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Lead Staff

Jeff Smedstad
Owner /  Executive Chef

Juan Rojas
General Manager

where the timeless recipes of southern mexico meet the bold, farm-fresh flavors of the american southwest...

An award-winning modern Mexican & Southwestern restaurant, Elote Cafe’s authentic cuisine is culled from chef/owner Jeff Smedstad’s 20-plus years of travel across Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla and his native Arizona. 

Overlooking the scenic Red Rocks of Sedona, Elote Cafe proudly features seasonal, locally-grown ingredients, plus a handpicked cocktail menu highlighted by the finest tequilas and mezcal.


Featured Press

The Arizona Republic
Top 9 restaurants in Sedona 

 The New York Times
Fruits of the Desert Sun

Phoenix Magazine
50 Best AZ Restaurants, 2016





Owner of Elote Cafe in Sedona, Arizona, Chef Jeff Smedstad specializes in the bold, flavorful cuisine of southern and deep interior Mexico. After learning to cook aboard a Coast Guard cutter, Smedstad attended the Seasons of my Heart Cooking School in Oaxaca and then spent the past two decades traveling the back roads of Mexico, shopping the local markets, eating in restaurants across the country and sharing time with families in Mexico to help broaden his knowledge and gain inspiration and insight.

Jeff proudly incorporates sustainable, local, healthy and organic products into his restaurant to showcase his passion for food as well as responsible cooking.

Jeff’s award winning cuisine has been featured in The New York Times, Fox News, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Magazine, The Boston Globe, the Toronto Star and Sunset Magazine among others.