Lodge on the Desert
Lodge on the Desert

Lodge on the Desert

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lodgeonthedesert.com/
  • Phone: 5203202014x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: 7 - 10:30 AM
    Lunch: 11 AM - 2 PM Dinner: 5 - 9 PM Sunday through Thursday and 5 - 10 PM Friday and Saturday.
    Daily Happy Hour: 4 - 6 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Marcus van Winden
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For meeting and event planners from mid-size conferences to seminars; class reunion to family reunion; awards dinner to recognition lunch to civic breakfast; Lodge on the Desert's location is convenient and accessible. For banquets or catering of any sort, let Lodge on the Desert staff help facilitate a memorable event. To check event guest room or event room availability for your retreat, reunion, conference, or corporate meeting, contact Director of Catering, LeeAnn Perry-Walker at 520-320-2011.
  • Private Party Facilities: For smaller, more intimate dining options, contact Justin Skoda.
  • Private Party Contact: Justin Skoda 520-320-2014x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alvernon and Broadway
  • Public Transit: A SunTran stop is conveniently located less than one block from the Lodge's main entrance.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Lodge on the Desert offers its guests and diners ample, dedicated, private, complimentary, lighted parking lot.
A word from Lodge on the Desert
The intimate restaurant at Lodge on the Desert is framed with floor-to-ceiling windows and overlooks a spacious secluded Saltillo-tiled outdoor private patio featuring a four-sided fireplace for optimal year ‘round al fresco dining. It reflects, as does the bar, a genuine, richly authentic Southern Arizona historic charm and ambience including rough-hewn artist-design hand-painted wood beams and Mexican tin chandeliers. This is the ideal venue to showcase Lodge on the Desert’s ‘new American’ upscale and contemporary cuisine, blending flavors from America’s melting pot with cooking techniques both traditional and unconventional. The culinary team's focus includes incorporating fresh ingredients from local growers and organic producers resulting in menu items that are well balanced and flavorful.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Lodge on the Desert reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (21)neighborhood gem (17)fit for foodies (16)great for outdoor dining (15)romantic (14)good for groups (8)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Summer menu too limited
    Dave
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had previously been to Lodge on the Desert for dinner during non-summer months and found the menu to be very interesting. Unfortunately, during the slow summer season, the menu is very limited and unimaginative. We won't return during the summer again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LODGE ON THE DESERT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at The Lodge on the Desert this Thursday evening...service was excellent and the food was both creative in taste and presentation. We will recommend to any friends coming to Tucson....an excellent experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poorly done
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Service was lousy! We waited twenty minutes after finishing and then had to ask bus girl for dessert menu. After receiving that, we waited another twenty minutes to order dessert, and the waiter never came. We asked bus girl for check and left without dessert. Steak was ordered medium rare, and came medium well and tough
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  • Lovely old place. Excellent food.
    Judy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is an old hacienda type Lodge. We went specifically for dinner. Food is sourced locally. Presentations are quite unique. Our server was very knowledgeable about the offerings and we enjoyed his 'speeches'. My partner had the rib eye steak-outstanding. I had the duck breast w/ truffle risotto/excellent. Delicious and delicate Napoleon dessert. We were seated by the window overlooking a rather closed in courtyard. There were no expansive views, but plantings in the courtyard and a lovely fountain. I wasn't too happy that another party was seated right next to us since the dining room was not busy at all, but we managed. We entered the Lodge lobby while looking for the restaurant and that is so lovely in it's Hacienda decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    lovethelodge
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time we have been here & definitely will come again. Attentive, knowledgeable, friendly wait staff. Relaxing atmosphere, wonderful food. Even the two trained chef/sous chef with me found the food to be beautifully presented & wonderfully prepared. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant!
