About Cress on Oak Creek at L'Auberge de Sedona
Cress on Oak Creek at L'Auberge de Sedona is a fine dining, prix-fixe culinary destination in Sedona. Inspired by the nature of Northern Arizona, locally foraged and hand-selected ingredients are incorporated in delectable courses served on the banks of babbling Oak Creek. Guests are invited to indulge in one of the most exclusive, memorable and scenic dining experiences in the world.
Sedona, AZ 86336
Contemporary American, French
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The resort offers free valet parking for restaurant guests.
Private Party Facilities:
The Patio Room is a small private room, overlooking Oak Creek. It seats up to 12 guests in an intimate setting.
Private Party Contact:
Jordan Rogers: (928) 204-4353
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cress on Oak Creek at L'Auberge de Sedona Ratings and Reviews
Cress is fantastic.
The setting, the meal, the service was outstanding by every measure. We had the most wonderful time and it was a delicious dinner we will never forget. The sound of Oak Creek, the smell of night jasmine and pine.- heavenly! Romantic, Warm and inviting Cress is an exciting dining experience. We give it our highest recommendation.
We opted for the wine addition to our three course meal. We were disappointed to see one of the selections was a "Katherine Goldschmdt" Cabernet. The wine was good, but hardly a special occasion or hard to find wine. The Goldschmidt Cabs offer an excellent value and I buy them on often, usually at my local Safeway for $25-$30. When paying $65.00 for three pours of about 4 -5 OZ, I expect the wine to meet the occasion and price.
We had high expectations for this restaurant and were disappointed in the kitchen's delivery of courses. We were a party of 4 for a four course dinner. The first 2 courses arrived in a leisurely manner as anticipated. The third course arrived 90 minutes later for two of us; the 3rd course still had not arrived after 2 hours of waiting for the remainder of our party. The cocktails and courses we did experience were great; innovative fresh ingredient combinations and great presentation. The food and ambience is great; the restaurant needs better organization in getting courses out in a timely manner.
We have been to Sedona 6 times and discovered Cress on Oak Creek on our second trip. It was so delightful that we now make a tradition of dining there on our last night to celebrate and put an exclamation point on our wonderful week in Sedona. It is always the culinary highlight of our trip, and frequently the overall highlight!
We nearly cancelled our reservation because of the negative reviews we'd read about slow service and overpriced food, but we're so glad we went anyway. Our experience was wonderful. Perhaps management has read the reviews and made some changes, because timing between courses was perfect, service was outstanding , the food was very good and the price seemed to match the quality of what we were served. It was one of the highlights of our trip, and we would definitely return.
We loved this cosy spot! Although we had hoped to dine outside on the waterside, the weather didn't allow so we had a cosy table indoors. The food was good- some courses were better than others. Our personal favorites were the Sea Bass and Apple Galette dessert- amazing!! The onion soup and pappardelle fell short of our expectations. Overall, we had a lovely experience here.
The restaurant is located in an absolute beautiful setting. The host staff was very nice and sat us early. Unfortunately once we sat down we didn't see our waiter for a very long time. The bus boy was trying to help but he couldn't provide the service our waiter should have. The waiter was friendly when he was around but we barely saw him. The food came out and it was average at best (with the exception of the Rabbit, it was amazing). We ordered dessert, had to yell after our waiter that we wanted coffee. Dessert was ok, never received our coffee (until we complained and they gave it to us as we were leaving in to go cups). A nice spot but not worth the money for the ok food and poor service.
Wow! We really expected a great Mother's Day brunch and we're extremely disappointed. With the great new chef they hired, Michael O'Dowd, we expected better than the food that was offered. For $100 per person the amount of food, the presentation and the quality of food was very poor. The setting of this restaurant with the creek side tables is the best in Sedona if not all of Arizona. We can only hope the new chef can improve the product. We had the opportunity to enjoy the food prepared by the German chef that was at the helm for several years. He produced many incredible brunches. Hopefully the chef and kitchen will improve.
