Canyon Cafe at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

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The Canyon Cafe is the perfect spot to savor modern American cuisine with southwest soul. Soak in breathtaking views of the Catalina Mountains from both indoor and outdoor seating.

Join us every Sunday, when we feature our Blues, Brews & BBQ Brunch, voted #1 Tucson Brunch two years in a row by Tucson Guide. Traditional and not-so-traditional brunch fare including locally brewed beer and favorites from the grill. Enjoy live music from the Tucson Jazz Society. A hip and casual way to relax on a Sunday. $42.00 per person.

Chef Ken Harvey showcases his modern American cuisine with a southwest twist, while focusing on locally sourced ingredients.
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JW
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I have been to the Sunday brunch at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort many times. It is one of my favorites. This St Patrick's Day brunch was not one of my favorite experiences there. Although the food was very good, there were too few wait staff members to replenish drinks or remove plates in a timely manner. I hope it is not a trend for Loews.

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o
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The buffet was outstanding! Great live blues music, amazing selection of anything and everything you would wish for at brunch from the expected, omelet stand to amazing grilled ribs salmon and veggies-seafood items, and expansive dessert table. It was St. Patrick's Day so many of the desserts were green themed. And top it off with bottomless mimosas and craft beer it's a winner all around. The service was exceptional as well- our waitress was very attentive.

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G
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were delighted with our table location....I had asked for a table by the windows, and it was perfect! Food was delicious, and the mimosas added a very nice touch to the meal. We enjoyed the quiet atmosphere where we could talk with our friends in a relaxed way. Overall, excellent!

(One thing that can easily be corrected: we all thought the Bloody Marys were too spicy.)

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blues Brews and BBQs on Sunday

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n
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was absolutely fantastic and food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this Experience to anyone that comes to Tucson. And I have done so already I recommend you take advantage of this fantastic offer a beautiful setting great service wonderful food and an entirely great day it was my wife's birthday and she very much appreciated it thank you so much. Norm Crawford

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SW
Indiana
43 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was excellent again! Lots of choices and service super-drinks always kept filled, plates removed and friendly. Atmosphere is pleasant and views are great.

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KK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch for a great price! Can’t wait to do it again

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BL
Denver
52 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect venue for friends to get together and share a leisurely and delicious Sunday Brunch. Lovely!

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at the Sunday Brunch four times since late Sept. 2018. Each visit has been a 5-star experience, indeed. My son and his family from MI were with us yesterday and they loved it as well. Each food station was outstanding.

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A
Phoenix
80 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We arrived for a 2:00 Open Table reservation to find out at check in that they stopped serving at 2:00. It was a 30 minute drive up mountain switchbacks to get to the cafe. After talking with a manager we were allowed to order, however, the menu you chose the restaurant from Open Table was no longer available, they changed to a stark lunch with mundane items.

The soup and salad were disappointing as well as the black bean burger. Not with the trek—stay in town.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best champagne brunch in town ! We live close by and it's our to go place for different family celebrations. Wonderful service and delicious food. Admire dedication of those chefs who have to grill outside in the summer months. Always friendly, helpful and polite. I sure hope the management appreciates this and ensures sun umbrellas, frequent breaks, as well as good pay for the very tough " summer working conditions." It gets so hot in Tucson, still they never complain. We will be back !!!!

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TU
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love all that is Loews Ventana, a true one of kind property in Arizona! The food, staff, music and ambiance is incredible whether you are there during the day or night. So much to see and experience that is unlike any where else in the world and THE BEST Sunday brunch in the state of Arizona!
We made a last minute reservation (Friday) then called the morning of to see if we could move our times up which they were able to do with with a smile and can do attitude even though they were packed when we got there. Got lucky that someone left early and there were only two of us. Chef Harvey was working the room and stopped by our table too which was wonderful treat. The service and staff all had smiles and were eager to please in addition to keeping the plates cleared from our table.
Thank you very much, we will be back as well as spread the word!

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MM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Sunday Jazz and Barbecue Brunch. Usually 5 star but this past Sunday had a very large private party going on at the same time sharing the brunch
No jazz, long waits in line and running out of food items
Check for private affairs in the future and skip the brunch on those Sundays. Not enjoyable at all

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MC
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is what a Sunday Brunch is supposed to be. An opportunity to relax, converse, and eat an expressive choice of good food, prepared well, and while being attended to by friendly staff.

My friend and I visited the resort buffet, after casually searching for a good brunch place in Tucson, for years. I finally decided to search in earnest and all signs pointed to Loews Ventana Canyon Resort as the place to get what we’d been looking for. We sampled everything from the breakfast area to the bbq and everything in between. We were both satisfied that this is now our Sunday Buffet go to.

Yes, it costs more than what’s available elsewhere in Tucson for a brunch buffet style meal. But, at least I know I’m getting all that I want in a brunch.

