Hideaway House: 231 AZ-179 Sedona, AZ 86336

* I am not a food critic! I am just a hungry biker! I love to ride my bike to food and drink. I try to fairly review things like: bike parking, how welcoming they are to sweaty people with helmet hair, food/drink and price.

Hideaway House is an Italian restaurant in Sedona, or as they describe it: curious country Italian. The first time I heard of this place was a couple of trips back. It was my first time in Tlaquepaque, I was starving and I asked a random person where was a good spot to eat. He recommended the Hideaway House as a place with good food that locals visit with a gorgeous view. But since the Hideaway House was not in Tlaquepaque and I was starving, I decided to ignore his recommendation and just eat a nearby restaurant instead.

Wow was that a mistake. The place where I ended up eating, a Mexican joint, was terrible. The food was poor, the service was terrible and it was stupid expensive.

So for this trip I was sure to listen, and head over to the Hideaway House. Right away you can tell the guy was not lying about the views. Wow!

The vibe was a little nicer than I would like, extremely friendly and not snobbish at all, but people are looking good. No one looks like they have just finished a morning of riding/hiking. I would clean up a little, maybe a lot depending on your current state, before heading there. Red dirt, bloody knees and stinkyness are a no-no.IMG_1729

The restaurant was empty when I walked in. Everyone was sitting on the patio… as you should as well! The view is incredible, and since you are sitting up high, there is a soothing breeze and an amazing quietness and stillness to the whole thing. Extremely relaxing… they could easily set up a spa up there.IMG_1758 IMG_1756 IMG_1753 IMG_1738 IMG_1735 IMG_1740 IMG_1734

And it’s a good thing that it is relaxing… because you are going to need all the stress-relief therapy in the world when I tell you this:

Not only is there no bike rack anywhere in sight…

but…

they encourage you to just leave your bike outside!

Not locked…

just sitting there.

I couldn’t believe my ears at the hostess’ request. But she was sure no one would take my bike… I mean, after one look at my shitty mountain bike I couldn’t blame her… but still!

She went on to tell me that this is the type of town where you leave your car running when you go in for groceries. She was 100% positive that no one would take it.

She was so sure and confident that I ended up doing as told! I just left my shitty bike out there unlocked!

Now there is no way I would have ever left my expensive and beloved Surly Big Dummy out there… At least I don’t think so. But I left the Iguana… and sure as fuck, it was there once I was done.

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The food. The food was so good! I got a Strawberry Blonde 5.2% from THAT Brewery (Pine, AZ) and a large half cheese, half crumbled sausage pizza . They were both amazing! Fresh, delicious, satisfying, can’t-wait-to-eat/drink-again meal! With the great food and great beer with the amazing view… I completely forgot about my vulnerable Iguana.

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Large half cheese, half crumbled sausage pizza and THAT Brewery Strawberry Blonde: $23.50 (not including taxes and tip). The price is incredible for a truly delicious large pizza (share with a friend) and a very yummy local beer topped with incredible view.

Overall we say Hideaway House is… not bicycle-friendly.

  • No bike rack. Let’s get real. There is no way anyone would/should leave a bike unlocked outside.
  • Kind of a nice place. People look clean and decent. 😉

PRO-TIP: Although not bicycle-friendly, this place really is worth dusting off and making a bike-pile or bringing a chain to lock to anything around. I will come back!