    LakeGirl247VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I make a point to eat at Lodge on the Desert each time I visit Tucson. It is always a memorable experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining experiece
    palatepleaser
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great atmosphere . Service was impeccable and the food was delicious and very reasonably priced. This will be our new favorite place to go.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Desert Treasure
    Savorina
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Lodge on the Desert is a most pleasant dining experience. Interesting, understandable food. Calm and competent service. Convivial, but quiet atmosphere. Fish was perfectly cooked and attractively presented. Thoroughly enjoyable dining and socializing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Niamh
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was great as well as presentation. Staff was eager to please and attentive. I would definitely visit again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef outstanding
    birthdY
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The preparation of the dishes was fantastic. The beef tenderloin perfectly done. Vegetarian dish was blue corn tamale and the spices paired with it made fabulous flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jimfood
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Went to dinner at the Lodge on the Desert for our 30th anniversary. Meal and service was excellent. The local, grass-fed ribeye melted in my mouth and the complementary wine brought out to drink with our appetizers was a nice touch. both our entrees were exceptional and our waiter bringing out the bottle of of Johnny Walker Blue to serve me at our table was a highlight. Dessert and the dessert wines were excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • donb
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Disappointing to say the least. Rib eye over cooked, duck so, so. Since it is almost 30 miles from SaddleBrooke, I will probably never dine there again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    Barb
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The people and the food were great. I had one of the best steaks I have eaten in a while. I would without a doubt go back. There were 4 of us. We all enjoyed our evening there. Jerry was a attentive service. Kudos to him and the chef
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pumpkinVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We enjoyed the quaint dining room and had a nice table by the window. The bread that came in the beginning of the meal was really good as well as our dinner. The waiter was helpful as to what to order. We enjoyed our wine at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!!
    Foodies
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was good--service so so. Waitresses friendly but slow. We were the only persons there for lunch(party of five). We asked for water and were given it eventually but never offered a refill. Same with the coffee. When our food arrived we were warned about hot plates--which were not even warm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful hidden restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The restaurant at the Lodge on the Desert is hidden on the side of the Lodge. However, it is worth seeking out. The menu included very interesting choices, the food was great, the service was outstanding, and the setting was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The restaurant was excellent! The food was extraordinary and the service superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lodge on the Desert still a Winner
    mab19VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We've been curious since the Star Power Chef left to his own restaurant, how the new Chef would be. There is not a beat missing and in fact it's probably as good or better now. I had an appetizer for an entree and my husband had the duck. Other dishes at our table were the chicken and the salmon. Beet salad and a couple of desserts. Go Lodge!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Place for our Anniversary!
    Foodaholic
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 22nd year anniversary here. It was the perfect place... romantic, elegant, quiet, great service... We were spoiled with free champagne with our delicious meal and a complimentary creme brulee for dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    Suziefaye
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The service was poor. Our waiter told us that the salmon was caught in the Atlantic. The chicken dish was swimming in oil. The striped bass was tasty, but too much salt. The servings were small.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelming
    gramsci
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The waiter did not know the wines well. Our wine was not cold enough; and we had to ask for an ice bucket. The salad was fresh but the dressing had an unpleasant flavour. My fish was nicely presented but not noteworthy; my spouse's chicken was however excellent. The menu was new for the summer, but when we ordered the cheese dessert neither choice (Manchego or Saint Andre) was available!! The plate we accepted instead had 4 or 5 small, square (?) slices of unripe, bland "Brie" and a teaspoon of acidic Danish Blue, with tasty raspberries and flavourless blackberries. The final and thankfully free touch: white chocolate coated pine nuts and roasted garlic. Unpleasant and pretentious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 380 reviews are from the Lodge on the Desert reviews archive.
  • More training needed for server!
    Maxine
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My friend and I were celebtrating her 76th birthday on the patio. Our server brought menus and seemed anxious to take our orders. Since this was our first time at Lodge on the Desert, we were wanting to experience a relaxed lunch & needed some extra time. Before our meal was done, the waitress brought the bill! After our lunch, I asked for the dessert menu. She brought one dessert menu. I asked if she could bring another. Who brings one menu when two people are eating? After our meal, the bill arrived once again. I put cash, a coupon and expected to get my change back so that I could add more for a tip. I never got the change so went looking for the waitress inside. I asked her if everything was o.k. and she said yes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant Surprise
    stxdesertgirlVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I had not been back to LOTD since Ryan Clark left. I have to admit the food was delicious, and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suki
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    A bit of a disappointment. I got the duck breast and my husband got tuna (fish of the day). Both were over cooked. The ceasar salad was very good, as was the soup. Wine list is very limited and fairly pricey. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mothers Day Fail
    MothersDayFiasco
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had never been so we looked forward to going there for Mothers Day. It was obvious right away they were not prepared for a normal Mothers Day crowd. We ended up being there 2 hours and 25 minutes. Our server, Raymond did his best and was very cordial. The food was well below what you would expect from a chef as nothing had flavor and the main course was what I could make at home. We asked for bread to help fill our stomachs in between the long waits for each course and they were out of bread. This was at 1PM. Unacceptable. The manager is responsible: not enough staff, food not ready and to run out of bread, pretty bad. The menu was way too limited if you did not want the 4 course deal. Doubt we will ever return.
