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El Cisne

4.3
186 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
At El Cisne Restaurant you will find exceptional variations of fine Mexican food with influences from abroad as well as favorite traditional Mexican dishes. We specialize in wonderfully prepared seafood and steaks. El Cisne also carries a wide variety of beers, wines and liquors including exceptionally prepared specialty drinks. Beer and wine were also brought by immigrants to Mexico. Many of these are now favorites in the United States and several other countries.

This multi-cultural Mexican heritage is the heart and soul of El Cisne Restaurant. Each dish and drink is prepared and served by our highly experienced staff in a modern contemporary setting that is both elegant and relaxed. We hope you enjoy your experience and thank you for visiting us!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Latin / Spanish, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 1:00 pm
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Phone number
(520) 638-6160
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Alicia De Rivas
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Catering
We often socialize around food
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Swan
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 186 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Always a great place to take friends, great food, great service. Fantastic Margarita's. We will be back again and again.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Delicious food and very reasonable. Great service too. The only negative was the scant wine list. But the margarita was delicious!!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My wife and I frequent El Cisne often. We love the salsa and the food is excellent. The wait staff is prompt and friendly. The atmosphere is very nice and comfortable. If want to go iut for a special occasion or just someplace nice and you’ve never been here you should give it a try. The food is great and they have a nice bar.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Good good terrible service. Had to flag someone down to get served twice.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Went on a recommendation from Hacienda Del Sol. We were seated right away. The service was very good and friendly. A size-able menu with many great options. The food was very good and the price was good.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent food. Our server was amazing. She was quite knowledgeable about the menu items. The mole oaxaqueno was probably the best mole I’ve had in my life.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

More variety than many Mexican restaurants. I had sea bass that was very nicely prepared and my wife enjoyed a chicken dish. Service and ambiance were quite good. We were there on a Friday night and a guitar player was going all evening which made conversation a little strained but not annoyingly so. This was our first visit and we will definitely be returning.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This was my first visit to El Cisne and I was thoroughly impressed. The food was fantastic and the service even better.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We enjoyed the pleasant and helpful server who was so welcoming. She gave us great explanations of the menu offerings. We liked the fact that the menu included southern Mexican and Baja menus, as well as traditional Sonoran recipes like tacos, burritos, etc. Wonderful chicken Mole!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Quiet, friendly atmosphere. Excellent food with great customer service. We were greeted as we came in and shown to our table right away. We had reservation for 12:15 but had to changed our time to 30 minutes later with no problem. I had the topopo salad topped with huge chunks of delicately cooked fish with their “secret” sauce. Yummy, yum! My first time here but I know it won’t be my last! My aunt from the East Coast wanted to try fish tacos while she was out here. Never had any. Her salmon tacos completed her bucket list on this trip. I think the salmon tacos may be something she will look forward to on trips here!

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Creative Mexican food, very good service and unique cocktails.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The service was slow. The meal was good, but the ceviche was too limey and soupy.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This restaurant has later hours so good for the late night dining. Guitar entertainment can sometimes be loud. Food good. Chile rellanos good.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We were there early so it was nice and quiet. Service was great as was the food.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

my wife and I both ordered chimichangas. They were huge and very good. The ingredients were fresh and the flavor was outstanding. This is a great place for Mexican food.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Not your standard Mexican food. Great service, interesting dishes. Reasonably priced. Would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Great food and service. This is our second visit. Clearly, the locals like it!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We love this friendly neighborhood gem. The mole is wonderful, just the right amount of spice. The cevice tostadas are scrumptious and a good value for happy hour. I'm a margarita snob and do not like the extra tart/sweet taste of many margaritas. This one is just the way I like it. The service here is always very good. Our waiter, Mario, is always happy, friendly, and eager to please; really makes us feel at home. We will return, again and again.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Average food and service. Very noisy.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Totally mundane storefront appearance from outside, but inside was very nice inviting multi-level dining area + bar. Excellent food and drink. Live guitar player. Will come again when in the area.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Service took way too long to get to the table. Was forced to order off of the prix fixe menu and had no prior knowledge of that while making the reservation online. Was given a 6 chair table for only 2 people when there were other 2 person tables open. The food was okay. Nothing great especially for the price. The service was so slow that I got the check and got out of there before I waited even longer to get dessert. Still gave the waiter 20%. I will never understand people who don't. I definitely won't be going back.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Nice restaurant, but they were not prepared for the Valentine's day rush. We had to ask several times for drinks, and it took over an hour to put in our order for dinner. The food was good, but when it was time to order dessert they had run out of everything. We will go back on a night that isn't so busy to get a better feel for the quality of the establishment.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

