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Cielos

4.3
4.3
955 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

Cielos at Lodge on the Desert offers one of the best dining options in Southern Arizona. Dine on contemporary seasonal cuisine that pays tribute to Southwest ingredients. Complemented by classic craft cocktails featuring local spirits and a delectable wine list, Cielos is the perfect place for a romantic night out or a casual happy hour with friends.
The intimate space is framed with floor-to-ceiling windows and overlooks a spacious secluded Saltillo-tiled outdoor private patio featuring bistro string lighting, a four-sided, tiled fireplace for optimal year-round al fresco dining. Cielos and its Bar both reflect a genuine, richly authentic Southern Arizona historic charm and ambience including rough-hewn artist-design hand-painted wood beams, Mexican tin chandeliers, floating potted plants and shade sails.

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Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Creative Western, Southwest

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast
    Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am
    Lunch
    Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm
    Happy Hour
    Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (520) 320-2014

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Miguel Heredia

  • 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, please contact us.<br />

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Parking details

    Lodge on the Desert offers its guests and diners ample, dedicated, private, complimentary, lighted parking lot.

  • Public transit

    A SunTran stop is conveniently located less than one block from the Lodge's main entrance.

  • Entertainment

    Live music from 6:30pm - 8:30pm on Fridays for our Date Night special! Classical guitar played by Dr. Eduardo Minozzi Costa will play in the air!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • House Guacamole$9.00

    Roasted Green Chile, Corn, Cotija Cheese, Chips

    • Short Rib Bites$16.00

      Honey Chipotle Glazed Thinly Sliced Grilled Short Ribs, Micro Salad, Desert Spiced Fries

      • Grilled Lamb Chops*$17.00

        New Zealand Grilled Lamb Chops, Pepita Salsa, Fresno Chile Peppers, Shaved Fennel, Arugula Salad, Tomatillo Vinaigrette

        • Crab Chile Relleno Fundido$13.00

          Creamy Crab Stuffed Hatch Green Chile, Menonita Queso, House Pico de Gallo, Warm Corn Tortillas

          Entrée Salads

          • House Salad$11.00

            Artisanal Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Red Onions, Cucumbers, Chipotle Agave Vinaigrette

            • Spinach Salad$14.00

              Strawberries, Blood Oranges, Queso Fresco, Roasted Pepitas, Blueberry & Serrano Vinaigrette

              • Summer Grilled Salad$15.00

                Fire Roasted Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Red Bell Pepper, Corn, Point Reyes Blue Cheese Crumbles, Crispy Shallots, Roasted Pepper Vinaigrette

                Entrées

                • Lodge Southwest Fajitas*$19.00

                  Marinated Flank Steak, Roasted Peppers, Charro Beans, Spanish Rice, Avocado, Lime, Cabbage, Warm Corn Torillas

                  • Cielos Club$15.00

                    Buttered Brioche Toast, Oven Roasted Turkey, Candied Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Chipotle Mayo, Desert Spiced Fries

                    • Green Chile Tamales$18.00

                      Roasted Hatch Green Chile Crispy Tamales, Zucchini Squash and Peppers Calabacitas, Cotija Cheese, Poblano Crema, Corn Rajas

                      • Lodge Burger*$16.00

                        House Pressed Angus Beef, Pepper Jack Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce, Lodge Pickles, Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon, Barrio Blonde Orange Serrano Marmalade, Desert Spiced Fries

                        • Jackknife Tacos$15.00

                          Pick Three: Carnitas | Carne Asada | Shrimp. Cabbage, House Pico de Gallo, Cotija Cheese, Lime, Salsa de Casa, Spanish Rice, Charro Beans, Warm Flour or Corn Tortillas

                          • Lodge Pasta$17.00

                            Chipotle Cream Sauce, Seashell Pasta, Tomato, Roasted Poblano, Queso Fresco, Toast Points

                            • Pollo Asado$20.00

                              Grilled Half Chicken, Roasted Corn Mousse, Sautéed Baby Carrots, Broccoli Rabe, Buttered Green Onions, Chicken Jus

                              Last updated: February 2, 2022

                              What 955 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                              4.3
                              4.3 based on recent ratings
                              • 4.3Food
                              • 4.3Service
                              • 4.6Ambience
                              • 4.2Value

