT good.
  • Desert H.
    Desert HookedOctober 15, 2010
    try the elote, it is super fantastic awesome!!
  • Jerry C.
    Jerry ChaconAugust 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there just before they open or be prepared to wait. Huge demand. It's THAT good.
  • Dakota
    DakotaJuly 26, 2010
    The Carne asada was awesome.
  • Jenifer A.
    Jenifer AnsethJuly 10, 2010
    Best fish and shrimp tacos I've ever tried - something about the marinade. Their sauces are so fresh and delicious; the attention to detail is right on.
  • Corrie B.
    Corrie BorrisJune 23, 2010
    Goat cheese enchiladas. Brilliant.
  • lisa L.
    lisa LoefflerMay 29, 2010
    Chef Jeff Smedstad serves some of the best Oaxacan fare you’ll have in your life. Enjoy a margarita at the bar while you wait. The lamb, pork, guacamole & elote are musts. Indulge in the pumpkin flan. Read more
  • Erin
    ErinMarch 31, 2010
    Beautiful view from patio. Put your name on list and wait for seats at the bar. Food and service is just as good with half the wait.
  • Shannon P.
    Shannon PedersenMarch 29, 2010
    They are known for a corn appetizer called Elote, but we enjoyed the Guac better. Get reservations if going after 5p as you will wait a good hour for a table
  • Alex Z.
    Alex ZaltsmanSeptember 20, 2009
    Try the Elote appetizer! Shrimp and the red snapper were very good! Get a mohito at the bar!
  • Anne
    AnneJune 26, 2014
    Très bonne cuisine mexicaine !
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