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B
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very tasty salmon

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our annual family Christmas brunch at Ventana. Unfortunately we were not able to hear any of the blues music because we were in another room. I love that there are so many options to eat however the person at the omelette station was mediocre however all the other food was great. The only thing I wished was better was the barbecue section, the salmon, ribs and corn bread were very dry. One thing we really enjoy is a hike up to the waterfall on the property after brunch, very beautiful. Our overall experience was good because we were with family and it’s a tradition, however I think the barbecue section isn’t as good as it used to be, not as many options and the food was mediocre. Not sure if because they have to have it inside because it was a bit cold for outside BBQ.

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LA
Phoenix
124 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Christmas Sunday Brunch - Lots of options: carved lamb, ham, roast beef, chilled shrimp, mussels, sushi, BBQ ribs, pulled pork. Lots of sides: stuffing, roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, artichokes au gratin, salads, charcuterie, cheeses, breads, etc. Desserts: bread pudding, ice cream, fudge, cheese cake, chocolate roulade cake, cookies, etc. All with endless champagne. Our new holiday tradition.

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SW
Indiana
43 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Buffet. FANTASTIC...

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DF
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent as was the service. The ambiance of the restaurant could have been better, but the place was very busy - we were there 2 days before Christmas.

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D
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very limited menu for lunch had the chicken cob salad chicken was very dry.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed special daddy daughter time. We both loved the brunch and the variety available. Never got past the breakfast items, though did enjoy some oysters!

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GP
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Recently enjoyed brunch with my husband for our 25th wedding anniversary. We usually do a nice dinner out for anniversaries, but decided to change it up. My husband was impressed with the large variety of food items offered. I enjoyed the mimosas! We had a lovely time, and the desert mountain views are simply amazing.

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PT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding brunch and excellent service with live music on patio!

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WD
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed Thanksgiving Day buffet. Overall, it was very good. Although we sat inside, the traditional dishes were served outside, where it was a little cool. Consequently, nothing was piping hot. I'm usually a prime rib fan, and like it appropriately rare, but this looked a little too rare and while it was under a heat lamp I expected it to be too cool for my taste so I passed. I'm not a big turkey fan, but I tried it and it was exceptional, as were the usual accompaniments. I sampled the pulled pork and skillet corn bread. The corn bread is usually great, but both it and the pork suffered the same fate of not being hot enough. Of course Loews can't be faulted for the weather.

inside there were stations for Sushi, seafood, meats and cheeses, salads, breads and desserts. Too much to sample, other than some shrimp cocktail, bread and dessert. We were disappointed in the desserts, which in the past have been exceptional. Perhaps it was our taste buds after all of the other delicious food, but everything seemed to be too sweet. I know desserts are sweet, but some of these were overboard. The cheesecake for example had a crust that actually had a gritty texture that I attributed to sugar crystals. Perhaps it was just me, but that is my impression.

The service was good, although we seemed to get passed off from our original waitress to another but both were attentive and we have no complaints. We had done their buffets before and we will do it again.

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J
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty Thanksgiving meal with choices for every palate.

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D
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to this restaurant for their Sunday brunch for several years, and have never been disappointed. The variety of food and the placement of the various selections makes it very easy for all types of dietary needs and wants. They do a good job of using fresh veggies and spices directly from their garden on their premises. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to impress some 'out of towners' or just want a Sunday break.

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JJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch, lots of options. BBQ, bottomless mimosas, huge dessert bar. Enjoyed by the whole family from kids to seniors.

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MB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday Brunch. We will definitely be doing this again!

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JC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic family atmosphere with teenagers food is amazing bottomless mimosas couldn’t ask for more

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J
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been here for Sunday brunch on numerous occasions and it never disappoints. So many choices. Such nice Champagne. Ribs, prime rib, fish, turkey, mac t miss spot.

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GW
Tucson
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Loew's Ventana Canyon Brunch is exceptional! We went with two other couples and had wonderful mid day meal! The memossa were excellent and endless!! It's one of our very favorites!

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CF
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The amazing variety of food coupled with remarkable, friendly service makes this Sunday Brunch the best in the State!!

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AF
Tucson
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Danielle is an excellent server and has made our last 2 anniversary brunches very special!

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B
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going to the Blues n Blues B B is always a delight. The food & music is great. Chef Ken and our server Daniell are a delight. Never disappointed. Thank you all for a great time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Grill station meats/veggies were moved inside...food was cold. No toaster for breads and bagels. Sea food was fresh. Ceviche tasted old. Desserts were just so so. Creme Brulee didnt have a hard crust...cupcake was dry.

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M
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service - great group dining since it's a huge buffet and everyone can pick what they prefer.

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MS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been going to the Sunday Brunch at Canyon Café for about eight years now and they never disappoint!!! Food is always consistently good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Sunday Buffett was quite good. My only suggestion is to ask the servers to explain where the different food presentations were located. We would have missed the breakfast line if we hadn't asked a customer.

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LT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sunday I’ve had in awhile. I love this place!!

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YN
Tucson
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Due to the heavy rain everything had to be moved indoors … the
food was still delicious it just made the location of the "heartier" food
a longer distance to walk & sort of awkward in that it was like you were
exiting. Overall, it still was a good time had by all.

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