                              NoiseModerate

                              Loved For

                              • Tucson

                                Contemporary American

                              • Tucson

                                Contemporary American

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                              1. CW

                                CassiW

                                Las Vegas

                                14 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                14 reviews

                                Dined 3 days ago

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                Service was excellent

                              2. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Phoenix

                                6 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined 3 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We love this sweet, intimate restaurant! We’ve been several times with different friends and have never been disappointed. Great, friendly service, interesting menu with well prepared dishes that are almost to pretty to eat. Lovely cocktails to compliment the experience. It’s a regular stop when we’re in Tucson

                              3. C

                                Cher

                                Orange County

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined 5 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We absolutely loved dinners at Cielo’s. The food was delicious and the was outstanding!

                              4. TL

                                TilL

                                1 review

                                2.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall2food2service1ambience3

                                Service was terrible, my wifes salad was so salty and spicy it was inedible, shrimp were dry and chewy. Chile relleno was a pepper smothered in cheese , tamales were puffy and tasteless.

                              5. JH

                                JayH

                                Minneapolis

                                1 review

                                2.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall2food5service1ambience3

                                The food was excellent but the service was so slow, it was painful. It was very disappointing. Try the tamales—they are excellent.

                              6. d

                                daniels

                                Tucson

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall4food5service4ambience4

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                              7. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Phoenix

                                1 review

                                1.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 9, 2022

                                overall1food1service4ambience4

                                We decided to give Cielos a try for Mother's Day. I had a party of five. Somehow, I was not aware that this was a buffet style dining prior to arrival and only became aware once we were seated. We read a make to order menu online. I'd considered leaving but being that this was Mother's Day, I decided to give them a try since we liked the atmosphere. Honestly, we should have just moved on. The food in all of our cases wasn't consistent with what we were expecting or what was researched. Basic buffet style beef, chicken and seafood that definitely had a picked over feel to it. There were some okay options, but not much variety. Some in our party selected the shrimp but had to pull the shells off themselves. The beef was way too raw for my taste, but to each their own. The overall food quality was poor. There were flies in the buffet area as well as in the indoor dining area, so that also took away from the experience. The dessert had a very "continental breakfast" feel to it. The high point was the drinks which were pretty good. I could go on but this is already becoming a long post. My jaw almost hit the floor when I was presented with a $408 bill for my party of 5. It amounted to $58/head for the buffet. We had two alcoholic drinks and no one went back for seconds due to the options/condition of the buffet area. The 15% gratuity was included in the bill. That gratuity seemed a bit high to me given that this was buffet. I paid so as not to put any more of a damper on the evening, but to say that we were disappointed would be an understatement. I have no problem paying that and more for a good meal, but frankly this wasn't it. Our server was pleasant enough, but he wasn't enough to offset the negatives. I think he could sense our dissatisfaction and we weren't there that long. At that point, I was resigned to getting out of there and addressing things with management on Monday.

                              8. j

                                joea

                                Tucson

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                we've been there before. Always enjoyed the place. Food quality at the buffet was excellent.

                              9. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great service

                              10. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Phoenix

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great service and the Monsoon Margarita was AMAZING!! Tamales were delicious and all around a great place!

                              11. DP

                                DanielP

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent food, good service. Glad I made reservations.

                              12. M

                                Maxima

                                Phoenix

                                3 reviews

                                3.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                overall3food3service4ambience5

                                Niece’s Birthday

                              13. A

                                Alex

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                overall3food3service4ambience3

                                It was okay. Nothing special. Pricey compared to other restaurants that have better food

                              14. x

                                xnyr

                                Washington DC

                                153 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                153 reviews

                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                overall3food4service3ambience4

                                This was our 2nd visit to Cielos in two weeks. The first time was fantastic. This time, less wonderful. The food was terrific both times, great choices, all well-prepared and satisfying. But this time, something was causing a big delay in service and possibly a backup in the kitchen. We waited a half hour to place our orders and over a half hour to get our salads. The patio is pleasant as long as you are seated outside the cave-like covered area. The wine list is poor and they were out of 2 of our selections. At this price point, they should have much better wine options.