We had a reservation for 11:30 but were seated at 11:45 though it appeared quite open- but we understand that doesn't always mean there are servers available. The table was beautiful!!!! Right next to the creek. We were served drinks immediately and placed our order. Unfortunately, this is where the lovely lunch story ends. Just after 1, we were still waiting on food that wasn't even started in the kitchen. Our waiter was very kind and apologized, but we had to leave since we had to be in Flagstaff for a graduation. We came all the way from Las Vegas to Sedona just to eat here because it was AMAZING last time. Very very disappointed the kitchen was unable to get food out.
The food was good but not great. Creekside is awesome and truly memorable. Would love to return for breakfast. Service at the Inn was wonderful: from valet service to wait service. Would also love to go back with friends and family to enjoy the unforgettable creekside ambiance, inside or outside.
We were prepared for what we found because we had been there for lunch before and also read the reviews. The setting is absolutely stunning the service was exceptional our three-course meal was definitely substantial enough and quite delicious. We had an early dinner reservation and we're not hurried at all...i believe we were there for more than 2 hours..never feeling that we were waiting too long..a totally immersive dining experience!
Cress outdoor dining is a truly great experience. Tables are within feet of Oak Creek and the sound of the flowing water, trees, ducks make it all really a nice dining experience. Service is impeccable. Maybe the only surprising thing was the variation in the size of the salad portions for the two different salad entrees we ordered. One was the salad in a bottle - truly enough for two. The other - chicken caesar - was much smaller and about the same price as the salad in a bottle. But, the chicken caesar portion size was adequate.
The 3 course dinner was poor at best and very disappointing. Course 1, steak tartar was tasteless with mismatched bland accompanying sauce.
Course 2, rabbit was OK but served with a fried dough ball, seriously?
Cause 3, Rack? of lamb was a single large chop. At least half was unedited fat. The mint based sauce was unimaginative. The brocillini was overcooked and limp.
Overall for an $80 meal the food missed the ball on all 3 swings. In my book they are out.
Excellent service, world class ambiance was not enough.
Overall, extremely disappointing. The first course took over a hour before it arrived, the second another 30 minutes. For both, the quality of the food itself was sub-par and had clearly been under heat lamps for an extended period of time. Given the poor food quality and that two hours had passed since our reservation started, we canceled the dinner order.
This was one of the most spectacular meals I've ever had, in one of the most picturesque settings imaginable. The lamb was touted, but really the winners here were the tartare, veal cheek and sea bass. The cocktails were impeccably balanced and delightful. Also: you may think you want to eat later but really you want to go well before sunset so you can enjoy all of the river's magic in the dimming desert light.
Our party of four came for Sunday Brunch at 1:00pm-The property and outdoor dining on the terrace beside Oak Creek are beautiful.
Our waiter greeted us, took our drink orders and we went up to the buffet. To my surprise, the offerings were really picked over-There was nothing left on the seafood table, the leftover salads were messy and pretty much gone. I opened three of the hot entrees and they were MIA-
They didn't even have the proper serving utensils and people were using them for anything and everything.
I returned to our table and told the waiter that the food needed to be replenished and to please tell the kitchen. At that point, the manager swooped in and said that the buffet was being refreshed. He apologized but didn't offer to comp anything-I was really annoyed that it became my job to tell the staff that their $75 per person (with champagne) buffet was a nasty mess.
As always Cress is a very special experience. Creekside dining has been taken to a new level with this lovely restaurant. It was a very cool evening, but each table had it's own heater, which believe it or not, added a lovely ambience to the scene. The staff provided faux fur blankets for anyone who was still a bit chilly. The staff is attentive without being intrusive, and seemed to know just when to make an appearance. The menu is prix fixe, either three or four courses, but there were plenty of options. My seafood entry was excellent, and my husband's lamb chops were silky and prepared perfectly on the rare side (as he prefers). Cress is a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion. We will be talking about our time for quite a while.
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