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  • Great Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have been to the Lodge many times in the past for wonderful experiences for brunch and for dinner. This time, however, was a great disapointment. We waited almost an hour for our cold soup, and then again almost as long for our additional courses which were so-so in preparation and presentation. The eggs benedict was the only dish that lived up to expectations. While the servers and maitre'd were gracious and apologetic, the complete lack of ability to carry out the Mother's Day menu was unacceptable. I'm not sure we will return, which is unfortunate as the ambience is wonderful. Complimentary champagne and our conversation flowed freely, otherwise there was no compensation for the atrocious wait times for everything from soup to check.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tttt
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Slow, slow service. It took 40 min. before our drink order was delivered. We asked for appetizers to be made in an entrée size but they came out as appetizers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    DoubleD
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Everything was way above good. Just make sure you don't get seated next to the kitchen entrance. The AC compressor is right on the other side of the wall there and boy...it is annoying. I didn't realize what it was until too late to request a table change.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    foodfan1
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We originally booked one night with a dinner reservation for our anniversary. Everything about this place was exceptional. The dining experience was one of the best i have ever had. The food was gourmet all the way. Service was unbelievable. The bar for Happy hour was great. We enjoyed the first night so much i booked a second night. Again the dinner and service was first rate. The server remembered what drinks we liked and i can not say enough about this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expense but good
    Peter
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The food was very good though on the expensive side. Wait staff was very attentive. Weather permitting, there is a nice outdoor dining area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Gem!
    verysatisfied
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We have been coming to Lodge on the Desert for special occasions for some years now (even when a stay in the lodge itself was not feasable). This restaurant, and hotel are true gems. The ambiance of the desert but set in the middle of Tucson. Because of the high walls surrounding the complex, traffic noise is virtually non-existant, and the view is of exquisitely manicuered, lush foliage, picturesque Southwestern Architecture and clean skies without any hint that you're in the middle of the city. The cuisine is wonderful, with a Southwest accent throughout. The menu changes, but is always delicious, regional, and created from local sources! Chef Van Winden really hit it out of the park here.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service & Delightful Food
    SWFoodie
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Recently had a light supper at the Lodge and found the service impeccable and food a delight. Worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Bar Menu
    Sular
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We needed an evening snack after a large Easter brunch, and found a delicious one at Lodge on the Desert. The menu was small but excellently executed and presented- the guacamole spicy and fresh, an interesting glaze on the ribs and the lamb sliders were to die for. We also had a deal on a bottle of prosecco not on the menu but part of their earlier Easter brunch. The intimate courtyard was quiet and softly lit, just the place to relax after a busy day. The staff was attentive but not obtrusive and flexible in offering options for a meal that would meet our needs. My partner and I enjoyed our snack and noted this as a great place to visit again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs Improvement
    findotheroptions4u
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Open Table is either misinformed or not up to date. Ryan Clark moved on and is not the Executive Chef. Also, there was no dinner menu on Easter Sunday, the main dining room was closed (not booked as the Open Table response implied) so Open Table must get its act together and check up on these staff changes, as it's been pretty well known of the change. That being said, Lodge has taken a step back with its menu and now has to make up for losing ground.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 04-20-14
    kayb
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This is a very lovely setting and friendly staff The food was ever so good Desserts a bit dry because they were outside Food could have been hotter too BUT all in all it was a delicious affair Mix up with reservation was handled very professionally and without complaint
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    JenGinAZ
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The atmosphere was welcoming and friendly. The food was very good, but the selection was rather limited. There were no green salads and very little bread. The lamb was excellent! It was nice to have the chef and hotel manager stop by the table. The waiter was difficult to find--he did not offer coffee or another beverage after the ladies had their "complementary Mimosa." Men were not offered a Mimosa, despite what the posted menu said on the web site. So, all in all, it was a nice experience and I would go back, again.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    1starVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    wonderful everthing was had, great food and service, very clean! We'll be back as long as the service levels remain high!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    fussyeaters
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Fun with out of town family members, excellent experience, as a local I frequent with friends after work, so introduced family to a pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant
    Fred
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Very good food. A place for special occasions. Good wine list. Fairly expensive but worth it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A local favorite newly discovered.
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Sometimes one gets lazy--even in a small-ish town, avoiding a drive of maybe 20 minutes to try a spot that everyone knows--but me. So breakfast it was with out-of-towners, and it was a total hit all around. A delightful patio in a Spanish architecture inn, with a pleasant and able wait staff. And the best discovery--a talented and flexible kitchen with a number of uniquely conceived Southwestern favorites on the menu in addition to the traditional and the healthy. The lunch menu looks equally promising and based on this successful venture there will be more visits to come and recommendations for others to experience it.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.