                              15. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Omaha

                                5 reviews

                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on April 20, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We celebrated our anniversary here with friends. It is a smaller intimate setting with a pretty patio. The service was excellent. Everyone liked their meal. I liked that there were a lot of different vegetables on the plates, different combinations. We had a great time and would totally recommend

                              16. s

                                sonnyw

                                Dallas

                                1 review

                                vip
                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                It was a fantastic experience for Easter. My family loved it. Thanks

                              17. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Phoenix

                                21 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                21 reviews

                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent food and service as always. Sat outside and it was beautiful.

                              18. AH

                                AudreyH

                                Phoenix

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We ate in the outside patio away from the guitar player, so conversation was enjoyable. Food was delicious. I had the lamb chops which I seem to order frequently. They are cooked to perfection. Waitress was accommodating and meal was served in a timely fashion. Lovely ambiance.

                              19. SL

                                SusanL

                                Key West

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 15, 2022

                                overall3food1service2ambience4

                                Food was very expensive and very small portion service was very slow ambience nice

                              20. C

                                Campbellsreviews

                                Tucson

                                9 reviews

                                4.0

                                9 reviews

                                Dined on April 12, 2022

                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                We forgot to check in for our reservation but it wasn’t busy at all at 4pm. Margarita was delicious and appetizers were good! The patio area is really beautiful and it was quiet enough for our group of 4 to talk. I would go back again!

                              21. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                My fiance and I came during dinner. It did get very busy and I was a little disappointed I wasn't given the table I requested, especially considering that the table stayed empty for the night. I understand though that should a larger group arrive they would have needed the table. Overall it was a good experience though. I actually met my fiance here and we had our first date here. The manager made sure we had water throughout our meal and our waitress was attentive though she was slammed with work. She recommended an amazing wine that paired well with my steak dish. The food itself surpasses expectations in every way. The desert was absolutely divine, it's hard to find a good lemon bar, Cielo is clearly the place to get it . As a formally trained chef, I recognize the passion and effort put into each dish. The presentation is magnificent. We started with the lamb chops, they were so tender and tasty. My steak was ordered medium rare and came to me absolutely perfect the accompanying jicama salad was nice and fresh. My fiance ordered the pork chops and they too came cooked to perfection. The Chihuahua cheese side dish was very unique and went well with the overall dish. Very flavorful dishes The cooks and the chef should be very proud of what they do. Definitely a solid date night. This is a restaurant I'd definitely recommend. It seems to be more lively at dinner time with large crowds for the outdoor patio and bar area but it's nice. Everyone seems to be genuinely enjoying themselves here, including staff and that's rare to see.

                              22. E

                                Elvira

                                Tucson

                                8 reviews

                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Enjoyed the patio seating and the guitar player. Dinner was excellent and so was the service.

                              23. KL

                                KarenL

                                Phoenix

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Here for a work trip and we were delighted with the menu, service and the ambiance!!! A must for anyone who likes fine dining…

                              24. x

                                xnyr

                                Washington DC

                                154 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                154 reviews

                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                The 4 of us were totally delighted with Cielos. The waiter, Ian, was charming and very helpful. The patio was beautiful and very comfortable on a mild evening. Salads were good, although the House was very spicy. The entrees were sensational: Green tamales were de-constructed and delicious; the Pork was yummy with very nice sides; and the Barramundi was exceptional. Very good portion size. Only complaint was the high prices on the wines, which did not merit over $50.

                              25. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Tampa

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Food and service is always exceptional! We always make a point to get Wes as our server, and each time he always goes above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect.

                              26. EP

                                EllenP

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 5, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                Amanda is always a gracious waitress. We dine there often when we stay at Lodge on the Desert. Noisy this visit as there was a large group seated near us.

                              27. AH

                                AnthonyH

                                New York Area

                                1 review

                                vip
                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 4, 2022

                                overall3food4service1ambience5

                                This was a nice restaurant at our hotel, but we waited an inordinate amount of time to be seated for dinner even though we were standing at the hostess stand for about 10 mins with staff just walking past us. Breakfast the next morning was not better. We were seated but not served until we finally caught one of the staff members. Sad service for such nice accommodations otherwise.

                              28. FC

                                FCtmo

                                Denver

                                24 reviews

                                4.0

                                24 reviews

                                Dined on April 4, 2022

                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                Cielos was a dining highlight of our stay in Tucson. The atmosphere and food were wonderful, especially if you can enjoy an outdoor table. Prices are reasonable. Not a fancy place but one that will not disappoint. (We can't say the same for Lodge on the Desert...).

