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7:00 PM
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581 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Southwest
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Hours of operation
Complimentary Sonoran Hot Breakfast for In-House Guests: 7:00am – 10:00am
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Happy Hour: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(520) 320-2014
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Solorzano
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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.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Lodge on the Desert offers its guests and diners ample, dedicated, private, complimentary, lighted parking lot.
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Public transit
A SunTran stop is conveniently located less than one block from the Lodge's main entrance.
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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!
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Special events & promotions
Friday is now Date night while Sunday is Brunch. For menus, pricing, and additional details visit
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What 581 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGerri (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

We've dined here in the past and have been pleased with the food and service. However, this recent visit was an exception. Even though we had reservations, we had to wait to be seated. After we were seated we waited a LOOOOOONG time and had to go find a server/hostess before our order was taken. (The couple at the nest table had waitted over 40 m inutes after ordering to be served.

This was a bad experience. I kn ow they can do better.

GilbertF (Tucson)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

my husband and I have been dining there for Valentine's Day for the past 7 years or so. We've always enjoyed the pre-selected menu with accompanying alcoholic beverage selections. The food has always been excellent. This time although the food was delicious, I had to send back my scallops, the most expensive entrée, for being barely room temperature--not even warm. they were also dry as though they had been sitting under the warming light too long. The service was frenetic with young women actually running. They were lovely young ladies but running is for the school yard. Sedate, adult service was missing. No refresher water, no bread until we asked for it, no one seemed in charge. The dessert was dry, crusty and difficult to cut. And it was cake! So sorry that we had a negative visit. No charge for the scallops per staff, but would gladly have paid had the dinner been up to par. We wish the chef well as we do want success for your beautiful restaurant.

Troy (Tucson)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I love the restaurant. I've been here before. The only negative comment is that we came for a Valentines Day dinner reservation and only found out that the advertised V-Day special was cancelled after we were seated and handed the regular daily menu. At that point I thought it was a little too late to change our minds (and reservations). I'll be back for dinner again however I will always question the next time a special is advertised.

BrianM (Tucson)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Nice experience but was disappointed we had made the reservation for a special menu and told when we got there it was not being offered

JimS (Tucson)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I picked Cielo's because they advertised a special Valentine's Day menu. We arrived early and were seated promptly, but it was a long time before a server came to our table. I asked about the Valentine's Day menu and was told it was not being offered because "they were short handed" - huh? How does being short handed cause a menu deletion? All of the staff seemed disorganized and confused. The service and food were both mediocre. I don't recommend Cielo's and I don't plan to return.

GeoyJuana (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had lunch before an afternoon movie. Very quiet as there was only two other couples having lunch. The lunch menu was a bit limited but the bahn bin sandwich was delicious. The waitress was very attentive and accommodating. We have found our afternoon destination and will most certainly will return. The covered patio, next to fire, was very nice.

ShanghaiMom (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Lovely ambiance. We ate inside, but I'd love to go back in better weather and eat al fresco. Shaved Brussels sprouts Caesar salad was exceptional, as was the beet salad. Short ribs entree was excellent but not phenomenal. Husband said his grass-fed steak was good but not amazing. No desserts at our table. Service was good. Overall a great meal. We will definitely go back.

OpenTable Diner (Tucson)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The 2 male waiters were on que. The 3 female waiters were not. We got the adjacent tables 2nd course as our first course. We also got the adjacent tables main course which was not what we ordered. Last year we went to Cielos and upon seeing the special menu for the evening...had a drink and left. We knew to ask about the special menu prior to arriving this year and decided to see what the "popcorn lobster" was about. We expected something other than popcorn spread over the lobster dish. Appetizer was not inspiring. Soup was cold. Ice tea was great. From my years of dining at Lodge on the Desert I expected the place to be very was not. Which tells me the chef needs to go. Lodge on the Desert is a very romantic place...but the fare in the dining room needs a change in hopes to bring back the clientele it once had and a wonderful hotel and dining room ambience are not lost.

Dmtg (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was good! Service was awful! We waited 30 minutes until we got our drinks. Waitress kept leaving in the middle of our order. Usually service is excellent at this restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Visiting Tucson and looked for a quiet, non-chain restaurant near our hotel. What a great find. We loved the ambiance of Cielos. Was escorted to a table near the roaring fire on their lovely patio setting. Enjoyed surveying their eclectic menu of choices. Service was great and the best of the night was the Spanish guitar player who came to the tables and played relaxing music while we ate. What a pleasant surprise and wonderful experience. We plan to visit again the next time we are in Tucson

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

We were not aware that this was a $75 per person buffet. Granted mimosas were included, but neither of us drink.

OpenTable Diner (Tucson)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

A great Christmas dinner next to the fire outside <3

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

If I've had a worse meal in 2017 I can't think of it. I wish I had opted for MacDonald's, which would have been fresher, tastier, and one-tenth the cost.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

On the plus side, they were open on Christmas, and the outdoor dining is lovely. On the negative side, almost all the food in the buffet was terrible. We tried the beef roast, ham, goose, omelet, Mexican rice, potatoes, green beans, fresh fruit, and olives. The beef roast, potatoes, and olives were good, the rest were just bad. The rice was nearly inedible. The goose half grisle. The beans nearly puree they were so overcooked. They only offered the buffet for Christmas, so we didn't have a chance to try their freshly prepared food - maybe that would have been better. All-in-all, for $70/plate, I really expected better. We ate the previous day (Christmas Eve) at a restaurant where the food cost half as much and was delicious, so good holiday dining options are available in Tucson. My suggestion is to try somewhere else (particularly if Cielos is serving the buffet).

RitaH (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

What a find ! Delighted that this restaurant was at our hotel. Excellent waitstaff. Creative menu.

vipstxdesertgirl (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on November 26, 2017

Always a pleasant time at Cielos. Nice selection of food at brunch.

vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day Dinner.
It was open so we were very thankful for that.

Paul (Portland)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Went to Cielos for Thanksgiving dinner. There was nothing online saying it was a Buffett with a fixed price. Most of the dishes were tasty, but the turkey was dry.
The worst part was the bill came with a 20% tip added to the bill. The fact that wasn't stated up front was worse than paying that percent at a Buffett. The courtyard was beautiful, but the side dining rooms were dated and poorly laid out.

OpenTable Diner (Tucson)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

We had the Thanksgiving buffet. Good selection of side dishes. We came in the later part of the afternoon and some of the dark turkey was dry. Initially no helped us but once our team came, we got good service. We are going to go back in 2 weeks for dinner with a friend and give it another try.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

The booking and seating process was excellent with indoor and outdoor seating available. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Once seated we were guided to the Thanksgiving buffet which was the reason for choosing the restaurant. We live in another city over an hour away and had made plans to stay the evening.

The salads and choices from the self serve buffet were well prepared and the turkey was available in separate, covered warming pans for light and dark meat. The meat was moist and flavorful. An outside patio carving station was adjacent to the indoor seating and the beef was well cooked with generous portions. I enjoyed the roasted vegetables as well. The atmosphere was pleasant with a low noise level allowing for normal conversations. The southwestern decor wasn't overbearing and was a good fit. I think some live, soft piano music in the background would have added a nice touch.

My only surprise was the bill. I had no idea I was paying over $160 for two people for a self serve buffet. I wanted to enjoy a meal in a unique setting as opposed to going to a standard restaurant which is why I searched for this through OpenTable. I suppose I should have done some more homework on the pricing but for that kind of money, they should have been carving the bird at my table and bringing the selections to us. Other than that, an overall good experience.