very disappointed it took 30 min to order a drink 45min for appetizers to arrive. I had to ask the terrible waitress to take our dinner order when she finally delivered the app. After another half hour we called the owner over to find out where our dinner was. by the time we got our dinner we had been there two hours. it was not only Valentine's Day but my Birthday as well. we asked for our desserts to go. when we arrived home we opened the boxes and there was just sloppy wet mess of very small dessert portions. Our first and last visit at this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

What a beautiful evening! Wonderful food and the music was beautiful!

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was good. Service very slow. 2 of 3 desserts we asked for on the menu were not available. Noise level a little higher than average. Waitet was very friendly, but quite unattentive and got one order wrong.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was outstanding. The service was problematic in that our server had trouble hearing us and served the after dinner drinks cold instead of hot which we were very clear about when we ordered. The house margarita was average at best.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We were a party of seven on a Friday night. I wanted to impress my guests who were locals and out-of-towners, but service was slow. One entree was barely warm, and the chimichanga was very oily. The salmon and sea bass were excellent. I'm willing to try one more time.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Awesome. Love the guitar player! Great food. Great service.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

We found El Cisne to be one of the best Mexican restaurant ‘s in Tucson!!

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Good casual dining and food. Recommended.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Delicious food makes El Cisne our newest favorite restaurant, and we are anxious to share the place with friends.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food and service. Excellent seafood Mexican style.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food and wonderful service!

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3.0Dined on November 26, 2017

745 reservation. Arrive 735Fantastic musician.
Long wait to be seated only 2 other tables
Never asked if reservation
Table of 5, 3 children seated next to us.
10 min for water,b2 for chips and salsa
Margaritas finslly sd250erved at 805
Wife loved her carne seca tacos
My mole not so much
Awesome musician!!!!!

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

It is just a lovely place. You wouldn’t think that since it’s located in a strip mall but all the shops are occupied so it’s certainly a safe area. The food was delicious! On Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays they have live music and our first experience was on a Tuesday night!! It’s our new favorite for great Mexican food!

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1.0Dined on November 19, 2017

One of the worst restaurant meals I've ever had. Watery, canned-tasting salsa (burning hot) and ceviche. The red snapper "special" was swimming in a gloppy tomato and green olive sauce that was so salty we couldn't eat it. Scraped that off and found 2 pieces of fish that tasted frozen and thawed. Flavor was so fishy and "off" that we didn't dare eat it.
Boyfriend's sautéed shrimp were chewy and had a strong iodine taste— Gulf Brown shrimp frozen too late, maybe?
When waiter saw the uneaten food, he asked if the fish was OK. I said, "Just too salty for me, I'm afraid."
"Oh, too salty," he replied. That was it. We didn't see any point in complaining, even for a $60 tab. How cooks can unload this stuff without even tasting it is beyond me. Can't believe they'd put this on the table in front of anyone, let along for what (at least in Tucson) are pretty stiff prices.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Friendly, competent service. Salsas are excellent as is the cheese crisp . Excellent Mexican food.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent authentic food the tamales were worth the visit alone.

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was okay... the music was too loud for any kind of conversation.

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

We never expected to find this well-reviewed restaurant on a busy street strip mall. Pleasantly surprised with this comfortable spot with well-prepared authentic Mexican food and excellent handcrafted margaritas.

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