                              29. C

                                Christine

                                Philadelphia

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Enjoyed dining on their patio! Food was great! Tables were well spaced from others, and we could still hear the live musician playing.

                              30. LV

                                LeahV

                                Seattle

                                23 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                23 reviews

                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                overall4food5service3ambience5

                                We had a lovely dinner on the outdoor patio on a Friday night at Cielos after snagging a reservation last minute. They were also able to seat us upon arrival even though we arrived early. What a nice surprise! They had live music and heaters going on the patio, and I honestly could’ve sat there all night enjoying both (and the wine). The guacamole appetizer was so good we ended up ordering 2 rounds. We also tried the green tamales and barramundi and both were excellent. I agree with other reviews that the service was a little on the slow side, but considering the current times with lack of staff and the beautiful Tucson nights, I didn’t mind at all. We will definitely be back!

                              31. AZ

                                AZmom

                                Phoenix

                                13 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                My husband and I love the spot. It is a must on every Tucson trip.

                              32. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Phoenix

                                2 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on March 31, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Celios is an awesome place. We have been waiting for a menu change for about 6 months, but this is a wonderful restaurant with good drinks and mains. Our regular spot and top choice in Tucson

                              33. JR

                                JRuss

                                Seattle

                                8 reviews

                                2.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                overall2food3service3ambience1

                                We went to this restaurant as it had many positive comments. The first thing we noticed was we were younger than anyone in the place and we are in our 50s. There was a wedding in a nearby room and they were all singing “going to the chapel”. Then the lounge singer started up and it was just too much. We left before having anything.

                              34. JT

                                Jane77877Texas

                                New Orleans

                                27 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                27 reviews

                                Dined on March 26, 2022

                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                Ben, the bartender saved the day. We were promptly seated and then saw no one for 15 minutes and then were served water. We finally caught some one’s attention. Ben came over and apologized for the delay. He then gave us outstanding service and honestly the best margaritas ever! The food was very good too. The breakfast at Cielos are amazing!

                              35. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Phoenix

                                13 reviews

                                5.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined on March 26, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Loved eating outdoors.

                              36. S

                                Sandman

                                New York Area

                                14 reviews

                                5.0

                                14 reviews

                                Dined on March 25, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                Outdoor courtyard surrounded by resort hotel in center of Tucson. Small, comfortable, pretty, Moderately priced. Great service. We ate outside. Not too busy midweek.

                              37. JM

                                JoseM

                                New York Area

                                18 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                18 reviews

                                Dined on March 23, 2022

                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                Great place, great food. Service was a bit slow, but great experience overall.

                              38. H

                                Haardrock1141

                                Phoenix

                                168 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                168 reviews

                                Dined on March 23, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                An outstanding dining experience. The salmon was excellent as was the service. If you like dessert or churros, Cielos is your place.

                              39. KS

                                KathieS

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 22, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                First time here and we loved it. Will definitely be back.

                              40. A

                                Alan

                                1 review

                                2.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 22, 2022

                                overall2food3service1ambience4

                                The service was poor the value of the food was not great pensive for what you got. $100 for two people for mediocre food.

                              FAQs

                              Cielos offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 320-2014.

                              Cielos is rated 4.3 stars by 955 OpenTable diners.

                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                              Booked 15 times today
                              Google Map for Cielos

                              306 N. Alvernon Way Tucson, AZ 85711

                              Additional information

                              • Cross street

                                Broadway

                              • Neighborhood

                                Midtown

                              • Hours of operation

                                Breakfast
                                Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am
                                Lunch
                                Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm
                                Happy Hour
                                Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
                                Dinner
                                Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
                                Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                              • Cuisines

                                Contemporary American, Creative Western, Southwest

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Dining

                              • Dress code

                                Smart Casual

                              • Parking details

                                Lodge on the Desert offers its guests and diners ample, dedicated, private, complimentary, lighted parking lot.

                              • Public transit

                                A SunTran stop is conveniently located less than one block from the Lodge's main entrance.

                              • Payment options

                                AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Executive chef

                                Miguel Heredia

                              • Entertainment

                                Live music from 6:30pm - 8:30pm on Fridays for our Date Night special! Classical guitar played by Dr. Eduardo Minozzi Costa will play in the air!

                              • Additional

                                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                              • Phone number

                                (520) 320-2014

                              • 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, please contact us.<br />

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